Best TV 2022: Our favourite 4K HDR LCD, OLED and QLED televisions

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Not sure which TV to buy? This is our guide to picking the best TV for your budget

Many of us spend a significant proportion of our spare time watching television, which makes choosing the best TV our budget allows for a crucial decision. If you haven’t upgraded your TV for a while, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised, as television technology has come on leaps and bounds over recent years.

In addition to the outstanding picture quality you can expect from 4K HDR sets, the latest TVs all have built-in Wi-Fi and slick user interfaces that can negate the need for a Blu-ray player or set-top box. Modern televisions bring Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and many more streaming services directly to your lounge and display your favourite shows and films in glorious detail and vivid colour.

On this page, you’ll find our pick of the best TVs we’ve tested, along with links to each individual review for more in-depth analysis. The page will be updated throughout the year as we get our hands on the best and brightest new sets from the likes of LG, Sony and Samsung, all of whom have revealed stellar lineups for 2022.

Before the list of entries, you’ll find our handy buying guide, which breaks down everything you need to know about finding the right TV, from which resolution to choose to the smart features you may want to look out for.

How to choose the best TV for you

What TV resolution do I need?

High-definition TVs currently fall into three categories: Full HD/FHD, otherwise known as 1080p, which has 1,920 x 1,080 pixels on the screen; Ultra HD/UHD, more commonly referred to as 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels); and the highest of them all, 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels). These days, only the cheapest (and often the smallest) TVs utilise an FHD/1080p resolution.

4K is now the de facto standard for any self-respecting TV, offering four times the resolution of 1080p. Although 8K is gaining traction in the consumer market, it’s really not necessary to buy a TV with an 8K resolution just yet. They’re expensive for one, and there’s also barely any native 8K content out there. By and large, you’ll only be watching upscaled 4K content if you have an 8K TV in your living room.

What size TV should I buy?

The size of the TV you buy should be dictated not only by the size of your room but also by how far away you intend to sit from it. To get the full benefit from a 4K HDR set, you need to sit close enough for your eyes to appreciate the increased picture clarity that 4K brings over FHD. Buying a 4K TV that’s too small for your room may mean that it won’t look much better than a much cheaper 1080p TV.

This is all down to the resolving power of the human eye; our eyesight can only differentiate between lines and dots up to a fixed distance. So if you sit 25ft away from a 4K or 8K TV, those millions of extra pixels won’t make a difference. Think of it like a pointillism painting – from far enough away, you can no longer make out the individual dots on a Georges Seurat landscape.

How can I watch 4K content?

There are plenty of ways to watch 4K TV and movies these days. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ (to name just a few) are constantly adding 4K movies to their lineups, and all of the original shows released on these platforms are in 4K as well. Besides streaming, there’s a gigantic library of movies available on 4K Blu-ray discs, and games consoles have fully embraced 4K as the definitive standard, too.

1. TCL RP620K Series: The best cheap 4K TV with Dolby Vision

1. TCL RP620K Series: The best cheap 4K TV with Dolby Vision

Price: From £249 (43in) 

This affordable TV from TCL shares a number of characteristics with the Hisense below but has a few advantages over its similarly priced rival. It supports the Dolby Vision HDR format as well as HDR10 and HLG, has an invaluable extra HDMI port (there are four rather than three) and is also slightly brighter.

HDR image quality is respectable for a budget TV, with decent contrast and natural-looking colours, but its maximum brightness of 238cd/m² still leaves it a little dim to truly make the most of HDR content. SDR image quality is impressive, however, with colours displayed punchily and 1080p upscaling handled very well.

Roku’s brilliant user interface shines brightly here, delivering an unmatched range of streaming services including Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to name just a few. The UI may look a little dated but everything is intuitively positioned and intelligible, and the TCL’s processor ensures navigation is snappy and responsive.

If you’re on a limited budget and want a 4K TV that’s wonderfully simple to use and offers good image quality, the TCL Roku TV is a great pick.

2. Hisense Roku TV (2021): The best cheap TV for 4K streaming

Price: From £249 (43in) | Buy now from Argos

To get the complete 4K streaming experience on a budget, we recommend picking up either the 43in or 50in version of the Hisense Roku TV. Running the fabulous Roku OS, this smart TV is the ideal platform for on-demand content. All the big names are here, from Disney+ and Now to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and you can of course access the free UK catch-up services as well. The Film & TV channel store on the Roku TV has 931 apps to choose from, making Roku the most comprehensive platform there is.

SDR 4K picture quality is excellent for the price, delivering 99% coverage of the Rec.709 colour space in the accurate Movie mode setting, and upscaling from FHD isn’t half-bad, either. Just don’t expect stunningly bright images and jaw-dropping, high-contrast High Dynamic Range playback. Yes, the HDR10 and HLG formats are supported, but this TV simply lacks the brightness and colour bit depth of more premium 4K HDR TVs. But at this price, who can complain?

This is actually a refresh of the original Hisense Roku TV, though it isn’t much different to its predecessor; slimmed down bezels and an updated OS (which also rolled out to last-gen Roku TVs) are about the only things to mention. The price hasn’t gone up since last year, though, so that’s a plus.

3. Samsung AU9000: The best 4K TV under £500

Price: From £355(43in) | Buy now from John Lewis

The Samsung AU9000 proves that affordable 4K TVs don’t have to look cheap and are capable of offering features on par with more expensive rivals. Its “AirSlim” design is attractive and practical too, with a narrow black chassis capable of slotting into living room spaces bulkier sets could only dream of.

Picture quality is impressive when viewing both SDR and HDR content, and HDR10+ performance is solid too, given the AU9000’s price. Samsung’s handy Game Bar provides key gaming information via an easily navigated interface, input lag is very low, while VRR support and an Auto Low Latency Mode also boost the AU9000’s gaming credentials.

The aforementioned picture quality and gaming options are complemented wonderfully well by Samsung’s Tizen operating system, which is intuitive and provides access to a comprehensive range of streaming services and apps. Peak brightness, viewing angles and sound quality could be better, but overall, the Samsung AU9000’s package is unmatched for the money. If you’re after a 4K TV and have a budget of £500, this is the set to buy.

Read our Samsung AU9000 review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 43in (tested), 50in, 55in, 65in and 75in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Tizen OS

9. Philips OLED+ 935 (OLED935/12): The complete audio and visual experience

Price: From £1,299 (55in) | Buy now from Box

The third collaboration between Philips and British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins, the OLED+ 935 is one of the most luxurious Philips 4K TVs on the market. As well as its four-sided Ambilight bias lighting system, the 935 has an integrated B&W speaker bar that puts its audio performance head and shoulders above any other TV we’ve tested. It won’t match a full surround-sound setup, admittedly, but the speaker bar can still fill a room with an impactful soundstage from its left, centre and right channels, negating the need for a separate soundbar.

On the image quality front, the 935 is unbeatable within its price range, delivering class-leading brightness and gamut coverage plus impeccable colour accuracy. The incredible contrast levels of OLED are on full display here, and every High Dynamic Range format is supported, from HDR10+ to Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. In a properly darkened room, few OLED TVs can perform better than the 935. Add in the customisable four-sided Ambilight, and it really is the complete cinematic experience.

There aren’t any HDMI 2.1 inputs on the 935, which means no VRR or 4K 120Hz frame rates for gaming on next-gen consoles – if that’s what you’re after, then the LG C1 OLED is clearly the better choice. The 935’s HDMI 2.0b ports do at least support ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode), so the TV’s low-latency Game Mode will kick into action automatically when compatible consoles are connected.


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