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Best OLED TV 2022: for all budgets, from Sony, LG and more

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Editor's Note: August 2022

Thanks to its wide range of sizes, excellent future-proof features, and recent price drops the LG C2 has held onto its place as our number one OLED TV pick, despite some very hot competition from the first QD-OLED TV: the Samsung S95B.

The S95B image quality is extraordinary, but it lacks some of the features and size flexibility that the LG C2 gives you, and you need to tinker with the settings to get its best results, so for most people, the C2 will be the smarter buy still.

At the more affordable end, 2021's LG C1 is our pick, because you get cutting-edge features for such a great price now. For US buyers, the Vizio H1 is also worth consideration.

Matt Bolton, Senior Editor - TV & Audio

The best OLED TVs of 2022 deliver beautiful image quality thanks to the self-lighting pixels that define the technology. These allow for rich, precise contrast for HDR in a way that LCD TVs just can't match. But this technology has always come at a high price in the past – bur now you can find excellent cheap OLED TVs, too.

This means that the best OLED TVs offer incredibly cinematic picture quality that brings far more detail in dark areas than you get from LCD TVs, and with stark contrasts between light and dark to match the laser projection of movie theaters today. That's why the likes of Sony and LG use it for their high-end TVs – and even Samsung, a long-term hold-out, is finally in the OLED game as of 2022.

It's become so ubiquitous at this point that now we're starting to see variations on OLED in the form of new QD-OLED TVs coming from Samsung and Sony. We've seen them for ourselves and they could put up a serious fight against LG's OLED supremacy.

If you want to know all the differences between OLED TVs and regular LED LCD TVs, you can take a look at our 'What is OLED?' guide (or the video below) – but the short version is that OLED screens offer more control over how bright or dark an individual pixel can be, so you get stunning HDR and incredibly precise colours.

This has made OLED TVs a big hit with cinephiles, but they're also able to instantly update in a way that makes them idea for gaming too: they're capable of rapid response times that are ideal for fast action games and esports.

What we've chosen below are the best OLED TVs based on their picture performance, feature set, design and value, and we've included a link to the full reviews at the bottom of each entry.

Best OLED TVs: the list

The lg c2 oled tv on TV bench in smart living room

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The best OLED TV for most people

Specifications

Screen size: 42-inch, 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch, 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful 4K/HDR picture
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Four HDMI 2.1 ports
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WebOS is fantastic

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of cable management
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No HDR10+ support

As it stands, we feel the LG C2 OLED is the best OLED TV for the majority of people in 2022. While the LG C1 OLED from last year is still a great TV and the LG G2 and Z2 offer elevated experiences compared to the C2, we wholly believe that the C2 offers the best performance-to-dollar ratio and is the TV to beat this year.

Improvements for 2022 include the new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor, which is designed to offer better object enhancement and dynamic tone mapping than its predecessor. As well as that, you’re getting ‘virtual surround sound’, with the TV upscaling stereo content into 7.1.2-channel sound. While we weren’t convinced by the claims of virtual surround sound, the audio performance is good for a flatscreen TV, and a number of different sound modes means you should be able to find an audio profile that suits your needs. 

In addition to those improvements, the C2 OLED carries forward the four separate HDMI 2.1 ports that it inherited from the C1 OLED, meaning it's the perfect companion for the PS5Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

The LG C2 isn’t flawless, however. In our tests we found that off-axis color saturation does diminish a bit when you move to the left or right of the screen when compared to the new QD-OLED models. It's also worth noting that LG doesn't support either the IMAX Enhanced or HDR10+ format.

There are, of course, higher resolution OLED TVs out there right now like the LG Z2 OLED, which offers 8K resolution, and the new upgraded LG G2 OLED that has a slightly higher peak brightness, but for the price, we think this is the absolute best TV you're able to buy in 2022.

Read the full LG C2 OLED review

Vizio H1 OLED TV displaying pink flowers onscreen

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The best cheap OLED TV (US only)

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: SmartCast
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Stunning 4K HDR pictures
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Cheaper than LG OLED

Reasons to avoid

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Dimmer than some OLEDs
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HDMI 2.1 ports don't work well

The latest Vizio OLED TV – officially called the H1 – is a cheaper alternative to the more premium screens that LG and Sony have been producing for the past few years. For folks who don’t want to spend a fortune, the Vizio OLED has most of the same key features and it offers largely similar performance as other OLEDs for hundreds of dollars less – albeit with a less bright output that most other OLEDs surpass. In our tests we found it coped perfectly well with most lighting conditions short of direct sunlight beaming in.

As we said in our review, the Vizio offers exceptional black levels and an impressively thin chassis. The benefits of OLED are naturally present, too, including exceptional contrast and wider viewing angles.

The Vizio OLED is also often on sale, bringing its $1,399 price tag (for the 55-inch size) down as low as $899. This is way lower than the likes of the LG C2 above – so if you want OLED on a budget, this totally delivers.

Read more: Vizio OLED 4K TV review


LG C1 OLED with pink tree onscreen

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The best cheaper OLED TV balancing features, pictures and price

Specifications

Screen size: 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful 4K HDR picture
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Four HDMI 2.1 ports
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Great webOS interface and app support

Reasons to avoid

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Reflective glass surface
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No HDR10+

It's not quite as good as the C2 OLED at the top (because it has slightly older processing, and a less bright screen), but this 2021 TV remains a fantastic purchase while stocks last, because it's had huge price drops… and when it comes to features, we don't think there are any deal-breaking differences between it and newer models.

The a9 Gen 4 chipset features AI processing to distinguish between objects and their backgrounds – something that's at the heart of a lot of advancements in today's TV market – while a full suite of HDMI 2.1 ports and a dedicated Game Optimizer menu means that gamers should find using the C1 a breeze. This means you can connect four devices that do 4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM – perfect for next-gen. This is even one of very few TVs that can handle 4K 120fps Dolby Vision gaming from the Xbox Series X.

The LG C1 isn’t flawless. During our tests we did encounter issues with the way the Gen 4 chipset upscaled faces, and the all-glass screen is perhaps too reflective during daylight hours. But these are minor concerns. As it stands, this is a huge bargain when you look at how great the image quality is, and how future-proof it still is compared to the competition, even a year on.

Read the full review: LG C1 OLED


The Samsung S95B OLED TV on a TV stand.

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The best OLED TV for mind-blowing colors

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: QD-OLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Astounding color and contrast
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Beautiful ultra-slim design

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Image needs tweaking to perfect it

The Samsung S95B is the first QD-OLED TV we tested – a new technology that combines the per-pixel lighting control and contrast that OLED is famed for, with the rich Quantum Dot color technology that makes Samsung's QLED TVs so coveted.

The S95B is a dazzling debut for this tech, and it's not just about the next-gen screen. As we said in our review: "This TV has had the kitchen sink thrown at it, with Samsung's latest AI-inspired picture processor, a massively comprehensive and re-designed Tizen-based smart system, the latest gaming features, and even, despite the ultra-slim design, a clever object tracking sound audio system."

We loved all of that stuff, but the star remains the image quality which we said offers a "combination of brightness, black depth, contrast and color that we just haven’t seen before on a consumer set… It's something special."

When you throw in sound that follows what's happening on screen, excellent upscaling and detail, comprehensive streaming support, and support for all the latest HDMI 2.1 gaming features (including 4K 120Hz and Variable Refresh Rates), it's absolutely one of the best TVs available today. That said, it's certainly not a cheap buy, and the lack of Dolby Vision (standard on all Samsung TVs) is a shame. But with colors this good, you'll get over it.

Read the full review: Samsung S95B review


The LG G2 Gallery Series TV hanging on the wall.

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The best OLED TV for sheer image quality… but it'll cost you

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch, 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: OLED evo
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeously bright, vibrant pictures
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Beautiful premium design

Reasons to avoid

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No stand in the box
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No HDR10+ support

If price isn't a concern for you and you simply want the best OLED TV you can buy at any price point, then the LG G2 OLED is the TV for you. The OLED65G2 uses its extra brightness to make pretty much every frame of any source you care to mention look even more sublime than it has on any LG OLED before.

Although the G2 OLED shares the same ‘Gallery’ design name as its GX and G1 predecessors, it actually looks completely different: gone is the dark frame and chamfered edges, in is a nifty two-layer effect where a thin black rear ‘slab’ sits proud of and slightly narrower than a chunkier front tier housing the screen that’s encased in a very fetching and opulent-looking silver metal coat. 

The quality of the G2 OLED’s connections is beyond reproach. In particular, all four of its HDMI ports are capable of handling the maximum 48Gbps of data supported by the HDMI 2.1 standard. This means that hardcore video gamers could simultaneously attach an Xbox Series XPS5 and cutting-edge PC graphics rig to enjoy full-fat 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode switching from all of them. That, plus you'll still have one HDMI left for adding a 4K Blu-ray player or streaming box.

To anyone familiar with LG’s OLED TVs over the years, the impact made by the extra brightness the heat sink unlocks is instantly obvious: we found that the extra brightness gives colors more volume and punch, regardless of whether you’re talking about a very vibrant, rich tone, or a subtle, mild one. 

The end result is an OLED TV so supreme that it just barely misses the mark of our number one spot – only because its price puts it a bit far out of reach for the average TV watcher. Cinephiles, however, should certainly invest.

Read the full LG G2 OLED TV review

Sony A90J OLED TV showing raindrop against purple background

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Sony advances the art of OLED with the A90J

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: OLED
Smart TV: Google TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Robust sound
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New OS is great

Reasons to avoid

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No UK catch-up TV services
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Missing some key features

The A90J 4K OLED TV isn't exactly cheap, but we think the performance does justify the fairly hefty price tag. Picture quality from any source is about as good as it currently gets from any 4K screen. In every meaningful department – motion control, contrast, edge definition, detail levels, you name it – we found it incredibly impressive. And for those moments when you’re reduced to watching sub-4K content, it’s great at upscaling too. 

Using the entire surface of the screen as a speaker is still novel and effective, and backing it up with two conventional bass drivers means the A90J sounds fuller, more direct and just, well, better than any alternative that doesn’t feature an off-board sound system.

Add in a smart new Google TV interface, the usual Sony standard of build and finish, feet that change position to accommodate a soundbar, an exclusive movie streaming service, and an authentically well-designed remote control – ignoring the inexplicable lack of UK TV catch-up services – we think that the A90J delivers the complete package. 

Read the full review: Sony A90J OLED TV review

Philips OLED+986 in dark room

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Gorgeous Ambilight colors with an OLED panel? Count us in

Specifications

Screen size: 65-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: Android TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Brightness, contrast and sharpness
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Hi-fi sound system

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Atmos height channels
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Needs time to set up

A 65-inch behemoth available only in one size, the OLED+986 is a heavyweight TV in many more ways than one.

The OLED panel smoothly delivers all flavours of HDR (HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG and Dolby Vision) with exceptional contrast, black levels, detail and colour. It's noticeably brighter across the entire screen compared to previous iterations of OLED with excellent colour, brightness, contrast and sharpness, and we found that the only blot in the OLED+986’s copybook is the slightly convoluted onscreen user interface to access picture settings. We would also like to see more shortcuts on the remote to more easily and quickly tinker with picture settings (something that is necessary on the OLED+986 to get the very best out of it).

Aside from its picture prowess, the OLED+986’s speaker stand is exemplary. Manufactured by Bowers & Wilkins, the 70W unit pumps out high-octane movie soundtracks and complex music both loudly and with impeccable balance. The TV is understandably expensive, but with the OLED+986 you’re paying for a statement TV that leaves an impression.

Read more: Philips OLED+986 review

Panasonic JZ2000 OLED TV in white living room

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A cinematic OLED TV with speakers to match the screen

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: OLED
Smart TV: My Home Screen 6.0
Dimensions: 1,227 x 764 x 69 mm

Reasons to buy

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Side-firing speakers feel immersive
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Four HDMI 2.1 inputs

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky remote
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Not a slim TV

The Panasonic JZ2000 OLED is a force to be reckoned with. With its Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel, an overhauled sound system that belts Dolby Atmos sound out of every corner, and a boost to gaming specs and HDMI 2.1 connectivity, this flagship 2021 screen is easily one of the best TVs we’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing.

A reduced input lag of just 14.4ms makes this a great bet for hooking up to a PS5 or Xbox Series X console, and the audio is incredibly powerful too, with 125W speakers that include side-firing drivers to help spread sound all around the room.

Just make sure you turn off Intelligent Frame Creation before you get started (as it adds some video noise in places).

Read our full review: Panasonic JZ2000 review

OLED TV FAQ

How did we test for the best OLED TVs?

The best OLED TVs are chosen by our writers and editors based on a few main criteria: their overall picture performance including contrast, color saturation and motion handling, as well as their feature set, design and smart TV platform. We're looking for TVs that are well-built and have the technology to last for the next few years. 

Obviously, there is a level of subjectivity that goes into the review process, however we strive to maintain fairness across brands by testing the same type of content on each screen (HD/SDR, 4K/HDR, games, movies and music) and reporting what we've found the experience to be like.

Like our readers, our writer's and editor's room layouts differ and may cause slight disparities in testing, however we make every attempt to question our assumptions and trouble-shoot our issues with performance in every review.

LG Rollable OLED

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How much do OLED TVs cost?

This varies hugely depending on what technologies are thrown in with an OLED panel, such as the resolution, processor, build quality, built-in speakers, and more. But suffice to say that entry-level models sit around (or, more recently, just under) the $1,000 / £1,000 / AU$1,500 mark.

More mid-tier OLEDs at larger sizes (65 inches and above) can double that figure, or even triple it – while experimental 'rollable OLED" screens can go for six-figure sums. 48-inch OLED sizes tend to offer only a small discount, if any, though we could see the long-teased 42-inch OLEDs drop launch prices further, if they ever materialise.

Sales periods like Prime Day or Black Friday can help with this, though the most savings tend to come on models that are a year or two old. It's worth paying attention to these discounted screens, though, as they'll often carry better processing than newly-launched models at the same price.

Should I buy OLED or QLED?

OLED isn't the only option for savvy TV buyers. Samsung's competing QLED televisions outperform for brightness, while the introduction of Mini LED backlights has only improved light emission and overall contrast – the areas that OLED generally has the upper hand with, thanks to its per-pixel brightness control.

It's a tighter race than ever, then, though it's worth assessing secondary characteristics for OLED and QLED screens. An OLED with a cheap processor may cause more artefacts and video noise (as we saw in the LG BX), while a QLED with edge-lighting (the Q60T) won't get the true benefit of its enhanced color and contrast. Format or feature support can be crucial if you're hooking up your TV to a PC, a games console, or a 4K Blu-ray player too.

What is the lifespan of an OLED TV?

According to LG Display, the makers of the OLED panels that go into every OLED TV on the list - around 100,000 hours. For most folks that's about 10 years of TV watching and far exceeds the 40,000 to 60,000-hour lifespans of most LED-LCD TVs. That said, OLED TVs can experience something called burn-in when a static image is left on the screen for prolonged periods of time - so be sure to change the channel every few days. 

Best OLED TV competitors: what else is out there?

OLED is, for many, the premium TV tech of the moment. Though once weighed down by inaccessible price points, a flurry of cheaper mid-range OLEDs and smaller panel sizes has helped bring OLED closer to the mass market. TCL's own plans to manufacture its own inkjet OLED TV panels at a significant price reduction over traditional OLED production methods could spell trouble for the likes of LG and Panasonic too.

Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup includes QD-OLED hybrids (they combine OLED panels with quantum dot tech, utilising the self-emissive properties of the former and color enhancements of the latter) in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, and Sony is offering similar-sized sets that use the same tech. In our hands-on test of Sony’s A95K QD-OLED, we found that its high brightness and impressive color depth gave it an edge over standard OLED models, though the picture quality boost comes at extra cost. Is QD-OLED tech worth the higher price? We’ll weigh in on that after we get a TV in-hand for a full-scale review.

For those with truly cash to splash, you'll be choosing between a high-end OLED TV and Micro LED – a self-emissive panel technology that Samsung has leant into in recent times, but which has proved difficult to offer either affordably or at mainstream sizing (76-inch is the smallest we've seen so far, as of 2021).

It's a more complicated picture than simply OLED, then, though for deep blacks and true-to-life color – at a size you can actually get into the average living room – OLED may still be the best choice.

Matt Bolton
Matt Bolton

Matt is TechRadar's Senior Editor for TV and Audio, meaning he's in charge of persuading our team of reviewers to watch gorgeous TVs and listen to fantastic speakers and headphones. It's a tough task, as you can imagine. Matt has over a decade of experience in tech publishing, and previously ran the TV & audio coverage for our colleagues at T3.com, and before that he edited T3 magazine. During his career, he's also contributed to places as varied as Creative Bloq, PC Gamer, PetsRadar, MacLife, and Edge. TV and movie nerdism is his speciality, and he goes to the cinema three times a week. He's always happy to explain the virtues of Dolby Vision over a drink, but he might need to use props, like he's explaining the offside rule.

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