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Best Samsung TVs

Updated December 2018
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
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    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
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    Shopping guide for best Samsung TVs

    Last Updated December 2018

    A well-known brand name can provide real reassurance when you make a major investment in electronics. Brand name devices sometimes do cost a bit more, but they also tend to offer the latest innovations and reliability. You can count on receiving good performance from these devices for a long time.

    In the world of large-screen televisions, the Samsung brand holds a place at the top of the market. This electronics manufacturer has all kinds of television designs for sale, surely allowing you to find one to meet your needs.

    We at BestReviews perform detailed research in every product category, including Samsung TVs. Our testing and analysis provide us with the data for a thorough understanding of a product’s pros and cons, and we take pride in giving our readers the trustworthy information they need to make smart purchasing decisions.

    You can count on our selections and product reviews to be free from bias, because we don’t take free samples from manufacturers. When you’re ready to purchase, have a look at the Samsung TVs we recommend in our product list, above. Read on to our shopping guide as well, and we’ll help you figure out which Samsung TV best meets your needs!

    To improve audio quality, some people choose to add external speakers or a soundbar to a large screen Samsung TV to improve audio quality.

    Samsung TV designs

    There are a few different screen design options available from Samsung. Some of these designs only are useful in certain situations, so think about how you’ll use the television, then decide whether you want to spend the extra money to gain those design features.

    • 3D: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Samsung 3D TV on store shelves, although a few older models still are around. Samsung stopped making 3D-enabled TVs recently.

    • Curved: Samsung offers quite a few curved screen televisions. Selecting whether to purchase a curved or flat screen Samsung TV will be a personal choice, as there aren’t significant benefits to one over the other. Some people like the immersive experience a curved screen provides — it almost feels like the screen surrounds you as you sit in front of it. Other than the immersive feeling that some people like, there isn’t much of a difference between curved and flat screens.

    Many 4K TVs will upscale HD programming, adding pixels to the video stream to allow it to take advantage of the extra pixels in a 4K screen.

    • LED backlight: Most Samsung TVs use an LED backlight. This type of backlight yields a high level of image quality and the best levels of contrast in the screen. Look for an LED backlight that uses a full array layout, rather than an edge backlight. The full array backlight uses lights across the entire screen. This yields greater overall image and color uniformity across the screen. You’ll pay a bit more for full array LED backlight, but it greatly improves image quality.

    • Local dimming: A screen with a local dimming feature allows individual backlights to be switched on and off to match the image on the screen. For example, if the lower half of the image is black in a certain scene, the local dimming feature would turn off the backlights in this area. This results in darker blacks and a greater level of contrast. Many Samsung TVs offer local dimming, but you’ll pay more for this feature.
       

    If you’re a bit confused about how LED and LCD relate, think of it this way. LCD is the technology in the display screen that creates the actual picture. However, LCD technology does not generate light on its own. Manufacturers use a backlight that shines light through the LCD, allowing you to see the image. This backlight consists of LED lights. In essence, all LED TVs are also LCD TVs.

    So, if you see a Samsung TV described as LED-LCD technology, it has an LCD screen with an LED backlight. This is the most common type of TV on the market.

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    Some Samsung TVs require software updates from time to time to gain access to the latest features.


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    Samsung TV maximum resolutions

    Samsung televisions are available with a few different maximum resolution options. Generally, people want the highest maximum resolution they can afford. The reason is pretty straightforward: more pixels provide a sharper picture.

    • 720p: This resolution of 1280x720 pixels is an HD (or high definition) screen resolution. It isn’t quite as sharp as 1080HD resolution, though. Very few TVs offer only 720p as a maximum resolution anymore. You'll typically see 720p limited to smaller TV screens from Samsung, such as 32 inches and less.

    • 1080p: This maximum HD resolution consists of 1920x1080 pixels, and sometimes is called full HD. It’s a sharper resolution than 720p. You’ll find full HD resolution available through all kinds of screen sizes, up to 55 or 60 inches. As a general rule, 1080p resolution will be cheaper than 4K resolution in the same screen size, but the gap between the two price points has become very small.

    • 4K: Also called Ultra HD or UHD, 4K screen resolution is the most advanced resolution commonly available. (Higher resolutions occur in specialty screens, such as 6K or 8K, but these screens aren’t typically offered to consumers yet.) 4K resolution is 3840x2160 pixels. Most new TVs offer 4K resolution, rather than HD resolution. 4K is available in almost any large screen size of 40 inches or larger.
       

    You may be wondering why you need a 4K TV when there’s so little native 4K resolution programming available. Aside from the increasing amount of content being created for 4K, many 4K televisions include upscaling technology: HD resolution programming will be scaled to fit the 4K TV’s resolution. In short, even content that was recorded in “regular” HD, at 1920x1080, will look noticeably better on a 4K TV.

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    You can watch HD or SD resolution programming on a 4K TV. Television resolution is backward compatible with older resolution technologies.

    Samsung screen technologies

    Samsung offers a few newer screen technologies that provide you with an improved viewing experience. We’ll explain a couple of the different screen options you’ll have from Samsung.

    • QLED: Samsung’s most advanced screen technology, QLED, also comes at the highest price point. QLED is short for Quantum Dot LED. This technology adds a film consisting of quantum dots (semiconductor nanocrystals) between the LED backlight and the LCD part of the screen. The dots provide much more vibrant colors than standard LCD.

    • SUHD: SUHD is a slightly older Samsung screen technology that’s short for Super UHD. SUHD also uses quantum dot film between the LCD and the backlight. However, SUHD used a slightly older version of the film. QLED has replaced SUHD in Samsung’s lineups, but some SUHD sets are still available.
       

    We should mention that quite a few industry experts believe these screen technology acronyms are more about marketing than about offering quality images. There’s little doubt that these screens outperform basic LED backlit screens from Samsung, but it’s not a bad idea to seek demonstrations before you decide QLED or SUHD provide enough of a difference to be worth the higher prices.

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    Some Samsung TVs include remote controls with microphones that will accept voice commands.


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    Samsung TV prices

    As a general rule for TVs, the larger the screen, the more the unit will cost. However, prices continue to drop all of the time. Ten years ago, a 40-inch HDTV would’ve cost you $1,000. Now? You could purchase a 60-inch 4K TV for almost that same price. Here are some general thoughts regarding Samsung TV price points.

    • Under $500: You’ll find most HD-only televisions in the sub-$500 price range these days. HD models typically aren’t available at more than 55 inches of screen size. (Screens are measured diagonally.) You might occasionally find a small screen 4K TV for less than $500.

    • $500 to $1,000: For a 4K resolution screen, this price point is more common. Typically, you’ll pay $500 to $1,000 for a Samsung TV with a screen size between 40 and 55 inches. These TVs may include extra features, like a curved screen.

    • More than $1,000: Large screen 4K TVs fit in this price range, such as those with screen sizes greater than 55 or 60 inches. High-end screen technologies will sit in this price range too, such as QLED backlight technology.
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    Some Samsung TVs allow you to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to enter text when using Smart TV functions like web browsing.


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    FAQ

    Q. My Samsung TV seems to be running hot. Is there something wrong?
    A.
    Televisions and display panels generate heat as they run. The longer they run continuously, the more heat they generate. This is normal. Each television set has a series of vents, which allow air to move inside the set’s case to cool the TV. Just make sure the television set’s vents are clear from dust and pet fur, and the set will operate normally, even if it heats up a little bit.

    Refresh rate measures the speed with which the picture on the screen refreshes or redraws. Faster refresh rates are better for gaming, action movies, and sports.

    Q. How do I connect other devices to the TV?
    A.
    Most Samsung TVs have several ports available to which you can connect other devices. People commonly connect things like cable or satellite TV boxes, DVRs, DVD players, and gaming consoles to the TV. Use an HDMI port if you want to ensure the fastest transmission speeds for HD and 4K programming. Some TVs offer USB ports, too, to connect devices such as external keyboards or memory sticks.

    Q. What is meant by a “smart” TV?
    A.
    Smart TVs connect to the internet, allowing you to run apps, or stream video. You will need fast internet download speeds to receive a good level of performance from a Smart TV. Most TVs use a Wi-Fi connection to access the Internet. Check carefully whether the TV comes with apps you want, and whether it allows you to add apps.

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