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Best TV 2021: 10 big-screen TVs worth buying in Australia this year

Best TV 2021
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What about more affordable TV options?

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There's never a bad time to buy one of the best TVs of 2021. So far, we've seen massive discounts on last year's top models, and in the coming months we expect to see a slew of new TVs from Sony, LG, Samsung, Hisense and TCL. Before long, those same tellies will start progressively cheaper as we lead into the second half of the year. 

If you can't wait a few more months until new models arrive, however, there are plenty of amazing TVs from last year that are still well-worth buying – often at significantly reduced prices. 

Below you'll find a list of 10 TVs that we can wholeheartedly recommend to Aussies. That includes sets from the likes of Hisense, which offers great performance at a really good price, and high-end options like QLED TVs from Samsung and OLEDs from LG.

Best TV at a glance:

  1. Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV
  2. LG C1 OLED Series
  3. Sony Bravia A8H OLED
  4. Sony Bravia X90J
  5. LG Gallery Series OLED Series
  6. Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K TV
  7. Hisense U80G ULED 8K TV
  8. Sony Bravia X900H Series
  9. Hisense 65SX Dual Cell TV
  10. Samsung Q70T QLED TV

Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K

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1. Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV

A stunning 8K TV that sets a new benchmark when it comes to high-end televisions

Specifications
Screen size: 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
Resolution: 8K
Panel Type: Neo QLED / Mini LED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Reasons to buy
+Awesome picture quality+Cutting-edge Mini LED lighting
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision support-Limited 8K content

When it goes on sale in May, the Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV will usher in a new era of television technology. Samsung's Mini LED-sporting QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV offers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, terrific sound and outstanding blacks – all in a package that's unmatched in terms of design.

For the uninitiated, Samsung's 'Quantum' Mini LEDs are 1/40th the thickness of a regular LED, meaning thousands of smaller LEDs can be packed together in a much tighter fashion, allowing for far more accurate dimming zones and black levels that are practically indistinguishable from an OLED.

As the LEDs are far smaller, they're able to achieve far more precision and less blooming, so the act of seeing bright areas of the screen unnaturally bleed over into darker spots should be greatly reduced or not evident at all.

And because it takes advantage of Samsung's Multi-Intelligence AI upscaling, the QN900A is consistently able to produce images that looked better than their source. 

Not only does the Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV offer the latest HDMI 2.1 and eARC features, it's also ideal for gamers who've recently invested in a next-gen console or beastly gaming PC thanks to support for 4K/120fps or 8K/60fps gameplay via HDMI 2.1, Game Motion Plus and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.

It's the flagship 8K TV to beat in 2021.

Read the full review: Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV

LG C1 OLED TV in stylish living room

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2. LG C1 OLED Series

New for 2021, the LG C1 OLED is the king of flagship 4K TVs

Specifications
Screen size: 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful 4K/HDR picture+Four HDMI 2.1 ports+WebOS is fantastic
Reasons to avoid
-Reflective glass surface-No HDR10+

LG has made a number of small tweaks to last year’s CX model: It’s now using LG’s Alpha a9 Gen. 4 processor for better upscaling and virtual surround sound audio, and with four separate HDMI 2.1 ports, it’s ready for the PS5Xbox Series XXbox Series S, and whatever next-gen consoles can throw at it. 

Gamers will also appreciate the new Game Optimiser menu that gives you the option to quickly adjust brightness, contrast and VRR on the fly.

The LG C1 isn’t flawless, as we did encounter issues around how the new Alpha a9 Gen. 4 upscales faces, and how reflective the all-glass screen is in the daylight, but the issues are few and far between.

There are, of course, higher resolution flatscreen TVs out there right now like the Samsung QN900A, which offers 8K resolution, and the new LG G1 Gallery Series that uses the coveted OLED evo panels that offer better brightness. However, we feel that the LG C1 OLED offers a near-unbeatable blend of price and performance and should be high up on your list of the best televisions TVs to buy in 2021 and beyond.

Read the full review: LG C1 OLED

Best TV 2020

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3. Sony A8H OLED (2020)

Sony's affordable OLED scores third place this year

Specifications
55-inch: Sony XBR-55A8H
65-inch: Sony XBR-65A8H
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous, refined picture+Good sound quality+Ultra-wide viewing angles
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR10+ support-Sometimes fiddly operating system-Android TV can frustrate

By combining Sony’s premium OLED picture performance with a powerful and direct sound system, the Sony A8H OLED TV manages to be a stunningly compelling TV option for serious home cinema fans.

It carries Sony’s top-line X1 Ultimate processor, Sony’s Pixel Contrast Booster (for more intense image highlights), and a new OLED version of the X-Motion Clarity feature Sony initially developed for its LCD TVs with full array local dimming. 

On the audio side, Sony’s customary Acoustic Surface Audio system (where the TV’s screen is actually ‘excited’ into producing sound) is joined by a two-subwoofer bass system, and an Acoustic Auto Calibration system that can optimize the TV’s sound to your room with just a couple of quick test pulses.

The results are nothing short of gorgeous.

Read the full review: Sony A8H OLED TV

Sony Bravia X90J showing white feather

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4. Sony Bravia X90J

A vibrant picture, great upscaling, and two HDMI 2.1 ports

Specifications
Screen size: 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: LCD
Smart TV: Android TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision
Reasons to buy
+Best-in-class image quality+Impressive upscaling+Full-bodied sound
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR10+-Slight screen glare-Limited viewing angles

There's little doubt in our mind that, for gamers, the new Sony X90J is one of the best  televisions out there.

It has excellent image quality, thanks in part to a new Cognitive XR processor rolled out to Sony's top 2021 sets, making for excellent upscaling and contrast control. The X90J also sports the new Google TV smart platform, for easy setup and broad app support as well as the perks of Google Cast from Android devices. There's Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio packed in too.

When it comes to gaming, the X90J has a 120Hz panel with 4K resolution and two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports for your Xbox Series X and PS5, with VRR (variable refresh rate) and ALLM (auto low latency mode, for sub-10ms lag) to really up your gaming experience. Just be sure to head into the picture settings and switch on 'Enhanced format' for your selected HDMI port, otherwise you won't get the benefit of its 2.1 specification.

There are still a few lingering issues, including middling off-axis viewing and struggles with direct daylight – and the X90J will no doubt be beaten by the capabilities of its step-up X95J model for a small uptick in cost. Still, the Sony X90J succeeds in delivering stellar performance for a reasonable price. 

Read the full review: Sony X90J 4K TV

The LG G1 is one of the best TVs this year, shown here hanging like a painting on wall

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LG's picture-on-wall design is gorgeous... but expensive

Specifications
Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: OLED evo
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+
Reasons to buy
+Outstanding contrast+Impressively thin design
Reasons to avoid
-No stand included-Sound system struggles with bass

After a flatscreen TV that's a bit more stylish? The LG G1 OLED is a knockout television that builds on the sleek design of last year's Gallery Series OLED and somehow makes it better.

The real hero here is LG's new OLED evo technology, which updates the panel structure to eke out even more brightness – without increasing blooming effects or, we're told, the chance of burn-in. The LG G1 looks to be a real revolution for the OLED TV maker, then, and certainly offers an upgrade over the cheaper LG C1 OLED – unlike last year, when the CX and GX models were worlds apart in price but effectively offered the same picture performance.

It's an expensive set, and the Dolby Atmos sound system isn't the best for bass – something that will effect all the other LG OLEDs in this guide. But the breathtakingly slim design makes it a real centerpiece television, with the contrast and color benefits of OLED pushed to new, lighting-enhanced heights. The new a9 Gen 4 AI processor is even more capable of smartly upscaling and processing onscreen objects, too, with motion processing in particular getting an upgrade.

Watch out though: the G1 is really designed to be wall-mounted, and it won't come with a TV stand or feet out of the box. You can buy a floorstanding Gallery Stand alongside, or find a third-party solution for placing on a counter, though.

Read more: LG G1 OLED TV review

Couple on sofa watches couple on park bench on Samsung TV

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6. Samsung QN90A Neo QLED

Thinner, brighter and bolder… but it comes with a few caveats

Specifications
Screen size: 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Reasons to buy
+Full array backlight+4K Quantum image processor+High peak brightness
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision-Not the prettiest QLED

The Samsung QN90A is one of the first 4K screens in 2021 to use the company’s hyped-up Neo QLED panels that sport a higher count of light emitting diodes per square inch than previous generations. The result is a brighter TV than before, if that’s even possible with Samsung, and one that can display a deeply satisfying array of colors. 

All Neo QLED TVs sport the higher-end Neo Quantum Processor 4K that uses a neural network to analyze images for better HD upscaling and Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ for better motion handling – all of which has really paid off for Samsung’s flagship screen. 

That said, there are a few looming issues this year that we can’t ignore, like the slight wobble of the pedestal stand, or the surprisingly lackluster sound quality that doesn’t befit a flagship 4K TV. There’s also no support for Dolby Vision still, which means you’re stuck with HDR10 on Netflix and HDR10+ elsewhere.

That's not a deal-breaker, but it does lower Samsung's 2021 flagship QLED TV to the number seven spot on our best TV list.

Read the full review: Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV

Hisense U80G ULED 8K TV

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7. Hisense U80G ULED 8K TV

Hisense delivers a truly excellent 8K debut

Specifications
Resolution: 8K
Panel type: LED/LCD
Smart TV: Android TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision
Reasons to buy
+Terrific upscaling+Dolby Vision support+Google OS brings excellent app support+Great Google Assistant implementation
Reasons to avoid
-Some may find Google OS sluggish-Underwhelming built-in speakers

After a few image scrambling problems on previous televisions, Hisense's flagship U80G ULED 8K TV delivers exceptionally smooth motion and picture quality without any processing woes.

Hisense's 75-inch U80G ULED is the Chinese company's first 8K television, and what a great debut it is. The television offers everything you would expect from a high-end model in 2021, including HDMI 2.1 and eARC support, built-in voice assistant functionality and excellent upscaling.

It's worth nothing that while Hisense's messaging around the 4K U8G has recently been updated due to its half-hearted HDMI 2.1 'partial compliance', the 8K U80G discussed here does offer full HDMI 2.1 support for two of its inputs (HDMI 3 and HDMI 4, to be precise). 

Although the U80G ULED can't quite deliver the astonishing black levels of Hisense's own Dual Cell TV, or of the latest OLED and Mini LED panels, it does still achieve impressively deep blacks thanks to a full array local dimming system.

Another thing we love about the U80G is Hisense chose to use a more universal smart TV interface in Google's Android TV platform, rather than its own VIDAA OS, meaning users no longer have to miss out on any popular streaming apps, such as Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus. 

Android TV also brings full support for Google Assistant, allowing you to simply ask your television for information which is then read back to you and also displayed on-screen.

If there's one downside to the U80G, it's that its speakers are just okay, not quite living up to the high standard set by Hisense's recent Dual Cell TV, which boasted a built-in soundbar and additional wireless subwoofer. That said, the U80G ULED marks a terrific 8K TV debut for Hisense – one which is quite reasonably priced for its category.

Read the full review: Hisense U80G ULED 8K TV

Best TV 2020

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8. Sony Bravia X900H Series (2020)

Vibrant picture performance, cracking upscaling and the promise of HDM1 2.1

Reasons to buy
+Dynamic, convincing 4K HDR+Impressive upscaling+Full-bodied sound
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR10+-Brash Android interface-Limited viewing angles

Sony's X900H Series does everything it sets out to do, and in some style. Its picture quality is quite startling in the right circumstances, its sound is more than adequate by prevailing standards, it’s simple to use and it doesn’t turn its nose up at content of inferior resolution. 

The panel itself is a VA-type LCD, which in broad terms has to be considered an upgrade on the IPS edge-lit panel Sony deployed on last year’s equivalent model. The higher brightness, greater color volume and improved screen uniformity promised by a full array VA panel ought to more than make up for the rather more restricted viewing angle when compared to IPS. It’s noting, too, the X900H doesn’t feature the X-Wide viewing angle technology Sony’s flagship X950H range is toting.

In short, there’s more than enough going on here to make you overlook the lack of HDR10+ and forgive Android TV its overconfidence. If you’ve this sort of money to spend on a TV of this sort of size, you absolutely have to audition it. 

Read the full review: Sony X900H Series 

Hisense Dual Cell TV

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9. Hisense 65SX Dual Cell TV

An LCD TV with near-OLED black levels

Specifications
65-inch: 65SX
Reasons to buy
+Terrific black levels+Dolby Vision and Atmos support+Subwoofer adds exceptional bass+Impressive brightness
Reasons to avoid
-Occasional image scrambling-VIDAA OS still lacks key apps-No HDMI 2.1 support

Realising that OLED is notoriously expensive, Hisense has pivoted towards new Dual Cell TV technology, which employs traditional local dimming along with two precision-bonded LCD layers (one cell for colour and a grayscale cell for luminance) in order to reach previously unobtainable black levels on a non-OLED display.

In other words, that means that Hisense's 65SX is able to achieve deep blacks that are remarkably close to that of an OLED television without the negatives that can sometimes come with it, such as burn-in and lack of brightness.

Additionally, the 65SX is capable of excellent sound for a television, with front-facing speakers that offer Dolby Atmos audio, and an included wireless subwoofer that can be placed anywhere in your room or connected to the TV's stand, bringing exceptional bass to the telly – no tinny built-in audio here.

While we did notice some image scrambling and artifacting during our review period, it's worth noting that those slight negatives mostly pale in comparison to the visual uptick the Hisense 65SX provides.

Samsung Q70T QLED TV (2020)

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10. Samsung Q70T QLED TV (2020)

The Samsung Q70T the surprise bargain in Samsung’s 2020 QLED range

Specifications
55-inch: Samsung QN55Q70T
65-inch: Samsung QN65Q70T
Reasons to buy
+Razor sharp, rich images+Low image lag+Good smart TV system
Reasons to avoid
-Limited viewing angle-Some mild backlight blooming-No Dolby Vision

The all-new Samsung Q70T QLED TV boasts much of the feature armory found in Samsung’s more expensive QLED 4K screens, but doesn’t come with such a punishing price tag – making it a great buy for folks who can't reasonably spend a couple thousand on the flagship Samsung Q95T 8K TV.

The reason it doesn't score higher on our list is that it's an edge-lit TV and doesn't produce the same contrast of comparable full array models, especially in light-controlled rooms like downstairs home cinemas.

Still, Samsung’s Q70T is a darn good 4K TV all the same. Ideal for light room viewing, it offers superb detail and color performance, has a comprehensive connected platform and boasts excellent image interpolation. 

For gamers, the Q70T is a formidable proposition. Not only is image lag low, both with and without processing, there’s a 4K 120fps HDMI just waiting for your next games console. It also confounds when it comes to black level performance and screen uniformity... provided you keep the lights on. 

Read the full review: Samsung Q70T QLED TV

Continue on to page two to read about what to look for when buying a TV! 

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