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OLED TVs are the picture quality kings, and even in mid-2019 this OLED TV from 2018 is still the one to buy. With image quality very close to the 2019 C9 (below) and a price that's hundreds cheaper, the B8 has aged beautifully.
No TV we've ever tested offers this much picture quality for this little cash, and its Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite. Even in mid-2019, the TCL 6 series from 2018 wins the TV value race.
If you don't care about cost and just want the best picture, the C9 is the way to go. It barely beat the 2018 B8 (above), but for now the B8 is a superior value -- almost as good and much less expensive.
Vizio's best TV ever is only available in one size, but if you can't swing the price for an OLED TV and still want an amazing picture, it should be first on your list.
Aside from the TCL above, no TV offers this much picture for this little cash. Vizio's affordable 2019 M is high-performance and well-equipped, but make sure you're getting the M8, not the M7.
Samsung's QLED TVs are basically fancy LCDs -- don't confuse them with OLEDs. The Q70 has an excellent picture and plenty of Samsung goodness for a price that's not exactly budget, but still a lot cheaper than other QLEDs.
Sony's most affordable 2018 entry in the full-array local dimming race can't match the value of TCL or Vizio, but it does cost a bit less than the Samsung Q70 and offers almost the same level of style and brand cachet.
If you have a really big TV budget and don't want an OLED for some reason, the Q9 is the next-best thing. It justifies its sky-high price with scads of features and innovative design, and its image quality is the best of any LCD we've tested.
All of the TVs listed above this one have better picture quality...and they all cost more too. But when it comes to genuinely cheap televisions, nothing outperforms the Vizio E.
Roku is our favorite platform for streaming apps like Netflix, and it's even better baked into the TV. Image quality on this 4K TCL can't beat the Vizio E above, but it's perfectly fine for most, especially at this price.
For sizes smaller than 55 inches, and for people who value smarts over image quality, these non-4K Roku TVs make the most sense. They range from 28 to 49 inches, the picture is "good enough" and the built-in smarts are superb.