Best TV Brands & Models

The easiest way to quickly narrow down your list of “what to buy” when looking at Big Screen TVs is to stick to the best brands. The quality difference between name brand televisions and off-brand televisions is astounding- you’ll definitely want to buy a TV from a top brand (even if you’re seeking a bargain).

These are the Best Big Screen TV brands (ranked):

  1. LG
  2. Sony
  3. Samsung
  4. Hisense
  5. TCL
  6. Vizio
  7. Panasonic
  8. Sharp (owned by Hisense)
  9. Toshiba (owned by Hisense)
  10. Insignia
  11. Philips
  12. Sanyo

These are brands you should skip completely:

  • Toshiba (owned by Hisense)
  • JVC
  • Sceptre TV
  • Sylvania TV
  • Magnavox TV
  • Akai
  • Apex Digital
  • Hitachi TV
  • RCA
  • Mitsubishi
  • Emerson
  • Polaroid
  • Westinghouse
  • Element (owned by Westinghouse)
  • Seiki (owned by Westinhouse)
  • Funai

Samsung

As the worldwide leader in electronics, Samsung produces some of the most popular TVs in the world across a wide range of price points.

Although Samsung does not produce OLED TVs (and we recommend OLED), their QLED alternatives are still among the best in the business.

What’s important:

  • QLED Screen Technology
  • Operating System is called “Tizen”

LG

What’s important:

  • OLED Screen Technology
  • Sells LED LCD as “Super UHD”
  • Operating System: WebOS

Sony

What’s important:

  • Bravia is their LED LCD brand
  • Flagship models are in the XBR Series
  • OLED Screen Technology
  • X1 Extreme Processor
  • Operating system: Android TV

Vizio

What’s important:

  • QLED Screen Technology
  • Operating system: SmartCast

TCL

What’s important:

  • Value oriented
  • Operating system: Roku
  • Chinese brand that has rapidly expanded in the US

Hisense

What’s important:

  • They focus on variety

Sharp (owned by Hisense)

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Panasonic

  • They ruled the Plasma TV era which is now over
  • OLED TVs now (not in USA)
  • Operating System: My Home Screen

Insignia

  • TV brand only found in Best Buy
  • LED LCD models only

When you’re buying a new TV it’s helpful to understand the offerings of each brand, where they fit in the spectrum of products available, and how they compare.

The Best LG TVs

The most popular LG TVs are in its OLED series with names that start with “LG OLED”, for example the LG OLED65BXAUA.

Let’s break down the name:
OLED65BXAUA

  • OLED = Series (aka Product Line)
  • 65 = TV Size
  • B = Model
  • X = Year (2020)
  • AUA = Country, Tuner, Style

LG uses the Roman Numeral “X” for 2020 rather than “0” to avoid confusion between the letter (O) and the number zero (0). LG’s 2019 models end in “9” and LG’s 2021 models will end in “1”.

Other LG TV Series include:

  • NanoCell 90 Series
  • 4K Ultra HD 85 Series
  • 8K NanoCell 99 Series
  • Signature ZX Series

You can learn more at the official LG TV website.

Sony

These are Sony TVs:

  • Sony A8G
  • Sony A8H
  • Sony A9G
  • Sony X950H
  • Sony X900H

Samsung

These are Samsung’s TVs

  • Q60T
  • Q70/Q70T
  • Q80/Q80T
  • Q90/Q90T
  • Q800T
  • Q900TS
  • TU8000

Hisense

These are Hisense TVs

  • Hisense H9G
  • Hisense H8G
  • Hisense R8F

TCL

These are TCL TVs

  • TCL 5 Series S535 2020 QLED

Vizio

These are Vizio TVs:

  • Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020

BEST HD TV

  • We do not recommend buying HD, Full HD, or 2K TVs because they use old and outdated technology. They are more affordable and some people will still buy them, but we do not recommend them.

Best TVs

Category
Best Overall
Best Value
Best Affordable
TV Name
LG GX
Samsung Q80
TCL 6-Series
TV Image
LG OLED65GXPUA Alexa BuiltIn GX 65-inch Gallery Design 4K Smart OLED TV (2020 Model)
SAMSUNG QN65Q80RAFXZA Flat 65-Inch QLED 4K Q80 Series Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility (2019 Model)
TCL 65" Class 6-Series 4K UHD QLED Dolby Vision HDR Roku Smart TV - 65R625
TV Price
$2,096.99
$2,089.99
$1,099.00
Category
Best Overall
TV Name
LG GX
TV Image
LG OLED65GXPUA Alexa BuiltIn GX 65-inch Gallery Design 4K Smart OLED TV (2020 Model)
TV Price
$2,096.99
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Category
Best Value
TV Name
Samsung Q80
TV Image
SAMSUNG QN65Q80RAFXZA Flat 65-Inch QLED 4K Q80 Series Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility (2019 Model)
TV Price
$2,089.99
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Category
Best Affordable
TV Name
TCL 6-Series
TV Image
TCL 65" Class 6-Series 4K UHD QLED Dolby Vision HDR Roku Smart TV - 65R625
TV Price
$1,099.00
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Last updates on 2021-06-22 at 03:09

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  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • LG Electronics
  • Hisense

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