The Top 8 TVs of 2019

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As the year winds down, the gift-giving season is upon us. Along with the holiday season comes another year-end best-of list. So, if you’re looking to get a new TV for yourself, or as a gift for your loved ones, the models on this list are the least likely to be re-gifted.

Sony A8G 65" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart OLED TV

Features common to this entire list include integrated Wi-Fi, 4K UHD resolution, and support for multiple HDR formats; this Sony smart OLED TV features HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision compatibility. It has the Google Assistant built in, and can also be controlled by your Amazon Alexa device, allowing you to power-on the TV, change channels, control the volume, and more with just your voice. 4K X-Reality PRO technology helps sharpen images in real time for enhanced detail. OLED technology, as I’m sure you probably know by now, provides deeper black levels and contrast than non-OLED displays, since each pixel is its own light source, so a pixel that’s supposed to be black surrounded by white pixels will remain black.

Sony A8G 65" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart OLED TV

A standout feature of the A8G is its acoustic surface actuator technology, which uses two built-in actuators to turn the screen itself into a speaker driver, so audio emanates directly from the screen to provide a more immersive experience. Along with four three HDMI inputs and access to the Google Play Store for app downloads, it was an easy decision to add this OLED to the list.

Samsung Q60R 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart QLED TV

Another strong favorite this year has been this Samsung QLED. For those unfamiliar with QLED technology, it employs a layer of quantum dots—the source of the “Q” in “QLED”—within the display surface to add vibrancy to the image. Its supported HDR formats include HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+, which is the dynamic metadata upgrade of traditional HDR10, providing scene-by-scene image analysis and optimization. The Q60R meets 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, which helps prevent colors from fading in bright rooms. Ambient Mode, which can have the TV mimic the wall pattern behind it, makes this QLED a good choice for those who feel like technology disrupts their room’s ambiance.

Samsung Q60 Series 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart QLED TV

Like the rest of the Samsung models on this list, it can be controlled via the SmartThings app, and adds Alexa and Google Assistant voice control compatibility, as well. Apple users will enjoy streaming via AirPlay 2 from their compatible iOS devices.

VIZIO V-Series V505-G9 50" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

Powered by an octa-core display processor, the V-series supports voice control by both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It supports the HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG formats and sports the SmartCast OS operating system, providing intuitive streaming from your compatible smart device. With Chromecast built in, you can cast from your mobile device directly to the TV with just a touch. Its 60 Hz refresh rate helps minimize the blur that commonly affects fast-moving on-screen objects, such as a speeding car, hockey puck, football, or soccer ball.

VIZIO V-Series V505-G9 50" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

LG 55UM7300PUA 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart IPS LED TV & LG UM6900PUA 49" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart IPS LED TV

LG makes its first appearance on this list with an IPS LED display. IPS, as you may know, stands for in-plane switching, which is a technology that helps provide wide viewing angles, preventing colors from becoming washed out when viewed off-axis. The UM7300 supports the HDR10 and HLG HDR formats, plus voice control via the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. The onboard LG ThinQ AI system is designed to simplify voice control of your compatible smart home devices, plus enhanced personalized entertainment with artificial intelligence software integration.

LG UM7300PUA 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart IPS LED TV

The second LG here, the aforementioned UM6900PUA, sports the same key specs as the UM7300 (aside from screen size), with just one key difference: the UM6900PUA doesn’t have the ThinQ AI built in, so any voice interaction will be directly through your Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa rather than LG’s proprietary AI.

Samsung NU6900 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

Like the previously mentioned QLED, this traditional LED TV from Samsung also supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG HDR formats to provide broad HDR compatibility, and PurColor technology further helps fine-tune its color quality. The Essential Contrast and Contrast Enhancer features help provide more lifelike detail across the entire image, and Game Mode reduces input lag for an enhanced gaming experience. It can be controlled via the SmartThings app, but being one of the earliest-released models on this list, it lacks voice-control capabilities, making it a better choice for gift recipients with privacy concerns.

Samsung NU6900FXZA 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

TCL S425 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

TCL’s debut on this year-end roundup supports HDR10 and voice control via Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. The Roku TV operating system should be familiar to users of Roku streaming media players, making this a welcome gift for first-time smart TV users. The Roku mobile app also lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control; you can also use it as a source for TV audio, so you can plug your headphones into your device for private listening of your TV shows and movies.

TCL S425 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

Samsung RU7100 58" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

Samsung rounds out our list with this 58" model that supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG and uses UHD Dimming technology for enhanced lighting control to achieve a higher contrast ratio. It can be controlled by both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, or via the SmartThings app.

Samsung RU7100 58" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV

They’re All Good Choices…

When shopping this holiday season, it’s important to note that all these TVs are available in various sizes, ranging from 40 to 82", depending on the model; I’ve simply chosen to highlight the most popular sizes for each. As always, if you need help choosing a TV, come into the SuperStore to see what we have on display, or speak to our friendly, knowledgeable salespeople over the phone at 800-606-6969, or via chat or email.

5 Comments

Why didn't you include any LG OLED TV's?

Hi Adam F.,

Thanks, that’s a great question! When I compiled this list, I was specifically looking for the most popular TVs of the year. For whatever reason, LG OLED TVs didn’t make it into the top 8 TVs sold this year, but that’s certainly not a knock on their performance; LG OLEDs are widely regarded as high quality, feature-packed products, sentiments I fully agree with. I just didn’t want to include any TVs simply for the sake of inclusion. Last year’s list included an LG OLED, and maybe next year’s will also. Thanks again for the comment!

No tuner-Total reliance on cabe and or buying a 75.00 box just to get local channels. I hate anything that requires a smart phone

Don't you understand that "tuners" are a thing of the past.  I used to put aluminum foil on my rabbit ears too, I know progress is hard.

Says the guy paying $150 per month for premium cable or satellite.

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