The best OLED TVs are hard to escape in today's TV market. These exceptional sets offer a masterclass in deep, uncompromising blacks, precise brightness control, and a contrast ratio truly to die for.
Thanks to the underlying OLED (organic LED) panel technology, the best OLED TVs from Sony, Panasonic and LG offer brilliantly cinematic picture quality, even if you're paying somewhat more for the privilege.
While Hisense appears to be ditching OLED panels for good, it's clear there'll still be a lot more sets to contend with in 2020 – especially with the likes of Xiaomi, Vizio, and Sharp throwing their hats into the ring.
Some truly budget OLEDs could be skimping too much on quality, in our mind, but slowly dropping prices are helping to make OLED sets far more accessible than they were a year or so ago, even if they still cost substantially more than the majority of LCD televisions. The advent of the first 48-inch OLED TVs is only set to lower costs further, too, even if we aren't seeing that size on the model we want.
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Advances in manufacturing, such sensors that respond to levels of ambient light in your living room, are also making OLED TVs far better at performing in bright environments – even if the super-bright Samsung QLED sets still win on that front.
We’ve tried to pick a range of TVs that cover an array of different price points and features, with sizes across 55-inch, 65-inch, and above. And with each selected model we’ve explained why we picked it – and any flaws it may have.
We expect to see some new OLED TVs this year to knock these sets off their perch, with our eyes particularly on the incoming LG CX OLED, the new LG GX 'Gallery Series' OLED, and the Panasonic HZ2000. There's certainly plenty to excite us in the months ahead.
But if you're after a screen with an inscrutable contrast ratio, here’s our pick of the best OLED TVs you can buy right now. Check out the TV buying guide video below too if you like.
Best OLED TVs at a glance
- Best overall: LG C9 Series OLED TV
- Runner up: Sony Bravia A9G OLED TV
- Most cinematic: Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV
- Best feature: Philips OLED 804
- Most stylish: LG E9 Series OLED TV
- Lowest price: Hisense O8B OLED TV
Best OLED TVs of 2020: ranked
1. LG C9 OLED Series
The smartest OLED TV out there?
55-inch: LG OLED55C9 | 65-inch: LG OLED65C9 | 77-inch: LG OLED77C9
The LG C9 OLED is very easy to recommend. As the upgrade to the C8, which topped our list last year, the C9 OLED continues LG's winning streak as the best performing OLED television for the price. (Check out our hands on LG CX OLED review for a taste of its 2020 successor, too.)
LG has been leading the charge with its OLED TVs – no surprise, given it's LG-made panels being used in rival sets by Sony, Panasonic, and the like. But where the C9 triumphs is in offering a premium OLED picture at a lower price point than much of the OLED sets out there, widening the user base beyond a few high-earners.
Combining a stunning display with an immense amount of features and formats – with LG's brilliant webOS smart platform – this is undoubtedly one of the best 4K TVs ever made.
There aren't huge differences with last year's model, but the addition of the 2nd Gen a9 processor means the picture processing is truly top-notch. You also get Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support (premium video and audio technologies) though not the competing HDR10+ video standard.
Like other OLEDs, the C9 doesn't match the high brightness of premium LCDs (the C9 peaks at 780 nits) but more than compensates with its punchy, vibrant picture. And where the C9 lacks the 4.2 channel speakers of the E9 OLED – or the lower price of the LG B9 OLED – its sloped TV stand proves a deft way of angling speaker output towards the viewer.
Sure, there are more expensive OLEDs out there, but if you're after a top panel that justifies its asking price, the C9 is the television you want.
Read the full review: LG C9 OLED (OLED55C9, OLED65C9, OLED77C9)
2. Sony Bravia A9G OLED TV
The A9G Master Series is an OLED to take on the best
65-inch: Sony Bravia 65A9G | 55-inch: Sony Bravia 55A9G
Why buy the A9G OLED? This 2019 model excels when it comes to upscaling, with SD and HD images looking as polished and detailed as you could hope for on the A9G’s 4K display – while the OLED panel manages to draw out incredible color and contrast performance.
Sound is also a key feature, with Sony’s premium Acoustic Surface+ Audio technology emitting audio out of the panel itself, rather than jutting out of rear-firing speakers.
There are some specific flaws worth noting, including the lack of Freeview Play – the on demand service for British broadcasters. While you get premium Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos formats, there’s also no HDR10+, which may be an issue depending on which streaming services and HDR sources you use. The A9G is, however, IMAX Enhanced certified for those keen on the cinematic aspect ratio and DTS-mixed audio that affords.
Coming in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch sizes, there’s a lot of screen on show too – though you’re starting at £2,899 for the smallest size, with a considerable price tag for a television in your home.
Read the full review: Sony A9G Master Series OLED
3. Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED TV (not for US)
A gorgeous OLED TV with a custom panel and blistering sound
55-inch: Panasonic TX-55GZ2000 | 65-inch: Panasonic TX-65GZ2000
The Panasonic GZ2000 is rightly at the top of the 2019 Panasonic TV range, with a custom panel elevating the picture above the (already impressive) GZ1500 and GZ1000 models.
Panasonic has set itself apart with dedicated HDR support, and the GZ2000 receives the same HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG formats as found on the mid-range GX800 LED – meaning you're never left unable to play a certain title in its best possibly quality.
The manufacturers close links to Hollywood colorists shows through too, with the GZ2000 being a mastering set of choice in production studios in North America – even if you can't buy Panasonic TVs in retail in the US.
What really sets the GZ2000 apart, though, is the sound system. With 140W speakers, split between hefty upward-firing drivers and a built-in soundbar, this is possibly the closest you'll get to cinema sound without investing in the right external AV kit – or just going to a cinema.
Certainly one of the best OLED TVs of the year, and it only ranks number three on this list because of its limited availability and possibly restrictive cost – starting at £3,299 for the 55-inch model. We expect a similar performance from its successor for 2020, the Panasonic HZ2000.
Read our full review: Panasonic GZ2000 TV review
4. Philips OLED 804 TV
Gorgeous Ambilight colors with an OLED panel? Count us in
55-inch: Philips 55OLED804 | 65-inch: Philips 65OLED804
Why pick the Philips 804 OLED over another OLED TV, when there are so many these days to choose from? The answer is probably Ambilight.
Philips' proprietary Ambilight technology basks the room around the TV in an ambient glow, meaning your TV comes with built-in mood lighting. It's a gorgeous effect, even if it's largely an aesthetic one.
But the 804 OLED isn't just for show: thanks to Philips' beefy P5 Picture processor, its able to give real force to OLED images, with enhanced contrast and spectacular colors – even when upscaling from HD/SDR. Philips improves on last year's 803 model too with both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support, meaning you won't have to choose between a dynamic HDR format.
The lack of Freeview Play may be frustrating for UK viewers, without catch-up provision for the likes of ITV and BBC, while the Android TV interface also isn't the smoothest experience on offer. But given what you do get, and the highly competitive price, makes this a 65-inch OLED very much worth your while.
If you really have the budget to spare, this Philips OLED+984 features four-sided Amiblight and a built-in Bowers & Wilkins soundbar for high-end home cinema display – but at £4,999 it isn't quite as affordable.
Read the full review: Philips OLED 804
5. LG E9 OLED TV
A stunning looking-glass OLED TV
55-inch: LG OLED55E9 | 65-inch: LG OLED65E9
The LG E9 OLED certainly has the design chops. Its slim glass display does without any fiddly legs or rim around the screen's edge, and the effect is startling. This is an OLED panel that almost seems to be floating, without any troublesome casing to hem the picture in.
LG's new a9 Gen 2 processor is hard at work here, ensuring crisp detail and smooth motion throughout – with the typically deep blacks and rich, vibrant colors expected of an OLED display. You don't get much closer to cinematic without actually going to a cinema.
We're still sad about the absence of the E7's integrated soundbar – both the E8 and E9 opted for a thinner speaker band instead – but the 4.2 channel audio and Dolby Atmos support still make for a dynamic soundscape far beyond your average television.
When all's said and done, it's hard to justify the E9 over the C9, given the similar picture processing and same outstanding smart TV platform, webOS – now with Alexa integration and an upgraded menu system for easier navigation.
Given the overlap, it's not hard to see why LG discontinued the E Series line for 2020 – replacing it with the new Gallery (GX) Series OLED – but it's a shame nonetheless. For now, though, if you want an OLED set with great audio and knockout looks, the E9 will be a stunning addition to your living room.
Read the full review: LG OLED E9
Honorable mention: Hisense O8B OLED TV (UK / AU)
The cheapest OLED TV on the market – with some compromises
The Hisense O8B OLED holds the mantle of the cheapest OLED on the market, at only £1,299 (around $1,640 / AU$2,440) for the UK model. For such a premium TV technology that's been frustratingly resistant to price drops, that alone earns it a place on this list.
Featuring an LG-made OLED panel, the OB8 has the visual punch of its competitors, with vivid colors that pop out of the screen, and stark blacks retreating into it. The lightning-fast Vidaa U smart TV platform, too, is a joy to zip through, cutting back the clutter for a clean and straightforward interface.
The O8B doesn't quite have the processing smarts of the others on this list, sadly – making for some frame rate issues, and occasional problems playing or switching to different HDR formats like Dolby Vision. While light bloom shouldn't be an issue on an OLED, either – given the precise pixel control – we found bright light sources would overpower dark areas of the screen nearby.
There is impressive support for HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Atmos surround sound aside, though this is a set that doesn't quite get the basics right, despite the premium software packed into it. For the price, though, it's worth a nod – even if Hisense has since ditched OLED for cheaper LCD alternatives.
This set will only get harder to find, and anyone after a cheap TV should probably stick with LCD for now.
Read our full review: Hisense O8B OLED TV review
- For a full rundown of the best sets out there, whether LCD or OLED, check our our full best TVs of 2020 guide
John Archer contributed original reporting to this article.