TV and home theater gadgets get more complex every year, but most people just want to find a high-quality picture for the best possible price. Whether you're angling for the latest 4K powerhouse or want to spend less without sacrificing quality, Reviewed tests dozens of TVs every year to find the best thing for any price point. Here's our favorites for 2018.
Best Television: LG C8 Series
For years, OLED technology has been the most impressive thing in TV tech, and OLED TVs have been our top-ranked televisions for the same amount of time. At the cutting edge of screen tech, OLED TVs are capable of a natural contrast, color production, and viewing angle efficacy that almost no LED/LCD TV can match.
It makes sense, then, that the best TV you can buy this year is an OLED model. The LG C8 is uniquely positioned in 2018 as the most affordable of LG's core OLED lineup. There's a cheaper OLED series, the B8, but it skimps on some processing power compared to the other 2018 series. All in all, the C8 delivers the most power at the cheapest price, making it our #1 TV pick this year.
Best TV for the Money: TCL 6 Series
If you're looking to get the a truly robust TV experience for as little as money as possible, you've got to check out our top pick for best TV for the money: the TCL 6 Series.
The 6 Series is a top-notch performer that combines future-facing TV tech like 4K resolution and HDR specs with a svelte, voice-searchable version of the Roku platform. It's easily the best TV in its price range, and should be on your radar if you don't have thousands to spend this year.
Best TV under $1000: Vizio P-Series (55-inch)
The P-Series is one of Vizio's best TVs in 2018, and the 55-inch model is the best TV under $1,000 that we've reviewed. You're getting higher brightness and more color than the last year's model, a better design, and more far-reaching smart features.
If you're an AV nerd, you'll be pleased to hear that this year's P-Series' local dimming is absolutely incredible. While we don't like the smart features as much as the Roku platform TCL has picked up, Vizio continues to be the brand of choice for budget-conscious shoppers who still want top-notch picture quality.
Best TV under $500: Vizio E-Series (55-inch)
While it's right on the $500 line (and at some retailers is a little more expensive), the 2018 55-inch Vizio E-Series year is easily the best overall choice for most people on a budget.
You're not giving up much, though. You get a 4K display, HDR, excellent contrast, and accurate colors. Pound for pound, the 2018 E-Series is a great choice if you want a solid, reliable, and future-facing TV.
Best TV for Gaming: TCL 6 Series
If you spend more time playing Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Switch than watching Netflix or channel surfing, you've probably got slightly different priorities than the average person when it comes to buying a new TV. The TCL 6 Series—the 55-inch specifically—is our top recommendation for most gamers looking for a high quality, low input lag TV.
At $650, the 55-inch 6 Series does everything modern console (and PC) gamers might want. It's got 4K resolution, high brightness/color for HDR gaming, and fast responses on its HDMI inputs. For what you're paying, this is already a great value for most TV buyers, but it's also an especially good choice for gamers.
Best Streaming Device: Roku Ultra
The Ultra is Roku's the top-of-the-line model and still our favorite streaming device. It supports 4K and HDR content at up to 60 frames per second, comes with Roku’s most advanced remote, and there's even remote location button on the box itself.
The remote is still the easiest to use of all the major players, and it now features power/volume buttons that work with your TV. The remote is perfectly sized, has buttons to quickly access popular services, and even includes a headphone jack so you can plug in headphones and listen to what you’re streaming wirelessly—perfect for late-night binge sessions.