The best OLED TVs

A new year brings even more brilliant options for film buffs and gamers to get the most out of their downtime, and now OLED TVs are cheaper than ever before


by Ryan Houghton |

They're quick, slick, and spellbindingly phenomenal, OLED TVs have been a bit out of reach for most people for years due to their hefty price-tags, but at long last, we're finally seeing some great value options popping up everywhere.

Okay, we'll be the first to admit they're still fairly expensive, you're not going to find one that's less than £500, but if you're on the market for a new TV that'll satiate the inner film aficionado or competitive gamer alike, we've got some options that you don't want to miss.

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OLED is a newish type of screen panelling that emits its own light, no backlight required, meaning that response times are very quick, and colour contrast is much stronger, giving darker colour tones a much more noticeable depth.

The first commercially available OLED TVs were made by LG, and they've been making them ever since. But since then, we're not just seeing 4K OLED TVs, we're seeing many different blends of different technologies such as Mini-LED, QD OLED TVs, Neo-OLEDs and many more forms, all with their own benefits.

Previously limited in it's range, OLED TVs now come in a much wider range of sizes. So you won't have to be scouring the internet to find the best 65-inch or best 70-inch TVs. An added bonus of this variety is that you won't have to break the bank to get your ideal OLED TV.

But with so much choice, it may be difficult to select the best OLED TV for you, and this is why we have rounded up the very best of the best on the market.

If after reading our guide you still have any questions, make sure you check out our FAQ section below, or read our comprehensive guide here.

TL;DR the best OLED TVs

The best OLED TVs

Specifications
Screen Size: 48 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
HDR: Yes
HDMI Features: 3 x HDMI 2.0
Energy rating G
Refresh rate: 60 Hz
Guarantee: 5 years
Additional features: α7 Gen4 AI processor, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, Google Assistant, Alexa
Pros Cons
• Fantastic value for a superb OLED TV • Weaker refresh rate may be offputting to gamers
• Solid build quality, very light and thin body

Overview

2021 was a terrific year for TVs, we had Samsung's fantastic QN94A, Philips' awe-inspiring 48OLED806 with Ambilight LED lighting, and of course, LG's OLED48A that has brought the stunning picture quality of OLED to people's homes, without costing them an arm and a leg. Razor-thin, and whip-smart, the LG OLED48A is a wonderful 4K TV at a great price, packed with the next generation of 4K AI processors that upscale image quality in real time, complemented perfectly by Dolby Atmos, that'll bring any cinephile to their knees.

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Specifications
Screen Size: 48 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
HDR: Yes
HDMI Features: 3 x HDMI 2.1 x 2, HDMI 2.0 x 2
Energy rating G
Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Guarantee: 2 years
Additional features: P5 Picture Engine with AI, Google Assistant
Pros Cons
• Stunning HDR with fantastic contrast • Ambilight might not be for everyone
• Fantastic refresh rate

Overview

The perfect TV for gamers and film buffs alike, Philips' 48OLED806 is a seriously brilliant choice for your living room. A super-bright screen with excellent contrast and colour-depth, as well as a pleasant user interface and solid audio output, it's everything you need in a TV, and more. Probably its most unique feature, however, is Philips' patented Ambilight, which casts lights onto your surrounding walls to enhance your sense of immersion. Love it or hate it, we still think it's pretty cool, props to Philips for breaking the mould a little!

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Specifications
Screen Size: 55 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
HDR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1 x 2
Energy rating G
Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Guarantee: 5 years
Additional features: Quantum Processor 4K, Phone to TV, anti-glare screen
Pros Cons
• Cutting edge QD OLED is breathtaking • Very, very expensive
• Perfect for gamers

Overview

For your ultimate viewing pleasure, is the absolute top-tier TV right now; Samsung's QD OLED QE55 4K TV. In an absolutely revolutionary move, Samsung has combined the intense brightness and colour depth of Quantum Dot tech with the sheer speed of OLED to create the perfect viewing experience. At 120 Hz in tandem with easily the best image quality on the market, it's hard not to recommend this admittedly expensive TV.

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Specifications
Screen Size: 55 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
HDR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1 x 2
Energy rating G
Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Guarantee: 5 years
Additional features: 4K X-Reality PRO
Pros Cons
• Fantastic colour and detail • Expensive for 48-inch TV
• Perfect refresh rate for gaming

Overview

Little can be said that isn't entirely obvious about Sony's Bravia KE-48A9 OLED TV, it's remarkably well-made, with an exquisite, thin screen with tiny bezels, with a solid UI, and it's an absolute beast when paired with a PS5 due to its faultless 120 Hz refresh rate. Unlike many other OLEDs, you'll have no issue with brightness here, the KE-48A9 hits 679 nits with ease. For gamers and film buffs alike, this may very well be the TV for you.

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Specifications
Screen Size: 55 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
HDR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.0
Energy rating G
Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Guarantee: 2 years
Additional features: IMAX Enhanced, Google Assistant, DTS Virtual X
Pros Cons
• Fantastic for gaming • Expensive
• Great IMAX Enhanced upscaling

Overview:

Hisense are often overlooked in the battle of the living room television, undeservedly so! Hisense has a ton of fantastically priced, state-of-the-art TVs that are great for gamers and film buffs out there. Our favourite feature of Hisense's 55A9GQ is its IMAX Enhanced upscaling, bringing you that immersive, cinematic experience to your home.

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FAQS:

What is OLED?

Organic Light Emitting Diode, or OLED, is an alternative to traditional LED or LCD panelling found in TV screens that requires no backlight to create pictures. But why is this so beneficial? Well, it means that you can not only cut down on power consumption, but you also massively reduce response times by cutting out the backlight, which is fantastic for gaming. OLED TVs are also much thinner than typical screens, which looks fantastic.

Do I need an OLED TV?

Despite being much cheaper than they initially were, OLED TVs are still expensive, so they're not for everyone. However! You can find a ton of fantastic deals on Amazon and other websites if you're dead-set on getting a top of the line TV for gaming or just casual binge-watching.

Is OLED better than QLED?

This is a bit of a hotly debated issue amongst TV fanatics because there's not a definitive answer to the question; both are brilliant, and both have their flaws. OLED, while incredibly quick, can often look a little dim compared to QLED. On average, OLED TVs produce about 700 nits of brightness, yet QLED TVs can reach up to 4,000 nits. But on the other hand, QLED has generally weaker response times and thicker models.

In recent years we've been seeing a brand new type of screen, however, a QD OLED screen; combining the brightness and colour of QLED with the speed and the dark tones of OLED. While right now QD OLEDs will cost you a pretty penny, they're worth looking out for!

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What is refresh rate?

Refresh rate describes how fast a screen is able to create new images per second, a screen with a 60 Hz refresh rate can create 60 images per second, for example. But why is this important? Well, the more images that are produced per second, the smoother the overall appearance of the output, giving your movies and games a silky smooth, more natural feel.

Ryan is a tech writer and reviewer for What's The Best, specialising in PCs and gaming. He is a keen PC gamer and an avid reader.

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