Best TVs of 2022
Consumer Reports tests hundreds of televisions each year. These 4K sets have risen to the top.
With the first new 2022 TVs now hitting retailers’ shelves, it’s an exciting time to be TV shopping. And many great sets from previous years are now at their all-time lowest prices, so you’ll have an interesting mix of new and leftover models from which to choose.
We’ve now completed testing of the first 2022 sets that have come through our TV labs, and we’ve added them to Consumer Reports’ TV ratings. More models are being tested and added to the ratings weekly, so if you’re looking for one of these new televisions, keep checking back to see our latest test results. We update this list regularly.
In the meantime, the list below of the best TVs you can buy right now is available to CR members and spotlights sets with screens that are 65 inches or larger. That’s an increasingly popular size range. But most of these models are also available in smaller, less-expensive sizes; you can also find some of them with even larger screens.
The TVs that perform best in CR testing tend to be pricier flagship models. But we’ve also included some great 65-inch 4K sets that cost under $1,000—some much less—plus a few really jumbo sets priced under $2,000.
LCD TVs vs. OLED TVs
Before you dive into the individual models, it pays to understand the two basic technologies used in today’s televisions: LCD TVs, which are also called LED TVs for the LED backlights that illuminate the screen; and OLED TVs, where each pixel generates its own light.
There are far fewer OLED TVs on the market, and they tend to be more expensive, though prices have dropped over the past couple of years. OLED sets do a great job of displaying the blackest parts of an image, so the deepest shadows can really look black, as in real life, rather than gray. OLED TVs also have essentially unlimited viewing angles, so the picture still looks great if you view it from the sides of the screen.
There’s a big wrinkle in the technology for 2022: Samsung and Sony are introducing a new type of OLED TV that uses quantum dots, which promises a brighter overall image. (The Samsung model is included below.) We’ll have an article discussing this QD-OLED technology, along with test results for these new TVs, in the coming weeks.
A majority of TVs being sold are LCD sets. While they generally can’t deliver OLED-like black levels, they get better every year, especially models that use full-array backlights, where the LEDs are spread across the entire rear panel instead of just along the edges. These models include a feature called local dimming, which divides the backlights into zones that can be dimmed or illuminated separately, depending on the scene. This can help improve black levels.
Some newer sets have Mini LED backlights, which use a large number of even smaller LEDs that can be divided into more zones and locally dimmed.
Typically, only pricier TVs have full-array backlights with local dimming. Other sets are edge-lit, with the LEDs positioned on the sides of the screen. Some of these sets also include local dimming, but it tends to be less effective than in sets with full-array backlights. The best LCD TVs can create very bright, vivid images.
Best TVs Overall
Samsung QN65S95B, Sony XBR-A90J, Sony XBR-65A8H, LG OLED65C1PUB, Samsung QN65QN90B
Given the closeness of their Overall Scores, you can’t go wrong with any of these top-performing TVs. All these TVs offer top-notch overall picture quality, an enjoyable high dynamic range (HDR) experience, and either very good or excellent sound. Note that the Samsung QN90B is the only LCD-based TVs in this list. Some of the models listed here are also available in larger screen sizes, and those tend to perform similarly. One additional note: We haven’t yet tested any 2022 65-inch LG OLED TVs yet, which typically make this list.
The Samsung QN65S95B, a 2022 set that uses a new OLED TV technology called QD OLED—which uses quantum dots rather than a color filter—is the current top-rated model in this screen size. It’s the brightest OLED TV we’ve tested, and offers top-notch overall picture quality and a great HDR experience. The Sony XR-65A90J is a flagship 2021 OLED TV, while the Sony XBR-65A8H is a 65-inch 4K smart OLED TVs from 2020 that’s still around at some retailers. LG’s OLED65C1PUB is a 2021 OLED model. All three of these TVs offer great overall picture quality, and can deliver a satisfying HDR experience.
The Samsung QN65QN90B is a top-tier 2022 Neo QLED TV that combines Mini LED backlights with local dimming and quantum dots. It offers top-notch overall picture quality and very effective HDR performance, among the best we’ve seen. It also has an ATSC 3.0 tuner for receiving new Next-Gen over-the-air TV signals when they become available in your area. The TV comes with the company’s solar-powered remote control that can recharge using the basic indoor lights in your home.
Great TVs That Aren't Quite as Pricey
Samsung QN65Q80B, Samsung QN65Q80,A Sony XR-65X90CJ, Samsung QN65Q7DA
Almost all the TVs listed in the top group, above, cost at least $1,700, and several are $2,000 or more. That’s outside the budget for a lot of people. As alternatives, these three 65-inch sets from Samsung and Sony are less expensive but still deliver top-notch HD and 4K picture quality, effective HDR performance, and satisfying sound.
The Samsung QN65Q80B, in the company’s top regular QLED series for 2022, and the Samsung QN65Q80A, the 2021 model it replaces, both deliver very good overall picture quality, and satisfying HDR performance. (Last year’s model actually did a bit better with HDR, and it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper.) Both have wider-than-average viewing angles for an LCD TV and very good sound. But they lack the Mini LED backlights found in the Neo QLED sets.
The Sony XR-65X90CJ, a 2021 model sold via warehouse clubs, does a bit better than the Samsungs listed above in delivering HD and 4K picture quality, with similar HDR performance. It’s viewing angle and sound aren’t as good, though.
The Samsung QN65Q7DA, in a series below the 8-series sets sold through warehouse clubs, does well for all picture-quality attributes, including HDR.
All these sets except the 2021 Samsung are LCD-based models that have full-array LED backlights with local dimming. The LG and Samsung sets use their respective company’s smart TV systems, while the Sony uses the Android TV system.
Best Supersized TVs That Cost $2,000 or Less
Samsung QN75QN85D, Sony XR-75X90J, TCL 75R635, Samsung QN75Q70A, Vizio P75Q9-J01, TCL 85S435
These 75-inch and larger TVs sell for between $1,000 and just under $2,000, while most of our top models in this screen size cost $2,000 or more—and sometimes a lot more. All these sets have an overall picture quality that earns Very Good or better ratings, but the HDR performance is mixed.
The Samsung QN75QN85D, a 2022 Neo QLED model that sells at warehouse clubs, delivers top-notch picture quality and HDR performance, plus very good sound. Like other Neo QLED sets it has a Mini LED backlight with local dimming and quantum dots.
The Sony XR-75X90J, a 2021 model that’s currently selling for about $1,600 to $1,800, has great overall picture quality and very good HDR. It also does a nice job with sound. The TCL 75R635, which uses Mini LED backlights, does very well for overall picture quality; it’s the only model, besides the Samsung set above, in this group to earn top marks for HDR effectiveness. The Samsung QN75Q70A, with great overall picture quality, and the Vizio P75Q9-J01, with very good picture quality, are good choices but didn’t do as well for HDR performance. The TCL 85S435, an 85-inch entry-level 2021 4K set, also has satisfying overall picture quality but only so-so HDR, but it’s relatively inexpensive for its size and features.
The top Samsung, Sony, and TCL sets offer better-than-average sound. All the sets support the HDR10 and HLG HDR formats, and all except the Samsung support Dolby Vision. The Samsung and Vizio also support HDR10+. (You can read about those formats in our explainer on HDR technology.)
The Sony has the newer Google TV system, while the Vizio uses an Android offshoot called SmartCast. Samsung uses the company’s own proprietary Tizen smart TV platform, while the TCL sets are Roku TVs.
Best 65-Inch TVs for Under $1,000
LG 65NANO90UPA, Hisense 65U8G, TCL 65R635, Hisense 65U7G, Sony KD65X85J, Hisense 65U6G
The best TVs tend to be pricey, but there are some really good performers that cost less than $1,000. The top three picks below offer a very good or great HDR experience, something many lower-priced sets can’t do. Remember that if you want the same models in sizes smaller than 65 inches, the prices tend to be lower.
To start, the LG 65NANO90UPA offers both satisfying picture quality and HDR performance. It also has better-than-average sound. The Hisense 65U8G, a 4K Android TV situated just below the company’s flagship TV series for 2021, and the TCL 65R635, a 2020 model that was carried over into 2021, deliver impressive performance for the price, with satisfying overall picture quality plus top-notch HDR. Both sets also have above-average sound.
The Sony KD65X85J, in a lower-priced 45K series for 2021, and Hisense 65U6G, a low-priced 2021 Android TV model, have very good overall picture quality, while the Hisense 65U7G does even better. None, however, can match the HDR performance of the Hisense or TCL models above. The Sony has an ATSC 3.0 tuner for receiving Next-Gen TV signals when they become available.
All of these are smart TVs: LG and Samsung have their own smart systems, the 8- and 6-series Hisense sets are Android TVs, while the other Hisense and the TCL are Roku TVs. The Sony uses the Google TV platform.
TV Buying Guide and TV Terminology
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