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Best OLED TVs 2020: the best budget and premium OLED TVs

Best OLED TVs 2020: the best budget and premium OLED TVs
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The best OLED TVs offer some of the best picture quality around at the moment. When they first hit the market, only those with exceptionally deep pockets could really entertain the thought of an OLED. Thankfully, prices have slowly come down and cheaper, entry-level OLED TVs are now among the best.

So what is OLED? 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 tend to boast some of the best black levels in the TV business. 

OLED is also a more efficient and eco-friendly technology than LCD. They are expensive to produce, though. Previously, this meant you didn't see OLED TVs under 55 inches, but 2020 will see 48in sets from LG and Sony both hit the market. Just don't expect them to be significantly cheaper than a 55in set.

The very best OLED televisions combine 4K and HDR technology to devastating effect, so you'll find support for HDR10+ and/or Dolby Vision plus HDR10 and HLG support as standard. We've rounded up the best OLED TVs out of all the ones we've tested below, including cheap OLED TVs from 2019 and the very best OLED TVs money can buy in 2020.

Best OLED TVs 2020: the best budget and premium OLED TVs

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1. LG OLED65GX

Another year, another brilliant OLED TV from LG, ideal for wall-mounting.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, Advanced HDR by Technicolor | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83 x 145 x 2cm (w/o stand)

Reasons to Buy

Consistent, natural performance
Improved motion and dark detail
Lovely design

Reasons to Avoid

Currently lacks UK catch-up apps
No feet or pedestal in the boxy List

This 2020 OLED TV pics up from where LG left off in 2019. The GX series manages to improve picture quality in a few key areas, with dark detail, colour richness and motion handling all getting a boost. The net effect is a beautifully realistic HDR and SDR picture, packed with detail. Sound from the downfiring speakers is surprisingly good too, its built-in Dolby Atmos decoding delivering a wide and expansive soundstage by TV standards.

The GX is an attractive OLED TV that's squarely aimed at those wishing to wall-mount - there's no stand in the box, but there is a slim mount on which you can hang the set. Inputs, which include four HDMI (2.1) sockets and a trio of USBs are all recessed on the back of the TV, so there's no external connection box. WebOS is LG's go-to operating system and the TV is a doddle to use. Streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ are all onboard although, at the time of writing, all the key UK TV catch-up apps, including BBC iPlayer are missing. Hopefully, they'll be included at a later date.

Read the full review: LG OLED65GX

Best OLED TVs 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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2. LG OLED55C9PLA

As an all-rounder, this 2019 set is still up their with the best OLED TVs.

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
No HDR10+ support

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 is a 2019 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner and 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 go 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 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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3. 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 TV, but it's one of the best OLED TVs, in terms of value, from 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 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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4. Panasonic TX-55GZ2000B

Relatively pricey, but this Panasonic delivers one of the best OLED TV pictures we've seen.

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): 78 x 123 x 31cm

Reasons to Buy

Stunning picture performance
Convincing Atmos sound
Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Reasons to Avoid

Big
Expensive
Basic operating system

There aren't many OLED TVs that can beat the LG C9 when it comes to picture quality, but we feel the GZ2000 has the edge. The 55in and 65in GZ2000 sets are  more expensive than their LG equivalents, though, which is why this range doesn't take the top spot.

But the picture served up is nothing short of sensational. There's a crispness and three-dimensionality that other sets can't touch, while black levels and detail are a cut above the competition too. The icing on the cake is the brilliant sound quality. There's a soundbar built into the front which works with upward-firing speakers on the rear of the set to produce a wide, spacious sound with a good sense of scale. If money is no object, this OLED TV deserves to be on your list.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-55GZ2000B

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Best OLED TVs 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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5. 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 OLED looks the part 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. And while the speakers are pretty well hidden, they create great sound. A fantastic option for any film or OLED TV fan looking for a set bigger than 55in and another 2019 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner.

Read the full review: LG OLED65C9PLA

Best OLED TVs 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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6. LG OLED65B9PLA

You'll struggle to find a better big-screen OLED for this kind of money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 3840x2160 | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1 | Dimensions (HWD): 83x168x4.9cm

This affordable OLED TV features 2018 tech in a 2019 panel, but it's still one of the finest sets we've seen this year. It produces a natural, colourful picture with great contrast whether you're watching both 4K or HD content. The C9 range is still our pick if your budget can stretch, but you won't be let down by this excellent OLED TV.

Read the full review: LG OLED65B9PLA

Best OLED TVs 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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7. Philips 65OLED984

Philips and B&W combine to produce a fantastic, if pricey OLED TV.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Android TV 9.0 | HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1

Reasons to Buy

Crisp, dynamic picture
Accomplished audio
Impressive design

Reasons to Avoid

Motion processing not perfect
Confusion around catch-up apps
No HDMI 2.1

Instead of adding a soundbar to your OLED TV at a later date, Philips solves the problem by packaging a Dolby Atmos soundbar with the 65OLED984 . It's no ordinary soundbar either, given it's designed by Bowers & Wilkins. The design is quite unique - the OLED panel is perched on top of a floor-standing pedestal which also incorporates the bar.

This Philips OLED set isn't just smartly packaged. Slight motion issues aside, it produces a brilliant 4K HDR picture. In fact, we don't think there's another OLED TV on the market that picks out as much detail. It's a punchy and dynamic performer with Full HD SDR content too. Sonically, the TV serves up an open and spacious soundstage where there's genuine placement of dialogue and effects and more than enough bass on tap.

Sure the 65OLED984 isn't cheap, but this combination of picture and sound quality rarely is.

Read the full review: Philips 65OLED984

Best OLED TVs 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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8. Philips 65OLED804

One of the best mid-range OLED TVs currently on the market.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Android TV 9.0 | HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1

Reasons to Buy

Bright, crisp picture
Solid sound
Attractive Ambilight

Reasons to Avoid

Lacks HDMI 2.1
Motion processing can be beaten

The Philips 65OLED804 is a TV that looks the part, thanks to exceptionally thin bezels, dainty, low-profile feet, and subtle silver flourishes around its design. You also get the benefits of Ambilight being built-in, so the colour of the on-screen action is extended onto the wall around the TV in the form of coloured light.

The operating system is Google Android TV 9.0. It's broadly a decent OS, but the implementation here is a little disjointed and it isn't quite as slick as the operating systems offered by LG or Samsung. App selection is good, with just Apple TV and Now TV missing from the Philips' arsenal. While its HDMI sockets might not be HDMI 2.1, the TV does support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, as well as standard HDR10 and HLG.

The set bursts with brilliant yet subtle colour and there's also excellent detail and sharpness, whether you're watching 4K or upscaled high-definition content. Sound quality is surprisingly good too, with natural weight and decent dynamics for a flatscreen TV. It's a slight step down from the more expensive 65OLED984 (above) in terms of overall quality, but this is to be expected and it still delivers a hugely competitive image for the money. We're big fans.

Read the full review: Philips 65OLED804

Best OLED TVs 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

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9. 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 budget soundbars can't beat, and with no extra boxes or cables to contend with!

Read the full review: LG OLED55E9PLA

Read the full review: LG OLED65E9PLA

Best OLED TVs 2020: The best budget and premium OLED TVs

10. LG OLED65C8PLA

A little long in the tooth, but still 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 2020: 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision

11. LG OLED55E8PLA

Another 2018 OLED from LG, and one that's more affordable than ever.

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 2020: 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision

12. 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 2020: 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision

13. 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

Read the full review: Sony KD-55AG9

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