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1. Samsung 65-inch Q9FN QLED TV

The best 4K TV overall

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: LCD with Quantum Dots | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 57.1 x 32.7 x 1.5 inches | Weight: 58.9 pounds

REASONS TO BUY
Sleek design reduces cable clutter
Near-OLED levels of picture quality
Strong HDR support
Excellent 4.2-channel sound
Great smart features
REASONS TO AVOID
No Dolby Vision support
Bixby is slightly less polished than competing voice assistants
Samsung’s 65-inch Q9FN QLED TV is packed with premium touches, from the quantum-dot display to the polished smart-TV experience. The excellent display boasts the superior brightness of LCD and black levels that give OLED displays a run for their money, and Samsung backs it up with the Bixby voice assistant and superb built-in sound.
The Q9FN QLED TV offers strong HDR performance and support for most major formats (well, everything but Dolby Vision), along with killer backlight with full-array local-dimming and proprietary anti-blooming technology. And while this set looks good on the included stand, it’s even better up on the wall, where the included One Connect Box and nearly invisible single-cable connection virtually eliminate the tangle of cables that come with most TVs.

Read our full Samsung 65-inch Q9FN QLED TV review.

2. Vizio M-Series Quantum
Our favorite smart TV value

SPECIFICATIONS
Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: LCD with Quantum Dot | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 57.3 x 35.6 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 53.4 pounds
REASONS TO BUY
Quantum-dot display delivers vibrant color
Local dimming for great HDR performance
Decent audio quality
Flexible smart TV features
Free content included
REASONS TO AVOID
Limited app selection on TV
Remote design is blah
The Vizio M-Series Quantum delivers a premium quantum-dot display for a reasonable price, and adds SmartCast 3.0 – Vizio’s evolving smart TV platform – to make it the best you’ll get for under $1,000.
With local dimming and color boosting technology, the M-Series Quantum has impressive picture quality and great HDR performance, complete with Dolby Vision support. A built in Google Chromecast opens up a vast landscape of apps and services, and the updated SmartCast software includes support for Apple AirPlay2 and HomeKit, making it just as good for iOS users.
Read our full Vizio M-Series Quantum 65-inch (M658-G1) review.
3.Sony Master Series A9F OLED

Top-notch premium OLED

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 57.1 x 32.9 x 3.4 inches | Weight: 60 pounds

REASONS TO BUY
Superb OLED display
Impressive HDR performance
Acoustic Surface Audio+ sound system is amazing
Android Oreo improves smart TV experience.
REASONS TO AVOID
Pricey, even for a premium TV
Lean-back design is awkward
Disappointing remote control
The Sony Master Series A9F OLED represents the pick of the litter from Sony’s 2018 lineup, and it shows. The A9F combines Sony’s sophisticated video-processing hardware with a beautiful OLED panel to offer one of the best viewing experiences we’ve seen on a 4K TV. The superb OLED panel offers rich color and deep black levels without sacrificing detail or brightness.
The A9F also boasts some great high dynamic range support, with basic formats like HDR10 and HLG supported, along with Dolby Vision and the brand-new IMAX Enhanced format, which has its own standards for color, contrast and picture clarity. And thanks to OLED’s per-pixel illumination, it has none of the haloing that plagues even the best LCD systems.
The A9F has excellent sound quality and robust volume, making it one of the best audio experiences you’ll get from a TV; no soundbar required. The A9F is also one of the first Sony sets to ship with Android TV 8.0, which keeps everything we liked about Android TV while fixing a lot of the things we didn’t.
Between the stunning picture quality, the impressive sound and the refinements offered by the latest version of Android TV, the Sony Master Series A9F OLED offers one of the best TV experiences ever.
Read our full Sony Master Series A9F OLED review.
4. Vizio P-Series 65-Inch P65-F1

Our favorite for cord cutters

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 5 | Size: 57 x 32.7 x 2.7 inches | Weight: 54.3 pounds

REASONS TO BUY
Excellent picture quality
Local dimming with 100-zone backlighting
Antenna connection and tuner
REASONS TO AVOID
Limited local app support
No voice assistant
Vizio TVs are popular with the cost- and cord-cutting crowd, thanks to inexpensive prices and a good number of free content options that come built in to the company’s smart TVs. The Vizio P-Series 65-inch P65-F1 is the best of the bunch. The 4K panel offers 120-Hz refresh rates, excellent backlighting with local dimming and an impressive number of HDMI ports for hooking up your other devices. This set also has great picture quality and HDR support, including Dolby Vision.
You will give up some conveniences, like a voice assistant (Vizio doesn’t have one) and a limited selection of local apps. But with built-in Chromecast supporting thousands of apps and easy content sharing from your phone or tablet, there’s still a wealth of content for people ditching cable or satellite subscriptions.

Read our full Vizio P-Series 65-Inch P65-F1 review.
5.TCL 43S517 Roku Smart 4K TV

The best 4K TV under $500

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 43 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 3 | Size: 37.8 x 22.1 x 2.9 inches | Weight: 18.5 pounds

REASONS TO BUY
Super affordable
Slick design
Great color reproduction and accuracy
Dolby Vision support
Dolby Atmos support
Better-than-average Roku experience
REASONS TO AVOID
Inconsistent backlight
Limited port selection
TCL’s reputation for better-than-average quality is well-earned, and the TCL 43S517’s feature set make this TV one of the best values we’ve seen. Despite the inexpensive price, you’ll get Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos audio support and integrated Roku voice search, giving you an outsize smart-TV value in a size that’s perfect for a second TV or for use in smaller apartments.

Read our full TCL 43S517 Roku Smart 4K TV review.
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