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Written By
Stan Horaczek

Published Mar 22, 2023 11:15 AM

Samsung TVs run the gamut from massive prestige displays to affordable panels built to fly off the shelves on Black Friday. Choosing one can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what you want. What’s the difference between OLED and QLED? Do you really need 8K, or is it just a flex? Are the remotes really solar-powered? (They are!) I’ve had an early chance to experience many of the company’s latest and greatest offerings with my own eyeballs, and I’ve put together this list of the best Samsung TVs for just about any type of viewer or space. 

  • Best overall: Samsung S95C OLED 4K Smart TV
  • Best QLED: Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV
  • Best 8K: Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K Smart TV
  • Best outdoor: Samsung The Terrace Partial Sun Outdoor QLED 4K Smart TV
  • Best for interior design: Samsung The Frame QLED HDR Smart TV 
  • Best budget: Samsung AU8000 Crystal UHD Smart TV

How we chose the best Samsung TVs

I have reviewed home theater gear (and gadgets of almost every kind) for nearly two decades. I was the digital editor at Sound & Vision for several years and have extensively covered TV and TV tech for and other publications. I typically rely on a PlayStation 5 with top-tier titles installed and 4K Blu-ray discs to get a feel for what these TVs can really do. To complete the research, I surveyed Samsung’s full lineup while comparing specs, reading customer reviews, and considering editorial opinions from colleagues at other publications. 

The best Samsung TVs: Reviews & Recommendations

From flagships to more achievable flatscreens, I’ve drawn from my own personal experience watching, testing, and reviewing to bring you the standout 2023 models from Samsung.

Best overall: Samsung S95C OLED 4K Smart TV

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Why it made the cut: Samsung’s flagship OLED introduces Quantum Dots into the equation to add brightness and remedy OLED’s biggest shortcoming.


  • Sizes: 55”, 65”, and 77”
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz native (up to 144Hz in some situations)
  • HDMI ports: 4


  • Spectacular picture
  • Very bright for an OLED
  • Ports live on a box connected by a wire to make installation more flexible
  • Super-thin bezel and panel
  • Immaculate color


  • Expensive
  • Limited sizes

While Samsung has primarily made its mark on the TV market with its QLED TVs, its latest OLED offering is truly impressive. This is Samsung’s new generation of OLED TV, which integrates Quantum Dots to make the display brighter than a typical OLED. That makes it better for viewing in a room with lots of ambient light, a situation in which OLEDs typically struggle. 

The first time I turned on the S95C, I was truly impressed by the sheer amount of light it emits. I hooked up a PS5 and fired up a game of Returnal for the first test. With the overhead lights turned off, I didn’t need maximum brightness to make the image pop. With the overhead lights turned on, I was pleasantly surprised that the picture still looked vibrant and accurate without washing out. 

Some OLEDs aren’t ideal for gaming due to input lag, but that’s not a problem. The suite of four HDMI 2.1 ports also makes it simple to attach a modern gaming console and get the most out of it.

This is a high-end TV, so it offers a high-end suite of features, including a 120Hz refresh rate, which can go up to 144Hz when using a PC input. It has four current-gen HDMI ports, all of which live on a box connected via a wire, so it’s flexible in terms of installation. 

For the content part of the test, I fired up The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King on streaming because that’s typical weekend fare for me. The movie looked excellent in the native Netflix app, with rich colors and tons of contrast. This is the best picture I have seen on a consumer-grade Samsung TV, regardless of the input. 

Best QLED: Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV

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Why it made the cut: Samsung married Mini-LEDs with Quantum Dots to create a bright, vibrant picture that definitely doesn’t skimp on the contrast.


  • Sizes: 43”, 50”, 55”, 65”, 75”, and 85”
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
  • HDMI ports: 4


  • Excellent overall image quality
  • Bright
  • Anti-reflective coating improves performance in bright rooms
  • Tons of sizes available
  • AI-powered upscaling works very well


  • Inputs live on the back of the TV instead of in a connected box
  • Sound is just OK

The OLED price tag will be understandably prohibitive for many people, but Samsung’s Neo QLED offerings offer similar performance for less money. The Neo QLED displays employ Mini-LED backlighting. By shrinking the backlights, Samsung can be more precise about where the illumination lies underneath the screen. That allows the dark areas to stay, well, dark without looking washed out and gray. 

Samsung has given this TV a full suite of high-end features, including 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, but they’re oddly placed on the back of the TV instead of on a connected box. This is a departure from last year’s version of the same model and might feel like a slight downgrade if you wanted that flexibility during installation. 

When it comes to performance, however, there’s no downgrade in effect. As you’d expect from a Quantum Dot TV, the Q90C is bright and extremely vibrant. I typically only use game mode and Samsung’s Filmmaker Mode, which tones down the colors a little to more closely match the source material. 

I fired up some scenes from Godzilla Vs. Kong on Blu-ray as part of my testing. The contrast ratio had no problem rendering detail, even in dark scenes. The fast action scenes stayed together nicely without ugly artifacts or motion issues. 

This is a high-end TV, and it offers all the features you’d expect to go along with that. If you’re willing to spend more than what the Crystal-series TVs cost but don’t want to go all the way to the OLED level, this is a fantastic option. 

Best 8K: Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K Smart TV

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Why it made the cut: If you’re going to flex 8K, you might as well get a lot of other fancy features to go with it. This is a very impressive TV if you have the cash.


  • Sizes: 65”, 75”, and 85”
  • Resolution: 8K
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz (up to 144Hz in some situations)
  • HDMI ports: 4


  • It has the most resolution, so it’s as futureproof as TVs get right now
  • Exceptional upscaling
  • Excellent picture quality
  • Ports live on an external box
  • Very slim
  • Anti-reflective coating fights glare


  • You’re paying for 8K when there’s almost no native 8K content

Native 8K content isn’t here yet, but it is coming down the road, so if you want a relatively future-proof TV, this is your pick—the screen resolution checks in at a massive 33 megapixels. Since there’s almost nothing in that resolution, you will rely on the TV to upscale your content. Luckily, Samsung (which has topped the 8K category for us before) put a ton of processing power into the QN900C for just that purpose. 

I hooked up my PS5 to the review unit and played a Blu-ray of Venom: Let There Be Carnage to see how the panel would hold up to a lot of fast motion, high contrast, and fine detail moving around the screen. That action can play havoc on a picture in its native resolution, but the Samsung handled it with aplomb, even while upscaling. The colors are bright, the action was smooth, and I didn’t notice an appreciable downgrade in the image when standing a few feet away. 

This is an expensive, high-end TV, so it comes with the bells and whistles you’d expect. It offers four HDMI 2.1 ports (essential for 8K content) and the Samsung One Connect box to house all connections. 

I would typically always use external audio gear with a TV like this (like one of our top soundbars, including the Samsung HW-Q990B), but I was pleasantly surprised by the built-in speaker system. It creates a fairly powerful sound stage with noticeable surround effects from the Dolby Atmos tech inside. 

That sound performance is especially impressive, considering how thin and sleek the panel is. I’m used to skinny TVs by now, but this nearly bezel-free design is really striking when you first see it. 

Do you absolutely need to step up to this 8K model yet? No, but if you have the means, it will look great for years to come.

Best outdoor: Samsung The Terrace Partial Sun Outdoor QLED 4K Smart TV



Why it made the cut: Any TV can look good in a darkened room, but this one looks excellent outside on your patio in the elements and sunshine.


  • Sizes: 55”, 65”, and 75”
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDMI ports: 3


  • It can stand up to the elements
  • Bright enough to be seen even with outdoor light
  • 4K resolution is an upgrade for outdoor TVs
  • Tap-to-mirror content from your phone
  • Quantum dots provide excellent brightness and color


  • Expensive
  • The version meant for full-sun exposure costs $10,000

Most TVs aren’t meant to exist outside, even in a covered area. Moisture and dust can quickly cause all kinds of problems. And even indirect sunlight can cause enough glare to make the picture nearly impossible to see. The Terrace TV remedies those issues because it’s built for the outdoors. 

The Terrace boasts an IP55 (Ingress Protection) rating, which means it’s rugged enough to survive moisture, dust, and even some of the light impacts that may come with typical outdoor wear and tear. Because it’s hard to keep a streaming box or gaming console outside, the Terrace allows users to tap their phones on the screen to start mirroring the content they’re watching. That’s in addition to the smart TV tech already built into the TV itself. 

Despite its ruggedness, the Terrace also provides solid picture performance. It maxes out at 2,000 nits of brightness. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 14 typically runs at 800 nits with a 1,200-nit maximum. The Terrace isn’t always turned up to max, however. Samsung’s dynamic brightness automatically adjusts the picture to match your surroundings. Combined with the impressively effective anti-reflective coating, this TV looks surprisingly great for an outdoor display. 

Note, though, that it’s not meant to be fully exposed to the sun all day. Samsung does make a version that can stand up to full-sun punishment, but it’ll cost you a cool $10,000.

Best for interior design: Samsung The Frame QLED HDR Smart TV



Why it made the cut: This 32-inch TV offers a truly impressive anti-reflective coating, tons of design options, and access to a library of art to display when you’re not streaming content.


  • Sizes: 32”
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDMI ports: 2


  • Unmatched anti-reflective coating
  • Ports live on a connected box
  • Frame options make it actually look like art
  • Art library lets you change up the look of your space


  • It’s not meant to be a main TV
  • Only two HDMI ports
  • 1080p resolution is low for content, but good for art

Samsung’s latest Frame-series TV looks even more like a piece of art than ever before. This 32-inch TV isn’t massive, and it doesn’t offer a cutting-edge 4K or 8K resolution. However, it offers a very vibrant picture and one of the most impressive anti-glare screens I have ever seen. The matte surface refuses to show glare or let ambient light ruin its contrast. 

You only get two HDMI ports and 1080p resolution, but at 32 inches, that’s also not a huge deal breaker. This is a relatively small TV by modern standards, so the relative lack of pixels shouldn’t be too huge a deal. 

When you’re not streaming content, the TV can display a wide variety of art from your collection or the Samsung online store. The TV frame looks, well, like an actual frame and grants users tons of aesthetic options for blending it into any decor. 

Best budget: Samsung AU8000 Crystal UHD Smart TV



Why it made the cut: Samsung’s consumer-level TV gets you a ton of display for less money if you don’t need immaculate quality. The 85-inch regularly dips below $1,400 before special discounts.


  • Sizes: 55”, 65”, and 85”
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDMI ports: 3


  • Affordable
  • Solid picture for the price
  • Maxes out at a huge 85 inches
  • Still includes useful features like Filmmaker Mode for accurate color


  • Picture quality can’t stand up to upgraded models
  • Only three HDMI ports

If you’ve been to a big box electronics store (or Sam’s Club) in the past year or two, you’ve probably seen this TV on display already. This is Samsung’s base-level TV offering that doesn’t include Quantum Dot tech but rather relies on a more typical backlight system. 

There are some advantages to buying a TV at this level. The 85-inch version regularly goes on sale for around $1,300. Because it’s a Samsung smart TV, that also gets you native streaming capabilities. That’s a ton of TV for a very reasonable price. 

There are some trade-offs, however. It offers a relatively low refresh rate and only comes equipped with three HDMI ports. If you’re just buying this TV to stream movies and TV shows, that should never really even come into play. But, if you’re looking for a killer gaming TV or silky smooth sports action, there are better (but more expensive) options out there. 

Even as a base model, the AU8000 offers solid picture performance, especially with a little tweaking. They tend to come out of the box too bright and aggressively sharpened. With a little tweaking, it’s possible to get very solid performance.

Things to consider when shopping for the best Samsung TVs

You can take our word for the specific models we recommend, or you can go out into the aisles yourselves. Here are some things to look for so you get the TV that’s right for you:

Backlight type

This is the most complicated part of the Samsung puzzle. In fact, it’s one of the trickiest parts of picking a TV in general right now. Here are Samsung’s backlight technologies unpacked: 

LED: Light-emitting diodes are the stock way to illuminate a TV, and this is what you’ll find in Samsung’s most affordable TVs in the Crystal UHD series. LEDs behind the display shine through an LCD panel with colored filters to create an image. It’s a familiar tech that works well but can have issues of light showing up where it shouldn’t and harming contrast ratios. 

QLED: Samsung took typical LED backlighting and added Quantum Dots into the equation. Quantum Dots emit light when current is applied, which makes QLED TVs some of the brightest and most vibrant around. QLEDs have represented the meatiest part of Samsung’s lineup for years now.

Neo QLED: Mini LEDs offer these higher-end displays more control over the parts of the screen that get illumination. These panels have more granular control over their backlighting, which leads to more contrast and less blooming and light leaks. While these are more expensive than the typical QLEDs, they offer a noticeable uptick in overall performance. 

OLED: This stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, and it means each pixel in the display provides its own light. This enables unmatched contrast thanks to the fact that pixels can turn completely off when not needed. There’s no chance a backlight will leak through the panel and cause blooming or other unwanted effects. Samsung’s flagship OLED is actually a QD-OLED, which merges Quantum Dots with OLED to address OLED’s typical lack of brightness. Samsung has a traditional OLED with a more affordable price coming down the line in 2023, but we haven’t had a chance to see it or get official pricing yet.


Currently, 8K TVs have almost no native content to take advantage of all those pixels. That makes 4K the default TV resolution at this time. If you want to step up to 8K, you’re going to pay a lot of money, and it’s going to be quite a while before you have native content to watch on it. Even then, the streaming services likely won’t hit 8K for quite some time. We recommend going 4K and playing it safe unless you really want to show off. And even then, it will only impress nerds like us. We appreciate the gesture but save yourself some cash. 

Refresh rate

Your TV must refresh its on-screen image many times per second to fool your eyes into thinking they see continuous motion. The more times the screen refreshes, the smoother the motion looks … to a point. Most Samsung TVs we recommend max out at 120Hz, which means the on-screen image refreshes up to 120 times. That fast refresh rate is great for things like current-gen console gaming and sometimes watching sports. Some more basic TVs top out at 60Hz, which will actually be just fine if you’re mostly planning to watch movies or streaming content. 


Samsung smart TVs run on the company’s relatively robust Tizen smart TV platform, so you may not need to plug many devices into your TV. But we still recommend getting as many HDMI ports as you can manage. Most TVs on the list have four. That may sound like a lot, but you’ll likely hook a soundbar up to one, a gaming system up to another, and perhaps a streaming box. They can fill up quickly. 


Q: Is QLED better than OLED?

The answer to whether QLED or OLED is better depends on your needs. QLED typically offers a brighter picture that’s easier to see in a room with a lot of ambient light. QLEDs are also almost always cheaper than OLEDs. Typical OLEDs, on the other hand, offer exceptional contrast and color but can’t match QLED’s brightness. Samsung’s S95C, however, integrates Quantum Dots to jack up the brightness of its flagship OLED without compromising on the color. That’s why it landed the top spot on this list.

Q: What size Samsung TV is best for my room?

There used to be complicated charts about how far you’d ideally want to sit from your TV to make the picture look its best. With 4K screens, however, the pixel density is so high that you can sit abnormally close to a huge screen without things getting, well, pixely. We recommend going big, but not so big that it’s impractical for your space. You want to VESA mount your TV, so your eyes fall basically right at the center line of the screen. That might be tricky if you’re trying to put an 85-inch TV where a 65-inch would be much more reasonable. Big TVs are awesome. 

Q: What’s the newest Samsung TV?

Samsung’s upcoming S90C OLED TV promises true OLED performance at a more affordable price. It’s coming this year, but we don’t have official release dates or pricing yet. We’re looking forward to finding out, though. 

Final thoughts on the best Samsung TVs

  • Best overall: Samsung S95C OLED 4K Smart TV
  • Best QLED: Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV
  • Best 8K: Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K Smart TV
  • Best outdoor: Samsung The Terrace Partial Sun Outdoor QLED 4K Smart TV
  • Best for interior design: Samsung The Frame QLED HDR Smart TV
  • Best budget: Samsung AU8000 Crystal UHD Smart TV  

If you want a TV, there’s something in the Samsung lineup that fits your needs. Whether you want to ball out on a high-end flagship OLED or just get something big and cheap for watching movies, the lineup has all of it. The best Samsung TV, however, is the one that fits your space, budget, and viewing habits.

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Our writers and editors have combined decades of experience covering and reviewing consumer electronics. We each have our own obsessive specialties—from high-end audio to video games to cameras and beyond—but when we’re reviewing devices outside of our immediate wheelhouses, we do our best to seek out trustworthy voices and opinions to help guide people to the very best recommendations. We know we don’t know everything, but we’re excited to live through the analysis paralysis that internet shopping can spur so readers don’t have to.

6 Best Samsung TVs of 2023

Written by Michael Desjardin

Updated May 4, 2023

Samsung is synonymous with premium TVs—and with good reason. Samsung has been one of the world’s largest television manufacturers since 2006 and has consistently stayed at the forefront of new display technology.

Samsung continues to make some very high-caliber TVs, most of them outfitted with 4K resolution, exceptional HDR performance, and the same level of polish the company has made a name for over the years.

If you want the best Samsung TV money can buy, check out the Samsung S95B
(available at Amazon)

, a beautifully designed smart TV that features quantum dots for staggeringly good color production and improved OLED brightness performance.

Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The S95B is one of the first TVs of its kind, blending an OLED display with the power of quantum dots.

Best Overall

Samsung S95B

  • Screen sizes: 55”, 65”
  • HDR support: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

The Samsung S95B combines the perfect black levels of an OLED display with the color- and brightness-boosting qualities of quantum dots, showcasing the advantages in technology known as QD-OLED.

One of the biggest criticisms of OLED technology was that it couldn’t get as bright as an LED TV with quantum dots. And although the S95B still doesn’t get as bright as a TV like the Samsung QN90B, it’s the brightest OLED TV we’ve tested to date.

The S95B’s added brightness, coupled with OLED’s perfect black levels, makes HDR content pop, with spectacular highlights and an astonishing level of depth. Perhaps the most significant improvement quantum dots offer the S95B’s color reproduction—reds and greens look particularly stunning.

The S95B is built for next-gen gaming: All four of the HDMI inputs support 4K gaming at 120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). Combined with Samsung’s Game Bar (a dedicated settings menu for game optimization), avid gamers will be covered for years to come.

There were some things about that S95B that left us wanting more. Unfortunately, like all Samsung TVs, the S95B does not support Dolby Vision, though HDR10 and HDR10+ support are included.

Also, Samsung’s Tizen-based smart platform is a bit laggy and difficult to navigate this year, which may be reason enough for you to use an external streaming device.

Lastly, picture purists who don’t intend to hire a professional calibrator might want to check out the LG C2, which has an out-of-the-box picture that is closer in line with reference standards.

Still, the Samsung S95B is an excellent (albeit pricey) OLED that’s better for viewing in bright rooms than nearly every other OLED on the market.

See our full Samsung S95B review.

Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Samsung QN90B is one of the brightest LED TVs we’ve reviewed this year.

Best for Bright Rooms

Samsung QN90B

  • Screen sizes: 43”, 50”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”, 95”
  • HDR support: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

The Samsung QN90B blends cutting-edge features with a powerfully bright picture for a top-shelf TV experience.

The QN90B features Samsung’s Neo QLED technology that blends the contrast-enhancing power of mini-LEDs with the bright, color-boosting qualities of quantum dots for a dazzlingly bright, colorful picture, even during dark scenes.

The QN90B, our current pick for the best TV for bright-room viewing, delivers one of the brightest pictures we’ve ever seen, showcasing HDR content better than just about every LCD/LED TV we’ve seen.

The QN90B’s gaming prowess is sure to please both casual and avid gamers. All four HDMI 2.1 ports support 4K gaming at 120Hz. The QN90B also supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), ensuring low-latency gaming. FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync also are both available.

As it’s a Samsung, Samsung TVs, the QN90B does not support Dolby Vision (though it does support HDR10 and HDR10+). At times, the QN90B also experiences minor light bloom, especially when viewed from an off-axis position.

If a bright picture and premium features are what you’re looking for in a TV, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Samsung QN90B.

See our full Samsung QN90B review.

Other Samsung TVs We Tested

Samsung S95C

  • Screen sizes: 55”, 65”, 77”
  • HDR support: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

The second generation of Samsung’s quantum dot-enhanced OLED display technology is even more stunning than the first. With class-leading brightness, incredibly vibrant color, and a bevy of gaming features, the Samsung S95C picks up right where its predecessor (the S95B) left off. An S95B on sale is still the better financial option, unless you’re after a 77-inch model or want the flexibility of Samsung’s One Connect box which puts all connections in a conveniently detached box, both only offered with the S95C.

The S95C is the brightest OLED we’ve tested to date, with HDR specular highlights reaching as high as 1,400 nits. Colors on the S95C look spectacular no matter what you happen to be watching, but HDR movies, shows, and video games look especially vibrant. The S95C covers 99% of the HDR color gamut, and the sheer luminosity of its quantum dot-enhanced palette truly makes a difference.

The S95C is a gaming powerhouse and its low input lag and 144Hz native refresh rate are just the tip of the iceberg. All four of its HDMI 2.1 inputs support 4K/120Hz gaming, along with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and AMD FreeSync Premium. Like last year’s model, the S95C also offers Samsung Gaming Hub (a cloud gaming platform) and Game Bar, a settings menu that puts the TV’s various gaming enhancements right at your fingertips.

As is the case with all Samsung TVs, you won’t be getting Dolby Vision support with the S95C. Instead, the TV offers HDR10+ support in its place, an HDR format that harnesses frame-by-frame metadata similarly. In addition, while the S95C’s software has seen subtle improvements year over year, we find the user interface to be somewhat confusing and certain processes to be slow, which might disappoint those looking for a simple, easy smart platform experience.

See our full Samsung S95C review.

  • Sluggish, cluttered software

  • Raised black levels in ambient light

  • No Dolby Vision support

Samsung QN90A

  • Screen sizes: 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
  • HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

The Samsung QN90A combines the impressive performance we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s flagship TVs with an incredible toolbox of extra features and enhancements.

The QN90A is outfitted with Samsung’s Neo QLED display technology, which marries quantum dots with mini-LED backlights. Quantum dots make for a brighter, more color-rich picture, while the mini-LEDs allow for better-than-average black levels and tight contrast control. The end result is one of the best pictures we’ve seen all year, especially when it comes to HDR content.

The QN90A’s dazzling display is only half of its appeal—it’s packed with hardware and software enhancements. The QN90A, with a refresh rate of 120Hz and HDMI 2.1 support, is a great choice for avid gamers. It supports both Auto Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate, widely considered essential for next-gen gaming. The QN90A puts all of its gaming-related settings in an easy-to-access menu called Game Bar, a feature first introduced in a handful of 2021 Samsung TVs.

The QN90A offers a host of features not related to gaming from Multi View (which allows users to watch more than one source at a time) to the Samsung Health ecosystem. While the QN90A’s Tizen-based smart platform isn’t our favorite operating system, it’s easy to use and offers enough flexibility for most users.

All told, the Samsung QN90A is the best Samsung TV from 2021, and while it’s not exactly budget-friendly, its excellent performance and future-facing features make it a great option for shoppers seeking a luxury TV experience.

See our full Samsung QN90A review.

Samsung Q80B

  • Screen sizes: 50”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
  • HDR support: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Tizen OS

The Q80B, Samsung’s most premium TV outside of its top tier offerings, has a dependably bright overall picture and terrific highlights during SDR and HDR content. Gamers will likely love the Q80B—you’ll have a hard time finding a television at the same price point with similar gaming features, which rival those of some flagship-level TVs.

The Q80B has a bright and colorful picture that makes for great daytime viewing. Featuring quantum dots, it’s the brightest Samsung TV outside of the brand’s more premium offerings. With specular highlights climbing into the 700- to 800-nit range, it’s bright enough to be used in a sunny living room.

While not as colorful as some competitors, the Q80B covers about 86% of the HDR color space (DCI-P3). Its calibration is fairly accurate out of the box, too. However, the Q80B’s black levels are shallow, which diminishes overall contrast. Additionally, we experienced distracting light bloom, which was worse off-axis.

The Q80B has a robust selection of gaming-friendly features—four HDMI 2.1 inputs that support 4K gaming at 120Hz, all of which offer Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and FreeSync Premium Pro. (Note: the 50-inch model has a 60Hz panel, so it can’t take advantage of 120Hz gaming.)

The Q80B also is also equipped with Game Bar, a menu offering gaming-related picture and performance settings; it also supports Samsung Gaming Hub, a software package that offers a number of cloud gaming services.

The Q80B’s benefits may be its biggest strength, but if you’re looking for a more well-rounded performance, you may want to consider another option. It’s a decent TV, but you can spend about the same amount of money for a TV that better suits your needs.

See our full Samsung Q80B review.

Samsung Q60B

While the Samsung Q60B is not nearly as impressive as the brand’s more premium offerings, it’s a fine choice for casual viewing.

The Q60B, which features quantum dots, doesn’t get bright enough for HDR content to really pop, but it’s bright enough in both SDR and HDR that the picture won’t wilt in well-lit environments.

We appreciate the Q60B’s sleek design—the panel is narrow, with slim, L-shaped feet that don’t call attention. Setting it up is easy too; the TV’s feet slot right into the panel and remain firmly in place without screws.

The Q60B is somewhat lacking when it comes to features. While pricier TVs support both Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), the Q60B only supports ALLM. This means it’ll automatically optimize an input for gaming whenever a console is detected, but it doesn’t offer the ability to match your output device’s frame rate. The Q60B also features a native refresh rate of only 60Hz and lacks high-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 support, so 4K gaming at 120fps is out of the question.

For someone looking for a sleek, dependable TV that’ll hold its own in a relatively bright room, this Samsung QLED is a great option. People who want a more cinematic HDR experience or next-gen gaming features, would be better off considering a more premium option.

See our full Samsung Q60B review.

  • Decent dark-room performer

  • Bright enough for casual viewing

  • Easy-to-setup design

  • Not cut out for next-gen gaming

  • Narrow viewing angle

  • HDR performance is lacking

How We Test Samsung TVs


Our lab is outfitted with much of the same equipment you would find at a factory that manufactures and calibrates televisions.

The Testers

Senior Staff Writer Michael Desjardin is a member of the Reviewed tech team. As our Home Theater expert, Michael takes picture quality seriously, but he also understands that not every TV is a good fit for everyone.

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We measure things like peak brightness, black level, hue, and so on.

The Tests

Our testing process is relevant to the average person’s viewing experience but still gathers data marginal enough to satisfy video engineers. In addition to the technical tests, we spend a lot of time watching and using each TV to get a feel for the at-home experience.

What You Should Know About Samsung TVs

Like most brand name TV manufacturers, Samsung has a handful of proprietary terminology that the company uses to delineate certain features, enhancements, and extras. Here’s a brief guide to the terms you may be encountering while shopping for Samsung TVs this year:

Quantum dots

Quantum dots are nano-crystal particles that react to light depending on their size. They primarily emit highly saturated red and green light when hit with blue light. To increase color saturation, films or layers of them are applied to LED/LCD TVs.


This basically means “quantum dot LED.” The QLED TVs have, for the last couple years anyway, been designated as Samsung’s “best of the best” for whatever particular year. QLED TVs are all 4K/HDR smart TVs, but with the addition of quantum dots.

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Mini-LED refers to an emerging backlight technology that uses LED backlights that are, as it sounds, much smaller than traditional LED backlighting. This means many more of them can be packed in on a per-inch basis than traditional LED backlights, and thus, they can be more nimble about how they illuminate an LCD display.


Samsung TVs that feature a combination of quantum dot technology and mini-LED backlighting are designated as “Neo QLED” TVs.


This is a proprietary Samsung device. Samsung TVs with OneConnect or OneConnect mini boxes have externalized mainboards and AV ports that connect to the TV via a single cable, with the intent to reduce incoming cord clutter and simplify your home theater setup. In the last few years, Samsung has moved away from the OneConnect system in favor of traditional AV ports that are fixed to the back of the TV panel.

Auto Motion Plus

This is Samsung’s name for its bundled de-blur, de-judder, and telecine/24fps modes. In your TV’s menu, “Auto Motion Plus” is what controls frame interpolation or “motion enhancement/motion compensation (MEMC)” stuff. You can turn it off, customize it, or select from (usually) a bunch of different presets. Depending on whether your TV is a 120Hz or 60Hz native model, Auto Motion Plus will have more or less effect and options.

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Useful Information About Your Samsung TV Screen

Whether you want to find out what is happening around the world or simply enjoy some relaxing programming, a TV screen can provide you with full access. Samsung television screens allow users to view their favorite TV shows through either a cable service or online.

How do you know which firmware is installed?

You can learn which version of firmware currently works on your Samsung TV screen by following these steps:

  1. Turn the device on. The LED indicator will activate.
  2. Click the Menu button on your remote control.
  3. Using the up/down arrows on the remote control, scroll down to the tab labeled Support.
  4. Use the down arrow on the remote to find and select the Contact Samsung tab.
  5. Scroll down the text that pops up. You will find information regarding the model code of your TV screen as well as the software version on which the device is currently operating.

How can you update the firmware on your TV screen?

You can update the firmware version on your Smart screen by following these steps:

  • Download the new firmware version: latest update for that model.
  • Decompress the new firmware version: The firmware version update that you downloaded will be compressed as a .exe file. Using a Microsoft Windows operating system of any version, decompress the file.
  • Transfer the decompressed file to your device: Once the firmware update file has been decompressed, disconnect all existing USB drives from the Samsung TV. Then, use a USB drive to transfer the file to your Samsung TV screen. When you turn the TV on, its LED indicator will activate. After that, simply plug the USB drive into the TV’s USB port. The LED light will blink twice if the USB has been connected correctly.
  • Select the new firmware version for installation: Using your Samsung remote control, access the options menu by pressing the Menu button. Find and select the tab labeled Support. After that, select the Software Upgrade option. Finally, select the option labeled By USB.

How can you activate and deactivate Auto Volume Adjustment?

In the Audio Settings menu of your TV, look for the Auto Volume Adjustment (AVL) option. By turning the option on, you will allow the TV to adjust its volume automatically, depending on the programming. However, you can also choose to turn the option off.

Can you use a smartphone to control your Samsung TV screen?

You can use your smartphone to access and control the various features of any Samsung Smart TV. You may also be able to use a smartphone to control another type of TV made by Samsung by using a device that acts as an IR bridge, taking remote commands from your mobile over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The device will convert these commands to IR signals that can be picked up by your TV.

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Samsung single-handedly defined the category of “lifestyle TVs” with The Frame. As part of this series, the company offers TVs with a customizable appearance thanks to an interchangeable frame. These devices are chosen not for their technical characteristics, but for the ability to harmoniously fit them into almost any interior. In 2022, Samsung intends to bring to the market a new generation of The Frame, which will differ from previous models with a screen covering that feels like canvas or paper to the touch.

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Since one of The Frame’s main functions is to display works of art, the novelty will clearly interest consumers. Previous generations of devices can accurately match the white balance and brightness of an image based on ambient light, so that the user has no doubt that he is looking at a real picture, and not a digital image. However, the glare that the screen is subject to clearly indicates that this is a TV.

With the introduction of the new anti-glare display coating, Samsung hopes that works of art will look much more realistic on The Frame than before. Recall that the art store, where you can buy paintings for display on The Frame, offers users more than 1600 paintings.

In 2022, The Frame will be offered in seven different sizes from 32″ to 85″.