Best Sony Smart TVs

Updated September 2019
Why trust BestReviews?
BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
We may earn a commission if you purchase a product through our links.
BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We may earn a commission if you purchase a product through our links.
BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
We may earn a commission if you purchase a product through our links.
Bottom Line
Pros
Cons
How we decided

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

32 Models Considered
9 Hours Researched
1 Experts Interviewed
247 Consumers Consulted
Zero products received from manufacturers.

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

Why trust BestReviews?
BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
We may earn a commission if you purchase a product through our links.
BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We may earn a commission if you purchase a product through our links.
BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
We may earn a commission if you purchase a product through our links.

Buying guide for best Sony smart TVs

Last Updated September 2019

From streaming access to gaming, and from playing Blu-rays to watching your favorite series, a smart TV is a necessity for any home entertainment setup. It offers a gateway to a whole world of media with quality picture and sound. Sony makes a wide range of smart TVs, making it one of the most popular brands on the market.

A smart TV is essentially a television-computer hybrid, integrating internet access to allow streaming services and other applications to be downloaded, stored, and played on the TV. Most smart TVs connect to the internet via WiFi and have a variety of input options that let you plug in other devices.

There are a few companies, including Sony, that are aggressively developing and innovating smart TVs, and each one uses specific technology and offers unique features. Smart TVs are constantly evolving and may be more complicated than they seem at first glance. Learning the terminology, what the technology does, and, most importantly, what you want out of a smart TV, all factor into making the right purchasing choice. Our buying guide has the answers, as well as a selection of our favorite Sony smart TVs.

Smart TVs are a particularly popular sale item. If you’re patient, you can grab a bargain on sale.

Key considerations

Terminology

Descriptions of smart TVs can be a bit overwhelming, so here’s a short rundown.

  • 4K: A 4K TV has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, for a total of over 8 million pixels. Technically, true 4K has a slightly higher resolution and is used by industry professionals, but 4K is the common term used by sellers and consumers. Sony offers myriad 4K TVs.

  • UHD: Ultra-high definition is essentially the same as 4K. The two terms are used interchangeably by consumers and sellers, including Sony, and are often used together.

  • 8K: An 8K TV offers a staggering 7680 x 4320 resolution. This type of technology has only recently emerged, and while you can find some 8K TVs, they’re incredibly expensive. What’s more, there is little to no content available that’s made in 8K. Right now, buying one is akin to buying an expensive decanter to use for a cheap bottle of wine.

  • HDR: High dynamic range expands the depth and range of color and contrast to make the screen look more natural and realistic. HDR is common in Sony TVs and is included in most mid-range TVs.

  • OLED: Organic light-emitting diodes are an emissive technology in that the light of the TV comes from the pixels themselves. OLED TVs are known for offering impressive color contrast. What’s more, OLED provides the viewer with more angles from which to watch; the screen maintaining uniformity and preventing distortion.

  • LED: Light-emitting diodes are used as a backdrop for liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs. Light projects from the back of the TV to the pixels. LED TVs are slightly less clear and detailed than OLED TVs and may struggle to produce a pure black on the screen, which affects picture quality and contrast. Color and contrast also diminish as your viewing angle becomes more acute. However, the picture on LED TVs can be brighter than that on OLED TVs. LED TVs can also be larger.

Size

Television screens are measured diagonally. Most smart TVs are offered in increments of 5 inches, starting at 45 inches. While the diagonal measurement is useful information, make sure to also measure the length and height of the TV so you can tell if you have enough space for it.

Inputs

HDMI is a method of connecting most modern video game consoles, Blu-ray players, and cable boxes to a TV. Most Sony smart TVs come with four HDMI ports, but some older versions may have two or three. Smart TVs also have a number of USB ports, which is helpful if you need to transfer files or data between your computer and the TV. Older TVs may also have an RCA hookup if you’re still using an older gaming console.

Lifespan

A Sony smart TV is an important investment. It should last for many years, particularly an OLED TV, which boasts a long lifespan. You can assume you’ll be able to enjoy your smart TV for three to five years, at which point you might want to upgrade. Consider that time frame when you’re thinking about the financial investment. It’s also worth noting that newer models and technologies might have a higher price now, but they will probably drop quite a bit in a year or two.

Enjoy bright, vibrant colors

High dynamic range paired with Sony’s X1 Extreme processors means great contrast: blacks are blacker and colors pop. Triluminous Display is unique Sony technology created for richer, fuller colors, specifically reds, greens, and blues. Extensive color palette and enhanced gradation offers makes skin tones more subtle and realistic.

Sony smart TV features

Soundbar

Some Sony smart TVs come with a soundbar. While Sony smart TVs feature quality sound, soundbars are specifically made for the optimal audio experience. To properly enjoy the best audio and visual experience, you’ll want both.

Wall mount

Mounting your smart TV on the wall is ideal for creating the best viewing area. It’s also beneficial when you have a larger TV that doesn’t fit on a TV stand or requires such a big stand that it would take up too much space. Some TVs come with the proper wall mounting tools to accommodate the size. Just make sure your wall can support the weight. Professional installation may also be offered.

Accessories

  • Lightstrips: NexLux LED Lightstrips are a great way to add atmosphere and ambience to your TV watching experience. Lining the wall behind your television gives the room a soft glow. This lightstrip is over 16 feet long, and the colors can be controlled by voice or synced to music.

  • TV stand: The Ameriwood Home Galaxy TV Stand is a sleek solution if you don’t have room for a bulky piece of furniture. There are two shelves and cubbies for peripherals and DVDs, making this stand as functional as it is decorative.
DID YOU KNOW?

Don’t throw away an old TV. Like most electronics, TVs can be recycled or donated.

DID YOU KNOW?

If you have a USB cable phone charger and are in a pinch, the USB port at the back of a smart TV can offer the juice. It may not be the fastest way to recharge, but it works.

DID YOU KNOW?

TV technology is evolving rapidly. Only five years ago, companies were hoping 3D TVs would catch on. They didn’t, and they are no longer being made.

Sony smart TV prices

The larger the TV, the more expensive it is. However, older models of larger LED TVs may be similar in price if not cheaper than a much smaller, newer OLED TV. You’ll find significant price jumps when you transition from LED to OLED and when you look for screens over 65 inches.

Inexpensive: For less than $1,000, you’ll find Sony LED TVs in sizes up to 65 inches. It’s unlikely that you’ll find an OLED screen at this price. However, depending on size, these LED TVs may cost as little as $700.

Mid-range: Between $1,000 and $2,000, you’ll find larger LED TVs in addition to a selection of OLED TVs that are likely under 75 inches.

Expensive: Spend $2,000 and more (much more, in some cases) and you can find both the largest and newest Sony smart TVs available. LED TVs of 75 inches are in this range, as are the newest OLED TVs.

Incredible picture quality

Using OLED technology, this high-end model from Sony sports 4K HDR, packing in over 8 million pixels that illuminate themselves instead of being lit from behind. Colors are richer and contrast is higher in part because this TV can reach a deeper black level. OLED means you can also gather a lot of friends around to watch: there are no bad angles or distortion.

Tips

  • Pick the right viewing angle. If you’re mounting the TV yourself, you’ll want to position it for optimal viewing. This depends on your height when sitting, the size of the TV, and the size of the room.

  • Watch the TVs in person before you buy. While shopping online may be convenient, it’s worth visiting a local retailer to see how the image looks and note the overall size of the TV.

  • Buy a stand or mount first. It’s important to have a place to put your TV. Positioning it on a floor can be unsafe, and it makes watching TV tedious and unenjoyable.

  • Mount the TV securely to the wall. Especially if you have a bigger TV, it’s necessary to keep it from moving or falling. If you don’t mount your TV to the wall, you can attach straps to the TV and wall to keep it from tipping forward.

  • Interpret the model number. This is informative. For Sony, the last letter tells you the year the TV was made: G means 2019, F is 2018, and so forth. There is also a series number starting in the 700s. As the number increases, so does the technical innovation.

Other products we considered

We found a few more Sony smart TVs for you if the ones in our matrix don’t suit. The 70-inch Sony X830F Ultra HD LED TV is one of the larger, high-quality models and comes at a reasonable price. It also comes with the option of bundling it with a soundbar or Blu-ray player. If you’re short on space, this 43-inch Sony X800G HDR TV is small but mighty. A 2019 model, it comes with HDR, 4K, and Ultra HD all for a reasonable price. Last (and this comes with a warning about the eye-opening list price), if you want to be an early adopter of  8K TVs and are willing to spend to get one, the 85-inch Sony XBR-85Z9G Smart Master Series LED TV is the largest and best TV Sony offers. It may just take some time to experience content in all its glory.

Current Sony smart TVs use the Android TV operating system, which makes casting and streaming from Android devices a breeze.

FAQ

Q. How do I clean the TV screen?

A. Dust and fingerprints can be removed with a soft, dry cloth. If marks or smudges persist, a cloth slightly dampened with a bit of water and vinegar will do the trick. It’s imperative that you use a soft touch. Applying pressure, rubbing, or scrubbing will damage the pixels and may cause scratches.

Q. How long do smart TVs last?

A. LED TVs depend on the lighting source that powers the pixels, and these lights dim over time, though newer LED TV models have a longer lifespan. Most LED TVs should last around five to seven years with regular use, while OLED TVs may last up to ten.

Q. Do I need the newest model Sony TV?

A. While it’s tempting to buy the newest and most innovative TV, these are much more expensive and will inevitably drop in price. What’s more, the important features (4K, HDR) are all commonly available. Plus, buying a smart TV should be fun, not stressful.

The team that worked on this review
  • Bronwyn
    Bronwyn
    Editor
  • Devangana
    Devangana
    Web Producer
  • Eliza
    Eliza
    Production Manager
  • Enid
    Enid
    Editor
  • Melinda
    Melinda
    Web Producer
  • Melissa
    Melissa
    Senior Editor
WizardWidget

BestReviews wants to be better. Please take our 3-minute survey,
and give us feedback about your visit today.

Take Survey