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 UN65MU9000 Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 9 Series SmartTV

Samsung takes a huge leap forward with this high performance yet affordable 4K UHD TV. As is typical with Samsung, the emphasis is on color, with over a billion more shades than regular 4K TVs. The TV has expanded depth HDR that delivers extreme contrast between the darkest darks and lightest lights, giving extreme detail and color clarity that will transform your favorite shows and sports. Samsung has also distinguished this TV with a 360-degree design with clean looks no matter where it is mounted, while a convenient One Remote controls all connected devices. The One Connect box on the back of the TV connects all your devices and allows you to play them on the intuitive Samsung Smart ​Hub. 

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Best Budget: TCL 32S305 32-Inch Smart TV

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 4K: Sony XBR55X900E 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Sony XBR55X900E 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
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Among the latest mind-blowing 4K models, our favorite TV is the Sony XBR55X900E, a 65-inch beast with a picture that will knock you off your feet. This model has support for high dynamic range (HDR), which makes whites brighter and blacks darker, and even non-HDR content can be upscaled to look amazing because of the Sony’s new 4K HDR Processor X1. On top of unmatched picture quality, this is also a smart TV with an Android TV operating system that lets you stream Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube (all of which have 4K content) and it even lets you play Android games.

Because the XBR55X900E is a relatively new TV model, there aren’t many reviews available. That said, Sony has a great track record with 4K TVs and we have no problem highly recommending it. Plus, the few reviews that have come in so far have been stellar, with people complimenting the value of the set for what you get, as this easily would have cost thousands of dollars more than a few years ago.

Take a peek at some of the other best 4K TVs you can buy.

Best Screen: Samsung QN55Q6F 55-inch QLED 4K TV

There are lots of beautiful 4K displays, but Samsung’s 55” QLED 4K UHD 6 series Smart TV is among the best. The advent of Samsung’s Q technology introduces a newly-refined level of color and contrast that results in deeper blacks and colors that are nothing short of eye-popping. HDR with Q technology also supports colors that closely mirror those you’d see during a movie theater experience. Of course, the inclusion of 4K supports the entire lineup of 4K programming from a variety of streaming services.

Aside from its excellent colors, the television itself looks as good as what’s on the screen. A clean cable solution helps remove those pesky hanging cables allowing the focus to be solely on the screen. Q style supports a design that was created to blend into the background of any room, including an "ambient mode" that provides background music.

And, like all high-end TVs these days, this Samsung model is a smart TV, incorporating tons of different streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc.) and a seamless interface for discovering new programming. Search for your favorite shows using the simplified OneRemote or through voice search with Bixby Voice. 

Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best Samsung TVs available online. 

Best Splurge: Sony XBR55A9F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Master Series TV

If you’re looking for a best-of-the-best TV to buy now, you’re going to pay a pretty penny. But sometimes it’s worth it, especially on TVs that are going to get a ton of use. The TV you should splurge on now is the Sony XBR55A9F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV, a wonder of a television with stunning picture, distinctive sound, and nearly every smart feature you can imagine. The first thing you’ll notice with this model is its 4K OLED screen that has 8 million self-illuminating pixels, so it can display rich blacks and deep colors. Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+ tech offers sound that comes from the center of the screen thanks to well-placed speakers and a hidden subwoofer. Plus, you'll enjoy the smart features like voice control via Amazon Alexa, navigating and asking questions to Google Assistant, and Chromecast-ing video from your smartphone to your TV. Basically, if you splurge on this $3,000+ TV, you’ll be a very happy TV owner.

Best Small TV: Sceptre E246

Sceptre E246
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If you are still holding onto a DVD collection then you might as well get some use out of it with this small TV from Sceptre. Sceptre is offering a 24” 720p TV that can be wall mounted and comes with a built-in DVD player. The back-lit LED TV is made with an attractive brush metal finish and plays media with radiant colors and high resolution in a 16:9 ratio. In addition to the DVD player, you can access your media via the HDMI and USB ports.

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Best 32-Inch: Sony KDL32W600D

The cost to buy large HDTVs continues to drop, but what if you want a 32-inch TV, which can be ideal for smaller rooms? Look no further than the Sony KDL32W600D, which offers everything you’d want in a modern HDTV.

This TV measures 32.5 x 6.1 x 20.6 inches and weighs 16.2 pounds. It has a direct-lit LED screen with a great picture that will make sports and movies pop. On the back, you’ll find two HDMI ports and two USB ports. It also has smart functionality, so you can connect the TV to your home Wi-Fi network and stream content from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more.

Check out our other reviews of the best Sony TVs available on the market today.

Best Gaming: Samsung Electronics UN55MU7000 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Samsung's MU7000 model has an appealing design, great input options and splendid picture quality, which combined make it a good choice for gamers and movie enthusiasts alike.

The 6362:1 contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity mean that the dark scenes show very well, even in a dark home theater or game room. It also boasts a wide color gamut, produces colors fairly accurately and is ready to show 4K in all its glory. This future-proofing means you won’t have to worry about upgrading it in the next couple years. Its three HMDI inputs and two USB inputs are tucked into the side of the TV, which makes it easy to connect peripherals. And like the MU6300, it runs Samsung’s intuitive Tizen smart platform, so you’ll have access to almost anything you want to watch.

Best Big Screen: Sceptre 75" Class 4K (2160P) LED TV (U750CV-U)

Sceptre 75" Class 4K (2160P) LED TV (U750CV-U)
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If you are looking for a TV that will dominate your den or fill a large room but don’t want to have to refinance your house to pay for it, go with this affordable but crisp 75” TV from Sceptre. It has a 74.5” diagonal screen size and a 60Hz refresh rate, bringing eight million pixels with 4K color and definition. It has four HDMI ports that let you connect to all your favorite multimedia, while an innovative USB port allows users to listen to music and access digital picture and video files. The TV does not have smart functionality, but if your prize size over built-in smart functionality this is the compromise to make. 

Best Entry Level 4K: LG - 49" Smart 4K Ultra HD TV

LG - 49" Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
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This 4K LG smart TV is an excellent value for consumers who want instant access to all their streaming on a 4K screen, but have a limited budget. LG has an award-winning simple UI with webOS 3.5 interface and a robust app store. While it isn’t as bright as higher priced options, the 2160p resolution and IPS technology delivers incredibly clear and colorful picture with True Color Accuracy to map accurate and lifelike images. The TV has TruMotion 120 refresh rate, perfect for sports and video games, while two 10W speakers and ULTRA Surround provide surprisingly good audio for a TV at this price range.