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The 8 Best Smart TVs to Experience the Greatest Picture Possible

These smart TVs let you easily stream all your favorites from Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and more.

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Just as flip phones have been phased out in favor of smartphones, you'd be hard-pressed to find a TV that isn't smart. In case you're unfamiliar, smart TVs grant you easy access to thousands of streaming apps, so you can watch your favorite shows and movies at any time whether they be on Amazon Prime, Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, and everything in between. Most allow you to cast content from your smartphone straight to the big screen. Some even pack games and apps for streaming music.

The Best Smart TVs

How We Chose

We've evaluated all the best offerings available from the likes of Samsung, Vizio, LG, and Sony, among others, after researching them for 80-plus hours. We compared specs, features, and read consumer and editorial reviews of all picks. All you need to do is decide which series will be your next binge. You can feel confident knowing that our picks offer the best picture and audio quality — and come with all the ports you could possibly need for your video game consoles and home theater system.

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Best Overall
Sony BRAVIA XR X90J 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
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$1,298.00 (13% off)

If you're looking for a best-in-class, HDR-compatible smart TV that offers a truly incredible, lifelike picture and stellar audio, look no further than this one from Sony. It uses Google TV as its platform, which packs all your favorite streaming apps and then some.

The TV also has Chromecast and AirPlay 2, so content can be cast from your smartphone or tablet directly to the TV. The included remote has a button that lets you easily access Netflix, and there's a microphone for voice search. You can also ask the TV questions or use it to control your smart devices, thanks to its Google Assistant support.

This option is an extremely sharp-looking and feature-filled model with excellent picture quality whether you're watching TV, a movie, or playing video games, but it's pricier than most other TVs unless you opt for a smaller size. This one's available in 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, and 85-inch configurations.

More: The Best Small TVs to Buy When You're Short on Space

Best for Small Spaces
TCL 32S327 32 Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV
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The TCL 32S327 features a sleek design, a 32-inch 1080p display panel, and a built-in Roku streaming player. The latter allows the TV to stream content from popular services such as Amazon, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and ESPN.

The TV can play media files from a USB stick, too, and it allows users to purchase new movies directly from the device, since it has Wi-Fi connectivity.

If you want the cheapest smart small TV, this model is your best bet. It has three HDMI ports and offers good picture quality for a fantastic value.

Read More: All Our Reviews of Small TVs

Best Design
Samsung The Frame
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As its name suggests, this TV looks a lot like a photo frame. When you're not watching a show or movie, the TV can display 100 gorgeous free works of art, as well as your personal photos. 

Users also have the option to change the TV's wood frame to better match their home decor. The Frame also comes bundled with Samsung's brand-new, no-gap wall mount, so it sits flush against your wall.

When it comes to picture quality, the Frame features a full HD or 4K resolution depending on how large of a screen you opt for. If you want a unique television that is unlike any other, you can’t go wrong with the Frame. 

Best Balance Between Performance & Price
TCL 6-Series 4K TCL QLED Roku Smart TV
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Editor's Note: TCL announced this TV's successor, the TCL 6-Series 8K Roku TV, at CES 2021. The newer model's price and retail availability will be announced later this year.

This smart TV delivers a phenomenal picture despite its low price. It supports HDR, which produces a bright, lifelike image that's full of color. 

Not only that, it has a true 120 Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 features including eARC, and a variable refresh rate. Basically, this means the TV is futureproof and will work with most next-generation video game consoles. We also like that the TV runs Roku as its platform, which offers an easy-to-use interface and pretty much every streaming app you could ask for.

The TCL remote lets you search for shows or movies with your voice, and it has hot keys for all your favorite streaming apps like Hulu and Netflix. We think that this TV from TCL is an excellent value considering its superb picture, slew of smart features, numerous ports, and ease of use.

If you're looking to stretch your dollar further, we also recommend TCL's more budget-friendly 5-Series model as well, both models are also recommended picks at Wirecutter.

More: Check Out Our Full Review of Roku Streaming Devices

A Top-Performing 4K TV With AirPlay
NanoCell 90 Series 55-Inch 4K Smart UHD TV
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This gorgeous 4K LED TV from LG runs the tech giant's latest webOS platform, which streams video from all major services, including Disney+. LG's Channel app grants access to more than 100 free premium internet channels, too.

The TV uses a “Magic Remote” that when pointed at your screen, tracks your arm movements, so you can quickly and easily make your selections.

It also has Alexa and the Google Assistant built right in, so you can use voice commands to change channels, pause, and search for content. It's an awesome HDR-compatible TV that packs plenty of ports, including four HDMI and three USB ports, and an eARC jack. It has Apple's AirPlay 2 tech onboard. 

More: Other 4K TVs to Consider

Best for Bright Rooms
VIZIO P-Series 65-Inch 4K HDR Smart TV
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This TV's massive display delivers one of the brightest pictures in the business. It supports up to 1,200 nits of brightness, making it a great option to use in a room with lots of windows. The TV features quantum dots for a wider color gamut, and it has 200 local dimming zones to improve its black levels and contrast performance.

Whether you want to use it for movie watching, TV viewing, or gaming, this model is a jack of all trades. It runs Vizio's SmartCast platform, which gives users quick and easy access to a wide selection of apps from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and more.

One last thing: If the P-Series is a little out of reach for your budget, consider opting for the M-Series Quantum instead.

Best Picture Quality
LG C1 Series 55-Inch Smart OLED TV
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$1,596.99 (11% off)

If you have deep pockets and image quality is the most important characteristic when shopping for a smart TV, you can't go wrong with the LG C1. It offers much deeper black shades and truer colors than its LCD and LED counterparts, which gives it a truly breathtaking picture.

As you'd expect, this gorgeous 4K Ultra HD TV supports HDR10 plus Dolby Vision content, and it's equipped with all the latest smart features and plenty of ports (you get four HDMI and three USB). 

It runs LG's webOS platform, has Alexa support for triggering smart devices or getting information, includes a nifty remote, and it supports voice controls. It's also one of the few TVs that's equipped with Dolby Atmos speakers to provide a much more immersive experience. If it's priced slightly out of your budget, consider the more affordable LG BX instead.  

Best for Gamers
Samsung QN90A QLED Series 4K UHD Smart TV
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This 4K Samsung TV is an excellent choice for gamers because of its superb motion handling and low input lag. We think that it's one of the nicest-looking big-screen TVs you can buy thanks to its slim bezels, top-notch brightness, and ambient mode that makes the TV seamlessly blend in with any wall decor while not in use.

The TV supports HDR content (but doesn't do Dolby Vision), it packs four HDMI ports for your consoles, and it even has Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa built right in. Since it uses Mini LED backlighting, it produces a sharp picture. The TV runs Samsung's Tizen smart platform for downloading your favorite streaming apps.

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