The Best LG TVs of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

Lately, when we're making our picks for "best television," LG OLEDs inevitably come up. For the last several years, LG has stood as the only manufacturer making OLED (organic light-emitting diode) type TVs available to consumers, a new type of panel technology where individual pixels operate independently of one another.

While other companies have joined the OLED game this year, LG still offers the widest selection at the lowest price—you can probably guess where this is going. Pretty much all of the best LG TVs in 2018 are OLED models, meaning they aren't necessarily for the faint of checkbook.

If you want the best OLED TV, we highly recommend the 65-inch LG C8 OLED (available at Target for $2,799.99). It's not the fanciest OLED, but it's essentially a perfect 10 where pure performance goes, and is priced well for what it does. However, there are a lot of solid LG TVs to be found in 2018—these are the best right.

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Updated October 10, 2018

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65-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

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65-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

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The LG C8 is the second-cheapest OLED for 2018 (this year's lineup includes the B8, C8, E8, G8, and W8 series in total), but by non-OLED standards it's still a fairly pricy TV.

For around $3,000, though, you're getting all the amenities of OLED: pixels that turn on/off by themselves to create amazing contrast; vivid, unfiltered colors; huge horizontal viewing angles; and excellent response time for most gaming situations. The C8 is also a handsomely designed TV, though it's not as poshly appointed as the pricier 2018 OLED models.

This is our #1 TV this year for a reason: even if you don't like the design, would rather have Roku software than LG's webOS, or don't give a whatsit about the new 2018 features like built-in Al assistance or LG ThinQ integration, you're going to love how this TV looks. Read our full review of the LG C8 series.

55-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

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55-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

This is the smaller member of LG's C8 OLED lineup. It's basically the exact same TV, only smaller and therefore more affordable.

Priced around $2,000, the 55-inch C8 isn't any cheaper than the 65-inch model when relative size is considered, but it's still not egregiously priced for everything it does. You're still getting 4K resolution, HDR/Dolby Vision compatibility, LG's webOS platform, and the same great picture quality we've come to expect from OLED.

If you want the most affordable version of the 2018 OLED that's best for everybody, check this one out. Read our full review of the LG C8 series.

How We Test

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I've been testing and reviewing TVs at Reviewed since 2012. In our TV testing lab, we have the latest CalMan calibration software, a QuantumData signal generator, and individual light/color measuring meters—not to mention about 200 Blu-rays and sundry AV equipment.

We use industry-backed and scientifically sound tests to determine things like a TV's HDR peak brightness of what percentage of the DCI-P3 color standard it achieves. We also watch an awful lot of Netflix. Our top priority is to discover what the consumer will actually experience at home—regardless of what the meters say.

I personally tested and reviewed almost every TV on this list myself, and for those I didn't, it was still tested via the methodology and human vision-related weighting metrics I designed in conjunction with Reviewed's staff scientists and tech experts.


Other Great LG TVs We Recommend

The C8 may be the best of the best for LG TVs in 2018, but there's a lot of other options out there. While not a ton of our best-tested LG TVs are super affordable, they're almost all top quality OLED TVs, and there are some relatively cheap 2017 models to be had, too.


65-inch LG B7 Series (2017)

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65-inch LG B7 Series (2017)

The B7/B7A OLED series is the entry-level set from 2017, so it's very affordable nowadays (at least compared to the fancier 2018 models).

You're missing out on this year's updated design and additional utility features (like AI/ThinQ integration), but ultimately the B7 still delivers the high-end OLED performance most folks are looking for: awesome contrast, solid HDR performance, huge viewing angles, and rich color production.

The 65-inch will run you around $2,500, though this one goes on sale a lot, and it's usually much more affordable than the newer/fancier models. Read our full review of the LG B7 series.

55-inch LG B7 Series (2017)

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55-inch LG B7 Series (2017)

This is the smaller, 55-inch version of the B7 OLED, and online around $1,500 (and often discounted much further), this 2017 OLED is one of the cheapest versions you can get.

Fortunately, it's still an LG OLED, which means it still looks great overall: amazing contrast, excellent colors, huge viewing angles, and so on. Read our full review of the LG B7 series.

65-inch LG E8 Series (2018)

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65-inch LG E8 Series (2018)

A step up from our top pick, the C8, the 65-inch E8 OLED is not necessarily the one we'd recommend immediately (it's pricier than the C8, but the picture quality is basically identical).

You're getting all the expected tech upgrades here—4K resolution, HDR/Dolby Vision support, and all the positive elements of an OLED style TV panel—and the E8 also sports a more impressive aesthetic flare than the cheaper C8, and better audio quality.

Notably, the E8 delivers 60 watts of audio with its built-in speakers, versus the C8's 20 watts (though both use a 20-watt woofer, and simply have different treble speakers. While this makes the roughly $500 price difference between the C8 and E8 more understandable, it's also money you could easily spend on a soundbar instead. Read our full review of the E8 series.

55-inch LG E8 Series (2018)

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55-inch LG E8 Series (2018)

This is the smaller version of the 65-inch E8 from above.

Like the other OLEDs, it's basically identical, just smaller (and pricier than the 55-inch C8, which we'd still recommend in its stead).

However, if you have a little extra cash to spend and want an extra fancy TV, but don't have the space for a 65-inch model, this is one of the most poshly appointed 55-inch TVs around. Read our full review of the E8 series.

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