The 7 Best Sony TVs of 2020

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The Rundown
"More than just a pretty face, the A8G uses the unique and game-changing Acoustic Surface technology to achieve its incredible sound."
Best for Small Rooms:
Sony XBR49X900F at Best Buy
"If you’re looking for Sony’s best combination of size and quality, you won’t do any better than the Sony X900F 49-inch 4K smart LED TV."
"For the absolute best Sony has to offer, look to the 65-inch Z9F smart TV."
"It's built around Sony's X1 Extreme processor for faster picture rendering and smoother upscaling."
"If you need accessibility options, this model has them in spades."
"This TV, like others on this list, is built around the AndroidTV operating system."
"It's built with Sony's X1 Ultimate processor to produce stunning native 8K resolution and upscale non-8K media."

Sony has been a trusted brand in televisions for years. With so many quality models of TVs, it can be difficult to choose just one. We've rounded up our top picks with a variety of different features from 4K and 8K UHD resolution and smart functionality to voice controls and dedicated video game modes. So whether you're a die-hard Sony fan or just looking to upgrade your home theater, we'll help you choose the right TV for your home.

Best Overall: Sony Bravia A8G 55-Inch 4K Smart TV

Sony Bravia A8G 55-Inch 4K Smart TV

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What We Like
  • OLED panel

  • IMAX enhanced

  • Dolby Vision support

What We Don't Like
  • No Mac/iOS support

One of Sony’s most stunning TVs, the Bravia 55-inch A8G 4K Smart TV projects an exceptionally gorgeous picture and cinematic sound throughout your living room. One of the main perks of an OLED screen is its ability to expertly render dark scenes. The A8G’s OLED display, in particular, boasts more than eight million pixels. Offering lifelike 4K picture, the A8G even upscales non-4K content to come close to the same quality as native 4K. HDR, complete with Dolby Vision and IMAX Enhanced, brings the movie theater to your home.

More than just a pretty face, the A8G uses the unique and game-changing Acoustic Surface technology to achieve its incredible sound. Rather than pushing audio through speakers located below or behind the screen, the A8G’s sound filters through the screen, upping the immersion for an impactful audio experience that renders your soundbar obsolete. Whether you’re watching movies and TV or playing games, the A8G exhibits a consistently impressive viewing and listening experience.

Google Assistant is built-in for voice commands and the Android TV interface lets you easily navigate and access your connected devices and applications.

Best for Small Rooms: Sony XBR49X900F 49" 4K Smart TV

Sony XBR49X900F

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What We Like
  • 4K UHD

  • Full array dimming

  • IMAX enhanced audio

What We Don't Like
  • Not 3D ready

If you’re looking for Sony’s best combination of size and quality, you won’t do any better than the Sony X900F 49-inch 4K smart LED TV. For its size, the 4K image quality on the 900F is outstanding. Utilizing Sony’s HDR X1 Extreme processor ensures that colors look lifelike. The only full-array dimming television in Sony’s lineup, contrast is especially good. X-tended Dynamic Range keeps scenes darker or brighter as necessary and even action shots are worth raving about as Sony’s X-Motion Clarity tech reduces blur to almost zero.

The picture is good, the sound is even better. Sony opted for IMAX Enhanced audio, which fully envelopes you in the soundtracks of your favorite movies. As the manufacturer of the Sony PlayStation 4, gaming is a priority for all of Sony’s televisions. HDR gaming maintains vibrant colors while IMAX sound invites you to play again and again. Beyond gaming and sound, Sony’s TV is smart. As an Android TV, it’s easy to find a favorite movie, check sports scores, or control other smart devices with Google Assistant.

Best Splurge: Sony XZ9F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA LED TV

What We Like
  • OLED screen

  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

For the absolute best Sony has to offer, look to the 65-inch Z9F smart TV. A part of Sony’s “MASTER” series, the Z9F is the LED counterpart to the A9F’s OLED screen. Running on the Android TV platform, the TV has a bounty of features and services that help justify the premium price tag. Built-in Chromecast is perfect for streaming from a smartphone or tablet. Miracast adds another streaming option with the ability to mirror what’s on a smartphone or tablet display onto the screen.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant both add a voice search component as well as the ability to control other smart devices in the home. There’s even a specialized mode just for Netflix that mirrors studio production quality for an almost movie-theater-like experience.

However, it’s not just Netflix that looks good on this display. Pairing 4K resolution and HDR compatibility, the colors on the screen are vibrant, and Sony's X-Wide Angle tech makes the picture look great from any viewing angle. Manufactured with Sony’s X1 Ultimate processor, this TV also includes industry-leading 4K content upscaling.

Best OLED: Sony XBR-65A8G 65-Inch Bravia OLED TV

Sony XBR-65A8G 65 Inch TV: BRAVIA OLED

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What We Like
  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

  • Dolby Vision/IMAX Enhanced

  • Acoustic Surface

What We Don't Like
  • OLED screens are prone to burn-in damage

If you're in the market for an OLED TV from Sony, check out the 65-inch Bravia model. This TV features a top-of-the-line OLED panel to give you the best 4K UHD resolution with over 8million self-illuminating pixels. It's built around Sony's X1 Extreme processor for faster picture rendering and smoother upscaling of non-4K media. It features Sony's Triluminos technology, Dolby Vision HDR support, and IMAX Enhanced programming for superior color saturation, detailing, and contrast to make images really come to life.

With a native refresh rate of 120Hz and Sony's MotionFlow XR technology, action scenes have silky smooth motion so you never miss a beat of action or a single detail. It also features Sony's Acoustic Surface technology to turn the entire TV screen into a speaker for a better, more immersive, listening experience. You can connect your Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa enabled devices for hands-free voice controls when browsing streaming apps or adjusting picture and sound settings.

Best Value: Sony X800G 4K UHD Smart TV

Sony X800G 43-inch TV

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What We Like
  • Accessibility options

  • Plenty of inputs

  • 12 picture and five audio modes

What We Don't Like
  • No Mac/iOS support

If you're looking for a Sony TV that will deliver the most features at the best price, check out their X800G line. This model comes in a variety of sizes from 43-inches all the way up to 75-inches, so you can find the perfect TV for just about any entertainment space. This TV gives you awesome 4K UHD resolution with HDR10/HLG support as well as Sony's own dynamic contrast enhancer and image processing technology so you'll always get the best, most detailed picture possible. It's built with the Android TV operating system, so you can access your streaming apps right from the TV without any extra equipment. It also has Chromecast built in so you can stream directly from your smartphone or tablet.

If you need accessibility options, this model has them in spades. It has a screen reader, audio description option, closed captioning, text magnification, and built-in voice controls. Having so many accessibility features ensures that all your family and friends can enjoy movie night or binge watch parties. The TV also has 12 different picture modes as well as five different audio settings for the best cinematic experience no matter what you're watching or listening to.

Best Smart TV: Sony X800H 43-Inch 4K UHD TV

What We Like
  • AndroidTV

  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

  • Dolby Vision support

What We Don't Like
  • No Mac/iOS support

If you're looking to cut the cord with your cable or satellite provider and switch to streaming all of your media, the Sony X800H is a great choice. This TV, like others on this list, is built around the AndroidTV operating system. This lets you download all your favorite apps directly to the TV as well as gives you access to the Google Play Store to discover new ones.

You can connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices for hands-free voice controls and expanded streaming options; just say the word and your favorite songs can play on your TV as you do housework, read, or spend time with family and friends. The LED panel uses Sony's X1 HDR processor to produce a stunning 4K UHD resolution and upscale non-4K media. It also uses Dolby Vision and Triluminos display technologies for better detailing and a wider color gamut.

Best 8K: Sony XBR85Z9G 85-Inch 8K Smart Master Series TV

What We Like
  • Four times the resolution of 4K UHD

  • Google Assistant built in

  • Dolby Vision/IMAX Enhanced

What We Don't Like
  • No Mac/iOS support

  • Very expensive

Television manufacturers have ushered in a new generation of home entertainment by introducing 8K UHD resolution; it gives you four times the resolution of a 4K UHD TV and a staggering 16 times the detail of a 1080p HD unit. Sony's Z9G Master Series TV is the best the brand has to offer in this new category and one of the best on the market, period. This TV measures a whopping 85-inches to give you the ultimate viewing experience. It's built with Sony's X1 Ultimate processor to produce stunning native 8K resolution and upscale non-8K media to create truly beautiful pictures.

Sony's X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro technology gives this unit support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and IMAX Enhanced programming so you get the best contrast and most detail-packed picture possible. It also features a Netflix Calibrated Mode so you can watch your favorite shows and movies how their creators intended. The included remote has Google Assistant voice controls built in for hands-free commands; it is also compatible with Amazon Alexa for Echo users.

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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 and has extensive experience with what makes a TV a great choice for home entertainment.

What to Look For in a Sony TV

Android TV - Sony’s higher-end sets include Android TV, which is a version of Android OS specifically designed for smart televisions. This allows you to download and install apps from the Google Play Store to watch content from services like Netflix and even play games right on your TV.
Motionflow XR - If you watch a lot of fast-paced sports or play video games, look for a Sony television that includes Motionflow XR. This technology is capable of reducing blur and judder during fast-moving scenes by analyzing video content on a frame-by-frame basis and then inserting new frames, adjusting the backlight controls, and cleaning up blurred objects in existing frames.
Acoustic surface technology - Built-in speakers usually aren’t that great, but televisions all come with them, and they take up valuable space. If you want an exceptionally thin TV with a tiny bezel, look for one that comes with acoustic surface technology. Using this technology, a TV can actually emit sound from its screen, so it doesn’t need bulky speakers or a thick bezel to house them.