Best LG TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best LG TVs you can buy in 2022.
When it comes to buying a new TV, it obviously pays to do your research and shop around – especially with so many deals on offer. But if you've previously owned an LG TV and want to stick with the same look and feel, or you gancy one of the company's OLEDs, it's time to narrow your search down to a specific model.
It almost goes without saying, but LG makes some of the best 4K OLED TVs around. Not only that, it also sells its OLED panels to rival manufacturers such as Panasonic, Philips and Sony. In short, there's no greater authority in OLED tech than LG.
All of the TVs recommended below are LG's own. All are 4K OLEDs that support HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG (but not HDR10+), and all have HDMI 2.1 sockets that support next-gen features such as eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode).
The sets all use LG's own colourful webOS operating system. On the surface it looks good and is pretty simple to get to grips with, but if you've been reared on Android TV or Samsung's Tizen system, the menus can take a bit of getting used to.
Worth knowing: the LG 2022 TV line-up has broken cover, although many of the models are yet to go on sale. For now, here are the best LG TVs you can buy in 2021...
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In performance-per-pound terms, the Award-winning C1 is the standout model in the LG 2021 TV line-up. In fact, it's one of the most recommendable TVs available right now. It isn’t a great improvement on its predecessor, the CX, but there wasn’t much that needed improving.
Picture performance and features are exemplary. A strong app selection includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV, all with full support for 4K, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. You also get an improved webOS 6.0 menu system new Cinematic Movement motion processing.
The 2021 LG G1 offers an even better picture in terms of brightness, sharpness and detail, but we're not talking huge margins and most people will struggle to justify the extra £500 ($500). Sound is average so you should budget for a separate sound system or soundbar to accompany your new TV.
When you balance the price against the stunning picture, the C1 tops our list of the best LG TVs. We've tested the 65-inch and 48-inch (see below), but it's also available as a 55-inch, 77-inch and 83-inch.
Read the full LG OLED65C1 review
For the last few years, LG's C-class model has offered the tech giant's latest and greatest picture processing tech at the most affordable price. Not any more. For 2021, LG has introduced a new ‘OLED Evo’ panel that promises increased brightness and sharpness, and to get the Evo panel you have to step up from the C1 (above) to the G1.
If you'll willing to splash out the extra $500/£500, you'll be handsomely rewarded with the best OLED TV that LG has ever made (although not the necessarily the best value for money, of course). It's a stunning picture performer packed with apps and next-gen HDMI features, including 4K@120Hz on all four sockets, making it a great choice for gaming.
Sound is less impressive, but as always, we'd still recommend adding a separate soundbar to make the most of this stunning premium set.
Downsides? The G1 is designed to be wall-mounted, hence why there's no stand or feet in the box. Bespoke feet can be bought separately but they’re quite expensive (£99).
Still, if you are planning to wall-mount, and you want a state-of-the-art LG OLED with a sleek 'Gallery' design, the G1 should be high on your list.
Read the full LG OLED65G1 review
The LG OLED48C1 has earned an enviable reputation as one of the best gaming TVs around, but don’t let that put you off. If you’re after a modestly-sized screen that offers top-notch picture quality, this 48-incher should be on your shortlist.
The perfect blacks we're used to from OLED, combined with bright, punchy whites and vibrant but natural colours, give the OLED48C1 plenty of wow factor. There's no support for Samsung’s HDR10+, but with Dolby Vision being the market leader in the dynamic HDR space, that's no big deal.
The audio performance of LG’s C-series has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years, too. The new 2.2ch 40W set-up on the bottom edge of the TV provides excellent clarity.
The OLED48C1's gaming features will doubtless be a big draw for many. All four of the HDMI 2.1 ports are rated at 40Gbps and are capable of 4K@120Hz, VRR (in all current formats) and ALLM. Input lag, meanwhile, is less than 13ms.
But even if you’re not that interested in all the next-gen gaming features, this is a terrific all-rounder and one of the best LGs TVs we've tested.
Read the full LG OLED48CX review
We're big fans of LG's 2020 CX OLED. It's getting on a bit, but you can still find them for sale in the UK and US. Prices have dropped considerably too, making the CX superb value for money.
The panel itself is astonishingly thin (about 6mm) but, as is the norm for OLED TVs, there’s an enclosure on the rear that houses all of the set’s connections, speakers and processing hardware.
The CX was cutting-edge when it debuted, and supports most features likely to be concern for the next few years, including eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), HFR (High Frame Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate).
The 55-inch model provides all the excellent picture qualities and advanced features found on the five-star, 48-inch version. This model sounds a bit better, though, thanks to the bigger chassis.
The 55in CX has been outshone by the newer, 2021 55in C1, but it remains an extremely compelling all-rounder. It's not for everybody but if you're after an OLED bargain, this could be just the ticket. We've listed today's cheapest prices below.
Read the full LG OLED55CX review
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