10 Best Televisions (Review) In 2021
Patrick has been passionate about technology for as long as he can remember. As a graduate of engineering, this allowed Patrick to expand on his passions, learning all about what goes on behind the scenes when designing some of the worlds greatest creations. After spending many years in the engineering industry, Pat now dedicates his time to writing, with a keen interest in electronics, smart devices and technology for the home.
- The Best Television
- 1. LG OLED65C9PUA Ultra HD Television
- 2. TCL 32S327 Smart LED Television
- 3. Sony KDL32W600D HD Smart Television
- 4. Hisense 40H5500F Android Smart Television
- 5. TCL 43S405RB Roku 4K Television
- 6. Samsung QN32Q50RAFXZA Flat Television
- 7. Samsung UN75RU7100FXZA 4K UHD Television
- 8. TCL 65S525 4K UHD Television
- 9. Hisense 55H8F Android Smart LED Television
- 10. Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 4K Ultra HD Television
The first four months of 2020 might have been something of a car crash, but that doesn't mean you can't try to make something positive for the next eight. If now isn't the time to treat yourself, then when is it? Now that you're spending more time at home, you might be looking to upgrade some of your techs. That could be your oven, your laptop… or even your television.
Ultra HD televisions have hit the market, and we are looking at some of the options available to you. We've tried to keep it simple by avoiding the technological jargon and highlighting the key points for each selection on this list. Factors like device compatibility and energy efficiency (the ability to connect the TV to a smart device and its energy usage, respectively) will play an important role in the lifespan and quality of use you get from your new television. So, let's have a look at our ten best televisions of 2020.
The Best Television
NVIDIA GSync technology
Built-in AirPlay 2
Installed with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for cinematic sound
Let’s start with our best choice, the LG OLED65C9PUA Ultra HD Television. This TV comes in a range of sizes, including 65 inches all the way up to 77 inches. Many customers purchased it for use as a gaming monitor, due to the a9 Gen 2 intelligent 4K processor which brings images, action, and color to a new level of life. If you’re not looking for a gaming monitor, and just want a regular TV, you should probably know that this is a smart device. LG Thinq, Alexa, and Google Assistant come pre-installed and ready to connect.
An entertainment powerhouse awaits, equipped with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, both advanced image and sound technologies, which bring cinema-quality for a spectacular experience. Moving briefly back to gameplay, it has NVIDIA GSync compatibility for perfect black and smooth gameplay. You’ll never look at your laptop the same way again. Cast anything from your iPhone or laptop to this TV with Airplay 2.
Built-in pattern generator
Bigger than the C7
Good gaming monitor
Can be connected to your modem for internet access
No night mode
Limited presets to choose from
Picture turns to the green spectrum after a few years
Picture is too bright at night
No pre-installed HBO
Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
1080p for lifelike picture
120Hz refresh rate
TCL has released one of their latest Roku designs. A top-quality TV, this newest addition to the Roku line, blasts all previous models out of the water. Your viewing experience will never be the same. The TCL 32S327 Smart LED TV is a smart device enabled TV, so if you download the Roku app onto your phone, you can easily gain access to the TV and control it as though your phone is a remote control.
Alexa and Google Assistant are both compatible with this latest addition to the Roku line, so if you feel like having a conversation with your television, this might be something to consider enabling! Some people might opt to use this as a gaming monitor and find that the graphics might slow a little bit during, particularly cinematic scenes. Still, other than that, the 1080p resolution holds up and delivers a lifelike picture. It has a 120Hz processor to keep things running and prevent lag/keep syncing so that the best possible performance is achieved. Imagine playing the latest installment in your favorite video game series without having to wait while the next dungeon loads up! Every gamer’s dream is fulfilled with this next-gen technology.
Excellent picture quality
Connections work as advertised
Does what it is designed to do
Looks nice in the living room
Cannot dial individual channels
Netflix does not function
Remote is poorly designed
Connections are spaced far apart
Does not come with a wall mount
Sleep timer installed
Linus operating system
Can connect to WiFi
Sony has released its latest KDL model, and it outshines the previous models. This is a great family TV. The Sony KDL32W600D HD Smart Television comes installed with Picture Plus, which allows you to have lovely at-home moments with your family as you play back your favorite pictures and videos. Clear Phase technology helps balance the frequencies so that nothing is out of sync, and everything works as it should, so you can use this TV for your next movie night or your next gaming marathon. Besides, Motionflow helps the action flow as it should avoid motion clipping. Connect this smart TV to your phone to share your favorite cat (or dog!) videos with your friends, or just to see them in 1080p resolution, so it feels like you’re with the cat (or dog)! You can connect any content through USB, and the TV comes with a handy wire-hook so that cables can be easily managed and neatly wrapped up.
Comes with a selection of pre-installed apps, including Netflix and Amazon TV
Even picture all around
Smart device enabled, allows you to connect with Alexa or Google Assistant
Excellent motion rate
Incredible strong processor
Sound quality is a downgrade from other models
Cannot add apps other than those already installed
No VGA port for PC connection
might need to be reset from time to time
Does not support 16:9 aspect ratio from PCs
DTS Studio Sound (virtual surround sound)
Includes two 7-watt speakers
Remote (and batteries) included
1080p picture quality
Coming in for our fourth spot, Hisense offers a rich, 1080p visual experience with this voice-enabled Android TV. The Hisense 40H5500F Android Smart Television comes with built-in WiFi to make use of innovative technologies and partner with smart devices. You can link it up with your phone to stream videos or play some music for a house party, all with minimal hassle. The H55 series televisions are designed to suit all your viewing needs, whether it’s key moments from the latest football match or the season finale of the hottest new Netflix series.
Plug in your modem for use as a PC monitor; enjoy your games with Motion Rate 120 to reduce blur and lag. Built with two 7-watt speakers and DTS Studio Sound virtual surround sound, you can take full advantage of this television’s wireless capabilities. Connect your headphones, a compatible soundbar, or even more stereo components with Bluetooth connectivity. Another voice-controlled TV simply enables this feature to give the remote control a rest.
Great sound quality
Speakers promote immersive sound
Built-in Bluetooth technology
Supports multiple streaming options
Package might be missing a few parts
Sound will fade over time
Not useful as a gaming monitor
Voice feature might not set up accurately
Remote control is poorly designed
Affordable, worth the money
Excellent color reproduction
Immersive sound features
Another Roku, TCL’s 43-inch offering gives you a better-than-average experience for the money you pay. While all the models on this list are chosen for economic factors as well as functionality, this is one of the more affordable televisions. While not suitable as a gaming monitor, TCL 43S405RB Roku 4K TV offers a slick design that sits neatly in your living room – or on your bedroom storage for a comfortable viewing experience. The set also has Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support for an immersive vision and sound experience; color reproduction is better than the average Roku experience, and will probably outdo some of the other models on the list. You will be able to watch your favorite shows and movies with pristine resolution through Dolby Vision, so there will be a minimal strain on your eyes.
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Dolby Atmos and Vision support
Good color reproduction
Worth the money
Not as good as other models
Not suitable as a gaming monitor
Stand might not be included in box
Not wall mounted
Delivers pictures in HD
4K UHD Processor
100% Colour Value with Quantum Dot
Our first Samsung TV, park of the Q50 series, Samsung QN32Q50RAFXZA Flat Television offers a truly interactive experience. It comes with its own version of Alexa, a voice-controlled AI named Bixby. Treat him as a remote control when the sleek and slim OneRemote seems too contrived. This will allow you to take full control of the 4K UHD Processor, which optimizes your TV’s performance so that you can fully appreciate the colors and contours of your favorite films, games, and television programs.
This is further driven by the Quantum Dot technology, delivering 100% color volume and over a billion shades for the most realistic picture entertainment has to offer. To go with it, there is an immersive, powerful sound output to fully absorb you into the system.
When it works, Bixby is very helpful
Comes installed with a good range of apps
Colors are bright and full
Sound system is immersive
Takes a long time to set up
Some of the apps don’t work together well
Bixby doesn’t like to work
You will have to create another account
TV is interactive and announces number on volume controls
Lifelike color pictures
Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
Universal OneRemote to make channel surfing easier
Coming in at number seven, Samsung’s latest addition to their 7 series features a 4KUHD processor to optimize the television’s performance by upscaling everything with 4K resolution. With Samsung UN75RU7100FXZA 4K UHD Television you will see so much more than you could ever have thought of as a million shades of color produce lifelike pictures, the vibrancy of which is almost unmatched.
Another Smart TV, you can enable Alexa or Google Assistant to work with the TV so that it can be controlled with minimal effort on your part. Several apps also come pre-installed to make your viewing experience much easier and more stress-free.
Sleek, slim design
Easy to put together
Ability to upscale
Difficult to enable Smart features
The OneRemote feature might be hard to enable
Tracks everything you watch, might not be desirable for some
Quite heavy for a TV
Dolby Vision HDR
Set up Alexa or Google Assist
Another TCL television to make it onto this list just shows that TCL knows what they are doing when it comes to producing quality televisions! Enjoy access to thousands of streaming channels, including over 500 000 movies and TV episodes. Experience this with 4K UHD for the ultimate picture clarity with perfect contrast, color, and Dolby Vision HDR. The screen is designed so that you can see everything in full view.
Even better, TCL 65S525 4K UHD Television is one of the models which is adaptable for PC and gaming use. It features an Auto Game Mode to automatically enhance and adapt to offer seamless performance with the smoothest action, lowest latency, and best picture settings for gaming. Another Smart TV, you can set it up to cooperate with Alexa or Google Assistant so that it is entirely voice-controlled.
Adaptable for PC use
Seamless channel surfing
Worth the money
Immersive sound and picture settings
Voice control is challenging to set up
Cables get everywhere
PC gaming feature can be difficult to adjust
Some latency issues
Volume control is demanding
Google Assistant built-in
ULED technology amplifies color and picture
Motion Rate is 240, eliminates lag
For those among us who might be more technologically aware than others, Hisense’s latest addition to their 55H series might tickle your fancy. Their patented ULED technology amplifies color, contrast, and brightness to levels their previous models could only hope to achieve. Everything you watch on Hisense 55H8F Android Smart LED Television is always at the center for your next marathon session, or if you happen to be in the middle of the latest episode in your latest TV addiction, you can pick up right where you left off.
Google Assistant is built into the TV for easy access to entertainment, and you can even control the TV with just your voice! Display is nothing short of intense with Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 for a more dynamic range for details and dramatic color. Using this for your gaming PC? The Motion Rate is 240, which eliminates that annoying lag and allows you to continue slaying dragons or collecting coins, whichever you prefer. Do it in smooth motion so you can keep up with everything going on!
Excellent gaming monitor
240 Motion Rate eliminates lag
Incredibly powerful sound system
Google Assistant built-in for easy control
Better for gaming than for live TV
Some might not like the Smart features
Not recommended for people who prefer smaller screen sizes
Difficult to install apps
Some might not like the tracking features
Fire TV and other streaming services included
4KUHD Smart TV
Unified home screen
Our final installment on this list is Insignia’s latest Smart LED TV, which features 4KUHD. True-to-life 4K never felt so immediate, with over 8 000 000 pixels worth of Ultra HD quality picture, you will watch everything in stunningly clear, deeply contrasted, vividly colorful, lifelike display. Insignia has made sure to include Amazon Fire TV, Disney Plus, and an array of other streaming content so that you have a wide selection of v from the moment it’s ready to use.
Alexa Skills are also included with Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 4K Ultra HD Television so that you can pair your other smart devices, making everything much more streamlined. Streaming is seamlessly integrated with live over-the-air TV, as the home screen is unified (although you will need to acquire an HD antenna). There are multiple input and output options, so you don’t have to just watch TV or play games; use it to stream some music with a linked smart device, or just have it on in the background.
Apps are pre-installed
Seamless streaming capability
Multiple input options
Tech geek’s dream
Difficult to install for the technologically inexperienced
Picture starts to go after a couple of years
Smart TV features can become tiresome after a while
Screen can become blurry after a while
A surprising amount of cables come with this TV
Features To Consider With Televisions
Whether you control your television with a standard universal remote control, or with your voice, the control option is one to consider. Some people don't like the idea of shouting at their television until it obeys their commands, so they might opt for a more traditional remote control. However, you might like the idea of living in a science-fiction world at home, so voice control might be the best choice for you.
This is your '1080p' and '4K Ultra HD' jargon. It simply means how many pixels there are, and how much color and contrast you see when watching your favorite show or movie. A higher resolution will produce a more lifelike image. The most recent/hi-tech form of resolution is 4K Ultra HD, which is considered a gamechanger.
A larger screen size means more space to view your favorite shows, although this is not always the wisest case. Studies have shown that larger screen sizes are not advisable for people who suffer from migraines or photosensitive conditions, so a smaller screen size might be appropriate. Also, consider the space where television is going.
The overall dimensions of your new television matters more than you think. Buying the largest possible TV might be a status symbol, but it might not be practical. Take measurements of the space you plan to put it, and shop accordingly. If you plan to hang it from a wall, also factor in weight of the screen and the type of mount you will need to acquire for it to remain strong and stable.
TVs are now equipped with a variety of features. Smart Features include the ability to link smart devices (such as iPhone or Android), the ability to enable voice control, and view tracking.
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