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Best 55-inch TV: Quick Menu

1. The list in brief
2. Best OLED TV
3. Best QLED TV
4. Best LG TV
5. Best mid-range TV
6. Best value TV
7. Best outdoor TV
8. How to choose
9. How we test

Looking for the best 55-inch TVs? You’ve come to the right place. Although some might love the larger screen size that 65-inch, 55-inch TVs offer a great mix of usability features, performance and price. They are, for lack of a better term, the sweet spot for most TV buyers.

As of right now, the best 55-inch TV is the Sony A95K OLED, Sony’s first QD-OLED TV. QD-OLED, if you haven’t heard the term, combines a quantum dot filter with an OLED screen and offers higher brightness levels and better color saturation than either technology could on its own.

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So where do you put one of the top 55-inch TVs? You already have a space in mind most likely, but we often recommend them as living room TVs for folks living in apartments or dorms, or  a second set for a bedroom if you plan on laying in bed to watch TV at night. (Not sure which size is right for you? Our ‘what size TV should you buy’ guide can help.)

There are plenty of options to choose from, but whether you’re looking for a premium smart 55-inch TV with incredible picture quality, an outdoor TV that can survive the elements, or a budget set that will save you a bundle, we’ve got advice backed up by hours of in-house lab testing and in-depth evaluation. 

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The quick list

Here’s a quick overview of the best 55-inch TVs you can buy right now based on our testing and reviews. And keep up on scrolling if you want to see our in-depth analysis of all the top TVs for every budget. 


1. Sony Bravia A95K OLED

The best overall TV for your home cinema

The Sony Bravia A95K absolutely floored us in a way no other TV had previously this year. If we only had the time and space to recommend one 65-inch TV this year, the Sony A95K would be it.

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2. Samsung QN95B QLED TV

The best QLED TV you can buy

The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV is the premium QLED set to get. With best-in-class brightness, a clever design and every feature you need from a smart TV, the QN95B is tough to beat.

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Best LG TV


The best LG TV 

The LG C2 OLED TV is this year’s best LG display. Not only is it the best OLED TV thanks to an impressive display panel, but its premium design, great gaming features and smart TV platform hit all the high marks, too.

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Best mid-range TV

4. TCL 6-Series (R655)

The best mid-range TV

The TCL 6-Series Roku TV costs under $1,000, but with superior brightness and gaming capabilities, no one who watches it will ever know. If you’re looking for one of the best TVs you can find for less, this one is an excellent place to start.

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Best Gaming TV

5. Hisense U7H QLED TV

The best value TV

We loved the Hisense U7H. It was able to deliver an excellent all-around image quality in its price range, plus it includes gaming-focused features like VRR, ALLM, and Dolby Vision Gaming. Gamers will be happy with this set.

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Best Outdoor TV

6. SunBriteTV Veranda 3

The best outdoor TV

As far as outdoor TVs are concerned, the SunBriteTV Veranda 3 stands above the competition by offering a performance that’s worthy of plenty of indoor 4K TVs.  It’s not cheap, but if you’re after a 4K outdoor TV, look here first.

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The full list: Best 55-inch TVs in detail

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1. Sony Bravia XR A95K OLED

Amazing brightness and black levels plus the best smart TV platform


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65

Screen Type: QD-OLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0)

Size: 56. 88 x 33 x 1.75 inches

Weight: 59.5 pounds

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Reasons to buy


Superb picture quality


Color and brightness are outstanding


Best sound you can find from a TV


Includes a dizzying variety of useful, experience-enhancing features

Reasons to avoid

Only two HDMI 2.1 ports

Not the lowest input lag you can find

By any standard, the Sony Bravia XR A95K OLED is a remarkable TV — and often, it’s far better than that. This set, which sits at the top of Sony’s expansive TV lineup, unites the industry’s defining technologies and Sony’s own groundbreaking processing and picture enhancements to deliver superlative performance in every area. And  our own test results back this up.

The color and brightness on the Bravia XR A95K are dazzling. Unexpected but genuinely useful smart features transform everything from how you interact with the screen, how you make picture adjustments, and even what you do if you lose your remote control. Perhaps most important, this Sony OLED TV looks and sounds like a dream, no matter what you watch on it, making everything a transcendent viewing and listening experience.

The question with the A95K, then, isn’t whether it’s one of the best TVs you can buy. It’s whether it is the best TV you can buy. In our opinion? Yes, yes it is.

Read our full Sony Bravia XR A95K review.

The best QLED TV

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2. Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV

Need extra brightness? This is the premium QLED TV of the year


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches

Screen Type: QLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI all HDMI 2.1

Size: 57 x 32.7 x 0.7 inches

Weight: 49.2 pounds

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Reasons to buy


Outstanding brightness abilities


Impressive color reproduction


Great cable management


Low input lag

Reasons to avoid

No Dolby Vision support

With the Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV, Samsung once again proves why it’s the QLED TV king. Thanks to best-in-class brightness, cable management convenience and impressive performance across most content genres, the QN95B is a tough TV to beat. 

At a time when OLED TVs steal most of the hype, Samsung’s premium Neo QLED technology stands out in one big way: brightness. By introducing a Mini LED backlighting, the panel can achieve higher levels of brightness without sacrificing depth and gradations of luminance. Samsung pairs that image quality with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features, like a solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries — delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.

The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we’ve ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes as standard, and it’s also a great option for gamers thanks to plenty of dedicated features and an impressive 9. 8-millisecond lag time in our testing.

Read our full Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV review or browse our Samsung promo codes

The best LG TV

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A 55-inch OLED that isn’t so harsh on the wallet


Available Screen Sizes: 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)

Size: 56.7 x 32.5 x 1.8 inches

Weight: 32.6 pounds

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Reasons to buy


Premium, lightweight design


4 HDMI 2.1 ports


Versatile performance


Extensive gaming features

Reasons to avoid

Not LG’s brightest OLED TV

No ATSC 3.0 tuner

The LG C2 OLED TV is this year’s set to beat. Not only is it the best OLED TV thanks to an impressive display panel, but a premium design, maximum versatility and great smart TV platform hit all the high marks, too.  The panel itself is impossibly thin, measuring 0.1-inch thick across the top half of the TV. The component compartment extends out on the bottom half of the back chassis, but it’s still very sleek overall.

We can’t say our test results for this LG C2 OLED TV review showed significant improvement over last year’s C1 OLED (found lower on the list) — but, to be fair, there wasn’t much room to improve. Instead, what makes this one of the best TVs of the year is that it offers fantastic picture quality for the price.

Read our full LG C2 OLED review.

The best mid-range TV

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4. TCL 6-Series Roku TV

The best mid-range TV of the year


Screen Type: QLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB

Size: 56.9 x 32.9 x 2.8 inches

Weight: 63.9 pounds

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy


Excellent QLED and mini-LED display


Great gaming performance


Roku TV offers a huge app selection and easy interface


Improved Roku remote

Reasons to avoid

Sound is a little weak

Roku is missing some of the latest apps

TCL has long been acclaimed for bringing a lot of performance to TVs that don’t cost a lot of money. That trend continues with its latest 6-Series Roku TV, the 65R655, which amps up key aspects of its performance—particularly brightness and gaming potential—while keeping the price affordable. Throw in the super-easy-to-use Roku TV interface and you have a set that more than delivers on its picture promise without busting your budget.

You will have to make a couple of sacrifices to take full advantage of the good deal the 65R655 offers, a set this simple won’t appeal to everyone, and there aren’t a ton of innovations when compared with earlier 6-Series sets. But in what it does offer over its predecessors and competitors, the 65R655 offers a compelling amount of TV while minimizing most of the compromises. If you’re looking for one of the best TVs you can find for less than $1,000, this one is an excellent place to start.

Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV (65R655) review.

The best value TV

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5. Hisense U7H QLED TV

An incredibly affordable TV that looks great for the price


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches

Screen type: QLED

Refresh rate: 120Hz

HDMI ports: 4 (1 ARC, 1 HDMI 2. 1)

Size: 57.0 x 33.1 x 3.5 inches

Weight: 43 pounds

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy


Excellently bright


Google TV is quick


Good selection of gaming features

Reasons to avoid

Audio is only fine

Only two HDMI 2.1 ports and one is eARC

The Hisense U7H may not have Mini LED backlighting like the TCL 6-Series, but it does offer a QLED panel, and the ever-improving Google TV operating system. And, for the most part, it succeeds in delivering an impressive low-cost QLED TV-watching experience — but there are a few caveats to keep in mind.

 In day-to-day use, the Hisense U7H delivered a vibrant and bright viewing experience in all situations. Whether watching in SDR or Dolby Vision, you’ll find colors to be stunning and detail to be high. Speaking of details, it’s able to upscaling lower-than-4K content pretty well too. 1080p content looked pretty darn close to 4K, and while 720p content didn’t quite get there, it was far from distracting.  

The fact that it has two HDMI 2.1 ports seems to confirm this, however note that it isn’t the lowest when it comes to input lag. Generally, it’s considered that a TV with less than 15ms of input lag is good enough for the majority of gaming situations, and the Hisense U7H just breezed under that at 14.6ms. Other gaming-focused features include VRR, ALLM, and Dolby Vision Gaming. 

The Hisense U7H is a killer option in this price range — which is exactly what we’d expect from Hisense at this point. It doesn’t necessarily beat all the competition, like the TCL 6-Series, in all situations, but as a package deal it’s a seriously strong contender — and ultimately, worth buying.

Read our full Hisense U7H QLED TV review.

The best outdoor TV

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6. SunBriteTV Veranda 3 Outdoor TV

The best outdoor TV right now


Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches

Screen Type: LCD

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4

Size: 56. 5 x 37 x 9 inches

Weight: 47 pounds

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy


Strong picture, sound quality for an outdoor TV


Good for gaming


Top-notch remote

Reasons to avoid

Expensive compared to indoor 4K TVs

Not designed for stand use

The new SunBriteTV Veranda 3 didn’t need to do much to build on the line’s concrete foundation, as the previous model already had impressive-for-the-category 4K HDR picture and sound quality to accompany its sturdy construction aimed at outdoor use (in the shade). But in addition to adding smart features by way of Android TV, it also gained an even better display and good, caveat-free remote control as part of the bargain.

These improvements do not come cheap. Veranda 3 models start just shy of $2,900, which is hundreds of dollars more than the other Verandas. Is it worth it? If you want one of the best outdoor TVs you can buy… then, yeah, it is. It’s worth celebrating — and maybe even laying down the cash — when a good thing gets even better. Provided you have a place to put it, of course. 

Read our full SunBriteTV Veranda 3 Outdoor TV review.

How to choose the best 55-inch TV for you

How to choose the best 55-inch TVs for you

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Our TV buying guide breaks down the key factors that should go into purchasing a new set, as getting a TV is an investment. It’s a piece of tech you’re likely to own for several years, which is why you want to make sure you’re picking the best 55-inch TV for you. 

Size: First figure out whether you’re locked into a 55-inch set. Just because it’s the biggest size that fits on your wall or TV stand doesn’t mean that it’s right for the room. Similarly, consider if a 65-inch TV would better suit your space. 

Price: Expect to pay about $500 for a good 55-inch 4K TV. The Insignia 55-inch 4K Fire TV Edition above is the absolute cheapest we’d recommend based on our catalog of TV testing. But if you have a tighter budget, check out our best TV deals for some alternatives. Keep in mind performance will take a hit in lower price ranges, though. 

HDR: If you want the most colors, get one of the HDR sets with Dolby Vision compatibility above. This technology is able to deliver more colors, more contrast levels and increased brightness. It could make a set a bit more costly, but it guarantees you’ll still be satisfied with TV as the Dolby Vision format seems to be gaining momentum.

Ports: Another thing to consider is port offerings. Some of the sets above sport 3 HDMI ports, while some have 4. In general, more ports is better, especially if you have a collection of input devices like soundbars or game consoles.

If you’ve narrowed down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.

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The best TVs under $1000 | The best TVs under $500

Best TV brands | Best Samsung TVs | Best TCL TVs | Best LG TVs | Best Roku TVs | Best Google TVs | Best OLED TVs | Best QLED TVs | Best 8K TVs | Best HDMI 2.1 TV | Best TVs with ATSC 3.0 | Best TVs with Chromecast

The smallest smart TVs | Best 43-inch TVs | Best 50-inch TVs | Best 55-inch TVs | Best 65-inch TVs | Best 70-inch TVs | Best 75-inch TVs | Best 85-inch TVs 

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How we test the best 55-inch TVs

How we test the best 55-inch TVs

Testing the best 55-inch TVs is a thorough process. We put every TV through our custom lab test, measuring color gamut, color accuracy and brightness to objectively see which sets are the best for these key indicators. We also test for lag time, measuring to the millisecond how long it takes for content to travel from the original source to the screen. We use these results to make numbers-based comparisons about color and display quality.

We spend hours with each set to see how our lab results translate into anecdotal performance. We also compare competing sets using a range of content across several sources. With that information, we can tell you which TVs look best, sound best and offer the best viewing experience.

Of course, we also consider the smart TV functions and apps for each TV, looking at everything from the remote control design to the voice interaction. 

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We’ve updated this article to make it current, and we’ve added a glossary of TV tech terms.

TV technology has advanced to the point where even affordable TVs can look really good, but that advancement has marched in step with an ever-longer glossary of terms describing how modern TVs are equipped. You may feel like you need a research grant before you can even begin to decide on a new TV.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. This buying guide will explain all the jargon and answer the important questions. When you’re ready to buy, we have TV recommendations suitable for a variety of budgets and situations.

The best TVs in every major category

The research

  • TV features, defined
  • LCD vs. OLED: Which is better?
  • Should you buy a 4K TV?
  • What to look for in an HDR TV
  • Do you need a smart TV? What if you don’t want one?
  • What size TV should you get?
  • Where to place the TV
  • Other things you might need
  • Additional resources

TV features, defined

Here are some of the most common terms you’ll see in our TV reviews, and why they matter.

4K or Ultra HD (UHD): A TV with a 4K resolution has at least four times as many pixels as an HDTV (3840×2160 pixels compared with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 pixels). The term “Ultra HD” can be synonymous with 4K, but it often refers to video content that combines 4K resolution with other new performance technologies such as HDR and wide color gamut (defined below).

LCD: This stands for liquid crystal display, the most common kind of television technology. LCD TVs shine an LED backlight through a panel of liquid crystal, a malleable substance that reacts to electricity, opening or closing when jolted. The specific details of the opening and closing are dependent upon the arrangement of the pixels: The most common LCD arrangements are vertical alignment (VA) and in-plane switching (IPS), with the former tending to produce higher contrast and the latter tending to produce wider viewing angles. All “LED” TVs are really LCD TVs, as are TVs labeled “QLED” or “ULED.

OLED: An organic light-emitting diode TV creates light inside each individual pixel without using a backlight and can dim each pixel individually all the way down to black, which LCD TVs can’t do. This tech gives an OLED TV an infinite contrast ratio and other benefits that help create an overall better-looking image, but at considerable additional cost.

Full-array local dimming backlight: This term refers to an LCD TV technology in which the LED backlight sits behind the LCD panel and has individual zones that can turn on and off, depending on the content. Such TVs are usually larger and more expensive to build and design, and more zones cost more. However, TVs with full-array local dimming typically provide the best LCD picture quality by improving contrast ratios and shadow detail.

Mini-LEDs: Every LCD TV made today uses LEDs to produce the light that shines through the LCD panel. Mini-LEDs are much smaller than traditional LEDs, so TV makers can install more of them and thus create more zones of local dimming, producing less blooming or glow around bright objects. Mini-LEDs are completely different from Micro LED, an available (though very expensive) TV technology that employs individual red, green, and blue LEDs to produce an image without needing an LCD panel at all.

High dynamic range (HDR): High dynamic range lets a TV display much brighter highlights while retaining deep blacks, although only with HDR content. Whereas standard dynamic range (SDR) content has a peak brightness of around 100 nits (defined below), high-end HDR sets can have highlights that exceed 1,500 nits. This feature drastically improves contrast ratios and provides a more dynamic image in which bright objects (the sun, fire, a photon torpedo) really jump off the screen. HDR10 is the standard format that all HDR-capable TVs support. HDR10 content contains metadata (or information about how the image should be presented) only for the movie as a whole, while the more advanced HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats have metadata for each individual scene—so the TV can better optimize the image as it changes.

Nits: Also called candelas per square meter (cd/m²), this unit of luminance measures how much light a TV can produce. Previously, TVs could output 200 to 300 nits, and SDR content was graded and mastered with 100 nits as the standard. With HDR, content is mastered with 1,000, 4,000, or 10,000 nits as the standard. So the more nits an HDR TV can display, the more accurately it can display the highlights in HDR material without having to reduce the brightness of the highlights or clip them.

Wide color gamut (WCG): A color gamut is the range of colors that a certain piece of content or a display device can or should reproduce. Ultra HD video content has a wider color gamut than standard HDTV content; right now, most UHD content is mastered with the same DCI/P3 color gamut used in theatrical cinema (the ultimate goal is the even larger Rec. 2020 color gamut). This expanded color gamut allows a TV to display richer reds, blues, and greens than ever before.

Quantum dots: This color-enhancing technology is primarily found in LCD TVs, though some OLED TVs now have them, as well. Quantum dots are microscopic nano-crystals that, when struck with blue light, produce vivid red or green light (depending upon the size of the crystal). Quantum dots are the primary technology that allows LCD TVs to produce the wide color gamut required to display Ultra HD content properly, as they greatly increase the color saturation of red and green.

HDMI 2.1: The most recent version of the HDMI connection that links most home TVs and sources, HDMI 2.1 adds support for 8K displays, automatic low-latency mode for improved gaming, eARC for better audio when you’re using Audio Return Channel, variable refresh rate for syncing the TV’s refresh rate to a gaming console to avoid stuttering, and dynamic metadata support. For more about HDMI 2.1, read our blog post.

Refresh rate: All digital displays (including TVs) have what’s called a refresh rate, measured in hertz (Hz), shorthand for cycles per second. A TV’s refresh rate refers to how quickly it displays new incoming video information on a nanosecond-to-nanosecond basis. Although there are many possible refresh rates, most TVs come with either a 60 Hz refresh rate (meaning 60 screen refreshes per second) or a 120 Hz refresh rate (120 screen refreshes per second). A 120 Hz TV offers advantages when you’re watching 24p content (definition below), and it tends to produce less input lag and motion blur. In 2022, some manufacturers introduced 144 Hz TVs meant to appeal specifically to gamers, but the majority of TVs still have a 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate.

24p: With few exceptions, movies in a theater display at 24 frames per second, abbreviated as 24p, which gives movies that “cinematic” look.

Judder: This term refers to a slightly jerky motion that can occur when 24p film content appears on a TV with a 60 Hz refresh rate. In such situations, to make 24 frames match up to the 60 Hz display, half of the frames appear two times and the other half appear three times. This display technique causes judder, which is most noticeable on panning shots. Some 120 Hz displays avoid this effect by repeating each film frame five times, whereas some 60 Hz panels run films at 48 Hz to show each frame twice.

Motion smoothing: Motion smoothing, sometimes called MEMC (Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation), refers to a TV’s ability to intelligently create new frames to create smoother-looking or less juddery motion. Most modern TVs can artificially increase their refresh rates to smooth out fast or difficult sequences, but the efficacy of this motion smoothing is often dependent upon the TV’s native refresh rate. Motion smoothing is also the cause of the “soap opera effect,” in which cinematic/24p content looks more like a daytime soap opera due to the insertion of unnecessary frames. The best TVs come with multiple motion-smoothing presets, and some even allow you to fine-tune the degree of judder reduction and frame interpolation employed. When used correctly, motion smoothing can make content like sports and nature documentaries look more realistic, but we prefer that it be turned off for cinematic TV shows, movies, and video games.

LCD vs. OLED: Which is better?

If every buyer had an ideal viewing environment and a bottomless budget, we would always recommend buying an OLED TV. The pixel-by-pixel lighting in OLED TVs allows them to achieve much better contrast than LCD TVs can produce, and they also offer superior off-angle viewing.

But you might be better off buying an LCD TV for several reasons, with affordability and variety being at the top of the list. Whereas the average 65-inch OLED TV costs close to $2,000, truly impressive 65-inch LCD TVs are available for around $1,000—sometimes less. And LCD TVs come in a lot more screen sizes.

The best LCD TVs also achieve much higher brightness than the average OLED TV can reach (though advancements in 2023 may be changing that), so if your viewing environment is particularly bright and sunny, you might prefer an LCD TV that can combat the surrounding ambient light.

More about LCD vs. OLED

Should you buy a 4K TV?

A 4K TV has four times as many pixels per inch as a 1080p HDTV. Depending on the screen size, this difference typically isn’t noticeable if you’re sitting more than 6 feet away, but this graphic represents what you might see if you look more closely. Illustration: Wirecutter

Nearly all new TVs over 40 inches, even inexpensive models, have a 4K resolution. Some premium TVs have an 8K resolution, but we don’t think those are yet worth their higher prices for most people, due to a lack of content. You can still find smaller-screen TVs with a 1080p or 720p HD resolution, but they are often the most value-oriented TVs in a company’s lineup and don’t include the most advanced technology and features.

If your new 4K TV is big enough, or if you’re sitting close enough, you will see a significant difference in detail compared with an older HDTV—as long as you’re watching 4K content, which is widely available on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix (premium tier only), and YouTube, as well as through some cable and satellite services and on Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.

That said, a 4K resolution on its own doesn’t make a huge difference in picture quality. It’s only when TV makers add features like HDR and wide color gamut that today’s 4K TVs distinguish themselves from older HDTVs.

What to look for in an HDR TV

It’s impossible to show the difference between HDR and non-HDR TVs on a non-HDR screen (such as the one you’re likely viewing this image on), but this dramatized illustration should give you an idea of what to expect. Illustration: Wirecutter

An HDR-capable TV playing HDR content can reproduce a greater range of brightness than has ever been possible with TVs. Add support for a wide color gamut (WCG) for deeper reds and blues, as well as more vibrant greens, and an HDR TV can be a big improvement over your current TV.

But not all HDR TVs are created equal. There’s no minimum performance standard for a TV to advertise basic HDR support, so some TV manufacturers are bending the truth a bit when they call their TVs “HDR. ” Supporting HDR simply means that a TV is capable of understanding HDR metadata—that is, it can tell that a part of the screen is supposed to be extra bright, for example, or a more vibrant green. But that doesn’t mean the screen itself is physically capable of becoming extra bright or displaying that vibrant green. As a result, some TVs might display an image that looks no different than a non-HDR, standard dynamic range (SDR) picture.

To properly display HDR, an LCD/LED TV needs to have local dimming. OLED panels are all capable of displaying HDR because each pixel produces its own brightness and can individually turn off and on—in effect, it’s like having millions of dimming zones instead of a few dozen. Because we test our TV picks rigorously, we can confirm that the TVs we recommend are capable of showing the increased brightness and colors of HDR and WCG.

This GIF shows the same TV with local dimming turned off and on. Photos: Chris Heinonen

You’ll encounter several different HDR formats that a TV might support. HDR10 is the standard format that all HDR-capable TVs must support. HDR10 content contains metadata (or information about how the image should be presented) only for the entire movie as a whole, whereas the more advanced HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats have metadata for each individual scene, so the TV can better optimize the image as it changes. HLG is the live-broadcast HDR standard, and HGiG is a set of guidelines for HDR gaming.

HDR shows and movies are available on Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and through streaming providers like Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and Netflix. But older Blu-ray discs and most cable and satellite TV signals don’t currently support HDR.

Do you need a smart TV? What if you don’t want one?

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Pretty much all TVs today are smart TVs, which is to say that they can connect directly to your Wi-Fi in order to access built-in streaming services such as Disney+ or Netflix. You might like this feature because it means you don’t have to buy an additional media streamer, such as a Google Chromecast with Google TV or a Roku Streaming Stick, unless you prefer its interface or want access to services the TV doesn’t support.

But we also hear from readers who don’t want a smart TV, whether for privacy reasons or because they already own a streaming device they like. In reality, any TV that lacks smart features (if you can find one at all) probably isn’t worth buying, as it’s likely to be an older or bargain model that offers marginal picture quality. Plus, smart TVs readily receive updates that improve performance or correct problems. But if you really don’t want a smart TV, consider a computer monitor or projector instead of a TV—or just buy a smart TV and don’t connect it to the internet.

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What size TV should you get?

Think of buying a TV as you would buying any piece of furniture. It needs to fit wherever you plan to put it, and ideally it should look proportional to the furnishings and the surrounding wall. A 32-inch TV would look odd floating on a large bare wall, for example, while a 75-inch jumbotron could overpower a cramped living room. Just get a tape measure and check.

TV sizes are measured along the diagonal of the screen, so when measuring your space make sure to use the width, height, and depth dimensions listed for the TV. If you’re still uncertain, this web app from FlatpanelsHD can help you visualize TV sizes in a variety of stock environments. If you want to get fancy, augmented-reality apps can plop a 3D rendering of a TV on top of your existing furniture.

If you have the space, a 55- to 65-inch TV is a comfortable size when you’re sitting from 6 to 10 feet away, which is typically the case for a living room setup. A TV of that size is big enough to create an immersive viewing experience with the lights off, but it’s not so large that it’ll completely dominate a modest-size living room. On the other hand, no avid TV watcher has ever regretted getting a larger TV. So if you have room and can comfortably afford a larger size, go for it.

If you want to go really big, consider a projector instead of a TV. The setup is slightly more complicated, and you need to be able to control the lighting in your room to get the best-looking image, but 100-plus inches of screen for the price of a nice TV (or far less) is quite compelling. And if you have a roll-up screen, you can put a projector system away when you’re not using it so you’re not left with a black rectangle in your living space at all times.

Where to place the TV

Mounting your TV to a wall is a great way to prevent TV tip-overs, but not everyone can (or wants to) drill holes in their wall. If you know that you’ll be setting your new TV on a piece of furniture, you should consider what kind of stand it comes with.

Many TVs have two feet spaced widely apart, which requires you to place them on a surface that’s nearly as wide as the screen itself. Some TVs still have center-mounted pedestal stands, which allow you to place a larger screen on a smaller piece of furniture, such as an end table, but those designs are becoming increasingly rare among more-affordable TVs.

If you don’t like a particular TV’s stand design, you can find third-party tabletop and floorstanding TV mounts that allow you to adjust the TV’s height or add a swivel function.

The wide-stance leg design (top), which is now more common than the single-pedestal design (bottom), requires a wider surface to stand on. Photos: Ashley Courter

Other things you might need

Once you’ve settled on a TV, there are other categories you may want or need to research and browse, whether you hope to wall-mount your TV, want the best sources of content to watch, or plan to secure better audio quality.

Additional resources

Want to learn more? Check out these TV-related articles.

This article was edited by Adrienne Maxwell and Grant Clauser.

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About the problems of choice in Kaliningrad

It is not so easy to navigate the variety of models and manufacturers, especially when the range on the site is impressive. To make the right choice, decide which TV you need:

Plasma, LED and LCD are the most popular;

Projection panels – create the effect of a cinema in your home;

· Laser – with an unsurpassed color gamut and high image brightness.

Decide for yourself whether the brand is important and which manufacturer will suit you: European, Korean or Japanese – it happens that TVs of similar parameters differ only in the logo on the panel. Often it is this difference that affects the cost. Compare models with each other in terms of characteristics and read customer reviews on websites about their real performance properties.

Decide on the diagonal, focusing on personal ideas about comfort and the size of the room where you are going to place the TV. If you plan to hang the screen on the wall, take care of the fastening in advance. In the Technobase online store you can buy not only a TV, but also a wall bracket suitable for it.

About the advantages of buying on the Internet in Kaliningrad

Those who are used to shopping without leaving home have long appreciated the convenience of modern online stores. Order in one click and prompt delivery to the apartment saves, first of all, your time. Just imagine how many hours you would have to run around the shops in search of a good TV at a bargain price! And where is the guarantee that the screen is good, and the price is favorable? After all, you need to compare.

Buying on the Internet gives you a chance to “run through” at least a dozen home appliance stores in order to compare prices and choose the best product at the best price.

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When the choice is made, you just have to place an order, use a convenient payment system and prepare a place for a new TV. Your purchase will be delivered to you as soon as possible. And yes, keep in mind that the warranty period and return conditions in the case of buying goods online are no different from a similar process offline.

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Buying a TV on Ozon: what to choose from

New items are constantly appearing on the home appliance market, and this applies to TVs. A wide range of TVs will appeal to the most demanding customers. Modern Dexp TVs are suitable for large and small rooms. Models of the DEXP brand transmit a detailed picture, reproduce clear sound. The devices are complemented by built-in Wi-Fi, Direct LED lighting, and a powerful audio system.

Features of the choice of equipment

TVs of different brands are offered to customers on After choosing a manufacturer of household appliances, buyers pay attention to the diagonal. The comfort when watching movies and TV shows, the perception of the picture depends on this parameter. Models with a large diagonal are suitable for spacious rooms. You need to watch a 70-inch TV at a distance of at least 5 meters.

Important technical data:

  • matrix type;
  • sound quality;
  • backlight type;
  • contrast;
  • availability of additional functions, interfaces;
  • operating system (for Smart TV).

Hier functional TVs have received super-resolution technology. To improve images and sound, the manufacturer used an artificial intelligence engine. Direct LED backlighting creates high-quality local dimming in HDR mode. Until recently, this backlight option was used only in premium TVs.

LCD and LED technologies are very popular. Models with these matrices are inexpensive and have an optimal level of screen brightness. OLED technology provides TVs with a high level of contrast, rich blacks. True, devices with a resolution of 4K and 8K are more expensive.

Additional TV functions

Smartphones, speakers, game consoles, laptops and computers are connected to modern TVs. Different ports are used for this:

  • USB;
  • HDMI;
  • 3.5 Jack;
  • LAN;
  • analogue output.

On the site “smart” TVs are offered to customers. The equipment easily connects to wireless devices, gives access to viewing Internet content. The TV screen can be used for games, Skype calls, listening to audio tracks or reading useful information.

Through a voice search, users find movies, watch TV programs and weather forecasts. Built-in Bluetooth is designed to connect a gamepad, wireless headphones or keyboard.