The 10 Best Televisions

Updated December 14, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Televisions
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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. When it's time to upgrade your home video entertainment system, check out one of these stunning and feature-rich televisions. We've included models that will let you enjoy movies, sports and TV shows in glorious Ultra High Definition and with smart capabilities for streaming online content, plus some very value-focused options. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best television on Amazon.

10. Sceptre X509BV-FSR

The Sceptre X509BV-FSR is a basic model that gets the job done and features enough connection ports to hook up all of your external devices. It is just standard HD though, not 4K, but it comes in at a bargain price that makes it suitable for a teen's bedroom.
  • action scenes flow smoothly
  • design looks a bit dated
  • low contrast ratio
Brand Sceptre
Model X509BV-FSR
Weight 32.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Samsung UNMU7000

The Samsung UNMU7000 is available in sizes ranging from 40 to 65 inches. It produces a stunning picture with its Color Drive Pro technology and 4K UHD resolution. It also features an upscaling picture engine to take your favorite old content and give it a facelift.
  • doesn't blur during sports
  • supports cloud gaming
  • menu scrolling suffers some lag
Brand Samsung
Model UN65MU7000FXZA
Weight 80 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

8. TCL 55C807

The smart functionality of the TCL 55C807 provides you with access to over 450,000 movies and TV shows, so you'll never run out of things to watch on those lazy Saturdays. It features Dynamic Contrast to really make the light colors pop against anything black.
  • doesn't cost name brand price
  • better than average upscaling
  • sub par sound quality
Brand TCL
Model 55C807
Weight 55 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Vizio Smartcast 70M

The thin bezel and minimalist legs of the Vizio Smartcast 70M give it a modern look that many will find refreshing. At nearly 70-inches when measured diagonally, it can certainly replicate the movie-going experience so many of us crave in our homes.
  • 32 individual dimming zones
  • easy to use and set up
  • annoying tablet-based menu
Brand VIZIO
Model M70-E3
Weight 83.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. LG Electronics 60UJ7700

The LG Electronics 60UJ7700 boasts an IPS 4K screen to make all of your favorite content come to life with exceptional detail and clarity. It has both Active HDR and Dolby Vision and suffers almost no input lag, making it a great choice for gamers.
  • good color depth
  • energy-saving eco mode
  • weak local dimming feature
Brand LG
Model 60UJ7700
Weight 58.5 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Sony Bravia XBR65A1E

The Sony Bravia XBR65A1E has an OLED panel with a native 120Hz refresh rate that is further enhanced by Motionflow XR to ensure there is never any blurring of fast-paced action sequences. It features four HDMI ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and one USB 3.0 port.
  • more than eight million pixels
  • unique kickstand design
  • acoustic screen surface
Brand Sony
Model XBR-65A1E
Weight 108 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Samsung UN65MU6500

The Samsung UN65MU6500 has a beautifully curved screen that makes for a more immersive viewing experience. The downside is that this limits the viewing angle to a narrower field. But if you just like to watch a movie with your significant other, it is a great choice.
  • realistic color rendition
  • includes a universal remote control
  • sharp light-dark contrast
Brand Samsung
Model UN65MU6500FXZA
Weight 83.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Sony XBR55X930E

The Sony XBR55X930E has a 120Hz native refresh rate and a new processor that enhances everything you watch, from local TV to movies and sports. It also features X-tended Dynamic Range Pro, which enables it to offer three times the brightness of many other models.
  • slim design can hang like a picture
  • supports voice search on android tv
  • exceptional color and clarity
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X930E
Weight 90.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. TCL 32S305

Not everybody can afford many hundreds or thousands of dollars for a new TV. If you find yourself in this boat, the TCL 32S305 is probably your best bet. Despite its budget-friendly price, it still offers great picture quality with a direct LED-lit image.
  • integrated roku interface
  • digital and analog connections
  • can be controlled via a phone app
Brand TCL
Model 32S305
Weight 12 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. LG Electronics OLED65E7P

The LG Electronics OLED65E7P produces perfect blacks and cinematic colors that make every image pop off the screen. It features individually-lit pixels, a 4.2 channel speaker system, and an OLED screen with a high dynamic range for the ultimate viewing experience.
  • nice wide viewing angle
  • webos with magic remote
  • stunning glass bezel
Brand LG
Model OLED65E7P
Weight 66 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

LEDing The Way

Even as resolution increases from 1080p to 4K and beyond (8K, anyone?), the fundamentals behind the actual illumination of pixels seem, for now, to be fixed in place.

This method of pixel illumination is what's commonly referred to as LED backlighting. It gets its name from the panel of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) at the back of the screen. LEDs are preferred over other technologies for their longevity, low energy demand, and small size, allowing for the paper thin TVs we've all grown to love.

Essentially, the information that becomes your screen image starts at the LED panel, where certain patterns of light resemble the most basic, binary analogue of your picture. Depending on whose technology you're using, this light gets filtered in slightly different ways, eventually making it through what I like to call the impressionist art phase and on to the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that refines your final image.

As I mentioned a moment ago, our vision for the future of television production is as much to do with the size of the television as it is with its picture quality.

Most of the thinnest LED TVs hover around 2", but OLED TVs, whose pixels illuminate themselves individually, eliminate the need for a back panel of diodes. That makes them, at least for now, the thinnest TVs around, and their superior picture quality is likely to have them replace today's LED technology once the market catches up.

And to be clear, OLED and 4K aren't mutually exclusive, but pairing up the technologies is currently very expensive.

How Big Is Big Enough?

Have you ever been late to a screening at an IMAX theater? I have. When Batman Begins first came out I went into New York City with some friends to see it at the IMAX at Lincoln Square. Our bus into the city moved at a crawl, the tunnel form New Jersey was packed, and we got into the theater just as the previews were ending.

Seating was limited, and I ended up in the front row, all the way on the right. Now, an IMAX screen is enormous, and here I was just 10, maybe 15 feet away from its bottom corner. My neck hurt for a week after that, and I still didn't even feel like I'd seen the movie.

The problem in this story is one of viewing distance. It's also one of real estate space in Manhattan and ticket greed among theater companies, but that's a different article.

Viewing distance is very simply the amount of space between you and your screen. If you've already got your space in place, and you know roughly where and how you'd like to sit in it, you can easily surmise what size television will give you the best experience.

In this case, as I hope the story above illustrates, bigger isn't always better. A TV too big for its room can leave you straining to take in the whole image.

A very crude rule of thumb for measuring your perfect TV by viewing distance is this: For every foot of space between your seat and your screen, you'll want about 10 inches of diagonal screen length. So, if your seat is 4 feet from your screen, you want a 40" TV. If you sit 10 feet away, you might go as high as 106".

As you may already know, screens aren't measured on exact diagonals, but rather fall into a class based on their relative diagonal length. Couple that fact with the average American's state of vision health, and you can safely take that measurement and round up to the nearest class without feeling overwhelmed.

It's Not As Old As It Feels

It's hard to image it, but only 70 years ago there were less than 40,000 television sets in homes across the entire United States. There are single households in America today that have more than 40,000 Beanie Babies in them.

It's a technology that is, in its domestic form, less than 100 years old, and compared to other media for the transmission of art and ideas, its evolution hasn't even begun.

We can look back on those early TV designs, and on early FCC standards for resolution that gave way to NTSC broadcast standards, and it all seems so primitive.

I guess it helps to remember, when buying any piece of high technology, that we exist on a single point in its trajectory. There's a lot of pressure to get it right, to buy the perfect TV set. But you'd scoff just as easily at a black and white set from 1972 today as you will at today's sets in 40 years, if the concept of the "set" even exists then.

What I'm saying is, you can relax. All the TVs here have been vetted for you. They're all beasts, and you're going to love which ever one you choose.



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Last updated on December 14, 2017 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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