The Best TV for 2023
The 6 Best TV for 2022
No matter your budget or how big a screen you want, here’s what to look for when shopping for TVs, along with the best ones we’ve tested.
With the newest smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL and Vizio landing (gently) on our reviewers’ doorsteps, we’ve been diving into groundbreaking new OLED TVs, mini-LED TVs, and even the new QD-OLED technology in the last few months. But because a huge number of sets from 2021 are still available, our buying guide include older models as well. They are massively discounted, sometimes by up to 40% or 50%, which makes them great buys today.
What To Consider When Buying A TV
All of the technical specifications associated with televisions can feel overwhelming. But don’t get intimidated by the technical jargon.
Whether you want a big TV or not, you’re always going to be somewhat restricted by the physical space you have to put it in. It might be nice to imagine your bedroom decked out with an 85-inch panel, but if you can only fit a 48-inch one on your wall, then that’s as big as you can go.
You also want to factor in viewing distance. If you’re going to sit 15 feet away from the screen across the room, get a bigger TV to make the most of its picture. For most living rooms and bedrooms, a 55- to 65-inch TV will be more than enough for you to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows and games, but if you have a bigger room to fill with your next TV upgrade, the 77-inch and even 85-inch models might be worth considering—if they fit within your budget. And some rooms will do better with a smaller screen, such as those found on 48-inch or 50-inch TVs; but this size class is usually the last to adopt the newest display technologies.
All TVs larger than 43 inches carry 4K resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels)—around four times the detail of traditional 1080p TVs. Smaller TVs measuring 43 inches or less continue to rely on lower resolution and less expensive 1080p or 720p panels.
New 8K options are the top-tier resolution today, and provide a nearly life-like level of detail and crisp images, even on the biggest TV panels. The catch: 8K TVs remain dramatically more expensive than 4K TVs, and you won’t find much native 8K content to watch on these TVs just yet. But if you want to future proof your TV, 8K TVs are now more affordable than ever.
Many mid-to-high-end TVs support a 120Hz refresh rate or better. You don’t need a high refresh rate, but if you play games or watch high-speed content like sports or action films, a higher refresh rate can provide smoother motion. If you play games, make sure your TV has a 120Hz refresh rate. You won’t regret it.
Smart TV Services
The “smart” part of a smart TV, typically means it can connect directly to the internet and then run apps like streaming services. Most modern TVs 48-inches and larger have some smart functions, letting you access Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and other streaming services easily. You may also have some digital news channels or the ability to access a home Plex server. Some TVs don’t have as many smart functions as others, however, which is where one of the best streaming devices may fill a void.
Ports And Connectors
Most devices that connect to a TV—whether it’s a games console, Blu-ray player, or an audio-visual receiver—use HDMI cables. If you want to play the latest games and benefit from new features like eARC, you need to make sure your TV supports HDMI 2.1. Not all modern TVs do, though some are adding support later via firmware updates, so check before you buy a new TV.
Other features worth considering are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for connecting to the internet and using Bluetooth headphones, for example. For legacy connections, some TVs also offer optical audio ports, and or a gigabit ethernet port for a stable wired internet connection.