These are the Best TVs you can buy in Fall 2021: Top OLED, LCD, budget, and 8K TVs
Finding the best TV for yourself means selecting one that satisfies your needs by offering a great visual and usage experience. Your budget obviously also plays a big role, but thanks to advancements in TV technology, there are lots of options on the market and affordable TVs can provide a pretty good experience.
You have to decide whether you want the absolute best visual experience, or settle for almost the best. OLED TVs offer the best and most life-like picture quality with great viewing angles, but they aren’t the best choice for bright rooms. OLEDs tend to reflect a lot of light and unless you can control the lighting of a room, LCD TVs are a better option for brighter rooms. The relatively higher brightness on the LCD screens is able to counter the extra lighting. LCDs are also cheaper than OLEDs and provide great image quality — just not the absolute best. Another area where LCDs fall behind are the viewing angles as they tend to show distorted colors from the sides.
While for most people, our recommendations in the best OLED TV and best LCD TV sections will be enough, those on a tighter budget will however have to explore the best budget TV section. As a bonus, we’re also recommending an amazing 8K TV for those of you who are early adopters. 8K is still quite some time away from reaching the mainstream, but if you don’t want to wait, we’ve got you covered.
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- Best OLED TV: LG C1
- Also Great: Sony A90J Bravia XR Master
- Also Great: LG G1
- Best LCD TV: Samsung QN90A
- Also Great: Vizio P Series Quantum X
- Also Great: Hisense U8G
- Best Budget TV: Hisense U6G
- Also Great: Vizio M series (Model Q8)
- Also Great: TCL 5 Series (S535)
- Best 8K TV: LG SIGNATURE ZX 88-inch
- Also Great: Samsung QN900A
- Also Great: TCL R648
Best OLED TV: LG C1
LG’s C series has long been a favorite among consumers for its OLED TVs, and the LG C1 4K OLED TV is continuing that tradition. It promises great image quality and comes with Dolby Vision IQ that can alter picture settings, based on ambient lighting. It also brings the Filmmaker Mode that turns off motion smoothing and allows you to enjoy a film as its director intended.
The LG TV is great for gamers as well, thanks to its 120Hz display, faster response time, and game optimizer that puts all your game settings in one place. LG offers C1 in five screen sizes — 48 inch, 55 inch, 65 inch, 77 inch, and 83 inch. Moreover, it runs on webOS that’s easy to use and gives you access to pretty much all major streaming services.
Also Great: Sony A90J Bravia XR Master
The Sony A90J comes with the company’s best OLED panel to date, providing amazing picture quality, even better than what you’d get on the A8H. Sony has added a new aluminum sheet lamination to the OLED panel in the A90J that helps it cool down more efficiently, which in turn helped the company increase the panel’s brightness.
It also includes Sony’s upgraded Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology that claims to offer an immersive sound experience. Moreover, the TV runs on the Android TV platform with the new Google TV experience. All these enhanced features add to the TV’s price tag that may not be justified for all consumers — which is why it’s not our top pick in this section. The Sony A90H is offered in 55 inch, 65 inch, and 83 inch screen sizes.
Also Great: LG G1
The LG G1 is an excellent OLED TV and an upgrade over the LG C1 with its ‘OLED evo’ panel. The panel is brighter and more colorful than the one present in the C1. But the TV’s price tag keeps it from being our top recommendation in the OLED segment. The improvements offered by the panel aren’t as significant as the increase in the pricing.
The G1 looks fantastic with its ‘Gallery Design’ that can be mounted flush to a wall. It’s also among the best-sounding OLED TVs on the market. In addition, everything you get with the C1 is present in the G1, including excellent gaming features. You get support VRR, ALLM, HDMI 2.1, low input lag, 120Hz display, and near-instant response time. You can buy it in 55 inch, 65 inch, and 77 inch sizes.
Best LCD TV: Samsung QN90A
The Samsung QN90A is the best 4K TV on the market right now with an LCD panel. This QLED TV uses Mini LED backlighting, making it super-bright and capable of an excellent contrast ratio. So even in the most luminous rooms, you won’t have issues watching content on the QN90A. In addition, the television features a sleek design that looks elegant.
Other features of the television include Ultra Viewing Angle technology to improve the viewing angles. LCDs typically don’t have great viewing angles, so it’s good to see Samsung attempt to fix that. The QN90A also supports HDR10+, but there’s no Dolby Vision. The standard set of gaming features is also present, including a 120Hz panel, VRR, low input lag, and more. But you’ll only get one HDMI 2.1 port. You can buy the Samsung QN90A in 50 inch, 55 inch, 65 inch, 75 inch, and 85 inch sizes.
Also great: Vizio P Series Quantum X
The Vizio P Series Quantum X is another great option for LCD buyers. It provides superb picture quality with a great contrast ratio and up to 792 local dimming zones. The TV is also exceptionally bright and the company claims it can go up to 3,000 nits. It also supports HDMI 2.1 features, so you’ll get variable refresh rate and 120fps gaming. There’s Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support as well.
The TV comes with Vizio’s SmartCast OS that provides access to all popular streaming platforms. Like most LCD TVs, it does perform poorly on the viewing angles front. Vizio is selling the P Series Quantum X in 65 inch, 75 inch, and 85 inch screen sizes.
Also Great: Hisense U8G
The Hisense U8G is an excellent 4K LCD that uses the Android TV platform. Part of the company’s ULED lineup, the television offers fantastic value for money, thanks to its impressive performance that is enough to take on the more expensive LCD TVs.
It uses quantum dot and local dimming technologies to offer vibrant colors, high brightness, and a great contrast ratio. So whether you are watching movies, TV shows, or gaming, you will get a fantastic picture quality. The TV also packs two HDMI 2.1 ports to support next-generation gaming features, like [email protected] gaming, variable refresh rate, and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).
The television also looks nice and has a good build quality. You can purchase the Hisense U8G in 55 inch and 65 inch sizes.
Best Budget TV: Hisense U6G
Budget televisions have improved multifold over the last several years, and the Hisense U6G is an excellent example of it. Part of Hisense’s 2021 lineup, the TV offers a fantastic experience for its price tag. It features a modern design and small bezels. In addition, the 4K television uses Quantum Dot technology and full-array local dimming for excellent contrast. But local dimming isn’t super helpful given the limited number of dimming zones — 60 in 65 inch and 75 inch models, and 32 in 55 inch and 50 inch models.
The U6G is suitable for bright rooms with 600 nits peak brightness, but it doesn’t have the greatest viewing angles. In addition, the television runs on the Android TV platform, so you’ll have access to pretty much all that apps that need. It also features support for HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision. Some gaming features like low input lag and a great response time are present as well, but you won’t get stuff like VRR or HDMI 2.1. All in all, it’s a great budget TV for watching movies and TV shows, but it isn’t perfect for next-generation gaming.
Also Great: Vizio M series (Model Q8)
The Vizio M Series (Model Q8) is a great affordable TV. It comes with features you don’t expect to see on a budget LCD TV, like local dimming and variable refresh rate. You won’t get hundreds of local dimming zones like the P Series Quantum X but having up to 90 is better than nothing. HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision are supported as well. The TV also promises up to 800 nits of brightness, which is quite decent.
With the Vizio M Series (Model Q8), you also get 4K 60Hz gaming support as well as the SmartCast OS that includes access to all major streaming platforms. Further, the TV comes with built-in Chromecast and supports Apple AirPlay 2. It’s only offered in 55 inch and 65 inch screen sizes.
Also Great: TCL 5 Series (S535)
The TCL 5 Series is another great budget 4K option. It offers good picture quality with full-array local dimming (up to 80 zones) and Quantum Dot technology. Quantum Dots basically make colors look more vibrant and improve the overall contrast of the screen. The tech is very common in high-end TVs but not in the budget ones like the TCL 5 Series.
With TCL, you also get the Roku TV platform that makes sure you get access to all major streaming services. Moreover, you’ll get Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Digital. It does falter on the brightness, viewing angles, and upscaling fronts. The TCL 5 Series is sold in 50 inch, 55 inch, 65 inch, and 75 inch screen sizes.
Best 8K TV – LG SIGNATURE ZX 88-inch
The number of 8K TVs have increased exponentially in the last couple of years but there have only been a couple with OLED screens, and both from LG. There’s no practical reason to buy an 8K TV right now given the lack of 8K content. But if you really want to be one of the first few people to have it — the LG Signature ZX 88 inch is a great model. As we mentioned earlier, OLEDs are the absolute best when it comes to picture quality. So there’s essentially no competition for this LG offering if you want the best. But you’ll have to shell out a significant sum to buy it — probably enough to get a decent car in its place.
In terms of features, the LG Signature ZX has everything you need or expect from a top-of-the-line TV and it looks amazing on the design front. It’s sure to turn heads.
Also Great: Samsung QN900A
While the LG Signature ZX is the best 8K TV you can own, its insanely high price tag puts it out of reach of most people. If you can’t afford the LG 8K TV but still want one, the Samsung QN900A is the next best thing you can buy. It’s an LED-backlit 8K LCD TV that’s significantly more affordable than the LG TV.
Part of Samsung’s Neo QLED TV lineup, the QN900A uses quantum dot technology, local dimming, and MiniLED backlighting to provide high levels of brightness and lifelike colors. The company’s “Ultra Viewing Layer” also helps with the viewing angles, so when you’re watching the television with a group of people, everyone will get a good experience.
In addition, the TV packs next-generation gaming features, excellent upscaling support, and Tizen Smart TV OS. You can purchase the Samsung QN900A in 65 inch, 75 inch, and 85 inch sizes.
Also Great: TCL R648
As 8K TVs are still a niche product, most 8K televisions are very expensive. But TCL has managed to release an 8K TV — the TCL R648 — that doesn’t cost a small fortune and is actually cheaper than LG’s flagship 4K OLED TV. Despite its relatively lower price tag, the TCL R648 is a great TV and the company’s best right now.
Like Samsung’s QN900A, the R648 uses quantum dot technology, MiniLED backlighting, and local dimming to offer deep blacks, vibrant colors, and high brightness. The TV also packs HDMI 2.1 ports for next-generation gaming and runs on Roku OS. Roku is one of the most straightforward smart TV platforms and offers access to lots of streaming channels. You can buy the TCL R648 in 65 inch and 75 inch sizes.
These are the best TVs you can buy right now. Which are you planning to buy? Let us know in the comments section. If you’re in the market for the Android TV experience, we have guides on the best Android TV boxes as well as a dedicated guide for the Best Android TVs.