The 10 Best TVs of 2019

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: TCL 55S425 at Amazon, "Checks off all the boxes for those who are looking for a well-rounded 4K UHD TV with support for all of the most popular streaming services."
  • Runner-Up, Best Overall: Samsung QN65Q60 at Amazon, "The latest entry in the well-known manufacturer’s flat-screen QLED lineup of TVs."
  • Runner-Up, Best Overall: Sony XBR55X900F (55-inch) at Amazon, "Not only offers a great 4K picture but a nice minimalist aesthetic that makes it look more like a museum piece than a TV."
  • Best TV for Gaming: Vizio P659-G1 at Amazon, "Provides an ultra-bright display that’s especially great for hooking up to your PS4 or Xbox One."
  • Best OLED TV: LG OLED65C9PUA at Amazon, "Among OLEDs, LG’s C9 Series leads the pack."
  • Best Budget TV: Insignia NS-39DF510NA at Amazon, "Offers solid full HD 1080p quality for the price, with good contrast and bright colors and a fairly large screen."
  • Best TV for the Money: Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA at Amazon, "Offers the same great picture quality as its larger, more expensive siblings."
  • Best TV for Sports: Hisense 65H9F at Amazon, "A budget-friendly 65-inch TV that provides great value, with full 4K support and astonishingly great color and contrast."
  • Best TV for Bedroom: TCL 40S325 at Amazon, "Really feature-rich at a price that’s hard to beat for what it offers."
  • Best Small TV: LG 22LJ4540 at Amazon, "Offers good picture quality and an excellent refresh rate considering its size and price."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: TCL 55S425

TCL 55S425

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Inexpensive

  • Built-in Roku Support

  • Great 4K picture quality

What We Don't Like
  • No voice assistant

  • Basic remote

  • Lower maximum brightness

Although it may not be a household name, this up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer makes some solid smart TVs at a pretty affordable price, and its latest 55-inch TV checks off all the boxes for those who are looking for a well-rounded 4K UHD TV with support for all of the most popular streaming services — and a bevy of extras, as well.

The TCL55S425 features built-in Roku TV support, providing over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube to the newest services like Apple TV+ and Disney+. It’s also compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, letting you call up programs from an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-compatible speaker or a Google Home. 

The image quality is excellent for the price, offering 4K high dynamic range content in HDR 10, with strong dynamic contrast and deep blacks. You also get 3 HDMI 2.0 inputs, including one with HDMI ARC support, a USB port for connecting an external hard drive or media player, as well as old-school coaxial and composite inputs, plus a headphone jack, optical audio out, and an Ethernet port. 

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Samsung QN65Q60

What We Like
  • Extremely natural colours, Apple AirPlay and TV+ Support

  • 4K Upscaling

  • Apple AirPlay and TV+ Support

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Bixby voice assistant isn’t as popular

  • Not as good as OLED

If you’re looking to go with a bigger and more established brand, Samsung’s QN65Q60 is the latest entry in the well-known manufacturer’s flat-screen QLED lineup of TVs, 4K resolution delivered via the company’s patented "Quantum Dots" technology.

This allows the QN65Q60 to produce a bright picture with billions of shades of color that promises a more natural look. While it supports the HDR10+ standard, Samsung also goes a step further with its own "Quantum HDR 4X" which offers more shadow detail and brighter whites than most other TVs. You also get four HDMI 2.0 inputs along with a two-speaker 20-watt sound system plus built-in Bluetooth for directly pairing a set of wireless speakers or headphones.

As with all of Samsung’s TVs, the Q60 uses Samsung’s own Smart TV platform, including its Bixby voice assistant. Not only does it include access to well-established services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, but it was one of the first Smart TVs to add support for Apple devices, with AirPlay 2 video streaming, access to iTunes movies and TV shows, and of course support for Apple TV+, along with hundreds of other apps.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Sony XBR55X900F (55-inch)

4.7
What We Like
  • Very bright screen

  • Android TV provides versatile smart TV features

  • Attractive design

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Sluggish user interface

Sony is one of the best-established names when it comes to TVs, and it definitely shows in the XBR75X900F, which not only offers a great 4K picture but a nice minimalist aesthetic that makes it look more like a museum piece than a TV. Eschewing the black frame common to most flat-panel televisions, Sony instead surrounds its screen with brushed black metallic bezels, directing all of the attention to the gorgeous and colorful 4K HDR display. 

While it’s not an OLED screen, it’s Sony’s flagship LCD, and so it gets about as close to OLED as LCD technology can, with excellent color performance and impressive contrast levels, thanks to Sony’s proprietary X1 Extreme chip, plus one of the brightest screens we’ve seen. You also get 4 HDMI inputs, three USB connections (one of which supports higher-speed USB 3.0), plus a composite port for connecting older analog devices.

For Smart TV features, Sony has gone with the powerful Android TV platform, which means that you’ll benefit from a huge range of apps that can be found on the Google Play Store, including of course the usual collection of streaming apps for services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and of course Google’s own YouTube and Play Movies & TV apps. An included voice remote also lets you call up Google Assistant with the press of a button or issue commands hands-free if you have a Google Home smart speaker in the room. There’s also direct support for streaming from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with Google Chromecast built-in.

Looking for more options? Take a look at our Best Sony TVs of 2019.

Best TV for Gaming: Vizio P659-G1

What We Like
  • Low Input Lag

  • Vivid Colours

  • Apple AirPlay and Chromecast support

What We Don't Like
  • Weak Smart TV platform

  • Limited audio

Vizio is known for its solid yet inexpensive lineup of televisions, making it a great choice if you’re looking at something that’s going to be used primarily for gaming. The P-Series Quantum is a 4K HDR Smart TV, that provides an ultra-bright display that’s especially great for hooking up to your PS4 or Xbox One, with rich and vivid colors and very low input lag.

Quantum color technology lets the P659 deliver up to 115 percent more colors than most 4K TVs, while 200 local dimming zones offer impressively deep black levels for an LCD panel. There’s also Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 support, so it’s great for watching films, although the sound quality is only passable, so you’ll probably want to add a soundbar.

While it doesn’t support as sophisticated a smart TV interface as other models, you can still install SmartCast apps on it, which will give you access to a variety of streaming apps, although some of these you’ll need to stream from your smartphone using either Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay, both of which are built into the P659. 

Check out our other picks for the Best 4K Gaming TVs.

Best OLED TV: LG OLED65C9PUA

What We Like
  • Stunning black levels

  • Excellent Contrast

  • Vivid Colors

  • Apple AirPlay 2 Support

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Limited Streaming Services

  • High Input Lag

While there are some great LCD TVs out there, nothing since the now-defunct Plasma display technology can compare to an OLED panel when it comes to delivering ultra-deep blacks and insanely high contrast ratios. Among OLEDs, LG’s C9 Series leads the pack, and while OLED screens generally don’t come cheap, LG has managed to produce one of the most affordable ones we’ve seen. 

In addition to a great picture, one of the other benefits of OLED TVs is that you can get all of this in an incredibly thin display — it’s only a tenth of an inch thick — and the C9 features a bezel-less design that looks absolutely stunning, placing all of the emphasis on what’s on the screen. In fact, it’s so thin that you’ll want to be careful you don’t bend it when setting it up.

On the back, you’ll find a generous collection of ports, including four HDMI, two USB, Ethernet, coaxial, optical and 3.5mm audio outputs, and composite video. Under the hood, LG’s WebOS smart TV platform offers all of the popular streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Google Play Movies & TV, although if you’re looking for more niche apps you'll need to add your own Roku or Amazon Fire TV stick. It does, however, include Google Assistant and Alexa in addition to LG’s own voice search features, although the assistants aren’t as full-featured as the versions found on an Android or Fire TV.

Best Budget TV: Insignia NS-39DF510NA

What We Like
  • Very affordable

  • Amazon Fire TV Built-in

  • Alexa voice commands

What We Don't Like
  • Not 4K

  • Basic remote control

If you’re looking to get a great smart TV without spending a lot of money, the Insignia NS-39DF510NA19 is a solid choice. While it’s not a 4K TV, it offers solid full HD 1080p quality for the price, with good contrast and bright colors and a fairly large screen at 39 inches. 

With Amazon Fire TV built-in, you can also get access to a whole range of apps, channels, and Alexa skills, including all of the biggies like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and more. Plus, Fire TV lets you integrate over-the-air TV and streaming channels all together on a single home screen.

While the remote control is relatively basic in terms of the buttons, you do get Alexa voice support, letting you easily launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, and even control smart home devices using your voice. On the back, you’ll find a good range of input ports as well, including 3 HDMI, one of which supports ARC, along with USB, composite input, coaxial input, and optical and analog audio outputs.

Best TV for the Money: Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA

What We Like
  • Inexpensive 4K UHD Quality

  • Bluetooth audio output

  • Apple compatibility

What We Don't Like
  • Limited remote

  • Voice control requires external smart speaker

Believe it or not, you can actually get a great 4K UHD TV without having to spend a bundle, even from a mainstream brand like Samsung. The company’s 4K UHD 7 Series offers impressive features for a TV in its price range, which is kept affordable thanks to the 43-inch screen. 

Don’t let the relatively small size fool you, though, as this still offers the same great picture quality as its larger siblings, plus an elegant design the puts the picture first. The 4K Ultra HD screen includes HDR10+ with per-scene dynamic range and local dimming, plus the ability to upscale full HD 1080p content to 4K.

It also packs in Samsung’s well-known Smart TV features, with support for the usual set of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, and Samsung was also one of the first manufacturers to offer direct compatibility with the Apple ecosystem. This includes native AirPlay support for beaming video from an iPhone or iPad, and also Apple's TV app, which gives you access to buy and rent movies and TV shows from iTunes, as well as Apple's new Apple TV+ service. This is rounded out with support for both Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant speakers for issuing voice commands to your TV.

Looking for more inexpensive TVs? See our roundup of the best TVs for under $500.

Best TV for Sports: Hisense 65H9F

What We Like
  • Great color and contrast

  • Inexpensive

  • Versatile Android TV platform

What We Don't Like
  • Uninspired remote

  • No hands-free voice activation

Hisense’s 65H9F is a budget-friendly 65-inch TV that provides great value, with full 4K support and astonishingly great color and contrast for a set in its price range, including both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and excellent motion handling with fast response times. It's especially great for watching fast-paced sporting events. It also features a premium and stylish look that’s somewhat rare to find at this price: from the front, you could easily mistake it for an OLED TV, with an edge-to-edge borderless glass panel, although, of course, its thickness will belie the idea that it's anything other than an LCD.

Sadly, the remote is a little less inspired, and, in fact, feels like it belongs to a completely different set. It gets the job done, but it’s nothing special. On the back and side, you’ll find the usual assortment of inputs — four HDMI, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and composite video.

Rather than building out its own platform, the "smarts" in this particular smart TV are provided by Android, which lets it benefit from one of the widest app ecosystems available for the big screen, including the whole range of streaming apps from Netflix and Hulu to Spotify and Tidal. Ther'es also Google Chromecast and Google Assistant built-in, although you’ll need to wake the latter by pushing a button on the remote.

Best TV for Bedroom: TCL 40S325

5
What We Like
  • Direct LED backlit display

  • Roku TV platform

What We Don't Like
  • Only 1080p

  • Mediocre picture quality compared to larger TVs

If you’re looking for a good TV set for the bedroom, chances are you’ll want something a bit smaller and more affordable than the behemoths usually reserved for home theater setups, but with a wider range of options, it can be hard to choose.

However, TCL continues to be our favorite pick among affordable TV makers, and its 40-inch 1080p set is a really feature-rich choice at a price that’s hard to beat. While you’re not getting 4K UHD, FHD 1080p is more than reasonable in a 40-inch set, as it will be hard to notice the difference. Direct LED backlighting also offers good contrast and picture quality for a set in this size and price range. It also offers a good assortment of the usual inputs: 3 HDMI, one of which has HDMI ARC, plus a USB media player port, coaxial cable/antenna connection, and analog and optical audio outputs.

What’s particularly compelling about the TCL 40S325, however, is its built-in Roku TV support, which gives you all of the same capabilities of a standalone Roku set-top box. This means support for pretty much every streaming service on the planet — from the standard heavyweights like Netflix and Hulu to popular new entrants like Apple TV+ and Disney+, it’s all there, plus you can cast your smartphone or tablet screen to it using either Google’s Chromecast or Apple’s AirPlay.

Check out our list of the Best Roku TVs.

Best Small TV: LG 22LJ4540

What We Like
  • Very inexpensive

  • Good refresh rate for a small TV

  • 1080p in a compact size

What We Don't Like
  • No smart functionality

  • Only 1 HDMI input

  • No audio outputs

In a world where 55- to 65-inch TVs have become standard, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when even 22 inches was considered big. Still, if you’re looking for something small for a dorm room, kitchen, sewing room, or closet, LG’s 22LJ4540 is a popular choice.

This TV offers good picture quality considering its size and price, and while it’s only 1080p, at 22 inches, that’s actually a bonus, as many TVs in these smaller sizes are still only 720p. It also has a higher 120 Hz effective refresh rate that’s less common on TVs in this size and price range, which means that fast scenes will look nice and smooth. 

There are no smart features here, although at this price you could easily add in your own Roku box or Fire TV stick, although the single HDMI port will limit your connectivity options a bit. There are also no outputs for audio speakers, so you’ll have to use what’s built in, but the sound quality is surprisingly good for casual viewing in small spaces.

How We Tested

We bought and tested two top-rated TVs. Our reviewers set them up at home and spent 70 hours watching movies and shows. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these TVs, from their resolution to their built-in apps. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a TV

Resolution - This is the single most important feature to look for when shopping for a new TV. The bare minimum for full HD is 1920 x 1080; for 4K TV, you need 3840 x 2160. HDR is another feature that goes great with 4K, and a high-contrast ratio will make the picture pop even more.

HDMI 2.0 - All new TVs come with HDMI ports, but you need to make sure that at least one of those ports is HDMI 2.0 — this is required to watch 4K video with the highest possible frame rate. If you don’t want to use an HDMI switcher, it’s also important to make sure the TV has enough ports to support all your devices.

Built-in apps - The proliferation of inexpensive set-top boxes and streaming devices means you don’t absolutely need Wi-Fi connectivity or built-in apps, but they’re nice to have. Look for a TV that has a nice selection of your favorite apps, like Netflix and Hulu, and an interface that’s easy to navigate.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 14 hours researching the most popular TVs on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 12 different TVs overall, screened options from 7 different brands and manufacturers, read over 47 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the TVs themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.