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Best Samsung TV 2020: From budget 4K sets to 8K QLEDs

Best Samsung TV: The South Korean giant TVs are some of the most impressive on the market.

Samsung is the largest TV manufacturer of TVs, and this list comprises of budget 43-inch sets to a cutting-edge 75-inch 8K TV.

Related: Every Samsung QLED TV explained

QLED produces some of the brightest images in the TV world, but that’s not the only reason to choose the TV tech. Samsung’s TVs have the fastest gaming response on the market, consistently hitting below 10ms. Samsung’s Tizen OS also has all the on-demand and catch-up apps you can get, from Apple Music to NOW TV, it’s a one-stop destination for apps.

What it doesn’t have is Dolby Vision, opting for HDR10+ instead. Samsung continue to make waves in the TV market, and are spearheading the interest in 8K TVs. Scroll below for the best Samsung TVs to buy in 2020, with still available set from 2019 included too.

  • Best Samsung TV: Samsung Q950TS
  • Best 4K QLED: Samsung Q90T
  • Best gaming QLED: Samsung Q80T
  • Great for viewing angles: Samsung Q85R
  • Great affordable QLED: Samsung Q80R
  • Best budget Samsung TV: Samsung RU7020

Samsung Q950TS

Spectacular picture quality

Pros:

  • Spectacular picture quality with a wide range of resolutions
  • Beautiful, cutting edge design
  • Innovative and effective object tracking sound system

Cons:

  • One or two very rare backlight glitches
  • It will be too expensive for most households
  • No Dolby Vision support

The QE75Q950TS sits at the top of all of Samsung’s TVs for 2020. It’s price matches its excellence, with this TV is packed to rafters with specs that offer an incredible picture and sound performance.

Standout features include 8K Quantum AI processing and Object Tracking Sound+, which can replicate the position of effects accurately on screen. Picture quality is genuinely immense, unlocking as much potential from any source you give it. The Q950TS’ bezel-erasing Infinity design, combined with the One Connect box single cable connectivity makes this TV one of the most cutting edge options available.

Samsung Q90T

Does what the Q95T does for less

Pros:

  • Corking picture quality from any standard of content
  • Excellent for gamers
  • Class-leading user interface

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Sound is nothing special
  • No Dolby Vision

The QE55Q90T sits just below the Q95T in Samsung’s 2020 line-up, but carries practically all the Q95T’s tech and performance for less money. What’s missing is the One Connect box, and if you’re with some cable clutter (and a less streamlined wall-mount process), the Q90T offers fantastic value.

Picture quality is impressive, with Samsung employing the AI and machine-learning algorithms from its 8K TVs to help aid the Q90T’s attempts to upscale sub-4K content. Colours, skin tones and detail are all rendered in exacting fashion. The Tizen-based operating system is as sophisticated as ever, and the TV is compatible with Alexa and Samsung’s own Bixby voice-control. From a sound perspective it’s decent, but factor in a soundbar purchase.

Samsung Q80T

Blistering gaming performance

Pros:

  • FALD backlight
  • Impactful OTS audio
  • Lightning fast gaming performance

Cons:

  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No Freeview Play

Despite sitting below the Q95T/Q90T, the Q80T is relentless in the features it devours including with full-array local dimming, Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound and fast gaming performance. As a step down from the Q95T, you won’t be disappointed.

Like we’ve seen from several of Samsung’s TVs, its excellent at upscaling content to near-4K. QLED’s fondness for brighter HDR performance than other brands means content is displayed in a punchy manner. There’s no Dolby Vision, which will increasingly grate with the with the likes of Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV supported. Gaming is incredibly fast, with the 8.7ms latency. Perfect for the upcoming next-gen game consoles.

Samsung QE55Q80R

Samsung QE55Q80R

An expert upscaler

Pros:

  • Bright, high-contrast images
  • Good off-axis performance
  • Quite full-bodied sound
  • Fine OS

Cons:

  • No Dolby Vision
  • Relatively deep chassis
  • Some mild motion-handling traumas

The Q80R is the Goldilocks of the Samsung’s 2019 range, keeping features such as the Ultra Wide Viewing Angles, 4K AI upscaler and high peak brightness seen in the premium efforts at a cheaper price. Colours are lifelike, contrast is vivid and motion performance assured.

If you can still find the TV it’s available for less £1000, but it has been replaced by the Q90T.

Samsung UE43RU7020

Samsung UE43RU7020

An impressive budget set

Pros:

  • Good spec
  • Brilliant OS
  • Impressive upscaling
  • Rapid response time
  • Great overall picture performance

Cons:

  • Eco mode should be avoided
  • Nasty sound
  • Poor remote control

The RU7020’s build quality belies its price; it avoids the cheap plasticky feel of the majority of models at the price. Picture quality is convincing and natural, and Samsung’s upscaling abilities mean it can deal with sub-4K content very well.

Audio isn’t great, and though it has been replaced, if you can find the UE43RU7020, it makes a superb gaming monitor for a smaller room.

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