Shopping for the best TV of the year? Look no further. We have brought together the biggest, brightest, and highest-performing televisions to have ever passed by our eyeballs – and they’re all available to buy today. We’re a decent way into 2020 now, meaning that this year’s new TV ranges are starting to enter the market – and the first big-hitters of the year already trickling into buying guides such as these.
This is a list of the 5 best TVs currently on the market, whether you’re after a high-end display bigger than you are, or a more affordable model offering the best of mid-range performance.
Sony A9G Master Series OLED
A direct replacement for last year’s Sony A9F/AF9 OLED, the Sony A9G/AG9 Master Series OLED is the new flagship of Sony’s TV fleet. It embraces a characteristically minimalist design that disguises a host of cutting-edge features like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, plus Netflix Calibrated Mode and IMAX Enhanced certification.
This is a screen that looks premium, and has a spec on the right side of righteousness. The Android platform is easy to live with, that vibrating sound system entertaining and picture quality top notch. Offering Dolby Vision is a welcome refinement, but the caveat is a lack of support for HDR10+. That said, it does a fabulous job up-scaling HD/SDR so it’s easy to overlook the lack of at least one HDR format.
TCL 6-Series 65-inch TV
The TCL 6-Series is a must-have if you’re after a 4K TV that won’t break the bank. It’s bundled with the aforementioned Roku OS, has a crisp, clear 4K Ultra HD screen, and multi-format HDR. The result is a television that pours out an accurate color, dazzling detail, and fantastic contrast — regardless of whether you’re watching in native or upscaled 4K Ultra HD.
You won’t find smart software that’s better suited to cord-cutting than Roku OS. It’s home to the largest collection of live and on-demand content we’ve ever seen, pulling material from a seemingly never-ending mixture of mainstream and niche sources, like Amazon Prime Video, Crunchyroll, DirectTV, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Rakuten TV, and Sling TV.
The TCL 6-Series is also decked out with the Roku voice control feature. There’s no option to search the web or control smart-connected appliances, but it does bundle all the commands that count.
Samsung Q90R QLED TV
Last year, the Samsung Q9FN was the TV to beat. It won plaudits galore for its features and image quality, not to mention its excellent, improved smart platform that came with Bixby support and Samsung SmartThings.
However it wasn’t perfect and there were legitimate complaints about viewing angles and an over-aggressive local dimming system that crushed detail just above black.
Samsung has clearly taken these criticisms to heart and directly addressed them in the Q90. The new model has a visibly superior viewing angle that holds its own against an OLED TV, and the local dimming delivers deep blacks without losing shadow detail. To that end, the new Ultra Black Elite filter is nothing short of a revelation, rejecting ambient light in a way that just staggers belief.
The Q90 is able to deliver images that can directly compete with an OLED, with natural colors, bright highlights, deep blacks, and well-defined shadows. It can also surpass any OLED when it comes to HDR, with images that are often breathtaking in their detail and dynamic range.
LG C9 OLED Series
The LG C9 is a truly exceptional 4K OLED TV that takes what was so impressive about last year’s C8 OLED and builds on it. The major difference is the inclusion of the 2nd generation Alpha9 processor, which uses AI enhancements to deliver stellar SDR and HDR images, and helps make the upscaling and processing second-to-none with incredible levels of detail and image fidelity.
As is the case with all OLED TVs the panel brightness pales when compared to an LCD TV, but brightness isn’t everything. The absolute blacks and pixel-level of precision afforded by the self-emissive technology ensures that HDR looks stunning
Hisense H8G Quantum Series
New for 2020, the Hisense H8G Quantum Series is a great choice for those looking to spend little and get a lot.
At just $700 for the 65-inch version of the Hisense H8G, it’s an outstanding value. You’re not having to make do with a sub-standard set, though, as the apps are easy to find and use, Google Assistant support is well-implemented, and the technical specs rival much pricier models. Motion is brilliantly smooth, too, with great performance across HD and 4K video despite a drop in brightness compared to competing QLED models.