Best TVs of 2022
Consumer Reports tests hundreds of televisions each year. These 4K sets have risen to the top.
Those in the market for a new TV right now can choose from an interesting mix of 2021 sets and leftover 2020 models, many at their lowest prices ever. Both model years are included in Consumer Reports’ TV ratings.
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. However, most of these models are also available in smaller, less expensive sizes; you can 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 even bigger sets priced under $2,000.
We’ll keep this list updated right through the Super Bowl and beyond, when older models hit their all-time lowest prices and the first 2022 sets start to become available.
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.
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 the pricier models 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
LG OLED65CXPUA, Sony XBR-65A8H, LG OLED65BXPUA, Sony XR-65A90J, LG OLED65C1PUB, Samsung QN65QN85A, Samsung QN65QN90A
Given the closeness of their Overall Scores, you can’t go wrong with any of these top-performing TVs. Note that the Samsung sets are the only LCD-based TVs in a selection dominated by OLEDs. Some of these models are also available in larger screen sizes, and those tend to perform similarly.
The LG OLED65CXPUA and the Sony XBR-65A8H are both 65-inch 4K smart OLED TVs from 2020 that are at their lowest prices so far. Both are great sets, though the LG does a bit better for HDR. The LG OLED65BXPUA was LG’s entry-level OLED TV for 2020. The main difference between this set and the CX model above is its slightly less powerful processor; the two sets perform similarly.
Both the Samsung QN65QN85A and the QN65QN90A deliver HDR performance that’s among the very best we’ve tested. Both are top-tier "Neo QLED" TVs that use Mini LED backlights that can boost contrast and minimize haloing around bright objects when they appear against a dark background. The main differences between these sets are that the QN90A gets just a bit brighter, and that it has an ATSC 3.0 tuner, which can receive the new "Next-Gen" over-the-air TV signals in markets where those broadcasts are available.
All these TVs have top-notch overall picture quality, an enjoyable high dynamic range (HDR) experience, and excellent sound.
Great TVs That Aren't Quite as Pricey
Samsung QN65Q80A, Sony XBR-65X950H, LG 65NANO90UPA, Vizio P65Q9-H1
Almost all the TVs listed in the top group, above, cost $2,000 or more. That’s outside the budget for a lot of people. As alternatives, these five 65-inch sets from LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio are less expensive, but still deliver top-notch HD and 4K picture quality, effective HDR performance, and satisfying sound.
The Samsung QN65Q80A, in the company’s top regular QLED series for 2021, delivers very good overall picture quality and its top-notch HDR performance beats that of the other sets in this group. This TV also has a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD TV and very good sound. However, it lacks the Mini LED backlight found in the Neo QLED sets.
The Sony XBR-65X950H, from 2020, does a bit better than the Samsung listed above on HD and 4K picture quality. Its HDR is quite good, just not strong enough to enter CR’s Excellent territory. And like the Samsung and Vizio sets listed below, its sound is just so-so.
The LG 65NANO90UPA, at the top of the brand’s midline NanoCell lineup, does a nice job all-around, with very good overall picture quality, effective HDR, and very good sound.
The Vizio P65Q9-H1 set, in the company’s top-line P series for 2020, also does a nice job across the board, with very good overall picture quality, plus an effective HDR experience.
All these sets are LCD-based models that have full-array LED backlights with local dimming. The LG and Samsungs sets use their respective company’s smart TV systems, while the Sony uses the Android TV system and the Vizio has the Android-based SmartCast.
Best Supersized TVs That Cost $2,000 or Less
Sony XR-75X90J, Sony XBR-75X900H, TCL 75R635, Vizio P75Q9-H1, Hisense 75U6G
These 75-inch TVs sell for $2,000 or less, while most of our top models in this screen size cost $2,600 or more. All these sets have overall picture quality that earns Very Good or better ratings, but the HDR performance is mixed.
The Sony XR-75X90J, a 2021 model that’s currently selling for about $1,600 though it’s listed in the box below for more, also has great overall picture quality, but does a better job with HDR. However, it’s not quite as good for sound. The Sony XBR-75X900H, from 2020, has similarly impressive picture quality but its HDR performance is below that of its sibling.
The TCL 75R635, which uses Mini LED backlights, does very well for overall picture quality, and it’s the only model in this group to earn top marks for HDR effectiveness. The Vizio P75Q9-H1 has also satisfying overall picture quality, as well as effective HDR performance. The Hisense 75U6G, a 2021 set, doesn’t do as well for HDR, but it’s relatively inexpensive for its size and features.
All these TVs, except the Vizio, offer satisfying sound. All except the Samsung support the HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG HDR formats; the Vizio also supports HDR10+. The Samsung lacks Dolby Vision but has HDR10+. (You can read about those formats in our explainer on HDR technology.)
The Hisense is an Android TV, while the Sony has the newer Google TV system. The Vizio uses an Android offshoot called SmartCast, and Samsung uses the company’s own proprietary Tizen smart TV platform. The TCL is a Roku TV.
Best 65-Inch TVs for Under $1,000
Hisense 65U8G, TCL 65R635, Samsung QN65Q6DA, Hisense 65U6G
The best TVs tend to be pricey, but there are some really good performers that cost less than $1,000. And if you want the same models in sizes smaller than 65 inches, the prices tend to be lower.
To start, the Hisense 65U8G is a 4K Android TV situated just below the company’s flagship TV series for 2021. The TCL 65R635 is a 2020 model that was carried over into 2021. Both TVs deliver impressive performance for the price, with satisfying overall picture quality, plus top-notch HDR, something few sets at this price can match. Both sets also have above-average sound.
The Samsung QN65Q6DA and Hisense 65U6G both have very good overall picture quality, though they can’t match the HDR performance of the Hisense or TCL. The Samsung, in an entry-level QLED series for 2021, isn’t listed in the boxes below, but you can get this set for under $1,000 at a few warehouse clubs, including BJ’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club. The Hisense is in the company’s most affordable ULED series of TVs for 2021, which feature quantum dots for a wider range of colors.
All of these are smart TVs: LG and Samsung have their own smart systems, the Hisense models use Android TV, and the TCL is a Roku TV.