The best 10 TVs in comparison

Which are the best TVs of 2020?

Best TVs of 2020 (1 - 5)
TV comparison
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TV comparison
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Sony XBR X910C 75"
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Sony XBR X900C 55"
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Sony XBR-55X850A
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Sony XBR X900C 65"
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Panasonic Viera TX-40CXW804
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Sony XBR X850C 55"
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Sony XBR X830C 43"
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LG 84LM960
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LG 55LM640
Comparison winner
Panasonic Viera TX-50CXW804
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Sony XBR X910C 75"
100points
Sony XBR X900C 55"
98points
Sony XBR-55X850A
97points
Sony XBR X900C 65"
96points
Panasonic Viera TX-40CXW804
92points
Sony XBR X850C 55"
90points
Sony XBR X830C 43"
90points
LG 84LM960
89points
LG 55LM640
89points
Panasonic Viera TX-50CXW804
89points
Best price
Best price
Summary
Summary
  • Design (57)
  • Display (94)
  • Connectivity (90)
  • Audio (46)
  • Features (86)
  • Design (52)
  • Display (78)
  • Connectivity (90)
  • Audio (38)
  • Features (80)
  • Design (51)
  • Display (84)
  • Connectivity (61)
  • Audio (46)
  • Features (71)
  • Design (49)
  • Display (86)
  • Connectivity (90)
  • Audio (46)
  • Features (80)
  • Design (56)
  • Display (88)
  • Connectivity (59)
  • Audio (36)
  • Features (100)
  • Design (51)
  • Display (78)
  • Connectivity (86)
  • Audio (45)
  • Features (71)
  • Design (56)
  • Display (80)
  • Connectivity (74)
  • Audio (36)
  • Features (72)
  • Design (58)
  • Display (74)
  • Connectivity (66)
  • Audio (42)
  • Features (79)
  • Design (60)
  • Display (45)
  • Connectivity (66)
  • Audio (42)
  • Features (78)
  • Design (53)
  • Display (87)
  • Connectivity (59)
  • Audio (38)
  • Features (100)
Pros
Pros
  • Bigger screen size
  • Wall bracket
  • Automatic volume adjustment
  • Higher pixel density
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • Less shipping weight
  • Automatic volume adjustment
  • Higher pixel density
  • USB recording
  • Automatic volume adjustment
  • Bigger screen size
  • Automatic volume adjustment
  • Higher pixel density
  • USB recording
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • Less shipping weight
  • Higher pixel density
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • Less shipping weight
  • Automatic volume adjustment
  • Higher pixel density
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • Less shipping weight
  • Bigger screen size
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • VGA connector
  • Wall bracket
  • Bigger screen size
  • USB recording
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • VGA connector
  • SRS TheaterSound HD
  • Higher pixel density
  • USB recording
  • Lower power consumption on operation
  • Less shipping weight
Cons
Cons
  • Pixel density
  • Shipping weight
    • Shipping weight
    • Common interface support
    • Operating power consumption
    • Shipping weight
    • Screen size
    • Sleep timer
    • Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivity
    • Common interface support
    • Common interface support
    • Screen size
    • HDMI version
    • Pixel density
    • Shipping weight
    • 4K resolution support
    • Pixel density
    • HDMI version
    • Resolution
    • 4K resolution support
    • Remote control via smartphone
    • Dolby Digital Plus surround sound
    • Screen size
    • Sleep timer
    • Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivity
    Design
    Motorised floor standThis stand allows the user to turn the TV to either side by remote control.
    Motorised floor standThis stand allows the user to turn the TV to either side by remote control.
    Motorised wall bracketThis stand allows the user to change the viewing angle by up to 90 degrees with a remote control.
    Motorised wall bracketThis stand allows the user to change the viewing angle by up to 90 degrees with a remote control.
    Wall bracketThis bracket allows the user to change the viewing angle manually by up to 90 degrees.
    Wall bracketThis bracket allows the user to change the viewing angle manually by up to 90 degrees.
    Easel standThis stand allows the user to place the TV in a slightly tilted back position.
    Easel standThis stand allows the user to place the TV in a slightly tilted back position.
    Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.
    Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.49kg28.3kg37kg34.7kg17kg27.7kg15.8kg94.5kg30.6kg24kg
    Total score for "Design"
    Total score for "Design"
    Display
    Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
    Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.74.5"54.6"54.6"64.5"39.5"54.6"42.5"84"55"49.5"
    ResolutionThe resolution indicates the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen, expressed as the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the number on the vertical axis.
    ResolutionThe resolution indicates the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen, expressed as the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the number on the vertical axis.3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px2160 x 3840px1920 x 1080px3840 x 2160px
    Pixel density
    Pixel density59.1ppi80.7ppi80ppi68.3ppi111.5ppi80.7ppi103.7ppi52ppi40ppi89ppi
    LED-backlit displayUses LED backlighting, resulting in better image quality, more vibrant colors and richer blacks.
    LED-backlit displayUses LED backlighting, resulting in better image quality, more vibrant colors and richer blacks.
    4K resolution supportAllows you to view in ultra-high definition.
    4K resolution supportAllows you to view in ultra-high definition.
    Total score for "Display"
    Total score for "Display"
    Connectivity
    USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
    USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.3333333333
    HDMI versionA newer HDMI version offers a higher bandwidth and is capable of carrying a better signal, e.g. more audio channels, more frames per second etc.
    HDMI versionA newer HDMI version offers a higher bandwidth and is capable of carrying a better signal, e.g. more audio channels, more frames per second etc.2222N.A.221.41.4N.A.
    Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
    Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
    VGA connectorVGA connector is a widespread connector and is found on many video cards, computer monitors, and some television sets.
    VGA connectorVGA connector is a widespread connector and is found on many video cards, computer monitors, and some television sets.
    Total score for "Connectivity"
    Total score for "Connectivity"
    Audio
    SRS TheaterSound HDSRS devices create an immersive 3D soundfield using only two speakers, simulating the kind of audio experience delivered by devices that support Dolby Digital.
    SRS TheaterSound HDSRS devices create an immersive 3D soundfield using only two speakers, simulating the kind of audio experience delivered by devices that support Dolby Digital.
    DTS SurroundDTS Surround is a high-quality audio codec that supports up to six audio channels, with good bitrates and audio quality.
    DTS SurroundDTS Surround is a high-quality audio codec that supports up to six audio channels, with good bitrates and audio quality.
    Automatic volume adjustmentThis technology adjusts the volume of the device according with what the video player needs.
    Automatic volume adjustmentThis technology adjusts the volume of the device according with what the video player needs.
    Dolby Digital surround soundIf the device supports Dolby Digital it can deliver up to six different audio channels (sides) for a much better sound quality.
    Dolby Digital surround soundIf the device supports Dolby Digital it can deliver up to six different audio channels (sides) for a much better sound quality.
    Dolby Digital Plus surround soundIf a device supports Dolby Digital Plus it can deliver up to fourteen different audio channels (sides) with improved bitrates, for a much better sound quality.
    Dolby Digital Plus surround soundIf a device supports Dolby Digital Plus it can deliver up to fourteen different audio channels (sides) with improved bitrates, for a much better sound quality.
    Total score for "Audio"
    Total score for "Audio"
    Features
    Remote control via smartphoneThis technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.
    Remote control via smartphoneThis technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.
    USB recordingUSB recording is the capacity of the device to record content into plugged in USB devices.
    USB recordingUSB recording is the capacity of the device to record content into plugged in USB devices.
    Common interface supportThis is a technology which allows separation of the TV screen and the decoder. It is used for pay-to-view TV (like Apple TV).
    Common interface supportThis is a technology which allows separation of the TV screen and the decoder. It is used for pay-to-view TV (like Apple TV).
    Operating power consumptionHow much power the device consumes when it's switched on.
    Operating power consumptionHow much power the device consumes when it's switched on.N.A.241W 264W 278W 74W 202W 150W 256W 71W 88W
    Sleep timerA sleep timer is a function that shuts off the power after a preset amount of time.
    Sleep timerA sleep timer is a function that shuts off the power after a preset amount of time.
    Total score for "Features"
    Total score for "Features"

    How to choose the best TV

    Whether you watch TV just for news or you like to watch good movies with a cinema-like feeling and play games, a TV has a place in almost every home, and sooner or later one question will come up: How do I choose the best TV?

    Buying a TV can be tricky and pretty confusing when all the different brands are offering various features and technologies. There are top TVs with technologies such as ultra-high-definition (UHD/4K), but what is 4K technology, and what are HDR TVs? And how to choose between LED vs. OLED TVs?

    To help you choose the right TV for your home, we've compiled a list of key features and guidelines that should be considered when buying a TV.

    1. Screen

    Screen size
    A TV's screen size is a significant factor for your experience and should be chosen carefully. The average screen size is approximately 49 inches (diagonally). Larger screens are, of course, preferable, but TVs with large screens are also the most expensive. Exactly how big a screen should be depends on your budget and the purpose of your purchase. If you want a cinema-like feeling at home or you like to play games with a console, a bigger TV with 55 or 65 inches can provide a great experience.

    Another important factor when choosing a TV's size is the device's potential location and, most importantly, the viewing distance. There is no real guideline for the perfect distance, but generally said, the bigger the size of the screen, the further you go (while keeping in mind the device's resolution). For a TV with 50 inches, for example, the minimum distance should be around 6.6 feet (2 meters) and the maximum distance around 12.5 feet (3.8 meters). Otherwise, when sitting too close, pixels may be noticeable, and when sitting further, the experience won't be as good. Some TVs with bigger screen sizes are, for instance, the Samsung UN110S9VFXZA, with 110'', the Samsung UE105S9W, and the LG 105UB9, both with 105''. 

    Screen types
    The screen type makes a real difference for your viewing experience, but which one is the best? Choosing a type of screen dramatically depends on what you want to watch and your budget. There are LCDs (liquid crystal displays) that adjust the amount of light that passes through each liquid crystal layer, LEDs, plasma screens, an OLED (organic light-emitting diode displays) screens that emit light directly through materials like carbon. LED is an updated version of LCDs using similar technology, but a different kind of illumination.

    LCDs are lit by a fluorescent bulb from behind, while LEDs are lit by an array of light-emitting diodes, which makes them far more efficient and allows the TV to be slimmer. Although LEDs don't provide the highest image quality, it is the most popular type of TV on the market now due to its cost and size.

    Plasma screens have two sheets of glass with a mixture of gases in between them. Gases are sealed in plasma form and cause illumination in the pixels when charged with electricity, providing better contrast and color accuracy than LCDs and LEDs. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of OLED and LCD screens:

    OLED 
    + Fast response time
    + High contrast ratio
    + Vivid colors
    + Energy efficiency
    - Supra-saturated colors
    - Limited lifetime (due to the use of organic materials)
    - Higher cost

    LCD
    + Thin and lightweight
    + Low refresh-rate flicker
    + Cheaper to produce
    - Loss of contrast in high-temperature environments
    - Low viewing quality in direct sunlight
    - Limited viewing angles

    HDR
    HDR (high dynamic range) is an imaging technique used to reproduce luminosity very accurately and can, therefore, deliver a broader and richer range of colors and contrast levels. HDR is an upgrade of 4K Ultra HD and exists in two formats, which results in compatibility issues. The UHD Alliance's version is called Ultra HD Premium or HDR10 and is an open standard format, which leads to more manufacturers implementing it and, therefore, on higher availability. There is also Dolby Vision's version, with higher technical standards but the downside that many sets don't meet standards that contribute to HDR's quality.

    Compatibility is, therefore, a critical factor when buying an HDR TV, since some TVs (like Vizio's products) are only Dolby Vision-compatible, while other TVs (like Samsung models) are Ultra HD Premium-compatible. LG TVs generally support both versions. Furthermore, OLEDs provide deeper blacks, whereas LEDs offer more brightness and blacks that are not as deep.

    HDR content must be processed for compatibility, which is possible with Ultra HD Blu-ray and the creation of HDR content by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. Some of the best HDR TVs are the Samsung UN105S9WAFXZA, the Samsung KS9500, the Hisense H65M7000, and the Panasonic TX-50DX750.

    Curved screen
    LCD or OLED screens are also available in a curved form, giving you the feeling of being immersed in the image. It is essential to consider that, depending on the viewer's angle, images may be distorted (especially problematic when multiple people are gathered around a TV).

    2. Image quality

    Besides the screen type, there are other factors to take into account when choosing your new TV: resolution, pixel density, contrast ratio, refresh rate, and viewing angles.

    Resolution
    A TV's resolution is the number of pixels in horizontal lines that the TV can display. Current models start at 720p (HD) and go up to 3840 pixels × 2160 lines (Ultra-high-definition – UHD, also known as 4K). The more pixels, the sharper the picture. Most current TVs have a 1080p HD format (Full HD), with 1080 displayable lines. HD-Ready TVs are cheaper than Full HD models, but if you like to watch Blu-ray films, Full HD might be a better choice for you. If you have the budget and big plans with your TV, 4K TVs might be the right choice since they have four times the pixels of Full HD models, which means more details and more lifelike and vibrant images. Examples of high-resolution TVs are the Samsung UE105S9W and the LG 105UB9

    Pixel density
    Pixel density relates to sharpness and clarity and is measured in PPI (pixels per inch), considering the number of pixels per inch on the display. A high pixel density means that images are sharp and clear. This is calculated based on the resolution and size of the screen.

    Contrast ratio
    The contrast ratio is the difference between the lightest and darkest areas of an image. A TV with a low contrast ratio has a more washed-out grey rather than a black picture, and white areas have less vibrancy. It is hard to tell which number means a reasonable contrast ratio since manufacturers calculate it differently. It is, therefore, recommended first to test a device if you'd like to evaluate how the TV displays darker scenes and how the brightness and sharpness look like. In general, LEDs, OLEDs, and plasma TVs tend to have a high contrast ratio. TVs with good contrast ratio are the Samsung KS9000 65" and 55", the Samsung KS9500 55" and the Samsung KS9810 88"

    Refresh rate
    The refresh rate is the frequency at which the screen is refreshed and is measured in Hz. A higher frequency results in less flickering (less noise) and less blur, resulting in more natural movement representation in action-intense scenes (which comes handy if you watch a lot of action movies or play games). Most TVs support a 60Hz refresh rate, although better picture is provided at 120Hz or 240Hz, especially in scenes with fast-moving objects. It is essential to consider that a device's refresh rate might not always be the same as the displayed content's refresh rate. To handle faster refresh rates, TVs generate and insert an image that fits between other images. This can give a feeling of video that is too smooth and can resemble a soap opera. Some examples of TVs with a fast refresh rate are the Samsung UN60ES7500F and Samsung UN55ES7550F, with 840 Hz, and the LG 84LM960V, with 800 Hz.

    Viewing angles
    Wider vertical & horizontal viewing angles are the maximum angles at which images can be displayed clearly, without compromising image quality. LCDs and OLEDs tend to have limited viewing angles, making it hard to watch TV when sitting right next to the screen. In contrast, plasma TVs often have a wide viewing angle and no color distortion, making it easier for multiple people to sit around the screen and still have a clear picture from every angle. If you intend to watch TV with multiple people, a curved TV would not be a good choice due to its limited viewing angles. Some TVs with limited viewing angles are some of Samsung's LCD TVs as well as products from Panasonic's DX600 series, while the Vizio E550i-B2 has the widest horizontal viewing angle (180 degrees). 

    3. Audio

    TVs with powerful speakers deliver better sound quality, but due to flat designs, there is not enough space for large speakers, meaning that most TVs have just two small speakers. If you're seeking outstanding audio quality, you'll need external speakers such as a soundbar, a stereo speaker system, or a home-cinema sound system, through which you can choose between a pre-matched surround sound system and component surround sound system. If you are a gamer or you want to enjoy a movie on your own, headphones could be a good solution as well.

    If you don’t like cables, or you don’t have enough room for a whole system, a soundbar with a powered subwoofer is a good choice, since they are small and planed to fit the slim design of TVs, are often wireless, and provide high-quality sound. The same goes for stereo speakers, which offer an even fuller sound with a stereo receiver, bookshelf speakers, or floor-standing speakers and a subwoofer. The best sound is provided with a component surround sound system, but this takes the most space and requires cables. This kind of system typically consists of a home theater receiver, a subwoofer, and five or smaller and larger speakers. A pre-matched surround sound system also includes five speakers, which are usually more compact, and a control center, which is usually built into a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player. Soundbars are the most popular choice due to their price and flexibility in terms of installation.

    4. Connectivity & Ports

    WiFi
    Most TVs nowadays are Smart TVs with WiFi and apps that allow users to stream videos and browse the internet. Services like Netflix and Pandora are often included in Smart TVs, but before proceeding with a purchase, it's better to verify if they include services that you are interested in.

    USB & HDMI ports
    HDMI ports are the new standard meant to replace the old, bulky A/V cables. Before buying a TV, we also recommend checking the number of ports while considering the devices that you want to plug into your TV – laptops, projectors, audio devices, and so on. If you're interested in buying a 4K TV, look into HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compatibility. An example of TV with multiple USB ports is the Samsung UE105S9W.

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