Best TVs of 2020

Consumer Reports tests hundreds of televisions each year. These 4K sets have risen to the top.

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With dozens of 4K models now available, and more movies and TV series being presented in 4K and high dynamic range (HDR), it's a great time to buy a new 4K TV.

All of the sets listed below are 2019 models listed in Consumer Reports' TV ratings, and some of them are now at their lowest prices ever. New 2020 models are starting to arrive in stores, and many retailers are dropping prices on sets left over from last year. Because you may find many of these great sets at even lower prices in the coming weeks, check whether a retailer will give you a price-match guarantee when you buy.

We're focusing on 65-inch and larger screen sizes, but most of these models are also available in smaller, less expensive sizes. Many of these models are pricey, but we've also included a great 65-inch 4K set that costs about $700.

Before you dive into the individual models, it pays to understand the two basic technologies used in today's televisions.


You can choose between two basic TV display technologies: LCDs, which are also called LED TVs for the LED backlights that illuminate the screen, and OLED sets, 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 significantly over the past year. OLED sets can deliver a truly stunning picture, in part because they do a great job of displaying the blackest parts of an image. The deepest shadows can really look black, as in real life, rather than gray. OLED TVs also have unlimited viewing angles, so the picture still looks great if you view it from the side of a room.

The list below includes 4K OLED sets from LG and Sony that battled it out for the top spot in our ratings. In some instances, the scoring was so close that it was difficult to call a clear winner.

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A majority of TVs being sold are LCD sets. You can find some highly rated LCD sets for less than $1,000, even in the largest screen sizes. But premium LCD TVs can cost several times that.

LCD-based sets generally can't deliver OLED-like black levels, but 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 separately dimmed or illuminated, depending on the scene. This can help improve black levels.

Most TVs are edge-lit, however, meaning the LEDs are 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.

In general, LCD TVs tend to be brighter than OLEDs, making them a good choice for well-lit rooms.

Each year we test more than 200 TVs from major brands such as LG, Samsung, and Sony, as well as emerging TV companies such as TCL. All of the sets in our ratings go through a battery of objective measurements and subjective evaluations designed to push them to their limits.

And like all of the products that Consumer Reports tests, every TV we evaluate is purchased at retail. We don’t accept freebies or handpicked models from manufacturers, so every tested model is just like one you might take home.

We'll be regularly updating this article as 2020 sets make their way through our labs.

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Best TV Overall, Part I

When it comes to pure performance, this LG is the best TV we've tested so far this year.

It doesn't sit right at the top of the ratings; that honor belongs to a Sony OLED set (see below) that combines great lab results with Very Good brand predicted reliability ratings. But the 65-inch LG OLED65C9PUA earns top scores for HD and UHD picture quality and does a bit better than the Sony OLEDs when it comes to HDR, or high dynamic range, performance. (LG 4K TVs support several HDR formats used by content creators: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR by Technicolor.)

Like all OLED TVs, this model has an almost unlimited viewing angle, and the sound is also top-notch, among the best we've tested. As a bonus, the set supports Dolby Atmos audio, which can give a soundtrack a three-dimensional effect.

LG's updated smart TV platform includes its own voice-enabled ThinQ artificial intelligence platform as well as built-in support for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa digital voice assistants.

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