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 fancy one of the company's high-tech OLEDs, we can help you make the right choice.
How to choose the best LG TV for you
It almost goes without saying, but LG makes some of the best 4K OLED TVs around. Indeed, it pioneered OLED panel technology and sells its OLED panels to rival manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic and Philips. 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 eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel).
LG TVs 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.
Bigger is better but size isn't everything. If you're going for a 65-inch or 75-inch model, make sure you have room to sit far enough back to enjoy the full effect.
And finally, with new models from the LG 2022 TV line-up beginning to filter into stores, now's a great time buy. Here's our pick of the best LG TVs you can buy right now...
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The OLED65G2 is easily LG’s best OLED TV yet. Its a solid improvement over LG’s 2021 G series, both in terms of the sound, picture and design.
Images are richer and the extra brightness it achieves thanks to its new heat sink and new processor delivers nothing but positives, enhancing everything from basic HD SDR to sparkling 4K HDR. It's brilliant with the latest gaming devices, too, extracting the maximum clarity out of next-gen consoles and PC graphics cards.
LG TVs are not renowned for their sonic abilities, but the G2 is a step up compared to last year's G1. Particularly pleasing is how much more dynamic the sound appears when running in Dolby Atmos mode.
The ‘Gallery’ design, optimised for wall mounting (this TV has a depth of just 2.4cm), now boasts a high quality metal ‘wrap’ that gives the G2 a superbly premium look to match the legendarily deep black tones that LG OLED TVs have long been known for.
All in all, the G2 is truly a thing of beauty. It might be targeted at the no-expense-spared crowd, but it will tempt many to step up to it from the mid-range C2, despite the high price.
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. But for 2021, LG introduced a new ‘OLED Evo’ panel that promises increased brightness and sharpness.
If you'll willing to splash out the extra cash, you'll be handsomely rewarded with one of the best OLED TVs that LG has ever made (the 2021 G1 has now been superseded by the 2022 G2, above). 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 not what you'd call cheap.
Still, if you want a wall-mounted LG OLED with a sleek 'Gallery' design, but don't want to splash out on the G2, the G1 could be the best LG TV for you.
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.
Next-gen gaming features, this is a terrific all-rounder. It's now been trumped by the 2022 C2, which offers an even better panel, but the C1 remains a cracking buy, especially if you can bag it at reduced price.
Read the full LG OLED48C1 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 C1 and 2022 C2, 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.
Read the full LG OLED55CX review
How we test TVs
Here at What Hi-Fi? we review hundreds of products every year – and that includes loads of TVs. So how do we come to our review verdicts? And why can you trust them?
We have state-of-the-art testing facilities in London, Bath and Reading, where our team of expert reviewers do all of our testing. This gives us complete control over the testing process, ensuring consistency.
All products are tested in comparison with rival products in the same price category, and all review verdicts are agreed upon by the team as a whole rather than an individual reviewer, again helping to ensure consistency and avoid any personal preference.
The What Hi-Fi? team has more than 100 years experience of reviewing, testing and writing about consumer electronics.
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