Best TV 2018: which TV should you buy?

<pre><pre>Best TV 2018: which TV should you buy?

Best TV buying guide: TechRadar & # 39; s guide to the best TV & # 39; s available in 2018.

There is no worse experience than staring at a go and staring at a gangway from TV & # 39; s to Best Buy: "Huh, they all look good."

We know the feeling – it looks like any TV that looks great with its brightness cranked and colors beyond supersaturation. In such places it can be very difficult to say which TV is really good and which … well, are not true.

We understand that the money is tight and that you would rather just have someone who really has tested TV's and gives you the insider knowledge you need to make the perfect choice.

The good news? You are in the right place here.

Some screens really do better than others, with better contrast, higher brightness and new technologies such as Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that will dramatically improve your TV viewing experience.

We have tested them for ourselves and can now say with absolute certainty which screens to buy and which ones to avoid. Our choices are shown below from the best-of-the-best to the still-fantastic – and unlike running through the TV aisle at Best Buy, you can not go wrong with any of them.

"So, do I have to buy a TV now or wait?"

This is a question we get a lot. Like most technology (cough, iPhones) TV's are getting better – which means, yes, if you wait a year, there will probably be a bigger, more flashy TV for less money.

But while you do this, you will definitely get a bigger screen for a better price, some of the best panels are already being produced. Although the screens of tomorrow may be a bit bigger, a bit brighter and a bit cheaper, the screens of today are just as competent in themselves.

We can say with confidence that most manufacturers have finally embraced the three major standards on televisions: Ultra HD, Wide Color Gamut and HDR (HDR10 and, if you're lucky, Dolby Vision). If a TV you are watching does not support at least one of these, you should probably look elsewhere.

Do not you know where to start? These are the best TV's we have tested this year.

1. Samsung Q9FN QLED (2018)

The best TV ever? Could be!

65-inch: Samsung QE65Q9FN

Spectacular HDR image quality

Powerful, well-rounded sound

Good smart system

Limited viewing angles

Editors choice

After a disappointing debut, Samsung's QLED technology really had to rebound in style in 2018. It did not surprise us in the least to discover that Samsung was throwing the sink in with its new Q9FN QLED television series.

In addition to the fact that Samsung's 2018 flagshades are brighter and more colorful than the comparable model of last year, they use a completely different lighting system to combat the contrast problems of their predecessor: Full Array Local Dimming instead of edge-lit LED lighting. The FALD panel works with Samsung QLED Quantum Dots to produce a photo that is brighter and more colorful than almost everything we have seen from the South Korean manufacturer.

Do these functions only mean that Samsung Q9FN is the best TV on the market? No, but throw in technology like HDR10 + and Q HDR EliteMax – what Samsung regards as its maximum High Dynamic Range experience exclusive to the Q9FN – and there is very little doubt in us that this is the best TV ever from Samsung.

Read the full review: Samsung Q9FN QLED TV (65Q9FN)

2. LG C8 OLED series (2018)

LG sets a new standard with its 2018 OLED range

55-inch: LG OLED55C8 | 65-inch: LG OLED65C8

3. Sony XBR-Z9D series (2016)

An LCD LED TV for the history books

65-inch: Sony XBR-65Z9D | 75-inch: Sony XBR-75Z9D | 100-inch: Sony XBR-100Z9D

Stunning HDR image quality

Pioneering backlighting

Android TV feels slow

Pretty average sound

From the moment we saw the XBR-65Z9D, we were desperate to get one. It is, without doubt, the holy grail of television for 2018: a TV that can combine the extreme, high dynamic range-friendly brightness of LCD technology with a backlight that brings LCD closer than ever to the stunning light control you get with OLED technology.

This backlight consists of more than 600 LEDs behind the screen of the 65Z9D that are able to perform their own light levels independently of their neighbors. This should allow the TV to produce more of the extremes of light and shadow associated with new high dynamic range (HDR) technology, while having fewer LCD TVs with distracting clouds, stripes or halos of unwanted, strange light.

As if this did not have enough attraction yet, the 65Z9D also sports Sony's new X1 Extreme & # 39; video processing system and the latest version of Sony's reliable Triluminos wide color technology for unlocking the extensive color gamut in relation to HDR sources.

Sony XBR-65Z9D

TRD

4. LG Signature Series W7 OLED (2017)

LG & # 39; s W7 OLED is thinner than your smartphone

65-inch: LG 65W7OLED | 77-inch: LG 77W7OLED