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Best Samsung TVs 2020: 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 2020.

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 brand new 2020 set or an outgoing 2019 model. It might be obvious that you'd want a new model, but you'll likely make a big saving if you go for a discounted 2019 TV. 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.

Best Samsung TVs 2020: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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1. 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 last year’s 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, and you certainly shouldn’t discount it for not being an OLED or not having as many dimming zones as its ‘predecessor’.

Read the full Samsung QE55Q90T review

Best Samsung TVs 2020: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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2. Samsung UE55TU8000

The new 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 2020: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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3. 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 sets 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.

This is the first mid-range 55-inch TV we’ve seen in 2020, but the Samsung QE55Q80T sets a formidable benchmark thanks to its dynamic and solid picture, substantial sound and thorough feature set.

Read the full Samsung QE55Q80T review

Best Samsung TVs 2020: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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4. Samsung QE65Q95T

It's perhaps 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

Brand new for 2020, 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 2020: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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5. Samsung Q90R

An exceptional TV that gives OLED rivals a serious run for their money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: QLED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Tizen | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 71 x 123 x 4cm (55in model), 83 x 145 x 4cm (65in model)

Reasons to Buy

Accurate colours
Precise blacks
Great viewing angles

Reasons to Avoid

Bettered for motion...
...And sound

Samsung's 2019 4K flagship is still available and still excellent. It was the first model we tested with the company's Ultra Wide Viewing Angle tech, which basically means you don't suffer the usual loss of contrast and colours that's common with most non-OLED TVs.

Blacks are near OLED-deep, too, but with absolutely loads of dark detail, and colours are brilliantly judged. You of course also get the 2019 version of the Tizen operating system, which differs to the 2020 version only in colour and icon sizing - the app selection is for all intents and purposes identical.

Read the full Samsung QE55Q90R (55in) review

Read the full Samsung QE65Q90R (65in) review

Best Samsung TVs 2020: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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6. 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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