The 3 best LCD/LED TVs of 2022

Our selection

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Hisense U8H series

The Hisense U8H matches the excellent brightness and color performance of much more expensive LCD TVs, and its smart Google TV platform is a welcome addition. However, it is only available in three screen sizes.

Hisense U8H gathers many advanced TV technologies – quantum dots for richer color saturation, mini-LED backlight with local dimming for better black levels and overall contrast, and a 120Hz refresh rate for better motion – and uses them to stunning effect. (See the TV features defined for an explanation of these terms.) This TV features the latest iteration of the Google TV platform and thanks to its impressive peak brightness and color saturation (and compatibility with all major HDR formats). The U8H also has all the features it needs to excel as a gaming monitor, with two wideband HDMI 2.1 inputs enabling 4K 120Hz gaming from the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Apart from being limited to three screen sizes – 55, 65 and 75 inches – the U8H’s only major drawback is the somewhat narrow horizontal viewing angle, which can make the image look washed out if you’re sitting too far to the side. ; this is a common problem with many LCD TVs.

Upgrade selection

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Samsung QN90B series

The Samsung QN90B offers a cleaner, more refined picture than our top pick, as well as wider viewing angles on a wider range of screen sizes.

The Samsung QN90B is the direct successor to our previous upgrade, the QN90A, and continues the tradition of offering superior LCD performance across a wide range of screen sizes. Like the Hisense U8H, the QN90B features quantum dots, mini-LED backlighting and a 120Hz refresh rate, which together provide excellent performance for TV shows, movies and video games. Unlike the U8H, however, the QN90B is available in seven screen sizes – from 43 to 98 inches – and offers comparably better video processing and better off-angle viewing than our top pick. And that may justify its higher price for videophiles and enthusiasts. Although not compatible with the Dolby Vision HDR format, the QN90B is compatible with other major high dynamic range formats, and its high peak brightness and rich colors make it an excellent choice for watching HDR video. You also get Samsung’s redesigned Tizen smart TV platform and four wideband HDMI 2.1 inputs, which is great news for gamers who own more than one current-gen gaming console. But if you want the QN90B’s range of advantages over our top pick, be prepared to pay hundreds more for the same-sized screen.

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Choosing a budget

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Vizio M-Series Quantum X

The Vizio M-Series Quantum X keeps its price low by ditching the beefier mini-LED backlight systems used in our top picks, but still delivers solid picture quality — especially for gamers. However, it only comes in three screen sizes.

If you’re looking to keep costs low but still want a bright LCD TV with a 120Hz refresh rate that reduces motion blur and delivers a better gaming experience, the Vizio M-Series Quantum X (MQX) packs a punch with the same performance-enhancing features as our top pick: quantum points, LED backlighting with local dimming and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. However, it eschews the mini-LED backlight systems you get on our Hisense and Samsung picks; this lowers the price but comes with some disadvantages. Although this Vizio TV supports all the major HDR formats and produces a very decent 4K HDR picture, the lack of mini-LED means it’s not as bright and has less precise backlight control compared to our other picks. Plus, you only get one wideband HDMI 2.1 input. Vizio’s SmartCast platform, while serviceable, isn’t our favorite smart TV interface, but it does include most popular video services. The Vizio M-Series Quantum X is available in a smaller 50-inch screen size that sells for an extremely affordable price, as well as 65-inch and 75-inch (but not 55-inch) sizes. If you’re looking to save even more money and don’t need a 120Hz refresh rate, consider one of our favorite budget LCD TVs instead.

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