10 Best Televisions Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

With the latest in technology becoming more affordable and more accessible, it can be much easier to find a good TV without spending a ton of money. For those who have a higher budget, there are also plenty of TV options with all the features you could ever want or need for home entertainment.

Choosing the best TV for your home depends on the amount of space you have and the ways in which you plan to use your TV. Some are designed for use with the internet and make it easy to stream movies, shows, and other entertainment. TVs come in many different sizes so that you can have the ideal size for your room and wall space. For a bedroom, you may want an option under 40 inches.

Top 10 Televisions

Bestseller No. 1
TCL 50S425 50 inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV (2019)
380 Reviews
TCL 50S425 50 inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV (2019)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 44. 1" X 25. 7" X 3. 2", TV with stand: 44. 1" X 28" X 8"
  • Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500, 000 movies and TV episodes, accessible...
Bestseller No. 2
TCL 40S325 40 Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV (2019)
716 Reviews
TCL 40S325 40 Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV (2019)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 35.6" X 20.5" X 2.9", TV with stand: 35.6" X 22.7" X 7.2"
  • Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500, 000 movies and TV episodes, accessible...
Bestseller No. 3
Insignia NS-39DF510NA19 39-inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV- Fire TV Edition
1086 Reviews
Insignia NS-39DF510NA19 39-inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV- Fire TV Edition
  • Insignia Full HD Smart TV - Fire TV Edition delivers 1080p picture quality for lifelike detail, rich contrast,...
  • With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including...
Bestseller No. 4
Samsung UN65RU7100FXZA Flat 65'' 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV (2019)
18 Reviews
Samsung UN65RU7100FXZA Flat 65'' 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV (2019)
  • 4K UHD Processor: A powerful processor optimizes your tv's performance with 4K picture quality
  • HDR: See shades of color that reveal more detail than HDTV can deliver
Bestseller No. 5
Toshiba 50LF621U19 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - Fire TV Edition
3558 Reviews
Toshiba 50LF621U19 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - Fire TV Edition
  • Toshiba 4K UHD Smart TV - Fire TV Edition delivers true-to-life 4K Ultra HD picture quality with over 8...
  • With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including...
Bestseller No. 6
TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
4602 Reviews
TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 49.1" x 28.5" x 3", TV with stand: 49.1" x 30.8" x 8.7"
  • Smart functionality offers access to over 4,000 streaming channels featuring more than 450,000 movies and TV...
Bestseller No. 7
TCL 65S517 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model)
736 Reviews
TCL 65S517 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model)
  • Dimensions (w x H x D): TV without stand: 57.2" x 32.8" x 2.8", TV with stand: 57.2" x 35.0" x 11.6"
  • Smart Functionality offers access to thousands of streaming channels featuring more than 500, 000 movies and...
Bestseller No. 8
Samsung UN40NU7100FXZA Flat 40' 4K UHD 7 Series Smart LED TV (2018)
774 Reviews
Samsung UN40NU7100FXZA Flat 40" 4K UHD 7 Series Smart LED TV (2018)
  • PurColor: Enjoy millions of shades of color, fine tuned to create an incredibly vibrant picture. Motion Rate...
  • HDR: View stunning high dynamic range content with a TV designed to support HDR10+
Bestseller No. 9
LG Electronics 43UK6300PUE 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model)
551 Reviews
LG Electronics 43UK6300PUE 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model)
  • Dimensions (Wx H x D): TV without stand 38.5" x 22.6" x 3.2", TV with stand: 38.5" x 24.8" x 8.5"
  • LG UHD TVs with AI (Artificial Intelligence) ThinQ become the hub for your connected smart devices. Beyond...
Bestseller No. 10
Vizio E65-F0 65' Class E-Series 4K HDR Smart TV (Renewed)
1 Reviews
Vizio E65-F0 65" Class E-Series 4K HDR Smart TV (Renewed)
  • This Certified Refurbished product has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal to no...
  • 4K Ultra HD creates a new level of lifelike clarity.

TV Buying Guide

You’d think shopping for a TV would be simple, given that it’s a pretty mature product category. But buying a TV still involves many choices, some of which may be new to you. You’ll see plenty of Ultra HD (UHD), or 4K, TVs with greater promised picture detail than that of HDTVs, and improved contrast and color. There’s also a new 4K featured, called high dynamic range, or HDR, which promises brighter, more dynamic images, and more vivid, lifelike colors. So one question you’ll face is whether it’s time to move to one of these newer 4K UHD TVs or stick with a regular 1080p set.

Screen Size

Perhaps the most important choice you’re going to make with a new TV is the size of the screen. TV screens are measured diagonally, and they range in size from fewer than 20 inches to more than 80 inches. However, not many people shop at the extremes. Televisions going into kitchens or small bedrooms might measure just 24 to 32 inches, but if you’re shopping for your primary TV, we recommend going bigger—say, a set with a 50- to 65-inch screen. You could consider an even bigger set for spacious family rooms or if you’ll be sitting very far from the TV.

Choose Between HD and Ultra HD

These terms refer to the TV’s native resolution. A regular high-definition (HD) set is also a called a 1080p model because its screen resolution is 1920×1080. That means it has 1,920 pixels horizontally and 1,080 pixels vertically, so it contains roughly 2 million pixels in all. Think of pixels, short for “picture elements,” as the tiny individual dots that make up the TV’s picture.

Ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs, also called 4K TVs, have screen resolutions of 3840×2160, so they contain 8 million pixels or four times the number of individual pixels as an HD set. The more densely packed array of pixels in UHD sets makes them capable of greater picture detail. The benefits of a UHD TV are more apparent in larger screen sizes—say, 65 inches and above—or when you’d like to sit closer to the TV than you could with a 1080p set.

Types of HDR

So far we’ve been talking about HDR as if it were just one technology, but there are a few types of HDR, each following a different set of technical specs.

One type, called HDR10, has been adopted as an open standard. It’s free to use, and all 4K TVs with HDR support it. That’s also true of all 4K ultra HD Blu-ray players and HDR programming, so you won’t be stuck with a set that can’t play HDR.

But some TVs also offer another type of HDR, called Dolby Vision, which is being promoted as an enhanced version of HDR10. Companies pay a licensing fee to use it. On paper, it has some advantages. In particular, it supports “dynamic” metadata, where the brightness levels for a movie or show can be tweaked scene by scene. In contrast, HDR10 uses “static” metadata, where brightness levels are set for the entire movie or show.

Are All HDR TVs Created Equal?

No. Our tests show that not every TV with “HDR” written on the box produces equally rich, lifelike images.  First of all, TVs are all over the map when it comes to picture quality, HDR or no HDR. But there are also challenges specific to this technology. Most notably, a TV might not be bright enough to really deliver on HDR. To understand why you need to know your “nits,” the units used to measure brightness.

How Can I Tell a Great HDR TV From a Bad One?

Unfortunately, you can’t just read the packaging—or even rely on how the picture looks in the store. Though some TVs carry an “Ultra HD Premium” logo, indicating that they’ve been certified as high-performance sets by an industry group called the UHD Alliance, not all companies are going along. For example, LG and Samsung participate in the program; Sony and Vizio don’t.

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