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Best LG TVs 2020: LCD, OLED, 4K HDR

Best LG TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best LG TVs you can buy in 2020.

When it comes to buying a new TV, it obviously pays to shop around. But if you've previously owned an LG TV and want to stick with the same look and feel, or you've been impressed by the company's consistency in recent years, then we have some excellent recommendations for you.

LG makes some of the best 4K OLED TVs around. Not only that, it also sells OLED panels to rival manufacturers such as Panasonic, Philips and Sony, who then use them in their own TVs.

All of the TVs here are 4K OLED sets and all support HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG - but not HDR10+.

All of the sets in our list 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, some menus take a bit of getting used to.

Finally, most of the TVs in this list are at least 55in in size - there's only one smaller OLED TV currently available, but that's a cracking set, too, as you'll find out if you keep scrolling...

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Best LG TVs 2020: LCD, OLED, 4K HDR

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1. LG OLED48CX

LG has produced the first sub-50in OLED of the 4K era – and it’s just as brilliant as we’d hoped

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 48in (also available in 55in, 65in, 77in) | Type: OLED | Backlight: not applicable | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: webOS | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 62 x 107 x 4.7cm

Reasons to Buy

Flagship-level OLED performance
Dramatic but natural picture
Forward-looking feature set

Reasons to Avoid

Missing UK catch-up apps
Pricey for its size

We've been waiting for this moment for a long time. Finally, you can buy a 4K OLED TV that's smaller than 55in. In fact, it's quite a lot smaller: the OLED48CX is, you guessed it, a 48in TV, and therefore brings flagship OLED performance to under 50in for the first time.

And it really is a fabulous performance. This isn't a downgraded flagship TV - it's a downsized flagship TV. It offers the same performance and features as its bigger brothers in the CX range (which, let's remember, also match the more expensive GX, RX and WX in terms of picture quality and processing), but in a smaller, more lounge-friendly package.

The performance is superb. The perfect blacks and near-perfect viewing angles we're used to from OLED, combined with bright, punchy whites and vibrant but natural colours. LG's motion processing in 2020 is the best it's ever been, too, an its OLEDs continue to impress in terms of upscaling 1080p and standard-def content.

On top of all that you get certified HDMI 2.1 sockets that support next-gen features such as eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), HFR (High Frame Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), and all current formats of VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). Those last two features will be of particular appeal to those gamers looking to upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X this Christmas.

Read the full LG OLED48CX review

Best LG TVs 2020: LCD, OLED, 4K HDR

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2. LG OLED65GX

LG’s 2020 OLED TV range gets off to a superb start with this beautifully designed ‘Gallery’ model

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 65in (also available in 55in, 77in) | Type: OLED | Backlight: Not applicable | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: webOS | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | USBs: 3 | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83 x 145 x 2cm

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 box

LG's first 2020 OLED is a barnstormer. While we'd usually like to start the year with the C-class model, which is the most affordable set with all of the best picture processing, this GX takes that same picture and adds more powerful sound and a beautiful design.

This is LG's 'Gallery' model, and as such is entirely intended for wall-mounting. You don't even get a stand in the box (although feet can be bought separately), with a low-profile mount provided instead. The set is a uniform 2cm deep, which is exceptionally slim. The CX, by comparison, is 4.7cm deep.

Picture-wise, LG has taken the exemplary performance of its 2019 OLEDs and improved it in a few key areas, with dark detail, colour richness and motion handling all getting a worthwhile boost. The set sounds decent, too, particularly for one with essentially invisible speakers.

The only issue for UK buyers is the current lack of catch-up apps such as BBC iPlayer, but LG assures us it's working on this. Either way, this is a stunning TV and the current 2020 TV benchmark.

Read the full LG OLED65GX review

Best LG TVs 2020: LCD, OLED, 4K HDR

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3. LG OLED65B9PLA

LG’s affordable B9 OLED features 2018's tech in a 2019 panel.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: webOS | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR by Technicolor | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 87 x 145 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliant colour
Good detail
Great price

Reasons to Avoid

Average dark/light production
Audio a touch muffled

The LG B9 is a mixture of the old and the new – it combines the company's 2018 processor with its 2019 OLED panel. This makes it the most affordable model in LG’s current OLED range and a tempting proposition indeed.

The picture is natural, colourful and well-measured for contrast whether you’re watching in 4K or upscaling from HD, and whatever processor power is missing certainly won't ruin your TV experience.

There are small discrepancies in light and dark detail that the top LG processor offers and it’s worth paying the extra for them if you can. As far as this price proposition goes, though, the LG OLED65B9PLA gets our full vote of confidence.

Read the full LG OLED65B9PLA review

Best LG TVs 2020: LCD, OLED, 4K HDR

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4. LG OLED55E9PLA

An impressive OLED picture with the sound to match.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: webOS | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR by Technicolor | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | Optical output: 1 | Dimensions (HWD, with stand): 75 x 123 x 22cm

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

Like the look of LG's C9 but want improved sound built in? This E9 could be just the ticket. It produces just the kind of picture we'd hope for and supplements it with impressive sonic aptitude.

This E9 has more speakers than its sibling (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 affordable soundbar we've tested, and with no extra boxes or cables!

Read the full LG OLED55E9PLA review