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Best LG TV: The best OLEDs, LCDs and 4K TVs

Introduction

LG makes a wide range of fantastic televisions, which makes finding the best LG TV all the more difficult.

That’s why we’ve decided to step in and help you out. Our team of experts review plenty of LG TVs every year, ranging from more affordable 4K TVs to premium OLEDs, and based on our reviews, we’ve formulated this list of the top contenders.

Of course, not every television is going to be everyone’s cup of tea, so we’ve included a variety of model sizes so there’s an option here for everyone. We’ve also taken the time to focus on features that people care about when it comes to TVs. This includes, but is not limited to, build quality and if its features are up to scratch with real-world experience, as well as how good the TV is in terms of its picture and sound quality.

To get the best and most accurate results, our team has used each TV extensively, running tests over several days to gauge their performance, as well as test out their respective feature sets and how easy they are to live with.

If you can’t see an LG TV you like just yet, be sure to bookmark this page as we’ll be updating it with all the latest and best LG TVs that pass through our reviewers’ hands. Or, if an LG TV doesn’t tickle your fancy, then be sure to check our lists of the best Samsung TVs, or the best Panasonic TVs, and of course, our selection of the best TVs.

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Every TV we review is put through the same set of tests to gauge its picture performance, usability, and smart features.

Tests are carried out over several days and are done by eye but supported with technical measurements. Testing by eye involves an expert watching a wide range of material to understand and determine a TV’s performance in fields such as brightness, contrast, motion processing, colour handling and screen uniformity.

We’ll consider the design of the TV in terms of build quality, study the spec sheets and see if the TV’s connections are up to spec, as well as playing video and audio content to ensure that the set handles playback as it claims. We also take note whether a product’s compatible formats and features are in line with industry trends or not to gauge whether it’s relevant for you.

Comparison to other related and similarly priced products is also important, to see if it’s missing any vital features and whether it impresses as a whole. After all this, we’ll come to a judgement on how the TV performs as a whole.

If you want to learn more, please visit our detailed page about how we test televisions.

LG OLED65G1

Best LG TV
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Pros

  • Sensational picture quality
  • Outstanding gaming performance and features
  • Elegant, slim design perfected for wall-hanging

Cons

  • Fairly expensive for an LG OLED
  • New webOS system feels like a work in progress
  • No HDR10+ support

The OLED65G1 is the best LG OLED we’ve tested, with its revamped OS, a improved panel performance and great gaming features that make this quite the capable all-rounder

Its enhanced Evo OLED panel provides better colour handling than its predecessor, as well as incremental increases in brightness across the 65G1’s various modes. We measured it to be just shy of 900 nits, which is bright for an OLED even if it is only a small step up from the 2020 GX models. The general HDR experience on offer here is a lot more convincing than on older models too, with colours looking especially punchy, not least when the 65G1 is put into its Gaming or Cinema Mode.

Alongside the outstanding HDR performance and vibrant colours, the 65G1 also features a refined operating system with webOS now a lot simpler in layout with a full-screen UI and therefore easier to use. There’s also access to a shedload of streaming apps, ranging from the Netflix and Disney+ to the likes of Freeview Play, where you’ll get access to all the UK’s major streaming and catch-up apps.

For the gamers out there, the G1 features handy creature comforts such as Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode for a smooth experience, as well as a great input lag at 9.4ms, which provides snappy results for gamers. On the subject of gaming, the G1 series features support for 4K output at 120Hz thanks to its advanced HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and the Game Optimiser menu that provides key details on the settings you’ve selected and tweaks to enhance your gaming experience.

The speakers here offer good clarity and detail, although the Atmos performance we found to be a little muted and the bass-heavy nature of the AI Sound mode caused some distortion. Compared to speakers on the likes of the Phillips OLED+936, these ones do fall a little short, and you’ll be best placed to get a dedicated soundbar for better audio.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: LG OLED65G1

LG OLED65C2

Best LG gaming TV
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Pros

  • Great 4K HDR performance
  • Improved design
  • Comprehensive gaming features
  • Better motion skills

Cons

  • More expensive than C1 initially was
  • So-so Atmos sound

The OLED65C2 is the newest product on our list, with LG’s latest C-series OLED TVs improving on the C1 in practically every way.

This all-new C2 takes advantage of LG’s OLED Evo panel technology that was used in the 2021 G1 series, which offered improved HDR performance. We found it enhanced the overall picture quality experience with more brightness that brought the best of the TV’s picture when combined with OLED’s inky blacks and the C2 processor’s vibrant colour performance. Like the G1, similar extensive gaming performance made its way over with VRR and ALLM support for a smoother, more responsive experience. Alongside the powers of HDMI 2.1 and 4K at 120Hz, this TV makes gaming an absolute doozy.

The C2 also features Dolby Vision IQ with its Precision Detail feature that increases the detail level and sharpness in an image, arguably making it a better performer with HDR content than Sony’s A90J. Its certainly the best picture quality we’ve seen from a C-series OLED.

In line with the ‘all-new’ nature of the C2, the design has changed with a smaller plinth increasing the options of where you can place it. In addition it also weighs less, and cables can now be trailed behind the screen in a more direct fashion, which will be helpful if you’re adding any accessories to enhance your setup such as a soundbar.

When it comes to speakers, the OLED65C2 features some crisp and clear audio, complete with spacious Dolby Atmos for extra immersion. Despite this, we found the audio lacked a bit of heft and power, so like most TVs we’d suggest you consider a separate dedicated audio unit.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: LG OLED65C2

LG OLED55G1

Best 55-inch LG OLED
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Pros

  • Sensational picture quality
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent upscaling abilities
  • Dolby Vision + Atmos support
  • Superb for gaming
  • Simpler menu design

Cons

  • Okay sound
  • Motion processing isn’t as good as some rivals
  • Made primarily to be wall-mounted

If you’re want the power of a LG’s premium OLED model but in a (slightly) smaller package, the LG OLED55G1 is a fabulous choice.

The G1 offers access to LG’s improved Evo panel that brings with it extra brightness to assist with a better HDR performance. We found there to be particularly good fine detail in an image, thanks to the Object Enhancement and Scene Detection features present in the a9 Gen 4 AI processor.

Its SDR performance is particularly pleasing, where we found colours looked increasingly natural and well-balanced, whilst its 4K HDR performance is excellent with blacks that looked deep and dark, and OLED’s marvellous sense of contrast on show when watching films such as Jurassic World.

For gamers out there the LG OLED55G1 features a raft of features that includes Variable Refresh Rate with both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync supported, as well as a pretty fantastic input lag of 12.5ms, which helps games to feel more responsive. Along with HFR (up to 4K at 120Hz) and Dolby Vision Gaming, this OLED is a prime candidate for game consoles and PCs, helped by the fact that LG’s OLEDs are the official TVs for the Xbox Series X.

The audio performance here is decent enough, with the Dolby Atmos processing creating a spacious sound but overall the performance felt a little flat. The speakers aren’t a particular strong point of the OLED55G1, but there are ways to improve it with LG’s own soundbars and multi-channel speaker setups.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: LG OLED55C1

LG 75QNED99

Best LG LCD 8K TV
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Pros

  • Often stellar picture quality
  • Groundbreaking black levels for IPS
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Some backlight issues with the darkest scenes
  • No VRR support
  • Expensive versus 4K TVs

If 4K simply isn’t enough and you’re after the best picture quality available, the LG 75QNED99 is a stellar choice.

It has an 8K resolution, which is 4x the pixel count of a 4K panel, and whilst there isn’t much in the way of native 8K content at the moment, the motivation for purchasing an 8K TV is down to its powerful upscaling of existing content. We found it worked a treat with the 75QNED99 offering some excellent clarity.

Alongside 8K comes the power of Mini LED backlight technology. This provides more dimming zones for unparalleled contrast from an LCD screen and more precise brightness. It’s not be on par with an OLED screen, but the QNED’s Mini LED screen provides vibrant and rich colours thanks to LG’s NanoCell technology.

There are some handy quality of life features too with regards to the Magic remote which has undergone a redesign. WebOS provides a comprehensive experience for finding content and is useful when searching for a wide variety of media. In addition voice control is effective and LG’s interface recommends content based on your viewing habits which is particularly handy.

Even with HDMI 2.1 support the 75QNED99 isn’t as suited for gamers with no form of variable refresh rate support in sight. There’s no denying this is an expensive display, so it’s only suited for those with money to spare. Nevertheless, LG’s first 8K QNED TV puts the brand’s LCD TVs on the map like never before.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: LG 75QNED99

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FAQs

What is an OLED TV?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. Each pixel is self-emissive, which means it can produce its own light. This produces high levels of contrast as a pixel that’s ‘on’ can sit next to a pixel that’s ‘off’. This also helps to deliver the deepest black levels in the TV world, wide viewing angles and excellent, vivid contrast levels.

Are OLED TVs good for gaming?

OLEDs are one of the best displays for gaming with LG’s OLEDs supporting every form of Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for smoother gameplay and faster response times, High Frame Rate (4K/120Hz) and low latency gaming, with input times less than 10ms. Panasonic will be jumping into the gaming fray with their 2021 OLED TV range, too.

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