The best TV 2024: the top smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony and more

It isn't easy to find the best TV – there are more and more TV options with elaborate screen tech and jargon-filled features – but the good news is that an excellent home cinema experience has never been more affordable.

Our job is to help you find the best TV in your budget range, based on our extensive testing experience with these sets. We'll cut the overwhelming number of options down to just the most worthwhile, from budget options to cutting-edge flagship sets. 

Here, we've focused on the best TVs for all-round excellence, balancing picture quality (measured objectively in some ways, but also from our subjective experience in other ways), features, sound quality, price, and size options. If you're looking for something specific, you might prefer to head straight to our guides to the best gaming TVs, best TVs under $1000 or best OLED TVs – but here, you can get an overview of all the best models, including from these categories (and more).

We've reviewed every kind of TV over the years, from the first flatscreens to the original OLEDs to today's best 85-inch TVs. And that means we know which features really matter and how they will deliver the most bang for your TV-buying buck. No matter how much you want to spend, what you want to watch or where you want to watch it, you should find the best TV for you in this guide.

Al Griffin
Al Griffin

Al Griffin is TechRadar's Senior Editor for Home Entertainment in the US. Previously the editor of Sound & Vision magazine, he brings nearly three decades of tech journalism and AV product testing experience to the position. He's helped to shape this list to include the best TVs available covering all the bases from picture to budget and more. 

The quick list

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The best TV 2024

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The best TV for most people

Samsung S90C on a table, with a forest scene on the screen

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The best TV for most people, balancing price, features and pictures

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, 77, 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: QD-OLED (55-77-inch); OLED (83 inches)
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10+, HDR, HLG

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful 4K HDR picture
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HDMI 2.1 on all four HDMI ports
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Very good built-in sound

Reasons to avoid

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Samsung S95C and LG G3 are brighter
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Lack of  Dolby Vision support 
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83-inch model has weaker panel
BUY IT IF

You want QD-OLED for relatively cheap: The Samsung S90C gives you a brighter OLED screen than the LG C3, and fantastic picture quality, for the same price as C3.
 

You need lots of HDMI 2.1 ports: HDMI 2.1 is available on all four of the S90C's HDMI ports, supporting 4K 120Hz for unbeaten connectivity.

DON'T BUY IT IF

You want the brightest OLED available: Both the Samsung S95C and the LG G3 offer higher brightness levels than the S90C.

You want an 80-inch TV: The 83-inch model uses a different screen type that's far less bright – we wouldn't recommend it. Get the 83-inch LG C3 instead, which has Dolby Vision.

The Samsung S90C takes the top spot on our best TV list because it does it all; excellent picture quality, sleek design, brilliant gaming performance and it gives you access to QD-OLED technology for the cheapest it's ever been. With prices dropping over time too, this gives you real OLED bang for your buck.

With excellent contrast levels, dynamic and punchy colors and deep, rich blacks that we come to expect from an OLED, we found in our review that the S90C's extra brightness compared to the LG C3 (further down this list) or Sony A80L really adds an extra layer, despite these TVs all costing the same. Its sharpness levels and detail are also a sight to behold. One thing to note, though, is that the 83-inch model uses a regular OLED screen that's much less bright, and we would recommend getting the 83-inch LG C3 instead.

Not just a beautiful TV, the Samsung S90C is also a gamers' paradise. With a refresh rate of 144Hz, it has four 2.1 HDMI ports that all support ALLM and VRR as well as 4K 120Hz. It also has a gaming hub so you can tweak setting easily to get the most out of your games. Add to this built-in sound quality that beats almost all other TVs, including LG's OLEDs, you get a complete package with the S90C.

It's not totally perfect (the lack of Dolby Vision support is a shame), and higher-priced OLEDs such as the Samsung S95C (at #4 in this list) and LG G3 can beat it for brightness. But in terms of what you get at this budget level, the Samsung S90C is real value for money and is the best TV for most people.

Read the full Samsung S90C review

The best budget TV

Roku Plus Series TV showing Spider-Man image onscreen

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The best TV on a budget, with easy-to-use apps and features

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, and 75-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: QLED
Smart TV: Roku TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Affordable price
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Very good picture quality
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Great smart TV interface

Reasons to avoid

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Average brightness
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Average built-in sound
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Limited picture adjustments
BUY IT IF

You want a great smart TV interface: Easy navigation and a large app selection make Roku TV one of the best smart TV software options around.

You want a great-value TV: The Roku Plus Series offers strong picture quality and an intuitive smart TV interface at a very affordable price.

DON'T BUY IT IF

You don't want to use a  soundbar: The Roku Plus Series has less impressive built-in sound and could definitely benefit from a soundbar.

You're watching in a bright room: With average brightness levels, the Roku Plus Series will struggle in brighter viewing environments.

The Roku Plus Series is a budget TV that provides very good overall picture quality that exceeds its price tag. Coupled with a great smart TV interface, the Roku Plus Series is a real option for people looking for a new TV on a tight budget.

Picture quality is the real highlight of the Roku Plus Series. Colors are vibrant and have a real visual punch. Motion is also processed well, with fast panning shots not suffering from much blurring that a lot of budget TVs tend to and images look crisp and clean. However, picture suffers a little when viewed from off center, and the Roku Plus Series has average brightness levels, so isn't the best for brighter viewing environments, but it's hard to argue against the quality of picture you get with the Roku Plus for the money you pay.

The Roku TV smart TV platform built in to the TV is one of the better smart TV interfaces. It's easy to navigate and comes with a wealth of app options and even offers the Roku Live TV portal that enables access to a load of free channels. It's worth noting that accessing picture settings within the Roku Plus Series can be a real pain, but Roku TV still sits as one of the best smart TV platform.

The Roku Plus however is not the best for gaming, with no 120Hz support or cloud-based gaming options, and its built-in audio isn't the best so a soundbar may be required – but for the money, this is a great-looking TV with good features and a top-tier smart TV platform.

Read the full Roku Plus Series review

The best mid-range TV

Hisense U8K showing image of landsape with lake and mountain

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The best mid-range TV available

Specifications

Screen sizes: 55, 65, 75 and 85-inch
Resolution : 4K
Panel type : QLED with mini-LED
Smart TV: Google TV
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

Reasons to buy

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High brightness
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Good value for performance and features

Reasons to avoid

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Some backlight blooming
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Contrast suffers off-center
BUY IT IF

You plan to watch in a bright room: With excellent brightness levels thanks to mini-LED, the Hisense U8K is great for bright rooms.

You want a TV with an ASTC 3.0 tuner: Usually found on higher-end sets, the U8K comes with an ASTC 3.0 tuner for next-gen 4K digital broadcast TV.

DON'T BUY IT IF

You want a TV that looks good from any angle: Despite great picture quality, the U8K's contrast fades when viewed from off-center, so might be a TV to avoid if you have lots of visitors. The Samsung QN90C (#7 on this list) is better for that.

You want a perfect TV: QD-OLED and OLED TVs beat the Hisense U8K in a lot of areas, including precise contrast. You can also expect better local dimming from more premium mini-LEDs, such as the QN90C mentioned above.

The Hisense U8K's excellent picture quality, wide suite of gaming features and price point mean this TV is one of the best mid-range contenders. With a mini-LED screen, the Hisense U8K is great for viewing during the day and comes installed with Google TV as a smart TV platform, which is generally slick and packed with useful streaming apps.

Although the Hisense U8K uses a mini-LED screen meant for higher brightness levels, it doesn't fail to offer deep black tones in its picture as well. Its contrast does however fade when viewed from an angle but with high peak brightness levels (we measured it at 1,590 nits) and an anti-glare coating, the U8K is an ideal viewing companion if you've got a naturally bright room. 

The U8K also serves as a great gaming TV. Two of its HDMI ports are HDMI 2.1 and offer Dolby Vision gaming as well as the usual VRR and ALLM support, also not forgetting that all important 120Hz refresh rate. There's also a game mode included to get the best settings out of your video games. 

In terms of audio and design, the Hisense is solid as well, with decent bass and dialog clarity for audio and an adjustable feet from a design point of view. The Hisense U8K may not be the perfect TV, but at the price it is, it's certainly one that suits a lot of people's budgets and comes with a wealth of features as a bonus.

Read our full Hisense U8K review

Best premium OLED

Samsung-S95C TV on stand with gray wall in background

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The brightest OLED TV so far

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, and 77-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: QD-OLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Spectacular contrast and colors
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Top-tier gaming support

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Some presets need tweaking
BUY IT IF

You want OLED picture but also brightness: The S95C offers OLED detail and contrast with best-ever brightness thanks to the QD-OLED panel, taking it to a new level.

You want a slim, sleek design: With a minuscule screen trim, ultra-slim rear and external connections box, the S95C is an elegant TV for a classy room.

DON'T BUY IT IF

Mini-LED suits you more: If you have a particularly bright room to deal with, mini-LED may suit you better; even more than the S95C's much improved brightness.

Dolby Vision is a must: Samsung's TVs continue to lack Dolby Vision support and sadly the S95C is no exception.

The Samsung S95C is groundbreaking. Although it may not be the brightest OLED TV we've reviewed in terms of peak brightness, as the LG G3 was slightly brighter, you're still going to get a better overall brightness compared to the G3. The S90C still measured at 1,400 nits – compare that to the 820 nits of the LG C3 and you can see why it's so interesting… and expensive. It's so much brighter, which means it can look closer to real life – and there's an even bigger difference between bright and dark.

That's an astonishing improvement for OLED TVs, and it's not the only thing astonishing here. During testing of the S5C, we said it's "particularly effective in taking high dynamic range video to a whole new level of enjoyment, drama and realism, but also feeds gloriously into the S95C’s colors, unlocking new levels of color volume and purity, even in bright color areas, we’ve never seen before on an OLED TV".

It's also packed with gaming features and HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and we measured a best-in-class 9.2ms response time when gaming. Even the sound is pretty good, though you really should pair this with a proper sound system of some kind.

With all this and excellent gaming performance, why isn't top of the list? That title goes to the S95C's more budget sibling, the Samsung S90C. The S90C doesn't offer quite the same brightness levels as the S95C, but it's cheaper and still offers fantastic all around performance, so the S90C sits atop the list. Don't get us wrong though; the S95C feels every bit as premium as it should.

Read the full Samsung S95C review

Best 8K TV

Samsung-QN900C TV on table with smart hub interface on screen

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The best TV for incredible 8K detail

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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Better-than-4K detail even with 4K movies
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Stunning brightness, contrast and colors

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks Dolby Vision support
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Extremely expensive compared to 4K
BUY IT IF

You want the ultimate cutting-edge TV: This TV is as good as mini-LED gets currently, and its 8K screen uses AI smarts to make even 4K video look better than 4K.

You want a gorgeous-looking television: The QN900C is one of the best-looking TVs on the market, sporting a near-invisible bezel and speakers.

DON'T BUY IT IF

You are on a budget: As expected for an 8K TV, the QN900C comes at a hefty price compared to Samsung's best 4K TVs (which are close in quality).

You prefer simpler user interfaces: Samsung's Smart Hub software on this TV isn't the strongest when it comes to feeling precise and easy to use.

8K might seem a bit much to some, but if you're going to buy a large size TV and you'll feed it high-quality 4K pictures (given the absence of 8K movies), there's no doubt that the Samsung QN900C can be a clear step up. The set offers fantastic picture led by its superb color, high brightness, terrific sound and outstanding black tones – all in a package that's unmatched in terms of design.

At 1/40th the thickness of a regular LED, Samsung's mini-LEDs are more closely packaged, allowing for a greater number of dimming zones, resulting in more accurate black tones and a perceived better contrast. 

This has one of the most advanced mini-LED screens so far, and the magic trick here is combining it with Samsung's AI upscaling, which can take 4K images and make them look closer to 8K resolution, so there's real benefit in the higher resolution. Put simply, the QN900C is consistently able to produce images that look better than their source, as long as they're high quality in the first place (HD video or low-bitrate streaming isn't so transformative).

But you'll pay a very high premium for this, compared to Samsung's highest-end 4K TVs (such as the QN90C, further down this list), which are very nearly at the same level of brightness and contrast. Still, you also get top-tier gaming features, excellent built-in sound, and fantastic One Connect box, which moves all the connections to a tidy separate box, with one cable carrying power and visuals to the TV.

Read our full Samsung QN900C review

Best cheap OLED TV

LG B3 with bright image of hot spring on screen

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An excellent cheap OLED that's great for gaming and movies

Specifications

Screen size: 55, 65, and 77-inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: webOS 23
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision