The best Samsung TVs carry so much clout because Samsung is arguably the biggest name in TVs. With everything from budget 4K LED TVs to premium 8K TVs, there are Samsung TVs for every budget and featuring every level of TV technology.
Samsung’s offerings include some of the best TVs we’ve reviewed due to their ease of use (see: How to use your Samsung TV), their wide app selection (see: best Samsung TV apps) and because they’re also some of the brightest, most vibrant TVs on the planet.
That said, deciding on which Samsung TV is right for you can be a challenge. Not sure where to start? Our guide to the best Samsung TVs that have been selected by our expert reviewers and tested in Tom’s Guide’s labs can help.
What are the best Samsung TVs?
Included in our list of the best Samsung TVs are all of the 4K QLED models we’ve reviewed in the past year. Far and away, the best option is the Editor’s Choice Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV. The set’s mini-LED backlighting makes for unmatched picture brightness, while a bounty of smart features and a new eco-friendly remote complete the premium experience. With a breathtaking one-inch-thin design, it’s also one of the best-looking sets you can buy.
The Samsung Q80T QLED TV is the best of the 2020 models we reviewed, followed closely by the Samsung Q70T QLED TV and the Samsung Q60T QLED TV. The QLED line is segmented in budget-friendly, mid-range and premium models, with various features and capabilities, but all of these models are well-made TVs with strong color and brightness performance.
They’re all solid performers and safe buys, but the different features and price points mean that the different models lend themselves to different use cases.
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The Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV combines Samsung’s highly refined quantum dot technology with the tight control of mini-LED backlighting, resulting in one of the best TV displays you’ll ever see. Brilliant color and unmatched brightness make for superb performance, and Samsung pairs that with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features, like a solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries – delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.
The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we’ve ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes standard, along with gamer-friendly features and impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time for an unparalleled gaming experience. It’s easily one of the best 4K TVs you can buy, and Samsung’s reminder to the whole TV industry of just who makes the best QLED TV.
Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review.
The Samsung 65-inch Class S95B OLED 4K Smart TV (QN65S95BAF or QE65S95B in the UK) is the company’s first TV to combine OLED with quantum dots, resulting in a QD-OLED TV that promises the best of both technologies: superior color, brightness, and contrast in a single package.
That marriage is the tiniest bit rocky, though, thanks to its effects on the set’s blacks (which should be any OLED set’s crowning glory), and the superannuated Tizen operating system that leaves this brand-spanking-new set showing its age right out of the box.
That said, with top-tier picture quality, surprisingly good sound, a forward-thinking remote control, terrific gaming capabilities, and an eye-catching design, it’s still an excellent option in 2022.
Read our full Samsung S95B OLED 4K TV review.
Our favorite Samsung TV is the Q80T QLED. With the excellent color quality and HDR performance offered by QLED, it’s a great looking TV, but it also offers impressive Object Tracking Sound, a powerful Quantum processor, and clever smart features. In addition to Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant, the TV has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support built-in, along with a wide selection of apps and content.
And there’s very little downside. Like other Samsung sets, there’s no Dolby Vision support, but the Q80T manages to match the best aspects of Samsung’s most premium 4K set — it has everything the more expensive Samsung Q90T QLED has, except for the separate OneConnect Box for ports — but saves you a couple hundred dollars without sacrificing the great quality of Samsung’s best 4K sets.
Read our full Samsung Q80T QLED TV review.
For a more mid-range QLED option, we also like the Samsung Q70T, which starts at less than $1,000 for the 55-inch model. It also offers the majority of Samsung’s excellent smart TV capabilities, including voice interaction with Bixby, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as the full ecosystem of apps and smart home compatible control features.
But it doesn’t have any discrete dimming zones, instead using Samsung’s dual LED backlight, which lets the set alternate between warm and cool colored LED backlights. As a result, the contrast and the HDR performance are more muted than what you’ll see on the more premium Q80T, but you’ll pay a bit less.
Read our full Samsung Q70T QLED TV review.
The Frame is the latest version of one of the industry’s more daring experiments: a set positioned somewhere between a traditional TV and an art installation. Catering to those who want to admire and ponder humanity’s greatest paintings and photographs while devouring digital entertainment in 4K resolution, it’s designed to appeal to every style and transform any wall into a Louvre-worthy gallery.
How well it works, like so many other things in life, may be in the eye of the beholder. According to our reviewer, it tries so hard to do multiple things that it doesn’t get any of them exactly right. As a TV, the matte screen and uneven picture quality make most video look just a tiny bit off; the images in Art mode, on the other hand, look exquisite, but they veer toward the expensive, and introduce unique usability concerns. Whether it’s right for you depends on a lot of factors; ultimately, you don’t need to know a lot about art, but you need to know what you like.
Read our full Samsung The Frame (2022) review.
How much do Samsung TVs cost?
With so many TVs to choose from, there’s no single price point for Samsung TVs. But that also means that there’s probably a great Samsung TV that fits your budget, so long as you’re willing to be flexible on features and screen size.
Top end 8K and Micro-LED models can range from a few thousand dollars up to the tens of thousands. But Samsung’s 4K offerings are far more reasonable. The Samsung Neo QLED 4K TV line ranges between $1,599 for the smallest QN85A Neo QLED model, up to $4,999 for the 85-inch Samsung QN90A, the largest in the Neo QLED family.
Less expensive models, like basic LCD sets and quantum-dot models without Neo QLED’s mini-LED backlight start for as little as $549 for the smallest 43-inch model and up to $3,699 for the largest 85-inch QLED model.
Check out the full Samsung 2021 TV lineup for more models and details on pricing and size options.
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What is QLED?
Samsung’s QLED branding is well known in the TV world, but what does it really mean? QLED is shorthand for the combination of quantum dot and LED backlight, pairing LED backlight with nano-scale crystals called quantum dots that respond to light by producing additional light within a certain range of the color spectrum.
By combining these different hues of quantum dots with the triggering effect of the backlight, Samsung is able to boost the color gamut and brightness of the TVs, offering a major improvement over traditional LCD panels with LED backlight.
Samsung isn’t the only manufacturer using quantum dots – these days, you can find some excellent QLED TVs from manufacturers like TCL, Vizio and Hisense. But Samsung has consistently offered the best implementation of QLED technology that we’ve seen, pairing it with refined backlighting control, filtering and other expert touches to deliver the best TV performance short of offering a more expensive OLED display.
Are Samsung 8K TVs worth buying?
Samsung’s 8K TV selection is second to none, with multiple model lines delivering 8K picture quality at premium, mid-range and value priced tiers of affordability and features. While every 8K TV is more expensive than similarly-sized 4K models, Samsung’s range of 8K QLED TVs offers choice premium features, a range of sizes and even some of the most affordable 8K options on the market.
But the bigger question is whether anyone should buy an 8K TV, and on that issue, we think the answer is no. Check out our article Should you buy an 8K TV in 2022? to learn more about the present state of 8K and why it’s not worth buying yet.
How to choose the best Samsung TV for you
When it comes to picking a smart TV, choosing the right brand is only part of the process. Once you’ve settled on getting a Samsung TV, you’ll still need to find the model that’s best for you, offering the performance, features and price that meets your needs.
Thankfully, Samsung’s QLED TVs offer clearly defined differences between the different model lines.
|QN90A Neo QLED||Mini-LED backlight, Quantum HDR 32x dynamic tone mapping, Object Tracking Sound,|
|QN85A Neo QLED||Mini-LED backlight, Quantum HDR 24x dynamic tone mapping, upfiring speakers|
|Q80A QLED||Full array backlight, Local dimming, Quantum HDR 12x dynamic tone-mapping, 120Hz refresh rate|
|Q70A QLED||Dual LED backlight, Edge lighting, Quantum HDR tone mapping, 120Hz refresh rate|
|Q60A QLED||Dual LED backlight, Edge lighting, 60Hz refresh rate|
From smart functions to port selection, we offer plenty of advice in our TV buying guide, which explains the ins and outs of features like HDR, different types of display, and even extended warranties. And if you still have questions about smart TV features and capabilities, check out Smart TVs: Everything you need to know.
For the best picture, we recommend getting a set that offers high dynamic range (HDR) support. HDR10 is the base standard, while Dolby Vision is a higher-caliber format. Samsung TVs, however, use Samsung’s competing HDR10+ format, instead of Dolby Vision. That’s a bit of a shame, considering Dolby Vision is much more popular, but HDR10+ is playing catch up. Slowly.
Port selection is another chief concern. More HDMI ports will let you connect more devices, like game consoles and satellite boxes, and you’ll want HDMI2.1 for the latest features. If you have a soundbar, look out for an HDMI port with eARC — it’ll give you access to the most advanced audio formats.
According to our guide What size TV should you buy?, you’ll want to position the TV roughly the same distance from the TV as the diagonal measurement of the screen size – 50 inches from a 50-inch TV, 65 inches from a 65-inch TV, and so on. So take the room and placement of the TV into account when settling on the best screen size.
If you’ve narrowed down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.
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