Just about every new TV comes equipped with a smart platform these days.
And while integrated smart platforms make entertainment a breeze, choosing the best smart TV isn’t quite as easy.
There are so many options on the market. How do you know which one is best?
Some manufacturers have their own smart platforms, while others choose to integrate existing platforms like Roku or Android. Do all of them have all the apps you’re looking to utilize? How’s the interface?
And with all that smart TV jargon — OLED, 4K, 8K, Ultra HD, smart LED, HDR, HDMI 2.1 — it can get confusing pretty quick.
Luckily for you, we’ve got a list of some of the best smart TVs available on the market right now. So check out these top picks to make your smart TV shopping easy — so you can get back to your Netflix binge ASAP.
Picture Quality King
If money is no object, the 2020 LG CX is stomping the competition. It regularly ranks at the top of every single review out there. It delivers all-around excellent picture quality that just can’t be beat.
It performs well in bright rooms, thanks to its outstanding reflection handling. It’s also able to turn off individual pixels, resulting in extremely deep blacks.
As for the OS, it has LG’s built-in Web OS — which, by the way, is my favorite out of all smart TVs I’ve tested. It’s easy, user-friendly, and has a great selection of apps available. And for this TV, you can even use its remote to point and press, like a computer mouse, or utilize the built-in voice control.
Best Non-OLED Picture Quality
If you’re sort of budget-conscious — and by that I mean you’re willing to fork over some cash for good quality, but not OLED-worthy cash — check out the Vizio P-Series Quantum X. It’s got great color and outstanding image quality, but it’s not as pricy as the LG CX. You’ll find this HDR-compatible TV has top-notch local dimming, a wide range of color detail, and superb light output.
Best Roku TV
If Roku is your favorite platform for live TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video, you should take a look at the TCL 4 Series. It’s already got Roku baked into the TV. It can’t really beat any of the other models listed here on image quality, but its good enough for most people, especially at this price. 4K resolution and HDR experience with good peak brightness make it a clear top choice.
Best Budget Smart TV
If you’re not concerned with Roku’s platform and care more about picture quality, the Hisense H8G is the best budget smart TV. You’ll get the most bang for your buck with this one. It delivers good overall picture quality, but it also won’t empty your wallet.
The Hisense delivers deep blacks thanks to its VA panel, but that also means that it has narrow viewing angles. You’ll have to sit directly in front of the screen to get the most accurate image. In any case, it’s pretty well-built with a good looking screen for a budget TV.