The best TV in 2023: our top picks from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, Vizio and more

Our list of the best TVs you can buy will help you get the set that delivers the best performance for your money. We test all the top TVs each year — both in our lab and in our living rooms — and these are the 4K TVs that we recommend. 

Because TV technology evolves fast, we're frequently updating this guide to keep up with the latest and greatest models, whether that's a QLED TV from Samsung, an OLED from LG or Sony, or a Mini-LED TV from the likes of Hisense or TCL. 

To that end, we want you to get the whole package when buying something new: great picture quality, rich sound, and all of the smart features available today, and it would be nice to save a buck or two while you're at it.

So what are the best TVs available now? The LG C2 OLED is now the best TV that we've tested. 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. 

That said, if you want the latest models, you should hold out until March or April of 2023 to make a purchase. That's when we're expecting to see new versions of many of our favorite TVs listed below arrive at retailers. 

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Nick Pino is the Managing Editor, TV and AV at Tom's Guide
Written by
Nick Pino

Welcome! My name's Nick and I look after our guides to the best TVs, best OLED TVs and best 4K TVs. Most of my day is spent watching and evaluating new screens from LG, Samsung, Sony, Hisense, TCL and Vizio. I have 10 years of experience in AV, and before I joined Tom's Guide I was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar. I love helping people find the perfect TV, so please feel free to reach out over email or tag me on Twitter and I can help you out.

The quick list

Here's a quick overview of the best 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. 

The full list: Best TVs in detail

This is the OLED TV you want to own

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Premium, lightweight design
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4 HDMI 2.1 ports
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Versatile performance
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Extensive gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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Not LG’s brightest OLED TV
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No ATSC 3.0 tuner
Buy it if

✅ Performance, meet price: There are better OLED TVs out there that are more expensive, and cheaper OLED TVs that are worse. The LG C2 OLED is the sweet spot.

✅ Great for gamers and sports fans: 120Hz native refresh rate with four HDMI 2.1 ports makes this great for both gamers and sports fans alike. This set pairs well with the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

✅ Alpha 9 Gen 5 Processor 4K: LG's top processor provides excellent upcaling of HD content to Ultra HD, along with great motion processing.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need an ATSC 3.0 Tuner: The biggest complaint we have about the LG C2 OLED is that it doesn't come with an ATSC 3.0 tuner for NextGen TV. That means no 4K HDR OTA broadcasts when they become available in your area.

❌ It's going in a room with a lot of ambient light: because it has a glass front, reflections and glare can be huge issues for the LG C2 OLED. If you buy one, make sure you have a way to mitigate the amount of ambient light in the room.

The bottom line

📺 The LG C2 OLED TV with OLED evo is the best OLED TV for a premium entertainment experience. Top-tier performance, plenty of port options and great gaming features all come together in a sleek package. ★★★★★

What you need to know
Of all the TVs to hit our test bench this year, the LG C2 OLED TV is the new standard for comparison. It has mostly everything we want to see from a premium OLED TV — the style, the performance, the smart TV platform and more are all pretty much perfect. As much as the LG G2 OLED is a spectacle of a TV, it’s a bit fussy needing professional installation and it doesn’t make as good a gaming TV. Plus it’s several hundred dollars more than the C2. That’s why the LG C2 is the OLED TV most people will want to get this year. 

Design: The LG C2 OLED TV is a familiar, yet stunning piece of hardware. 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. Even better is the fact that the LG C2 OLED TV has four HDMI inputs. All four of those are HDMI 2.1 supporting 4K at 120Hz, with one supporting HDMI ARC/eARC (enhanced audio return channel). If you have a Blu-Ray player, soundbar and gaming console like we do, the full array of 2.1 inputs comes in handy. 

Performance: The LG C2 OLED TV’s upscaling is powered by the Alpha 9 Gen 5 Processor 4K while the addition of OLED evo promises better and brighter overall picture. Now, we found evo fell short of promises when it debuted last year on the LG G1 OLED, so we went into this review with tempered expectations. But the C2 rose to the occasion in our test. Color accuracy is a highlight of the LG C2 OLED TV, with the set earning a 1.7 Delta-E score. The LG C2 also provides an impressively wide color gamut, producing 134.45% of the Rec 709 color space, surpassing the basic color standard by a significant margin. 

Smart TV: All LG 2022 TVs ship with webOS 22, an interface that gathers content on a whole-screen home page. The interface feels mostly the same from the other best LG TVs from last year, but with added user profiles for curating recommendations and keeping each user’s relevant content in reach. When nothing’s being watched, the LG 2022 TV Always Ready tool is an ambient mode that displays art, photos or a music player.

Value for money: The LG C2 OLED TV’s price definitely makes it more premium than any of the best cheap TVs, though it’s a tick more affordable than the LG G2 OLED TV (65-inch, $2,999). 

Read the full review: LG C2 OLED

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceThe pinnacle of price and performance.★★★★★
DesignA familiar, yet stunning piece of hardware.★★★★★
PerformanceBetter and brighter picture than previous OLEDs.★★★★★
Smart TVContent-rich interface with curated recommendations .★★★★★

The best QLED TV

The ultimate QLED TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 57 x 32.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 49.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding brightness abilities
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Impressive color reproduction
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Great cable management
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Low input lag

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
Buy it if

✅ You want better brightness than OLED: OLED is the king of contrast, but any ambient light can wash out the picture. Samsung's QLED TVs can handle more ambient light than almost any other TV because of its high peak brightness.

✅ Eye-popping colors and clarity: Yes brightness is important to counter glare, but it's also important in color reproduction and clarity. Better brightness, brighter colors.

✅ Great for gamers: Most TVs on this list are great for gamers, but the Samsung QN95B might be one of the best for PS5 and Xbox Series X due to its low input lag.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You care about Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is, by far, the best HDR format. It's tuned to match the brightness and black levels of each individual scene, so not having it on a TV this nice is a bummer.

❌ You constantly tweak settings: Samsung's Tizen smart TV platform does a few things incredibly well, but navigating to the settings to do any minor adjustment takes longer than it should.

The bottom line

📺 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. ★★★★★

What you need to know
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.

Design: The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV looks like a premium piece of equipment, complete with flush bezels and thin body that measures under 1 inch wide. It comes with a low-profile central stand that might limit the size soundbar you can place under it, but you could also hang the TV with a 400 x 300 VESA TV mount. What’s unique about the QN95B is that it uses Samsung’s One Connect box that houses the TV’s port array, including 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 supporting ARC/eARC) and 3 USB ports. The box then connects to the TV from a single cord, providing the choice to conceal unsightly cables as well as easy access to the ports.

Performance: Brightness is perhaps the QN95B’s biggest strength. In Standard mode with HDR content, the QN95B reached 1905.8 nits in a 10% window in our testing. For comparison, the LG C2 OLED TV hit 800 nits in the same window. Perhaps the only anecdotal shortcoming is a slight banding and blooming effect on the dark skies when you sit approximately 45 degrees off-angle to either side. Spec-wise, no Dolby Vision support is a setback for fans of the popular format; however, the set does handle HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ formats.

Smart TV: The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV uses Samsung’s proprietary Tizen smart TV platform. We have mixed feelings about the overall ease of navigation and content exploration, but it’s similar to LG’s Web OS and the Google TV interface. The home screen displays tiles for different content and channels, which you can customize to suit your watching preferences. In terms of streaming services, you’ll find popular choices such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max, as well as some free streaming services including Samsung TV Plus. 

Read the full review: Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceAmong the priciest sets Tom’s Guide tested this year.★★★☆☆
DesignFlush bezels and 1-inch wide body.★★★★★
PerformanceBest-in-class brightness and impressive performance★★★★★
Smart TVNot the best, not the worst.★★★☆☆

The best value TV

Our bargain pick is an excellent, affordable QLED with Google TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 3 HDMI (1 eARC)
Size: 57 x 32.7 x 3 inches
Weight: 70.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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QLED display with local dimming for excellent HDR performance
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Great color quality and smooth motion
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Google TV is a serious upgrade from Roku
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Affordably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Limited viewing angles
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Audio is good, but not great
Buy it if

✅ You want a cheap TV that still looks good: For the best smart TV experience in a TV under $1,000, it's hard to deny that the TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) is a solid contender.\

You demand good image quality: This TV offers better color, brightness, and shorter lag times than the previous Roku model. Color reproduction was an impressive  99.97% of the Rec 709 color space.

✅ You want a TV that comes with Google TV: It's also snappy, offering noticeably quicker and smoother operations than other platforms, including the sometimes slow Roku TV software that many TCL smart TVs use.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You sit off-axis to the TV: You want to be sitting head-on with this TV. Sit too far off to one side, and you're going to lose a significant amount of color saturation.

❌ You want great-sounding audio: The TV is only outfitted with a pair of 8-watt speakers that merely offer passable stereo sound and decent volume. You might want a good soundbar.

You're a big gamer: With a refresh rate of 60Hz, this is not the best choice for hooking up a PS5 or Xbox Series X. 120Hz would be better .

The bottom line

📺 The TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) improves on a value-priced favorite, adding premium smart features to an already excellent affordable TV. ★★★★

What you need to know
The TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) wowed us with its combination of smart TV features, solid performance and great value for your dollar. Building on the foundation of the already-good 5-Series, the move to Google TV gives the affordable 4K smart TV a more premium smart TV platform, one that offers personalized and customizable suggestions, a huge assortment of smart features, and deep Google Assistant integration that makes it a viable center for the entire home of connected gadgets. But it also offers a step up in other aspects of the TV.

As we found in our extensive testing, the 5-Series Google TV is a more polished version of the 5-Series TV when it comes to everything from color quality to lag times. And as well as delivering an excellent QLED 4K display, you also get a slick remote control, and a surprisingly wide array of gaming features for a 60Hz TV. For a smart TV that sells for under $1,000 for most size options, it's easily one of the best TVs on the market.

Design: TCL's mid-range TV designs aren't going to win any prizes, but the basic black plastic construction does the job, providing a sturdy housing for a decent 4K smart TV. It may not look flashy, or be the slimmest thing on the TV aisle, but it gets the job done. The chassis includes holes for a 200 mm by 300 mm VESA bracket, meaning that it can be easily hung on the wall using any of the brackets on our list of the best TV mounts.

Performance: Though some cosmetic differences from the 2020 TCL 5-Series Roku TV were a pleasant surprise, we were even more pleased to see that performance had improved across the board, with the display offering better color, brightness, and shorter lag times than the already excellent Roku model. Color accuracy was great right out of the box, with a Delta-E average of 1.3 as measured by our X-Rite spectrophotometer. Lower scores are better. Color reproduction was also impressive, with the S546 reproducing 99.97% of the Rec 709 color space.

Smart TV: There's a strong case to be made that Google TV is the best smart TV operating system on the market, offering a clean, easily-navigated home screen, with useful content recommendations, easy access to live TV and the convenience of voice control through the remote's built-in mic or the TV's integrated far-field microphones. The home screen and menus of Google TV look great, improving upon the already solid experience that Android 10 provided. 

Read the full review: TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546)

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceGreat value for your dollar.★★★★★
DesignIts basic plastic construction does the job.★★★★☆
PerformanceImproved performance and a strong 4K HDR TV.★★★★★
Smart TVThe best smart TV system on the market.★★★★★

The best QD-OLED TV

The first QD-OLED from Samsung really shines

Specifications

Screen Type: QD-OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 56.9 x 32.5 x 1.6 inches
Weight: 47.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Superb picture quality
+
Good audio
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Excellent choice for gaming

Reasons to avoid

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Imperfect blacks
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Poor interface, OS
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No Dolby Vision support
Buy it if

✅ You want the best of both OLED and QLED: QD-OLED tech delivers a TV that's both bright and has near-perfect contrast.

✅ Design really matters to you: It bears repeating: the screen measures a trifle more than one-eighth inch thick. If you like that whole floating screen look, this TV has it.

✅ You want good out-of-the-box sound: The S95B never gets too loud, but music, dialogue, and sound effects sound crisp and clear.

Don't buy it if:

You care about Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is, by far, the best HDR format. It's tuned to match the brightness and black levels of each individual scene, so not having it on a TV this nice is always a bummer.

You constantly tweak settings: Samsung's Tizen smart TV platform does a few things incredibly well, but navigating to the settings to do any minor adjustment takes a while.

You want a cheap TV: Cutting-edge technology often comes at a premium cost, and the S95B is no exception.

The bottom line

📺 The Samsung S95B combines Samsung’s consumer electronics know-how with the best aspects of both OLED and quantum dot technology, stumbling only slightly — but significantly — when it comes to its picture quality and its OS.

What you need to know
The Samsung S95B OLED 4K Smart TV signifies a big step forward for the company. It’s not just Samsung’s first OLED set, it’s also its first to combine OLED with quantum dots, resulting in a QD-OLED TV that promises the best of both technologies: superior color, brightness, and contrast in a single package. And Samsung comes tantalizingly close to conquering that mountain.

But the distance between “close” and “exact” proves to be a gulf with the S95B Series. For all the set gets right with its picture, sound, gaming performance, and even its remote control, its few minuscule missteps are amplified by a price ($2,999 MSRP) that’s just high enough to make you think twice. This may be one of the best TVs out there for certain kinds of shoppers, but overall you can do better — and cheaper.

Design: OLED sets are renowned—notorious?—for having ultrathin screens, and the S95B is no exception. Along every edge, the screen measures a trifle more than one-eighth inch thick, which, combined with the barely-there bezels (measuring about one-sixteenth of an inch on the top and sides and a quarter-inch on the bottom), give the TV an unusually sleek look. The control box in the back adds about an inch and a half to the depth, but the set’s svelteness is impressive nonetheless.

Performance: One of the first TVs on the market to fuse OLED and quantum dot technologies into a single set, the S95B all but promises next-generation picture quality by dint of its existence — and largely delivers. The picture on all of the movies, as well as a few TV series and YouTube videos we tried, plus our standard full-field, one-screen color screens, dazzled from anywhere in the room, as the set maintained almost its full color fidelity at even extreme angles relative to the screen. The S95B does not support Dolby Vision for HDR, but we had no complaints about any of the HDR10 video we sampled.

Smart TV: The Samsung S95B uses Samsung’s proprietary Tizen smart TV platform. We have mixed feelings about the overall ease of navigation and content exploration, but it’s similar to LG’s Web OS and the Google TV interface. The home screen displays tiles for different content and channels, which you can customize to suit your watching preferences. In terms of streaming services, you’ll find popular choices such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max, as well as some free streaming services including Samsung TV Plus. 

Value for money: For $3,000, it's a bit much to ask — even given the myriad positives — considering the stiff competition out there from the likes of Sony and LG, which are nipping at Samsung’s heels with new TVs that will build on the advances from their excellent last-generation sets, the A80J and the C2 respectively.

Read the full review: Samsung S95B OLED TV

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceWorth waiting for a price drop.★★☆☆☆
DesignThis set’s svelteness is impressive.★★★★★
PerformanceNext-generation picture quality (mostly).★★★★☆
Smart TVNot the best, not the worst.★★★☆☆

The best TV for gaming

A killer gaming QLED TV

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Excellently bright
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Google TV is quick
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Good selection of gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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Audio is only fine
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Only two HDMI 2.1 ports and one is eARC
Buy it if

✅ You want Mini-LED without a higher sticker price: The Hisense U7H may not have the Mini LED backlighting on offer by the higher-end U8H, but it gets so close to the same level of excellent image quality.

✅ You want a cheaper 120Hz TV: Finding native 120Hz panels under $1,000 is tough, but the Hisense U7H manages to make it happen.

✅ You use Google devices and services: Google TV is smart and well-rounded, especially for those in Google’s ecosystem, and who already use services like Google Assistant.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need more HDMI ports: On the left side of the TV, you’ll find four HDMI ports. Only two of those support HDMI 2.1, and one of those is the one that supports eARC.

❌ You watch a lot of HDR content: HDR highlights aren’t going to stun as much as some more premium QLED TV options out there.

❌ Audio performance is important to you: Let’s get this out of the way. If you can afford a decent soundbar, like the Sonos Beam, it will seriously improve the listening experience of using this TV. 

The bottom line

📺 The Hisense U7H QLED TV is able to deliver an excellent all-around image quality in its price range, and while the HDR highlights aren’t going to stun as much as some options, the U7H is a better complete package. That’s not to mention the HDMI 2.1 ports for gaming, and smart, easy-to-use Google TV operating system. ★★★★

What you need to know
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. The Hisense U7H may not have Mini LED backlighting, 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.

Design: The overall design of the Hisense U7H is nothing to write home about, but it’s still sleek and stylish enough to fit in most living rooms. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the new legs on offer by the U8H, but the understated legs on the U7H still look decent, and can be installed in two different positions — closer to the center, or closer to the edge. The bezels on the TV are relatively slim, with the bottom being the thickest. The TV itself is relatively slim too, though of course thicker towards the bottom. On a TV stand or mounted to the wall, it will look thin and stylish.

Performance: The Hisense U7H may not have the Mini-LED backlighting on offer by the higher-end Hisense U8H and Samsung QN95B, but it gets so close to the same level of excellent image quality, that without a side-by-side test, it can be hard to tell. The TV is being billed excellent for gaming. 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. Gamers will be happy with what’s on offer here. The TV excels at controlling its backlighting in a way that ensures you’ll never experience blooming to a level of being distracting. That’s all despite offering a great level of brightness, both in day-to-day viewing and in our lab testing. 

Smart TV: There's a strong case to be made that Google TV is the best smart TV operating system on the market, offering a clean, easily-navigated home screen, with useful content recommendations, easy access to live TV and the convenience of voice control through the remote's built-in mic or the TV's integrated far-field microphones. The home screen and menus of Google TV look great, improving upon the already solid experience that Android 10 provided. 

Read the full review: Hisense U7H QLED TV

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceA killer option in this price range.★★★★★
DesignThe design is nothing to write home about.★★★☆☆
PerformanceNo Mini-LED here but still excellent image quality.★★★★☆
Smart TVThe best smart TV operating system on the market.★★★★★

The best mid-range TV

Another excellent performer for the price

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB
Size: 48.3 x 28.1 x 2.8 inches
Weight: 41.9 pounds