For most folks, the best LG TV of 2022 is the LG C2 OLED – but if you want to spend a bit less, last year's LG C1 is also a brilliant buy. It has the best price-to-performance ratio of any LG TV released in the last few years and it's even more affordable now.
The LG C2 is one of the very best OLED TVs it might not be for absolutely everyone. That's because LG also makes some fantastic-looking 8K TVs, gorgeous QNED models with higher peak brightness, and some cheap 4K UHD TVs that could be great options as a second screen for your kitchen or guest room.
We've tested all of LG's best TVs – as well as their rivals – so we know which models are best for which kind of buyer, and for which kind of budget. Whether you're looking for something state of the art or the most affordable LG OLED, you'll find it here.
Best LG TV
Last year's LG C1 was the best OLED TV for most people, and now the LG C2 takes its place. The C2 takes last year's already excellent mid-range OLED TV and makes it even better. It's now available in a tiny (by OLED standards) 42-inch model as well as the more familiar larger screen sizes, and its OLED Evo technology delivers significantly improved brightness (on the larger displays; the 42- and 48-inch ones aren't as bright) and color.
The LG C2 has better colour saturation and there's a brand new processor, the Alpha A9 Gen 5. That delivers better object enhancement and dynamic tone mapping than the C1, delivering a more realistic and detailed picture.
In our LG C2 OLED review we really struggled to find any negatives; the lack of HDR10+ support was disappointing but with HDR, HDR10 Pro, HLG and Dolby Vision all the other key standards are covered; the vivid mode isn't very nice – although that applies to pretty much every other manufacturer's vivid mode too. And on the upside the filmmaker mode is wonderful, and so are the cinema and HDR Cinema modes.
If you're on a tight budget the larger C1s are more affordable, but the C2 is the better TV thanks to the significantly brighter panels on the larger models.
Read the full review: LG C2 OLED
This LG TV was the best LG TV last year for most people, and this year it's still a superb buy: the arrival of the newer LG C2 means that the previous model is now widely available for considerably less cash. While it's not quite as bright as the larger-screened versions of the C2, the C1 delivers a wonderful OLED picture with an infinite contrast ratio, vivid colors, and deep blacks.
The powerful a9 Gen 4 AI processor offers excellent image quality, excellent motion handling and good upscaling – although sometimes we found that upscaled faces were a little redder than they would be in real life. That's a really minor niggle, though: the visuals here are first class.
Although this is a slightly older model its specification is still ahead of many rivals: you're getting 4K resolution, Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos, and four HDMI 2.1 inputs too, making it totally future-proof for next-gen gaming.
This is an excellent TV and excellent value for money too. If you've been wanting an OLED TV but couldn't quite justify the price, this is the TV for you.
Read the full review: LG C1 OLED
After something a bit more stylish? The LG G2 OLED is a knockout television that delivers a super-thin design that comes with a special flush wall mount, so it barely protrudes from the wall.
The real hero here is LG's OLED Evo technology with Brightness Booster Max, which makes this LG's brightest OLED yet – even more than the LG C2. Matched with excellent image processing, Dolby Vision HDR and – yes – four HDMI 2.1 ports, it's very well futureproofed.
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 5 AI processor is even more capable of smartly upscaling and processing onscreen objects in the most suitable way.
Watch out though: the G2 is really designed to be wall-mounted, and it doesn'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 the full review: LG G2
This is LG's most affordable OLED, and while that inevitably means it lacks some of the features of its more expensive stablemates LG hasn't cut corners when it comes to picture quality. The OLED panel here is very impressive with bright whites, deep blacks and excellent contrast. As you'd expect the HDR support, like other LGs, includes Dolby Vision.
In our tests we found that the A2 lived up to LG’s claim of “near-infinite” contrast, delivering deep blacks, along with eye-catching highlights. We measured 524 nits maximum light output in the Standard (HDR) picture mode, 542 nits in Vivid, and 526 nits in Filmmaker mode.
So where have the corners been cut? The speakers are weedier than in the more expensive models, and while we could hear dialogue okay we found ourselves really wanting one of the best soundbars for action scenes in movies and TV shows. And while there's Dolby Atmos support here it's only two-channel with the LG's downfiring speakers. Attach a soundbar, though, and you can get impressive 5.1.2-channel upmixing from stereo sources.
For gamers, the A2 lacks the HDMI 2.1 ports you'll find in the higher-spec models: it does have auto low latency mode (AllM) but the display is 60Hz, not 120Hz, and there aren't the HDMI 2.1 gaming features such as variable refresh rates. However those features are really for the most intense gamers; if you're the kind of player who isn't playing competitive e-sports then it's perfectly fine for the likes of Fortnite.
The A2 may lack the highest specs of its stablemates but when it comes to picture quality it's a very fine TV. If you want to spend as little as possible to get really great visuals this is an excellent option.
Read more: LG A2 review
LG's LCD TVs can have a hard time of it, given how much effort LG goes to when making its case for OLED's superiority. If you are after an LCD TV, though, the Nano90 is a capable 2020 TV that won't cost as much as the flagship CX OLED at the top of this list. In fact, you'll get 65 inches of screen on the Nano90 for less than a 48-inch CX – so there's certainly a case for LCD yet.
The arrival of HDR has been particularly challenging for IPS screens, putting even more strain on IPS’s inherent contrast controls. The Nano90’s new backlight power management system, though, truly transforms LG’s LCD HDR fortunes – despite some mild backlight flickering.
Contrast is vastly improved over past LCD models, too – and black levels are, if not on a par with OLED, certainly still capable.
We imagine that if you’re after an LED set at this price range, you’ll probably be making the jump to a QLED in this list of the best Samsung TVs. For LG enthusiasts, though, the Nano90 is still a solid choice for your home.
Read the full review: LG Nano90
Why should you buy an LG TV?
A great question. With so many outstanding TV brands out there, why should you choose LG over the rest?
Panel-maker LG Display (distinct from LG Electronics, which assembles and sells LG-branded TVs) has become the poster child for today’s OLED TVs, as a major supplier to its competitors like Panasonic, Sony, or Hisense. While you may like the specific feel or features of other OLED ranges – Panasonic has a more grounded color palette, while Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology emits sound from the panel itself – you’re still in a sense buying from LG.
LG’s OLED sets tend to have a slightly warmer ‘pop’ to colors than some competitors, but the difference is pretty small unless you’re looking for it. But what really marks it out is that it offers the cheapest OLED model on the market, the LG BX – with the exception of the Vizio OLED during some rather tempting sales periods.
OLED is able to reach deeper black levels and offer more precise light control than even the best LCD or QLED TVs, thanks to its self-emitting panels and ability to turn pixels off entirely. The TVs of degrade faster than LCDs, though, and can't go quite as bright as some new Samsung TVs. (You can suss out your preference in our OLED vs QLED comparison guide.)
The webOS smart TV platform on LG TVs is also fantastic, with a sleek and polished interface alongside good app support – and voice commands through the Magic Remote for all new OLED sets. Keep in mind, though, that LG doesn't support HDR10+, even if it has generally wide support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG formats. UK viewers won't find Freeview Play on its most recent televisions either.
Can’t make head or tail of all those numbers and letters naming those LG TVs? We don’t blame you – the name structure can be confusing, if necessary for differentiating the huge number of old, new, and incoming sets that LG releases to market. It doesn’t help, either, that each TV maker tends to use different identifiers for their sets.
For LG’s OLED TVs, the structure is slightly easier. Something like the LG C9 OLED will be listed as “LG OLED55C9PUA” – with “LG” obviously referring to the manufacturer, “OLED” referring to the panel technology, and “55” being the model size you’re looking at (55-inch). Most sets will come in several sizes, though 55-inch is the flagship size for most new televisions these days.
Here, “C” is for the mid-range “C Series” of televisions, which sees a new model every year, alongside the budget “B Series”, stylish “E Series”, wallpaper-thin panel “W Series”, and more advanced “Z Series”.
The “9” in “LG OLED55C9” refers to the year the TV was released: 2019. That’s why LG TVs that came out in 2018 were called “C8”, “E8”, and so on. At the end of the model number are three letters marking the territory the TV is sold in: “PUA” is for North America, while “PLA” is for the UK.
Here's a quick cheat sheet for reading an LG label:
Example: LG 65SM9500PUA
1. 65: Screen size (this is a 65-inch TV)
2. SM: Indicates panel technology (S for Super UHD) and year it was made (M for 2019)
3. 9500: The number here is the series (higher is better but also more expensive typically)
4. PUA: Territory that the TV is offered in (PUA for America, PLA for UK, PTA for Australia)
LED sets work a bit differently, though. LG’s LEDs are now labelled under “NanoCell”, rather than “Super UHD”, though they’re still the LED panels LG has been making for years.
The LG NanoCell 9 Series – that “9” again referring to its 2019 release, so you know it’s up to date – is listed as “LG 65SM9500PUA”, this time leading with the model size (65-inch). That’s followed by the “S” labelling for Super UHD / NanoCell TVs, compared to “U” for simpler UHD TVs, “L” for LED TVs that aren’t 4K. LG also used to use “E” for OLED and “P” or Plasma TVs (now discontinued), though you won’t find these labels on new sets.
The second letter differentiates between each year’s new product range. So, while 2019 4K LEDs from LG all have “SM” in them, 2018’s sets had “SK” instead. 2020 will no doubt use “SN” to keep this logic going.
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