Best TVs of 2020

Consumer Reports tests hundreds of televisions each year. These 4K sets have risen to the top.

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With the majority of TVs now 4K models now available, and prices on sets continuing to fall, it's a great time to buy a new 4K TV.

Although all of the TVs listed below are still 2019 models from in Consumer Reports' TV ratings, our TV labs are now back in operation, with coronavirus safety protocols in place, and testing a growing number of new 2020 TVs. Since many of the sets listed here will likely be replaced by newer models, keep checking back for our latest updates.

This year, we've made a few noteworthy changes to our TV ratings. While overall picture quality still remains critically important, this year we've add data privacy and security scores for all the TVs we test.

Given that most sets these days are smart TVs that connect to the internet, we think that TV data privacy and security have become important issues for consumers. As a result, we now evaluate the various ways TV brands collect, use, and share that data, how well they protect it, and how transparent they are about their data practices.

We're also encouraging TV makers to ship their sets to consumers with the optimal privacy settings turned on by default. (Of course, you can also adjust the settings yourself, but we've found that consumers can find them tricky to locate and use.)

With regard to security, companies are judged by how well they implement various safety features, such as encrypting all user communications by default, enabling automatic security updates, and protecting against known security vulnerabilities.

Like all of the products that Consumer Reports tests, every TV we evaluate is purchased at retail. We don’t accept freebies or handpicked models from manufacturers, so every tested model is just like one you might take home.

LCD vs. OLED TVs

In our listings, below, we've focused on 65-inch and larger screen sizes, but most of these models are also available in smaller, less expensive sizes. Many of these models are pricey, but we've also included several great 65-inch 4K sets that cost well under $1,000.

Before you dive into the individual models, it pays to understand the two basic technologies used in today's televisions: LCD TVs— which are also called LED TVs for the LED backlights that illuminate the screen—and OLED TVs, where each pixel generates its own light.

There are far fewer OLED TVs on the market, and they tend to be more expensive, though prices have dropped significantly over the past 18 months. OLED sets do a great job of displaying the blackest parts of an image, where the deepest shadows can really look black, as in real life, rather than gray. OLED TVs also have unlimited viewing angles, so the picture still looks great if you view it from the side of a room.

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A majority of TVs being sold are still LCD sets; while they generally can't deliver OLED-like black levels, they get better every year, especially models that use full-array backlights, where the LEDs are spread across the entire rear panel instead of just along the edges. These models include a feature called local dimming, which divides the backlights into zones that can be separately dimmed or illuminated, depending on the scene. This can help improve black levels.

But typically, only the pricier models have full-array backlights with local dimming. Other sets are edge-lit, with the LEDs positioned on the sides of the screen. Some of these sets also include local dimming, but it tends to be less effective than in sets with full-array backlights. The best LCD TVs can create very bright, vivid images.

Here's our list of the best TVs currently in our ratings. We'll be regularly updating this article as 2020 sets make their way through our labs.


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Best TV Overall, Part I

LG OLED65CP9PUA
When it comes to pure performance, this LG is the best TV we've tested so far.

It doesn't sit right at the top of the ratings; that honor belongs to a Sony OLED set (see below) that combines great lab results with Excellent predicted brand reliability ratings. But the 65-inch LG OLED65C9PUA earns top scores for HD and UHD picture quality and does a bit better than the Sony OLEDs when it comes to HDR, or high dynamic range, performance. (LG 4K TVs support several HDR formats used by content creators: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR by Technicolor.)

Like all OLED TVs, this model has an almost unlimited viewing angle, and the sound is also top-notch, among the best we've tested. As a bonus, the set supports Dolby Atmos audio, which can give a soundtrack a three-dimensional effect.

LG's updated smart TV platform includes its own voice-enabled ThinQ artificial intelligence platform as well as built-in support for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa digital voice assistants.

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