Finest TVs for the Holidays 2021 – CNET

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If you’ve got a TV on your Christmas shopping list, rejoice – some of the best prizes of the year are on the way. The hard part is figuring out which TV to give this lucky recipient (let’s face it, or yourself). Fortunately, we’re here to help: we’ve rounded up the best TVs of 2021 so you can find the perfect TV to give away or receive this holiday season. We look up Contrast ratio, local dimming, Brightness, colour, uniformity, Gaming input lag and Update rate, as well as the number of HDMI Ports, Streaming Service support and more to give you the information you need to make the best choice for you and your family.

All prices in this list are for 65-inch models, unless otherwise stated. While most of these TVs are 2021 models, some came out in 2020. These stay on our list as we think they still offer a good combination of feature and value.

Are you looking for a specific screen size? Cash: 43 inch television, 55 inch television, 65 inch television and 75 inch television.

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The TLC 6 series is perhaps the TV with the best value for money. No set we’ve ever tested offers so much image quality for so little money. This TV has an excellent picture thanks to mini LED technology and well implemented full array local dimming which helps it to circling almost every other TV at this price point. It’s also a solid choice for gamers with a THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. As if that wasn’t enough, the Roku TV operating system is our all-time favorite. This TV launched in 2020 but will remain on sale throughout 2021 and will remain our top choice.

Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches. (The prices below are for the 55-inch size.)

Read our review of the TCL 6 series (2020 Roku TV).

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If you want to treat yourself to something this Christmas season, the C1 could be the one for you. It costs a bundle, but if you can afford it, its amazing picture quality is well worth the money. The key to this picture quality is OLED technology, which outperforms other types of televisions. It’s more expensive than entry-level OLED TVs but has better features and still costs less than higher-end models like the G1. The only real advantage of the G1 over the C1 is its slim design, but the C1 itself is slim and comes in a wider range of sizes.

Sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches.

Read our review on LG C1 series OLED TVs.

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Are you looking for a high-end television with spectacular picture quality, but don’t want an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best choice. This TV uses QLED TV technology which is complemented by mini LED for a brighter picture than any OLED TV. OLED’s spectacular contrast still prevailed in my side-by-side tests, but the QN90A QLED screen is getting closer than ever.

Sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75, 85 inches.

Read our review of the Samsung QN90A series (2021).

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Anyone looking for a good TV without breaking the bank might be interested in the TCL 4 series. Roku is our favorite platform for live TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, and it’s even better integrated with the TV. This TCL 4 series can’t beat any of the above models in terms of image quality – its 4K resolution and HDR performance don’t add much to the image – but it’s fine for most people, especially at this price point.

Sizes: 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85 inches. (The prices below are for the 43-inch size.)

Read our review for the TCL 4 series Roku TV (2021).

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Vizio’s V-Series is our most popular budget alternative to the TCL 4-Series Roku TV. We liked the Roku Smart TV system better (sounds familiar?), But the V-Series has some perks, including a better remote control with voice and advanced picture settings. The image quality between the two was basically the same, so if you don’t have a preference it makes sense to go with the cheapest.

Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 58- 65-, 75-inches.

Read our review for the Vizio V-Series (2021).

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There is a lot of competition in the middle TV category. With excellent image quality, anchored by full array local dimming and plenty of brightness to bring out HDR content, the X90J is Sony’s answer to the TCL 6 series and the Vizio rise models. The sleek looks of this LED TV and the Google TV operating system score points, as does the next-generation console support (it has 4K and 120fps inputs and Sony promises VRR … someday) and the built-in NextGen TV tuner. If you want an “S” mark this is one of the best values ​​we’ve tested.

Read our review of the Sony X90J series (2021).

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Samsung is the TV brand that sells more TVs than anyone, and one of the most popular is the Q60A series. Its sleek OLED screen design stands out from the other TVs on this list – although the ultra-thin OLED models are even slimmer – it offers better features and picture quality than budget models like the TCL 4 series, and it comes in a wide range of sizes . The TVs above are all stellar and the Sony X90J has a better picture, but if you want a Samsung TV and can’t afford the QN90A, this is a good choice.

Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 60- 65-, 70- 75-, 85-inches.

Read our review for the Samsung Q60A series (2021).

Other things to know about getting a new TV for the 2021 holidays

We’re sure you will be happy with any of the TVs above, but a new set can be a big investment, so you might be looking for a bit more information. Here’s a quick and dirty list.

  • In our opinion, bigger is better. In general, your money is best spent on large screen sizes rather than slightly improving the picture quality.
  • If you don’t like the built-in smart TV system, you can always add a streaming device from Roku, Amazon, Google or Apple. They’re generally cheap and easy to use for streaming services – and they get updates more frequently than most smart TVs. Check out our selection the best streaming devices here.
  • The sound quality of most built-in speakers is terrible, so it’s worth pairing your new set with a soundbar or other speaker system. Good ones start at around $ 100. See the best soundbars here.

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