Best TVs of 2024: Tested and reviewed

At Tom's Guide, we're always hunting for the best TV. As new models come out, we put them through a rigorous testing regiment, all to help you make the best decision you can possibly make when shopping for a new OLED or QLED TV. We test all the top TVs each year — close to four dozen of them — and these are the 4K TVs that we recommend. 

What are we looking for when we review the best TVs? We want everything that you want: great picture quality, rich sound, and all of the smart features available today. We take all those metrics and weigh them against the price of the TV to help you decide what's worth your money.

To evaluate each TV, we test them in our labs and in the real world, measuring everything from color reproduction and color accuracy to lag time for gaming performance. Plus, we gauge picture and sound quality by watching some of the most popular shows and movies. 

So what are the best TVs available now? Based on our testing recently named the Hisense U8K to the top spot due to its on-going affordability and phenomenal performance. Other top-scoring models like the LG G3 OLED and Samsung QN90C still hold high rankings on our list, but we wanted to place a higher emphasis on more affordable models.

With new TVs just announced at CES 2024 like the LG C4 OLED, Hisense UX (2024), TCL QM8 (2024) and Samsung QN90D, expect to see this page changing quite a lot over the next few months as the latest models make their way through our testing protocols.

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Nick Pino is the Managing Editor, TV and AV at Tom's Guide
Written by
Nick Pino

My name's Nick and I look after our guides to the best TVs, best OLED TVs and best 4K TVs. Most of my day is spent watching and evaluating new screens from LG, Samsung, Sony, Hisense, TCL and Vizio. I have 10 years of experience in AV, and before I joined Tom's Guide I was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar. I love helping people find the perfect TV, so please feel free to reach out over email or tag me on Twitter and I can help you out.

The quick list

Here's a quick overview of the best TVs you can buy right now based on our testing and reviews. And keep up on scrolling if you want to see our in-depth analysis of all the top TVs for every budget. 

The best TVs you can buy today

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Best TV

The Hisense U8K offers the best bang for your buck

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (2 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 57.2 × 35.9 × 14.8 inches
Weight: 56.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Extremely bright
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Incredibly colorful
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Great sound quality
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Built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner

Reasons to avoid

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Color accuracy can be an issue
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Not the lowest lag
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Colors desaturate off-axis
Buy it if

✅ You want a Mini-LED TV for its performance: Its peak brightness exceeds any TV around that price, and its color reproduction is as good as some of this year’s best TVs. 

You use Google devices and services: Google TV is smart and well-rounded, especially for those in Google’s ecosystem, and who already use services like Google Assistant.

✅ You want a TV with good sound: Audio performance is a lot like the HDR performance — it’s great. The U8K's 2.1.2 speaker system is plenty powerful for most medium-sized living rooms.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You care about color accuracy: Colors, while vibrant, aren’t going to look all that natural.

❌ You want a super-fast gaming TV: Anything lower than 20 milliseconds is considered nearly imperceptible, but it does mean that serious gamers will be better served with one of the other TVs on that table.

❌ You have a big family that gather around the TV:   Colors will desaturate as you shift off-axis. This is relatively common for Mini-LED TVs so it’s not anything surprising, but it’s an area that companies like Hisense will have to improve upon

The bottom line

📺 The Hisense U8K ULED is one of the most colorful TVs we’ve tested and puts out above average light for its price point. There’s room for improvement here — especially when it comes to input lag and color accuracy — but the U8K vastly improves on the Hisense U8H from 2022. ★★★★

What you need to know
The Hisense U8K sits at the top of our list of the best TVs because it offers an incredible bang for your buck. Its deep, rich colors, high level of contrast and high peak brightness put it well-above any other TV at this price point. What's more, we find this TV works in almost any living room, even one with lots of ambient light. Thanks to its Mini-LED lighting, colors don't desaturate as you move off-axis, and its  Full Array Local Dimming panel helps the TV retain good black levels in scenes with higher levels of brightness. In our testing, we measured its color saturation levels at a groundbreaking 80% of the Rec2020 Color Space, all thanks to its quantum dot filter and Mini-LED panel. In short, the U8K performs like a TV twice the cost.

So why doesn't it get a perfect 5 out of 5 score from us? Well, it does have its faults, as you'd expect from any TV under $1,000. It has a middling input lag (13.2ms) and its Google TV smart platform can be slightly slow when when jumping from one streaming app to another. Also, although the TV has a very wide color gamut, its accuracy right out of the box is around 4.46 (measured by a Delta E value). 

These issues are unlikely to affect your enjoyment of the TV, but it does show that there's still room for improvement here. If you want a TV that has faster response times or more accurate colors (and you don't mind paying more for it) then the Sony A95L or Samsung S90C OLED found lower on our list are worth buying instead.

Design: For our tests, we used a 65-inch model. At 56.4 pounds this TV is relatively hefty and will require two people to put into place, especially if you plan on wall-mounting. To mount, make sure you buy a 400mm x 400mm VESA Wall Mount Standard which, thankfully, shouldn't be hard to find as it's relatively common. If you want to simply place it on top of an entertainment center, you can do that using the two included legs that come in the box. The U8K allows for two different leg configurations, a wider stance and a narrower one, to accommodate different spaces. We highly recommend using the wider stance whenever possible to reduce the possibility of the TV tipping over.

Performance: We were incredibly impressed with the Hisense U8K's performance. In our lab tests, conducted by Tom's Guide's Head of Testing Matthew Murray, the Hisense U8K was able to go toe-to-toe with the much more expensive Samsung QN90C and even surpasses it in some key metrics like SDR brightness and color saturation. It cannot be understated how impressive this is. 

As we mentioned earlier, the biggest issue in terms of performance is the Hisense U8K's color accuracy — it performed worse out-of-the-box than the Samsung QN90C or the rival LG C3 OLED. This can be fixed with some fine-tuning or proper calibration, but just aware that right out of the box colors can look a bit oversaturated. Serious gamers might also notice the smallest bit of latency. Anything under 20 milliseconds is nearly imperceptible to the human eye, but there are other TVs that have a hair less input lag for a slightly more responsive feel.

Smart TV: We genuinely like Google TV as a smart platform and we think you will, too. It does a phenomenal job at surfacing new and recommended content for you to watch and it has access to all the main streaming services. Even better, it doesn't really push you to use one service over another the same way an Amazon Fire TV might. The only potential issue is that you might notice a bit of a slowdown when you switch from one streaming app to the next.  

Read the full review: Hisense U8K Mini-LED TV

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Rating scorecard
AttributesNotesRating
PriceStrong performance for the price.★★★★☆
DesignA great-looking TV but not OLED-levels of thin.★★★★☆
PerformanceShows and movies give off a serious ‘wow’ factor.★★★★★
Smart TVThe best smart TV operating system on the market.★★★★★