Top 5 Smart TVs: All new 4k TVs have a smart platform built in. Some manufacturers choose to use their own platforms, while others like to add third-party options like Google TV, Android, or Roku. No matter what, there are a lot of apps to choose from, and the most popular ones are available on almost every platform. The best smart platform depends on which smart operating system (OS) you like to use the most, and there’s no one solution that works for everyone.
After buying and testing more than 380 TVs, here are our picks for the best smart TVs you can buy. Check out what we think are the best Roku TVs, best TVs, and best 4k TVs. Most brands will soon start releasing their 2023 lineups, so make sure to vote on which ones you want us to buy and test first. Check out our 2023 TV lineup page to learn more about the new models.
1. Samsung S95B OLED
The Samsung S95B OLED smart TV is the best one we’ve tried. It’s a great smart TV with a lot of streaming apps and a lot of great smart features. It has a lot of smart features, like support for Bixby, Google Assistant, and Alexa voice assistants, so you can choose your favourite platform and spend less time looking for content and more time enjoying your new TV. If you don’t want to use voice assistants, the Tizen smart interface is fast, easy to use, and well-organized. It also has a huge number of streaming apps, so you can find your favourite shows quickly.
It looks great in rooms that are both light and dark. It gets bright enough to get rid of glare in a bright room, and it does a great job of handling reflections. It’s also a good choice for a dark room because it has a near-infinite contrast ratio. This means that bright objects in dark scenes don’t have distracting blooming around them. It also has much better colours than traditional OLED TVs like the LG C2 OLED. All of this makes for an HDR experience that is very powerful, which is great if you like to stream the latest HDR shows. The Samsung S95C OLED has replaced it, but it’s not much better and costs more, so it’s better to get the 2022 model while you still can.
- The contrast ratio is almost infinite, so blacks look perfect.
- Great handling of reflections.
- The colours are so bright.
- Large areas of brightness can be distracting when ABL is too strong.
- Raised blacks if there is any light in the room.
2. Sony A95K OLED
Even though the Samsung S95B OLED is the best choice for most people, if you have a home theatre in your basement and want the best experience possible, the Sony A95K OLED is a bit better but costs a lot more. It has the same picture quality as the Samsung, but it does a better job of understanding what the content creator was trying to do. Thanks to its more advanced image processing, you’ll get a very accurate picture. It also supports more formats than Samsung’s competing HDR10+ format because it supports Dolby Vision HDR, which is more widely used.
When it comes to smart features, it’s also not a slouch. The built-in Google TV interface is a bit slower than Samsung’s Tizen OS, but it has more features and a wider range of streaming apps. It can be controlled by voice without using your hands. This means you can find your favourite content faster than you can find the remote, or you can use the voice assistant to control other devices around the house.
- Perfect levels of black.
- Don’t bloom near bright things.
- Wide viewing angle.
- Tone mapping was almost perfect.
- Highlights and colours that stand out.
- The brightness of SDR is just fine.
- Black levels go up when there is more light in the room.
3. Samsung QN90B QLED
Check out the Samsung QN90B QLED instead if you want the best TV for streaming in the upper mid-range price range. It has a slightly lower picture quality than the Samsung S95B OLED because there is more blooming around bright objects and subtitles in darker scenes. But it looks much better in well-lit rooms because its peak brightness is so high in both SDR and HDR. This makes it a great choice for rooms with a lot of light. It’s bright enough to use outside, but it’s not weatherproof, so you’ll need to put it in a protective case.
It also has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you have a big room or like to move around while watching TV because the image doesn’t fade or look washed out when you look at it from the side. It has the same great Tizen OS smart interface as the Samsung S95B OLED and has the same smart features. There are a lot of streaming apps, and the built-in support for Bixby, Google Assistant, and Alexa on the remote makes it easy to find your favourite shows and movies.
- Bright enough to see in a room with a lot of light.
- Even from an angle, the image is still correct.
- Smart interface that is easy to use and has a wide range of apps.
- In slow-panning shots, there is some noticeable stuttering.
4. Hisense U8H
Check out the Hisense U8H if you want a cheaper TV that doesn’t give up too much in terms of picture quality. It’s a great TV that does better than any other TV in its price range. It has great pictures and a smart interface that’s easy to use. The two Samsung TVs at the top of this list use Samsung’s own Tizen OS. The U8H, on the other hand, has Google TV as its smart interface. You can download many apps from the Google Play Store, so you’re sure to find your favourite shows and movies. Google TV takes some time to get used to, but once you do, it’s easy to use and feels smooth when you move through the menu.
It gets very bright and does a great job of dealing with reflections, so it can easily handle glare in a bright room. It also lets you control it with your voice without using your hands. This makes it easy to find your favourite shows and movies, since you can ask it to search by name or open a certain streaming app without even picking up the remote. The main difference with the Samsung QN90B QLED is that it has a worse viewing angle. This means that it’s not as good for watching shows with a wide seating arrangement, since the image gets worse as you move away from the centre.
- In a dark room with great contrast, the blacks are very deep.
- Both SDR and HDR modes are very bright.
- Excellent handling of reflections.
- When seen from the side, the image gets worse.
- Even though they have the same name, international versions work differently.
5. TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED
The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is the best smart TV we’ve tested for people on a budget. Even though it has a low price, this smart TV does a great job overall. It uses the Roku OS smart interface, which is easy to use and has a wide range of streaming channels. The included remote is very simple and doesn’t work with voice control, which is a bummer. But the Roku companion app is well made and has some unique convenience features, like a private listening feature that lets you send the audio from the native apps to your phone.
This TV doesn’t have a lot of extra features, but the picture quality makes up for that. It has a great contrast ratio, so blacks are deep and even in a dark room. It also has a full array local dimming feature, which is rare for TVs at this price point. It also has a high peak brightness, so it can get rid of glare in a bright room, and it does a good job of handling reflections. Sadly, unlike more expensive TVs like the Samsung QN90B QLED, the image gets worse when viewed at an angle. This makes it a bad choice for a large room with lots of seats, since people sitting on the sides will see a bad picture.
- When the room is dark, the blacks are deep because the contrast ratio is good.
- A lot of great apps for streaming.
- Good handling of reflections.
- SDR has a high peak brightness.
- When seen from the side, the image quickly gets worse.
- Content in 480p is not upscaled well.