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Best LG TV: The best TVs LG has to offer in 2020

LG continues to push OLED TVs with each release, offering a range of OLEDs TV to suit your living and your wallet.

We’ve always enjoyed the picture quality that LG’s OLEDs offer, but it’s not the only thing that’s great about them. There are also filled to brim with features, covering everything from streaming apps, gaming and movies; there’s plenty to keep any avid TV watcher in their seats. Factor in the increasing smart features, and the TV’s are fast becoming hubs for the interconnected devices that live in your home.

LG’s design is consistently slick and aesthetically pleasing. You won’t find finer looking OLEDs from any other manufacturer. Factor in Dolby Vision, Atmos; new features such as Filmmaker Mode and low latency gaming and they’re great all-round TVs. Both the 2019 9-series and 2020 X-series are ready for the next-gen consoles, so keep that in mind when you’re purchasing your next TV

Here’s a shortlist of the best LG TVs available. Scroll down from summaries and links to our full reviews.

  • Best LG OLED TV: LG CX
  • Best value OLED TV: LG C9
  • Best stylish OLED TV: LG E9
  • Best 8K OLED TV: LG Z9
  • Best affordable OLED TV: LG B9
  • Best budget OLED TV: LG B8
  • Best wall-mounted OLED TV: LG GX

Another mid-range corker

Pros:

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Great design
  • Plenty of smarts, features and customisation
  • Excellent upscaling

Cons:

  • Still no UK catch-up apps
  • Just a small leap over the C9

LG mid-range OLED is another cracking set. Advancements in AI-enhanced picture quality and motion handling offer great picture quality when it comes to HD broadcasts. 4K looks terrific, with a detailed, colourful image. Give it Dolby Vision and it looks even more cinematic, with a rich, lush feel given to content.

It’s packed to the brim full of features, some of which you’ll need if you’re a gamer, and otherwise more inclined for the movie fan. webOS is again a slick operator and full of added customisation options. The overall performance isn’t a huge leap over the C9, which is still on sale and the lack of Freeview Play and UK catch-up apps is sure to grate with many. Nevertheless, the CX is an excellent TV, a feature-packed offering that’s more affordable than the C9 was when it was released.

LG 55C9

LG C9

A very smart OLED TV

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Pros:

  • Impressive image accuracy
  • Amazing blacks and contrast
  • AI-enhanced smart platform
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos
  • Incredibly low input lag

Cons:

  • Limited HDR brightness
  • No HDR10+ support

Rather than rewrite the rulebook, the OLED55C9 is a case of evolution over revolution. It builds on the technology’s inherent strengths while adding AI-enhanced picture processing for superb picture quality whether in SDR and HDR.

It doesn’t offer the most comprehensive HDR support by omitting HDR10+, but the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 future-proofs this TV for years to come. Gaming performance, too, is incredibly fast and the webOS interface offers a comprehensive suite of smart features. It’s still available, even with the entrance of the new CX OLED. In light of its price drop, the C9 is the best value LG OLED on the market.

LG E9

A beautifully designed OLED

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Pros:

  • Terrific image quality
  • Comprehensive feature set
  • webOS functionality
  • Very good audio performance
  • Low input lag

Cons:

  • No HDR10+
  • Settings and modes can be challenging to navigate

The E9 is comparatively similar to the C9, with the only significant difference its design. The glass-on-panel finish accentuates the thinness of the screen, producing an aesthetically beautiful piece of TV design.

And for a screen so thin, the sound it emits is amazing. Whether it’s pushing out through Atmos or via LG’s own AI Sound feature, it’s a big, broad soundstage that’s capable of digging up some heft too.

LG OLED88Z9

Superb picture quality

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Pros:

  • Stunning picture quality with 8K and good 4K sources
  • Gorgeous design
  • Strong smart TV system

Cons:

  • It isn’t cheap
  • Needs an external decoder box for non-HDMI 8K sources
  • Some streamed sources can look noisy

At £30,000, the Z9 8K TV is a TV built for footballers with loose change. But, as the first ever OLED 8K set, is a high-calibre TV with few compromises.

As there isn’t much 8K content available as yet, upscaling is important – and the picture quality here is stunning. So long as you feed it good-quality 4K, the Z9 delivers great images. Feed it some 8K content and it’s capable of some of the most gorgeous images we’ve ever seen. With a great design and strong smart system, the Z9 is a phenomenal TV – if you can afford it.

LG TV 2019

LG B9 OLED

Excellent entry-level OLED

Pros:

  • Great, contrast-rich picture quality
  • Gorgeous high-end design
  • Good smart system

Cons:

  • Some slight black crush
  • Pictures not as detailed or finely coloured as the C9 pictures
  • Potential for screen burn

The B9 is a great choice for those who want a new OLED without paying an exorbitant amount.

The design is gorgeously high-end, picture quality is excellent with a gorgeous, contrast-rich image, and webOS is a user-friendly smart platform. If you want a taste of OLED without breaking the bank, the B9 is one to consider.

LG OLED55B8PLA

OLED at an affordable price

Pros:

  • Great price for an OLED TV
  • Typically good OLED picture
  • Beautiful design

Cons:

  • Picture quality falls short of step-up 2018 models
  • Not the brightest with HDR models
  • Setup needs care

The 2018 B-series OLED is still available, though not in the form you see on this list. The version that’s still around drops the plinth and gets a stand instead. Otherwise it’s the same OLED, with a typically good picture quality at a very reasonable price.

As is the trend with the B-series OLEDs, the processor isn’t as powerful and so brightness and overall picture quality aren’t as sharp as LG’s OLEDs released since. But the picture quality is generally outstanding, with excellent contrast, deep blacks and stunning colours. SDR images are excellent and thanks to OLED’s prowess with wide viewing angles, you’ll get a beautiful image wherever you sit.

LG GX OLED

The art-inspired OLED

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Pros:

  • Fabulous image quality
  • Impeccable design and finish
  • Dolby Vision HDR

Cons:

  • No Freeview Play
  • No HDR10+
  • More dynamic OLED HDR performers can be had for less

The GX sits towards the top of LG’s consumer OLED offering for 2020, and it’s another fabulous performer. Picture quality is the same as the CX, so the strides made its AI-enhanced picture, motion-handling and upscaling are still true here. It also packs a beefier sound system than the CX, with a 60W powered audio system that doesn’t half sound bad.

At £600 more than the 65-inch CX, there’s a price to paid for the GX’s standing at the top of the range. Add in the extra cost for a stand – the GX Gallery series is made primarily for the wall-hanging – and this is a TV for those who appreciate good looking TVs and are comfortable paying for that premium.


How we test TVs

Every TV that passes through our doors gets put through a series of tests and naked eye checks to gauge its overall picture quality and optimal settings. Key things we look out for are screen uniformity, black level, maximum brightness and colour vibrancy/accuracy. We also check input lag to make sure gamers won’t lose their edge when playing online.

A variety of test footage is used to cover every type of scene, so we can assess a 4K TV’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how it performs against the competition.

Sound quality isn’t forgotten, either – we give the built-in speakers a thorough listen to determine whether you’ll need to invest in a soundbar or speaker system to beef things up.

If you’re interested in checking out TVs at different price models, models and brands. Look through our main best ofs below models for everything from cheap 4K HDR TVs, to the latest from LG, Samsung and Panasonic.

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