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Best TVs

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best TVs

Best TVs

We tested 171 tvs to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each TV based on the following criteria:

  • Screen size (in.)
  • 3D performance
  • Energy cost/yr. ($)
  • Display type (Backlight)
  • First time setup
  • HD picture quality
  • Versatility
  • Viewing angle
  • Everyday use
  • Sound quality
  • Motion blur

Below lists the TVs that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which TV is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best TVs

Best TV for Screen size (in.)

The size of the television's screen, measured diagonally in inches.


This TV which tested best for Screen size (in.) has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Wi-Fi, 3D-capable, 3D type, Number of 3D glasses included, Internet-enabled, Streaming video services, DLNA-certified, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Ethernet port, Digital-audio output and Other connections.

Best TV for 3D performance

Evaluation of the TV's ability to reproduce realistic 3D images. For effective 3D, images should be free of ghosting (aka. Crosstalk; double images visible even when wearing 3D glasses), image dimming, loss of resolution, and viewing angle problems that are specific to the 3D mode.


This TV which tested best for 3D performance has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Wi-Fi, 3D-capable, 3D type, Number of 3D glasses included, Internet-enabled, Streaming video services, Web browser, Web camera capable, DLNA-certified, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Ethernet port, Digital-audio output, Headphone jack (3.5mm audio jack) and Other connections.

Best TV for Energy cost/yr. ($)

Estimated cost per year in dollars, calculated for 5 hours a day turned on and 19 hours in the off (standby) mode, based on the current year's national average electricity rate. Your usage and local rates will affect your costs. Note that the energy scores are for a TV optimized for the best picture quality, not using any energy-saving technology included in the set.


This TV which tested best for Energy cost/yr. ($) has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Wi-Fi, 3D-capable, 3D type, Number of 3D glasses included, Internet-enabled, Streaming video services, Web browser, Web camera capable, DLNA-certified, PIP (no. of tuners), HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Ethernet port, Digital-audio output and Other connections.

Best TV for Display type (Backlight)

Display technology type, and TV resolution format. Display technology types include LCD ( with LED backlight, or CCFL -- when LED is not listed), Plasma, or OLED. TV resolution formats include HDTV, and Ultra HD.


This TV which tested best for Display type (Backlight) has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Number of 3D glasses included, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Digital-audio output and Other connections.

Best TV for First time setup

How easy it is to setup the product out of the box.


This TV which tested best for First time setup has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Number of 3D glasses included, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Digital-audio output and Other connections.

Best TV for HD picture quality

Based on objective tests and subjective evaluations by expert testers after TV is adjusted using standard picture controls to achieve the highest-fidelity image possible. Tested image attributes include detail, color accuracy, and contrast, using signals from a Blu-ray player, cable box, and professional broadcast equipment and meters. All signals are routed through an HDMI input.


This TV which tested best for HD picture quality has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Number of 3D glasses included, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Digital-audio output, Headphone jack (3.5mm audio jack) and Other connections.

Best TV for Versatility

Indicates features that increase a TV's utility or capabilities. These include 3D capability, access to Internet and Web browsing, number of HD and USB inputs, support for various media, and other useful features.


This TV which tested best for Versatility has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Wi-Fi, 3D-capable, 3D type, Number of 3D glasses included, Internet-enabled, Streaming video services, Web browser, Web camera capable, DLNA-certified, PIP (no. of tuners), HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Ethernet port, Digital-audio output, Headphone jack (3.5mm audio jack) and Other connections.

Best TV for Viewing angle

Evaluation of picture quality for clarity and color accuracy at various horizontal and vertical viewing angles, typically a challenge for LCD TVs. Excellent = Unlimited, Very Good = Wide, Good = Moderate, Fair = Narrow, and Poor = Very Narrow


This TV which tested best for Viewing angle has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Number of 3D glasses included, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Digital-audio output and Other connections.

Best TV for Everyday use

How easy it is to use on a normal basis.


This TV which tested best for Everyday use has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Number of 3D glasses included, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Digital-audio output, Headphone jack (3.5mm audio jack) and Other connections.

Best TV for Sound quality

Measured from the set's built-in speakers using computer-driven test equipment, with additional subjective testing by a listening panel. In our judgments we listen for overall clarity of sound, depth of bass, effective volume level, and audible distortion, for dialogue, music, and movie soundtrack content.


This TV which tested best for Sound quality has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Number of 3D glasses included, HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Digital-audio output, Headphone jack (3.5mm audio jack) and Other connections.

Best TV for Motion blur

Evaluation of how well the display can present a blur-free image during motion scenes. TVs with a 120Hz, or 240Hz frame rate feature generally perform better than TVs with with a 60Hz frame rate. However, if the blur reduction feature also invokes a "smooth motion" effect, the feature will be turned off for our test.


This TV which tested best for Motion blur has the following features: Native resolution, Overall height (in.), Overall width (in.), Overall depth (in.), Other sizes in brand line, Screen shape (aspect ratio), Screen finish, Digital Tuner (Off-air ATSC and Cable QAM), Panel size without base HxWxD (in.), Weight including base (lb.), Bezel finish/color, Warranty (months): parts/labor/in-home, Frame rate (Hz), Wi-Fi, 3D-capable, 3D type, Number of 3D glasses included, Internet-enabled, Streaming video services, Web browser, Web camera capable, DLNA-certified, PIP (no. of tuners), HDMI inputs, Component-video, Component/Composite-video shared inputs, Composite-video, USB port, Ethernet port, Digital-audio output and Other connections.