The 8 Best LG TVs of 2020

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LG is an electronics giant, and the best LG TVs offer plenty of features that balance form and function. From pioneering 4K UHD OLED panels for ultra-detailed and color-saturated pictures to producing some of the first 8K UHD televisions and taking the leap into the future of home entertainment, LG takes plenty of risks to keep you interested in their products as well as providing tried-and-true elements. With a variety of sizes from as small as 32 inches to wall-dominating 86-inch screens, you can choose a television that best suits your home theater, media room, apartment, or dorm room. LG offers smart TVs for streaming movies, shows, and music as well as models with integrated virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free control and easier integration into your smart home network. 


The brand also has a wide range of price points for their televisions to make both budget-conscious shoppers as well as those willing to spend more to get the best-of-the-best in home entertainment happy. LG's higher-end televisions are powered by an artificial intelligence-assisted, multi-core processor that not only drives picture rendering, but also learns from your search and watch history to suggest new shows and movies to watch, apps to use, and even sound and picture settings for the ultimate viewing experience. No matter what your entertainment needs are, LG has a television model to fit them. We've rounded up our top picks from LG to help you choose which model is right for you.

Best Overall: LG OLED65C9PUA C9 Series 65-Inch

What We Like
  • OLED panel

  • Integrated voice controls

  • LG Sound Sync

What We Don't Like
  • No Chromecast support

  • Expensive

  • Burn-in possible

4.9

For the perfect balance between size, picture quality, and smart features, the 65-inch C9 from LG is the best the brand has to offer. This model is powered by a second generation a9 processor with LG's ThinQ AI programming. It provides not only excellent 4K UHD resolution, it implements a quad-step noise reduction process when upscaling non-4K content for a consistently clear and detailed viewing experience. The OLED panel produces over one billion colors and supports HDR10 and HLG technologies for enhanced detailing and contrast. It also has a wide viewing angle, ensuring that you'll have the best seat no matter where you are in the room. 

With Nvidia G Sync technology, serious gamers will enjoy response times as low as 1ms and an automatic variable refresh rate that reduces screen tearing and stuttering for a more immersive gaming experience. The 40 watt speakers use Dolby Atmos to produce virtual surround sound audio for more cinematic listening. The television also supports LG Sound Sync, which allows you to wirelessly connect LG sound systems for true theater-quality sound. The included remote has a microphone built in to give you access to either Alexa or Google Assistant voice controls right out of the box. You can connect your smart speaker for expanded controls and better smart home network integration.

Testing Insight

With its excellent smart features, gorgeous 4K image quality, and an easy-to-use interface, LG has only improved on last year’s model with the LG OLED 65-inch C9 (OLED65C9PUA). - Emily Isaacs, Product Tester

Best Budget: LG LG 50UN7300PUF 50-Inch Smart LED TV

What We Like
  • Voice controls

  • AirPlay 2

  • Bluetooth connectivity

What We Don't Like
  • No Chromecast support

  • No LG Sound Sync support

If you're looking to stay within a reasonable budget when shopping for a new LG television, the LG 50UN7300PUF is an excellent option. This model delivers greak 4K UHD resolution powered by a quad-core processor and LG's ThinQ AI. It supports HDR10 and HLG technologies for enhanced contrasting and detailing. The 20 watt speakers use a virtual surround sound system for a more immersive listening experience. You can also use the TV's Bluetooth connectivity to set up sound bars and other external sound equipment. 


The TV runs on LG's webOS operating system and comes with pre-loaded apps like Netflix, Disney+, and AppleTV to give you access to thousands of shows and movies right out of the box. It also has a filmmaker picture mode that automatically adjusts picture settings to allow you to watch your favorite movies as the directors intended. If you're a diehard sports fan, this model can give you automatic sports alerts to keep you up-to-date on scores, stats, and team standings. The included remote has a microphone built in that works with both Google Assistant and Alexa for hands-free voice controls. You can mirror your iOS smartphone or tablet with built-in AirPlay2 connectivity for more ways to share pictures and videos with family and friends.

Best Large Screen: LG 86SM9070PUA Alexa Built-in Nano 9 Series 86"

What We Like
  • Nano display

  • Voice controls

  • AirPlay2

What We Don't Like
  • No Chromecast support

If your home theater or living room can accommodate a large screen television, the 86-inch Nano 9 from LG is the best large-format TV you can buy. This monster of a television uses LG's proprietary nano-particle display technology to produce vivid colors and great contrast that rivals their OLED displays but at a more affordable price. You'll get amazing 4K UHD resolution as well as intelligent upscaling of non-UHD content with the second generation a7 processor and a quad-step noise reduction process for a consistently clear picture. The frame features a minimal bezel to give you an almost edge-to-edge picture for a more immersive viewing experience. 

The TV has Bluetooth connectivity as well as WISA speaker compatibility that allows you to set up external audio equipment for a truly custom home theater configuration. With built-in Wi-Fi, you'll get access to apps like YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix for streaming your favorite shows and movies. You can take advantage of the AirPlay2 compatibility for screen mirroring your iOS smartphones and tablets for more ways to share videos and pictures.

Best for Gaming: LG B9 Series 55" 4K OLED TV

What We Like
  • Nvidia G Sync

  • Blue light filter

  • Low latency mode

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • No headphone jack

Serious console gamers need a TV that can keep up with their demands and expectations. The LG 55-Inch B9 Series is built from the ground up to provide the ultimate console gaming experience. This TV features Nvidia G Sync technology for deep, inky blacks and bright whites to enhance contrast. This technology also prevents screen tearing and stuttering for a consistently clear picture. With an automatic low latency mode, the TV detects when you're playing games and reduces input lag to as low as 13.1ms for near real-time responses to your controller inputs. The TV has four HDMI inputs, three USB ports, an RF connection, and composite video inputs so you can connect both modern and retro consoles. 

The 4K UHD OLED screen has a built-in blue light filter and anti-flicker protection to help protect your eyes from strain and fatigue during long gaming sessions. The built-in speakers use Dolby Atmos for a virtual surround sound experience; you can also use Bluetooth connectivity to set up external audio equipment for the ultimate gaming space. The remote has a microphone that allows you to use Google Assistant or Alexa voice controls to adjust picture and audio settings, volume, or search for hints and tips when you need them.

Best for 8K: LG Z9

LG Z9

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What We Like
  • True 8K

  • Biggest OLED

  • Amazing picture quality

What We Don't Like
  • Extremely expensive

This last option is for those who make money faster than they can spend. The LG Z9 is both the world’s first 8K OLED TV and the biggest OLED TV you can buy to date. The realm of 8K content right now is barren, and we wouldn’t recommend buying one if you expect to watch all the latest blockbusters in such rich detail. But whenever that content arrives, expect the LG Z9 to show it off best. LG also wants you to know that its TV meets ICDM standards for 8K displays. This organization uses a metric called Contrast Modulation to judge a TV’s ability to present an accurate 8K picture.

Some TVs miss the mark on thresholds for images (25 percent) and text (50 percent) even with the required amount of pixels (7,680 x 4,320). The LG Z9 hits 90 percent for both, so you’re getting "real" 8K here. That comes with all the other advantages of going with LG, including an AI-powered Alpha9 Gen 2 processor, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos, webOS with voice control through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, tons of apps, and all the mesmerizing qualities of OLED at scale.

Best 4K: LG LG OLED65CXPUA 65-Inch Smart OLED TV

What We Like
  • LG Channels

  • Filmmaker Mode

  • OLED

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • No Chromecast Support

For the absolute best 4K UHD viewing experience, the LG 65-inch CX Series is the only way to go. This TV is powered by LG's new third generation a9 processor that not only delivers a top-notch 4K UHD resolution, it also intelligently upscales non-UHD content for a consistent picture. It also features the new Dolby Vision IQ technology to automatically detect what you're watching and adjust picture settings to give you the best viewing experience possible. With the filmmaker mode, you can also make custom picture settings to watch your favorite movies as they were meant to be seen. 

The TV uses LG's webOS operating system to give you pre-loaded apps like AppleTV, Disney+, and Netflix. It also comes with LG Channels pre-loaded. This is an app that gives you over 180 live channels for news, sports, and original programming that lets you cut the cord with your cable or satellite provider. The frame has an ultra-thin bezel to give you an edge-to-edge picture. The OLED screen can be set to gallery mode that turns your television into a work of art to blend into your home decor when it isn't being used.

Best Smart Features: LG 55SM8600PUA Nano 8 Series 55"

What We Like
  • Pre-loaded apps

  • LG Sound Sync

  • Gallery Mode

What We Don't Like
  • No Chromecast support

For anyone who needs everything in their home to have smart functionality, the 55-Inch Nano 8 from LG is an excellent fit. This TV features a magic remote that comes with Google Assistant and Alexa built in for hands-free voice controls. You can also connect this TV to a Google Home or Amazon Echo smart speaker for expanded voice commands and integration into your smart home network. With the webOS operating system, this TV comes pre-loaded with apps like Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, and Hulu to give you access to thousands of movies and shows right out of the box. It also has a full web browser installed to allow you to surf the internet without a separate laptop or desktop computer. 

When you want to discover new apps, you can browse the Google Play store or LG Content store for more music, movies, and shows to watch with family and friends. The Nano 8 features AirPlay2 support which allows you to mirror your iOS tablets and smartphones as well as macOS laptops for more ways to share videos and pictures. If you want to connect external sound bars or other audio equipment, you can either use Bluetooth connectivity and WISA compatibility for a custom home theater configuration or the built-in LG Sound Sync which allows you to automatically connect compatible LG sound bars and subwoofers without a network or any wires. The 4K UHD LED panel can be set to gallery mode to turn your TV into a work of art and blend into your home decor when not in use.

Best OLED: LG LG OLED55GXPUA GX Series 55-Inch 4K UHD TV

What We Like
  • Dolby Vision IQ

  • Voice controls

  • Nvidia G Sync/AMD FreeSync

What We Don't Like
  • No Chromecast support

When it comes to home theater entertainment, a TV with an OLED panel gives you the best-of-the-best in picture quality. The GX series from LG is the best OLED panel television the brand has to offer. This TV is powered by the new third generation a9 processor that provides excellent 4K UHD resolution as well as intelligent upscaling of non-UHD content. Each of the screen's 8.3million pixels is individually lit to give you pixel-level dimming for deep, inky blacks and enhanced contrasting. With the new Dolby Vision IQ technology, this TV automatically detects what you're watching and adjusts picture settings accordingly for a consistently beautiful picture. When using apps like Netflix or Hulu, the TV uses a filmmaker mode that automatically changes picture and sound settings to allow you to watch your favorite movies as the director intended. 

If you're a console gamer, the GX series is compatible with both Nvidia G Sync and AMD FreeSync technology to prevent screen tearing and stuttering. It also has a special setting to provide alerts for scores, stats, and team standings for sports fans. The frame of the TV is designed to seamlessly blend into any home decor. The bezel-free design gives you an edge-to-edge picture, and the flush wall mounting gives you more placement options. When not in use, you can activate gallery mode to show stunning artwork and nature images to turn your television into a tasteful display.

Final Verdict

The C9 series from LG delivers stunning 4K UHD resolution with OLED panel technology for enhanced detailing, color volume, and contrasting. This line of televisions also uses Nvidia G Sync technology for gaming to prevent screen tearing and stuttering. Pre-loaded apps let you cut the cord with your cable or satellite provider and instantly stream your favorite shows and movies whenever you want. If you're working with a limited budget, the LG 50UN7300PUF still gives you a great picture and smart features with a price point under $500. It's compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for hands-free voice controls. AirPlay2 connectivity lets you mirror your Apple smartphone, tablet, or laptop for more ways to share videos and pictures.

About Our Trusted Experts

Taylor Clemons has over three years of experience writing about games and consumer technology. She has written for IndieHangover, GameSkinny, TechRadar and her own publication, Steam Shovelers.

Emily Isaacs has been writing for Lifewire since March 2019. She is passionate about emerging technologies, and has experience in email marketing for companies like Oracle and Shaw + Scott.

What to Look for in an LG TV:

OLED vs. LED - An OLED panel uses individual pixel lighting as well as organic film layers to produce more lifelike colors and enhanced detailing. Pixel-level dimming allows for deeper blacks and better contrasting. LG's Nano 8 and Nano 9 series televisions use traditional direct- or edge-lit LED panels. These still produce great 4K UHD resolution, but sacrifice detailing and color saturation.

Smart Features - Choosing a television that suits your home theater depends on your needs. If you stream all of your content, you'll need a model that has a built-in Wi-Fi connection as well as the ability to download apps like Netflix and Hulu. Some TVs also offer live channels for sports, news, and original programming. Others allow you to connect them to smart speakers for expanded voice controls.

4K vs 8K UHD - While 4K UHD resolution has become the new gold-standard in home entertainment, LG has taken the leap into the future by producing 8K televisions. These models give you up to four times the detailing of 4K and 16 times that of standard 1080p HD models. Televisions that offer 8K resolution are often extravagantly expensive, but they can future-proof your home theater by staying on the cutting-edge of home entertainment technology.