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Best Samsung TV: our top QLED picks for 2022

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Three of the best Samsung TVs
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The best Samsung TVs aren't always the most expensive models in the lineup. While we're certainly big fans of the Samsung QN900B 8K QLED TV (which is why it's on this list), Samsung makes a ton of TVs – and we know that its biggest, most high-tech sets are not going to make sense for every living room or budget.

That's why in this guide we're going to 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 more than some sound systems.

When it comes to the world's largest TV manufacturer there's plenty to pick from and the right choice can be different for everyone. 

Love Samsung TVs but not sure which one to buy? This guide to the best Samsung TVs is here to help you find what you're looking for.

Best Samsung TVs

Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV

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A stunning 8K TV that sets a new benchmark when it comes to high-end televisions

Specifications

Screen size: 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
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

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

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This 2021 Mini-LED TV elevated Samsung to new heights

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: 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 for 2021, and it was the first Samsung to come with a Mini LED backlight. Not to be confused with Micro LED, which is a completely different – and right now, even more expensive and rare –  display technology, Mini LED packs many more pixels into the TV's backlight. The result: better, more precise dimming and thinner TVs.

We were very impressed by the superb SDR and HDR images that really show off this Samsung's deep blacks and brighter highlights without blooming or loss of shadow detail. And Samsung's quantum dot technology delivers excellently saturated and nuanced colours, too.

Unlike last year, Samsung is not deliberately withholding key features from its 4K line-up in an effort to push sales of the 8K ranges. So the QN95A comes with an impressive set of features, starting with 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.

The QN95A doesn’t just look good. It sounds great too thanks to Object Tracking Sound Plus (OTS+), which somehow manages to cram a powerful 4.2.2-channel sound system into the TV’s ultra-slim chassis. This is another triumph of industrial design from Samsung, with a minimalist but elegant shape, solid metal stand, and nearly bezel-less screen.

Read the full Samsung QN95A Neo QLED TV review

Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K in a brown-orange room in front of full length windows

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Last year's 2021 flagship 8K still shines as one of the best

Specifications

Screen size: 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
Resolution: 8K
Panel technology: Neo QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional brightness
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OLED-like black levels

Reasons to avoid

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Reflective screen

Samsung's Mini LED QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV delivers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, terrific sound and outstanding blacks in an attractive and super-slim package.

As we've mentioned above, Samsung's 'Quantum' Mini LEDs are 1/40th the thickness of a regular light-emitting diode. That means Samsung can park them much more tightly into the same space, making its backlights much more precise and enabling much better control of colours and contrast. To our eyes, it's almost indistinguishable from the quality and contrast of a high specification OLED display. And with a whopping 8K display resolution and first-class upscaling courtesy of the AI-based Neo Quantum Processor 8K it'll make you see even older movies in a whole new light. 

This TV isn't quite as advanced as the newer Samsung QN900B, but it is still an exceptional 8K offering that's well worth your consideration.

Read more: Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV review

Samsung The Frame: My Shelf

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A fashion-first QLED TV

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch, 40-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: 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.

Keep an eye out for the 2021 iteration, of course, which is even slimmer and comes with far more options for customization.

Read more: 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-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: 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 our hands-on Samsung the Terrace review

Best Samsung TV FAQ

Are Samsung TVs any good?

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

Samsung holds strong sway with many folks because its TVs are generally more colorful and much brighter than the competition, especially when it comes to its QLED range. 

Alongside that, Samsung TVs also offer Samsung's Tizen OS which is one of the best smart TV platforms out there so you get a fairly enjoyable experience as you browse around. Also, its processors typically do a great job with upscaling (turning HD into 4K) and usually perform better than LG TVs when handling scenes with fast motion.

The downside is that Samsung TVs are generally more expensive than those made by some of its rivals and they're not always incredibly long-lived. They also don't support Dolby Vision -- an HDR format that delivers higher brightness and better colors than HDR10. 

However, the good often outweighs the bad here and we recommend Samsung screens to folks who have a bit more to spend and are looking for the most picturesque TVs.

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 between OLED and QLED but it's also fairly easy to summarise.

Generally, QLED offers better and more brilliant whites. Ultra-bright up to 2,000 nits, QLED (or Quantum-dot Light Emitting Diode) means a very bright image. That can be a downside for some and can lead to less convincing blacks but it's particularly good for gamers. 

That's helped by Samsung QLED packing in a technology called HDR10+ that makes colors look super vivid while keeping input lag fairly low too.

How do Samsung TVs compare to other manufacturers?

Thanks to its implementation of QLED, Samsung 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. 

Admittedly, 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?

There are rumors that Samsung will be launching quantum OLED panels in early 2022 but for now, there are a few different options if the newest Samsung TV is most important to you.

There's the Samsung The Frame TV that looks like a significantly slimmer painting. There's also the Samsung The Terrace for outdoor viewing.  

Alternatively, there's the 32-inch Q50A QLED screen for users on a budget. It might only have a FHD picture (1920 x 1080) but it bundles in HDR10+ and Samsung's QLED technology.

What's next for the best Samsung TVs?

QD-OLED TVs that were finally revealed at CES 2022.

This is meant to be Samsung’s answer to LG’s highly acclaimed OLED TVs, with Samsung said to offer this hybrid tech in 55-inch, 65-inch and 70-inch sizes. The battle to win over your home cinema setups is still on, and the battle will be fought throughout 2022.

Nick Pino is the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's written for TechRadar, GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.

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