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Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

Best Samsung TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s guide to the best Samsung TVs you can buy in 2021.

Obviously it makes sense to shop around when buying a new TV. But if you've previously owned a Samsung and want to stick with what you know, there are some impressive screens out there.

From monster sets to more moderately-sized models, from very affordable to very expensive, Samsung has TVs to suit all tastes, spaces and budgets.

Before you lay down your cash, there are a few things to consider. 4K and HDR will improve the picture quality drastically, but only when fed compatible content, so check your source. And do remember that no Samsung sets support Dolby Vision – instead they feature Samsung's own rival format, HDR10+.

Samsung was also the first to sell 8K sets in the UK. While there's still no 8K content currently available, they do upscale 4K content using Samsung's processing tech, and generally do it very well. 

Then there's which size to go for. Measure where you'll put it and see which size set will suit you best. Bigger isn't always better - if it towers over your sofa, you might need to reconsider.

You should also check the small print for things such as the number of HDMI and USB sockets. While these details might seem relatively minor, they make all the difference when it comes to getting set up.

Finally, consider whether you want a newer 2021 set or a longer-in-the-tooth 2020 or 2019 model. It might be obvious that you'd want a newer model, but you'll likely make a big saving if you go for last year's model. Here's how you distinguish one from the other: Samsung's 2019 models are from the 'R' range, so look for an 'R' at the end of the model number if it's a QLED or an 'RU' in the middle if it's an LCD. 2020 TVs have a 'T' instead. Samsung's 2021 TVs are 'A' models.

Right time for the fun bit: picking your next Samsung TV. Here's your best options... 

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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1. Samsung QE65QN95A

Samsung's best TV to date showcases the firm's Mini LED tech.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 65in | Type: QLED | Backlight: Mini LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ | Operating system: Tizen | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83 x 145 x 2.6cm

Reasons to Buy

Superbly bright, punchy and sharp
Exhaustive feature set
Lovely design

Reasons to Avoid

Artificial boost to dark detail
Reticence with extreme contrast
Still no Dolby Vision

This 2021 set features Mini LED technology, combined with the company's existing Quantum Dot tech to create a range of premium TVs called Neo QLEDs. The QE65QN95A is the first Neo QLED we've tested and Samsung's flagship 4K set for 2021.

Performance is spectacular. The overall contrast offered is staggering, and the QN95A combines near-OLED black levels with awesomely crisp white highlights and fabulously vibrant colours, all while retaining an effortless sense of naturalism.

Throw in solid sound, the most app-packed operating system in the business and a full set of next-gen HDMI sockets and this is (a lack of Dolby Vision support aside) as complete a package as can be imagined. VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) is supported in all three options, so it's great choice for gamers too.

The QN95A is not quite as slim as some OLED sets (even with the power and connections houses in a separate box) but its elegant design and exceptional picture are a real delight. Want the best Samsung TV you can buy right now? This is it.

Read the full Samsung QE65QN95A review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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2. Samsung QE55Q90T

Samsung’s top 4K model for 2020 is punchy, feature-packed and good value.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 55in (also available in 65in, 75in) | Type: QLED | Backlight: direct LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ | Operating system: Tizen | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 71 x 123 x 3.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliantly bright and punchy
Superb operating system
Improved motion and sound

Reasons to Avoid

Slightly exaggerated colours
OLEDs offer better blacks

The Samsung Q90T is a slightly tricky proposition. It’s the top 4K TV in Samsung’s 2020 TV range, but as a result of the company’s increased focus on 8K models, it’s also less of a flagship model than 2019s Q90R.

Whether you consider the Q90T to be the true successor to the Q90R or not, it is a better TV overall. It has a more natural balance, significantly better motion and a much-improved sound system. It’s true that it doesn’t go quite as bright or quite as black but, in fairness to Samsung, the Q90T is also more aggressively priced.

More important than how it fares against its discontinued sibling, though, is how it fares against similarly priced 2020 TVs such as the LG OLED55CX and Philips 55OLED805. These sets go blacker and, in the case of the LG, produce brighter highlights in otherwise dark images, but the Samsung is vastly punchier with almost everything you watch and images pop from the screen in a way that OLEDs still can’t match. It also has the best, most app-packed operating system by quite a margin, and a feature set that will keep it relevant for years to come. 

There’s no doubt that the Samsung Q90T is an excellent TV. The firm's 2021 Neo QLED models offer a crisper picture but remains a brilliant performer for the money. 

Read the full Samsung QE55Q90T review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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3. Samsung UE43TU7100

A strikingly good performance-per-pound proposition.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 43in | Type: LCD | Backlight: edge LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | Operating system: Samsung Tizen | HDMI inputs: 2 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 56 x 96 x 5.9cm

Reasons to Buy

Impressive sharpness and detail
Tonally balanced
Intuitive, app-packed interface

Reasons to Avoid

Slightly sluggish operation
Only two HDMI inputs

This 2020 set is one of Samsung's cheapest 4K TVs. But fear not, it still boasts the company's core performance and feature set, at a smaller size and a lower price. In short, it's one of the best cheap TVs you can buy today.

Most 43in TVs offer about a tenth of the features of a bigger set, but not this one. The Tizen operating system is identical to that found on pricier sets, with the same winning UI and stacked app selection. It's 4K, naturally, HDR formats are well catered for (with the exception of Dolby Vision, which no Samsung sets support), and it supports Auto Low Latency Mode, which switches the TV to game mode when it detects a gaming signal. 

The contrast ratio isn't as impressive as an OLED or QLED TV, of course, but that's to be expected. The blacks are actually surprisingly deep for a TV this affordable, and there's a hefty amount of punch. The TU7100 is a sharp and detailed performer, too, and it handles motion with a good balance of smoothing and authenticity. It's an excellent picture performance for a TV of this size, and you'd have to spend a fair bit more to get a significant improvement.

Read the full Samsung UE43TU7100 review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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4. Samsung QE55Q80T

This 2020 TV is an excellent performance-per-pound proposition

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 55in (also available in 49in, 65in, 75in, 85in) | Type: QLED | Backlight: direct LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ | Operating system: Tizen | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 71 x 123 x 5.4cm

Reasons to Buy

Excellent contrast and colours
Three-dimensional and detailed
Solid, spacious sound

Reasons to Avoid

Occasionally overcooks colours
Slightly exaggerates film grain

This new Samsung QLED set a formidable benchmark for mid-range TVs in 2020, offering a high-end performance at a fairly mid-range price.

The Q80T looks much like any other Samsung QLED, although it is a little bit chunkier than the Q90T. There's nothing wrong with the specs of the connections, either: the four HDMI inputs support the key features of HDMI 2.1, such as eARC, VRR and HFR.

4K HDR streaming is available via the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV+. In fact, the app support is superb, with pretty much every video and music streaming site you can think of on offer here.

A simple TV to set-up when it comes to getting the best possible picture, the Q80T ultimately delivers a brilliantly dynamic image with deep black levels, excellent contrast and neutral but vibrant colours. While there are rare occasions when watching HDR that a skin tone seems slightly overcooked, the colour balance is a great strength overall, while motion is handled confidently and smoothly throughout our testing. And while we'd recommend a soundbar or some speakers, Samsung's Object Tracking Sound technology provides open, engaging audio.

As well as being great at 55 inches, we've also now tested the 65-inch version of the Q80T and it's equally great at that size.

Read the full Samsung QE55Q80T review

Read the full Samsung QE65Q80T review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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5. Samsung UE55TU8000

The sleek TU8000 represents exceptional value for money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 55in (also available in 43in, 50in, 65in, 75in and 82in) | Type: LCD | Backlight: edge LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ | Operating system: Tizen | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 71 x 123 x 6cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliant HDR picture
Bags of tonal detail
Punchy colours

Reasons to Avoid

Not particularly bright
Uninspiring sound

Samsung's 8-series has traditionally been positioned just below the company’s glamorous range-topping QLEDs. In the past, it has proven to be the sweet spot where picture quality and price intersect to maximum effect. And so it proves once more.

The TU8000 is astonishingly good value. For comparatively very little money you're getting a 55-inch TV that performs brilliantly, particularly with HDR content, and boasts the best, most app-laden operating system available at any price.

It's sound is only so-so and it's lacking the outright brightness and next-gen HDMI features of its premium siblings, but it's still undeniably brilliant for the money.

Read the full Samsung UE55TU8000 review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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6. Samsung UE50TU8500

A great 4K TV for those on a tight budget.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 50in (also available in 43in, 55in and 65in) | Type: LCD | Backlight: edge LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ | Operating system: Tizen | HDMI inputs: 3 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 64 x 112 x 5.7cm

Reasons to Buy

Deep, detailed blacks
Solid 4K
Exhaustive app selection

Reasons to Avoid

Slightly red colour balance

This is the price where TVs tip over from budget to mid range. As such, you get a more impressive set of features, with ALLM, eARC, 4K and three formats of HDR supported. There's no VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), but at this price, that's hardly surprising. Samsung's user interface is slick and provides access to apps galore.

It comes with Samsung's standard remote, plus its One Remote, which is more ergonomic and has a stripped-back selection of buttons that cover all of the bases. Voice controls are handled by Amazon's Alexa or Samsung's Bixby personal assistants, with Google Assistant due to land soon via a firmware update.

Picture-wise, it blows most of the similarly priced competition out of the water, with deeper blacks and bright white highlights. On the motion side of things, it displays a satisfyingly natural degree of smoothing, and manages to dig up plenty of detail. At this price, this model is hard to beat.

Read the full Samsung UE50TU8500 review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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7. Samsung QE75Q950TS

Makes the most compelling case for 8K TV yet.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 75in (also available in 65in and 85in) | Type: QLED | Backlight: not applicable | Resolution: 8K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ | Operating system: Tizen | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 81 x 143 x 1.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliantly sharp, detailed 4K
Bright, punchy and vibrant
Near-flawless feature set

Reasons to Avoid

No Dolby Vision
Local dimming peculiarities
Only one HDMI 2.1 socket

We'll just come out and say it: you don't need an 8K TV. 8K content is thin on the ground, so for the most part, you'll be paying for something you don't use. On the other hand, if you're happy to spend the money, an 8K set could be a sound investment – it'll also play 4K content, after all, and if you don't want to buy another TV when 8K takes off, paying once could be the smart option.

The Samsung QE75Q950TS is not only a wise investment for 8K, it also manages to improve on 4K content.

That's thanks to Samsung's Quantum Processor 8K and its 8K AI Upscaling feature, which succeed in making non-8K content look better than ever: watching a 4K Blu-ray, we can’t recall a sharper 4K picture, with nothing looking artificially enhanced or exaggerated – it simply pops from the screen more than we’ve previously seen.

Blacks are deep and insightful, while motion is handled with aplomb. Away from the picture, the TV itself is stylish, super slim, and the bezels are amazingly thin. It sounds pretty great, too. Ticks all the boxes, then.

Read the full Samsung QE75Q950TS review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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8. Samsung QE65Q95T

Not the flagship TV we were expecting, but the Q95T is still a cracking set.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: QLED | Backlight: Direct LED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Tizen | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | USBs: 3 | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83 x 145 x 3.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Rich, solid, natural picture
Very good motion
Improved sound

Reasons to Avoid

‘Predecessor’ was punchier

The Q95T shares the top spot in Samsung's 2020 4K TV range with the Q90T. The only differences between the two are that the Q95T gets a more stylish, metal remote and the One Connect system, which sees all connections (including power) routed through a separate box that can be easily hidden away.

Somewhat disappointingly, the Q95T and Q90T have fewer dimming zones and go less bright than the Q90R, but they're otherwise better in every meaningful way. They deliver a richer, more solid and more natural picture, as well as better sound.

The Tizen operating system is largely unchanged, and that's no bad thing. No other operating system has as much content or more quickly gets you to what you want to watch.

If you're after Samsung's top 4K model, the sensible money would be spend on the Q90T, but if you like the idea of extremely clever and neat One Connect solution, there's nothing wrong with spending the extra money on the Q95T.

Read the full Samsung QE65Q95T review

Best Samsung TVs 2021: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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9. Samsung UE43RU7020

If the price is right, then this strong budget TV has to be considered.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Tizen | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | USB inputs: 2 | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 56 x 97 x 5.8cm

Reasons to Buy

Good HDR handling
Excellent smart platform
Strong detail and scaling

Reasons to Avoid

Unimpressive audio
Slight colour inconsistency

The Samsung UE43RU7020 is the smallest size of the cheapest range of Samsung’s 2019 current TVs. If you are strapped for cash but still want to buy an excellent, small(ish) screen, this is the one.

Black levels and detail are very good for a TV at this price – we're not talking OLED standards, but this is no hazy production – and there's good control of lighting. The 4K detail is good, too, and colours are natural if not quite of the richness Samsung is capable further up the food chain.

As a small, budget TV, the UE43RU7020 deserves to be taken seriously.

Read the full Samsung UE43RU7020 review

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