Hi there, I'm David Katzmaier, and I've spent quite a bit of time of this very room reviewing televisions.
Welcome to CNET's TV Test Lab, where we compare TVs side by side to let you know which ones deliver the best picture quality.
So which TVs make the cut in 2018?
Glad you asked.
Let's start with the best TV for the money, period.
This is TCL 6 Series, which costs under a grand for the 65 inch size you see here, and even less for the 55 inch size.
For that price, no TV can beat its picture quality.
The image looked great in dark and bright rooms thanks to full array local dimming.
Whether regular TV, or a 4K HDR movie with [UNKNOWN] And the icing on the sweet TV cake is the super simple Roku TV operating system, which is so good you won't need to buy a separate 4K HDR streamer.
Next is my budget picture quality pick for twenty eighteen, the Visio E series.
Seen here in a sixty five inch size, it's available as small as forty three and as large as seventy five inches.
It's even cheaper than TCL.
While the picture quality isn't as good, it's still home theater worthy.
The main difference is that it's dimmer, which makes HDR pop less, but it's still plenty bright for most rooms.
Vizio's Smart TV system is also worse than Roku's, but at this price, you can add an inexpensive streamer and still come out ahead.
Looking to spend a bit more?
My pick at 65 inches is another Visio, the P-Series Quantum.
Remember that HDR pop I mentioned?
This is one of the brightest TV's I've ever tested, and its HDR pops as much as anything I've seen.
Add in superior local dimming, great video processing, and even stepped-up style, and you've got one of the best TV's of the year for videophiles who don't wanna spend a fortune on an OLED.
Which brings us to the best of the best.
My pick for people who don't mind laying out serious cash for the best image quality available.
LG's B8 has a phenomenal picture with a contrast that outdoes any non OLED TV I've ever tested, thanks for its perfect black levels.
It also looks better from off angle, those seats next to the sweet spot than any LCD TV.
Sure you can spend even more but doing so won't get you an appreciable better picture.
That's it for my 2018 TV picks.
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