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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 still 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.
A few hundred dollars more than the B8 gets you the C8 and its incrementally better image quality. It's a better value than the C9 below, so it gets a higher spot on this 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.
Aside from the TCL above, no TV offers this much picture for this little cash. Vizio's affordable M is high-performance and well-equipped, and if you want a 70-inch size (which TCL doesn't offer), it's the best value this list.
With searing light output and superb local dimming performance, the Samsung Q8F delivers awesome image quality in light and dark rooms alike, as well as potent HDR. And for videophiles afraid of OLED burn-in, it's a great choice.
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.
The Vizio P-Series isn't worth the extra money over the TCL 6 series and Vizio's own M-Series but it has its strengths, including slightly better overall image than the M-series and a higher 120Hz refresh rate than the 55- and 65-inch TCL 6.
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 above, but it's perfectly fine for most, especially at this price.