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Compare the best TVs

For your viewing pleasure: top-rated TVs for all budgets.

The latest TVs feature high-quality displays, multiple user functions and can connect wirelessly to your smartphone and home smart devices. New TVs cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, depending on the model and its capabilities.

Best new TVs for 2021

NameAvg. price
Screen typeScreen size class(in)4k (Ultra-HD)Resolution (Pixels)Purchase
Samsung UN55TU8000

Samsung UN55TU8000 TV

$656LED55Yes3840 x 2160Shop now
LG OLED55CXPUALG OLED55CXPUA TV$1,797LED55Yes3840 x 2160Shop now
Sony X800H
Sony X800H TV
$598LED43Yes3840 x 2160Shop now
LG Electronics OLED55C7P
$2,999LED55Yes3840 x 2160Shop now
Samsung 55NU8000
$899LED55YesShop now
Sony XBR65A1E
$2,699LED65Yes3840 x 2160Shop now
Sony XBR43X800E
$750LED49Yes3840 x 2160Shop now
Samsung QN75Q6
$1,499LED65YesShop now
Data obtained May 2020. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Best TVs under $500

NameAvg. price
Screen typeScreen size class(in)4k (Ultra-HD)Resolution (Pixels)Purchase
VIZIO Class Smart TV
$199LED40No1920 x 1080Shop now
Samsung RU7100
Samsung RU7100 TV
$449LED50Yes3840 x 2160Shop now
TCL Class 5-Series
TCL Class 5-Series TV
$300LED43Yes3840 x 2160Shop now

TCL 50S425

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$260LED50Yes3840 x 2160Shop now

What types of TVs are available?

When it comes to a new TV, you have several screen types to choose from. The array of acronyms and tech jargon used to highlight the differences can be overwhelming if you’re not a techie. So we’ve broken down each type, including what the names stand for.


Light-emitting diode (LED) refers to the way your TV’s display is projected. LEDs are the backlights used to illuminate a liquid crystal display (LCD). Most TVs are LED/LCD, though newer models may be OLED and QLED. LED displays are more energy efficient, run at a cooler temperature and are generally narrow enough to be a flat-screen display.


Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) employ organic compounds that light up when electrified. Their panels are much smaller, thinner and more flexible than most other display technologies. This means that they can be used in the production of curved screens or foldable and roll-up displays. LG Display is the sole manufacturer of OLED panels for televisions. LG OLED panels are used in Sony and Hisense TVs.


A quantum dot light emitting diode (QLED) uses quantum dots — micro-sized conducting nanocrystals — in tandem with an LED backlight to display bright, vibrant and varying colors. QLED technology is the latest innovation from TV manufacturer Samsung. It was first introduced at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 in Las Vegas.


Ultra light-emitting diodes (ULED) separates backlight LED panels into 240 separate zones. ULED is not the same as OLED technology. It is an LED and LCD TV that also uses quantum dots. The term ULED is exclusive to Chinese manufacturer Hisense.


Quantum ultra high definition (QUHD) is a marketing catchphrase for manufacturer TCL’s use of quantum dot LED/LCD panels.

Display resolution options

Resolution refers to the number of pixels that your TV can display. A pixel is a small dot that, when illuminated, produces specific colors. If your TV has the capacity to hold a large number of pixels, then images on the screen will generally appear in greater detail.

Although resolution isn’t the only attribute that affects picture quality, it does play a key role. Most people will be able to recognize the difference between high and low resolution TVs.

4K or UHD

Most new TVs have 4K resolution, which is sometimes referred to as Ultra High Definition (UHD). 4K or UHD offers 3840 x 2160 resolution. Higher resolution can improve the viewing experience on larger screens, and for content that is shot using equivalent 4K equipment. 4K TVs are usually compatible with high-dynamic range (HDR). This enhances a display’s contrast ratio, making bright colors brighter and dark colors darker while providing greater image detail in the shades between these spectrums.

HDR TVs are also likely to feature wide-color gamut (WCG), which increases the amount of color that can be produced and displayed on your television.


This refers to a display resolution of 7680 x 4320. 8K isn’t widely available, and won’t have any greater impact on viewing experience unless you have a significantly large screen.

Full HD

This refers to a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. If you want to avoid purchasing a quickly-dated TV set, it’s best to opt for 4K resolution, as this is now the current standard.

Bottom line

Planning on upgrading your old TV or getting a new one for a another room in the house? Get tuned in to what you need to make your viewing experience the best it can be. Once you have, compare your options first so you get the most bang for your buck.

How did we choose these products?

To choose our list of the best TVs, we looked at overall features, type, display, price and other factors. We also considered third-party product reviews and our own online research, prioritizing newer models and models under $500.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best month to buy a TV?

Late January and into early February sees deep discounts on TVs as everyone prepares for their Super Bowl party. Black Friday, Father’s Day and back-to-school season are also good times of the year to buy TVs.

How long should a 4K TV last?

The latest 4K TVs should last for around 10 years before they might need replaced. This will depend on how frequently you use your TV and whether or not it’s sustained any damage over the years.

What’s the best brand of TV to buy?

A few of the most popular TV brands include:

  • Panasonic
  • Sony
  • Sharp
  • TCL
  • Toshiba
  • Vizio
  • LG
  • Samsung

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