The 8 Best Samsung TVs to Buy in 2018

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Is there anything better than kicking back on the couch, grabbing some cozy blankets and settling down in front of a great television to binge-watch the new seasons of your favorite shows? Just add your own popcorn to create a comfortable in-home theater experience. To help you achieve this downtime dream, turn to a trusted electronics manufacturer like Samsung, well-known for their quality and innovative products. We’ve rounded up some of the best Samsung televisions, so you can make your pick and start watching Netflix in no time.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Samsung UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

The Samsung UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K TV offers the perfect mix of affordability, great picture, and modern features, delivering superior Samsung performance out of the box while also setting you up for the future. This TV is a 4K set with High Dynamic Range picture, meaning it can show 4K content from Netflix, YouTube, and your other favorite streaming services. If you don’t think you need 4K capability right now, it’s worth noting that the amount of this content will greatly increase in the next few years. This TV ensures you’ll be able to keep up with those changes.

The Samsung UN50MU6300 also prominently features the Samsung Smart Hub, which makes it easy to switch between TV shows, movies, music, and game consoles. Plus, you can integrate it with your other smart home devices: this set comes with the OneRemote, a remote control that automatically detects your smart devices and sound bars and lets you control them using just that remote.

This TV comes in a range of sizes, from 40 inches all the way up to 75 inches. We’ve chosen the 50-inch model because it’s big enough to really take in that Ultra HD screen but small enough to fit in most houses and apartments. (If you have a particularly big living room then, by all means, go bigger!)

As a final note: If you care deeply about getting the best possible picture from a Samsung TV, we recommend you take a look at our QLED TV pick down below.

Best 4K: Samsung 65-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV

If you are ready to cut the cord and stream all your favorite content through your smart TV, this is an ideal choice for you. This Samsung 4K UHD Smart LED TV is an Amazon-certified “streaming optimized” television with built-in Wi-Fi and an easy-to-use customer interface. Plus, you get access to the Samsung SmartHub, so you can easily find and play your favorite movies, TV shows, sports, music and games. Like the other Samsung televisions on our list, this TV provides an excellent picture with a billion more shades of color than regular 4K HD and extreme light/dark contrast for improved resolution and detail. 

Best Budget: Samsung UN32J4001 32-Inch 720p LED TV

Since Samsung is generally considered a premium brand, they don’t make a ton of TVs that fall on the budget end of the pricing spectrum. That being said, the best deal you can find today is the UN32J4001 32-Inch 720p LED TV. This model is relatively free of bells and whistles and is not a smart TV. But it delivers great value for the price and would make for a perfect secondary television for a bedroom or kitchen.

The Samsung UN32J4001 weighs 9.3 pounds and has two HDMI ports. If you want to enable streaming media like Netflix, you’ll need to attach a Roku, Google Chromecast, or other streaming device. Although the price tag gets you smaller speakers and less-impressive picture quality — 720p with a 60Hz refresh rate — Amazon reviewers say that the picture is crisp and has great colors, and that the speakers are perfectly fine for smaller rooms. Bottom line: As long as you don’t set this TV up as a primary set in your home, you’ll probably be over the moon for it.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best budget TVs

Best QLED: Samsung QN55Q6F 55-inch QLED 4K TV

Equipped with Quantum Dot QLED technology, the Samsung QN55Q6F 55-inch QLED 4K UHD 6 series Smart TV is in a class of its own. With more vivid colors, the QLED technology makes the screen image pop from every viewing angle. High dynamic range (Q HDR) adds more shadow details, deeper blacks, and brighter whites leading to a more realistic color experience. The television is compatible with HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG programming, and can stream in 4K resolution. Anti-blur technology delivers the best picture for sports and other fast-moving action.

The Q Smart TV interface on the Samsung QN55Q6F adds a slew of 4K programming. Integration with streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video adds hundreds of 4K compatible shows and movies. Voice Search incorporates Bixby Voice for flipping channels, searching for shows, and even asking about the weather. Samsung’s OneRemote allows full control over the universal program guide. 

Runner-Up, Best QLED: Samsung 55-inch QLED Special Edition TV

Intrigued by the description of the QLED television but not quite ready to spend that kind of cash? Check out this 55-inch Samsung QLED Special Edition television. The same Quantum Dots are at work here to create unrivaled picture quality with immersive color and brightness. This lightweight television can be mounted to the wall or can sit on a stand – with its clean finish and modern good looks, either way, it will look great in your living room or family room. Use the included Smart Remote Controller with voice navigation capability to quickly find your favorite streaming shows, movies or music, too.  

Best Small Smart TV: Samsung UN32N5300AFXZA 32-Inch 1080p Smart TV 

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Small smart TVs are an important part of the new TV ecosystem. They don’t take up a ton of room and are easy to set up for streaming media, which makes them a fantastic addition to a bedroom, kitchen, or garage. If you’re looking for a small but high-quality smart TV from Samsung, then look no further than the UN32N5300AFXZA 32-Inch set. This 1080p HDTV features great picture quality with Samsung’s “HyperReal Engine,” which provides a high level of detail and color. Its smart features will let you connect to your home WiFi network to in order to stream movies, videos, music, and more. If you have a Samsung phone, you can even cast your smartphone screen directly to your TV. Reviewers said they were mostly happy with this model, especially for its sub-$300 price, but they said the audio can be slightly underwhelming. If sound is a big deal for you, a soundbar might be a good purchase with this TV.

Best Curved: Samsung UN65NU8500 Curved 65" 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV

Curved TVs are a something of a niche product — on the one hand, they can provide incredible immersion. On the other hand, the limited viewing angles can make them a less-than-ideal choice for the average family room. But if you’re in the market for a curved screen, the Samsung UN65NU8500 Curved 65" 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV is the cream of the crop in Samsung’s curved TV lineup. And, as is the appeal with these kinds of screens, this TV provides an amazing picture that will take you inside whatever you are watching.

This set offers 4K HD viewing with a 240Hz refresh rate and HDR Plus, so you can watch all the best 4K content on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, and more in unbelievable detail. For smart features, the UN65NU8500 offers all the top streaming media apps and Bixby Voice assistant built in, so you can search for content by talking into your remote. This model is on the pricier side, but Amazon reviewers have praised this set for picture quality and for its easy set-up.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best curved TVs.

Best Multi-Tasker: Samsung 40-inch UltraHD Smart LED TV

Do you love to plug in a lot of extra devices to your television such as gaming systems, DVD players, extra speakers or other electronics? The super-smart Samsung Ultra HDTV might be a perfect choice for you. This television comes with Samsung’s SmartHub, which intelligently senses any plugged-in devices and allows you to control everything with just one remote. Plus the Samsung Smart TV user-interface and the new Smart Remote Controller with voice navigation capability helps you quickly access streaming content on Netflix, Hulu or even YouTube. With nice picture quality and an affordable price, this 40-inch television is good at a lot of different things at once.