The 7 Best Sony TVs of 2020

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Editors' Choice
Best for Small Rooms
Sony XBR49X900F
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.
Best Splurge
Sony XZ9F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA LED TV
For the absolute best Sony has to offer, look to the 65-inch Z9F smart TV.
Best OLED
Sony XBR-65A8G 65-Inch Bravia OLED TV
It's built around Sony's X1 Extreme processor for faster picture rendering and smoother upscaling.
Best Value
Sony X800G 4K 65-Inch UHD Smart TV
If you need accessibility options, this model has them in spades.
Best Smart TV
Sony X800H 43-Inch 4K UHD TV
This TV, like others on this list, is built around the AndroidTV operating system.
Best 8K
Sony XBR85Z9G 85-Inch 8K Smart Master Series TV
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 the best Sony TV for your home.

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

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

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 65-Inch UHD Smart TV

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.

The Ultimate Sony TV Buying Guide

Since its founding in 1946, Sony has made itself into a reputable name in electronics, and when they introduced their first smart televisions in 2007, they were no exception. Their lines of smart TVs give you tons of features to choose from: from voice-enabled remotes and preloaded apps, to screen mirroring and some truly impressive audio and video technology, Sony smart TVs are some of the best available on the market. Sony has also introduced a line of OLED panel televisions which use cutting-edge image technology to give you the most lifelike picture available. 

Some Sony models also use something called Acoustic Surface Technology, turning the entire screen into a speaker for clear, crisp audio. Many models available from Sony use proprietary programming and technology like Motionflow XR to render images and master audio to create a more cinematic experience in your home theater. Whether you want to watch the big game with friends, have family movie night on the weekends, or are looking for the ultimate gaming TV, there is a Sony model to suit.

Sony TV with Chromecast Built-in
Sony TV with Chromecast Built-in. Image provided by Sony

LED VS OLED

LG was the first company to introduce OLED technology in 2012, and Sony was quick to follow. An OLED panel uses several layers of organic substrates and filtering layers to produce millions of bright, lifelike colors. These types of screens also have millions of individually lit pixels to produce minute detailing and deep, inky blacks for enhanced contrast. Since they use edge lighting rather than traditional backlighting rigs, OLED televisions can be made much thinner than their LED and QLED cousins. This gives each OLED television a sleek, modern look that will complement almost any home decor. All of this amazing technology comes at a price though; OLED televisions can run upwards of thousands of dollars depending on screen size and other optional features. 

Sony still offers LED models at more affordable prices for budget-conscious customers. You can still find excellent 4K UHD resolution and picture quality in these kinds of televisions, but detailing and contrast pales in comparison to their OLED counterparts. One advantage traditional LED televisions have over OLED models is that they don't carry any danger of image burn-in. Burn-in happens when a screen projects the same image over a long period of time, creating a "ghost" image when switched off. This usually happens with headline tickers on news channels or score and stat blocks when watching sports. Under normal circumstances, burn-in isn't much of a concern, but if you plan on watching a lot of 24-hour news channels or sports, it's something to stay aware of.

Sony XBR-75Z9D 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR and Backlight Master Drive
Sony XBR-75Z9D 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR and Backlight Master Drive. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Acoustic Surface Technology

Along with OLED panels, Sony further reduces bulk in their high-end televisions by using their Acoustic Surface Technology. This system forgoes traditional speakers in favor of very small vibration units mounted behind the screen which track objects on the screen and produce audio accordingly. Not only does this allow for incredibly thin televisions, it also vastly reduces the latency between audio and video; it creates nearly-simultaneous video and audio output, giving you the most accurate audio and a much more immersive experience. 

Since the sound units are behind the screen and must vibrate to produce sound, it's natural to worry if this technology will distort the picture or cause visual problems. However, these actuators are designed to vibrate on an almost microscopic level, virtually eliminating image distortion. With Acoustic Surface Technology, you won't need expensive, external audio equipment to get great 3D sound, though you can utilize Bluetooth connectivity to enhance this feature with satellite speakers and subwoofers.

The Sony X940D 4K TV. Pic: Sony
The Sony X940D 4K TV.

Screen Resolution

Sony, along with other television manufacturers, have begun to offer 4K TVs at more and more affordable prices as the technology becomes cheaper and easier to produce. Televisions that use 4K resolution give you four times the resolution of full 1080p HD models, creating more colors, enhanced contrast, and better detailing. As more and more people buy 4K TVs, streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and Prime Video have started offering a slew of movies and shows in 4K in order to take full advantage of the technology. Streaming services are still finding ways to reliably provide UHD content without requiring ridiculously fast internet speeds or exceptionally high data caps. Sony, along with LG, have also released a line of televisions that can produce 8K resolution.

Models with 8K resolution give you four times that of 4K and 16 times that of 1080p HD. That may sound impressive, but the visual difference between 8K and 4K isn't nearly as dramatic as that between 4K and 1080p. For an 8K television to look its best, the television would need a native refresh rate of 120Hz (120 times per second) to eliminate motion blur and muddy details. Televisions with 8K resolution are also extraordinarily expensive, costing tens of thousands of dollars; this places them well out of reach of average consumers and even some businesses, making it difficult to justify upgrading your home theater with this new technology. While it's tempting to splurge on an 8K TV to future-proof your home theater, the lack of viable content and rapidly shifting technology makes a 4K model much more attractive as a choice.