The 8 Best Curved TVs to Buy in 2018

Say goodbye to the old and boring flat-screen TVs

Curved TVs haven't quite caught on yet in the marketplace, but there are some definite benefits to having one in your living room. The improved immersion into a movie or program, an enhanced sense of depth through a uniquely different visual perception and a wider field of view are just a few of the reasons why owning a curved TV should be on your radar. And, ultimately, curved TVs just look cooler. Not sure where to start when it comes to shopping for one? Take a look at our list of the best curved TVs to find the perfect one for your home.

Featuring Samsung’s quantum dot color drive and more than a billion colors for a lifelike picture, Samsung’s 55-inch UN65KS9500 is a gorgeous television. Samsung steps up picture quality with additional features such as Triple Black Technology (this makes for some of the best black color reproduction available today) and HDR 1000, which offers a contrast and vivid picture the way Hollywood intended. Add in Samsung’s smart TV functionality and the Smart View app for your smartphone and there’s a slew of options beyond your cable provider.

Beyond smart features, SUHD provides an opportunity to remaster or upscale 720 or 1080p picture quality to analyze the brightness of the existing video and play it back with optimal contrast for the best possible viewing experience. 

Available in both 55 and 65-inch sizes, the LG 55EG9600 4K Ultra HD curved OLED television is a 2015 model that doesn’t show one bit of its age. With a picture quality that far outpaces LCD displays, the black levels and bright whites are among the best available on a curved or flat TV. The display itself works great in both light and dark room environments with accurate colors and a viewing angle that’s easily seen from anywhere in a room. Just .4-inches thin at its thinnest point, everything about this TV looks slim and stunning.

If there’s any bad news with this LG, wall-mounting will require a specialized wall bracket since it doesn’t work with the standard flat TV VESA mounting kit. Mounting difficulties aside, LG’s Magic Remote and its WebOS smart TV interface are futuristic and fun to use. The lack of 3D technology makes room for different technologies that offer a better picture, including Ultra HD picture quality with four times the resolution of Full HD. 

Don’t let its budget price tag fool you, Samsung’s 49-inch UN49KU6500 curved 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV is an excellent option. While curved TVs typically offer outstanding wide-view angles, the Samsung does degrade a little in the corners (which reflects its budget-friendly price tag), but still far outpaces the wide-viewing of flat TVs.

For the best performance, you’ll want to place it in a dark room because of its high contrast and great black color reproduction. The inclusion of high-dynamic range (HDR) offers better picture depth and color reproduction for an even more enhanced viewing experience. There are a slew of smart features here, too, including WiFi Samsung’s built-in Smart Hub for access to live TV, streaming sources such Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and YouTube. Beyond its smart features, the Samsung offers an upscaling picture engine for upgrading older programming to near ultra-high-definition for more detail and optimized picture quality. 

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LG’s OLED65C6P has the best combination of price, size and 4K Ultra HD OLED picture quality, making it one of the best curved televisions around. The 65-inch display is outstanding and offers a beautiful picture-on-glass TV experience that’s unmatched by flat TVs (it has 8.3 million OLED pixels). The performance of the display itself is marvelous and has excellent brightness and deep blacks that make watching movies at night truly something to enjoy. The TV is also kitted out with top-of-the-line Harmon Kardon sound.

At its thinnest, the display itself is merely 1/8th of an inch thick with just 1.7-inches at its base to support the HDMI and USB inputs for third-party add-ons alongside WiFi connectivity. The usual set of LG’s smart options are here, too, including WebOS 3.0, which offers the usual fare of Magic Remote, Magic Mobile Connection and Magic Zoom.

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There’s budget and then there’s value, with the latter being a combination of price, features and picture quality. Fortunately, the Samsung UN65JU6700 is the best combination of the three with its curved 65-inch Ultra HD 4K smart LED display. Featuring a panoramic experience that’s good from every angle, Samsung’s Smart TV offers unique picture-boosting features such as PurColor and UHD dimming, which helps make the overall picture experience both vibrant and crisp. The 3840 x 2160 4K resolution helps offer true-to-life image quality with four times the resolution of Full HD that offers lifelike image detail.

Samsung’s Smart TV function includes a wireless connection to your Samsung Galaxy smartphone for additional streaming and content sharing all navigated from an intuitive remote control. Additionally, there’s plenty of live TV, video on demand, streaming sources, various apps and social media connectivity options all within the easy-to-browse navigation-friendly experience.

Samsung’s line of curved TVs are industry leading for good reason and the UN55KU6600 helps continue that trend with a combination of great pricing and smart features. Featuring 4K UHD content directly from Amazon video, the 120Hz motion rate is designed with gamers in mind for low input lag offering an excellent overall gaming experience. Beyond input lag, Samsung’s Smart Hub-connected HDTV system offers bright and colorful tiles across the bottom of the television with included apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and YouTube. Additionally, there are local news stations, the WWE network and various sports leagues’ streaming services alongside the bevy of games Samsung has included.

The curved television excels at contrast and brightness levels and color accuracy for its price point, and there's plenty of depth no matter where you sit in a room. The included remote control is a curved black wand that’s easy on the buttons with a focus on minimalism and less distraction.

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With a gorgeous 78-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED display, Samsung’s UN78KU7500 is a curved television that’s well worth its asking price. Ultimately, the splurge here can result in turning your living room or family room into a home theater with a monster display that makes your movie collection look better than ever. With deeper blacks, greater depth and better viewing angles, there’s plenty to love about this TV. The 4K UHD resolution means you'll get four times the picture quality of Full HD 1080p.

The rear of the television offers three HDMI and two USB inputs for adding third-party offerings such as Google’s Chromecast, Roku, Amazon’s Stick, Apple TV or video game consoles. Making every night a Netflix night is easy with Samsung’s built-in WiFi and smart TV options that include Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and Hulu, plus live TV and Smart Hub for directly streaming from your Android smartphone

The Samsung UN65KS9800 is a superb curved gaming television with a 4K display. The company's quantum dot color technology offers up a wide spread of colors that helps provide a lifelike picture experience. Perhaps one of the best aspects for gamers is the ability to activate a game picture mode when playing with a high dynamic resolution that allows input to remain at a manageable 30ms. This combination will please gamers who want to find the ideal combination of low input lag and HDR excellence all without sacrificing picture quality or features.

Beyond gaming, the Samsung display continues to excel with Triple Black Technology and HDR 1000 for a high contrast and vivid image that’s best-in-class at this price point. The universal remote control can make the switch from live TV to streaming on Samsung’s smart TV menu easy and painless. Add in the capability of remastering non-SUHD content utilizing Samsung’s unique intelligence picture engine and your old movies and video will play on this display with optimal contrast making it look and feel like new.

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