Best OLED TV 2020: get back to black with a stylish, high-performance TV

Find the best OLED TV for a great looking picture and a wafer thin panel – good for both TV units and wallmounting

Best OLED TV: get back to black with a stylish, high-performance TV
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There's a big difference between the best OLED TVs and the top contenders and price is not necessarily the best indicator of performance. OLEDs remain the popular flagship TV choice for most manufacturers and for very good reason.

Stunning colours, inky deep black levels and wafer thin panels make them an excellent choice for both picture quality and stylish looks – but it's easy to be blinded by those headline features. Look a little closer and you'll find differences.

Not all offer particularly compelling on-screen details in the darker areas of the picture. Some aren't as useable as others. Not all will have the apps that make a difference to you and there are those with a lot more in the audio department which could be crucial if – for you – having a soundbar simply isn't an option. 

Not sure where to start? We have plenty of tips to help you choose the best OLED TV. Scroll down to browse our top picks. We've covered a ranged of needs (and budgets) so you're sure to find something that suits.

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What is the best OLED TV?

The best OLED TV is the Philips 65OLED984. It looks beautiful, sounds superb and it's freestanding too, meaning that you don't need to think about wallmounting it or any kind of clunky off-brand TV stand to sit it on. 

Whether it's on or if, it's a real living room statement which oozes class. With a big soundbar built into the stand, it's also an excellent audio solution for your living space too. No need for any more boxes and bits, stream what you like to it, and you'll have enough sound for anything between a boisterous gathering and a quiet night in.

The downside, of course, is that it's very, very expensive and, for that reason, we've included plenty of other worthy OLED TVs to suit your budget. Most of the below are available in both 55in and 65in sizes with the former format a good way to save a little cash.

The best OLED TVs

Discover our round-up of the best OLED TVs below. We've ranked them according to performance, design and cost, so you're sure to find something that suits.

the best OLED TV Philips 65OLED984

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1. Philips 65OLED984

The Best OLED TV: freestanding, ground sounding and stunning 4K detail

Specifications
Screen size: 65in
Integrated soundbar: Yes
HDR support: HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Incredible 4K picture+Very, very sharp+Excellent sound+Ambilight
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Colours shy of natural-Demands space

The Philips 65OLED984 is the most stylish OLED you’ll find. It’s not so much the TV itself as its integration into a tasteful freestanding piece of furniture that will impress on first inspection. With no need for an ugly TV unit or any kind of clunky wallmouting, it looks quite the centrepiece in any contemporary living space. And then there’s performance.

While its colour handling is just short of natural, the levels of detail you can get from this TV are unbelievably good. The sound, too, is something really quite special. It’s all down to the integrated soundbar which sits on the TV stand, halfway down towards the floorplate. Inside is an array of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers which offer both surround sound effects and some of the cleanest dialogue you’ll find built into a TV set anywhere.

LG OLED55C9PLA OLED TV

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2. LG OLED55C9PLA

The best value OLED TV you'll find

Specifications
Screen size: 55in
Integrated soundbar: No
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Vibrant colours+Excellent choice of apps+Fair price
Reasons to avoid
-Sound could be better

There are better OLEDs out there but the LG C9 series is the pound-for-pound victor. It’s just about within the realms of affordable as flagship TVs go and it’s the point at which the law of diminishing returns applies right now. You’ll have to pay a lot more for better and even then you’ll only see marginal improvements to picture quality.

The LG OLED55C9PLA OLED TV represents the very best in picture quality that LG has to offer. It handles 4K HDR signals brilliantly and upscales HD content to the point where it’s quite hard to notice that it’s not 4K. Colours are fantastic and detail in both light and dark areas is shaded well enough to create a really solid and engrossing image. The company does pricier TVs but their panels are no better. 

LG’s webOS user-interface is the best on any OLED TV right now. It’s fitted with the broadest selection of apps including Now TV and Apple TV+ where you’ll find a slew of 4K films to enjoy.

The only negative is that you will need a soundbar to really enjoy your viewing. The C9’s built-in speakers are a far cry from its picture perfection. If you’d rather an integrated solution, then we have a few options below.

Panasonic TX-55GZ2000B OLED TV

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3. Panasonic TX-55GZ2000B

The best semi-affordable OLED TV

Specifications
Screen size: 55in
Integrated soundbar: Yes
HDR support: HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Superb dark details+Vivid, realistic colours+Excellent sound
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap

Panasonic’s top OLED TVs offer something that the LG C9 above does not and that’s sound. It’s not the prettiest box to but on your wall but the Panasonic TX-55GZ2000B range comes with an integrated soundbar at the bottom of the picture as well as upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers on the back. Altogether, that makes for some of the best TV audio you’ll hear anywhere. You’ll be able to sit on your sofa and listen to the on-screen action flying around you.

Picture-wise, it’s right up there too. It betters the LG B9 below for dark detail, and that’s worth considering if you happen to watch a lot of crime, horror or other content which follow the trope of low lit scenes. The downside to all this brilliance, of course, is that it costs a lot more than the LG TVs. The user-interface is simple but not quite as decked with apps but it does support all flavours of HDR which is quite useful at present.

LG OLED55B9PLA OLED TV

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4. LG OLED55B9PLA

A brilliant OLED TV for those on a budget

Specifications
Screen size: 55in
Integrated soundbar: No
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Lovely colour production+Fantastic price+Strong smart platform
Reasons to avoid
-Dark details lacking

The 55in LG OLED55B9PLA is the most affordable OLED you can buy right now. It’s also very, very good. The only difference between it and the more expensive LG C9 OLED TV is that the processor inside it is from LG’s 2018 TVs. The actual display is the same.

That means it still has gorgeous deep blacks, vivid but natural colours and all the features and apps you can expect in the top end models. This includes Dolby Vision and arguably the very best OS you can find on an OLED TV anywhere.

The B9 comes with LG’s Magic Remote gesture controller which offers a compact and easy way to navigate the menus and settings. Naturally, the system is fitted with all the obvious apps like Prime Video, Netflix and the catch-up services but there’s also the tricky but important ones to find like Now TV for pay-per-view access to all of Sky’s content and the Apple TV+ app for Apple’s huge 4K HDR film and TV library.

You can get more dark and light detailed performance out of LG’s C9 and E9 sets but the B9 is a great value sweet spot for OLED. The B9 is also available in a 65in screen size.

Panasonic TX-55GZ950B OLED TV

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5. Panasonic TX-55GZ950B

OLED TV without the flagship price or performance

Specifications
Screen size: 55in
Integrated soundbar: No
HDR support: HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: No
Reasons to buy
+Full HDR support+Easy to use+Good sound 
Reasons to avoid
-Crude design-Picture lacks nuance

It’s not much of a looker on the design front but the GZ950B represents very good OLED performance on a very reasonable budget. Like the LG B9 above, its picture performance isn’t quite as stellar as the flagship OLED TVs, but then that’s reflected in the price.

Like our number one choice, this more modest Panasonic OLED is another great value choice. One of the beauties of going with this brand is that you get both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support which is not something you’ll find on the LG TVs. It also has a picture performance that can hold its own too.

It’s not quite as polished an image as some of these other OLEDs but the tonal balance is nuanced and believable with enough detail on the dark areas of the picture not to leave you wondering what the hell is going on in low lit scenes. And, fear not, those blacks are still as pitch as any other OLED set you’ll find.

It certainly makes up for that with both the price and it’s impressive built-in speaker system too. It manages to produce plenty of weight and dynamism without the need for an expensive integrated soundbar solution. It’s a very respectable choice.

Philips 65OLED804 OLED TV

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6. Philips 65OLED804

Like our top choice but without the soundbar and stand

Specifications
Screen size: 65in
Integrated soundbar: No
HDR support: HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: No
Reasons to buy
+Incredible 4K picture+Very, very sharp+Ambilight
Reasons to avoid
-Very reasonable price-Colours not quite natural-Menus are fiddly

The Philips 65OLED804 has the exact same panel and system as the 984 at the top. That means you can still get the very best of what Philips has to offer in OLED but at almost half the price. The cost cutting is down to the missing integrated soundbar and the built-in floorstand but you can add third party versions of those for much less and still get a brilliant AV experience.

Again, it's only really the motion processing and colour production that aren't quite as spot-on as they could be, but what you get here that you won't get with other OLED manufacturers is the Ambilight. Ambilight is a system of coloured LEDs which match the hues of what's going on on-screen. It's atmospheric and rather pretty too,

Hisense H55O8BUK OLED TV

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7. Hisense H55O8BUK

Decent OLED TV at the most affordable price you'll find

Specifications
Screen size: 55in
Integrated soundbar: No
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: No
Reasons to buy
+Great price+Easy to use+Plenty of apps
Reasons to avoid
-Poor motion processing-Middling picture performance

Hisense might not be a household name for TVs, but they are edging their way into a high-end market with this – the most affordable OLED you'll find. Aside from the price, the Hisense H55O8BUK has the edge of Dolby Vision support. Otherwise, expect a bit of a step down compared to the rest on this list.

Its styling is decent enough and it can still manage a very decent 4K picture with plenty of details to enjoy. What you won't get is much nuance to the darker areas of the image nor much subtlety to the colour palette.

Fortunately, all the important apps are present and the sound production is not too bad at all. Those who like a smooth picture might be upset by the comparatively juddery picture, though. The Hisense motion processing system isn't refined enough to be of much use.

Sony KD-65AF9 OLED TV

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8. Sony KD-65AF9

Sony's Master Series with class-leading smooth action

Specifications
Screen size: 65in
Integrated soundbar: No
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HLG
Dolby Atmos: No
Reasons to buy
+Superb motion processing+Excellent sound+Good looking set
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Settings can be fiddly

Big panels can be glorious but they're also more susceptible to judder. Judder is the jumpy look to the picture when objects in the foreground of the screen whizz by. Such is the frame rate of film that we see these objects jump from one place to another, rather than move smoothly across.

Fortunately, Sony is something of a master of managing this motion to make it look as good as possible and that's one very good reason to buy this set – especially if you watch a lot of movies.

Other reasons include a brilliant modern design, exceptional detail and a deft ability at upscaling HD content to work with the 4K pixel set. After all, how much 4K content do you have at your fingertips right now? Finally, it sounds brilliant thanks to Sony's clever tech which turns the screen itself into a speaker.

How to choose an OLED TV

OLEDs aren't cheap, so you can expect a certain baseline of quality when you buy one. A central characteristic of this TV tech is some of the deepest black levels you'll find in a TV. Colours should also be really impressive – punchy and vibrant – but some brands can overcook things, so don't fall for anything on the showroom floor that doesn't look natural to your eye.

What tends to separate the sheep from the goats are those which provide a good level of dark details across the screen. With all those strong blacks, it's something that often gets left behind. The picture needs to be dark when needed, but not so dark that you can't see what's going on.

Here are a few other important considerations and things to look out for.

Screen size

On the main, you'll find 4K OLED TVs available in 55in and 65in sizes. The 55in models are usually around 30 per cent cheaper but it's worth looking out for times when the gap is bigger or smaller than that. You might have a bargain on your hands – check our deals page to see the latest TV sales. Bigger is generally better, so long as you can squeeze it into your space. The picture tends to offer a better sense of depth.

Sound

Most flat panel TVs don't have particularly good sound but, if you're spending this much money, then it's well worth buying the best soundbar too, if you don't already have one. If you don't want an extra box, then look out for models with soundbars built into their design. They're much more expensive but feature far, far better audio.

HDR

Some OLEDs support Dolby Vision, some support HDR10+ and a few support both. We wouldn't say that this should be a deal-breaker and it's debatable as to whether all these HDR standards will be around in the next few years anyway. Still, it's nice to have all bases covered if possible.

Apps

Again, don't worry too much about app support given that you can use a device like Chromecast, Now TV, Fire Stick or Apple TV to add the streaming services you need. What's more important is how easy the menus are to use and how simple the UI is. Have a quick play down at the showroom if you can.

Burn in

Burn in is something you'll probably hear about when shopping for an OLED. The bottom line is that the picture quality can fade over time quicker than a normal LED TV. Don't be too put off. These are still cracking sets and by the time things get really bad, you'll probably be looking for an upgrade anyway.

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