The 6 Best Televisions

Updated November 09, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

6 Best Televisions
Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive
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 along with smart capabilities for streaming online content. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best television on Amazon.

6. Samsung UN65MU7000

The Samsung UN65MU7000 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.
  • remote controls connected devices
  • supports cloud gaming
  • doesn't blur during sports
Brand Samsung
Model UN65KU7000FXZA
Weight 77 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Sharp LC-43N7000U

In truth, the Sharp LC-43N7000U doesn't stand up to the others on our list regarding picture quality and sound, but it does cost half the price and it offers the best picture quality you'll get in this price range. It comes equipped with built-in media apps.
  • upscales to 4k video
  • well laid out user interface
  • only has a 60 hz refresh rate
Brand SHARP
Model LC-50N7000U
Weight 46.2 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Samsung UN65KS9500

The Samsung UN65KS9500 has a beautiful curved screen powered by Quantum Dot Color Drive and Triple Black Technology to produce vibrant images. It also features HDR 1000 and Supreme MR 240 for moving-picture resolution with the utmost clarity.
  • 4k suhd intelligent picture engine
  • virtually edge to edge picture
  • smart remote with voice control
Brand Samsung
Model UN65KS9500FXZA
Weight 79.8 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. LG Electronics 60UH7700

At 60 inches, the LG Electronics 60UH7700 is big enough for the largest living rooms, without overwhelming viewers when they are sitting close to it. It features smart functionality with webOS 3.0, and 3 HDMI and 3 USB ports for versatile connectivity.
  • ips 4k quantum display
  • supports dolby vision
  • twin downfiring speakers
Brand LG Electronics
Model 60UH7700
Weight 64.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Sony XBR55X930E

The Sony XBR55X930E has a 120Hz native refresh rate and a 4K Processor X1 that enhances everything you watch, from local TV to movies and sports. It also features X-tended Dynamic Range PRO that enables it to offer three times the brightness of other LED TVs.
  • slim design can hang like a picture
  • supports voice search on android tv
  • exceptional color and clarity
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X930D
Weight 74 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 Harman Kardon soundbar, and an OLED HDR screen with high dynamic range for the ultimate viewing experience.
  • good wide viewing angle
  • webos with magic remote
  • has 4 hdmi inputs
Brand LG Electronics
Model OLED65E6P
Weight 70.3 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 November 09, 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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