The best Samsung TV 2022: our top Samsung QLED, Neo QLED, and 8K picks

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Editor's Note: December 2022

Our list of the best Samsung TVs has been updated with the BU8500 a UK-only no-frills model available in screen sizes ranging from 43 to 75 inches that’s a great option for viewers on a tight budget. Otherwise, our Samsung TV list hits all the brand’s high points, from QLED, to Neo QLED (mini-LED), and 8K displays.

Matt Bolton, Senior Editor - TV & Audio

The best Samsung TVs are at the top of the TV pile in terms of build, picture quality, and features. But it’s worth bearing in mind the best Samsung TV for you isn’t always the most expensive model in the line-up, there’s much more to choose from.

For example, while we’re big fans of the Samsung QN900B 8K QLED TV, which is at the top of our list and the top of our best TVs guide, Samsung makes a range of TVs. Although the biggest, most high-tech sets are exciting, they’re not going to make sense for every living room or budget.

We’ve reviewed hundreds of TVs over the years and know how the best Samsung TVs stack up against the competition. That’s why this guide will cover the whole range of Samsung TVs, from the most affordable UHD TVs and entry-level QLED TV models to the massive QLED TV with Mini-LED behemoths that cost a small fortune. 

Bear in mind that the winter sale season is also nearly upon us. Samsung has offered some very generous deals spread across a wide range of models this year, so December is a perfect time to be shopping for a Samsung TV.

If you have your heart set on a particular size but aren’t wedded to a brand, take a look at our best 55-inch TVs and best 65-inch TVs guides instead. Otherwise, read on for our picks of the best Samsung TVs to help you find what you're looking for.

The best Samsung TV 2022

The Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV pictured in a light living room displaying a forest scene

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The best Samsung TV for 8K excellence

Specifications

Screen size: 65, 75, 85-inches
Resolution: 8K
Panel type: Neo QLED / Mini LED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Increased backlighting accuracy
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Excellent colors
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Built-in Dolby Atmos

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks Dolby Vision support
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New 'Smart Hub' UI a step backwards
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Limited 8K content

8K is too much TV for many front rooms, but if you have the space and budget there's no doubt that the Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV takes home entertainment to a whole new level. Samsung's Mini LED-sporting QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV offers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, terrific sound and outstanding black levels. It looks pretty good when it's switched off too.

The technology inside this TV's display panel is Samsung's 'Quantum' Mini LED. Those LEDs are 1/40th the thickness of a regular LED, meaning thousands of smaller LEDs can be packed together more tightly than in other LED TVs. That means more accurate dimming, enabling the Samsung to deliver black levels that to our eyes are almost indistinguishable to those of an OLED display.

That's because another benefit of smaller LEDs is that they are more precise and less prone to blooming, which is when light goes where you don't want it to go. With this TV, you won't see bright areas of the screen unnaturally bleed over into darker spots. And because it also has Samsung's Multi-Intelligence AI upscaling, the QN900A can deliver images that look much better than their source. 

So why did we dock it half a star? The short answer: the software. Samsung's new Smart Hub UI feels like a step backwards, making previously simple adjustments more time-consuming and complex. While the TV itself is spectacular, the Smart Hub isn't. But that's a minor issue, and we stuck think that this is the best Samsung TV of 2022.

Read the full Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV review

best Samsung TV Samsung BU8500 in a living room

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The best budget Samsung TV (UK only)

Specifications

Screen size: 43, 50, 55, 65, 75-inches (Europe)
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: LED / Mini LED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Accomplished 4K picture performance
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Very acceptable specification at the price
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Slim and (relatively speaking) quite elegant

Reasons to avoid

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Has its limits when upscaling
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Sound is quite hard and thin
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No Dolby Vision HDR

The Samsung BU8500 is designed to offer some up-to-the-minute functionality, discreet looks, and rock-solid build quality at a price that the majority of us won’t baulk at. And it absolutely nails that. It's an impressive 4K HDR LED display with good HDR (although as ever with Samsung, no Dolby Vision HDR), three HDMIs, voice control, two remotes and a Tizen smart TV interface with all the streaming apps you might want. It's  easily one of the best TVs under £1,000. 

This is an exceptionally affordable TV, and while building affordable TVs does mean some compromises, Samsung hasn't cut any important corners here. The Crystal 4K processor does a decent job of upscaling, albeit not to the same degree as the processors in Samsung's best TVs, and the backlighting is accurate with good brightness and contrast. During our testing, we noted that the sound quality isn't brilliant, but you need a soundbar for most TVs these days. 

The BU8500 features three HDMI 2.0 inputs including one with eARC for a soundbar. There’s compatibility with the ALLM and HGiG aspects of next-gen games console specification, but there's no support for AMD FreeSync, which is a step backwards from last year's Samsung AU9000. 

Samsung has made a very impressive TV for an equally impressive price, and while it's not up there with the firm's very best models it punches way above its price tag. If you're looking for a more affordable 4K TV this should definitely be on your shortlist. 

Read the full Samsung BU8500 review

best Samsung TV Samsung QN95B Neo QLED in a living room

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A gorgeous-looking TV that will suit gamers

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, 75, 85-inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: Neo QLED / Mini LED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Spectacular picture quality
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Gorgeous minimalistic design

Reasons to avoid

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Convoluted smart system
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Occasionally aggressive dimming

The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED's design picks up on the so-called Infinity theme of its predecessor, the lauded Samsung QN95A, with a barely-there frame around the screen, and a slim rear that’s as flat as the front, creating a striking monolithic effect. During our testing we found all of these design features combine to make the QN95B look suitably premium.

Picture quality is fantastic. Improved processing and backlight controls deliver marked improvements in most picture areas to the already impressive efforts of the QN95A Mini LED debutant, with less blooming, more brightness and better shadow detailing particularly catching the eye. In our Samsung QN95B review we wrote: "With its extreme brightness and vibrant Quantum Dot color system, the QN95B delivers a dazzling demonstration of just how much of a difference HDR can make to picture quality"

This picture quality holds across both gaming and video sources this year. While its sound doesn’t excel as much as its pictures do, its Object Tracking Sound technology makes it a perfectly adequate partner for the stellar pictures.

The bad news? Samsung’s revamp of its Tizen smart system is a misstep, adding unnecessary complication and some unhelpful design decisions to its clean and engaging predecessor. Overall, though, the picture improvements are so irresistible that a bit of pain on the smarts front and even quite a lot of pain on the wallet front can’t detract from its brilliance.

Read the full Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV review

Samsung S95B in wood-furnished living room, showing a green landscape on the TV

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A great option for outstanding picture quality

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Incredible ultra-slim design
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Ground-breaking picture quality

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Unfriendly smart TV interface

After years of dissing the technology, Samsung has launched an OLED TV. Kind of. For while Samsung has oddly decided to describe the S95B as just another OLED, in truth it’s more than that. Tucked away in its screen is actually a whole new type of OLED technology – one that combines the famous self-emissive properties of OLED with the brightness and color range potential of QLED.

The platform for this new technology to take on the best OLED TVs is almost absurdly cutting edge, courtesy of a screen no deeper round the back than your average drinks coaster. We're looking a TV that 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.

The star of the Samsung S95B’s multi-faceted show, though, is undoubtedly its picture quality. While Samsung’s enthusiasm to show off what its new tech can do leads to a few picture preset issues, with a little tweaking it provides a combination of brightness, black depth, contrast and color that we just haven’t seen before on a consumer set. It's something special.

Read the full Samsung S95B OLED TV review

The Samsung QN85B in a living room displaying a sea scene

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Another top gaming option for beautiful images

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, 75, 85-inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: QD-mini-LED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Slim and elegant design
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Bright and lavishly colourful images
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Great gaming support

Reasons to avoid

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Struggles to deliver black-tone detail
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No Dolby Vision HDR
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Smart TV changes are not for the better

If you want the brightness of an LED TV with something close to the visual quality of OLED, Samsung has just the TV for you. The QN85B uses a ridiculously bright mini-LED panel to deliver very impressive HDR and great gaming performance, and while it can't match the deepest blacks of an OLED set you might be surprised by just how close it comes. 

This is a particularly good option for gamers thanks to HDMI 2.1 support across all of its HDMI ports, and there are six speakers inside to give you reasonable spatial audio if you don't have one of the best soundbars.

The visuals here are very, very good once you move away from Samsung's overly bright and overly processed display presets; we found that Movie mode is almost as accurate as Filmmaker Mode but doesn't require you to sacrifice too much brightness in the name of visual accuracy.

There are the usual Samsung downsides here – the lack of Dolby Vision HDR, the redesigned Tizen Smart TV interface that's slightly more annoying than its predecessor, the choice of a stripped-down solar remote or a really horrible plasticky one that has all the features on it – but this is a very fast, responsive and bright TV that's excellent for watching in daylight, making it a great choice for gaming, sports or just social watching.

Just watch where you put it if you like to watch gloomy movies at night: Samsung's current mini-LEDs seem to be more reflective than its previous QLED TVs, and we've found that if we don't turn off most of the ambient light in our front room we can see the lights' reflections in our mini-LED TV's panel. 

Read the full Samsung QN85B review

Samsung QN95A Neo QLED TV in a living room setting in front of a sofa

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Stunning pictures and sound from an older Mini LED TV

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, 75-inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: Neo QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Stellar picture quality
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Impressive sound system

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision or Atmos
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Freeview Play would be nice

The Samsung QN95A was the company’s flagship Neo QLED 4K TV last year, and the first to embrace a Mini LED backlight, resulting in a significant increase in dimmable zones and thinner panels.

We were very impressed by the superb SDR and HDR images during our testing, which deliver deep blacks and bright highlights without blooming or loss of shadow detail. Samsung's quantum dot technology delivers saturated and nuanced colours, and thanks to the Filmmaker Mode these images are also extremely accurate.

Unlike last year, we don't think that Samsung is limiting its 4K line-up in an effort to push sales of the 8K ranges. The QN95A boasts an impressive set of features, which is headlined by a well-designed and comprehensive smart platform that includes every major streaming app. 

There’s also a host of cutting-edge gaming features that’ll please next-gen console owners, and a powerful 4.2.2-channel sound system packed into the TV’s ultra-slim chassis. Just keep in mind that you'll be making do with HDR10+ support rather than the more prevalent Dolby Vision HDR standard.

Read the full Samsung QN95A Neo QLED TV review

Best Samsung TV samsung the frame tv next to works of art

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A QLED TV that doubles as art

Specifications

Screen size: 32, 40, 50, 55, 65, 75-inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Beautifully crafted
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Art Mode

Reasons to avoid

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Color issues
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Low brightness

Samsung The Frame (2020) was the most accomplished iteration of Samsung's painting-inspired television we'd seen when it launched, and it still holds up today – not least because now there are newer versions, the price has dropped considerably. 

With a bold metal casing, customizable frames, and an Art Mode function that displays classic artworks and photographs, The Frame is the closest any television gets to looking like an actual painting – and when it's wall-mounted your guests really might not be able to tell the difference.

With an Ambient Mode offering more dynamic screensavers, clock faces, and weather or news updates, there's plenty of customization for how much attention you want your Frame TV to get when not in use. The QLED panel and Quantum Processor 4K upgrade are worthy improvements too, with predictably above-par upscaling and an impactful picture – although while it's generally impressive, the display panel is surprisingly dim for a QLED and skin tones can sometimes seem a little bit off.

But if you want a television that really puts appearances first, and will blend in seamlessly with the decor throughout the day – and that has a OneConnect box cabling solution to keep things tidy – Samsung The Frame (2020) is an excellent choice for your home. Do take a look at newer versions if you want the latest Samsung The Frame has to offer, otherwise we think the 2020 version is excellent value for money.

Read the full Samsung The Frame (2020) review

People watching a Samsung The Terrace TV outdoors in their spacious garden.

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An outdoor TV for folks who want to sit outside to bingewatch Netflix

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, 75-inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Weatherproof screen
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QLED panel

Reasons to avoid

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Minimal audio

Samsung The Terrace is the first outdoor TV from the world’s biggest TV maker, and it isn’t just a tick-box weatherproof screen that won’t get wrecked if you’re watching football in the rain. It’s also an acknowledgement from Samsung that people like to use their devices outside of traditional living room arrangements.

Samsung The Terrace is only available in three sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch, so if you're looking for a small TV to nail to the side of your shed then you're out of luck. But if you want to install a capable QLED display into your home's back wall (or better still get a professional to do it; that's Samsung's recommendation) so that your TV is viewable by more than just one person sitting directly in front of it, this is the way to do it.

We need to stress that this TV is weatherproof, not waterproof: we'd strongly recommend using the waterproof cover when you're not using it, or installing it in such a way that it's at least partially protected from the elements.

Read the full Samsung the Terrace review

Best Samsung TV: FAQ

How to choose the best Samsung TV

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With so many models to choose from, finding the best Samsung TV for you isn't always easy. But before you dive into the detailed specs of each model, here are a few key things we think you need to consider.

The first is budget. You might be able to bump up the price you can spend a little if you find the perfect TV – or find a great deal in the Black Friday sales – but it's a good idea to set a limit to begin with so you don't fall in love with the unrivalled images and features of a TV that's well above your budget.

Next up: size. It's tempting to always assume bigger is better when it comes to TVs. However, the size of the screen you should buy needs to be dictated by how far away you'll be sitting from it.

Many manufacturers, including Samsung, recommend sitting between 1.5 and 2.5 times the TV's diagonal screen size to find your perfect viewing spot. Get out the tape measure and ensure you have enough space to fit the TV and enough room between the TV and where you plan to sit.

In our best Samsung TV guide above, there are also a range of panel types – like LED and QLED – and HDR capabilities to consider. 

Finally, if you're willing to buy a soundbar, you don't need to agonise about audio. However, if you'd like an all-in-one cinema system, consider a TV that delivers great audio as well as a fantastic picture, like the Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K.

And do you even need a Samsung TV? There's a lot to love about Samsung's TVs, but it may also be worth your time to take a look at our best LG TV and best Sony TV guides as well. 

Are Samsung TVs any good?

Considering you've made it this far, we're guessing you had Samsung in mind. But why else would you look for the best Samsung TV? 

You'll find multiple Samsung TVs across our guides. The flagship models are generally class-leading in terms of technology, while the more affordable options don't cut the wrong corners; they deliver excellent value for money. Samsung's Tizen OS is one of the best smart TV platforms too, although some of us feel that the most recent changes to its user interface were a step backwards rather than forwards. But it's still an excellent OS.

The one big downside that applies to all current Samsung TVs is that they don't support Dolby Vision, an HDR format that delivers higher brightness and better colors than HDR10. Samsung TVs support all the other key ones, but it does mean you won't benefit from Dolby Vision content on devices such as the Xbox Series X. 

That's a minor niggle, though. The sheer size of Samsung's TV range – and its constant launching of even better models – means that the firm offers multiple high quality models in ever major market sector and at every price point too. If you're looking for good quality without breaking the bank, Samsung TVs definitely get our seal of approval.

Is QLED better than OLED?

With both QLED and OLED vying for your attention, it can be tricky to know what's best for your situation. We've broken down the differences in our OLED and QLED guide. But it's also fairly easy to summarise. QLED use LED backlights to illuminate the screen and OLED's pixels illuminate individually. That means OLED typically offers much better black and grey reproduction than QLED, but QLED is significantly brighter.

Until fairly recently Samsung was sticking firmly with LED technology rather than OLED, so while firms such as LG were building their brands on high performance OLED displays Samsung concentrated instead on its brighter, more responsive and more affordable Quantum Dot LEDs, or QD-LED for short. Samsung has also brought some very impressive mini-LED TVs to market, and its latest flagships are QD-OLED. That means they have the incredible contrast of OLED TVs but the brightness of QD-LED, which for many buyers means they offer the best of both worlds.

If you're buying on a budget, QLED definitely gives you more brightness for your buck than the equivalent OLED – but if you're a fan of old movies and want to see them as the director and cinematographer intended, OLED is a better bet. And if you can't decide? We're pretty impressed by Samsung's mini-LED, and we'll like QD-OLED even more when the prices come down.


Samsung QN95A Neo QLED TV in a living room setting in front of a sofa

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How do Samsung TVs compare to other manufacturers?

Samsung QLED, mini-LED and QD-OLED TVs are known to be some of the brightest, most color-saturated televisions on the planet. With Tizen built-in, they're well-stocked with the latest apps, and most of the mid-range and high-end models have high levels of quality control. However, budget models make some concessions and generally don't look as good as models from TCL or Hisense, but are in line with LG's cheaper TVs. 

We feel Sony does a better job overall with motion handling and LG seems to understand how to do upscaling the best of the big three, but Samsung remains competent in all major areas with no real weak spots. 

What's the newest Samsung TV?

This answer will become out of date before you've finished reading it: Samsung releases an astonishing number of new models every year. The 2022 flagships for the money-no-object crowd are its 89-inch, 101-inch and 110-inch microLED displays, but our pick of the 2022 models remain the Neo QLED displays. Those models are incredibly bright Quantum Dot mini-LED displays and are available in both 4K and 8K versions.

The fun and unusual Samsung The Frame TV was refreshed in 2022, and as before it becomes a wall-hung work of art when you're not watching anything. There's also the Samsung The Terrace for outdoor viewing.  

You can see our guide to Samsung's 2022 TV ranges here.

What's next for the best Samsung TVs?

Samsung's adventures with mini-LED, micro-LED and QD-OLED are still relatively new, and we'd expect Samsung to continue making more models with those technologies in the coming year. Samsung's been pushing gaming hard too, with the Xbox cloud gaming app appearing in its 2022 TVs and a growing number of TVs sporting HDMI 2.1 ports with the key gaming features for the top consoles. 

How we test

How we test the best Samsung TVs

TVs don't always deliver in the way manufacturers claim they might be able to, which is why we test every single TV we recommend. However, when it comes to the best Samsung TVs there are many devices to consider, so we have our work cut out. 

For starters, we put all of the best Samsung TVs in this list to the test with standard def, 1080p, 4K and even 8K content resolutions to see how they perform.

As we do, we're looking for clarity and exceptional picture quality, we're making a note of brightness levels and the vibrancy of colors on the screen. 

To do this, we spend some time fine-tuning the settings, but we're big believers that TVs shouldn't need hours of near-professional tweaking to work. We simply want to ensure that we're calibrating the TVs we test so we get the most from them. 

We'll assess the additional features that are built-in, rate how well smart assistants do and make sure that all of the most popular streaming apps work well. 

We also spend time assessing the audio quality. Most TVs need an accompanying soundbar or sound system to work well, but some Samsung TVs, like the Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K for instance, deliver exceptional built-in sound too. 

While considering all of these factors, and many more, we spend serious time with the TV. This ensures we can make personal recommendations based on our experiences of the viewing angles, brightness levels at different times of day and everything else you just can't glean from a spec sheet. 

We've tested many TVs over the years, so we know what we're looking for and what separates a solid performance from a stellar one. That means we'll also provide broader context and, where appropriate, suggest other brands you might want to consider alongside the best Samsung TVs.

Matt Bolton
Managing Editor, Entertainment

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Entertainment, meaning he's in charge of persuading our team of writers and reviews to watch the latest TVs and movies on 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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