The Best TV for 2022
The best TVs of 2022 represent the absolute pinnacle of what’s possible in smart TV technology. They’re packed with detailed screens, colorful HDR, and robust feature sets, including support for HDMI 2.1 and VRR for the latest game consoles and PCs in many cases.
With the newest smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL and Vizio landing (gently) on our reviewers’ doorsteps, we’ve been diving into groundbreaking new OLED TVs, mini-LED TVs, and even the new QD-OLED technology in the last few months. But because a huge number of sets from 2021 are still available, our buying guide include older models as well. They are massively discounted, sometimes by up to 40% or 50%, which makes them great buys today.
What is a smart TV?
A smart TV is essentially any television with internet capability, meaning it can load up streaming apps and services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
Different TV manufacturers have their own proprietary smart TV platforms, though, which vary in usability, speed, quality of search, and what kind of app support is available. Some might be missing Disney Plus, for example, or have a more streamlined layout – while others might have superior voice search, for those planning on barking commands rather than clicking them.
We’ve taken all this into account when picking our list of the best smart TVs above, though, so you can be sure you’re getting an optimum experience with your purchase.
Do the best TVs need 4K resolution?
4K resolution, at least the way most TV companies define it, is 3840 x 2160 pixels, or 2160p. To put that in perspective, a Full HD 1080p image is only 1920 x 1080. 4K screens have about 8 million pixels, which is around four times what a 1080p set can display.
You find any less than 4K resolution on this best TV guide, though you might see the odd 8K TV, which packs in 33 million pixels instead for even greater detail – usually at an even greater price.
How big should your TV be?
People tend to pick the size of their flat TV based on the amount of space they have for it, this isn’t necessarily wise. Flat TVs take up much less space than you might think, so your new TV may end up a foot or two further away from your viewing position, making the picture appear smaller.
Also, with hi-def, you can have a bigger screen and the same viewing distance without worrying about seeing blemishes inherent to the source. A 4K TV’s lack of noise means that the ideal distance to sit from the screen is three to four times the height of the TV.
How many HDMI sockets do you need?
For a living room TV you should be looking for a minimum of 3 HDMI inputs. If you want to attach a set-top box as well as games consoles etc, those HDMI ports will fill up fast.
Should you wall-mount one of the best TVs?
First off, you’ll need to consult a construction expert to check that the wall in question is strong enough to support a flatscreen. Then find out if the set you want is designed to be wall-mounted and, if so, ask if the relevant bracket is included in the basic package or as an optional extra.
Do you need a separate sound system?
If you’re not planning on connecting to a separate soundbar or surround sound system, You might want to think more carefully about your set’s audio performance. Look for a screen that can go as loud as you’ll need without distortion or cabinet rattle. Consider how dialogue sounds and how much low-end rumble the bass is capable of.
Conversely, it’s pointless paying out more cash for exceptional built-in speakers if you already have a decent home theater system.