Best QLED TVs for 2023: from TCL, Samsung, Hisense, and more

If you’ve begun your search for a new TV, you’ve for sure come across the four-letter acronym QLED tacked on to the end of several TV models from brands such as Samsung, Hisense, TCL, and Vizio. If you’ve found yourself asking if QLED is any good, or if it’s better than its main competition, OLED, then take a minute and read our explainer on the two top TV technologies. If you’re ready to see what the best QLED TVs on the market are right now, then forge ahead.

In short, though, “QLED” (Quantum Light-Emittinfg Diode) is a backlighting technology that uses something called quantum dots, a layer of supercharged nanoparticles that emit incredible amounts of colored light when energy is passed through them (check the FAQ below for more). The result is a TV picture that is bright (typically brighter than OLED panels), does well in daylight-filled rooms, and has impressive color and contrast. QLED branding has been mostly associated with Samsung, who has taken things even further with its QD-OLED tech, which attempts to get the best of the QLED and OLED worlds.

If you like your TV to be bold in every way, a QLED TV is a fantastic choice for picture tech, but with so many options out there, it can be tough to choose the right set for your home. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and created this roundup of the best QLED TVs right now.

Samsung 2022 QN90B 4K Neo QLED TV.

Samsung QN90B Neo QLED

The best QLED TV

Pros

  • Powerful brightness and rich colors
  • Four HDMI 2.1 inputs
  • Excellent gaming features
  • Sleek and intuitive smart TV interface

Cons

  • Some issues with light blooming
  • No Dolby Vision support

Samsung has been the undisputed champion of QLED technology for several years now, and if you’re looking for one of the best QLEDs that money can buy, look no further than the amazing QN90B.

Available in several sizes (from 43 inches to 85 inches), the muscle behind the QN90B’s incredible visuals goes to Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 4K and Quantum Matrix Technology, a combination of clarity and contrast picture engines that deliver chart-topping peak brightness levels and stellar color brightness, too. And while the QN90B does a great job at making all sources look great, it’s HDR-viewing (the QN90B supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG formats) that truly puts the TV over the edge.

Do keep in mind that because we’re dealing with mini-LED lighting here, light blooming can be a little bit of an issue during significantly dark scenes in movies and shows, a minor blip in an otherwise perfect picture.

The QN90B is also a solid TV for those of us looking to future-proof our AV systems. With all four HDMI inputs (each capable of 4K/120Hz) classed as 2.1 ports, you’ll be able to wire up all your go-to streaming devices and next-gen gaming consoles for years to come. The QN90B also includes a number of gaming must-haves, including NVIDIA G-Sync, AMD Free-Sync, and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support.

In terms of sound, thanks to HDMI eARC, Dolby Atmos enthusiasts will be able to use the QN90B as a gateway to one of the most immersive surround sound codecs available. And if you’re not using an AV receiver or soundbar to experience your audio, the QN90B’s Object Tracking Sound+ does a decent job at creating a balanced and believable soundstage right from the TV speakers.

Behind the scenes, Samsung’s calling card Tizen OS is the brains behind the user interface and the QN90B’s smart TV features, allowing access to an immense library of apps, games, and screen mirroring options for mobile devices.

Visually stunning and feature-rich, the Samsung QN90B is our favorite QLED TV, and we’ll be singing its praises for some time.

SAMSUNG 65-Inch Class Neo QLED 4K QN90B Series Mini LED Quantum HDR 32x, Dolby Atmos, Object Tracking Sound+, Anti-Glare, Ultra Viewing Angle, Smart TV with Alexa Built-In (QN65QN90BAFXZA, 2022 Model)

Samsung QN90B Neo QLED

The best QLED TV

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Sony Bravia X93L mini-LED

The best not-quite QLED alternative

Pros

  • Excellent motion resolution
  • Stellar color accuracy
  • Bright, punchy HDR performance
  • Solid black levels

Cons

  • Some backlight blooming/halo
  • Poor off-angle performance

While Sony doesn’t claim to use quantum dots (it call its tech Triluminos Pro) and doesn’t market its TVs as QLEDs, they compete right alongside the TVs on this list that are marketed as QLED. So, if you’re considering a “QLED” TV based on the idea that they are top-tier LED/LCD TV performers, then you should also be considering this Sony option, never mind that it doesn’t have QLED printed on the box.

With that out of the way, we give you the Sony Bravia X93L mini-LED, a 2023 TV that picks up where last year’s excellent flagship Sony X95K mini-LED TV left off, but for a much better price. In fact, the X93L is identical to the X95K but with a handful of software improvements, including better eco settings management, new black level adjustments for better fine-tuning of darker scenes (if you’re a Game of Thrones fan), and a new gaming dashboard that lets you switch between 60Hx and 120Hz VRR. It’s bright (at 1,800 peak nits), has beautiful color reproduction, supports all the HDR contrasty things you need (HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision), and is excellent for gamers, too, with VRR, auto low latency mode, and HDMI 2.1 support.

If you’re a fan of Sony soundbars, too, you can take advantage of the X93L’s ability to sync the TV’s speakers with select soundbars to help with clearer dialog and immersion. It’s also Dolby Atmos capable. The X93L is a new spin on one of Sony’s best TVs for 2023, but without the premium “Sony tax.

Sony 65 Inch Mini LED 4K Ultra HD TV X93L Series: BRAVIA XR Smart Google TV with Dolby Vision HDR and Exclusive Features for The Playstation® 5 XR65X93L- 2023 Model

Sony Bravia X93L mini-LED

The best not-quite QLED alternative

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TCL QM8 QLED 4K mini-LED

One of the brightest TVs we’ve ever seen

Pros

  • Stunning HDR performance
  • Class-leading brightness
  • Excellent black levels
  • Virtually no detectable blooming
  • Very good color saturation/brightness

New for 2023, TCL is at it again with its lineup of mini-LED QLED TVs that continue to prove that you can have high-end features and quality at prices that are way more reasonable than the marquee TV brands. And the TCL QM8 is literally the brand’s shining example … blindingly shiny with peak brightness levels of 2,500 nits in our tests, making it one of the brightest TVs we’ve ever seen. Our reviewer was so impressed with the QM8, in fact, that he praised it as his “go-to TV recommendation for probably 90% of people this year.”

In-line with QLED’s ability to deliver bright images that are great for those setting up their TV in a light-drenched room, the MQ8 also has it where it counts in the contrast area, too, with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HRD10+, and HLG, and excellent local dimming that also make it a good performer in darker rooms with decent black levels. Are they as inky as OLED? No, but not much is, and with OLED still costing a premium, it’s getting harder and harder to make a viable case for spending the extra cash. The QM8’s mini-LED technology delivers excellent color accuracy, too, with 97% coverage of DCI-P3 and about 76% of BT.2020 color gamuts.

The TCL QM8 is a Google TV-based TV, which makes for easy setup and use as well as access to all the streaming services and apps you could ever want via the Google Play Store, plus it’s got Chromecast built-in for easy mirroring and casting from your devices.

With a 120Hz refresh rate, fast-action movies are smooth, and gamers will appreciate the TV’s support for variable refresh rate (VRR) and Game Accelerator that boosts things up to 240Hz and AMD FreeSync Pro for even smoother gameplay.

The TCL QM8 also features a built-in subwoofer for bigger bass sound, but you’re still probably going to want an external soundbar. Available in 65-, 75-, 85-, and 98-inch sizes, the TCL QM8 ranges in price from $1,200 to $10,000.

TCL 65-Inch QM8 QLED 4K Smart Mini LED TV with Google TV 2023 Model

TCL QM8 QLED 4K mini-LED

One of the brightest TVs we’ve ever seen

Samsung 2022 QN900B 8K Neo QLED TV.

Samsung

Samsung QN900B Neo QLED

The best 8K QLED TV

Pros

  • Capable of 8K resolution
  • Four HDMI 2.1 inputs
  • Enhanced clarity and contrast picture engines
  • Great smart TV platform

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Not practical for some viewers

In the world of consumer tech, hardware often arrives at the party far earlier than software and content. And in the case of the Samsung QN900B, the early bird is the TV’s 8K panel.

As of yet, 8K resolution is a picture standard we’re still working towards. Yes, you can find some 8K videos on YouTube and Vimeo, but that’s about it for now. That being said, the QN900B is going to look amazing, no matter the source you’re pumping into it. In fact, you can think of this set as an elevated version of the QN90B.

With the QN900B, you’re getting everything that makes the QN90B a phenomenal set, from four HDMI 2.1 inputs to stand-out gaming features and HDR support, but with a little extra push in the clarity and upscaling departments, thanks to Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor 8K and Quantum Matrix Tech Pro.

The QN900B also touts Samsung’s Infinity Screen, a near bezel-less design that accentuates just how gripping the picture actually is. At around $3,500 for the 65-inch (also available in 75- and 85-inch sizes), the QN900B may not be the QLED for everyone, but when it comes to 8K, we can’t think of a better choice.

SAMSUNG 65-Inch Class Neo QLED 8K QN900B Series Mini LED Quantum HDR 48x, Infinity Screen, Dolby Atmos, Object Tracking Sound Pro, Smart TV with Alexa Built-In (QN65QN900BFXZA, 2022 Model)

Samsung QN900B Neo QLED

The best 8K QLED TV

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Hisense U8H QLED

Incredible brightness for under $1,000

Pros

  • Intensely bright
  • Class-leading black levels
  • Impressive HDR imaging
  • Vibrant, accurate Color
  • Surprisingly Good Sound

Cons

  • Quirky user interface
  • Some bugs

Hisense continues to chart its course as one of the best TV brands in the world of TVs, and with the release of the mini-LED powered U8H, the company has set the bar high for its budget brand competitors.

Simply put, it’s hard to beat the kind of brightness, colors, contrast, and motion that the U8H is capable of, and even when compared to some of the best TVs from the likes of Samsung, Sony, and LG, the U8H still delivers some of the highest numbers we’ve seen in a QLED. We’re talking close to 2,000 nits for specular highlights in HDR, with a sustained output of around 1,500 nits. Believe us, that’s pretty astonishing.

Out of the box, we did have a few qualms with some of the default picture settings, and while the Google TV user interface is fairly easy to navigate and customize, we found it difficult to use when trying to access some of the TV’s basic picture settings. But when you consider the TV’s two HDMI 2.1 inputs, 120Hz refresh rate, and VRR and Free-Sync Premium support, it’s almost like the value never ends.

Hisense U8H QLED Series Quantum 4K ULED Mini-LED 55-Inch Class Google Smart TV with Alexa Compatibility, Quantum Dot, 1500-nit HDR10+, and Dolby Vision (55U8H, 2022 Model)

Hisense U8H QLED

Incredible brightness for under $1,000

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75-inch TCL 6-Series (R655)

The best big-screen QLED

Pros

  • Punchy HDR brightness and color
  • Minimal backlight blooming
  • Good motion resolution
  • Great viewing angles
  • Intuitive Roku interface

Cons

  • Requires adjustment for best picture
  • Struggles to clean up low-quality content

When it’s a large screen that you’re seeking, the 75-inch TCL 6-Series is an excellent option, especially if you’re looking to save a few bucks. A solid foe to the Hisense U8H, the all-new TCL 6-Series is available in three different sizes — 55-, 65-, and 75-inch options — but it’s the latter that truly catches our attention. Simply put, if you’re looking for a large screen, this is a surefire contender.

Powered by the Roku TV OS for all things smart TV and user interface-oriented, those familiar with the look and feel of Roku’s platform will feel right at home, with a minimal learning curve for first-time users. You’ll have access to a number of popular apps (billed as Streaming Channels), from Netflix to Disney+, with the ability to mirror content from your mobile devices, too.

And in terms of picture quality, the TCL 6-Series rocks a mini-LED powered 4K screen, complete with four HDMI inputs, a 120Hz refresh rate, and excellent gaming perks, too (including VRR and AMD Free-Sync Premium Pro support). It’s not the brightest or most colorful set we’ve ever laid our eyes on, but the TCL 6-Series delivers the kind of image that most viewers will be glad to write home about.

TCL 6-Series R655 2022 model

75-inch TCL 6-Series (R655)

The best big-screen QLED

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TCL 6-Series (R646)

The best budget QLED TV

Pros

  • Bright, vivid picture with deep blacks
  • Very good color accuracy
  • Zippy mini-LED backlight control
  • 4K 120Hz capable for gaming
  • High value

Cons

  • Glitchy operation
  • No input button on remote

In 2021, TCL introduced mini-LED backlighting on the 6-Series, proving that the miniaturized light sources can make a big difference in contrast, black levels, and detail. And based on our hands-on experience with the R646, we love the end result.

Brightness soars with this TV, especially when it comes to peak nit output. The vivid visuals are present when it comes to color brightness too, making for a budget QLED that is packed with lots of punch and kick in the picture department, and for a relatively low price.

The 6-Series is also optimized for gaming, with its four HDMI inputs supporting 4K/120Hz, making this a blistering-fast choice for PS5 and Xbox Series X enthusiasts. In terms of overall picture upscaling, the 6-Series doesn’t touch the kind of cleanup powers you’ll find on higher-priced sets from Samsung and Sony, but for those of us that plan to do most of our TV-watching with Netflix and other mainline streaming apps, the TCL 6-Series (R646) is an excellent budget option.

TCL 6-Series Google TV (R646)

TCL 6-Series (R646)

The best budget QLED TV

Frequently Asked Questions

What is QLED TV?

The “Q” in QLED stands for quantum dot, a nanoparticle that emits light when energized. Quantum dots can be tuned to emit specific wavelengths of light, so TV makers add green and red quantum dots in a layer over their blue LED backlights, which creates a much purer white light than a single LED backlight can create on its own. With a pure white backlight, the TV’s color filters can produce much more accurate colors, leading to significantly better picture quality than regular LED TVs.

UHD vs. QLED: What’s the difference?

UHD stands for ultra-high definition, also known as 4K. It’s a description of resolution, or the number of pixels that make up an on-screen image. It can refer to the resolution of a specific piece of content (many streaming services offer movies in UHD) as well as the native resolution of a TV. QLED refers to the kind of display technology a TV uses (see above). QLED TVs come in various native resolutions, from HD to 8K, including UHD.

Is QLED better than OLED?

It depends. Right now, QLED TVs are capable of getting brighter than OLED TVs, which deliver better black levels and contrast. We feel that OLED TVs still produce a better overall picture quality, but if your viewing area is especially bright, or if you want a really big screen, QLED models might be a better choice for you.

Is QLED the best TV technology?

Once again, it depends on your particular situation. For instance, if you want a TV for your patio, where it will experience partial or full sun, an OLED TV simply won’t get bright enough to compete with all that daylight, and a QLED TV is definitely superior. On the other hand, if you can darken your media room whenever you want, an OLED TV will still deliver the deepest blacks and highest contrast.

What should I look for in a QLED TV?

Finding the right QLED TV for you is all about balancing size, picture quality, features, and price. First, figure out your budget, then prioritize the rest of your list. If getting the biggest TV for your money is the top priority, you’ll be able to find 75-inch and larger models from brands like TCL, Vizio, Hisense, and LG that are still quite affordable. If picture quality matters more – especially when viewing HDR material – you should choose a model with a very high peak brightness. If gaming is a top consideration, make sure you find a model that’s equipped with VRR, ALLM, and 4K at 120Hz for the best possible experience.

Which is the best Samsung QLED TV?

Samsung has two flagship QLED models depending on whether you want 8K resolution. The QN900B is the company’s top 8K model, and the QN90B is its top 4K model.

Are QLED TVs good for gaming?

Yes, but picking the right model is key. You’ll want to look for a TV that has the latest HDMI 2.1 features, like VRR, ALLM, and 4K at 120Hz. Another feature that gamers will appreciate is support for AMD’s FreeSync or Nvidia’s G-Sync, which are two proprietary VRR technologies used by game consoles like the Xbox Series X and many gaming PCs.

Do QLED TVs have problems with burn-in?

No. Burn-in is a permanent form of image retention caused by leaving the same image on a TV for many hours at a time. In OLED TVs, this can cause individual pixels to age prematurely, leaving the “shadow” of some parts of the image on screen even after the image has changed. Because QLED TVs use a backlight for their brightness, their pixels aren’t susceptible to this kind of uneven aging.

How long do QLED TVs last?

Theoretically, a QLED TV will outlast an OLED TV, at least in terms of maximum brightness, because OLED pixels lose their ability to produce brightness at a faster rate than a QLED TV’s backlight. But you would likely have to keep your TV on for eight hours a day, seven days a week, for many, many years before this difference became noticeable. That said, a QLED TV should last a decade or more as long as none of its individual components fail — something that can be hard to predict even for the best TVs.

When will QLED prices drop?

QLED prices, much like OLED prices, are dropping all the time. A few years ago, you’d need to spend well over $2,000 for a 65-inch QLED TV. Today, you can find them for less than half that price.

Is a QLED worth it?

Definitely. If you have a choice between a standard LED TV and a QLED TV, the QLED model will deliver brighter, more accurate colors, which should yield a better image overall. And as QLED TVs become the norm for non-OLED models, you won’t have to pay much of a price premium to get one.

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