The 10 Best TVs to Buy in 2018

There's never been a better time to buy a new TV

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In 2018, TVs are better and more advanced than ever and they're significantly cheaper than they used to be. But when buying a new TV, you want to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck, and there's a lot to consider. For example, you'll have to know where the TV will go in the house, and what smart features it needs to have (these features will allow you to use a certain range of apps like Spotify, Netflix, etc.), as well as the quality of the screen/pixel resolution (720p, 1080p or 4K). To help, we've compiled a list of the best TVs on the market today, so deciding which one to buy for your home will be way easier than deciding what to watch on Netflix once you set it up.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Samsung Q7F (55-inch)

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As the world’s leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, Samsung makes everything from smartphones to dishwashers. The company’s TV lineup is also quite extensive, and the Q7FN is undoubtedly the best Smart TV you can buy right now. 

Part of Samsung’s flagship QLED TV series, the Q7FN is packed with more features than you can shake a stick at. Using proprietary “Quantum Dot” technology, the TV can produce over a billion colors. Its 55-inch 4K UHD panel features enhanced contrast levels and vibrant colors, thanks to HDR10+ support. The Samsung Q7FN also comes with an advanced image processor that can upscale Full-HD content to 4K for a consistent viewing experience. As far as audio is concerned, the TV has a built-in 4.1 channel speaker system with a sound output of 40W and Dolby support. Being a Smart TV, the Q7FN includes everything from integrated live streaming apps to voice navigation support (through Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant). It comes with all modern connectivity features you’d expect in 2018, such as HDMI, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even direct screen mirroring through smartphones.

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Runner-Up, Best Overall: Sony X750F (55-inch)

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With a maximum resolution of 3840x2160 pixels, the 55-inch 4K UHD panel of the Sony X750F shows everything in vivid detail. Compliant with both HDR10+ and Hybrid Log-Gamma standards, the LED-backlit display is backed by Sony’s “4K X-Reality Pro” engine, which refines images in real time for the best viewing experience. It also features “Motion Flow XR” technology, which inserts extra frames in fast-moving videos to make the visuals smoother and sharper. From Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to HDMI and Component video, the X750F has everything in terms of connectivity. There’s even screen mirroring (via Miracast) and Chromecast support thrown into the mix. Powered by Android, this Smart TV lets you access a variety of apps from the Google Play Store. The Sony X750F is perfect for enjoying streaming content and is even recommended by Netflix.

Best Budget: TCL 32S305 Smart TV (32-inch)

We’ve been recommending TCL brand TV sets for a few years for one simple reason – the company makes a great budget smart TV. The TCL 32S305, the latest 32-inch smart TV from this up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer, is no exception and will satisfy most budget buyers.

The TCL 32S305 checks off most of the things people want from smart TVs and it comes in at under $200. It sports 720p HD image quality (which is perfectly fine on a 32-inch set) and a 60 Hz refresh rate. For ports, this model has three HDMI, one USB, a headphone hack, RF, composite and optical audio out, so you’ll be able to hook up most, if not all, of your devices.

Now let’s talk about what makes this set “smart.” It has Roku TV streaming software installed that lets you download and use apps to stream movies, TV shows, and videos. Roku apps include Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Vudu, Amazon Video and YouTube, so there are plenty of choices.

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Best Splurge: LG C8 (77-inch)

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When we talk about innovation, LG is one of the first names that comes to mind. Although the South Korean company’s entire product portfolio is great, its TVs are in a different league altogether, a case in point being the C8. If money is no object, this is Smart TV for you.

Gracing the façade of the LG C8 is a gargantuan 77-inch 4K UHD screen that’s an absolute sight to behold. The OLED panel is compatible with all major standards like Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and Hybrid-Log Gamma. It uses “Pixel Level Dimming” to achieve infinite contrast levels and can produce up to a billion colors thanks to 10-bit support. At the heart of the C8 is LG’s intelligent “alpha-9” processor, which works in real time to enhance colors and sharpness. Running LG’s webOS operating system, the Smart TV lets you access your favorite streaming content from popular sources (e.g. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu) through an intuitive user interface. LG C8 has Google Assistant baked in, so you can control not just the TV, but also a variety of other connected smart home devices with your voice. The C8 has all modern connectivity features like Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB, and Ethernet as well.

Best Design: Samsung The Frame Series (55-inch)

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Modern-day TVs may be aesthetically pleasing devices with minimal bezels and thin profiles, but at the end of the day, they all look the same. If you’d rather have something different, look no further than “The Frame” from Samsung.

Easily the best-designed Smart TV available today, The Frame looks great even when it’s turned off. The TV’s unique “Art Mode” lets you display hundreds of digital artworks, including those from famous artists and museum collections around the world, on its stunning 55-inch 4K UHD panel. Thanks to the included zero-gap mount, The Frame hangs flush to the wall, just like a real framed artwork (hence the name). You can even choose from a variety of customizable frames for the TV, such as walnut and beige wood. A single slim cable lets you connect the TV to both power and video sources (using Samsung’s One Connect Box), which further augments its minimalistic appeal. The Frame comes with Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant for voice-guided navigation and supports all major connectivity options. Other features include parental controls and two-way content mirroring.

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Best Sound: Sony A9F (55-inch)

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Despite having ultra-sharp displays and a laundry list of features, most Smart TVs today are just about average when it comes to sound quality. However, this is not the case with Sony’s A9F. Powered by Surface Acoustic Audio+ technology, the A9F uses three vibrating actuators to create acoustics that move with the picture, pumping out sound directly from the screen. This Smart TV also features two side-facing subwoofers that provide enhanced bass, in addition to creating a spatial effect. Add all of this together, and the result is an unparalleled aural experience that you must hear to believe.

Compatible with all major HDR standards, the Sony A9F’s 55-inch 4K OLED panel shows everything with lifelike realism. The TV also comes with multiple image processing technologies such as dynamic contrast enhancement, object-based super-resolution, and precision color mapping. Running Android, the A9F comes with numerous other features like voice search, electronic program guide, and content bar. All modern connectivity options are included in the mix as well.

Best Curved: Samsung Q7C (55-inch)

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While big-screen TVs are great, their flat panels give you a lot of visuals to take in, often with poor viewing angles. So, what’s the solution? Say hello to Samsung Q7C. 

With a gorgeous 55-inch curved panel, the Q7C offers a much more immersive viewing experience than regular flat-screen Smart TVs. It features Quantum Dot technology for displaying over a billion colors, and HDR10+ support means you get rich contrast and exceptional clarity in every scene. Like all other TVs in Samsung’s QLED TV lineup, the Q7C uses a powerful image processor that enhances 4K content in real time.

There’s full support for all major streaming apps (e.g. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu), and voice navigation is handled by Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant. The Smart TV also comes with a “Game Mode” that automatically enhances the frame rate during gameplay (using connected gaming consoles) for smoother graphics. Having all modern connectivity options, the Q7C supports smartphone-to-TV content mirroring.

Best Affordable 4K: Samsung NU7100 (40-inch)

Even though the availability of UHD (Ultra-High Definition) content is growing by the day, top-tier 4K TVs continue to remain expensive. If you want to enjoy all those Blu-ray movies but don’t feel like paying top dollar for a flagship 4K TV, go for Samsung’s NU7100.

Undoubtedly the best entry-level 4K Smart TV available in the market today, the NU7100 offers a high-quality visual experience at an affordable price. Its 40-inch 4K UHD panel supports HDR10+ standard, which ensures increased clarity and enhanced contrast levels. Thanks to Samsung’s PurColor technology, the TV can produce millions of color shades for incredibly vibrant pictures. The Samsung NU7100 comes with a powerful UHD engine that effortlessly upscales non-4K content to 4K resolution, making for a consistent viewing experience. In terms of sound, the TV has a down-firing two-channel speaker setup, with a combined audio output of 20W. It also features a universal guide that makes finding streaming content and live TV shows a hassle-free affair.

Best Value: TCL 43S425 (43-inch)

While the countless features offered by high-end Smart TVs are indeed awesome, they can seem like overkill if you’re looking for something a bit simpler. If that’s the case, you may want to take a look at the TCL 43S425.

Offering just the right amount of functionality at a price that doesn’t break the bank, the TCL 43S425 gives you the most value for your money of any Smart TV out there. It comes with a 43-inch 4K UHD panel that’s HDR10-compliant, resulting in vibrant colors and increased contrast levels. The TV also features two-channel audio setup, complete with Dolby Digital support. However, the highlight of TCL 43S425 is the integrated Roku TV platform, which allows you to watch streaming content from hundreds of providers like Netflix, ESPN, Pandora, Hulu, and HBO Now. The TV has all modern connectivity options (e.g. HDMI, Ethernet, Wi-Fi) and comes with a simple remote for fuss-free navigation.

Best Smaller Screen: Vizio SmartCast D-Series (24-inch)

If you want to be able to catch up on your favorite show from the comfort of your bed or the convenience of your kitchen, a smaller TV is probably the way to go. For the same, we recommend Vizio’s SmartCast D-Series.

Featuring a 24-inch LED-backlit panel, the SmartCast D-Series is the ideal compact Smart TV. The Full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) resolution may seem low, but given the small screen size, it’s more than adequate. In fact, the TV can also double up as a computer monitor. It lets you enjoy streaming content from numerous popular sources like YouTube and Netflix, and there’s built-in cast functionality too. For connectivity, Vizio SmartCast D-Series includes everything from HDMI and USB to Component and Ethernet.