Best Smart TV 2021


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#1 TCL 55R635 6-Series

TCL’s 6-Series TVs have quickly developed a reputation for offering some of the best value for the money, and the company’s latest revision of the line is no exception. It’s a top pick of WiredCNET, and Wirecutter, among others, and is also available in 65- and 75-inch sizes, all of which are 4K sets with support for HDR and built upon Roku’s smart TV platform. They also use mini LED backlighting that Wired says provides “insane contrast” and results in a “better picture than TVs that cost hundreds of dollars more.” The Roku platform also gives you access to a wide range of apps, from popular ones like Netflix and Disney+ to more niche services, and it does so with one of the most streamlined and uncluttered smart TV interfaces around (further bolstered with voice control through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant).

#2 LG CX Series

If you do any amount of research into high-end OLED TVs, you’ll quickly find that Sony’s A9 series and LG’s CX series are the two recommended most often. You can’t really go wrong with either one, but the LG CX’s lower price makes the difference for most people (unless you’re willing to pay a sizable premium for a relatively minor bump in picture quality and a slightly more robust built-in sound system in the Sony). Like all of LG’s smart TVs, the CX runs on webOS, which is one of the most full-featured smart platforms around, offering plenty of apps for streaming, along with voice control and smart home integration. Depending on your needs (and budget), you can choose from a range of sizes in the line, including 48, 55, and 77 inches.

#3 Samsung Frame

If you’re on the hunt for a TV that doesn’t look like a TV, Samsung’s Frame remains one of the few standouts. Newly refreshed for 2020, it keeps its classic picture frame design—great either mounted on a wall or placed on a TV stand—and adds a new 4K QLED panel.

(The sizes broaden, too, with options from 32 to 75 inches.) If you really want to tailor the TV to your space, you can also buy customizable bezels that attach magnetically. Beyond the striking design, it’s a more than capable TV, boasting 4K resolution with HDR support and Samsung’s Tizen smart TV platform with voice assistant support.

#4 Sony X950H

If you’re a loyal Sony customer, the X950H is an excellent option if you’re looking to upgrade your current home theater or purchase your first smart TV. It features Sony’s X1 Ultimate processor to produce great 4K UHD resolution as well as the proprietary X-Reality Pro and X Motion Clarity technology for silky smooth motion and enhanced color volume. The screen has a Netflix Calibrated Mode and an IMAX Enhanced mode that allows you to watch your favorite movies as they were meant to be seen. With built-in Wi-Fi and the Android TV operating system, you can download apps like Netflix and Hulu right to the TV. 

The remote has a built-in microphone that works with both Google Assistant and Alexa to give you hands-free controls right out of the box. The dual 10 watt speakers utilize Dolby Atmos technology for virtual surround sound, and they also feature a voice zoom setting that boosts dialogue; perfect for news broadcasts or talk shows. The TV has support for both Chromecast and AirPlay2 to allow screen mirroring for more ways to share videos. With Bluetooth support, you can set up external sound bars and other audio equipment for the perfect custom home theater configuration.

#5 Sony X800H

Whether you’re looking to buy your first 4K UHD television or simply upgrade your current setup, the Sony X800H is the best mid-size 4K TV. It features Sony’s X1 processor and proprietary Motionflow XR technology for superior picture rendering, silky smooth motion, and great color volume. With HDR support, you’ll get enhanced contrast for better detailing. It’s built on the Android TV operating system to give you access to thousands of apps as well as support for both Google Assistant and Alexa voice controls. The built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity supports both Chromecast and AirPlay2 screen mirroring for more ways to share videos and pictures with family and friends. The screen’s narrow bezel gives you an edge-to-edge picture for a more immersive viewing experience. 

The dual 10 watt speakers use Dolby Atmos and DTS Digital Surround technologies to produce virtual surround sound for a more cinematic listening experience. The TV also has the option to turn on closed captions for hard of hearing users or anyone who prefers to have subtitles and captions while they watch their favorite shows and movies. The TV has four HDMI inputs, including one with ARC connectivity, making it easy to connect all your playback devices, game consoles, and soundbars for the ultimate home theater setup.