The best TV in 2023: our top picks from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, Vizio and more

Finding the best TV shouldn't be a full-time job. Our list of the best TVs you can buy will help you get the set that delivers the best performance for your money. We test all the top TVs each year — both in our lab and in our living rooms — and these are the 4K TVs that we recommend. 

Because TV technology evolves fast, we're frequently updating this guide to keep up with the latest and greatest models, whether that's a QLED TV from Samsung, an OLED from LG or Sony, or a Mini-LED TV from the likes of Hisense or TCL. 

To that end, we want you to get the whole package when buying something new: great picture quality, rich sound, and all of the smart features available today, and it would be nice to save a buck or two while you're at it.

So what are the best TVs available now? The LG C2 OLED is now the best TV that we've tested. Not only is it the best OLED TV thanks to an impressive display panel, but a premium design, maximum versatility and great smart TV platform hit all the high marks, too. Why not the new LG C3 OLED? It's a great option, yes, but we found in our testing that the LG C2 OLED delivers 99% of the same performance at a lower price point so we've decided to keep that on our list for another few months.

With so many new TVs coming onto the market this month, we've been reviewing them as they become available and we'll be adding them to the list below when they've cleared our tests and proven that they deserve a spot on the list. 

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Nick Pino is the Managing Editor, TV and AV at Tom's Guide
Written by
Nick Pino

My name's Nick and I look after our guides to the best TVs, best OLED TVs and best 4K TVs. Most of my day is spent watching and evaluating new screens from LG, Samsung, Sony, Hisense, TCL and Vizio. I have 10 years of experience in AV, and before I joined Tom's Guide I was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar. I love helping people find the perfect TV, so please feel free to reach out over email or tag me on Twitter and I can help you out.

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The quick list

Here's a quick overview of the best TVs you can buy right now based on our testing and reviews. And keep up on scrolling if you want to see our in-depth analysis of all the top TVs for every budget. 

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This is the OLED TV you want to own

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 56.7 x 32.5 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 32.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Premium, lightweight design
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4 HDMI 2.1 ports
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Versatile performance
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Extensive gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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Not LG’s brightest OLED TV
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No ATSC 3.0 tuner
Buy it if

✅ Performance, meet price: There are better OLED TVs out there that are more expensive, and cheaper OLED TVs that are worse. The LG C2 OLED is the sweet spot.

✅ Great for gamers and sports fans: 120Hz native refresh rate with four HDMI 2.1 ports makes this great for both gamers and sports fans alike. This set pairs well with the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

✅ Alpha 9 Gen 5 Processor 4K: LG's top processor provides excellent upcaling of HD content to Ultra HD, along with great motion processing.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need an ATSC 3.0 Tuner: The biggest complaint we have about the LG C2 OLED is that it doesn't come with an ATSC 3.0 tuner for NextGen TV. That means no 4K HDR OTA broadcasts when they become available in your area.

❌ It's going in a room with a lot of ambient light: because it has a glass front, reflections and glare can be huge issues for the LG C2 OLED. If you buy one, make sure you have a way to mitigate the amount of ambient light in the room.

The bottom line

📺 The LG C2 OLED TV with OLED evo is the best OLED TV for a premium entertainment experience. Top-tier performance, plenty of port options and great gaming features all come together in a sleek package. ★★★★★

What you need to know
The LG C2 OLED isn't the newest OLED on the block (an honor that belongs to the newer and pricier LG C3 OLED) but it has mostly everything we want to see from a premium OLED TV — the style, the performance, the smart TV platform and more — for an incredibly reasonable price. As much as the LG G2 OLED is a spectacle of a TV, it’s a bit fussy needing professional installation and it doesn’t make as good a gaming TV. Plus it’s several hundred dollars more than the C2. That’s why the LG C2 is the OLED TV most people will want to get this year. 

Design: The LG C2 OLED TV is a familiar, yet stunning piece of hardware. The panel itself is impossibly thin, measuring 0.1-inch thick across the top half of the TV. The component compartment extends out on the bottom half of the back chassis, but it’s still very sleek overall. Even better is the fact that the LG C2 OLED TV has four HDMI inputs. All four of those are HDMI 2.1 supporting 4K at 120Hz, with one supporting HDMI ARC/eARC (enhanced audio return channel). If you have a Blu-Ray player, soundbar and gaming console like we do, the full array of 2.1 inputs comes in handy. 

Performance: The LG C2 OLED TV’s upscaling is powered by the Alpha 9 Gen 5 Processor 4K while the addition of OLED evo promises better and brighter overall picture. Now, we found evo fell short of promises when it debuted last year on the LG G1 OLED, so we went into this review with tempered expectations. But the C2 rose to the occasion in our test. Color accuracy is a highlight of the LG C2 OLED TV, with the set earning a 1.7 Delta-E score. The LG C2 also provides an impressively wide color gamut, producing 134.45% of the Rec 709 color space, surpassing the basic color standard by a significant margin. 

Smart TV: All LG 2022 TVs ship with webOS 22, an interface that gathers content on a whole-screen home page. The interface feels mostly the same from the other best LG TVs from last year, but with added user profiles for curating recommendations and keeping each user’s relevant content in reach. When nothing’s being watched, the LG 2022 TV Always Ready tool is an ambient mode that displays art, photos or a music player.

Value for money: The LG C2 OLED TV’s price definitely makes it more premium than any of the best cheap TVs, though it’s a tick more affordable than the LG G2 OLED TV (65-inch, $2,999). 

Read the full review: LG C2 OLED

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceThe pinnacle of price and performance.★★★★★
DesignA familiar, yet stunning piece of hardware.★★★★★
PerformanceBetter and brighter picture than previous OLEDs.★★★★★
Smart TVContent-rich interface with curated recommendations .★★★★★

The best QLED TV

The ultimate QLED TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 57 x 32.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 49.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding brightness abilities
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Impressive color reproduction
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Great cable management
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Low input lag

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
Buy it if

✅ You want better brightness than OLED: OLED is the king of contrast, but any ambient light can wash out the picture. Samsung's QLED TVs can handle more ambient light than almost any other TV because of its high peak brightness.

✅ Eye-popping colors and clarity: Yes brightness is important to counter glare, but it's also important in color reproduction and clarity. Better brightness, brighter colors.

✅ Great for gamers: Most TVs on this list are great for gamers, but the Samsung QN95B might be one of the best for PS5 and Xbox Series X due to its low input lag.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You care about Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is, by far, the best HDR format. It's tuned to match the brightness and black levels of each individual scene, so not having it on a TV this nice is a bummer.

❌ You constantly tweak settings: Samsung's Tizen smart TV platform does a few things incredibly well, but navigating to the settings to do any minor adjustment takes longer than it should.

The bottom line

📺 The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV is the premium QLED set to get. With best-in-class brightness, a clever design and every feature you need from a smart TV, the QN95B is tough to beat. ★★★★★

What you need to know
With the Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV, Samsung once again proves why it’s the QLED TV king. Thanks to best-in-class brightness, cable management convenience and impressive performance across most content genres, the QN95B is a tough TV to beat. At a time when OLED TVs steal most of the hype, Samsung’s premium Neo QLED technology stands out in one big way: brightness. By introducing a Mini LED backlighting, the panel can achieve higher levels of brightness without sacrificing depth and gradations of luminance.

Design: The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV looks like a premium piece of equipment, complete with flush bezels and thin body that measures under 1 inch wide. It comes with a low-profile central stand that might limit the size soundbar you can place under it, but you could also hang the TV with a 400 x 300 VESA TV mount. What’s unique about the QN95B is that it uses Samsung’s One Connect box that houses the TV’s port array, including 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 supporting ARC/eARC) and 3 USB ports. The box then connects to the TV from a single cord, providing the choice to conceal unsightly cables as well as easy access to the ports.

Performance: Brightness is perhaps the QN95B’s biggest strength. In Standard mode with HDR content, the QN95B reached 1905.8 nits in a 10% window in our testing. For comparison, the LG C2 OLED TV hit 800 nits in the same window. Perhaps the only anecdotal shortcoming is a slight banding and blooming effect on the dark skies when you sit approximately 45 degrees off-angle to either side. Spec-wise, no Dolby Vision support is a setback for fans of the popular format; however, the set does handle HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ formats.

Smart TV: The Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV uses Samsung’s proprietary Tizen smart TV platform. We have mixed feelings about the overall ease of navigation and content exploration, but it’s similar to LG’s Web OS and the Google TV interface. The home screen displays tiles for different content and channels, which you can customize to suit your watching preferences. In terms of streaming services, you’ll find popular choices such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max, as well as some free streaming services including Samsung TV Plus. 

Read the full review: Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceAmong the priciest sets Tom’s Guide tested this year.★★★☆☆
DesignFlush bezels and 1-inch wide body.★★★★★
PerformanceBest-in-class brightness and impressive performance★★★★★
Smart TVNot the best, not the worst.★★★☆☆

The best value TV

Our bargain pick is an excellent, affordable QLED with Google TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 3 HDMI (1 eARC)
Size: 57 x 32.7 x 3 inches
Weight: 70.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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QLED display with local dimming for excellent HDR performance
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Great color quality and smooth motion
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Google TV is a serious upgrade from Roku
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Affordably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Limited viewing angles
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Audio is good, but not great
Buy it if

✅ You want a cheap TV that still looks good: For the best smart TV experience in a TV under $1,000, it's hard to deny that the TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) is a solid contender.\

You demand good image quality: This TV offers better color, brightness, and shorter lag times than the previous Roku model. Color reproduction was an impressive  99.97% of the Rec 709 color space.

✅ You want a TV that comes with Google TV: It's also snappy, offering noticeably quicker and smoother operations than other platforms, including the sometimes slow Roku TV software that many TCL smart TVs use.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You sit off-axis to the TV: You want to be sitting head-on with this TV. Sit too far off to one side, and you're going to lose a significant amount of color saturation.

❌ You want great-sounding audio: The TV is only outfitted with a pair of 8-watt speakers that merely offer passable stereo sound and decent volume. You might want a good soundbar.

You're a big gamer: With a refresh rate of 60Hz, this is not the best choice for hooking up a PS5 or Xbox Series X. 120Hz would be better .

The bottom line

📺 The TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) improves on a value-priced favorite, adding premium smart features to an already excellent affordable TV. ★★★★

What you need to know
The TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) wowed us with its combination of smart TV features, solid performance and great value for your dollar. Building on the foundation of the already-good 5-Series, the move to Google TV gives the affordable 4K smart TV a more premium smart TV platform, one that offers personalized and customizable suggestions, a huge assortment of smart features, and deep Google Assistant integration that makes it a viable center for the entire home of connected gadgets. But it also offers a step up in other aspects of the TV.

As we found in our extensive testing, the 5-Series Google TV is a more polished version of the 5-Series TV when it comes to everything from color quality to lag times. And as well as delivering an excellent QLED 4K display, you also get a slick remote control, and a surprisingly wide array of gaming features for a 60Hz TV. For a smart TV that sells for under $1,000 for most size options, it's easily one of the best TVs on the market.

Design: TCL's mid-range TV designs aren't going to win any prizes, but the basic black plastic construction does the job, providing a sturdy housing for a decent 4K smart TV. It may not look flashy, or be the slimmest thing on the TV aisle, but it gets the job done. The chassis includes holes for a 200 mm by 300 mm VESA bracket, meaning that it can be easily hung on the wall using any of the brackets on our list of the best TV mounts.

Performance: Though some cosmetic differences from the 2020 TCL 5-Series Roku TV were a pleasant surprise, we were even more pleased to see that performance had improved across the board, with the display offering better color, brightness, and shorter lag times than the already excellent Roku model. Color accuracy was great right out of the box, with a Delta-E average of 1.3 as measured by our X-Rite spectrophotometer. Lower scores are better. Color reproduction was also impressive, with the S546 reproducing 99.97% of the Rec 709 color space.

Smart TV: There's a strong case to be made that Google TV is the best smart TV operating system on the market, offering a clean, easily-navigated home screen, with useful content recommendations, easy access to live TV and the convenience of voice control through the remote's built-in mic or the TV's integrated far-field microphones. The home screen and menus of Google TV look great, improving upon the already solid experience that Android 10 provided. 

Read the full review: TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546)

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceGreat value for your dollar.★★★★★
DesignIts basic plastic construction does the job.★★★★☆
PerformanceImproved performance and a strong 4K HDR TV.★★★★★
Smart TVThe best smart TV system on the market.★★★★★

The best QD-OLED TV

Amazing brightness and black levels plus the best smart TV platform

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65
Screen Type: QD-OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0)
Size: 56.88 x 33 x 1.75 inches
Weight: 59.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Superb picture quality
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Color and brightness are outstanding
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Best sound you can find from a TV
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Includes a dizzying variety of useful, experience-enhancing features

Reasons to avoid

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Only two HDMI 2.1 ports
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Not the lowest input lag you can find
Buy it if

✅ You want the best of both OLED and QLED: QD-OLED tech delivers a TV that's both bright and has near-perfect contrast.

✅ Design really matters to you: It bears repeating: the screen measures a trifle more than one-eighth inch thick. If you like that whole floating screen look, this TV has it.

✅ You want good out-of-the-box sound: The A95K can't beat a standalone soundbar, but music, dialogue, and sound effects sound crisp and clear.

Don't buy it if:

You care about low latency: Gamers might be turned off by the above average amount of input latency (16.2ms).

You want more than two HDMI 2.1 ports: Unfortunately, the Sony A95K only has two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports available.

You want a cheap TV: Cutting-edge technology often comes at a premium cost, and the A95K is no exception.

The bottom line

📺 The Sony Bravia A95K OLED TV looks and sounds like a dream, no matter what you watch on it, making everything a transcendent viewing and listening experience.

What you need to know
By any standard, the Sony Bravia XR A95K OLED is a remarkable TV — and often, it’s far better than that. This set, which sits at the top of Sony’s expansive TV lineup, unites the industry’s defining technologies and Sony’s own groundbreaking processing and picture enhancements to deliver superlative performance in every area. And  our own test results back this up.

The color and brightness on the Bravia XR A95K are dazzling. Unexpected but genuinely useful smart features transform everything from how you interact with the screen, how you make picture adjustments, and even what you do if you lose your remote control. Perhaps most important, this Sony OLED TV looks and sounds like a dream, no matter what you watch on it, making everything a transcendent viewing and listening experience.

Design: Outlining the jet-black display on all sides is a metal bezel only one-sixteenth of an inch thick, though there’s an added 0.75-inch band along the bottom for displaying the power light and, on the far left, a nearly imperceptible Sony logo. The screen is thicker than on most recent OLED sets (about 0.5 inch), but it's still super sleek.

Performance: One of the first TVs on the market to fuse OLED and quantum dot technologies into a single set, the A95K all but promises next-generation picture quality by dint of its existence — and it delivers. The picture on all of the movies, as well as a few TV series and YouTube videos we tried, plus our standard full-field, one-screen color screens, dazzled from anywhere in the room, as the set maintained almost its full color fidelity at even extreme angles relative to the screen. In the end, the A95K isn’t just first-rate today — it’s also sufficiently future-proof that you won’t need to worry about how it will handle next-generation content when it becomes more prevalent in the market.

Smart TV: Google TV is in serious competition for the simplest, cleanest, and richest smart TV interface, and it’s right at home on A95K. Simple and quick to navigate, easy to search, and adept at presenting plenty of new and recent options without overwhelming, it makes finding and watching movies, TV shows, and anything else a breeze.

Value for money: For $3,000, it's a bit much to ask — even given the myriad positives — considering the stiff competition out there from the likes of Samsung and LG, which are nipping at Samsung’s heels with new TVs that will build on the advances from their excellent last-generation sets, the S95B and the C2 respectively.

Read the full review: Sony Bravia XR A95K

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceWorth waiting for a price drop.★★☆☆☆
DesignThis set’s svelteness is impressive.★★★★★
PerformanceNext-generation picture quality (mostly).★★★★★
Smart TVSimple, clean, and rich.★★★★★