The 9 Best TVs for Movies, Games and More

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Your TV is like a ticket to escape life’s stresses—if only for an hour or two at a stretch. To make the most of that valuable time, it’s important to choose the best TV for your needs. Researching tech can be a bit intimidating, so we’ve narrowed down some of the greatest smart TVs of 2021 for everything from sports to movies to video games.

And if you’re not even sure where to begin, check out our TV buying guide first.

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Our Editor’s Picks

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

Display technology: QLED

Smart: Yes

HDR: Yes

  • Contrast Control Zone and HDR improve clarity in dark and bright scenes.

  • 60 Hz refresh rate may result in “screen tearing” in fast motion scenes.

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Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

Display technology: LED

Smart: No

HDR: No

  • IPS technology creates a true-to-colour picture.

  • No HDMI 2.1. means there may be lower quality visuals.

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Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

Display technology: LED

Smart: Yes

HDR: Yes

  • Quad Core processor and TrueMotion technology helps make quick motion appear smooth.

  • Two HDMI inputs may mean the occasional cable swap.

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Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

Display technology: ULED

Smart: Yes

HDR: Yes

  • Support for HDMI 2.1 is perfect for gamers.

  • 60 Hz refresh rate may be slow for high-speed action film fans.

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Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

Display technology: QLED

Smart: Yes

HDR: Yes

  • HDR performance gives colours a lifelike vividness.

  • A sound bar will need to be purchased for more immersive sound quality.

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Resolution: 4K HDR

Display technology: LED

Smart: Yes

HDR: Yes

  • Android makes it easy to access content on multiple streaming apps.

  • The bezel is on the thicker side and it’s plastic, not metal.

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Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

Display technology: QLED

Smart: Yes

HDR: Yes

  • QLED, HDR and 120 Hz refresh rate deliver exceptional picture quality.

  • May need assistance to safely move and set up.

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Resolution: 4k Ultra HD

Display technology: OLED

Smart: Yes

HDR: Yes

  • Comes preloaded with smart TV apps.

  • Has average brightness, not ideal for gamers.

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Resolution: Full HD (1080p)

Display technology: LED

Smart: Yes

HDR: No

  • It costs just $8 per year in electricity with average use.

  • No HDR means some scenes may look less vibrant.

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In this guide

Before buying a TV, you should have a basic understanding of the specs that matter. You can check out our TV buying guide to better understand the technology and terms involved, but here’s a quick list of some of the most important features.

  • Screen Size: Make sure the TV you pick is a good fit for your room—and your furniture.
  • Resolution: 4K Ultra HD is the standard right now, but you might want to consider 1080p (Full HD) or even 8K.
  • Display technology: Most TVs are LCD/LED these days, but you may want to investigate pricier QLED and OLED panels if you want premium picture quality.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): TVs with HDR are capable of rendering more vivid colours and details in bright and dark scenes (in HDR-supported content).
  • Refresh Rate: This term refers to how quickly the screen refreshes the image and can be particularly important for sports, games, and fast action. 120 Hz is a good target.
  • HDMI: Make sure the TV you buy has enough HDMI ports for all your devices and think about whether you need one of them to be HDMI 2.1, a faster standard designed for higher resolutions and frame-refresh rates.
Best 4K TV
TCL 55 TCL 55 TCL 55 TCL 55 TCL 55 TCL 55 TCL 55 TCL 55 TCL 55
  • Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

  • Display technology: QLED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: Yes

If good picture quality is vital to you but you can’t quite afford OLED (no judgment, it’s pricey!), this may be the panel for you. Quantum-dot technology (the Q in QLED) brings stunning colour and detail to areas of the picture that might otherwise appear washed out or like dark smears. You can also get it in 50 inches.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Contrast Control Zone and HDR combine to improve clarity in dark and bright scenes.

  • A built-in digital TV tuner and smart TV features provide plenty of viewing options out of the box.

  • The dedicated game mode makes it easy to automatically optimize panel settings when playing games.

Cons
  • The 60 Hz true refresh rate could result in “screen tearing” in scenes with fast motion.

  • It has four HDMI ports but no HDMI 2.1., so you might not take advantage of newer devices and there will be lower quality visuals.

Best Budget TV
RCA 55 RCA 55 RCA 55
  • Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

  • Display technology: LED

  • Smart: No

  • HDR: No

This 4K smart TV has more screen area than a crib mattress and probably costs less than what you spend on groceries in a month. So, if you’re on a budget but still want bang for your buck, it’s hard to do better.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • 4K UHD resolution delivers great clarity in all sorts of content.

  • IPS technology creates a true-to-colour picture from every angle.

  • Has a built-in sleep timer function.

Cons
  • The 60 Hz true refresh rate could result in “screen tearing” in scenes with fast motion.

  • It has four HDMI ports but no HDMI 2.1., so you might not take advantage of newer devices and there will be lower quality visuals.

Best TV for Sports
LG 55 LG 55 LG 55 LG 55 LG 55 LG 55
  • Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

  • Display technology: LED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: Yes

Watching sports on a phone or tablet just doesn’t cut it. Instead, consider this high-quality LED panel from LG, which uses the Korean company’s acclaimed display tech to make even the fastest moving athletes and action render smoothly, crisply and in detailed 4K Ultra HD. It’s also available to purchase in 43 inches65 inches and 70 inches.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • LG’s Quad Core processor and TrueMotion technology work together to reduce blur and make quick motion crystal clear.

  • Web OS smart TV features make it easy to find the sports content you want to watch.

  • It’s compatible with smart home services including Google Home, Alexa and Apple Homekit, so you can show your friends what your house can do between plays.

Cons
  • Just two HDMI inputs mean anyone with more than a couple of video sources will be forced to occasionally get up and swap cables.

  • Due to the LED display, it doesn’t have wide viewing angles. If you have lots of guests over to watch games, consider upgrading to an LG OLED panel.

Best TV for Movies
Hisense Roku QLED 4K UHD Smart TV Hisense Roku QLED 4K UHD Smart TV Hisense Roku QLED 4K UHD Smart TV Hisense Roku QLED 4K UHD Smart TV Hisense Roku QLED 4K UHD Smart TV Hisense Roku QLED 4K UHD Smart TV
  • Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

  • Display technology: ULED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: Yes

This gorgeous panel from the budget-conscious folks at Hisense uses a branded type of QLED technology called ULED. Basically, it intelligently adjusts light within specific areas of the panel to uncover subtle details in all sorts of scenes. In even simpler terms, you get a beautifully cinematic picture alive with colour and nuance.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Support for HDMI 2.1—which enables 4K video at 120 Hz—makes this set perfect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X gamers.

  • Quantum Dot technology unlocks over a billion colour combinations to render beautifully lifelike images.

  • Dolby Atmos sound delivers full, bright audio making this TV an entertainment powerhouse.

Cons
  • The 60 Hz refresh rate may be a tad slow for fans of high-speed action films.

Best TV for Gaming
Samsung 55 Samsung 55 Samsung 55 Samsung 55 Samsung 55 Samsung 55
  • Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

  • Display technology: QLED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: Yes

When shopping for a TV for gaming, it’s all about picture quality and performance (input lag is a no-no). This Samsung panel uses QLED technology and HDR to render an astounding array of authentic colours while bringing out details in shadows and clouds, all while delivering smooth action. For gamers, it’s like opening a window into the worlds you explore. Aside from 55 inches, it’s available at 43 inches50 inches65 inches and 75 inches. You might also like our reviews of the hottest new PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch games.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Dual LED backlights are designed to deliver both warm and cool colouration to create a range of truer tones.

  • Fantastic HDR performance gives colours a lifelike vividness even in dark and bright scenes.

  • thin panel and elegant design make this TV pretty to look at even when it’s not switched on.

Cons
  • For immersive sound quality, you’ll need to purchase a soundbar.

  • There are only three HDMI ports, which isn’t great for gamers with multiple consoles.

Best Android TV
Sony X800H 55-inch 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV Sony X800H 55-inch 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV Sony X800H 55-inch 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV Sony X800H 55-inch 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV Sony X800H 55-inch 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV Sony X800H 55-inch 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV Sony X800H 55-inch 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV
  • Resolution: 4K HDR

  • Display technology: LED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: Yes

Android TVs are a fantastic way to easily find and stream content and even mirror pictures and videos from your mobile devices. Better still, they’re often quite affordable. This panel from Sony has all of these qualities and ups the ante with a nice range of usability features. It’s also available at 49 inches.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Android makes it sinfully easy to access content on Netflix, Google Play, YouTube and other streaming apps.

  • It has Google Assistant, allowing you to use your voice to control the TV and your other smart home devices.

  • Triluminous Display provides advanced colour and gradation for a true-to-life picture.

Cons
  • Compared to other TVs on the market, the bezel is on the thicker side and it’s plastic instead of metal.

  • It has four HDMI ports but no HDMI 2.1., so you might not take advantage of newer devices and there will be lower quality visuals.

Best Big Screen TV
Samsung 85 Samsung 85 Samsung 85 Samsung 85 Samsung 85 Samsung 85 Samsung 85 Samsung 85 Samsung 85
  • Resolution: 4K Ultra HD

  • Display technology: QLED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: Yes

Sure, you could go big or go home. Or you could just bring the big home with you, thanks to this 85-inch panel from Samsung. Not only is it ginormous—over 21 square feet—but it’s also powered by Samsung’s own QLED display technology, ensuring a to-die-for home-cinema experience. And if you want something a little smaller, it comes in 55 inches and 65 inches.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • QLED, HDR and a speedy 120 Hz refresh rate work in tandem to deliver exceptional picture quality.

  • The huge size can accommodate multiple viewers, making it ideal for watching sports and movies with friends.

  • Support for HDMI 2.1—which enables 4K video at 120 Hz—makes this set perfect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X gamers.

Cons
  • It’s a large TV, so you may need assistance to safely move and set it up.

Best OLED TV
LG 55 LG 55 LG 55 LG 55 LG 55 LG 55 LG 55
  • Resolution: 4k Ultra HD

  • Display technology: OLED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: Yes

If budget isn’t a concern, then this model is the one for you. LG’s OLED TV technology lights up each of this panel’s eight million pixels individually, ensuring unparalleled detail and colour accuracy. TV picture quality doesn’t get much better than this for movies, TV, sports and gaming.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Dolby Atmos delivers multi-dimensional surround sound for a cinematic experience.

  • The Bluetooth Magic Remote puts you in total control with buttons, plus voice and gesture input.

  • Preloaded smart TV apps include Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV, Prime Video, YouTube and more.

Cons
  • According to ratings this TV has average brightness, which is fine for everyday viewing, but not ideal for gamers.

Best Small TV
TCL 32 TCL 32 TCL 32 TCL 32 TCL 32 TCL 32 TCL 32 TCL 32
  • Resolution: Full HD (1080p)

  • Display technology: LED

  • Smart: Yes

  • HDR: No

Smaller TVs still have a place in our bedrooms, kitchens and even small living rooms. This 32-inch screen from TCL is a fine fit for any of these spots, either sitting on its legs or mounted to a wall. It’s not a 4K TV, but more pixels don’t really make sense on smaller screens viewed from a distance. This 32-inch Sanyo smart TV might also do the trick.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • A built-in TV tuner combines with Roku smart TV apps to make accessing content quick and hassle-free.

  • Three HDMI inputs is a generous number for such a small TV.

  • It’s extremely energy efficient, costing just $8 per year in electricity with average use.

Cons
  • No HDR means some scenes are likely to appear a little washed out or less vibrant.

  • The super simple remote does the trick but won’t win awards for innovation or design.

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Chad Sapieha has been writing about video games and technology for more than two decades, with thousands of stories appearing in national publications including The Globe and Mail and The National Post, and appearances on CTV News, Global News, and CBC radio. He has also written about parenting in the digital age for Today's Parent, Parenting.com, and Common Sense Media. Chad lives in Southern Ontario with his wife, daughter, and a criminally adorable dog named Ron Swanson.
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