The 7 Best Hisense TVs of 2020

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The Rundown
"It's powered by an updated Hi-View chipset that uses AI-assisted scene recognition to automatically optimize picture settings."
"The Roku app can transform your iOS or Android device into a voice-enabled remote."
"With 90 local dimming zones, you'll get deep, inky blacks for enhanced contrast."
"The voice-enabled remote has Google Assistant built in."
"The 32-inch screen produces 720p standard HD for a consistently great picture."
"The dual, 8 watt speakers utilize DTS Virtual: X technology to give you room-filling surround sound without audio equipment."
"With the 100L10E laser TV, Hisense has taken the leap into the next generation of televisions."

Hisense may not have the brand recognition of competitors like Sony, LG, and Samsung, but they've begun to establish themselves as an excellent, affordable alternative. They offer televisions in a variety of screen sizes and resolutions, ranging from 720p standard HD for bedroom or playroom TVs to 4K UHD for main living rooms and home theaters. You can choose between having the AndroidTV operating system or the Roku platform to give you access to all of your favorite streaming apps. Though, models with AndroidTV tend to have more features like screen mirroring, native voice controls, and upscaling of non-4K content. 

Roku models feature a streamlined hub menu to give you access to all your favorite apps, game consoles, and playback devices without having to memorize HDMI inputs or navigate confusing menus. The Roku app also turns your smartphone or tablet into a voice-enabled remote for hands-free controls. Hisense has also taken the leap into the future of home entertainment with their newest line of short-throw, laser projection televisions. These models feature high-end Harman Kardon sound systems, ambient light rejecting screens, and smart functionality to future-proof your home theater and give you the ultimate cinematic experience in the comfort of your living room. No matter your entertainment needs, or budget, there is a Hisense model to fit. We've gathered our top picks to help you choose which is right for you.

Best Overall: Hisense 55H9G 55-Inch 4K AndroidTV

The 55-inch H9G from Hisense is the best the brand has to offer. It features a proprietary ULED panel with 132 local dimming zones to give you deep, inky blacks for enhanced contrasting as well as Dolby Vision HDR support for better detailing and color ranges. Along with stunning 4K UHD resolution, the TV produces up to 1,000 nits of brightness, meaning you can watch your favorite shows and movies in all but the very brightest of rooms. It's powered by an updated Hi-View chipset that uses AI-assisted scene recognition to automatically optimize picture settings for the best viewing experience possible. With the AndroidTV operating system, you'll get access to thousands of streaming apps like Hulu, Prime Video, and Netflix right out of the box. 

The voice-enabled remote has Google Assistant built in and is compatible with Alexa for hands-free controls over your television; it also is capable of far-field voice controls so you don't have to actually hold the remote to use voice commands. You can also use the built-in Chromecast to mirror your Android smartphone or tablet screen for more ways to watch videos and share photos. The dual, 10 watt speakers utilize Dolby Atmos audio technology to give you virtual surround sound, and with Bluetooth connectivity, you can wirelessly connect soundbars and subwoofers for a custom home theater setup.

What We Like
  • Updated chipset

  • Built-in voice controls

  • Bluetooth

What We Don't Like
  • No built-in tuner

  • No iOS support for screen mirroring

Best 4K: Hisense 55R8F 55-Inch ULED 4K Roku TV

Televisions with 4K resolution have become almost ubiquitous with home entertainment, and the Hisense 55R8F gives you the kind of picture quality and resolution you have come to expect from much larger brands. It uses Hisense's proprietary ULED panel with 56 local dimming zones for enhanced contrast and to produce over one billion colors for more lifelike images. It also has a peak brightness of 700 nits, making it perfect for brighter rooms. The bezel-free design gives you an edge-to-edge picture, and with Dolby Vision HDR support, you'll get incredible detailing and picture quality. The dual 10 watt speakers use Dolby Atmos to give you virtual surround sound audio for a more immersive cinematic experience without the hassle of setting up extra sound equipment. 

The 55R8F is built on the Roku platform, giving you access to thousands of streaming apps, shows, movies, and songs to enjoy with family and friends. The streamlined home menu makes it easy to access apps, over-air antennas, game consoles, and cable or satellite boxes without memorizing HDMI inputs or complicated menus. The Roku app can transform your iOS or Android device into a voice-enabled remote, and the TV works with either Alexa or Google Assistant to give you hands free controls over your TV. Hisense has partnered with Philo to give you two free months of the service with the purchase of this TV; you'll get live sports and entertainment from networks like MTV and Food Network.

What We Like
  • Voice controls

  • HDR support

  • Great picture quality

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth

  • No screen mirroring

Best Large Screen: Hisense 75H8G 75-Inch Quantum Series 4K ULED TV

What We Like
  • Voice controls

  • Dolby Atmos

  • Bluetooth connectivity

What We Don't Like
  • No built-in tuner

For shoppers with large home theater spaces, the Hisense 75H8G Quantum Series is an excellent choice. This TV measures 75-inches diagonally, making it big enough to serve just about any media room or home theater. It's built on the Android TV operating system and has built-in Wi-Fi to let you download streaming apps right to the TV. The voice-enabled remote has Google Assistant built in and is also compatible with Amazon Alexa. 

The 4K UHD panel uses Hisense's ULED technology and Hi-View chipset to upscale non-UHD content. It has HDR and HDR10 support for great detailing and color volume. With 90 local dimming zones, you'll get deep, inky blacks for enhanced contrast. The dual 15 watt speakers use Dolby Atmos technology to produce room-filling virtual surround sound for a more immersive listening experience. With built-in Chromecast support, you can use your smartphone or tablet to stream videos directly to your TV. The TV features Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy to set up wireless sound bars and other external audio equipment for the ultimate home theater configuration.

Best Smart TV: Hisense 65H8G Quantum Series 65-Inch Android TV

What We Like
  • Google Assistant built in

  • Parental controls

  • AI scene recognition

What We Don't Like
  • No native iOS support

The Hisense 65H8G is the best the brand has to offer in terms of smart functionality. This TV is built on the Android TV platform to give you access to pre-loaded apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube as well as thousands of shows and movies through the Google Play store. The voice-enabled remote has Google Assistant built in to give you hands-free controls right out of the box. It is also compatible with Alexa-enabled devices for expanded voice controls. It features AI-assisted automatic scene recognition to adjust picture settings based on what you're watching for a perfect viewing experience. 

With Chromecast, you can mirror your smartphone or tablet screen for more ways to share videos with family and friends. Parental control options let you set restrictions on content so your little ones can't watch anything that isn't age appropriate. You can also set up closed captions for the hard of hearing or anyone who prefers to have captions while they watch their favorite shows and movies. The updated ULED panel produces stunning 4K UHD resolution with HDR support for enhanced detailing. The dual 10 watt speakers use Dolby Atmos technology to produce virtual surround sound for a more immersive listening experience.

Best Small Screen: Hisense 32H4F 32-Inch Roku TV

The Hisense 32H4F is an excellent option for customers looking for a small-format television to fit an apartment, dorm, bedroom, or kids' playroom. The 32-inch screen produces 720p standard HD for a consistently great picture whether you're watching local news or streaming your favorite movie. The TV runs on the Roku platform, giving you access to thousands of apps and a streamlined hub menu for easy access to all your playback devices and game consoles. 

With the Roku app, you can transform your iOS or Android device into a voice-enabled remote, or you can connect the TV to your Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker for expanded voice commands. There is a dedicated game mode that automatically lowers input latency and adjusts the refresh rate for near real-time reactions to your button presses and to prevent screen tearing and stuttering. The built-in speakers use DTS TruSurround technology for room-filling audio and a better listening experience.

What We Like
  • Voice controls

  • Dedicated game mode

  • DTS TruSurround

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth

  • Not 1080p or 4K

Best Budget: Hisense 50H6570G 50-Inch 4K Android TV

If you're looking for a TV with tons of features and great screen resolution, but don't want to spend a fortune, the Hisense 50-Inch Android TV is an excellent choice. It's a 4K television with Dolby Vision HDR support for incredible detailing and picture quality, and it retails for under $275; it also features upscaling of non-4K content for a consistent viewing experience. It's built on the AndroidTV operating system, so not only do you get access to streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, you can screen mirror your Android mobile devices with built-in Chromecast for more ways to watch videos and share photos. 

The voice-enabled remote features Google Assistant built in and is compatible with Alexa for expanded voice controls. The dual, 8 watt speakers utilize DTS Virtual: X technology to give you room-filling surround sound without having to set up external audio equipment; though if you want the ultimate, custom home theater, you can use the Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly set up soundbars, speakers, and subwoofers. The TV also has a suite of parental controls to prevent little ones from accessing inappropriate content.

What We Like
  • 4K UHD

  • Bluetooth

  • Parental controls

What We Don't Like
  • No built-in tuner

  • No iOS screen mirroring

Best Laser: Hisense L10 Series 100-inch 4K UHD Laser TV

What We Like
  • Alexa-enabled

  • 8-inch throw distance

  • Harman Kardon audio system and subwoofer

What We Don't Like
  • Very, very expensive

  • Heavy (42 pounds)

With the 100L10E laser TV, Hisense has taken the leap into the next generation of televisions. While the price tag is staggering, it's supported by some truly impressive technology. The laser unit of the TV is modeled after theater projectors to provide a cinematic viewing experience at home. The screen comes in both 100 and 120-inch sizes and is built with Ambient Light Rejection technology. This means that in any lighting, you get bright colors, deep blacks, and superior details. 

The TV unit itself uses laser projector technology to produce a great picture with a super short throw distance of just eight inches. This means that you don't have to have a gigantic room to set up this TV or worry about people ruining the movie or watch party by walking in front of the projector. It features a built-in Harman Kardon audio system and includes a wireless subwoofer so you can get the best surround sound listening experience whether you're watching cartoons, sports, or blockbuster movies. It also features smart functionality so you can download your favorite streaming apps right to the unit. It comes with an Alexa-enabled remote so you get hands-free voice controls without the need for extra devices.

Final Verdict

The 55H9G is the best TV that Hisense has to offer. It's built on the Android TV streaming platform, giving you access to Chromecast, thousands of apps, and Google Assistant voice controls right out of the box. The updated Hi-View chipset uses AI to automatically assess movies and shows scene-by-scene to optimize picture settings. The 55R8F is a close second, though. With the same ULED panel as the H9G, it produces great 4K resolution. It also uses both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to give you the best viewing experience possible. Unlike the H9G, it uses the Roku platform for streaming.

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Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management, so she has the knowledge of what makes a solid TV for home entertainment.

The Ultimate Hisense TV Buying Guide

Hisense may not be a household name yet, but they've begun to prove themselves as a reliable, alternative brand to larger manufacturers like LG, Sony, and Samsung. They offer several lines of televisions that feature different streaming platforms and operating systems as well as a variety of screen sizes and price points. If you're not looking to spend a ton of money when shopping for a new smart TV, Hisense has several budget-friendly options. They also have higher-end models for those who want to invest a bit more to future-proof their home theaters. Hisense offers both 1080p full HD and 4K screen resolution in their models, allowing you to choose the picture quality that best suits your watch habits. Do you mostly stream high quality video? A 4K model is best. Prefer to get your entertainment from broadcast channels? A TV with 1080p full HD is the better choice. 

They also pack in smart features like voice controls, HDR video support, and Dolby Audio so you can integrate your new television into your smart home network and get the best cinematic experience available with their models. They've even taken a leap into the future of home entertainment with their newest line of laser projection televisons. We'll take a look at a few important deciding factors when considering a Hisense television, including: Roku and AndroidTV operating systems, how to calculate the right screen size for your space, screen resolution, and the technology behind the laser TV. We'll make them easy to understand so you can choose which TV is right for you.

Hisense H8C Series 4K Ultra HD TV
Hisense H8C Series 4K Ultra HD TV. Image provided by Amazon.com

Roku vs AndroidTV

If you're considering a Hisense TV for your home or dorm, you may have noticed that they offer models with either Roku or AndroidTV as their operating system. While both give you the kinds of smart features and streaming capabilities you've come to expect for home entertainment, there are a few fundamental differences. If you rely on a smart home network or already have devices like smart speakers, you may want to get an AndroidTV based model, since they are compatible with Google Home and feature voice-enabled remote controls for hands-free commands right out of the box. If you have an Amazon Echo, you can connect it to an AndroidTV Hisense model for expanded controls. Roku-enabled televisions use a dedicated app for smartphones and tablets to turn them into voice-enabled remotes; these models don't feature voice-enabled remotes or native virtual assistants. Roku based models are great for customers who aren't looking to set up a smart home network or who don't use virtual assistants and just want to stream their favorite shows and movies.

Hisense 100-inch smart laser TV

What is a Laser TV?

Laser TVs are the newest iteration of projection televisions, using an optical laser rather than a mirror and lamp configuration to produce images. Laser televisions use a digital light processing (DLP) chipset in either single or triple-chipset configurations. These chips use thousands of microscopic mirrors arranged in a rectangular array, and each mirror represents a pixel on the screen; these mirrors reflect white and color light from the laser lamp to create images, and turn on and off rapidly to create grayscale pictures. Triple-chipset configurations use a prism to split the white light emitted by the laser and each primary color is sent to its own micromirror chip. This eliminates the rainbow effect, This configuration is found in high-end home laser TVs, projectors, and commercial cinema projectors, and is capable of a higher number of colors for more lifelike images.

Hisense's 100 and 120-inch smart laser TV system is the absolute best model available right now, with an integrated Harman Kardon sound system, 4K resolution, and ultra-short 8-inch throw distance. Laser TVs can offer many of the same smart features as their LED counter parts; some units have integrated voice controls and compatibility with virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and preloaded streaming apps. They also can produce great 1080p full HD or 4K resolution for excellent picture quality. Unfortunately, like all new technology, all of these great features come at a high cost; some models sell for close to $10,000, putting them well out of reach of most customers.

Hisense 4K TV
Companies like TCL and Hisense are surging in popularity, mostly because of affordable, high-performance 4K TVs like this new Hisense R8F ULED.  Hisense

Screen Size and Resolution

Before adding a new TV to your online shopping cart or buying one in-store, you have to determine what screen size best fits your space.To do this, pick a spot for a dedicated stand or wall mount and measure the distance to where you are most likely to sit; then divide that measurement in half to get the ideal screen size. For example, if your couch is 10 feet from your TV (120 inches), the ideal TV size is 60 inches. You can go a bit larger or smaller depending on what's available online and in stores, but having a TV that is too large or too small can cause problems. A screen that is too large takes up an unnecessary amount of space and may not even fit your room at all, and it can cause motion sickness. A screen that is too small makes it difficult to make out details and forces everyone to crowd around the television, making a watch party with friends and family almost impossible.

Now that you have the screen size down, it's time to look at screen resolution. Televisions that provide 4K UHD resolution have become more popular and mainstream in home entertainment. They give you four times the pixels of 1080p full HD, meaning you can get a wider color range and more detailing. Many streaming services offer UHD content so you can take full advantage of your TV's picture technology. You can still find TV models that use 1080p full HD, and these make excellent secondary TVs in bedrooms, kitchens, or children's playrooms; especially if you mostly watch broadcast programming and older DVDs.

Hisense Android TV Home Page

HDR and Audio

If you've been looking to buy a new TV for a while, you may have noticed that many new models offer something called HDR support. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it is a technology that analyzes shows and movies scene by scene for optimal color, contrast, and picture quality. A lot of newer Hisense TVs use Dolby Vision for their HDR support. This is the most common version of HDR, and it is available in many different brands and models.  

If you're looking for superior audio quality, many new Hisense TVs also use Dolby Atmos to produce virtual surround sound audio for a more immersive experience. Many TVs also feature Bluetooth connectivity to set up wireless speakers, soundbars, and subwoofers for a custom home theater configuration. With Bluetooth, you can also connect wireless headsets for private listening so you won't disturb others in your home or dorm while you watch your favorite shows and movies, listen to music, or play video games.