Best OLED TV 2022: Latest news & top picks

A closer look at the OLED market to find only the best OLED TVs on offer

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OLED technology has been around for nearly 10 years now, and since its arrival, the best OLED TVs have only grown in popularity. Alongside stunning image quality, one of the main reasons for this popularity spike is due to price. Since their launch back in 2013, OLED TVs have seen a large decrease in market pricing – with the latest arrivals offering up excellent value when compared against leading alternatives.

OLED TVs are different from traditional LED-backlit LCD TVs as they provide illumination on a pixel level. Not only does this help provide stunning blacks and an excellent contrast ratio but it also eradicates annoying screen artifacts such as blooming and backlight bleed. Better still, with an infinite contrast ratio, OLED TVs can deliver incredible HDR performance – a feature prioritized by most gamers and everyday users.

Despite OLED TVs offering up a near-perfect CV on paper, they’re still at risk of permanent burn-in and don’t get nearly as bright as LCD alternatives. Fortunately, OLED manufacturers are constantly working on ways to improve the technology, with anti-burn-in features installed in all new models.

All being said, we’ll be scouring the web to find only the best OLED TVs the market has to offer. So, if you don’t compromise on quality, look no further – these OLED TVs have you covered.

Latest OLED TV News

The Sony A95K will launch in the US in the next couple of months, priced at $3,000 for the 55-inch variant and $4,000 for the 65-inch. Canadian consumers won’t have to wait quite as long, with pre-orders now live with expected arrivals sometime this month (May). Despite UK pricing still yet to surface, a price leak from John Lewis has suggested a £2,699 starting price – lining up nicely with the US official price announcement.

Best OLED TV recommendations in 2022

  1. LG C1 Series
  2. Sony Bravia XR A90J
  3. LG G1 Series
  4. Sony Bravia XR A80J
  5. Vizio H1 OLED

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What is OLED?

OLED, or organic light emitting diode, is a display technology introduced in 2013 to increase the image performance of traditional LCD panels. Unlike LCD – which utilizes large backlights – an OLED TV can adjust its luminance and color on a pixel level. Each of the pixels on an OLED TV is self-illuminating, meaning content can be viewed at a much higher standard and without annoying screen artifacts such as blooming. Again, as OLED pixels are self-illuminating, they can turn off completely to create perfect blacks and huge contrast ratios. This enables OLED technology to deliver stunning HDR performance that far outperforms alternative technologies.

Is it worth buying OLED?

If you’re the sort of person who prioritizes high-end image quality, OLED is absolutely worth investing in. Granted, they are more expensive than other display technologies, however, the pros of OLED technology far outweigh the price negatives. As we’ve just stated above, the self-illuminating pixels found in OLED panels often produce exceptional image quality that is rarely surpassed.

Having said that, there are some areas where OLED technology falls short. Peak luminance is one of those areas – with traditional LCD TVs offering greater peak brightness. That said, due to the pixel-level illumination, OLED TVs are completely void of blooming and backlight bleed – something LCD alternatives can’t boast.

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How much do OLED TVs cost?

On average, OLED TVs do cost more than LCD panels. That said, over time, OLED pricing has become more affordable – with today’s market featuring options that are actually considered very good value for money.

As technology continues to advance, the price of OLED technology will naturally drop with it. Furthermore, with both LG and Samsung working on OLED-enhancing technologies, we’ll likely see the bog-standard technology become even more affordable.

Of course, panel technology is just one factor that goes into the price of a TV. Smart features, motion handling, VRR support, and build quality are all factors that contribute to the price of a TV.

OLED vs QLED

There are a few differences that separate OLED and QLED technologies, most revolving around the illumination of the pixels. However, while on paper OLED seems the better choice, Samsung’s QLED are becoming much more enhanced – closing the gap considerably.

Let’s not forget, QLED technology does offer greater levels of peak brightness and, thanks to the arrival of mini LED backlight technology, is now closing the gap on contrast as well. Of course, it’s still a fairly tight race and it’s good to see that each technology provides its own features and benefits. However, you must look past panel technology alone to determine whether a QLED TV is better than an OLED one (or vice versa). Features, specifications, processors, dimming, and VRR all stack up to make or break a TV’s pedigree.

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OLED TV or gaming monitor?

With modern consoles now featuring 4K gameplay at 120Hz, many are starting t query whether they should buy an OLED TV or a gaming monitor. To add to the confusion, there are plenty of OLED gaming monitor available in today’s market that seems to feature more advanced features when compared to TV alternatives. That being said, these features are normally geared towards the highly competitive players out there. If you’re the sort of person who prioritizes image quality, a TV with gaming features could be the better options.

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How we test OLED TVs

Whether it’s a best-of guide or a single product review, we ensure every TV we recommend has been through a strict testing process. We don’t just search Amazon for the top sellers, we hand-pick the market’s best televisions, and each one is tested with the same meticulous care and attention as the last. This ensures that we can present you with the best products the market has to offer and gives our readers confidence that they can trust any gaming TV we do recommend as having been through the same impartial review process.

As part of the TV review process, we like to test each for color accuracy, responsiveness, panel uniformity, build quality, and overall gaming performance. We use a number of specifically designed tools to capture the data for each TV, ensuring only the highest levels of accuracy are recorded during testing. This process allows us to hand-select the best TVs from both a performance and value standpoint, whilst also enabling us to compare the latest models with last season’s best sellers.

Click here if you want to see our in-depth explanation of how we test our gaming monitors.

Best OLED TV 2022

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LG C1 OLED Series

LG C1 OLED TV

Sizes

48", 55", 65", 75", 83"

Screen Technology

OLED

Resolution

4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p

Refresh rate

120 Hz

Panel type

WOLED

HDMI standard

HDMI 2.1

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

Excellent gaming performance

Great value

Sleek and stylish design

VRR support for FreeSync and G-Sync systems

Cons

Brightness could be better

Our best OLED TV goes to the LG C1 series, a mid-tier OLED TV that offers up fantastic value for money. Not only is this TV superb in general viewing situations, it also excels in gaming too – offering up VRR support for both PS5 and Xbox Series X.

As you can imagine, the picture quality of this TV is sensational thanks to the OLED panel found at its core. That said, it doesn’t feature LG’s best Evo OLED panel, meaning brightness can be a little underwhelming at times. That said, watching movies and TV shows on this TV is a very enjoyable experience. Best of all, however, is the TV’s HDMI 2.1 capabilities and VRR support. This combination means that users will be able to take full advantage of the latest next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X) to achieve 4K gameplay at 120Hz. The LG C1 also features native VRR support for FreeSync systems and G-Sync compatibility for everything else. This is particularly useful when it comes to gaming as it reduces annoying screen artifacts such as screen tear.

Like all OLED panels, the LG C1 is at risk of permanent burn-in. However, LG has implemented some handy anti-burn-in features that detect when your TV isn’t be viewed and starts to rotate an image gallery instead. Furthermore, out-of-the-box colors aren’t great for this TV, meaning you might need to calibrate it for true accuracy.

All being said, the LG C1 still produces excellent value for money in today’s market. If you want the best all-round OLED experience, look no further.

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Best high-end OLED TV

Sony Bravia XR Master Series A90J

Sony bravia XR A90j

Sizes

55", 65", 83"

Display Technology

OLED

Resolution

4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p

Refresh rate

120 Hz

Panel Type

WOLED

HDMI standard

HDMI 2.1

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

Exceptional image quality for movies

Decent gradient handling

Packed with features

Cons

Expensive

Our runner up award goes to the hugely impressive Sony Bravia XR A90J. This TV is a superb choice for any individual who prioritizes high-end features and stunning image quality. The A90J delivers exceptional image quality in daytime and night-time scenarios thanks to its high peak brightness. Like the LG G1, the Sony A90J also features the new Evo OLED panel – bringing great levels of peak luminance to the table.

The A90J performs to an incredibly high standard whether it be SDR or HDR content. The Evo OLED panel delivers a high peak brightness that allows for the best HDR experience in this guide. Unfortunately, Sony has yet to implement the A90J with variable refresh rate technology, meaning it’s nowhere near as efficient in gaming situations as the LG C1 OLED.

Despite offering a plethora of high-end features, some aren’t that well optimized for general viewing. The Automatic Brightness Limiter can be particularly aggressive, resulting in large portions of the display being dimmer than others. Overall, however, the A90J is a top-tier TV that ticks many of the right boxes. If you’re looking for exceptional HDR performance in both daytime and night-time situations, look no further.

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LG G1 OLED Series

LG G1 OLED Series

Sizes

55", 65", 77"

Screen Technology

OLED Evo

Resolution

4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p

Refresh rate

120 Hz

Panel type

WOLED

HDMI standard

HDMI 2.1

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

Evo OLED panel technology

Excellent audio performance

Fantastic upscaling

Cons

Expensive

The LG G1 is our best all round OLED TV and for good reason. Alongside stunning image quality, the G1 also delivers superb audio quality as well – with some reviewers actually advising against a soundbar. That said, the G1 features a very special ultra-thin design that makes the TV almost imperceivable when mounted on a wall.

At the heart of this TV lies a very efficient OLED Evo panel that offers greater peak luminance when compared to the C1. Pair the additional brightness with the HDR performance of the G1 and it’s easy to see why it’s priced more than the C1. As far as audio goes, the G1 offers up a very good experience with decent bass to boot. The sound is well-balanced and LG has given it a high max volume that should exceed most people’s requirements. Additionally, the G1 features eARC support which connects to compatible receivers through HDMI (supporting Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Audio).

Unfortunately, the G1 isn’t perfect – with some of its features diminishing picture quality. The Automatic Brightness Limiter is particularly troublesome, resulting in large areas of bright color when viewing specific types of content (sporting events for example). That being said, the pros far away the cons of this TV, so don’t be too put off by this issue.

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Best value OLED TV

Sony Bravia XR Series A80J

Sony Bravia XR A80J

Sizes

55", 65", 77"

Display technology

OLED

Resolution

4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p

Refresh rate

120Hz

Panel Type

WOLED

HDMI standard

HDMI 2.1

Editor's Rating
4/5
Pros

Very good image and audio quality

Great colors out of the box

Packed with features

Cons

Brightness is limited

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the above mentions, the Sony Bravia XR A80J could be exactly what you’re looking for. While this low-end OLED TV sits underneath the A90J in Sony’s TV hierarchy, don’t let that put you off. This TV still ticks all the right boxes for both gamers and everyday consumers.

Unlike the C1 and A90J, the A80J does struggle to produce the peak luminance required for great daytime viewing. That being said, your eyes do adjust to lower levels of brightness fairly quickly and you’ll barely notice it after a while. Night time viewing of this TV is still exceptional.

As we’ve come to expect from Sony, color accuracy for this particular panel is excellent right out of the box. Furthermore, 4K upscaling looks fantastic on this TV – turning lower-quality DVDs or Blu-rays into 4K. Best of all, thanks to its motion interpolation feature, low frame-rate movies and TV shows can be experienced judder-free.

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Best budget OLED TV

Vizio OLED H1

VIZIO OLED H1

Sizes

55", 65"

Display technology

OLED

Resolution

4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p

Refresh rate

120Hz

Panel Type

WOLED

HDMI standard

HDMI 2.1

Editor's Rating
4/5
Pros

Excellent value

Cracking picture quality

Great HDR output

Cons

Not as bright as other OLED TVs

Vizio’s H1 OLED TV is an aging product now, however, it still ticks all the right boxes if you’re looking for an entry-level OLED TV. It’s one of the cheapest OLED TVs in this guide but don’t let that put you off, this screen still delivers excellent picture quality thanks to the OLED technology at its heart.

If you aren’t in the busines of breaking the bank, look no further – the Vizio H1 OLED is a fine choice and will save you hundreds over others in this guide. Granted, it might not feature all the high-end benefits of a top OLED TV, but it still brings all the basics to the table. Stunning 4K picture clarity, infinite contrast ratio, perfect blacks, and OK motion handling are just a few of the features you’ll enjoy from this budget OLED TV.

Vizio are still supporting this TV via firmware updates too, meaning you’ll likely find bugs that appear to get fixed relatively quickly.

Final Word

So, there you have it, our comprehensive guide to the best OLED TVs the market has to offer. Hopefully, this guide has made choosing your next OLED TV that little bit easier, shedding some light on the frequently asked questions that surround modern OLED technology.

For me, the LG C1 is the best OLED TV on the market, offering exceptional performance in everything from gaming to content consumption. As you’ve probably heard, the LG C2 is on its way shortly, so we’ll likely be updating this list after putting that through its paces.

If you have any question regarding the latest OLED TVs, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below.

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For as long as he can remember, Charlie has always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens. CS 1.6 was his first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO – a game that he still plays (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period he has also been a keen PC builder and enthusiast – dedicating a large portion of his time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD’s Ryzen 3600X.

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