Best TVs of 2018By Reviewed Staff
Virtually every American living room is home to a TV, and most of them work just fine. But for some viewers, "just fine" simply isn't good enough. For these discerning cinephiles, gamers, and techies, only the best will do.
But what makes a TV the best of the best? Every year, TV manufacturers add new bells and whistles that promise the latest and greatest in picture quality. But while the buzzwords may change, the basics of a good TV usually remain the same—bright whites, inky blacks, accurate colors, smooth motion, and high resolution.
We've put all of the hottest TVs on the market through a battery of tests in our Cambridge, Massachusetts labs, teasing out their individual strengths and weaknesses. The few that excel in every department have earned the right to be called the Best Right Now. But consider yourself warned: These beauties don't come cheap.
Updated January 11, 2018
The dream of a cheap OLED may have to wait until next year, but one look at the C7 is all it takes to fall head-over-heels in love.. All in all, the rich, accurate color; perfect black levels; wide viewing; and generally smooth, acceptable motion settings combine to make for a picture that is truly breathtaking. Like top-notch HDR, OLED is one of those TV experiences you kind of have to see to believe.
Features like a remote with voice-search and Alexa compatibility are welcome additions, but they also aren't hugely compelling reasons for 2017 buyers to upgrade to a 2018 model. However, if you've been waiting to buy an OLED, take it from the already psyched 2017 owners: if all that can be improved right now is processors and software, it's a safe bet you're still buying some of the best picture quality around.
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This is one of Samsung's QLED TVs, meaning its major claim to fame is the use of quantum dot technology to boost its light output and color volume. Available in 65- and 75-inch sizes, both Q9FN models are beautifully designed and equipped with the latest in TV tech. As you might guess, these are expensive, premium-grade TVs.
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Despite being entry-level OLEDs, both the 55- and 65-inch models in LG's B7 Series are phenomenal. These 4K OLEDs perform at the highest level, delivering the perfect black levels and rich colors we've come to expect from OLED TVs. All told, the B7 Series makes perfect sense for people who've been hunting for a great HDR OLED but who'd like to spend as little as possible to land one.
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Just as we expected, the Q9 flagship is a knockout set. This TV packs in all the hot tech from 2017: quantum dot color, High Dynamic Range compatibility, and 4K resolution. Where 65-inch sets are concerned, the $3,500 Q9 is one of the year's top choices for big-spenders and videophiles.