The Best Samsung TVs of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

When it comes to consumer tech, Samsung has a stake in pretty much every category, but TVs have always been one of the Korean giant's points of pride. Indeed, it has been the world's largest television manufacturer since 2006, and has consistently stayed at the forefront of new display tech.

Samsung's still boasting some very high-caliber TVs in 2018, most of them outfitted with 4K resolution, very bright HDR performance, and the same level of polish the company has made a name for over the years.

If you just want the best Samsung TV money can buy, check out the 2018 Q9FN series (available at Amazon for $2,997.99). However, if you don't want to spend that much, we've tested lots of great Samsung TVs over the years. These are the best right now.

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Updated October 04, 2018

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65-inch Samsung Q9FN Series (2018)

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65-inch Samsung Q9FN Series (2018)

The Q9FN is Samsung's flagship TV for 2018, and it's very likely the best TV the company has ever made.

The 65-inch version costs around $3,300, but for that price you're getting an awful lot of goodies: 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, HDR10/HDR10+ compatibility (with some of the highest brightness we've ever measured in our lab—around 1,600 nits or more), Samsung's proprietary smart platform Smart Hub, a Full-Array Local Dimming LED backlight (the best performing LED backlight, generally), quantum dots for enhanced HDR color, and a very fine design aesthetic.

The combination of great HDR performance—bolstered by the Q9FN's awesome backlight and massive color saturation—make it easily the finest TV Samsung has ever produced, and that's primarily what you're paying for. This is the best Samsung you can get. Read our full review of the Samsung Q9FN series.

75-inch Samsung Q9FN Series (2018)

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75-inch Samsung Q9FN Series (2018)

This is the largest version and only other size in Samsung's flagship Q9FN flagship line for 2018: 75 inches, and as you might guess, pricy.

While we tested the 65-inch Q9FN in our lab, we expect the 75-inch to perform similarly. You're still getting 4K resolution, full-array local dimming, impressive HDR performance, quantum dots, and the same level of polish and fancy extras you'll find on the smaller size.

The biggest difference? It's over $5,000—which is about the price we'd expect for such a big, fancy TV. Whether that's worth it or not is up to you (and how future-facing you want your gigantic TV to be). Check out our full review of the Samsung Q9FN 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 Samsung TVs We Recommend

Okay, it's probably no great surprise that you can get an amazing TV for $3,000 or more—but not everyone can afford to spend that much, even if it is the best Samsung TV we've ever tested.

Fortunately, the company's best tech upgrades for 2018—powerful LED backlights and quantum dots, namely—have trickled down to a lot of the more affordable models. What's more, there are still some excellent but discounted 2017 models kicking around this year.


65-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

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65-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

If you want very similar quality to the flagship Q9FN series but don't want to pay so much money, the Q7FN (which is about two steps down) is a great choice.

The 65-inch will run you a little over $2,000, making it notably more affordable than the flagship, but you're getting a lot of the same goodies: 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, quantum dot color, very good HDR brightness (around 1,600 nits, same as the flagship TV), and a highly polished design aesthetic, plus extras like the OneConnect and OneRemote.

The major difference is that the Q7FN uses an edge-mounted LED backlight instead of the full-array backlight you'll find on the Q9FN, giving it slightly worse metrics in categories like uniformity and viewing angle, depending on the size. But for around $1,000 less (between the 65-inch models), I think it's a very fair trade. Check out our full review of the Q7FN.

55-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

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55-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

This is the 55-inch version of the 65-inch Q7FN detailed above—you can get it for around $1,500.

The 55-inch Q7FN offers basically all of the same fancy tech and snazzy features as the 65-inch version, it's just smaller and therefore cheaper.

If you're looking to get really good "QLED" (Samsung's designation for its 2018 quantum dot LED TVs) performance without spending a bundle, this is one of the most affordable options. Check out our full review of the Q7FN.

75-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

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75-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

If you're one of those rare but bold specimens angling for a truly huge TV, the 75-inch Q7FN is a viable option.

Especially if something like the $5,000 75-inch Q9FN proves too expensive but you're worried a "cheap" 75-inch TV won't make the cut, the biggest Q7FN model is just shy of $3,000, but delivers all the same high-end tech goodies as the other sizes in this series.

In sizes this big, we're sometimes wary of the efficacy of edge-mounted LED lighting, but I feel like the Q7FN's quantum dots give it enough punching power to produce a pristine image even at this size. Check out our full review of the Q7FN.

55-inch Samsung MU9000 Series (2017)

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55-inch Samsung MU9000 Series (2017)

This 2017 Samsung is still kicking around retailers and online, and it was one of the best Samsung TVs we tested last year. In fact, if you can find it under $1,000, it's a seriously good deal.

You're not getting all of the latest smart features and HDR compatibility that you'll find on the 2018 model, but the MU9000 still delivers a lot of goods: 4K resolution, HDR10 compatibility (benchmarked around 650 nits), Samsung's Smart Hub, 120 Hz refresh rates, and a very nice design aesthetic.

It's still a little pricy as 55-inch 4K/HDR TVs go, but you're also locking in Samsung's signature polish and attention to detail here. Read our full review of the Samsung MU9000 for more information.

A Guide to Samsung's Terminology

Like most brand name TV manufacturers, Samsung has a handful of proprietary terminology that the company uses to delineate certain features, enhancements, and extras. Here's a brief guide to the terms you may be encountering while shopping for Samsung TVs in 2018:

QLED — This basically means "quantum dot LED." The QLED TVs have, for the last couple years anyway, been designated as Samsung's "best of the best" for whatever particular year. The QLED TVs are naturally all 4K/HDR smart TVs, but with the addition of quantum dots.

Quantum dots — Quantum dots are nano-crystal particles that react to light depending on which size they are. They primarily emit very highly saturated red and green light when hit with blue light, and films or layers of them are applied to LED/LCD TVs to increase color saturation by serious magnitude.

OneConnect — This is a proprietary Samsung design effect. The TVs with OneConnect or OneConnect mini boxes have externalized mainboards and AV ports that connect to the TV via a single cable, with the intent to reduce incoming cord clutter and simplify your home theater setup.

OneRemote — This is Samsung's name for its remote controls. They're small, minimalist, handsome clickers that work with most HDMI-connected source devices by way of the TVs' advanced HDMI CEC abilities. In our experience, they control almost everything pretty seamlessly.

Auto Motion Plus — This is Samsung's name for its bundled de-blur, de-judder, and telecine/24fps modes. In your TV's menu, "Auto Motion Plus" is what controls frame interpolation or "motion enhancement/motion compensation (MEMC)" stuff. You can turn it off, customize it, or select from (usually) a bunch of different presets. Depending on whether your TV is a 120 Hz or 60 Hz native model, Auto Motion Plus will have more or less effect and options.


65-inch Samsung NU8000 Series (2018)

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65-inch Samsung NU8000 Series (2018)

This year's 8-Series non-QLED model, the NU8000 series is available in a wide range of sizes and is markedly more affordable than the quantum dot models.

The 65-inch NU8000 starts around $1,300, and delivers a bunch of good TV tech: 4K resolution, HDR10/HDR10+ compatibility (benchmarked around 700 nits), wide color saturation even without the addition of quantum dots, 120 Hz refresh rates, and the same smart features and slick design trends as Samsung's much pricier TVs.

The only drawback here is we've heard that the NU8000 TVs aren't always compatible with the latest video game consoles—something to keep in mind if you're a gamer, or are buying for one. Check out our full review of the Samsung NU8000 series for more information.

55-inch Samsung NU8000 Series (2018)

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55-inch Samsung NU8000 Series (2018)

A step down in size from the 65-inch NU8000, the 55-inch is one of the more affordable in this series—you can usually find it under $900.

Like the 65-inch, this one offers 4K resolution, HDR10/HDR10+ compatibility, 120 Hz refresh rates, and all the usual fixin's from this series. Because all of the NU8000 TVs use edge-lit LED backlights, we expect performance to be roughly identical regardless of size.

While there are more affordable 55-inch TVs out there, getting an HDR TV with a 700-nit benchmark that's this pretty at this price isn't a bad deal at all. Check out our full review of the Samsung NU8000 series for more information

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