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Best TV for 2022: LG OLED, Samsung QLED, TCL, Vizio and More

por Keira Bethea (2022-08-10)


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Buying a TV in summer 2022 is as confusing as ever, so let's make it simple. Below you'll find a list of the best TVs we've reviewed across a range of sizes and prices. At CNET we concentrate on  that have the picture quality and features you need without wasting money on stuff you don't. Because there's so much variety in the TV market today, our top picks run high-end  to budget and everything in between.One important tip: Consider a 2021 model first. New 2022 TVs are on store shelves and online retailers for summer, promising enhancements like better picture quality, more features and future-proof HDMI connections. But last year's TVs are still available too, and for the most part they're just as good and browns fashion much better deals. We compared the LG C1 and LG C2 OLED TVs, for example, and the new C2 didn't look much better than the C1 from 2021, which costs hundreds less. The 2021 models we recommend below include a "2022 Outlook" section to give you a sense of what you're missing (or not). TVs come with a range of smart TV streaming systems -- from Roku to Google TV to Samsung -- and (unfortunately) a lot of tech jargon. One quick takeaway? LCD TVs with local dimming, mini-LED or QLED screen technology are usually less expensive than OLED televisions, and still perform well while supporting 4K resolution with HDR. Now, on to our picks.









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TCL 6-Series Roku TV




Best TV for the money








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No TV we've ever tested offers this much picture quality for as little cash. The TCL 6-Series Dolby Vision HDR TV has an excellent image thanks to  and well-implemented  that helps it run circles around just about any other TV at this price. It's also a , with a THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. As if that's not enough, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite.This TV first came out in 2020 but is still a current model and remains our top choice. TCL also sells an , but we don't think it's worth the extra money, as well as a  we have yet to review (although according to TCL its image quality is the same as this Roku version).Sizes: 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.)2022 outlook: TCL has yet to announce a successor for this TV but we expect the company to do so later this summer.




Read our TCL 6-Series (2020 Roku TV) review.



 



$950 at Amazon$950 at Best Buy$950 at Lenovo











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Best high-end TV for the money











With picture quality as good as any TV we've ever tested and a price that's not too crazy, the LG C1 OLED TV is still our go-to pick for people who prioritize picture and are willing to pay for it. It on this list, including the Samsung QN90A below, with its perfect black levels, unbeatable contrast and superb off-angle viewing. It also has the best gaming features, making it the perfect companion to an or both. The C1 comes in a wide variety of sizes as well, although the bigger models are really expensive.We also reviewed the successor to the C1, the , and the two have essentially identical picture quality. The newer version brings a couple of minor improvements, including lighter weight and a 42-inch size. Since the 2021 C1 currently remains on sale for hundreds less than the 2022 C2, we recommend getting the C1 instead.Sizes: 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-, 83-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.)








$1,697 at Amazon











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TCL 4-Series




Best cheap TV












for live TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, and it's even better baked into the TV. This TCL 4-Series can't beat the models above on image quality -- its 4K resolution and HDR performance don't do much to help the picture -- but it's perfectly fine for most people, especially at this price. Note that TCL also makes a Google TV and an Android TV version of the 4-Series. We haven't reviewed them, but we expect similar picture quality to the Roku version.Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 43-inch size.)2022 outlook: TCL has yet to announce a successor for this TV but we expect the company to do so later this summer.




Read our TCL 4-series Roku TV (2021) review.



 



$270 at Best Buy$260 at Walmart















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Vizio MQ7








Best picture for tighter budgets














The Vizio MQ7 is one of the least expensive TVs to feature full-array local dimming, which lets it reproduce , Sizes: 50-, 55-, 58- 65-, 70-, 75-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)2022 outlook: Vizio has yet to announce a successor for this TV but we expect the company to do so later this summer.




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$548 at Amazon$550 at Best Buy$640 at eBay











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Vizio V-Series




Best cheap TV runner-up












Vizio's V-Series is our favorite budget alternative to the TCL 4-Series Roku TV. We liked Roku's smart TV system better (sound familiar?), but the V-Series has some advantages, including a and more advanced . Picture quality between the two was basically the same, so if you don't have a preference, it makes sense to get the cheapest one.Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 58- 65-, 75-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)2022 outlook: Vizio has yet to announce a successor for this TV but we expect it to do so later this summer.


Read the Vizio V-Series (2021) review.



 



$430 at Amazon$390 at Best Buy











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LG OLED C2




Best high-end 2022 TV (so far)












The C2 is the first 2022 TV we've reviewed and it's superb, but right now the 2021 model is a better deal. We compared the C2 directly to last year's C1, side-by-side. In terms of picture quality, the two were basically identical, despite the fact that LG touts the new "Evo" panel on the C2. Real improvements include carbon-fiber construction for up to 47% lighter weight -- the 65-inch version we reviewed weighs just 37 pounds with its stand, compared to 72 pounds for the 65-inch C1 -- as well as some additional tweaks to game mode and a new "always ready" feature. Those enhancements aren't worth the price difference, so our advice is to buy a C1 now or wait until later this year, when the C1 sells out and the C2 gets a price cut.The C2 is also available in a 42-inch size, while the smallest C1 is a 48-inch model. Sizes: 42-, 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-, 83-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.)


Read our LG C2 series OLED TV review.



 



$2,300 at Target$2,294 at Amazon$2,300 at Best Buy
















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Samsung QN90A








Best OLED TV alternative














Looking for a high-end TV with spectacular image quality, but don't want an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best bet. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in our side-by-side tests, but the QN90A QLED screen comes closer than ever. Sizes: 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.)2022 outlook: The 2022 version of the Samsung QN90A is called the QN90B. We haven't reviewed it yet, but we expect it to have very similar image quality. Samsung touts  but nothing earth-shattering, and the 2022 QN90B currently costs hundreds of dollars more than the 2021 QN90A.




Read our Samsung QN90A series




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