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Best TV 2022: What are the best TVs to buy?

Introduction

There’s no TV out there that’s likely to be ‘perfect’ but there is likely one that will be perfect for you. It’s a big decision to make as the TV you buy is likely to be the one you use for years to come, so it is not a decision to make lightly.

Especially as your TV is likely the biggest and most used screen in your home, so it pays to have one that puts in a good performance and suits your needs. Whether you’re looking to buy your first TV, or looking to upgrade to a newer model and want to know what’s available, your search starts here.

Some of the TVs we review are available in number of regions such as North America and Europe, while others can only be found in the UK. We’ll make clear which ones are and what comparable models exist in other markets.

Not everyone can afford the biggest and priciest TVs, nor does everyone use a TV in the same way. They’ve now become multi-taskers that offer a wide range of features to suit what you need. Some focus on smarts while others appeal to gamers, and some look to raise the bar for picture quality and audio performance we expect from a TV.

This list is a collection of the best TVs we’ve reviewed in recent times, from budget sets to premium models. All the TVs on this list have been put through their paces, assessed in terms of picture, sound and smarts while keeping in mind they offer the best performance and value for their asking price.

And the new 2022 TV ranges are appearing so we’ll be looking to add those models as and when we review them – if they’re good enough to make it to this list.

And if your needs are more specific, we have an array of best lists to dive into from our selection of the best cheap TVs, to our best 4K HDR sets; best 8K TVs for those who want cutting edge performance and the best OLED TVs for those who want cinema-like picture quality in their living rooms.

How we test

Learn more about how we test televisions

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.

Philips 65OLED+936

Best OLED TV
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Pros

  • Superb image quality
  • Multi-HDR support (Dolby Vision, HDR10+ Adaptive)
  • Two 4K 120fps HDMI inputs

Cons

  • Input lag isn’t class-leading
  • Expensive

Philips has improved on its AI image processing to offer genuinely innovative new features (screen blur protection, Ambient Intelligence), and pushed the envelope with picture quality for a TV that’s slightly cheaper than its comparable Panasonic rival.

And it looks every inch a top-end TV with its steel frame, micro-bezel and sound system with distinctive Bowers & Wilkins Tweeter on Top design. It’s a hefty unit but the sheer quality of its craftsmanship is unarguable.

HDMI inputs have been upgraded from previous models, with ALLM joining eARC (for sending lossless audio to another sound system), along with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, matching the LG G1’s VRR support. We measured input lag at 14.6ms which is slower than LG and the Samsung QN95B, so you can do better in this instance.

Philips remains wedded to the Android smart platform for its high-end OLEDs, with support for streaming services with Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and Disney+. Freeview Play and the UK catch-up apps are included, as is DTS Play-Fi which allows the TV to work as part of a wider home audio system. Four-sided Ambilight casts colours on the screen behind it in mesmerising fashion.

HDR support matches the JZ2000 with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG, HDR10 and HGiG HDR gaming. We rated the picture quality to be fantastic, the set’s black level performance and near-black shadow detail are outstanding and using our measurement tools to ascertain a peak brightness of 950nits – again matching the JZ2000 – its brightness contributes to images that really pop.

Our reviewer found the upgraded 3.1.2 Atmos system to be a wider, higher, and more spacious performance than previous 9-Series OLEDs. Philips has delivered a fabulous display in the OLED+936. Unfortunately, you won’t find the OLED+936 in the USA as this TV is only available in Europe.

Reviewer: Steve May
Full Review: Philips 65OLED+936

Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

Best 4K HDR TV
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Pros

  • Delicious, dynamic imagery
  • Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive support
  • 360-degree Soundscape Pro audio system
  • 4K/120fps HDMI inputs

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Sound system may be unnecessary for AV fans

Panasonic doesn’t sell any TVs in the USA, but even with that slight disadvantage, it arguably edges out its OLED rivals with its custom-made panel that hits a high peak brightness that’s equal to the Philips 65OLED+936 and better than LG’s Evo OLED G1.

The JZ2000 accommodates all HDR formats, so if you watch a wide range of HDR content, the Panasonic is a better fit than the similarly priced Sony A90J. Over the course of testing, our assessment was that the JZ2000’s picture quality is remains class-leading for OLEDs – the set’s HCX Pro AI processor delivers extraordinary nuance and detail. If you want to see what a movie looks like in a mastering suite, this is as close as you’ll get.

Considering the number of speakers built into the Panasonic JZ2000’s chassis, it’s remarkable it looks as svelte as it does. The screen sits on a neat circular pedestal stand with swivel action, offering flexibility to tweak the viewing angle.

The new 360° Soundscape Pro iteration of its Dolby Atmos sound system is also quite a performer. When we watched films on the TV, the sound was larger, wider, and more exciting than any 55-incher we’ve tested.

Freeview Play guarantees mainstream catch-up TV needs are covered, and the addition of Disney+ and Apple TV+ widens the breadth of video streaming apps on offer. Gaming has improved with the addition of Dolby Vision Gaming, better input response and AMD FreeSync VRR though it still lags the LG C1 for sheer breadth of features.

The JZ2000 is the most expensive 55-inch TVs on this list and won’t be for those who already have a capable home cinema system. As an all-in-one audio-visual solution, we found the JZ2000 to be the best OLED TV Panasonic has produced so far.

Reviewer: Steve May
Full Review: Panasonic JZ2000

Samsung QE65QN95B

Best Mini-LED TV
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Pros

  • Spectacular picture quality
  • Comprehensive gaming features
  • Minimalistic Infinity design

Cons

  • New smart system isn’t helpful at all
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Blooming issues from wide viewing angles

Samsung kicked off its 2022 range in the same manner it did its 2021 range. This Mini LED improves over its 2021 range. The closest equivalent to the QN95B in the US is the QN90B.

We found the QN95B built on the already solid foundations laid by the QN95A, with its new Shape Adaptive Light Control feature minimising blooming and increasing the screen’s ability to show highlights without reducing brightness.

The peak brightness measured was higher than the brightest OLED we’ve tested in the Panasonic JZ2000 – the QN95B’s Mini-LED backlight produces OLED-esque black levels for greater contrast between the darkest and brightest parts in an image. Add in the set’s wide colour performance and it dazzles with HDR content.

The new refreshed Tizen smart system is a comparative disappointment as we found it contained too much advertising and content suggestions. Samsung has traded the simplicity for a system that is counter-intuitive to use.

From our input lag measurements, the QN95B’s 10.4ms is not as fast as the LG G1, but still provides great conditions for responsive gameplay. The game dashboard allows settings adjustment on the fly and there’s FreeSync Premium Pro for improved performance with PC titles. With Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency support, there’s freedom to plug a console into any of the HDMI ports.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: Samsung QE65QN95B

LG OLED65G1

Best LG OLED 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 G1 is the best LG OLED TV we’ve tested, boasting several new features that serve as the biggest revamp of the Korean manufacturer’s OLED fleet thanks to a new high brightness panel design.

It’s not the transformative jump we’d hoped for, not as bright as the Panasonic JZ2000. But the added brightness along with better colour handling, improved processing from its Alpha 9 Generation 4 ‘brain’ and OLED’s deep blacks produces the best LG OLED picture we’ve seen to date.

LG’s AI sound impressed with its optimisation producing good clarity and detail, though we found the Atmos performance to be muted, and heavy bass can cause distortion from the TV’s speakers, falling behind what the Philips OLED+936 can produce with its Atmos sound system.

The webOS interface has been revamped, shifting from the launcher bar to a full-screen UI. There’s lots to discover, as all the major streaming apps feature along with Freeview Play that adds the UK catch-up and on-demand apps.

All the latest gaming features such as ALLM and VRR are supported across the HDMI inputs with game streaming services such as Google Stadia. LG’s OLEDs are the most gaming friendly models, backed up by our tests with a responsive 9.4ms.

Bear that in mind if you’re lining up a G-series OLED the slim design is primarily intended for wall-mounting. If you don’t want to wall-mount, The ‘Gallery’ stand, and feet are optional extras.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: LG OLED65G1

LG OLED65C1

Best Gaming TV
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Pros

  • Super gaming performance
  • Excellent contrast and sumptuous HDR
  • Wide-ranging connectivity and smarts

Cons

  • Weak sound
  • Not the strongest motion stability
  • Potential for image retention/burn-in

At this moment in time, the C1 is the best value LG TV. It sits below the flagship 2021 G1 and above B1 and A1 sets, missing out on the G1’s brighter Evo panel but boasting better gaming, picture, and sound specification than the cheaper models.

It adheres to the same design as the CX model, with a stand that sticks out at both the front and the bottom. We found it’s an approach that doesn’t help with placement of a soundbar and adds weight as well – setting up this TV by ourselves was a struggle.

The new Magic Remote is an improvement over the older model in terms of ergonomics, but we still find it fiddly to use. WebOS is replaced with a full screen interface that’s more focused on content curation and integration with smarts. We feel it’s fine for those who want their smart hub content, but the content curation isn’t always relevant.

When it comes to gaming, the C1 (along with the G1) beat out the OLED+936 and JZ2000 with ALLM, VRR and 4K/120Hz HFR across all its HDMI inputs. Using an input lag tester, the LG C1 delivered 12.6ms latency, faster still if VRR is engaged.

Although the C1 isn’t as bright as other OLED on this list, picture quality is outstanding. With Dolby Vision HDR, we found the C1 offered bold blacks and rich whites, with superb detail and textures. Motion is not as skilled as the Sony A90J but upscaling is very good for a 65-inch screen.

We’d suggest pairing the C1 with a soundbar as its AI sound mode can sound harsh and its performance with Atmos soundtracks is timid. While the C1 doesn’t advance OLED technology much, it offers a near-complete package for a flatscreen TV.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: LG OLED65C1

Sony XR-55A90J

Best TV for movies
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Pros

  • Superb picture quality
  • Great new OS and remote control
  • Some HDMI 2.1 compatibility

Cons

  • Some HDMI 2.1 omissions
  • Quite pricey

The A90J is one of Sony’s Bravia XR Cognitive TVs, which features a processor that claims to work like how our brain does, boosting colour, contrast, and detail for a more lifelike image.

It’s not as slim as the LG G1, but its stand can be configured in more ways that offers a degree of flexibility in terms of placement. ALLM and VRR support were added in March 2022, but gaming features are still behind the LG C1 and Panasonic JZ1000.

We found using the Google TV interface to be a more welcoming affair than previous Android TV interfaces such as the one on Sony’s A8 model. Sony’s Bravia Core movie-streaming service has lots of content and streams in high quality (if you have the broadband speeds to match), as well as IMAX Enhanced content.

And when given high-quality content to work with, our reviewer found the Sony capable of producing profoundly impressive pictures. The overall colour palette was striking, the Sony drawing on a wide, subtle, and entirely convincing palette. Its motion skills show the Sony is at its most accomplished, gripping images with laser focus.

The A90J uses the company’s ‘Acoustic Surface Audio+’ technology and we enjoyed it, sounding more nuanced and more direct than flatscreens are usually capable of, though the bass performance is not as powerful as the Philips 65OLED+936. With Sony’s A95K QD-OLED in the wings, we’d suggest waiting to see how that model performs.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Sony XR-55A90J

Samsung QE75QN900A

Best 8K TV
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Pros

  • Sensational HDR picture quality
  • Excellent gaming features and performance
  • Spectacular design

Cons

  • Hard on the bank balance
  • Native 8K content remains elusive
  • Aggressive dimming of very small bright objects

If you can see past the 75QN900A’s hefty price, Samsung’s flagship 8K series sets the pulse racing with its stellar build quality and spectacular borderless design – the bezel is so slim we could barely see it from our seated position.

With a depth slimmer than the LG G1 OLED, the QN900A is well-suited for wall-mounting, especially with its removable One Connect box that incorporates the TV’s connections and funnels power, video, and audio to the TV. Like the LG, One Connect supports HDMI 2.1, with 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode (ALLM) featuring, as well as AMD and (unofficially) Nvidia G-Sync VRR.

Viewing a range of broadcast and disc-based media, we determined upscaling showed improvements over the Q950TS, the TV unearths clarity and detail from even the lowest-quality sources. Peak brightness is high, briefly reaching 4000 nits in our tests t produce an eye-popping HDR performance. Although blooming has been minimised, we still noticed it with some HDR content. In our estimation, Samsung’s motion processing skills aren’t as good as Sony, Panasonic, or LG.

The Object Tracking Sound Pro system creates a wide soundstage and tracks objects as they move across the screen. We feel it could benefit from going louder to match the cinematic images the screen delivers but the soundstage is wider than most. This is as good as 8K TVs have been, and HD and 4K content benefit from the increase in resolution.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: Samsung QE75QN900A

Samsung UE50AU9000

Best budget gaming TV
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Pros

  • Impressive 4K picture quality
  • Great user interface
  • Elegantly slim chassis

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision HDR
  • Sounds weak and vague
  • Upscaling can be exposed on occasion

The AU9000 was our best affordable TV award winner from 2021 and rightly so. It looks decent for a cheap TV, its svelte depth of 26mm makes it suitable for mounting on a wall. You won’t find this model in the US, however, with the step-down AU8000 model available in that market.

We found its Tizen interface to be cleanly organised and easy to traverse, the stack of entertainment apps far more diverse than comparable cheap TVs such as the Toshiba UL20.

It’s in the gaming arena where it becomes an appealing proposition. There’s VRR and ALLM on all three HDMI inputs, a better spec than the ‘perfect for PS5’ Sony A90J, plus AMD FreeSync for PCs. We measured input lag below 10ms, which is very low and aids fast and responsive gaming.

While we didn’t find the AU9000 to be the brightest for HDR, its ability to keep white tones clean and detailed means they pop against deep and detailed black tones. Its backlighting control from its edge-lit panel also impressed, while colours are naturally and convincingly portrayed. Its upscaling skills are equally assured, better than the Hisense Roku A7200G, so if you watch a lot of daytime TV, this would be our pick.

Its audio delivery is not as confident but it is decent enough for undemanding TV. The lack of Dolby Vision HDR, a feature available on similarly priced TVs such as Philips PUS8506, is annoying. If you can ignore that and the tedious sound, there’s no way you’ll be disappointed by the AU9000.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Samsung AU9000

Hisense R50A7200GTUK Roku TV

Best budget smart TV
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Pros

  • Good-quality, colourful picture performance
  • Wide streaming capabilities
  • Easy to set-up and use
  • Speedy gaming performance

Cons

  • Iffy sound
  • Inconsistent upscaling of SD sources
  • Limited HDR performance

Roku TVs are hugely popular in the US but this model is exclusive to the UK market. We didn’t find the Hisense R50A7200GTUK to be a huge upgrade over its B7120UK predecessor – in fact, it probably sounds a little worse than the now discontinued model.

However, it bests the likes of the Toshiba UL20 with its wide-ranging feature set that includes, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, alongside wider voice assistant compatibility, cementing its position as one of the best value TVs.

The quantity of apps available is great, with the likes of Netflix, Spotify, Disney+, BT Sport, Tidal and Prime Video; while Freeview Play adds the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All4. The Roku OS is as accessible to navigate as they come, as we found content easy to find, especially with the Roku app.

It doesn’t support advanced gaming features for Xbox Series and PS5 like the Samsung AU9000, but we measured input lag at 11.8ms, which is great for fast-twitch games that require a quick response.

We observed the picture performance to be of similar quality to the B7120UK, with very good upscaling of Full HD content and an inconsistent performance with SD content.

Brightness is less than the Philips 58PUS8506, measuring around 330 nits, so it can’t depict HDR content at its vibrant best, but that’s a familiar story with all budget HDR TVs. We saw with 4K content that it could produce a natural, detailed, and colourful looking image, delivering one of the best picture performances at its price.

Sound quality is a weakness. For undemanding daytime TV it’s fine, but with films it lacks bass to give it impact but with music it sounds messy. We’d recommend budgeting for a soundbar to go with this TV.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Hisense R50A7200GTUK Roku TV

FAQs

What’s the best TV on the market?

We’d say it is the Philips 65OLED+936, which delivers a dynamite picture performance and marries with it with an impressive sound system.

What’s the best TV to buy in 2022?

If you’re after a TV with the latest features in smarts and gaming, excellent picture and sound, and is slowly coming down in price, then we’d have say the LG C1 is currently the best TV to buy in 2022.

What’s the best TV under £500?

The Hisense Roku A7200G is one of the best budget sets on the market with its comprehensive set of smart features and very good picture quality.

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