You are shopping for the best TVs the market has to offer. Best can be subjective. Is 4K enough, or do you want perks like local dimming zones, or HDMI 2.1? Do you want an electronic device? Are you okay with the older version of the TV OS, or do you want to upgrade to the newer one? What is your budget? We have gathered our top picks to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, so you will find the choice that is right for you.

The Hisense H9G Quantum Series is the best TV you can buy. There is an excellent 4K ULED display, a modern design, and plenty of HDMI ports on the television. You get all of this for a great price.

The Sony A80J could be considered the best Android TV for its impressive specifications and color performance, but you will have to spend a lot more to get one.

Budget shoppers who see 4K as more than enough should consider the TCL 4-Series. It is one of the more affordable picks on the list, but still looks great.


Hisense U8G Quantum

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The Hisense U8G Quantum Series is the best overall pick among all the TVs out there. It is not the most technically impressive television you can find, but it has the best mix of features and value. The H8G series is an upgrade of the Hisense H9G Series that was launched in 2020.

The U8G has a sleek and modern design. The overall package feels more sophisticated and refined because of the metal feet for the base and slimmer bezels. It comes in two sizes, 55 and 65 inches, and has four HDMI ports. The native 120Hz screen on the PS5 or Xbox Series X will allow you to play games at 120 frames per second.

The H9G has a feature that adjusts its brightness based on the room. The screen dims when it is really dark. The brightness is raised when it is bright and sunny. It makes using the H9G much more convenient. The hands-free feature of the Google Assistant allows you to say "Hey" at any time and have the U8G respond even when the screen is off.

Hisense knocked it out of the park with the U8G. The TV looks amazing, has a lot of features, and comes in a reasonable price.

Sony X80K

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The Sony X80K is a solid alternative if you don't think the Hisense U8G Quantum will be a good fit for you. The Sony X80J is no longer in use as the company has released a new lineup of TVs. It is a slightly less premium television, and while that does mean a lower price, the added value could be worth it for some buyers. It has been updated with a newer interface, which is more reliable than the older one.

The Sony X80K is a 4K television. The X-Reality PRO engine helps upscale HD content to 4K and Sony's Triluminos Pro display technology for broader and more vibrant colors are included. One of the best 4K images you can find in this price range is delivered by the Sony X1 processor.

The X80K is Sony's attempt to provide rich sound in a compact form, with its custom X-balanced speakers. Four HDMI ports for all models and relatively low power consumption are some of the highlights.

The Sony X80K is a budget TV and won't have the more powerful specs of a Sony Bravia XR TV. We think it still holds up as a reliable purchase that will not break the bank.

Not entirely sold on what the U8G has to offer? The Sony X80J is a great option. The picture is gorgeous, there are different size options to choose from, and it is more energy efficient.

TCL 5-Series

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There is a chance that you have overlooked the TCL 5-Series, but it has a lot to offer. The TV has a 4K resolution and three HDMI ports. The 5-Series is very affordable.

There is a chance that you have overlooked the TCL 5-Series, but it has a lot to offer. The TV has a 4K resolution and three HDMI ports. The 5-Series is very affordable.

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The Sony X90K is on the opposite side of the price spectrum. This is the best upgrade that most of our readers can afford, and it is not as expensive or premium as other Sony TVs.

The Sony X90K brings back full array dimming, great color performance, and artificial intelligence to 4K. It also includes Sony's Cognitive Processor XR that improves 4K content automatically with better contrast and depth of field, and 4K/ 120Hz mode for next-gen gaming on your PS5 or Series X.

By default, it also adds the same apps as Android TV but with easier-to-navigate menus and better recommendations. You can pair the TV with the best soundbars, but the TV has two side speakers that match the action. The complete package is the X90K.

If you are willing to spend twice as much, the Sony X90J will give you a serious upgrade on our favorites. This TV gives you a great experience without the high price of anOLED. It has the latest interface for TV.

TCL 6-Series R646 lifestyle

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More and more affordable TV sets are getting the arrival of HDMI 2.1, as the best gaming consoles have become more and more available. Many of the options on this list, along with the Class 6-Series of TVs, are included. Better bandwidth, up to 48 Gbps, along with vastly-improved Dynamic HDR and eARC, are available with the new HDMI 2.1.

The Mini-LED display technology from TCL delivers an incredible contrast ratio, along with local dimming. The Class 6-Series is on the lower end of the price spectrum, but it is still quite good for what you pay.

There are a bunch of extra features packed into this TV, in addition to the gaming benefits. The Class 6-Series has a built-in microphone that can be used for hands-free Google Assistant activation. You will be able to use the built-in Chromecast if you want to show off a quick video or photo from their phone.

Want next-gen gaming perks like 4K@ 120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Variable Refresh Rate without paying a couple of grand? Thanks to its Mini-LED display panel and a plethora of built-in features, the TCL Class 6-Series is exactly what you'll get.

Sony A80J

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Every TV on this list has anLED display. The most common technology for TVs is led displays. If you have a lot of cash and want access to the best picture possible, you should buy the Sony A80J.

Sony did everything it could to give the A80J a great picture. The TV has rich and deep blacks and vibrant colors thanks to the panel. It has the same perks as the 2021, X90J, including a super-fast processor that automatically upscales and improves the video, removes blur for fast- moving content, and converts soundtracks to 3D audio. Next-gen consoles can be used to play movies with the help of the HDMI 2.1 ports.

The Sony A8H, the 2020 predecessor with similar brightness and color performance at a lower price, was in this slot. You can save a few hundred dollars if you don't need the new XR processor or HDMI 2.1. If you are truly loaded, you can upgrade to the gorgeous A90J for an extra grand.

It costs more than the competition because it beats every other TV type for deep blacks, contrast, and viewing angles. The Sony A8H was our previous pick, but the A80J adds a more powerful upscaling processor and HDMI 2.1 ports. The A80J is a more future-proofed purchase.

TCL 4-Series

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If you are budget-conscious and looking for real value, you may want to start here. Since bringing its panels to the US, the quality continues to grow, and a quality Android TV that won't break the bank probably won't impress you once you cast your gaze at it.

There are six sizes of the 4-Series. You get a crisp image with vibrant colors with all four of these models. We are happy to see that there are three HDMI ports and one eARC port, which is good for this price range.

It is a downer that we do not have either of those, but given how cheap the series is, that is to be expected. The 4-Series is using a different type of internet service, as opposed to the other types.

There is a chance that you have overlooked the TCL 4-Series, but it has a lot to offer. The TV has a 4K resolution and three HDMI ports. The 4-Series is very affordable.

How to pick the best Android TV

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The market for Android TVs is limited to a few brands like Hisense, Sony, and TCL. These brands give you a wide range of prices, features, and upsides that you should be able to find a model that checks every personal box.

We think the Hisense U8G Quantum is the best TV you can buy in 2022. It brings a combination of great features and a relatively affordable price all in one package. Hisense should be proud of the mix of everything that allows it to stand out from the competition. The U8G has an amazing 4K picture with all the bells and whistles, as well as plenty of HDMI ports for all of your gadgets.

The U8G may not be the best TV for you. You could be willing to spend more for a visual upgrade if you need a lower price. You may want to get a different TV in order to get Google TV. We will answer your most common questions about the TVs.

1. What's the name of the TV?

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You can access all of your favorite streaming apps from your TV with the custom version ofAndroid TV. Similar to Amazon Fire TV and Roku, you can use Android TV to watch shows from a variety of providers. There are a couple of tricks up that you won't find anywhere else.

It has built in support for Chromecast. If you are on your phone watching a video, looking at pictures in a photo service, or something else, you can send the image to your TV by using the Chromecast icon on your phone. You can use your phone as a TV remote.

The button on the remote that comes with your TV allows you to use the Google Assistant. You can use the Assistant just like you would on your phone or smart speaker, meaning you can ask about the weather, control smart home devices, check your calendar, and virtually anything you can think of.

You get access to a lot more apps from the Play Store than other streaming platforms, according to the last estimate. Most other platforms are not as versatile as your Android TV is.

2. Should I buy a streaming box or a TV?

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You can buy one of the best TV boxes and attach it to virtually any TV, instead of buying a television with a built-in TV. Is it better to build a streaming device like a Chromecast into your TV or is it better to leave it there?

If you are already planning on buying a new television, you should get one with a built-in device. This list is proof that there are a lot of great options out there for a lot of budgets, and you can start watching your favorite shows and movies right out of the box.

If you already have a TV that works perfectly, but you want to experience it on your own, a streaming box is a better option. Once it's all hooked up and ready to go, it will give your old TV the interface you get on one of the TVs featured here.

If you wanted, you could buy a streaming box and upgrade your television. You could buy one of the best 4K TVs and just attach the $50 dongle to it. You have a lot of options.

3. What is the difference between the two?

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We have a full explainer on the differences between the two. You will get the same apps with both platforms, but a better navigation experience with the new TV service from Google.

Better recommendations can be provided by the improved artificial intelligence features that follow what you watch. While your favorite shows will be pushed onto the home page regardless of the app, you will also be recommended new ones. People who can't decide what to watch will find this appeal.

People who already love Android TV are not required to use Google TV. Some of the recommendation tools from Google TV have already been updated for Android TV. The old interface will probably get buggier and more boring as time goes on, while the new interface will probably get better. It makes sense to upgrade if it is an option.

4. What is the difference between the three types of light?

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We mention a few different display types for TVs in this article. We have got you covered if you don't know what these things mean.

It is the most common type of TV display. The panel itself is referred to as an LCD one, and it is an array of pixels that create the final image you see after a backlight shines through them. Even when there are black or dark colors on the TV, the display is still lit up.

ULED is a type of screen technology used specifically by Hisense, with the main benefit being how the screen is illuminated. Local dimming on ULED screens means less light bleeding andhalo effects when there is a bright image on a dark background. ULED gives you a wider color gamut and smoother animations. The Hisense U8G Quantum has a refresh rate of 120Hz, but can also play at a higher rate thanks to its Motion Rate 240 feature.

This is the most expensive type of TV display currently available. The panels don't need a backlight to create the image you see, and they can produce color and light on their own. The biggest benefits of anOLED panel are more vibrant colors and deeper blacks.

The entire screen doesn't light up for every image you see because the pixels of the TV work individually. If you are watching something with a lot of black colors, the black area of the screen is turned off so that your content is more realistic. The Sony A8H costs as much as it does because of the high production costs of the OLED TV panels.

5. How many ports do I need?

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Different TVs come with different numbers of ports, but how many do you really need? It depends on how many devices you plan on plugging in.

You don't have to use a separate streaming box to access things like Netflix and Hulu since the Android TV interface is built-in. If you have any of the game consoles, you need to make sure you account for them on your TV. Some soundbars have an HDMI cable. You guessed it, if you have a local 4K player, it also plugs in with HDMI.

I use all four of the HDMI ports on my TV, as a person with a Chromecast with Google TV, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and Sonos Beam. If you don't have as many things plugged into your TV, four HDMI ports might be overkill. Make sure the TV you get has enough for the devices you have, as there is no way to add additional HDMI outputs after the fact.

6. Is it necessary for me to have HDMI 2.1?

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Do you own a PS5 or Xbox Series X, or want to use your TV as a PC gaming monitor? Yes, if so. Most likely no, if not.

48 Gigabits per second is the new standard for HDMI 2.1 and can be used to send data from an external device to your television screen. 4K resolution images can be seen up to 120 times per second, thanks to this. Variable refresh rates, where the Hz goes higher or lower based on the current output of the gaming device, is one of the features that can be found in HDMI 2.1.

The newest consoles and PCs can run games with the best performance. TV streaming and older consoles have no use for them. For most other contexts, 4K at a lower refresh rate is fine. Unless you are a serious game player, don't worry if your TV only supports HDMI 2.0

Buying an Android TV might seem difficult at first, but as long as you take your time and know exactly what features and specifications to look for, it doesn't have to be. If you decide to get anything mentioned in this guide, you can rest assured that you will get one of the best ones the market has to offer. Good luck!