The 10 Best Smart Televisions

Updated March 07, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Smart Televisions
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We spent 47 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Their inability to discuss Einstein's theory of relativity with you or transport your family directly to the Starship Enterprise notwithstanding, one of these smart TVs can, at the very least, deliver superior high-definition video, audio, and streaming content designed to immerse you in an entertainment experience unlike any other, all from the comfort of your own home. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best smart television on Amazon.

10. Samsung Q7

The quantum dot technology of the Samsung Q7 delivers 100% volume of over a billion colors while the bezel-less display will take your movies right to the edge. The unique Invisible Connection streamlines connecting and controlling multiple devices.
  • excellent viewing angles
  • compatible with no gap wall mounts
  • limited grey scale
Brand Samsung
Weight 65 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Samsung MU6500 Curved

The Samsung MU6500 Curved combines an automatic depth enhancer, high-definition upscaling and true Dolby bass reflex sound for an immersive audiovisual experience that puts you right in the thick of the action, but plan to get cozy if you're watching with a crowd.
  • bluetooth ready
  • quad-core processor
  • difficult to read game text
Brand Samsung
Model UN55MU6500FXZA
Weight 52.8 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Vizio D-Series

For a remarkably modest price, the Vizio D-Series features an advanced six-core processor that speeds everything from finding new content to accessing custom apps. The dual speaker surround system delivers a powerful sound experience to go with a brilliant picture.
  • simplified app launcher
  • second screen experience
  • high def only up to 720p
Model D24h-E1
Weight 10.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Samsung 9 Series

There's no need to click buttons when you can talk to the Samsung 9 Series. Voice navigation provides fast access to menus, while the exclusive Color Drive and Triple Black Extreme systems deliver a spectacular high definition display of over a billion hues.
  • optimized streaming performance
  • one connect mini port system
  • lacks auto volume control
Brand Samsung
Model UN65MU9000FXZA
Weight 84 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. LG SJ8000

Boasting up to gigabit wireless speeds, the LG SJ8000 is the ultimate streaming television. With the custom webOS 3.5 interface, you'll have access to more than 70 premium internet channels in a super UHD cinematic experience.
  • harmon kardon audio
  • bezel free active nano cell display
  • full web browser
Brand LG
Model 65SJ8000
Weight 21 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. TCL C807

Edge LED backlighting gives the TCL C807 the ability to produce deep blacks and superb color qualities. Packed in with that exceptional picture is a refresh rate that means virtually no motion blur in even the fastest moving scenes.
  • remote with headphone jack
  • color coverage close to human limits
  • energy star compliant
Brand TCL
Model 55C807
Weight 55 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Sony X900F

Stunning color and contrast make the Sony X900F a beautiful addition to any living room. Whether watching your favorite movies, TV shows or latest sporting event, the HDR Extreme processor will upscale it to near 4k quality.
  • alexa compatible
  • supports full hd gaming
  • immersive dolby vision
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X900F
Weight 55 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. TCL S405

With an intuitive interface, powerful mobile app and over 4,000 streaming channels for a fraction of what other models cost, the Roku-enabled TCL S405 is an economical choice for exciting onscreen action that won't blow a massive hole in your budget.
  • custom search capabilities
  • easy to use controller
  • dual band wifi connectivity
Brand TCL
Model 49S405
Weight 33.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

2. Samsung 8 Series

Fully optimized for streaming media, the Samsung 8 Series presents smooth action in the fastest of scenes. The clutter-free stand tames messy cables, while the custom OneRemote automatically detects and controls all compatible devices on the network.
  • 500 nits sustained brightness
  • smart hub integration
  • reproduces over a billion hues
Brand Samsung
Model UN65MU8000FXZA
Weight 72.3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Sony X850F

The Sony X850F delivers the ultimate viewing experience. With a 6x contrast range, 4K super bit mapping and full control via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, this elegant device could be an integral part of a whole home entertainment system.
  • 120 hz native refresh rate
  • voice activated remote
  • supports eight inputs
Brand Sony
Model XBR75X850F
Weight 97 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Talk Back To Your TV

There were scenes in a television show from the 90's, called Saved By The Bell, in which the show's protagonist, Zach, would periodically break the fourth wall and speak directly to the camera. In doing so, he spoke to the audience and as a five-year-old boy watching the show, I wondered if there was a TV out there that would allow me to talk back to the actor. So, I asked my mother.

She laughed at the idea of a TV smart enough to allow a conversation to take place between its stars and its viewers. After all, these shows were pre-taped. Then the internet came along, and our TVs have gotten a heck of a lot smarter than ever before. In 2011, for example, a Japanese video streaming service, akin to YouTube, created live programs that responded to feedback from the live audience. It was reminiscent of one of those choose-your-own-adventure books.

If you had one of the smart TVs on the market at the time, you could have probably used it to interact with the broadcast the way I wanted to as a child.

That's because smart TVs are all about connectivity and recognition. For the most part, they function like any other high-end HD or UHD television. They have tremendous resolution, USB and HDMI ports to display the lion's share of available media in today's market, and they fill the room for a remarkably low cost.

Deeper in the systems of these TVs, however, is an interactive menu system connected to the internet that allows you to stream content from your favorite providers like YouTube and Netflix. You never have to switch input sources or buy additional hardware to clutter up your living room to make it work.

Some of these TVs also have the ability to recognize your voice and respond to specific commands so that your setup experience on the way to your videos is seamless and fast.

Resolved To Make A Decision

As you peruse the smart TV options available, you may be surprised by their large size, ranging from 65 to about 80 inches diagonally or more. The thing about a TV with good resolution is that it has to be particularly large for you to appreciate it without having to sit right on top of it.

Think of the pixels on your TV like the dots of paint in a masterpiece from the school of Pointilism. If you took a look at one of these paintings from across the room at a museum, you'd be plenty impressed by its level of detail and clarity. If you got up close to the picture, however, you'd see that it was composed of thousands upon thousands of little dots of paint, rendering the art virtually meaningless from a certain viewing distance, while being very meaningful from another.

That said, television resolution is limited by screen size. A 1080p HDTV is called that because it has 1,080 pixels stacked vertically in each column and 1,920 pixels running across the screen in each row, making a total of 2,073,600 pixels. A bigger TV necessitates bigger pixels, which reduces your overall resolution unless you can increase the pixel count.

4K, or UHD, televisions have literally four times as many pixels as a television with 1080p HD. If you want to go big with your smart TV purchase, it will behoove you to shoot for 4K quality where possible.

The other important factor to consider is the television's on-board menu system for your smart TV. The first smart TV I owned had a menu that I'm sure was coded by brilliant engineers. However, it almost felt as though it had been designed by one of the engineer's pet hamsters. I felt consistently like I was running around in a small wheel trying to get my settings in place and use the smart functions to my liking.

Of course, as with so much in technology, there's a trade-off here. In the past, Samsung has been lambasted for their shoddy menu and remote design, and they've even had legal troubles with some of their smart TVs listening in on their owners' conversations. The problem escalated to such an extreme that, for a few models, Samsung released a statement warning their owners not to discuss any sensitive personal information around their TVs. The trade-off was that Samsung has one of the most consistently crisp and enjoyable pictures on the market.

Television Online

Long before anyone thought to make a TV that could act as its own content retrieval system, a startup out of Palo Alto, California in the mid-1990's developed a set top box for the average consumer that would allow their televisions to access the internet through their phone lines over a 56K connection. The service was called Web TV, and it came complete with its own keyboard and mouse to make surfing the web on your television that much easier. The invention was certainly forward-thinking, as increasing numbers of television companies today offer their clients internet-only packages for competitive prices, where just a few years ago the only way to save was to bundle with a cable television plan. More and more viewers are switching to online platforms.

Given this wave of online viewership and the corresponding boom in access points from Roku, Nyrus, and Sling Box to a dozen other video streamers, television companies began to incorporate internet connectivity into their HDTVs, creating the smart TV as we know it.

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Last updated on March 07, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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