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Update, 01/19/2023: We’ve revamped this roundup with the latest OLED televisions. Give it a look!

What to Look for in an OLED TV in 2023

OLED TVs have grown in popularity over the last decade. They are different from LED-backlit LCD TVs (LED TVs), employing self-emissive pixels instead of a backlight. As a result, they can turn on and off individual pixels, resulting in inky blacks and an unmatched contrast ratio.

Six major TV manufacturers are offering OLED TVs in the US—LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Skyworth, Sony, and Vizio—with each using either a W-OLED panel from LG Display or a QD-OLED panel from Samsung Display.

But despite having OLED panels from just two manufacturers, the individual televisions can be quite different. So when you are in the market for a new OLED TV, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on a few things.

Traditional OLED panels don’t get very bright, so they are not ideal for a room with a ton of ambient light. However, some premium OLED TVs use newer OLED evo or QD-OLED panels that can get over 20% brighter than the conventional OLED panels.

Apart from an improved OLED panel, manufacturers like Sony also use an enhanced heatsink in some OLED TVs to push the brightness levels even higher. So if you want a brighter OLED TV, picking one with an OLED evo or QD-OLED panel is your best set.

Additionally, if you are going to play games on your new OLED TV, you should look for next-generation gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR), auto low latency mode (ALLM), and HDMI 2.1 ports. These features will allow you to fully use the features present in Microsoft Xbox Series X/S, Sony PlayStation 5, and PCs with high-end graphics cards.

Similarly, movie buffs would appreciate the presence of advanced HDR formats, like Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and features like the Filmmaker Mode.

To dive deeper into which TV features are most important for a great experience, we recommend going through our complete guide on buying a new TV.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does OLED mean?

An organic light-emitting diode or OLED is a type of display panel used in televisions. Each pixel in an OLED panel is made of an organic compound that emits light when jolted with electricity. As a result, OLED displays don’t require a backlight and can self-illuminate.

How do I clean an OLED TV screen?

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You can clean an OLED TV screen with a dry microfiber cloth. But if you encounter a tough stain, spray distilled water on the cloth to help. Don’t spray water directly on the screen or use alcohol-based cleaning agents. You should also avoid using paper towels or other abrasive materials to clean the screen.

Can you lay your OLED TV flat?

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While you can lay your OLED TV flat when it’s out of the packaging and you want to install the stand, it’s not recommended to lay it flat when transporting, as the packaging may or may not have adequate support in that position.

Can you wall-mount an OLED TV?

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OLED TVs, like LCD televisions, can be mounted on a wall. First, you will require a proper mounting bracket, which you can fix directly on the studs or in a masonry wall. Then, you can install the mounting plate on the back of the OLED television and hang it on the bracket.

What’s the difference between an OLED and QLED TV?

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OLED and QLED TVs are pretty different as they use different display panels. An OLED panel is self-emissive and doesn’t require a backlight, whereas QLED TVs, which are LCD TVs with quantum dot technology, use LED backlighting to display images on the screen.

Best OLED TV Overall: Samsung S95B

Samsung

Pros

  • Excellent color gamut and accuracy
  • 4K 120Hz panel
  • Quantum dot technology
  • Four HDMI 2.1 ports

Cons

  • Only available in 55-inch and 65-inch models
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • DTS audio is unsupported

The S95B is Samsung’s first OLED TV in almost a decade, and the company has hit it right out of the park with this one. It’s a fantastic television that delivers an impressive all-around performance.

It employs a QD-OLED panel, which is different from the traditional W-OLED panels manufactured by LG Display. It uses quantum dots instead of color filters, so the QD-OLED panel can produce more vibrant, lifelike, and brighter colors than the W-OLED panels.

The Samsung television is also great for gaming as the company has included features like a 120Hz refresh rate, support for different VRR technologies, and four HDMI 2.1 ports to pass 4K 120fps gaming data from a connected console or gaming PC. Plus, the S95B has a low input lag and a fast response time.

Among other highlights, the company has included HDR10 and HDR10+ support for high dynamic range content. And thanks to the high peak brightness of the TV, its HDR performance is good. Sadly, like other Samsung TVs, Dolby Vision HDR support is missing from the S95B.

Tizen powers the TV’s software, and it’s responsive and easy to use. It also comes with all popular streaming apps and even offers support for Google Duo for video calling on the TV once you connect a USB webcam.

Unfortunately, you can only buy the Samsung S95B in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. LG’s C2 and G2 are excellent options if you want a larger size. Both TVs offer similar performance and come in 77-inch and 83-inch sizes. The G2 is even available in 97 inches.

Best OLED TV Overall

Samsung S95B

The Samsung S95B shines among OLED TVs with its fantastic QD-OLED panel, solid gaming features, and smooth operating system.

Best Budget OLED TV: LG A2

LG A2 in living room
LG

Pros

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos support
  • Good upscaling

Cons

  • No advanced gaming features
  • No HDMI 2.1 ports

None of the OLED TVs on the market are exactly budget models, but the LG A2 is among the most affordable and delivers great performance. Like every other OLED TV, it can produce inky blacks and has a near-infinite contrast ratioΒ to get fantastic picture quality. And thanks to its decent peak brightness, the HDR performance is also respectable. Plus, the TV comes with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support.

The TV’s design is fairly utilitarian but clean, with easy access to most ports, even when you hang it on a wall. Its build quality is also good, so even though it’s an entry-level model in LG’s lineup, it doesn’t feel cheap or sub-standard.

webOS is responsible for the software in the A2, and it’s easy to use with a well-stocked app library. You will also get access to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants.

In other features, the A2 has no trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, including 480p sources. It also removes judder from most sources, except for those that only output at 60Hz.

However, one of the areas where the A2 falls short is the advanced gaming features. It has a 60Hz display, no VRR support, or HDMI 2.1 ports. However, you still get the auto-low latency mode and a low input lag for responsive gaming.

You can buy the A2 in 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch models.

Best Budget OLED TV

LG A2

Get all the benefits of OLED technology with the LG A2 without spending the big bucks. The TV also looks decent, and comes in a variety of sizes.

Best OLED TV for Gaming: LG C2

Two men playing a video game on an LG C2 4K TV
LG

Pros

  • 120Hz panel, VRR support, and ALLM
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos support
  • OLED evo panel gets brighter than traditional OLED TVs

Cons

  • Not as bright as LG G2, Sony A95K, or Samsung S95B
  • DTS audio is not supported

LG’s high-end TVs have traditionally been excellent for gaming, and the C2 is no exception. It comes packed with advanced gaming features, such as a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 ports to enable 4K 120Hz gaming from your console or PC, and VRR support. Combined with the television’s low input lag, these features help the C2 deliver a top-notch experience whether you are gaming on your PS5, Xbox Series X, or PC.

Among the TV’s other gaming-related highlights, you get a Game Optimizer feature that allows you to select your game genre to get optimized settings. Plus, you can use it to toggle various VRR technologies on the fly. Speaking of VRR, the C2 supports AMD FreeSync Premium, HDMI Forum VRR, and NVIDIA G-Sync.

In terms of picture quality, the TV’s OLED evo panel can get brighter than traditional OLED TVs, which helps with HDR, and you’ll have a great time playing HDR games or watching the latest HDR movies or TV shows. Moreover, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG formats are supported.

Another advantage of buying the C2 is that it offers an excellent balance of price and features. So even though you aren’t splurging for a top-of-line TV like the LG G2, you still receive a comparable performance.

The only significant omission in the C2 is its lack of DTS audio support. But this is only important if you are a movie enthusiast, and for them, we recommend our best for movies pick.

Best OLED TV for Gaming

LG C2

It's hard to find something wrong with the LG C2 as your gaming TV. It has all the gaming features you need and impressive picture quality.

Best OLED TV for Movies: Sony A95K

Sony

Pros

  • Superb picture quality
  • Impressive picture processing and motion handling
  • Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Audio support
  • 120Hz panel, VRR support, and two HDMI 2.1 ports

Cons

  • Only available in 55-inch and 65-inch models
  • Expensive

Like the Samsung S95B, Sony’s A95K is a TV that employs the QD-OLED panel. As a result, you get the same vibrant and punchy colors as the Samsung television. But the main benefit of going for the Sony TV is its picture processing, which makes it the absolute best television for movies.

It upscales lower-resolution content without any artifacts and has impressive motion handling. So you won’t encounter any judder regardless of the source.

The Sony TV also benefits from the relatively high brightness of the QD-OLED panel, retaining the highlights and delivering a solid HDR performance. You also get Dolby Vision support, but the less common HDR10+ format is missing.

The A95K also has a striking design that will make heads turn. Its unique stand enables the display to sit flush against the table. But if you prefer to put the soundbar in front of the TV, it’s bound to block part of the screen.

Even beyond movie watching, Sony television is fantastic. It has all the advanced gaming features and comes with the Google TV platform with a solid app library.

Sadly, you can only buy it in 55-inch and 65-inch models. If you want a bigger size, you’ll have to settle for Sony’s A80K, which uses a W-OLED panel but has the same impressive picture processing and motion handling.

Best OLED TV for Movies

Sony A95K

From fantastic picture quality to industry-leading processing, the Sony A95K has everything to keep the movie-lovers happy. The TV also supports Dolby Vision HDR.

Best 65-inch OLED TV: Samsung S95B

Samsung S95B on purple background
Samsung

Pros

  • Fantastic picture quality
  • Impactful HDR performance
  • High peak brightness
  • Advanced gaming technologies included

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision or DTS Audio support

The Samsung S95B is our best overall pick, and it comes in a 65-inch model, making it perfect for anyone looking for a 65-inch OLED TV. In addition, it’s one of the first televisions to debut with the new QD-OLED panel that improved upon an already exciting display technology.

The QD-OLED display can produce far more punchy, lifelike, and brighter colors than any W-OLED panels. As a result, you get top-notch picture quality, a wide color gamut, and an impactful HDR experience.

The TV has a premium design and looks fantastic. Additionally, you get excellent build quality and slim bezels. So it will look good whether you put it in your media room or living room.

The S95B is also almost as good as the C2 for gaming, thanks to Samsung’s inclusion of a 120Hz panel, four HDMI 2.1 ports, all common VRR technologies, and ALLM. Its input lag is impressively low, and the TV has no issue playing well with the PS5 or the Xbox Series X.

Unfortunately, the Samsung television is not without problems. For example, it lacks Dolby Vision HDR or DTS audio support. So if you watch a lot of content with these formats, the Sony A95K will better serve you. It supports both formats and has the same QD-OLED panel.

Best 65-inch OLED TV

Samsung S95B

The Samsung S95B was one of the most popular TVs of 2022, and for good reason. It brings a significant enhancement to OLED technology and has no first-generation pains.

The Best 8K TVs of 2022

Samsung QN900B
Best 8K TV Overall
Samsung QN900B
TCL Series-6 8K TV
Best Budget 8K TV
TCL Series-6 8K TV
Samsung QN900B
Best 8K TV for Gaming
Samsung QN900B
LG Z2
Best OLED 8K TV
LG Z2
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