The 8 Best Smart TVs for Streaming in 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: TCL 50S425 50" 4K Roku TV at Amazon

"The sizable 50-inch screen has 4K resolution and HDR10 for picture quality that's typically seen in much more expensive TVs."

Best Fire TV: Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43" 4K Fire TV at Amazon

"It produces stunning picture quality, boasting 4K ultra-HD resolution with more than eight million pixels."

Runner-Up, Best Fire TV: Toshiba 43LF711U20 43" Fire TV at Amazon

"Gives you control over all Alexa-compatible smart home devices."

Best QLED: Samsung QN55Q6F 55" 4K Smart TV at Amazon

"QLED technology is as close as you can get to having movie-theater-quality color in your home."

Best Sound: Sony XBR55A9F 55" 4K Smart TV at Amazon

"One set that doesn’t skirt its sound responsibilities — while also delivering a best-in-class picture."

Best for the Money: Hisense 40H5590F 40" Android TV at Amazon

"uses Hisense's MotionRate 120 programming and a 60Hz refresh rate to prevent motion blur."

Best OLED: LG B9 Series 55" 4K OLED TV at Amazon

"This model is designed from the ground up to create a truly stunning viewing experience for movies, shows, and even games."

Best for Kitchen: LG 24LH4830 24" 720p Smart TV at Amazon

"While it doesn't have many fancy bells and whistles, it still delivers a quality picture at 720p resolution"

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: TCL 50S425 50" 4K Roku TV

4.5
What We Like
  • Dedicated Game Mode

  • Built-in Roku interface

  • Plenty of connection ports

What We Don't Like
  • May not be compatible with all wall mounting kits

  • Reports of WiFi connectivity issues

  • Reports of bad screens

The TCL 50S425 TV gives you all the smart TV features you want at a much more affordable price. The sizable 50-inch screen has 4K resolution and HDR10 for picture quality that's typically seen in much more expensive TVs. Your favorite shows and movies will look great on this screen, and so will video games. With three HDMI ports, a USB port, Optical Audio Out ports and an Ethernet port, you’ll have no problem connecting several external devices. The TV also has a setting called Game Mode which reduces the input lag for video games and makes playing so much smoother.

The TCL 50S425 comes with a built-in Roku interface, which gives you on-screen access to practically every streaming app out there. The TV comes with a streamlined Roku remote that makes navigating easier, and you can also download the Roku app to use your phone as a remote or listen to TV audio through headphones.

Overall, if you’re looking for a great 4K TV and don’t want to spend too much for it, look no further than the TCL 50S425.

Best Fire TV: Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43" 4K Fire TV

4
What We Like
  • HDR support

  • Built-in Amazon Alexa

  • Different sizes available

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of WiFi connectivity issues

  • Reports of failing screens

  • Clunky menus

The Insignia Fire TV maintains a reasonable price tag without skimping on quality. It produces stunning picture quality, boasting 4K ultra-HD resolution with more than eight million pixels. It’s also the first line of Insignia TVs to support HDR (high dynamic range), meaning it produces more vivid, true-to-life colors.

Like all Smart TVs, the Insignia Fire gives you immediate access to thousands of channels and streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, SHOWTIME, HBO, and more) integrating seamlessly with live TV. Additionally, this device has Amazon Alexa, which essentially transforms your TV into a smart-home hub. Search for titles, switch inputs, and play music, all with voice commands. It also comes with three HDMI inputs on the back of the unit that allow you to add on third-party media players like gaming consoles, sound bars, or a cable box.

The Insignia Fire TV is available in three sizes, with either a 43-, 50-, or 55-inch screen.

Runner-Up, Best Fire TV: Toshiba 43LF711U20 43" Fire TV

What We Like
  • Amazon Alexa built in

  • Budget friendly

  • Voice control remote

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of bad screens

  • Reports of WiFi connectivity issues

  • Reports of bad remotes

These days, a TV that’s just a TV doesn’t cut it. The Toshiba 4K HDR Fire TV, Amazon’s latest Fire TV partnership, has Alexa so it can help you both take a break from your life, or manage it. The accompanying remote — which only features a few buttons, as well as quick-access buttons to popular apps like Netflix and Prime Video — features a built-in mic for accessing the voice assistant. It streamlines browsing, lets you manage tasks like updating your calendar, and gives you control over all Alexa-compatible smart home devices. 

The TV also falls on the lower end in terms of price, and while that is reflected in its slower loading times, some heavy Amazon advertising, and a cluttered app store, its striking visuals make it a competitive addition to the budget market. The 3840x2160 resolution stuns, as you enjoy a variety of streaming services, from Prime Video to HBO and apps like Twitch and Spotify. 

Best QLED: Samsung QN55Q6F 55" 4K Smart TV

What We Like
  • Universal guide menu

  • Voice controls

  • Great picture quality

What We Don't Like
  • Pre-installed bloatware

  • May not work with all home theater speaker systems

  • Reports of bad remotes

These days, nearly every television has some sort of smart capability. While every manufacturer approaches its interface differently, Samsung’s 55” QLED 4K UHD 6 series Smart TV stands out from the crowd. Q smart technology adds a beautiful way to discover and stream live television programming. A universal guide adds a bevy of apps including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO and more.

Utilizing Samsung’s streamlined OneRemote, navigating the search function is as easy as ever. Things can get even easier with Bixby Voice searches for content, switching channels or even asking about the weather.

If the smart interface hasn’t already won you over, the Samsung picture quality is sure to do so. QLED technology is as close as you can get to having movie-theater-quality color in your home (at a reasonable price). Its color and contrast are second to none with deep blacks that are unmatched in the category. All of this is powered by the Q engine which helps optimize each piece of content for 4K quality. 

Best Sound: Sony XBR55A9F 55" 4K Smart TV

What We Like
  • Embedded subwoofer

  • Built-in Chromecast

  • Android and iOS device support

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of firmware issues

  • Reports of bad screens

  • Expensive

One quality that is often lacking on smart TVs is sound, and because of that a whole slew of soundbars exist. But one set that doesn’t skirt its sound responsibilities — while also delivering a best-in-class picture and smart features — is the Sony XBR55A9F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV. This TV features Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+™, in which sound comes directly from the center of the screen and is always perfectly synced with the image. There’s also a subwoofer embedded to give a substantial thump whenever there’s an explosion or strong bass is coming through.

Outside of the great sound, you’ll likely appreciate the XBR55A9F’s smart features including built-in Chromecast, voice controls from Amazon Alexa, and Sony SideView so you can remotely control the TV from your iPhone or Android smartphone. And in terms of the picture: This set’s 4K X-Reality PRO OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate will vividly take you inside whatever you’re watching.

Best for the Money: Hisense 40H5590F 40" Android TV

What We Like
  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Google Assistant compatible

  • Budget friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Not 4K UHD

  • No 5GHz band WiFi support

  • May have difficulty streaming HBO Now and Hulu apps

The Hisense 40H5590F is a TV that offers the most bang for your buck. It runs on the AndroidTV operating system, giving you access to streaming apps as well as live channels in a single hub menu. You can connect it to your Google Assistant for voice-controlled browsing and search capabilities. The built-in speakers utilize DTS Studio Sound technology to create virtual surround sound for a more cinematic and immersive audio experience. You can also connect soundbars and other audio equipment to the TV via Bluetooth.

While this model doesn't offer 4K UHD resolution, it still delivers a clean and crisp picture with full 1080p high definition capabilities. It also uses Hisense's MotionRate 120 programming and a 60Hz refresh rate to prevent motion blur, screen tearing, and picture stutter while watching fast-paced action scenes and sports.

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

What We Like
  • One year of Disney+ included with purchase

  • Nvidia G-Sync compatible

  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Reports of screen burn-in

  • Color calibration may be difficult for some users

Televisions that use OLED technology deliver some of the best quality images available on the market; the LG B9 is no exception. This model is designed from the ground up to create a truly stunning viewing experience for movies, shows, and even games. It utilizes Nvidia's G-Sync technology to create near-perfect blacks and more intense color saturation as well as smoothing motion blur, allowing you to use this TV as a dedicated gaming monitor for your PC.

The second generation processor delivers top-of-the-line 4K UHD resolution while also powering LG's proprietary ThinQ AI technology. With ThinQ, you can connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice commands and your TV will suggest shows and movies based on what you've already watched. You can also connect your macOS and iOS devices with AirPlay 2 to stream directly from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. LG has partnered with Disney+ to give you one year of service with the purchase of this TV model.

Best for Kitchen: LG 24LH4830 24" 720p Smart TV

What We Like
  • Miracast and WiDi compatible

  • Wide viewing angle

  • One year warranty

What We Don't Like
  • May not support all streaming apps

  • No Bluetooth connectivity

  • No USB ports

The LG 24LH4830-PU is a great choice for anyone looking for a smaller television to have in their kitchen. This TV measures just 24 inches diagonally, making it easy to tuck away in a corner or place out of the way when counter space is at a premium. While it doesn't have many fancy bells and whistles, it still delivers a quality picture at 720p resolution and can produce a wide range of colors.

The LH4830 allows you to download your favorite streaming apps directly to the TV, and with Miracast or WiDi direct connectivity, you can stream from your smartphone or tablet. With the smaller screen, you still get a wide viewing angle so you never miss a minute of your favorite shows and movies when cooking or having dinner with family and friends. LG backs this TV with a one year warranty that covers manufacturing defects and DOA units.

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What to Look for in a Smart TV

Resolution - One of the major concerns when buying any television set these days is the resolution you should get. While 1080p TVs are more affordable, 4K ensures that your TV won’t be considered out of date in just a few years. Whether you really need 4K depends on screen size (if a TV is smaller than 55 inches, it doesn’t make a huge difference), how close you’ll be sitting, and what kind of media you’ll be watching.

Streaming support - While all smart TVs will support the most popular streaming services (Netflix and Hulu), some may not include the more niche services. Also, not all smart TVs offer the option to download extra apps if one of your favorites isn’t included. It’s worth taking the time to do some research on whether your most-used streaming services will be available on a particular smart TV.

Interface - One of the downsides of smart TVs is that their interfaces can be clunky and difficult to use. If you stream a lot, you’ll need to make sure that the user experience is smooth and intuitive. What’s more, you may want to look into search options: It can get tedious typing letters with your remote if you’re searching for a show, so check whether a TV supports voice search or has an app you can use on your phone or tablet.

Why Trust Us

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.

Test Results: Insignia Fire TV Edition (Best Fire TV)

4
What We Like
  • High-quality display

  • Excellent sound

  • Easy navigation

What We Don't Like
  • Must be linked to Amazon account

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Our testers thought the Insignia Fire TV was a perfect choice for a high-quality smart TV at a reasonable price. “It integrates all of my TV-viewing apps in one place, which is very easy to access via one simple click,” raved one reviewer. Notable pluses, according to our testers, included the high-definition display, great sound quality, and simple remote featuring voice activation. Just don’t forget: It is an Amazon product. “I did not like the fact that I have to connect it with my Amazon account and when I do, I cannot disable Alexa,” one tester commented.