Best TVs in Australia for 2021

If you’re looking to upgrade your viewing experience, here are the 12 best TVs available in Australia that you can buy right now.

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How did we pick this list?

Finder's team checked out more than 100 TVs from leading manufacturers to pick out the best options in several categories. We chose the TVs on this list after reading hundreds of user reviews and checking out the crucial details of each model, such as tech specs, size and price.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

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2020 Finder Retail Award: Best TV brand

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If you're looking for an easy-to-use TV, then a Samsung model is likely to be a good fit. Topping the list for ease of use and sound quality, it also rated highly for picture quality.

The 2020 Finder Retail Awards measured the customer satisfaction of thousands of Australians across more than 150 categories of retail products from 400+ brands. See the full breakdown.

Best overall TV: Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K Smart TV (QA75QN900AWXXY)

Pros

  • Best-in-class image quality
  • Super thin bezels

Cons

  • Absurdly expensive
  • Inexplicably lacks Dolby Vision and Atmos
Price (RRP): $9,999.00
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Samsung is known for its exceptional screens, and its new QN900A Neo QLED 8K Smart TV brings about a new generation of technology that sets it apart from the rest. With unrivalled image quality and a clean design that almost entirely eliminates pesky bezels, the QN900A is the best overall TV money can buy.

Samsung's best TV boasts the company's innovative Neo QLED display technology. The new tech tackles the biggest complaint people had with older QLED panels: backlight blooming. Thanks to Mini LED, there are far more lighting zones on the QN900A, allowing pixels to light up more precisely while simultaneously switching off unneeded lights to produce deep blacks in dark scenes. The difference is so significant that it can just about rival OLED screens, and you get the bonus of not having to worry about burn-in at the same time. With a screen like that, there's no wonder why Samsung is Finder's best-rated TV brand.

Regardless of what you're watching on the QN900A, you won't be distracted by bezels. The Infinity Display takes up basically every inch of the TV's real estate and makes for one of the most immersive viewing experiences money can buy. The 8K display handles almost everything you could throw its way, with fantastic upscaling of lower resolution content.

While there is no doubt that the QN900A is an exceptional TV, its exorbitant price tag makes it unattainable for many. Luckily, you can save a couple of grand by opting for the 65-inch variant instead, and Samsung often has sales that significantly lower the price. On top of the hard to swallow pricing, the QN900A misses out on a few features you'd expect a TV of this calibre to have, like Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.

Our pick for the best TV you can buy right now has some pretty favourable reviews, earning a rating of 4.7 out of 5 from almost 100 reviews on Google. Buyers were stoked with the QN900A's almost-borderless Infinity Display and loved the overall image quality of that massive 8K panel. Some complained that the TV has poor calibration out of the box, and others weren't super happy with the asking price.


Best value TV: Sony Bravia XR A80J (XR-55A80J)

Pros

  • Phenomenal OLED panel
  • Powered by Google TV

Cons

  • Some features aren't available yet
  • Only 2 HDMI 2.1 ports
Price (RRP): $2,995.00
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Many feature-packed TVs have exorbitant price tags, but Sony has managed to cram plenty of high-end features into its sub-$3,000 55-inch A80J. With a stunning OLED display, fantastic Google TV operating system and high-end feature set, the A80J is the best value TV you can buy today.

OLED is considered by many to be the best display tech available to consumers at the moment, and Sony's iteration lives up to the hype. The display on the A80J produces life-like colours and deep blacks that are hard to replicate on other screens, and with high-end enhancement technologies like Dolby Vision, everything you watch should look sharp. The TV's design won't distract you either, thanks to minimal bezels.

Unlike Samsung and LG, Sony is shipping all of its new 2021 TVs with Google TV, one of the most powerful and feature-rich operating systems you'll find on a Smart TV today. It will recommend content based on the sorts of shows and movies you're interested in, and there are hundreds of apps available for everything from listening to music to watching catch-up TV from Australia's free-to-air channels. There is even Chromecast built right into the TV, so you can quickly cast heaps of content straight from your phone.

While the A80J packs in plenty of features for the price, some aren't available yet. Sony says a future firmware update will bring variable refresh rate (VRR) to the TV, but there is no indication on when that will happen. It's probably not an issue for general users, but gamers might notice screen tearing while waiting for the update. Competing TVs, like the similarly-priced QN90A from Samsung, already have VRR enabled. There are also only 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, meaning you'll have to hook up your PS5 and Xbox Series X to HDMI 3 and 4 to unlock 120fps gaming at 4K.

Buyers were pretty happy with their new A80Js, awarding the TV with a 4.6 out of 5 rating from more than 100 reviews on Google. The A80J got praise for its audio and video quality, with customers calling it vibrant and bright. Some users weren't as pleased with its motion processing or the style of the remote.


Best 75-inch TV: LG C1 OLED (OLED77C1PTB)

Pros

  • Phenomenal image quality
  • Full of features

Cons

  • You pay a pretty premium for its extreme size
  • There is always a risk of OLED burn-in
Price (RRP): $7,499.00
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If you're looking at grabbing a TV as big as 75 inches, you're probably going to want top-notch visual quality so you can make the most of all that screen real estate. While LG's C1 is actually a 77-inch TV, the gorgeous OLED panel produces some of the best colours you can find on a TV today. Chock-full of performance and visual enhancement features, the C1 is the best (close enough to) 75-inch TV you can buy.

Sporting one of LG's best OLED panels, the C1 was always going to be a top performer as far as image quality goes. The self-lit pixels produce more than a billion colours, and you won't have to worry about blooming since those individual pixels can switch off to create a pure black image. You'll also find features like Dolby Vision and HDR 10 Pro on the C1, which makes colours incredibly vibrant whenever you're watching compatible shows and movies. There's one glaring downside of that gorgeous OLED panel: burn-in. Anything with an OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in if you display static images on it for a significant period.

The C1 has just about every feature under the sun. Cinephiles will love the inclusion of industry-leading technologies like Dolby Atmos. Gamers can take full advantage of their next-gen consoles with full support for 4K gaming at 120 frames per second. It also comes with AMD's FreeSync adaptive sync technology that prevents screen tearing, and the TV proudly wears the Nvidia G-Sync compatible badge too.

If you're looking to grab a C1 for yourself, you'll need to be prepared to swallow the $7,499 cost of the 75-inch variant. There are plenty of alternatives that come in at a far lower price if you want a 75-inch TV without the high price tag, though.

The C1 is one of the most highly-rated TVs on this list, with more than 600 customers awarding it a rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Google. Users said the TV was easy to set up and were blown away by the image quality from the display. Buyers were a little worried about the risk of burn-in, and some had challenges navigating through LG's webOS operating system.


Best 65-inch TV: Samsung QN800A Neo QLED 8K Smart TV (QA65QN800AWXXY)

Pros

  • Cutting-edge 8K screen
  • Ludicrously slim

Cons

  • Quite pricey
  • There is not much 8K content out there
Price (RRP): $4,999.00
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There is an abundance of 65-inch TVs on the market thanks to the size's popularity, but Samsung's QN800A Neo QLED 8K Smart TV shines above the rest. With an impressively sharp and bright 8K Neo QLED display and thin design, the QN800A is the best 65-inch TV you can buy today.

The big selling point of the QN800A is its outstanding display. The new Neo QLED panel is a huge step up over past generations, with the new Mini LED backlighting able to make images brighter and produce deeper blacks than you'd see on traditional LED TVs. It's not quite as good as OLED, which can produce pure blacks thanks to its self-lit pixels, but you don't have the same risk of burn-in either.

The QN800A has a striking yet familiar design, with the 8K TV looking very similar to its more expensive sibling, the QN900A. The QN800A sports a super-thin build that makes it ideal for being mounted to the wall, and it also has tiny bezels that won't distract from what's happening on screen.

While 8K TVs are much more affordable than they once were, they're still out of reach for many. With an asking price of $4,999, the QN800A is still ridiculously pricey. There's not much in the way of 8K content for you to watch yet either.

Samsung's middle-of-the-road 8K TV is one of the most-liked TVs on this list, according to almost 100 reviewers on Google, with the QN800A earning a rating of 4.8 out of 5. Users were blown away by the TV's 8K upscaling technology and loved the overall image quality you get from the Neo QLED panel. Some users did experience some issues connecting soundbars to the TV though.


Best 55-inch TV: Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K Smart TV (QA55QN90AAWXXY)

Pros

  • Samsung's next-gen Neo QLED technology is fantastic
  • Remarkably thin

Cons

  • Only 1 HDMI 2.1 port
  • Not the best built-in speakers
Price (RRP): $3,499.00
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Heaps of high-end TVs don't come in 55-inch variants, but Samsung's top-of-the-line 4K TV does. The QN90A boasts an ultra-thin design, almost non-existent bezels and the company's new (and incredible) Neo QLED technology, making it the best 55-inch TV you can buy.

The screen is the most important component of any TV, and Samsung nailed it with the QN90A. The 4K panel outputs impressively vibrant video thanks to its HDR10+ support, and the Neo Quantum 4K processor can almost flawlessly upscale lower resolution content to breathe new life into it. You also get the benefits of AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, so you can play the latest games at super-high frame rates without worrying about screen tearing. Dedicated gamers might be disappointed by the QN90A's single HDMI 2.1 port, limiting 4K gaming at 120 frames per second to one device at a time.

The 4K panel found on the QN90A is significantly upgraded over last year's models. Thanks to Samsung's Neo QLED display tech, the QN90A can rival the rich colours and deep blacks of OLED TVs for the first time, while practically eliminating the risk of burn-in at the same time.

Similar to how phones have slowly shrunk their bezels, TVs are slimming down too. The QN90A is less than 3cm thick, and its NeoSlim design means that the bezels are nearly non-existent. That thin design comes at a cost though. The speakers on the QN90A aren't the punchiest you'll see on a TV. With a total output of 60W, it's not the weakest sounding TV on this list, but it pales in comparison to even a basic soundbar.

Buyers were impressed with the QN90A, awarding the TV with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 on Google. Many users were impressed with the QN90A's overall image quality, as well as with the display's brightness. Others were particularly pleased with how Neo QLED handles darker scenes. Unfortunately, several reviewers complained of poor quality control, and some weren't satisfied with the remote either.


Best 4K TV under $1,000: Samsung AU8000 Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV (UA50AU8000WXXY)

Pros

  • Tizen OS is great and easy to use
  • Premium look without the hefty price

Cons

  • Only 3 HDMI ports total
  • Lacks game-ready features
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A heap of budget options are available when you're looking for a TV, but often saving on price comes at the cost of visual quality. Samsung's entry-level TV, the AU8000, is different. It comes with a great 4K screen, premium-looking design and fantastic user interface, making it the best 4K TV available for less than $1,000.

4K has become the standard resolution for modern TVs, and the AU8000 does a fantastic job of squeezing the most out of its more than 8 million pixels. It's not the sharpest or brightest panel in Samsung's line-up, but it still supports image enhancement features like HDR10+ and HLG that provide more vibrant video playback. The TV even supports Auto Low Latency Mode for gamers. For less than a grand, you're getting plenty of value out of the 50-inch display.

There are many different operating systems found on Smart TVs, but luckily for the AU8000, Samsung's Tizen is one of the best. It's simple and easy to use, and you can even control it with Bixby, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa if that's your thing. Those into streaming won't have to worry about app support, with everything from Kayo to Disney+ available for download.

Like several of Samsung's other TVs, the AU8000 utilises the company's AirSlim design language that gives it a thin form factor and premium look without jacking up the price.

While the AU8000 is physically thin, measuring in at less than 3cm in thickness, it's also pretty minimal on features. For the movie buffs, there's no Dolby Atmos and no Dolby Vision. There is no adaptive sync or 4K at 120 frames per second for gamers either. It's possible to pick up an alternative TV at around this price with far more features, but overall, reviews and ratings indicate that the Samsung panel produces a far crisper image.

Samsung's budget-friendly TV earned plenty of praise from its customers, earning a rating of 4.6 out of 5 from more than 250 reviews on Google. Buyers said the TV was a great value buy and loved the clear and sharp image it displays. Others weren't quite as impressed with the sound quality though.


Best 4K TV under $2,000: Samsung Q70A QLED 4K Smart TV (QA55Q70AAWXXY)

Pros

  • Powerful and easy to use
  • Great for console gamers

Cons

  • Weak speakers
  • Stuck with a single HDMI 2.1 port
Average Price: $1,949.00
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Buying a high-quality TV doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Samsung's Q70A QLED 4K Smart TV can handle everything from fast-paced console gaming to Netflix binge sessions, making it the best 4K TV you can buy for less than $2,000.

While it's one of Samsung's more affordable TVs, the Q70A is not a poor performer by any stretch of the imagination. It comes with Samsung's Quantum Processor 4K, which handles the upscaling of lower-resolution footage extraordinarily well and allows for sharper, more vibrant colours thanks to HDR10+ and HLG support. Powered by the Tizen Smart TV operating system, you can easily catch up on free-to-air shows or stream the latest movies straight from the Q70A.

Unlike the $1,000 pick, the Q70A caters for passionate gamers who want to make the most of their new Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles. The inclusion of AMD's FreeSync Premium Pro technology eliminates screen tearing and reduces any artifacting, significantly improving action-packed gaming experiences. While it only works on the TV's single HDMI 2.1 port, you can also utilise the next-gen console's ability to play games in 4K at 120 frames per second.

If you care about the sound quality you get from your TV, you'll probably be disappointed by the painfully weak speakers on the Q70A. With an output of just 20W, you'll probably be wanting to buy a soundbar to complement the gorgeous display.

Samsung's Q70A QLED 4K Smart TV has an outstanding rating of 4.7 out of 5 from more than 700 reviews on Google. Buyers praised the TV for its more attainable price and excellent image quality. A couple of customers said that you'd probably benefit from buying a soundbar to accompany the TV, and others complained of backlight blooming.


Best high-end 4K TV: Sony Bravia XR A90J (XR-65A90J)

Pros

  • Remarkable OLED panel
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and Vision

Cons

  • VRR not yet enabled
  • OLED panels can suffer from burn-in
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It will be a while before 8K content is widely available, so there is still plenty to be said for buying a great 4K TV. Sony's A90J sports a gorgeous OLED panel and boasts fantastic features such as Dolby Vision and Atmos to enhance the movies and shows you're viewing, making it the best high-end 4K TV you can buy.

Regardless of what you're watching, the OLED screen on the A90J will look phenomenal. With support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, compatible shows and movies will look fantastic with vivid colours, while those self-lit pixels make for clear images with deep blacks. Sony's Cognitive Processor XR handles upscaling supremely well, too.

Like Sony's other 2021 TVs, the A90J runs Google TV. The intelligent Smart TV operating system is one of the best, with fantastic support for voice control, plenty of apps and content suggestions tailored towards your interests. The A90J also has Chromecast built in, allowing you to stream to the TV from your phone or laptop with ease.

While there's no doubt the OLED screen looks phenomenal, there's always that ongoing risk of burn-in hanging over it. Things should be okay so long as you shy away from static elements in places like video games or news bulletins, but it's a notable disadvantage you have to account for when buying an OLED.

The A90J would be a fantastic pick for gamers, but it's missing one of the most critical features for playing modern high-refresh-rate titles: Variable Refresh Rate technology. While countless TVs already have AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync enabled to combat screen tearing, Sony is falling behind. The company is slated to release an update to turn on VRR soon.

Sony's A90J impressed buyers, with its rating of 4.8 out of 5 from more than 400 reviews on Google. The OLED TV is one of the highest-rated picks on this list, with users complimenting it for its deep colours straight out of the box. People loved using Google TV too. Some weren't thrilled with having only a couple of HDMI 2.1 ports and complained about the current lack of VRR.


Best TV for gaming: LG C1 OLED (OLED55C1PTB)

Pros

  • Supports 4K gaming at 120 frames per second
  • Fantastic adaptive sync technology

Cons

  • Very similar to the last generation CX models
  • Seriously underpowered speakers
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With the next generation of consoles upping the graphics game, TVs have had to step up to support the new technology. LG's C1 ticks all of the boxes for gamers, with the fantastic OLED display capable of pushing out 120 frames per second at 4K, while its adaptive sync technology ensures those frames remain smooth. At its retail price of $3,499, the 55-inch variant is the best TV you can buy for gaming.

At its core, the LG's C1 is a very similar TV to last year's CX models. That isn't a bad thing at all, seeing as the CX is one of the all-time best gaming TVs. Still, the C1 boasts 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, so you can take advantage of your console's full performance regardless of what port it's running off. You also get the benefit of being able to run games in 4K at 120 frames per second, and you won't have to worry about any choppy video thanks to its inclusion of AMD FreeSync Premium. PC gamers will be happy to see that the C1 is one of the few TVs to carry official Nvidia G-Sync certification too.

You'll get similar in-game performance on the C1 as you would from LG's more expensive G1, so if you're thinking of getting one or the other, this is the far better choice from a value for money perspective.

Despite the relatively steep $3,499 price tag of the C1 OLED, it sports some unimpressive speakers. Its total audio output is 40W, which is tiny when you look at the 80W speakers found on Samsung's QN900A, and even the 60W speakers on the QN90A (which is $50 cheaper than the C1 at retail).

The C1 is incredibly popular, earning a rating of 4.8 out of 5 from more than 600 reviews on Google. Users loved how simple it was to connect their consoles to the TV to take advantage of super-high frame rates. Others were impressed with the overall processing capabilities that enable the TV to output crisp upscaled video. Some weren't as pleased with the set-up process or webOS's interface, and the risk of burn-in made some worry.


Best 8K TV: Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K Smart TV (QA85QN900AWXXY)

Pros

  • Fabulous Neo QLED display
  • Remarkably immersive

Cons

  • Lacks Dolby Vision and Atmos
  • It's the most expensive TV on this list
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Samsung is leading the next generation of screen technology, with its 8K TVs shining above the rest of the competition. Its top-of-the-line QN900A is our pick for the best overall TV too, and the 85-inch variant we've picked here fits a stellar Neo QLED panel into a streamlined, immersive form factor, making it the best 8K TV on the market.

We touched on it earlier in this round-up, but the Neo QLED display on the QN900A is simply one of the best you can find. The new display gets incredibly bright and can produce rich blacks that more closely resemble OLED screens than previous LEDs have been able to. You get the usual gamut of HDR technologies on the QN900A, including HDR10+ and HLG, but you do miss out on Dolby Vision. Audiophiles will also note the lack of Dolby Atmos.

The QN900A has a bleeding-edge design that makes it thinner than you'd ever expect from something as bright and beautiful as it. The screen is just as slim, with near-invisible bezels removing any possible distractions from the display.

While you get a lot of TV for your money, the QN900A will set you back a staggering $11,995. If you don't feel like spending almost $12,000 on a TV, smaller models of the QN900A drop the price below $10,000. If you don't need the best of the best, Samsung's QN800A and QN700A are still fantastic 8K Neo QLED options too.

Samsung's top-shelf TV impressed customers, with the QN900A receiving a rating of 4.7 out of 5 from just shy of 100 reviews on Google. Users loved how upscaled content looks on the 8K display, and others appreciated the practically bezel-less design of the TV. Some weren't impressed with the built-in speakers, and others didn't feel that the Neo QLED screen lived up to their expectations as far as backlight blooming is concerned.


Best Smart TV: Sony Bravia XR X90J (XR-65X90J)

Pros

  • Google TV is fantastic
  • Built-in Chromecast

Cons

  • Full Array LED can't compete with OLED
  • No anti-glare features
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Plenty of manufacturers build unique operating systems for their Smart TVs, but Sony's use of Google TV is one of its most valuable assets. The company's X90J harnesses the power of Google's feature-packed OS and comes with a built-in Chromecast, making it the best Smart TV you can buy.

The X90J runs Google TV, which is practically just Android TV with a new look. That's not a bad thing at all since Android TV is arguably the best Smart TV system available. You get access to thousands of apps for everything from streaming shows on Apple TV+ to listening to music on Spotify. Since it's tied to your Google Account, you can easily personalise the X90J with different photo backgrounds, and it learns what sort of content you like and recommends top picks from various streaming services based on that information.

The intelligent features of the X90J go beyond Google TV. It's got Chromecast built in, so you don't have to worry about going out and buying a separate dongle to stream content to it from your other devices. Apple users can make use of AirPlay and HomeKit support too.

On top of all of the excellent software features of the X90J, it's got an astonishing display. The Full Array LED panel gets plenty bright to get the most out of its HDR modes and supports high refresh rate gaming over its 2 HDMI 2.1 ports. Still, it doesn't hold a candle to OLED TVs as far as black levels are concerned. You also won't find any anti-glare capabilities baked into the X90J's display, so if you're planning on setting your new TV up around a whole bunch of windows, it might be worth looking elsewhere.

Sony's X90J is well liked by its owners, with the TV receiving a rating of 4.6 out of 5 from more than 700 reviews on Google. Users were impressed by how easy it was to set up the X90J, and others were impressed with the upgrade that Google TV brings over the old Android TV operating system. Some weren't super impressed with noticeable backlight blooming on the Full Array LED display.


Best OLED TV: LG G1 OLED (OLED65G1PTA)

Pros

  • Utilises LG's best OLED technology yet
  • Outstanding features for gamers

Cons

  • OLED burn-in is a real risk
  • Very pricey for a 4K TV at this size
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LG is the undisputed leader in OLED technology, and the company's next-generation OLED Evo technology takes that a step further. Sporting the new tech, the G1 shines above the rest with a brighter and sharper image than seen before on similar TVs. That great screen also comes with fantastic game-ready features, making it the best OLED TV money can buy.

LG's OLED TVs have always been impressive, but the G1 comes with the company's brand-new OLED Evo technology that takes image quality to the next level. According to LG, the new screens are sharper than its previous generation of OLED panels, and they're brighter too. Currently, the G1 is the only TV in LG's line-up with the new display tech, so if you want to give that a go, this is your only option. Even with all of those nifty new features, OLED TVs are still susceptible to permanent burn-in, with static images wreaking havoc on these gorgeous displays.

Like the slightly cheaper C1, the top of the line G1 comes packed with fantastic features for gamers. You get the luxury of super high resolution 4K gaming at a smooth 120 frames per second, and you won't have to worry about frame tearing either thanks to AMD FreeSync and Nvidia's G-Sync compatible certification.

Aside from LG's ludicrously priced SIGNATURE series TVs, the G1 is the most expensive model in the company's line-up. The 65-inch model we've chosen here will set you back a whopping $5,299 at its retail price, and the 77-inch variant costs a staggering $9,999. For all of that, LG still won't give you a stand for the TV, so you'll have to drop even more cash if you want to set up the G1 on a cabinet.

LG continues to impress its customers, with the G1 boasting an outstanding 4.9 out of 5 rating from more than 200 reviews on Google. With that almost-perfect score, it's ranked as the highest-rated TV on this list. Users fell in love with the OLED Evo panel, labelling its image quality as superb. Others were impressed with its industry-leader gaming features like Nvidia G-Sync compatibility. Some users experienced connectivity issues, though.


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  • We looked at the details of more than 100 TVs from 12 major brands to find you the best options to enhance your viewing experience.
  • These TVs were chosen following in-depth research into each product's specifications and after reading hundreds of user reviews (as of July 2021).
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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How to compare TVs

When considering how much to spend on a new television, it's important to understand your viewing needs. What type of content do you intend to play? What size screen would be sufficient? Which devices are you likely to connect to your TV?

Here are some important features to consider:

Screen size

Larger screens are ideal for family viewing in a lounge setting, while smaller size screens are better suited to bedrooms. The closer you sit to your TV, the more you'll notice pixelation. However, high-quality 4K displays allow you to sit closer without compromising quality.

Audio

Many manufacturers are opting to meet the demand for thinner, lighter displays, reducing the amount of available space for speakers. This means that for many TV buyers, soundbars are an essential accessory.

Streaming

Most new televisions are equipped with smart TV interfaces and allow users to access streaming video platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Stan, hayu, iTunes and Foxtel Now. The specific services you'll have access to depends on the TV brand and the country you live in.

Wall mounting

Wall mounting can offer a more optimal and comfortable line of sight for extended viewing and allow for more space, potentially eliminating the need for a TV cabinet. Most modern TVs are designed to be wall-mounted and often come with brackets. However, this is not guaranteed so it's important to check before you buy.

Remote control

All TVs should come with a remote control. Look at all the user controls the remote offers, check if the buttons are big enough, find out if it's backlit for night-time use and determine if it's easy to use – particularly for children. If not, you could buy a separate universal remote that better suits your needs.

HDMI ports

If you want to be able to connect your TV to your computer, gaming systems or other devices, check to see how many HDMI ports your TV offers. Also keep in mind that the location of the ports may affect your TV set-up, as ports that stick out from the back are difficult to access when a TV is wall mounted.

Curved screens

These types of screens can offer an enhanced sense of depth and improved immersion, given the way they wrap around your line of sight. Curved TVs look futuristic look, but the curve can amplify reflections, limit viewing angles and be awkward to mount. They also need to be quite large in order to be effective.

3D capability

The success of the film Avatar, released in 2009, sparked a demand for in-home 3D TV experiences. While most modern TVs are capable of providing 3D viewing, this feature seems to have lost most of its appeal. 3D viewing usually requires the watcher to wear unique (and often uncomfortable) glasses.

What types of TVs are available?

  • LED/LCD. LED stands for "light-emitting diode". This refers to the way in which your TV's display is projected. LEDs are the backlights used to illuminate a liquid crystal display (LCD). This can be confusing as previously many TVs were made with LCD displays that used fluorescent backlighting. Now, most new TV sets are LED/LCD (or newer OLED and QLED). LED displays are more energy-efficient, run at a cooler temperature and are generally narrower in size with flat-screen displays.
  • OLED. OLEDs or "organic light-emitting diodes" use organic compounds that light up when electrified. Their panels are much smaller, thinner and more flexible than most other display technologies. This means that they can be used in the production of curved screens or foldable/roll-up displays. LG Display is the sole manufacturer of OLED panels for televisions.
    QLED. A "quantum dot light emitting diode" or QLED uses quantum dots (micro-sized conducting nanocrystals) in tandem with an LED backlight to display bright, vibrant and varying colours that help to emphasise high-quality content.
  • ULED. ULED or "ultra light-emitting diodes" separates backlight LED panels into 240 separate zones. ULED is not the same as OLED technology. It is an LED/LCD TV that also uses quantum dots. The term ULED is exclusive to Chinese manufacturer Hisense.
  • QUHD. QUHD or "quantum ultra high definition" is a marketing catch-phrase for manufacturer TCL's use of quantum dot LED/LCD panels.

What is a smart TV and what platforms are available?

Most new televisions are considered "smart TVs". These models allow users to connect their device to the Internet in order to stream on-demand content, browse the web, play online games and run different apps or programs. They often feature built-in Wi-Fi but some may require an external ethernet connection. Most new TVs arrive with smart TV interfaces pre-installed. Some companies have developed their own, unique platforms for their TVs.

You can buy set-top boxes to connect to your TV, which enables it to operate as a smart TV.

To avoid streaming hiccups or interruptions, check to see if your router's wireless signal can reach your television set.

To help you take advantage of this technology, we've put together a list of the top 10 smart TV features.

Display resolution

Resolution refers to the number of pixels that your TV can display. A pixel is a small dot that, when illuminated, produces specific colours. If your TV has the capacity to hold a large number of pixels then images on the screen will generally appear in greater detail. Although resolution isn't the only attribute that affects picture quality, it does play a key role.

7,680 x 4,320 8K isn't widely available and won't have any greater impact on viewing experience unless you have a significantly large screen.

PixelsDescription
Full HD1,920 x 1,080If you want to avoid purchasing a quickly dated TV set it's best to opt for 4K resolution as this is now the current standard.
4K or UHD3,840 x 2,160Most new TVs have 4K resolution, which is sometimes referred to as Ultra High Definition (UHD). Higher resolution can improve the viewing experience on larger screens. 4K TVs are usually compatible with high-dynamic range (HDR), which enhances a display's contrast ratio, making bright colours brighter and dark colours darker and providing greater image detail in the shades between these spectrums.
8K7,680 x 4,3208K isn't widely available and won't have any greater impact on viewing experience unless you have a significantly large screen.

Cost

A new TV can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the brand, model and its technological capabilities. Knowing what you want is important.

Buying the most expensive TV doesn’t mean you’re going to get the best quality. Some features and functions come standard, while others aren’t yet necessary or applicable.

It also pays to understand whether your new TV comprises a complex or easy-to-use interface or menu. This is particularly helpful information if you have children, teenagers or older adults who may not understand intricate instructions.

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