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The 5 Best Smart TV Brands 2022


Shopping for a new TV can be challenging; with so many different models out there, it can be hard to know which is the best TV brand and where to start. Some TV brand names are well-known, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're any good, because even the best TV brand's entry-level model doesn't perform well. Some budget-friendly TV brands are starting to make waves in the market and often release models that are better than more expensive options. From smart features to design, each brand has its own way of doing things. So how do they stack up?

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5. Hisense U9DG



Hisense is a growing company in the TV industry. Originating from China, they've only been selling TVs in North America for a handful of years, and they're known as a budget-friendly company. They release separate lineups in different regions, and the North American models we've tested aren't available internationally. Even though some models have similar names in other regions, they're completely different. Hisense has a relatively small TV lineup, but they all offer great value for their price, and they're better than the competition in terms of value. The Hisense U9DG is their 2021 flagship 4k model, and it's a very unique TV. It combines two LCD panels to achieve much higher contrast and better local dimming than most LED LCD TVs are capable of, resulting in deep, uniform blacks that look almost as good as an OLED TV.

This unique design has a few issues, though, as it has a slow response time and relatively high input lag, resulting in blurry motion, so it's not ideal for watching sports or playing games. The mid-range 4k Hisense models, including the Hisense U8G and Hisense U7G, have a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate technology support. However, they also suffer from strange motion issues, like red ghosting. In terms of picture quality, most Hisense TVs perform well, with high contrast ratios that look great in dark rooms and high peak brightness, so HDR content looks great and bright highlights stand out. Most of their 4k models use quantum dot technology, so HDR content looks vivid and life-like. Although some of their TVs have Roku TV, like the Hisense U800GR 8k, most use the user-friendly Android TV instead.

4. LG C1 OLED



LG is one of the most known electronic brands worldwide. After having started in South Korea in 1947, they've since expanded to a massive international conglomerate corporation specializing in a variety of consumer electronics. They're known as an industry leader with TVs because one of their subset companies, LG Display - a different company than LG Electronics - is one of the largest display panel manufacturers. LG Display is the only supplier for OLED TV panels, and because of that, LG Electronics has a great selection of OLED TV models, and they often cost less than the competition. OLEDs are unique because they don't require a backlight and instead have self-lit pixels that can turn off individually, resulting in deep, inky blacks, with no noticeable blooming around bright objects, meaning they're an excellent choice for a dark room.

LG's 2021 lineup includes a few OLEDs, from the LG G1 OLED, which has a unique design meant to sit flush against the wall, to the basic LG A1 OLED, which doesn't have any of the same gaming features the higher-end versions have. The LG C1 OLED offers the best value for price and features because it has all the gaming features people are looking for, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, a 120Hz panel, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support. The main downside of OLEDs is their risk of permanent burn-in with cumulative exposure to the same static elements, but it's not an issue if you watch varied content. LG also has a lineup of LED LCD TVs, including their NanoCell lineup, but most have very low contrast and don't offer very good value overall.

3. Samsung QN90A QLED



Based out of South Korea, Samsung entered the electronics industry in 1969, and they've since become a world leader in consumer products. They produce several products, from fridges to phones to their industry-leading TVs. Along with Sony and LG, they're one of the best TV brands and one of the companies that often come out with new technologies before anyone else. For example, they were one of the first brands to introduce quantum dot TVs in 2015, which they later marketed as QLED to compete with LG's OLED models. They mainly focus on LED-backlit models, and their lineup includes a wide range of models, from entry-level options like the Samsung AU8000 to the high-end 8k Samsung QN900A 8k QLED. In 2022, they've released their first OLED display, the Samsung S95B, which uses a new display technology called QD-OLED.

While once a market leader, Samsung TVs are losing a bit of value compared to other brands. They tend to be a bit more expensive, and some of their models, like the Samsung QN85A QLED, use panels with a low contrast ratio, so they're not good for dark room viewing. Still, the Samsung QN90A QLED is the best 4k LED TV we've tested, so while you're paying a bit more compared to other brands, you know you're getting great quality. Samsung TVs are also known for their advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate support, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, exceptional motion handling, and low input lag. However, Samsung TVs tend to sacrifice some picture quality for their best gaming performance, meaning the TVs with local dimming usually have worse local dimming in Game Mode than outside of it.

2. Sony A90J OLED



Along with LG and Samsung, Sony is part of the big three TV brands in sales. They came out with the first LED-backlit LCD TVs at the start of the 21st century, and they continue making high-end LED TVs in 2021, but they also make OLEDs. Their LED models are better than LG's because they mostly use VA panels with high contrast, and they tend to get bright, so they perform well both in bright and dark rooms. Unlike LG and Samsung, Sony doesn't have a proprietary smart platform, but instead, they use Google TV on most recent models, which is great if you already have a Google ecosystem at home.

Sony TVs are well-known and appreciated for their image processing, as the Sony A90J OLED is one of the best TVs for watching movies that we've tested, and Sony TVs also usually have fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't have to worry about getting it calibrated. They typically deliver the best upscaling and motion processing, making Sony TVs a safe choice if you plan on watching older content. On the other hand, Sony has been a bit slow to adopt new technologies, especially when it comes to gaming features. Sony only recently came out with a firmware update to include variable refresh rate and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) support on their 2021 TVs, but they don't support FreeSync, and Sony TVs tend to have higher input lag than the competition.

1. Vizio OLED 2020



Vizio is an American TV brand based out of California, and their TVs are only available in the United States. Unlike the other brands in this list, Vizio doesn't have a very diversified product range, as they mainly focus their efforts on entertainment electronics, like TVs and soundbars. Their TVs also tend to cost less than the high-end models from Samsung and Sony. Most of their TVs have excellent contrast, delivering deep blacks for great dark room performance. Their higher-end models also support local dimming, but Vizio has yet to adopt new dimming technologies like Mini LED. Their higher-end LED models also get bright, so visibility isn't an issue in well-lit rooms, and highlights pop in HDR.

Unfortunately, one of Vizio's biggest downsides is the smart interface. It doesn't have a built-in app store, and there's no way for you to add new apps. The most popular apps are already installed, and their TVs support casting from your mobile device. Vizio's SmartCast interface is also known to be buggy as there are times when it will crash randomly or just not work. They've also experienced serious issues with recent firmware updates, with widespread reports of features breaking suddenly and no apparent fix for months. If you only watch lower-resolution content, then Vizio is one of the few brands that still make 720p and 1080p TVs, like the Vizio D3 Series 2021. The rest of their lineup includes the high-end P Series and P Series Quantum, mid-range M Series, and the 4k entry-level V Series. In addition to their LED models, they also have one OLED model released in 2020, and you can still find it available in 2021.

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best brands for smart TVs and the best TVs available for most people in each price range, from the 5 biggest TV brands to buy in the U.S.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.