OLED TV Prices Are Finally Falling! We’ll Help You Find the Best One for Your Setup

Stefan Vazharov, Brandon Carte
·7-min read
Photo credit: LG
Photo credit: LG

From Popular Mechanics

TVs equipped with an OLED display panel have the best picture quality in the business. The secret behind the wow-inducing viewing experience that they deliver is all in their ability to display black color by literally switching individual pixels off. As a result, OLED panels have more vibrant colors and a much better contrast than conventional LCD displays.

Best OLED TVs

Thanks to their exceptional contrast capabilities, OLED TVs are great for viewing HDR content with more dramatic colors and enhanced visuals. Crucially, these TVs support all major HDR standards: HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG.

Unsurprisingly, all OLED TVs available today have 4K resolution. They may be more expensive than TVs with conventional display panels, but we find the amazing viewing experience that they deliver to be well worth it.

Check out our favorite OLED TVs here that’ll transform your at-home movie nights for good.

Best Overall OLED TV

Key Specs

Display: 4K Ultra HD OLED display panel in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch sizes.
Smart features: webOS, AirPlay 2, Alexa built-in, and compatible with Google Assistant
Gaming: G-SYNC Compatible, FreeSync, VRR, ALLM
Audio: 2.2 channel speaker system with Dolby Atmos support
Ports: 4 HDMI inputs (1 rear, 3 side), 3 USB ports (2 rear, 1 side), Ethernet, eARC (HDMI 2), Digital Audio Output

The CX series of 4K OLED TVs by LG are the best options for most buyers today. They offer sleek design, industry-leading picture quality and processing, a rich set of connectivity settings, and LG’s feature-packed smart TV platform. There are three screen sizes to pick from: 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch. The LG CX OLED TV is ranked as one of the best TVs on the market, according to reviewers at Wirecutter and RTings, for its outstanding performance and nearly perfect picture quality.

It delivers a surprisingly robust 2.2-channel Dolby Atmos audio experience. And In addition to offering access to all major streaming services, LG’s smart TV platform supports both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, allowing you to search for content and perform tasks with voice commands. You can also cast video from your iPhone or tablet using AirPlay 2.

If you want a better-looking TV that’s thinner and sleeker than the competition, the more-premium LG GX Series is worth taking a gander at, too.

Best Entry-Level OLED TV

Key Specs

Display: 4K Ultra HD OLED display panel in 55- and 65-inch sizes
Gaming: G-SYNC Compatible, FreeSync, VRR, ALLM
Smart features: webOS, AirPlay 2, Alexa built-in, and compatible with Google Assistant
Audio: 2.2 channel speaker system with Dolby Atmos support
Ports: 4 HDMI inputs (1 rear, 3 side), 3 USB ports (2 rear, 1 side), Ethernet, eARC, Digital Audio Output

LG’s BX series of 4K OLED TVs are the best entry-level option. Available with 55-inch and 65-inch screen sizes, the BX series has some of the most accessible pricing for a 2020 OLED TV. Like all LG OLED TVs, the BX offerings have beautiful designs with thin bezels, a feature-rich smart platform, and Dolby Atmos sound.

Compared to the LG CX series we already mentioned, the CX has better brightness, handles gradients better, and includes a metal stand (compared to the BX’s less sturdy, plastic one). The BX also has a less powerful chip, which means that images and fine details might not be as sharp as the pricier model. That aside, it offers a nearly identical experience to the CX, and most people wouldn’t be able to notice the difference unless the two TVs were sitting right next to one another.

Lastly, if you want to save a little more, consider opting for the new Vizio OLED TV, which delivers stellar image quality and a 120Hz refresh rate for a usually lower price point. If you can afford it, however, we believe the LG CX is worth the premium price over the two models.

The Most Reliable OLED TV

Key Specs

Display: 4K Ultra HD OLED display panel in 55- and 65-inch sizes
Smart features: Android TV, AirPlay 2, works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Audio: Acoustic Surface Audio, Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos
Ports: 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, eARC, Digital Audio Output

While researching OLED TVs, you might stumble upon the term “image burn.” Image burn — which isn’t covered under warranty for most brands — is when a persistent part of the image on your screen (like a logo or scoreboard) remains on your display when it shouldn’t be visible, even after you switch apps or turn the channel. OLED TVs are more susceptible to burn-in than LED TVs.

If you’re concerned about the potential of image burn, it may be worth splurging on this Sony OLED TV. Although this model is pricier than most other TVs in our lineup, Sony TVs are proven to have a higher reliability and owner satisfaction within the first 5 years of ownership, according to survey data from Consumer Reports.

Compared to the Sony A9G, this model is brighter and offers viewers better color accuracy. Additionally, its input lag is lower, making it a better pick for gamers. This model also has wide viewing angles, so even if you’re sitting off to the side, you still get a lovely picture. Compared to the LG CX, the A8H lacks variable refresh rate support, but it has a slight edge in overall picture quality. If you want a reliable OLED TV that will really make your movies stand out, you wont be disappointed.

Big Screen, Big Performance

Key Specs

Display: 4K Ultra HD OLED display panel in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch sizes
Smart features: Android TV, Alexa-powered voice controls, Google Assistant support
Audio: Acoustic Surface Audio with Dolby Atmos support
Ports: 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, eARC, Digital Audio Output

If you’re looking for a large-screen OLED TV, the 77-inch A9G from Sony is the one to get, as long as you can afford its stop-you-in-your-tracks price tag. For the time being, 77 inches is the largest OLED TV screen size that you can order. LG did announce its stunning 88-inch Z9 OLED TV, but it’ll cost you a cool $30K. If you want even more screen, we suggest that you opt for a high-end home theater projector instead.

The A9G features a powerful processor, HDMI 2.1, and a futuristic acoustic screen surface that all work together to deliver stunning audio and picture quality. Where the Sony lags behind is in its Android TV interface. We found LG’s webOS platform to be more intuitive and fluid. We don’t think that it’s a deal-breaker, though, since a lot of folks rely on streaming boxes like the Apple TV anyway.

The Smallest Option

Key Specs

Display: 4K Ultra HD OLED display panel in a 48-inch size
Smart features: Android TV, Alexa-powered voice controls, Google Assistant support
Audio: Acoustic Surface Audio
Ports: 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, Digital Audio Output

Sony’s small but mighty A9S Series has a 48-inch display, but it’s equipped with a groundbreaking speaker system, which projects sound from the entire display with incredible results. Dubbed Acoustic Surface, the technology makes the sound “move” alongside the on-screen action.

Like all 4K Sony TVs, the MASTER Series A9S model runs Android TV, giving you access to a massive ecosystem of apps and 4K content, as well as the Google Assistant. The latter allows you to seamlessly search for content, get answers to questions, and even control smart home appliances. However, we prefer LG’s smart interface to Sony’s.

This model features a smaller aluminum stand that will fit in tighter spaces, and despite its smaller screen size, it still offers best-in-class picture quality. It supports Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos audio, and AirPlay 2.

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