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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.

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: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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1. 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 isn't the successor to the Q90R that we were expecting it to be, but it is a brilliant TV in its own right and has launched at a lower price than did its 'predecessor'.

It has fewer dimming zones and goes less bright in real terms than the Q90R, but the Q95T is otherwise better in every meaningful way. It delivers 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.

Read the full Samsung QE65Q95T review

Best Samsung TVs 2020: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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2. Samsung UE43RU7470

The best 'small' TV around right now - and it's great value

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

Budget price
Excellent 1080p upscaling
Impressive HDR performance

Reasons to Avoid

Panel could be brighter

The Samsung UE43RU7470 seems like impossibly good value. It ticks all the right tech boxes – 4K, HDR (including HDR10+), and peerless selection of streaming apps that includes the brilliant Apple TV and arguably the best user experience in the business. All of this wrapped up into a lifestyle-friendly 43 inches and priced at a wallet-friendly £429 on arrival.

To top it all off, the performance is excellent. A more premium (and therefore almost certainly bigger) TV will go even brighter than this, but the RU7470 is punchy in its own right and takes a much more sophisticated and subtle approach to colours and definition than you might expect. All told, it's a lovely TV to watch and to live with.

It’s worth noting that UE43RU7470 is a Currys exclusive, but that Samsung says its performance is identical to that of the UE43RU7400 and UE43RU7410, with the only differences between the three models being aesthetic. Having not tested all variants we can't vouch for that, but there's little reason to doubt Samsung's claim.

Read the full review: Samsung UE43RU7470

Best Samsung TVs 2020: QLED, 4K, HDR, 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 55-inch 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 Q95T above as all of the connections are inside rather than in a separate One Connect box. There's nothing wrong with the specs of those connections, though: 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+, 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. The only feature gap of real significance is the lack of Dolby Vision.

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: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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4. 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 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: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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5. Samsung UE49RU8000

An excellent performance-per-pound proposition

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Tizen | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 2 | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 64 x 110 x 5.9cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliantly sharp and detailed
Nicely balanced colours
Intuitive OS packed with apps

Reasons to Avoid

Could go blacker
More premium models go brighter

The Samsung UE49RU8000 is an example of the mid-range at its very best. This is a TV that offers most of the performance of the company’s excellent flagship 49in set with a significant discount. It is, in other words, a great buy.

In many ways, it has the look and connectivity of a flagship TV, with four HDMIs (one of which is ARC-enabled), two USBs, an optical output, aerial and satellite inputs, and an ethernet socket for those who prefer a wired connection to the built-in wi-fi. There's Bluetooth, too.

The streaming library includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies & TV and Rakuten in 4K and HDR; BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5 for all of your catch-up needs; Plex and VLC for local streaming; and Spotify, Tidal and Deezer for music. Last but not least, there's the Apple TV app.

The picture delivers detailed, sharp and clearly defined edges that render each scene with excellent depth and solidity. Colours are vibrant but realistic, and there's plenty of punch, even if it can't match the flagship models (as you'd expect). For an affordable TV that still delivers great performance, this is a bit of a bargain.

Read the full review: Samsung UE49RU8000

Best Samsung TVs 2020: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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6. Samsung QE49Q70R

Stunning colours, intricate blacks and surprisingly good sound

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: QLED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Tizen | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 2 | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 63 x 109 x 6.3cm

Reasons to Buy

Textured & detailed blacks
Great colours
Nice design

Reasons to Avoid

No Dolby Vision support
Slightly exaggerated reds

The Q70R might appear a little way down Samsung's QLED range, but this is still one of the most premium and fully featured 49in TVs you can buy, thanks in no small part to OLEDs not available in sizes below 55in.

This is a very good TV, too. It doesn't have the wide viewing angles of the Q90R and it doesn't go quite as bright, but it does offer the punch, vibrancy and sharpness for which Samsung's QLEDs are renowned.

It also has the same operating system as every other 2019 Samsung QLED, which means it's a pleasure to use and is packed to the rafters with streaming apps, including the new Apple TV app. If you're limited to 49in but still want a premium TV, this is the model for you.

And, if you do have room for a much bigger TV, the 65in version of the Q70R is a doozy, too. It's an Award-winner, in fact.

Read the full Samsung QE49Q70R review

Read the full Samsung QE65Q70R review

Samsung UE43RU7020

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7. 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 current TVs. If you are strapped for cash but still want to buy one of the latest flush of Samsung screens, then 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

Best Samsung TVs 2020: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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8. Samsung QE55Q85R

Save some money and go for Samsung's second-tier 4K QLED.

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 6.2cm

Reasons to Buy

Spot-on blacks
Superior upscaling
Broad viewing angles

Reasons to Avoid

Thin audio
Motion could be better
Awkwardly priced

First, the bad news: this has fewer backlight dimming zones than Samsung's flagship QLED, the Q90R, and it isn't as bright. The good news? It's quite a bit cheaper. All of its connections are tidily placed in a separate box rather than built into the set itself, which helps it stay rather slim and elegant, while the user interface and remote control work like a dream.

Despite the compromises, the picture is surprisingly good, with an astonishing level of detail. If your budget can't stretch to the top model, this is a smart choice.

Read the full review: Samsung QE55Q85R

Best Samsung TVs 2020: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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9. Samsung QE75Q950R

Subtle improvements and aggressive pricing make this 8K set a tempting proposition.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: QLED | Resolution: 8K | Operating system: Tizen | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 96 x 168 x 3.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Hugely impressive upscaling
Fantastically bright and punchy
Excellent OS packed with apps

Reasons to Avoid

No sign of 8K content
Colours slightly off at times
Imperfect motion

Admittedly, there still isn't really anything to watch in 8K, but that still doesn't stop this big Samsung set being a hugely exciting proposition. At least it's future-proofed for when the content does become available. In the meantime, the Q950R upscales everything you send it exceptionally well, to the extent that you're not made aware of any extra processing going on.

You're still paying a lot for a feature that you're not going to use any time soon, so we'd recommend sticking with the 4K Q90R for now, but if you simply must be at the bleeding edge, this is a strong option.

Read the full review: Samsung QE75Q950R

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