Best TVs of 2020

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

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Just because we’re now past the frenzy of the holiday shopping season doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to consider buying a new TV. Prices continue to fall on many models, and we’ll soon be gearing up for Super Bowl TV promotions, another great opportunity to buy a new 4K TV.

The list below, available to Consumer Reports members, includes many 2020 models and a few carryover 2019 sets that have been tested in our labs and appear in our Consumer Reports’ TV ratings. Buying an older set often lets you get a great price without having to give up much, if anything, in performance. But availability can be limited. We’ll keep this list updated as we continue testing more new TVs and as the best older models disappear from retailers.

We’re focusing on screen sizes of 65 inches and larger, but most of these models are also available in smaller, less expensive sizes. Our top picks tend to be pricier flagship models. But we’ve also included some great 65-inch 4K sets that cost well under $1,000, along with a few even bigger sets that are priced under $2,000.

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

More on TVs

Now that most sets these days are smart TVs that connect to the internet, TV data privacy and security have become concerns for consumers. A nationally representative survey conducted by CR in July 2020 found that more than three-quarters of smart TV owners said these attributes were very or extremely important to them.

Consumer Reports evaluates the various ways TV brands collect, use, and share consumer 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. You can adjust the settings yourself, but people can find them tricky to locate and use.

We also judge companies by how they handle security procedures, such as encrypting all user communications by default, enabling automatic security updates, and protecting against known security vulnerabilities.

Like all 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 the one you might take home.

LCD vs. OLED TVs

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 over the past couple of years. OLED sets do a great job of displaying the blackest parts of an image, so 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 sides of a room.

A majority of TVs being sold are 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 dimmed or illuminated separately, depending on the scene. This can help improve black levels.

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 continue making their way through our labs.

Best TVs Overall

Sony XBR-65A9G, LG OLED65CXPUA, LG OLED65CXAUA, LG OLED65BXPUA, and Samsung QN65Q90T

Given the closeness of their Overall Scores, you really can’t go wrong with any of these TVs. One notable change from our previous listings is the inclusion of the Samsung Q90 QLED set, the first time an LCD-based TV has made our top grouping. All the other top models are OLED TVs.

Topping the list is the Sony XBR-65A9G, a 65-inch 4K smart TV from 2019 that’s in Sony’s flagship Master series of OLED TVs. You get top-notch picture quality, an enjoyable HDR, or high dynamic range, experience, and excellent sound, thanks to its unique Acoustic Surface audio technology, which uses vibrating actuators that turn the entire panel into a speaker.

LG is represented by three 2020 OLED TVs. The LG OLED65CXPUA and LG OLED65CXAUA models are essentially the same set, with the former being sold through electronics stores and mass merchants, while the latter is sold via warehouse clubs. The other model, the LG OLED65BXPUA, is LG’s entry-level OLED TV for 2020; the main difference is that it has a slightly less powerful processor. All these sets have excellent overall picture quality and top-notch sound, and are capable of delivering a satisfying HDR experience. And like the Sony, all support Dolby Atmos audio, which can give a soundtrack a three-dimensional effect.

The Samsung QN65Q90T is the sole LCD-based set. It earns top marks for both HD and 4K picture quality, and offers a great HDR experience, among the best of any set we’ve tested and a bit better than the LG OLEDs. But while its sound is very good, it’s a level below these other top sets’, and its viewing angle, while wide for an LCD model, isn’t quite as good as what you get from an OLED TV. 

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