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The Best Smart TVs of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of TCL 55R625
Best Overall

TCL 55R625

The 2019 TCL 6-Series isn't among the best QLED TVs we've seen lately, but its performance—bolstered by quantum dots—is well worth the TV's accommodating asking price. Read More

Pros

  • Budget-friendly quantum dots
  • Built-in Roku smart platform

Cons

  • Lacks native 120 Hz refresh rate
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Editor's Choice Product image of TCL 50S425
Best Value

TCL 50S425

For budget TV shoppers, the 2019 TCL 4 series is a great option. At a low price point, It includes 4K resolution, HDR10 compatibility, and the Roku smart platform. Read More

Pros

  • Easy-to-use smart platform
  • Includes 4k resolution
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Average performance
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Editor's Choice Product image of LG OLED65C9PUA

LG OLED65C9PUA

With its great picture quality and host of features, the LG C9 OLED is simply one of the best TVs money can buy. Read More

Pros

  • Comes in three sizes
  • Lots of great features
  • Great picture

Cons

  • Not as bright as modern LED TVs
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Editor's Choice Product image of LG OLED65C8PUA

LG OLED65C8PUA

The 65-inch C8 isn't cheap, but it delivers stellar OLED picture quality, from color to contrast. Read More

Pros

  • Stellar contrast
  • Near-perfect color production

Cons

  • Not exactly budget-friendly
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Editor's Choice Product image of Samsung QN65Q90RAFXZA

Samsung QN65Q90RAFXZA

The Samsung Q90R is a fantastic, well-designed TV that showcases the upside of quantum dots. For some, however, it might be prohibitively pricey. Read More

Pros

  • Bright, colorful QLED-backed performance
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Priced at a premium

These days, thanks to more streaming options, most TVs come with built-in smart features. However, which smart features you'll be treated to vary greatly depending on the brand you buy. Currently, Roku makes our favorite smart TV platform thanks to its blend of intuitive features, impressive search, and a seemingly infinite array of available apps. As such, the Roku-powered TCL 6-Series (available at Amazon) takes the trophy for the best smart TV we tested, offering the best combination of overall performance and a killer smart platform.

There are TVs that eclipse the 6-Series for picture quality—like LG's OLEDs, for example—but none come with Roku. If you're looking for something more affordable, TCL's 4-Series is our pick for Best Value, offering the same Roku platform and its own claim to picture-quality fame at its price. If performance matters to you more than smart features, take a look at our list of the Best TVs

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

The 2019 TCL 6-Series
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The TCL 6-Series is one of the best values in the TV aisle today. Combined with the Roku smart platform, it's a no-brainer.

Best Overall
TCL 6-Series

The TCL 6-Series, available in 55- and 65-inch models, is a budget-friendly smart TV that brings the benefits of quantum dot technology (namely better brightness and color production) to a price bracket that most folks can actually afford. Its great performance combined with its built-in Roku platform make for a sensational bargain.

We were quite impressed with the TCL 6-Series’ contrast; the TV’s relatively deep black levels look all the better thanks to its ability to get very bright, particularly when reproducing HDR content. Thanks to the 6-Series' quantum dots, colors tend to be more vivid than they typically are on standard LED TVs.

That said, you can’t really offer a QLED TV in this price bracket without some concessions. The 6-Series’ motion handling isn’t as good as higher-end QLED TV’s whose panels feature a native refresh rate of 120 Hz. Additionally, the 6-Series’ viewing angles are quite limited.

This TV is jam-packed with value, especially if you’re hoping to land a smart TV that’s bright enough to accommodate a room that gets a lot of natural or artificial light.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly quantum dots

  • Built-in Roku smart platform

Cons

  • Lacks native 120 Hz refresh rate

TCL 4-Series S425 With SDR Content
Credit: Reviewed / Michael Desjardin

The 4-Series isn't the best looking TV on the block, but it gets the job done considering how low the price tag is.

Best Value
TCL 4-Series

For budget TV shoppers, the 2019 TCL 4-Series is a killer budget option. Available in six screen sizes, you're getting 4K resolution, HDR10 compatibility, and the Roku smart platform for an incredibly approachable price.

In fact, the TCL 4-Series is one of the most affordable 4K TVs we've seen to date. Although its performance isn't remarkable, the 4-Series gets the job done. Plus, being a Roku TV, you can expect to enjoy a smooth, easy-to-use smart platform.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use smart platform

  • Includes 4k resolution

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Average performance

Product image of LG OLED65C9PUA
LG C9 Series

When judged purely on performance, the LG C9 (available in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch sizes) is the best TV you can buy right now.

Its OLED panel delivers outstanding picture quality, 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision specifications, and more. Because LG's webOS smart platform is not quite as versatile or user-friendly as Roku, the C9 just narrowly missed the #1 spot in our smart TV ranking.

This doesn't mean the C9 delivers a sub-par smart platform experience, however. In fact, webOS is a great software suite that will satisfy TV experts and neophytes alike. Thanks in part to the C9's powerful processing chip, webOS's clean, well-organized menus zip along with grace. Jumping from HDMI inputs to preloaded streaming apps is a breeze whether you're using the point-and-click feature of LG's motion-guided "Magic Remote" or simply clicking away on the remote's directional pad.

Being an OLED TV, the C9 is—dare we say—picture-perfect. If you haven't heard, OLED panels are pound-for-pound the best-performing panels you can buy. Each pixel turns "on" and "off" independently, meaning when OLED TVs display black, they display actual black, even if some parts of the screen are displaying images. Likewise, when they display a color, it emits from the pixel directly, giving it a more pure and unfiltered appearance than traditional LED/LCD TVs.

Pros

  • Comes in three sizes

  • Lots of great features

  • Great picture

Cons

  • Not as bright as modern LED TVs

Product image of LG OLED65C8PUA
LG C8

The C8 is essentially the 2018 version of the LG C9.

The LG C8 will be harder to find, but the price has also dropped considerably. The picture quality and HDR/Dolby Vision performance are still excellent, and you also get key extras like the aforementioned LG webOS platform and the Magic Remote. Our only complaint about the C8 in 2018 was its price, and now that it's cheaper, it's a pretty great choice.

Available in 55-, 65-, or 77-inch sizes, the 2018 C8 series may not be quite as fancy as the 2019 C9 series, but it still exhibits the perfect black levels, excellent contrast, and vivid color production that we expect from OLED TVs. It's also an excellent choice if you're interested in newer formats like HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.

Pros

  • Stellar contrast

  • Near-perfect color production

Cons

  • Not exactly budget-friendly

Product image of Samsung QN65Q90RAFXZA
Samsung Q90R

Samsung's high-end TV offerings tend to be very good TVs. The Samsung Q90R is a shining example of this. This top-tier QLED smart TV (available in 65-, 75-, and 82-inch models) is an impressive, versatile option for cinephiles, sports fans, gamers, and everyone in between.

Samsung's smart platform, Tizen, may not offer the variety of services or be as intuitive to use as Roku's operating system, but it is quick to start and offers an average amount of customization in terms of user experience. The app selection is ample, making it suitable for folks who expect to add on to the TV's built-in app selection.

Being a Samsung-engineered quantum dot TV, you can expect sizzling brightness—we measured peak brightness levels that eclipsed 1,000 nits—and rich, finely-tuned colors. Plus, since the Q90R features a native refresh rate of 120 Hz and a suite of motion enhancements, its motion handling is superb.

That said, because this a top-tier TV with a posh design, the Q90R’s price point might make some folks consider more approachable alternatives. Additionally, while Tizen offers a decent smart experience, it's not on par with LG's webOS or Roku.

Still, if you're looking for a blazing bright, colorful display with a responsive smart platform, the Q90R is a great choice.

Pros

  • Bright, colorful QLED-backed performance

  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Priced at a premium

Product image of Samsung QN55Q80RAFXZA
Samsung Q80R

The Samsung Q80R isn’t quite as good as the Q90R, but the difference in cost might make it an appealing alternative for shoppers who don’t want to break the bank on their next smart TV. It comes with the same Tizen smart platform that ships with the higher-end Q90R.

Being a QLED TV, the Samsung Q80R delivers searingly bright highlights and vivid, well-saturated colors. The panel features a native 120 Hz refresh rate, which means its motion handling is terrific, too.

The only downside here is the Q80R’s price tag, which is too high to compete with some of the more affordable quantum dot TVs like the 2019 TCL 6-Series.

To be fair, the Q80R is a better performer than the TCL 6-Series, but given the Q80R’s price tag, you might be tempted to just spring for the 6-series or, on the other end, Samsung's top-shelf Q90R.

Pros

  • Excellent motion handling

  • Gets very bright

Cons

  • Premium price tag

Product image of Vizio P659-G1
Vizio P Series Quantum

The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is a fantastic QLED TV that makes a strong case for itself in the all-important category of premium-but-not-too-premium TVs.

Available in two sizes (65 inches and 75 inches), the P Series Quantum features quantum dots, a native 120 Hz refresh rate, full-array local dimming (with 200-240 LED zones, depending on the panel size) and a performance report card that’s chock-full of good grades. It's a great choice for shoppers who want a premium TV but who might not want to commit to the price of an OLED TV or a better-performing QLED TV.

Like the P Series Quantum X, you're locking yourself into the rigidness of Vizio's SmartCast software here, so we recommend you fall back on an external streaming option if you yearn for a well-rounded app diet.

Pros

  • Fantastic performance for the price

Cons

  • Vizio's smart platform isn't great

  • Narrow viewing angles

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Michael Desjardin

Michael Desjardin

Senior Staff Writer

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Michael Desjardin graduated from Emerson College after having studied media production and screenwriting. He specializes in tech for Reviewed, but also loves film criticism, weird ambient music, cooking, and food in general.

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Lee Neikirk

Lee Neikirk

Editor, Home Theater

@Koanshark

Lee has been Reviewed's point person for most television and home theater products since 2012. Lee received Level II certification in TV calibration from the Imaging Science Foundation in 2013. As Editor of the Home Theater vertical, Lee oversees reviews of TVs, monitors, soundbars, and Bluetooth speakers. He also reviews headphones, and has a background in music performance.

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