Best TVs for 2023
Our expert's top picks, plus some shopping tips
In this article: My top TV picks...
- Best budget TV pick — LG QNED 80 Series
- Best TV for movie lovers — Sony MASTER Series BRAVIA A95K QD-OLED
- Best TV for gamers — LG C2 OLED evo
- Best TV for bright rooms — Samsung QN90B
- Best TV for displaying art — Samsung "The Frame"
...along with some helpful shopping tips.
This year's TVs are better than ever, but the best TV for you still comes down to where and how you're going to use it. Here are a few of our favorites for different scenarios.
Best budget TV — LG QNED 80 Smart LED 4K UHD TV
The QNED 80 has a lot in common with the pricier sets in this year's LG lineup, including a native refresh rate of 120Hz and some great gaming features. Powerful image processing and upscaling ensure a crisp, vibrant picture on all kinds of content.
- supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), 4K/120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
- Quantum Dot NanoCell technology provides accurate colors, even at wider viewing angles
- Apple AirPlay® 2 for easy wireless streaming from your compatible device
- Filmmaker Mode™ automatically adjusts picture settings to preserve the director's intent
What our customers say about the LG QNED 80
Best TV for movie lovers — Sony MASTER Series BRAVIA A95K Smart QD-OLED 4K UHD TV
Sony's stunning top-of-the-line MASTER Series OLED is consistently one of the most highly rated TVs available. And this year's A95K is enhanced with a Quantum Dot layer for improved color volume. When combined with the power of the new Cognitive Processor, you get incredibly vibrant color and realistic texture at any brightness level, along with the infinite contrast that made OLED TVs famous. In short, just add popcorn and enjoy.
- self-illuminating OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display panel produces infinite picture contrast and absolute black
- Quantum Dot layer powered by XR Triluminos Max display technology expands color volume for vibrant color even at high brightness levels
- Cognitive Processor XR uses powerful real-time processing based on a human perspective for true-to-life picture and sound
- Acoustic Surface Audio makes the entire screen a speaker, and center channel mode allows it to complement an existing home theater system
- includes access to exclusive content on BRAVIA CORE
Save money with a closeout model
Last year's best-for-movies pick was Sony's A90J. It's still an excellent TV and currently available at a great price.
What our customers say about the Sony A95K
Best TV for gamers — LG C2 OLED evo Smart 4K UHD TV
The C2 is as stacked with features as you'd expect from one of LG's premium 4K OLED TVs. Movies, shows, and sports will look awesome, but with a lightning-fast response time and four HDMI 2.1 inputs that support 4K at 120Hz, it's also a perfect partner for your PC or next-gen gaming console. Check out our 4K Gaming Guide for more features to look for.
- supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for smooth graphics without frame tearing or stuttering
- AMD FreeSync Premium™ and Nvidia G-SYNC® compatible
- supports cloud gaming with Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce NOW (subscriptions required)
- LG's evo panel uses a stronger emissive material to improve both the overall brightness and the luminance of the red, green, and blue subpixels for richer, more accurate color
What our customers say about the LG C2
Best TV for bright rooms — Samsung QN90B Smart Neo QLED 4K UHD TV
Samsung's QLED sets are known for bright, vivid colors that pop off the screen, even in the brightest of rooms. But their Neo QLED TVs take it to another level with a Mini LED backlight. The QN90B pairs a dense array of those tiny LEDs with their Quantum Matrix technology to deliver incredibly precise light control for wide contrast and more realistic shadow detail.
- uses Mini LEDs that are about 40 times smaller than conventional LEDs for a slimmer panel and punchier picture
- sets 55" and larger use Samsung's Ultra Viewing Angle film layer that spreads out the backlight's illumination more evenly, so you have a great view no matter where you sit
- 4K AI Upscaling enhances standard-def and high-def video signals for optimum display on a 4K screen
- eco-friendly SolarCell Remote™ has a built-in solar cell that is sensitive enough to keep the battery charged using the basic indoor lights in your home
What our customers say about the Samsung QN90B
Best TV for art lovers — Samsung "The Frame"
Samsung's The Frame has been the coolest way to hide your TV in plain sight since the first version was released five years ago. When you're not binge-watching your favorite shows, it can display a selection of masterworks from museums around the world alongside photos from your last vacation. And art lovers will really appreciate the new anti-reflective screen — an update that gives it a canvas-like matte finish that more easily blends in with your gallery wall.
- adjust your photos and art using the many filter, matte, and layout options
- includes the Samsung Collection — a built-in gallery of 100 pieces of professionally curated art
- edge-lit Dual LED backlight uses cool tone and warm tone LEDs for improved picture contrast
- available in sizes from 32" to 85" with optional bezels to match or contrast with your decor
What our customers say about Samsung's "The Frame"
TV shopping tips
As long as you stick to major brands, it's almost impossible to buy a bad TV these days. Choosing the model that's best for you mostly comes down what types of content you watch and what your room is like.
Screen size and viewing distance
As a rule, we suggest you go with the largest screen your room, viewing distance, and budget will accommodate. For help calculating viewing distance, check out our article on TV placement.
LED or OLED?
LED and OLED TVs differ in how their panels light the image. LED TVs shine a backlight through a liquid crystal layer while OLED TVs are self-illuminating. OLEDs have incredible contrast, so movie nights in a darkened room will be jaw-dropping. But if you watch a lot of TV during the day, and your room is bright, an LED might be a better fit.
For more shopping tips, see our complete TV buying guide.
Need help choosing?
Have questions? Our expert Advisors know the gear inside and out.
Your Advisor can send specific Crutchfield pages to your screen, saving you a lot of browsing time. You'll get a shopping cart loaded up with everything you need for your new home theater.
Popular questions customers ask
There are two main types of TVs, LED and OLED. LED TVs use a backlight behind the screen. That makes them brighter, so they're a good choice for rooms with a lot of sunlight. OLED TVs don't need a backlight because their pixels are self-lighting. Their superior picture contrast and black levels make them look amazing.
When it comes to TV screen size, "bigger is better" is a good rule of thumb. Viewing distance plays an important role. You want your TV to be big enough so you don't miss out on any picture details from where you're sitting.
Smart TVs have Wi-Fi and built-in apps for streaming movies and TV shows directly from subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. Most smart TVs also have built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control.
A 4K TV will let you take full advantage of the great-looking 4K streaming content available through popular streaming services. 4K TVs support HDR (High Dynamic Range), which boosts contrast and color for a more lifelike picture. They can also upscale non-4K video content for the best possible picture.
Mounting your TV involves locating and drilling into wall studs and using basic tools like a socket wrench and bubble level. It's a good idea to have a friend or partner on hand to help with parts of the job. Our DIY guide contains a video that should help you decide whether you're up to the task.