Want to change your TV to go to 4K and enjoy your PS5 as it should be, or simply to abandon the LCD in favor of OLED? Here are our recommendations.
The best 4K TVs at a glance
4K / UHD and HDR TVs have become the norm in 2020, but the market is no less diverse than before. The arrival of several panel technologies, such as OLED and QLED, have been added to the traditional LCD with LED backlighting. You will find below our selection of the best TVs on the market, all categories combined.
If you are looking for a diagonal above all else, we also have recommendations by screen size:
Conversely, if you are looking for screen technology, you can find our guides:
With its OLED TVs, LG has established itself as the benchmark brand for high-end TVs. As we know, the technology is particularly suitable for cinema thanks to its absolute blacks and therefore infinite contrast. In 2020, LG renewed its OLED lineup with the CXs (pronounced C10) which succeed last year’s C9s. You also have GX and WX this year. All three are technically identical, but have different designs.
To put it simply, the LG CX is today the state of the art of the OLED TV of 2020. In the picture first of all with a new 3rd generation Alpha 9 processor. No need to elaborate: it does its job admirably and sublimates the already excellent rendering of the panel as such. The sound experience is also very satisfactory.
By the way, the CX is also ideal for video games. In addition to his input lag particularly low, 13.4 ms according to our tests, the television has a “full” HDMI 2.1 connector, supporting VRR and being able to go up to 120 fps in 4K. In short, it is totally ready for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. For PC gamers, G-Sync is also supported.
To know all the details, you can consult our LG CX 65-inch review.
The LG OLED CX TV is available in 65 inches…
… as well as in 55 inches
And even 48 inches now!
While we recommend the LG OLED CX ‘by default’, which we believe offers the best balance right now, it is not the best OLED TV per se. The Panasonic GZ2000 does better in our opinion, but it is also much more expensive. Panasonic does better on image quality and will suit especially movie fans since the firm has calibrated the panel to match the standards used by Hollywood.
In addition to its image quality, the TV supports all video standards: HDR 10, 10+ and Dolby Vision and also relies on a discreet, but premium aesthetic with a clean design and made of noble materials. Panasonic is also making the article its audio part… and the brand disappoints a little on this point. We expected more from Panasonic. Let’s hear each other, the sound is not bad, but the audio is not up to the picture. It is kind of a shame.
Numerama tested the Panasonic GZ2000 if you want to know more. We got our hands on the slightly less upscale GZ1500. Like LG’s OLED range, Panasonic’s is also in the process of being renewed. 2020 models will take the TX- registrationHZ. You can already read our test of the Panasonic HZ1000, the entry-level model, with good and bad, for a taste of what the new vintage has in store.
Philips has also invested in OLED technology. For the 2019-2020 season, the brand offers the 8 × 4 series with two models: 804 and 854, themselves available in 55 and 65 inch versions. The two televisions are technically identical, with the 854 simply benefiting from a rotating stand. We tested the Philips 55OLED804, without rotating stand and in 55 inches therefore, with undisguised pleasure. Note, however, that the 854 is more easily found at “big” dealers such as Fnac or Darty, it must be said that the latter’s foot is all the same prettier.
The TV uses an OLED panel designed by LG. This is the latest generation and thus benefits from excellent intrinsic image quality. Philips adds two elements of its own: its third-generation P5 image processor and its famous Ambilight technology – on three sides here – to “break the fourth wall” of the television.
The result: an excellent television. The P5 does its job perfectly. 4K HDR 10+ or Dolby Vision sources are brilliantly transcribed, and theupscaler does the job very well. The sound part is finally not neglected with in particular a subwoofer placed on the back. If they don’t do better than a dedicated soundbar, the 3 speakers are above average. To know everything about the TV, do not hesitate to consult our full review of the Philips 55OLED804.
The Q70T series is Samsung’s mid-range QLED 2020 and comes to position itself as a good ratio between price and image quality. Cheaper than OLED, but more pleasing to the eye than traditional LCD. Do offer higher-end models, however, we consider their price too close to OLED to be attractive. This is the reason why we recommend this model Q70T rather than the Q80T or even Q95T versions. Because if you have the budget for these, it is better to opt for OLED in our opinion.
Although there are more luxurious models, it remains a higher-end TV with in particular a 4K HDR and HDR10 + panel, but skips Dolby Vision as always with Samsung. Like the entry-level Q60T, this TV remains EdgeLED type, but in Dual LED (the diodes have two distinct shades) to improve the rendering a little. However, it gains a double TV tuner to allow you to watch two programs at the same time.
But if we choose this model, it is above all for its native 100 Hz panel and the presence of HDMI 2.1, which makes it perfectly compatible with future home consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It is a important element for players who would like to change TV soon. FreeSync is also in the game. As always on Samsung QLED TVs, it runs on the Tyzen OS which, together with Android TV, is the best TV interface around. It is available just under the 1200 euros mark in 55 inches, you also have 65, 75 and 85 inch models.
For a few years now, Hisense has distinguished itself with televisions with an aggressive price / quality ratio. This 65U7QF is no exception to the rule by offering a diagonal of 65 inches for 1000 euros.
An aggressive price which does not mean that the display quality is catastrophic, quite the contrary. Thus the colorimetry is excellent in SDR and quite correct in HDR. In this mode we also notice a more than respectable peak in brightness at this price level. However, players will remain hungry, not only is the afterglow visible, but it also does not support the HDMI 2.1 standard. It is therefore impossible to use the full possibilities of the new consoles. The Vidaa U operating system offers most of the streaming major, but don’t plan to install more advanced software like Kodi.
Despite some flaws, this Hisense 65U7QF nevertheless stands out as an excellent quality / price ratio in this diagonal. If you want to know more, head to our full review of the 65U7QF.
For small budgets
If you are looking for proposals at a low price, you will be spoiled for choice and there are dozens of brands with varying qualities. We recommend that you trust mainly three brands: Samsung, LG, as well as TCL to a lesser extent. Unsurprisingly, these are the most famous manufacturers who manage to transpose their expertise to their entry-level models.
Of course, you will make concessions on image quality and related features. As an example, we recommend the Samsung UExxRU7525 which exists in the 4 most popular diagonals: 43, 50, 55 and 65 inches. But be aware that at this price point, LG and TCL will offer similar quality.
What are the important points to consider before buying a television?
Before purchasing a TV, it is important to check several settings. The first is obviously the diagonal of the screen in order to find the one that best matches your accommodation. It is also necessary to pay attention to the technology of the panel. We explain all this and many other things in our dedicated guide to buying a television.
How do I take full advantage of my new console?
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X both bring some very interesting tech like VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) which limits the tearing or the ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) which automatically tunes the TV to reduce latency. They can also run games in 4K at up to 120 frames per second. To enjoy it, however, the television must be HDMI 2.1 compatible. This version of the interface is however for the moment the prerogative of high or mid-range televisions.
What are the trusted brands?
The TV market is made up of many brands, but the historical TV manufacturers are generally still the ones to be trusted: Sony, LG, Samsung and Philips in the lead. Some Chinese manufacturers also manage to regularly offer interesting products like TCL.
OLED, QLED, LCD, what are the differences?
The main technology at present, the OLED has the particularity of resting organic LEDs (hence the “O”). These emit their own light, which means that each pixel is illuminated independently. Conversely, when you want to display black, it is quite simply off and therefore emits no light. It is for this reason that the contrasts of OLED are said to be “infinite”. This is the main advantage of technology, but there are others.
QLED and LCD are from the same family and require additional lighting. The QLED is therefore an LCD screen, but working with the reinforcement of quantum dots (or quantum dots) to obtain better colors and a deeper contrast. The technology, on the other hand, is more expensive than the conventional LCD, so the latter has the advantage of being less expensive. We discuss this in more detail in our article dedicated to screen technologies.