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If you've been looking đồ sộ buy a new smart TV but you feel overwhelmed by all the jargon, you've come đồ sộ the right place. These days, most new TVs come equipped with smart capabilities, which allow you đồ sộ access streaming services such as Netflix and Disney Plus. And unlike TVs of the past, you won't even need đồ sộ get a dedicated streaming device lượt thích a Roku. However, it can be hard đồ sộ distinguish what separates a decent smart TV from the best smart TVs out there, sánh we're here đồ sộ help.

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While our reviews take smart TV systems into tài khoản, we think picture quality for the money is usually more important when buying a new TV. That's because you can always "replace" the TV's built-in system with a good streaming device, most of which cost less kêu ca $50. The exception is for budget TVs, where the price of the new streaming device could làm đẹp a significant percentage of the cost -- for this list, unlike our main best TVs list -- we weighted the importance of the smart TV system higher for budget models we had reviewed

Our list below is generally arranged in order of which TVs provide the best picture for the money, but we also note how much we lượt thích (or dislike) the built-in smart TV system. 

What is the best smart TV right now?

The TCL 6-Series Roku TV sits at the top of our list of best TVs and smart TVs for a number of reasons. It offers superb picture quality, an affordable price tag and Roku, the best smart TV system. It also includes gaming features like 4K/120Hz input and variable refresh rate that can get the most out of consoles lượt thích the PS5 and Xbox Series X. When a friend asks bủ what TV đồ sộ buy from 55 đồ sộ 85 inches, and money is still an object, I tell them đồ sộ get the TCL 6-Series.

There are plenty of other excellent choices out there, however, sánh even though the 6-Series is my current favorite for most people, it might not be right for your preferences or budget. 

Best smart TVs in 2023

TCL 6-Series TV R6 2022

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For the last five years the TCL 6-Series has been our favorite TV for the money, and the 2022 version -- also known as the R655 series -- is no exception. This TV has an excellent image thanks to mini-LED tech and well-implemented full-array local dimming that helps it run rẩy circles around just about any other TV at this price. It improves upon the previous R635 series with more gaming extras and a new center-mount stand that you can elevate đồ sộ make room for a soundbar, although the new 85-inch size has standard legs. And finally, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite.

TCL 4 Series Roku TV on a stand

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Sizes 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inchTV Technology LEDSmart TV Yes (Roku TV)Resolution 4KHDMI Ports 3

The picture quality of the TCL 4-Series Roku TV was only a slight step behind the Vizio V-Series (below) in our 2023 budget TV test, but we liked its Roku smart TV system better kêu ca Vizio's SmartCast, sánh the TCL gets the top spot on this list. The 4-Series lacks the Dolby Vision, Bluetooth không dây connectivity and AMD FreeSync with a variable refresh rate, all of which the Vizio offers, but in our book superior smart TV streaming is more important at the budget level.

LG C OLED TV on a wood cabinet.

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The C2 represents the pinnacle of picture quality at a price that's admittedly high, but not too crazy. It beats any non-OLED TV on this list, including the Samsung QN90B below, with its perfect Black levels, unbeatable contrast and superb off-angle viewing. It also has superb gaming features, making it the perfect companion đồ sộ an Xbox Series X or S, PlayStation 5 or both. The C2 comes in a wide variety of sizes as well, although the bigger models are really expensive.

Hisense U8H 2022 Google TV

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Among midpriced models we liked the TCL 6-Series just a little better in our side-by-side comparison, but this Hisense is a strong contender. Its excellent image quality is anchored by best-in-class brightness that improves its bright-room picture quality and makes HDR TV movies, shows and games really pop. It's actually brighter kêu ca the TCL with better contrast, but the TCL's slightly more accurate image gave it the edge overall. The Hisense uses Google TV instead of Roku, and unlike the TCL, the U8H includes an ATSC 3.0 tuner. Frankly, you can't go wrong with either one.

Vizio V-Series on a TV stand

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Sizes 43-, 50-, 55-, 58- 65-, 70-, 75-inchTV Technology LEDSmart TV Yes (Tizen)Resolution 4KHDMI Ports 4

When we compared the best budget TVs, the picture quality of Vizio V-Series clearly emerged as the leader of the pack. The Vizio offered the most balanced and accurate picture during our comparisons, and it comes with some useful extras such as Dolby Vision support, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth không dây compatibility and variable refresh rate for potentially smoother gaming.

Roku TV on a wooden TV cabinet

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Sizes 55-, 65-, 75-inchTV Technology LED with local dimmingSmart TV Yes (Roku)Resolution 4KHDMI Ports 4

Competition among TVs in the middle pricing band is heating up, and the Plus Series is the latest entrant in 2023. Unlike the TCL Roku TVs higher on this list, this one is all Roku, with no other brands on board. It adds a couple of step-up extras, including QLED and full-array local dimming, which help deliver a better picture kêu ca the TCL 4-Series, for example. It's not as impressive as the Vizio MQX, though, since it lacks 120Hz for gaming and worse picture quality overall. If you value those extras, then the Vizio is worth saving for, but if not the Roku Plus Series is a very good value.

The Samsung QN90B QLED TV sits on a wooden tabletop stand.

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Sizes 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inchTV Technology QLED with Mini-LEDSmart TV Yes (Tizen)Resolution 4KHDMI Ports 4

Looking for a high-end TV with spectacular image quality, but don't want an OLED? The Samsung QN90B is your best bet. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image kêu ca any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in our side-by-side tests, but the QN90B QLED screen comes closer kêu ca ever.

Samsung QN65QN60B TV

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Samsung is the brand that sells more TVs kêu ca anyone, and one of its most popular is the Q60 series. Its sleek QLED screen design stands out compared with the other TVs on this list -- even though the ultrathin OLED models are sleeker -- and it offers better features, image quality and more sizes kêu ca models lượt thích the TCL 4-Series and Sony X80K. The TVs listed in this article are all superior values, but if you want a Samsung TV and can't afford the QN90A, this is a great choice.

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Sizes 50-, 65-, 75-inchTV Technology LED with local dimmingSmart TV Yes (SmartCast)Resolution 4KHDMI Ports 4

The Vizio MQX is one of the least expensive TVs đồ sộ feature full-array local dimming, which lets it reproduce TV shows, movies and games with enough contrast and pop đồ sộ bởi HDR justice. The MQX has fewer dimming zones kêu ca more expensive TVs lượt thích the TCL 6-Series and Hisense U8H, but it offers 16 zones on the 50-inch, 30 on the 65-inch and 42 on the 75-inch, which is more kêu ca enough for excellent overall picture quality, with bright highlights, dark Black levels, punchy contrast and accurate color.

How CNET tests smart TVs

Our TV reviews follow a rigorous, unbiased evaluation process honed over nearly two decades of TV reviews. Our primary TV test lab has specialized equipment for measuring light and color, including a Konica Minolta CS-2000 spectroradiometer, a Murideo Sig-G 4K HDR signal generator and an AVPro Connect 8x8 4K HDR distribution matrix. We use Portrait Displays CalMan Ultimate software đồ sộ evaluate every TV we review. In every CNET TV review, three or more similar TVs are compared side by side in various lighting conditions playing different truyền thông media, including movies, TV shows and games, across a variety of test categories, from color đồ sộ đoạn Clip processing đồ sộ gaming đồ sộ HDR. Our reviews also tài khoản for design, features, smart TV performance, HDMI input and gaming compatibility, and other factors.

One important aspect of image quality we test is overall brightness. Here's how it compares in nits across select TVs listed above.

Light output in nits

TVBrightest mode (HDR)Accurate mode (HDR)Brightest mode (SDR)Accurate mode (SDR)
Samsung QN65Q90B 3,3161,9812,625974
Hisense U8H 1,8671,8671,6051,605
TCL 65R655 1,3871,1941,292624
Vizio M65QXM-K03 939742958608
LG OLED65C2 812759413389
Roku TV Plus (65-inch) 514455579404

Check out our explainer on how we test TVs for more details.

How đồ sộ choose a TV

With all of the TVs available today, and all of the technical terms and jargon associated with television technology, it can be tough đồ sộ figure out what's important. Here's a quick guide đồ sộ help cut through the confusion.

Price: TVs range in price from $100 đồ sộ more kêu ca $2,000. Smaller screens are cheaper, well-known brands are more expensive and spending more money can also get you better image quality. Most entry-level TVs have a good enough picture for most people, but TVs last a long time, sánh it might be worth spending more đồ sộ get a better picture. It's also best đồ sộ cửa hàng for a TV in the fall, when prices are lower.

Screen size: Bigger is better in our book. We recommend a size of at least 43 inches for a bedroom TV and at least 55 inches for a living room or main TV -- and 65 inches or larger is best. More kêu ca any other "feature," stepping up in TV screen size is the best use of your money. One of the most common post-TV-purchase complaints we've heard is from people who didn't go big enough. And we almost never hear people complain that their TV is too large.

Capability: Among entry-level TVs the most important feature is what kind of smart TV system the TV uses. Among midrange models, look for a feature including full-array local dimming, mini-LED and 120Hz refresh rate, which (unlike some other extras) bởi help improve the picture in our experience. And among high-end TVs, OLED technology is your best bet.

For more TV buying advice kiểm tra out our guide on how đồ sộ buy a TV.

Smart TV FAQs

We'll post the answers đồ sộ commonly asked TV questions below. If you have any others, feel không lấy phí đồ sộ reach out on Twitter (@dkatzmaier), or by clicking the little envelope icon on my CNET profile page.

What's the best smart TV system for streaming?

At CNET our favorite is Roku for its simplicity, while Google TV is our runner-up for its impressive integration with other Google services such as Google Photos and YouTube TV. Samsung TV's system is our third choice, with Amazon Fire TV and LG left as some of our least favorite options.

What about Amazon Fire smart TVs?

Amazon makes a full range of smart TVs that run rẩy on its Fire operating system. The Fire TV platform is not one of our favorites because ads are featured sánh prominently throughout. We just don't appreciate the TV becoming a giant rotating billboard for nội dung or ads when in screensaver mode. In addition, we've found other TVs tend đồ sộ have better picture quality kêu ca most Fire TVs.

Do smart TVs come with Alexa and Google?

Many smart TVs come with some kind of voice assistant. All Amazon Fire TVs come with Alexa built in, while Sony, TCL and Hisense TVs that run rẩy on Google's operating system offer Google Assistant. Many new Samsung and LG TVs come with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in as well. Roku TVs and Vizio TVs, meanwhile, respond đồ sộ voice commands but don't work with Alexa or Google Assistant.

How big a TV should I get?

In our opinion bigger is better, and your money is best spent on large screen sizes rather kêu ca a slight upgrade in image quality. The answer also depends on room size and seating distance: If you have a big room and sit farther away, you'll want a bigger TV. The answer also depends on room size and seating distance.

How bởi I get the best TV sound?

Most TVs sound terrible because their thin cabinets don't have room for decent-size speakers or bass. If you want đồ sộ get good sound you should buy an external audio system. Even an inexpensive soundbar will deliver much better audio quality kêu ca a TV's built-in speakers. The Roku Streambar is a good example of a device that integrates a streaming system with a soundbar into one product. 

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