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Best Nintendo Switch Console 2024: Which one should you buy?

Looking to pick up your very first Nintendo Switch or trade in your current model for a different one? Here’s all your need to know.

Even though its days of being the new console on the block have long since passed, the Nintendo Switch has amassed a seriously impressive array of games in the time since it first debuted, way back in 2017.

Recent hits like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, as well as bonafide classics like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, are still well worth diving into, and if you’re simply interesting in knowing which titles should be added to your library then check out our rundown of the best Nintendo Switch games.

Until the long-awaited Switch 2 becomes a reality, there are currently three Nintendo Switch consoles to choose from: the original Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite and the most recent (and most expensive) option, the Nintendo Switch OLED.

All of these models have unique features that make them better suited to different budgets and use cases, so if you’re not sure over which one is best for you then fear not – we’ve tested them all.

If you’re looking for something non-Nintendo in the gaming space then make sure to check out our guide for the best games consoles and best gaming laptops.

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Nintendo Switch OLED

The best screen on a Switch
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  • OLED screen offers a huge upgrade
  • Bigger screen, but still very portable
  • Stand is a lot sturdier now
  • Increased storage capacity


  • No performance upgrade
  • No substantial upgrades for docked mode

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the latest iteration of the console, with the main attraction being the new OLED panel. The screen’s colours on the latest Switch look more vivid and natural, enhancing the visual quality of every single game without any compromises to the performance. Our review of Metroid Dread notes how amazing this game looks with the OLED panel, with colours looking brighter and bolder and Samus’ suit seemingly popping out of the display.

The new Switch OLED also has a sturdier stand for propping up on a table, improved speakers and a slightly larger screen, ensuring it offers the absolute best experience for portable gaming.

It is the most expensive console of the bunch however, and unfortunately there aren’t any performance upgrades over the original Nintendo Switch, with the exception of built-in Ethernet port on the dock to give you a more stable connection when playing online.

Even with those minor gripes, the Switch OLED is still the go-to pick for many of the Trusted Reviews team as it shows off Switch games in their best possible light. Once you’ve seen Hyrule or the Mushroom Kingdom on an OLED screen, there’s just no going back.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Nintendo Switch OLED Review

Nintendo Switch

The best value Switch console
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  • Gaming whenever, wherever you want
  • Bright and colourful screen
  • Versatile Joy-Con controllers
  • Some truly incredible games


  • Overpriced accessories
  • Expensive games

The console that started it all, the first Nintendo Switch launched back in 2017, but it’s still one of the best gaming consoles out there. Its versatile design allows owners to use it as both a portable and a home console when connected to a TV via the bundled dock.

The original Switch doesn’t have any standout features over the new Switch OLED, with an identical game catalogue and a similar design, albeit slightly smaller and lighter. But the original Switch is generally £50/$50 cheaper than its OLED counterpart, arguably making it the best value option – especially if you end up using it as a home console more than a portable device since the OLED screen won’t make a difference in this use case.

It’s unfortunate that the GPU hasn’t been updated since launch, which means the console relies heavily on the cloud to play modern third-party games and shows the console is starting to show its age. But no other Switch offers a better performance right now, so you’d have to opt for something like the Steam Deck instead if that’s a major issue.

But thanks to the massive gaming library and some highly anticipated upcoming titles, like Tears of the Kingdom, the Switch will remain a good option for years to come. With a middle-of-the-road price compared to its other variations and such intuitive controls thanks to the Joy-Con controllers, this is the best Switch for the majority of gamers.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full Review: Nintendo Switch review

Nintendo Switch Lite

The best Switch for kids
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  • Design is robust, attractive and easy to use
  • Already boasts a fantastic library of games
  • Increased battery life compared to the base model


  • Nature of console means certain games are no longer supported
  • Local multiplayer is far harder to achieve without docking

Finally, we come to the cheapest option for anyone wanting to game on the go. The Nintendo Switch Lite‘s best qualities are its portability and low price when compared to its Switch siblings.

The library of Switch games available for the Lite is virtually the same as the Switch and Switch OLED, meaning that you can still experience the latest Zelda adventure and race your troubles away in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The only exceptions are games that require motion control, such as Nintendo Switch Sports, as the controllers are fused to the side of the screen and so can’t be used like Wii remotes.

You also can’t dock the Switch Lite and output its display to your TV, meaning you can only experience your adventures on the small screen, and it will be harder to play multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate with friends in the same room.

But if you’re mostly looking to use your console as a portable device, and don’t mind the adorably dinky size, the Switch Lite is a fantastic option since it boasts an affordable price and supports most of the same games.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full Review: Nintendo Switch Lite Review

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Which Nintendo Switch is the most expensive?

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the most expensive Switch on offer, due to its OLED panel and improved design.

Which Nintendo Switch is best for multiplayer games?

Both the original Switch and the Switch OLED are great for multiplayer games. However, the Switch Lite cannot be docked, meaning that multiplayer games can’t be played on a big screen, like a TV.

Which Nintendo Switch has the best graphics?

All of the Nintendo Switch consoles share the same chip, and so all produce the same graphics quality. However, the Switch OLED comes with the most impressive panel, with our review noting that games look crisper and colours look brighter than the other two Switch models when used as a portable.

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