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Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

The best OLED TVs offer pretty much the best picture quality around at the moment. And while they were once the preserve of those prepared to spend some serious cash, prices have slowly come down and some of the cheapest OLED TVs are now among the best.

It's basically the next step on from LCD. Because they don't require a backlight, OLED, or Organic Light-Emitting Diode, televisions can be ultra-thin, and because each pixel can be switched off individually (creating a 'true' black), they have unbelievable black levels. 

OLED is also a more efficient and eco-friendly technology than LCD. They are expensive to produce, however, which is why you don't often see OLED TVs under 55 inches.

The very best OLED televisions combine 4K and HDR technology to devastating effect. We've rounded up the cream of the crop below, including the cheapest OLED TV we've tested, to the very best OLED TVs money can buy.

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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1. LG OLED55C9PLA

A brilliant LG OLED TV, blessed with stunning all-round ability.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, Advanced HDR by Technicolor | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 74 x 123 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy
Rich, natural colours
Brilliant blacks
Loads of detail
Reasons to Avoid
Fines dark details missing
Sound can be bettered

We've come to expect some of the best OLED TV picture quality from LG in recent years, and the 2019 C9 series doesn't disappointed. The 55in version pictured here delivers brilliantly balanced colours, impressive black depth and eye-catching levels of detail - everything makes for a flagship picture performance at a reasonable price.

It's a good-looking OLED TV too - the tiny bezel doesn't get in the way, and its webOS operating system is as inviting as ever. As you get deeper into the menus, things get a bit more confusing but thankfully, the TV doesn't require a lot of tinkering out of the box. Its 40W speaker system sounds good enough to keep you entertained, but as with most flatscreen TVs, investing in a good soundbar won't do any harm.

Read the full review: LG OLED55C9PLA

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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2. Panasonic TX-55GZ950B

This impressive Panasonic OLED TV is excellent value for money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: My Home Screen 4.0 | HDR formats: Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83x145x4.7cm

Reasons to Buy
Price
Balanced, natural picture
Good sound
Dolby Vision and HDR10+
Reasons to Avoid
Image could be punchier
Dull operating system
Lacks some apps

This Panasonic set might not be the most glamorous OLED TV, but it's one of the best value sets we've seen in 2019. Here, the picture does the talking, with its natural balance and tonal subtlety giving the image a fantastic sense of realism. Blacks are inky deep, but there's detail in those darker areas too. The above LG might offer a more polished picture, but the Panasonic more than holds its own.

One big plus is that the Panasonic supports all the major HDR formats (including Dolby Vision and HDR10+), so there's no need to worry about the type of 4K content you want to watch. Oh, and its built-in speaker system sounds impressively weighty and dynamic too.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-55GZ950B

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

3. LG OLED65C9PLA

This attractive LG OLED TV produces a brilliant big-screen picture.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, Advanced HDR by Technicolor | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83x145x4.7cm

Reasons to Buy
Lovely, subtle design
Rich but natural pictures
Strong sound
Reasons to Avoid
Can be beaten for motion
Convoluted menus

This 65in version of LG's C9 looks lovely to look at before you even turn it on, with such slim bezels you could mistake it for a floating set (especially when wall mounted). The picture doesn't disappoint - black levels are suitably inky, while the image goes brilliantly bright, creating a stunning level of contrast in the image. And while the speakers are pretty well hidden, they create great sound. A fantastic option for any film or TV fan looking for a set bigger than 55in. 

Read the full review: LG OLED65C9PLA

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

4. LG OLED55C8PLA

As far as 4K TVs go, this is a superb all-rounder.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 70.7x122.8x4.7cm

Reasons to Buy
Brighter, punchy and sharp picture
Fantastically natural images
Amazing upscaling
Reasons to Avoid
Motion processing could be better
Settings menus are confusing
Mediocre sound for the money

This was only a small improvement on its predecessor when it launched last year, but then LG was already at the front of the OLED pack. So it's a bit like criticising Lewis Hamilton for "only" finishing four seconds ahead of second place. We love the pedestal stand on this LG TV - as well as looking cool, that ridged mouth funnels sound towards the viewer from the downward-firing speaker. And the picture? It's excellent, providing you select the right mode. A great TV in its own right, and a deserved winner of its 2018 What Hi-Fi? Award. And now available at a bargain price.

Read the full review: LG OLED55C8PLA

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

5. Philips 55POS9002

One of the most affordable OLED TVs we've ever seen and one of the best.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: Android | HDR formats: HDR10, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 71.5x123x4.8cm

Reasons to Buy
Stunning HDR performance
Ambilight is as lovely as ever
Great with non-4K content
Reasons to Avoid
Glaring app omissions
Some rivals offer greater nuance
Motion processing isn’t quite perfect

The Philips 55POS9002 is a real surprise, not to mention the cheapest OLED TV on this list. HDR content on this TV is simply spectacular – even better than on the Sony A1, and that’s really saying something. It can go toe-to-toe with most rivals with Full HD, too. And then, of course, there’s that lovely Ambilight, which only enhances the visual excitement. In short, this is a superb TV, and yet another enhancement of LG’s OLED tech. If HDR on an OLED is your prime concern (and it should be) this should be right at the top of your new telly shortlist.

Read the full review: Philips 55POS9002

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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6. LG OLED55E9PLA

An impressive OLED picture with the sound to match.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 75.3 x 122.6 x 5cm

Reasons to Buy
Deep, rich blacks
Superb sense of realism
Solid, weighty sound
Reasons to Avoid
Motion could be more natural
Not the last word in black detail
No HDR10+ support

Our advice when reviewing televisions tends to be buy a flatscreen and then add a soundbar, but this LG proves one of the exceptions to that rule. It produces just the kind of picture we'd hope for and supplements it with excellent sound quality.

This E9 has more speakers than its 2019 sibling, the also five-star C9 (4.2ch compared with 2.2ch), more amplifier power (60W against 40W) and slightly different positioning (forward-firing vs down-firing). The result is a sonic performance unmatched by any soundbar we've tested below £500, and with no extra boxes or cables!

Read the full LG OLED55E9PLA review

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

7. LG OLED55B8PLA

A brilliant OLED TV bargain.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: HDR10 Pro, Advanced HDR by Technicolor, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 70.7x122.8x4.7cm

Reasons to Buy
Rich, refined colours
Perfect blacks
Great value
Reasons to Avoid
Other LGs are even better
QLEDs go brighter

It might lack the more modern processor of its more expensive stablemates, but this LG still delivers quality in spades, and is a darn sight cheaper because of the lack of a bleeding edge chipset. It's a natural with colour tones, and is more than adept at handling shading - its colour reproduction is as grounded as the B8’s feet are to its stand. If you want a decent OLED set but can't afford to spring for LG's latest and greatest, this 2018 LG OLED is a fantastic option.

Read the full review: LG OLED55B8PLA

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

8. Philips 55OLED803

The most convincing argument yet against buying an LG OLED.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: Android | HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 70.6x123x4.9cm

Reasons to Buy
Bright, colourful images
Superb detail with non-4K content
Weighty, balanced sound
Reasons to Avoid
Missing a couple of common apps
Skin tones aren’t perfect
Beaten for motion processing

LG isn't the only game in town where OLED is concerned as these great Philips sets testify. This is a fantastically elegant set, complete with the Ambilight feature that makes coloured lights behind the TV pulse in time with what's on screen. There's a level of detail which will put many more expensive sets to shame, while contrast is superb, with the image popping from the screen. Even the sound manages to be deep and rich - impressive from such a slim TV.

Read the full review: Philips 55OLED803

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

9. LG OLED65C8PLA

Another What Hi-Fi? Awards 2018 winner. A breathtaking big-screen OLED TV.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: Dolby Vision, HDR10 Pro, HLG, Advanced HDR by Technicolor | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83.1x144.9x4.7cm

Reasons to Buy
Sensational 4K picture 
Breathtaking black levels
Impressive detail and upscaling
Reasons to Avoid
Motion processing can be bettered

A big and beautiful TV with a vibrant picture rich in detail, this is another LG OLED we’d be proud to own. You couldn’t really ask for more from the 65in LG C8. It does everything the 55in model does well, but in a larger package. That's why it is another 2018 What Hi-Fi? Award winner.

Read the full review: LG OLED65C8PLA

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

10. Philips 55OLED903

A brilliant OLED TV gets a sonic boost from B&W.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: Android | HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 75.2x122.8x5cm

Reasons to Buy
OLED blacks with punchy colours
Excellent upscaling
Superior sound
Reasons to Avoid
Issue with skin tones
Sony does motion better
Treble is harsh

This Philips OLED has a B&W-made soundbar attached to the bottom, meaning not only does it provide excellent picture quality but superior sound too. Colours pop without looking garish or out of control, and there's a ton of detail to enjoy. While the audio served up is the perfect complement - voices are fuller and more rounded, and louder sounds land with the desired effect. If you're looking for an all-in-one OLED TV where you don't need to worry about adding speakers, this should go to the top of your list.

Read the full review: Philips 55OLED903

Best OLED TVs 2019: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

11. Philips 65OLED803

Simply one of the best TVs available, and that’s even without considering the bonus of the lovely Ambilight.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: Android | HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83x144.9x4.9cm

Reasons to Buy
Deep blacks with punchy colours
Excellent upscaling
Ambilight
Reasons to Avoid
Occasional issue with skin tones
Sony does motion better
No Dolby Vision

Another inviting Philips OLED. Ambilight is the star of the show here. The coloured lights correspond to what's happening on screen, making for a more immersive viewing experience. And if you have Philips Hue smart lights in your home, they can join in the action too. The TV's picture is punchy, and combined with super-sharp edges, you get a real sense of three-dimensionality. A 65-incher worthy of any lounge or home cinema room.

Read the full review: Philips 65OLED803

Best OLED TVs 2019: 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision

12. LG OLED55E8PLA

Another stunner from LG, even if it isn’t the best value for money model in its line-up.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: HDR10 Pro, Advanced HDR by Technicolor, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 77.6x122.8x5.2cm

Reasons to Buy
Class-leading picture
Gorgeous design
Well-equipped smarts
Reasons to Avoid
Doesn’t justify premium price

This TV uses the same screen and Alpha 9 processor as LG's C8, E8, G8 and W8 OLED ranges, so straightaway you know you're onto a winner. The main difference? This one has a built-in soundbar, giving you home cinema sound, which is great news if you don't want to shop around for one yourself. It's quite a looker too, thanks to the stand that makes it look like the TV is floating. The picture quality is predictably excellent, while sound goes loud without losing its balance. You can buy a better soundbar than the bundled one, but this scores extra points for convenience.

Read the full review: LG OLED55E8PLA

Best OLED TVs 2019: 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision

13. Sony KD-65AF9

A stunning television in so many ways, and one of the best-sounding TVs we’ve tested.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: Android | HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83.5x144.9x8.6cm

Reasons to Buy
Excellent OLED blacks
Class-leading motion processing
Great sound
Reasons to Avoid
Tricky to get it looking its best
Irritating remote

If you want to get the most from this Sony OLED TV, you'll have to spend some time tinkering with the settings. But it's time well spent, as the results are glorious. There's an exceptional level of detail in both the darkest and lightest parts of the picture, and it's more than adept at handling the punchy, vibrant images of a comic book adaptation. Oh, and the motion processing is the best around, making transitions run smooth as butter. Well worth a few thousand of anyone's money.

Read the full review: Sony KD-65AF9

Best OLED TVs 2019: 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision

14. Sony KD-65AG9

A good-looking and impressive-sounding OLED TV, if a bit pricey.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: Android | HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83.8x144.7x4cm

Reasons to Buy
Stable, insightful, natural pictures
Impressive with SDR content
Excellent sound
Reasons to Avoid
HDR lacks wow factor
Tricky to tweak
Processing can be intrusive

The KD-65AG9 is an impressive OLED TV and arguably best in class in a number of ways. Picture and sound quality are both excellent, as is the TV's motion handling. It also boasts a fabulous upscaler for Full HD content. Where it falls down slightly, is with native 4K HDR pictures. In our opinion, rivals such as the LG C9 and Samsung Q90 QLED boast superior processing and HDR handling. The Sony is also significantly more expensive than its close rivals, a price which it struggles to justify.

Read the full review: Sony KD-65AG9

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