In 2019, great TVs are more prevalent than ever. Instead of the old, tiny, bulky box that you had to bang and twist nobs on to get three channels, there now are hundreds of thousands of options at your disposal in a beautiful, sleek and easy-to-use format.
And at Techevangelistseo, we spend a good portion of our time testing and scrutinizing all of the newest TVs to find out the best ones around. While we haven’t tested any new 2019 models yet, we have great recommendations from last year’s crop here, and there are plenty of 2019 TVs we’re excited about.
What does this mean for you? If you’re in the market for a new TV, we’ve got everything you need to make an informed decision that fits your price range. So sit back on the couch, put your feet up and enjoy the best TVs of 2019 (right now).
1. The best TV of 2019: The 65-inch LG C8 Series (2018)
The best TVs of 2019: LG C8 (Photo: Jackson Ruckar/Reviewed)
For years, OLED technology has been the most impressive thing in TVs, and OLED TVs have been our #1 choice for the last several years. It makes sense, then, that the best TV you can buy right now is an OLED model.
The LG C8 is not the priciest OLED TV on the market, nor is it the cheapest from LG—that honor goes to the step-down B8 series—but it is our pick for #1, right now.
What you’re getting:
4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution
The best possible black levels
Excellent HDR/Dolby Vision performance
High-end processing with AI/LG ThinQ
HDR10, Dolby Vision, & Dolby Atmos compatibility
OLED-panel refresh rates
What you’re not getting:
Super high brightness (compared to similarly priced LED TVs)
LG’s 2018 OLED lineup includes five different series: the W8, G8, E8, C8, and B8. However, while there are some differences in design, speakers, and available sizes, the W8 through C8 TVs are identical in terms of picture quality—LG has said as much, and I’ve seen it myself.
The B8 doesn’t have the new Alpha 9 processor that the others have, which helps the C8 to cinch the lead for “best possible quality” while still being relatively much more affordable than the W8 flagship. As for the point about high brightness: the C8 (and LG’s other 2018 OLEDs) are still much brighter than 99% of the TVs on the market, they just aren’t as bright as some of the quantum dot models available this year.
However, no matter which way you slice it, from a pure performance standpoint the C8 is still the best all around TV you can buy in 2018. Check out the full review for more details.
2. The best TV under $1,000 of 2019: 55-inch Vizio P-Series (2018)
The best TVs of 2019: Vizio P Series (Photo: Jackson Ruckar/Reviewed)
Year after year, Vizio’s P-Series is one of the best performing TVs for the money. While the 55-inch isn’t the biggest TV on the list, it’s the best performer you can get for under $1,000, and 55 inches is definitely big enough for most living rooms.
For $800, you’re getting 4K resolution, solid HDR performance (benchmarked around 1,000 nits, the brightest in this list), wider color saturation than many other affordable LED/LCD TVs, a 120Hz refresh rate, and—perhaps most importantly for picture quality—56 local dimming zones, which control the P-Series’ full-array LED backlight.
3. Another great TV under $1,000: The 65-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)
The best TVs of 2019: TCL 6 (Photo: TCL)
If you’ve been following 2018’s crop of TVs, you’re probably aware of the TCL 6 Series. The 65-inch 6 Series, though it just barely makes the cut here at $999, is the best 65-inch TV you can get in that price range.
Offering 4K resolution, great HDR performance (though it’s not as bright as the 2018 Vizio P-Series), 120 Hz refresh rates, and—maybe the strongest “extra feature” amongst 2018 TV extra features, built-in Roku—the 6 Series is almost the definition of 65-inch value.
4. The best TV under $500 of 2019: The 55-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)
The best TVs of 2019: Vizio E Series (Photo: Reviewed)
While it’s right on the $500 line (and at some retailers is a little more expensive), the 55-inch Vizio E-Series from this year is easily the best overall choice for the most people.
What you’re getting
4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution
High Dynamic Range compatibility (benchmarked around 300 nits)
Excellent contrast (full-array local dimming with 10 zones)
Accurate color for standard (non-HDR) content)
Vizio SmartCast (Google Cast) software
What you’re not getting
Impressive HDR (the TV just isn’t bright/colorful enough)
Wide viewing angles
Great motion for some content (60 Hz refresh rates here)
Pound for pound, the 2018 E-Series is a great choice if you want a solid, reliable, and future-facing TV.
Simply put, you aren’t throwing more money at a fancy design, a 120 Hz refresh rate (which may be preferable if you’re watch a lot of Blu-rays or want better response during video games), or the more powerful LEDs necessary for really high-benchmark HDR performance. But you’re unlikely to find those things under $500.
5. Another great TV under $500: The 50-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)
The best TVs of 2019: Vizio E Series (Photo: Vizio)
A slightly smaller and slightly more affordable version of the best overall 55-inch model, the 50-inch has the same specs and the same amount of dimming zones.
While we tested the 65-inch E-Series during review, we expect the smaller versions to perform the same.