The Best Sony TVs of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

Sony is one of the biggest names in TVs, and the company has been a household name for high-quality TVs since its tube-TV hay-day back in the 90s. In 2018, Sony TVs are still amongst the most premium sets you can buy.

Like with any manufacturer, though, some Sony TVs are better than other Sony TVs—either because they're better performers, more finely designed, or are simply a better value for the money. While we'd normally list the best Sony TVs we've tested here, we unfortunately haven't tested any of the newer models yet.

However, we can still make recommendations based on extensive knowledge of the technology in these displays and trusted reviews from our peers. Here are our picks for the most highly recommended Sony TVs this year.

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Updated November 18, 2018

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65-inch Sony A9F Series (2018)

65-inch Sony A9F Series (2018)

New for 2018, Sony's second-generation OLED—the A9F Series—is by all accounts a very good television.

The A9F series is part of Sony's "MASTER" series, the 2018 flagship/tippy top TVs from Sony's lineup. While I haven't personally tested the A9F (in fact, it doesn't appear to have made the rounds to many professional reviewers yet), I do know that the panel is procured from LG Display, which means it should possess the same raw OLED picture qualities as LG's 2018 TVs (which we're big fans of). I've also seen it in person, and it dropped my jaw.

The A9F also features a very slick, unique design; an Android TV smart platform that should be very familiar if you've ever used an Android-equipped smartphone or tablet; and the usual trappings of ultra-premium TVs in 2018: 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, and better-than-average audio, thanks to the "Acoustic Surface" screen technology that Sony's been equipping its OLED TVs with since last year's A1E model.

Of course, you're paying a lot for all that good stuff: about $4,500, which is quite a bit more expensive than our top-rated TV, in fact.

While I have no doubt that the A9F TVs are great, it's worth it at this price to hunt down reviews and try to see one in person, too.

55-inch Sony A9F Series (2018)

55-inch Sony A9F Series (2018)

This is the 55-inch version of Sony's A9F OLED series—same super-high end TV series, but a smaller TV.

Because they're both OLED TVs, we'd expect the 55-inch A9F to be every bit as good as the 65-inch A9F.

That said, we still haven't tested either one, so we'd still encourage interested consumers to try to track down one of these in the wild to make sure they like everything about it.

65-inch Sony Z9F Series (2018)

65-inch Sony Z9F Series (2018)

The other member of Sony's "MASTER" Series, the Z9F is the LED/LCD counterpart to the A9F OLED.

It's still a pricy, premium television, but it's more affordable than the A9F OLED in this size. With the Z9F, you're getting Sony's best LED TV for 2018, and—very likely—the best LED TV the company has ever made. 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, high brightness, and wide color saturation are all given here.

Like the A9F, the Z9F features Sony's Android TV platform, the "X1 Ultimate" video processing engine, 120 Hz refresh rates, and all the other trappings of ultra-premium TVs. Unfortunately, since we haven't tested it, we can't say definitively whether it's a good or bad TV. But with the "MASTER" series branding and what we know about Sony's attention to detail, it's very likely going to impress most viewers.

75-inch Sony Z9F Series (2018)

75-inch Sony Z9F Series (2018)

If you want a really big, really fancy TV, the 75-inch Z9F is likely a very good choice.

However, it's worth noting that while size differences matter a lot less for OLED models, you might see some quality discrepancies between the 65- and 75-inch Z9F Series. Basically, the bigger an LED TV is, the harder it is to operate the backlight effectively.

We wouldn't expect that to be an issue with this TV, but we also don't know for sure. Outside of their size differences, the Z9F TVs should be identical, though, and the 75-inch is still packed to the gills with great-sounding tech.

65-inch Sony A8F Series (2018)

65-inch Sony A8F Series (2018)

Sony's flagship OLED, the A9F, is quite possibly the best TV that Sony has ever made—but it's damn expensive, too.

Fortunately, 2018 gave us two options where Sony OLED TVs are concerned. The A8F Series is basically a more affordable version of the A9F: same stellar OLED panel (we assume), but without the A9F's fancy "A" frame design. It's most comparable to Sony's first-generation OLED, the A1E.

Fortunately, you can get the 65-inch A8F Series for around $3,800, hundreds of dollars less than the 65-inch A9F, so if you know it's a Sony OLED you want but you don't want to spend extra on the A9F's fancy design and handful of extra features, this is the one to go for.

55-inch Sony A8F Series (2018)

55-inch Sony A8F Series (2018)

If a 65-inch is too big for you, or you just don't want to spend quite so much money, the 55-inch A8F is Sony's most affordable OLED TV this year.

Like other OLEDs, I don't expect the smaller size to affect picture quality, due to the way OLED panels operate. Of course, like the rest of these TVs we haven't tested this one either, so you should check it out in person if you can.

Even as the lower-tier series and the smallest size, the 55-inch A8F will still cost you just a little under $3,000, so if you're looking for "affordable," a Sony OLED may not make the cut.

65-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

65-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

The X900F is Sony's best 4K/HDR series of LED TVs for 2018 if you don't count the ultra-premium Z9F series.

These TVs still aren't "cheap," but they're more reasonably priced. Still, the "900" series Sony TVs have been dynamite in past years, so even though I haven't tested these TVs I feel very confident in recommending them if they meet your size, price, or style needs.

You're still getting 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, the Android TV platform, a Full-Array Local Dimming backlight, and the same highly customizable picture quality software and components (like a 120 Hz refresh rate) found in the higher-end Sony lineup for this year. For $2,000, it feels like a good value.

75-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

75-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

This is a bigger version fo the 65-inch X900F—you're paying about $1,500 more for 10 more inches of screen.

Like the other X900F TVs, the 75-inch version offers up the expected high-end TV tech: 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, the Android platform, and so on.

It's worth keeping in mind that Sony doesn't disclose the amount of local dimming zones in its TVs (at pressers, they kept telling us to "discover it for ourselves" — cheeky). The larger X900F sizes like this one will need more than the smaller sizes to operate on the same quality level, so hopefully there are, in fact, more here and in the 85-inch size.

85-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

85-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

The largest of the options in the X900F LED/LCD 4K TVs for 2018.

You're paying a lot for this TV—around $5,000—but it's also absolutely gigantic. There aren't a ton of 85-inch TVs kicking around at any given time, so it's likely this is one of the better ones you could get. Even still, that's a lot of money.

Like the other X900F models, this 85-inch biggun is equipped with 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, Full-Array Local Dimming, and the Android TV platform. Again, we're not sure how many local dimming zones it wields compared to the smaller sizes, but again, hopefully quite a few more.

55-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

55-inch Sony X900F Series (2018)

The 55-inch X900F is one of the more affordable models (not to mention, more reasonably sized where most people are concerned).

For around $1,300 (and likely less later in the year), you're getting a well-equipped 4K/HDR TV. While the pure picture quality may not be leagues beyond some more affordable options (such as the $650 55-inch TCL 6 Series, the design, software functionality, and general polish are part of Sony's typically higher price tags.

49-inch Sony X900F (2018)

49-inch Sony X900F (2018)

Last but definitely not least, this is the smallest and most affordable member of Sony's prestigious X900F TVs.

For $1,099, you're getting a fairly big 4K/HDR TV equipped with the Android platform and Sony's usual level of polish. This one has Full-Array Local Dimming as well, though again I'm not sure how many zones it has (if you know, hit me up).

Having not tested this TV like the rest, this recommendation is still based on positive consumer and peer professional reviews, as well as my own knowledge of Sony's proprietary tech trends. Still, check it out in a Walmart or a Best Buy if you're not sure about it.

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