Best LED TV 2017/2018 - Top LED TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp

by and Jack Burden, editors/reviewers

Keep in mind that all OLED TVs are excluded from this list. Here are our favorite LED backlit TVs for 2017/2018 including 4K UHD and 1080p LED TVs.

2017/2018 LED TVs

1) Sony XBR-65X930e

For the second year in a row this Sony X930e takes first place due to it's superb processing of standard def and HD source material, and excellent HDR playback performance. Since Sony produces lots of HDR content, I think they have an advantage in how to best show it off. This TV also produced in 55".

Sony XBR 65X930E

2) Samsung UN65MU9000

New feature specs for this years models are 4K Color Drive Extreme, 4K HDR Extreme, Triple Black Extreme, with a UHD Remastering Engine. All these names basically describe the internal chip sets used to sharpen color, contrast, and image quality. They provide a slight improvement to last year's excellent KS model in picture quality. The MU8000 is similar and produced in 55".

Samsung UN65MU9000

3) Samsung Q65Q7F (also produced in 55" and 75")

The difference this year in Samsung's QLED offering and last year's Nano Crystal technology is improvements in the QDEF layer or quantum dot layer whichever you want to call it. It adds detail, clarity, and depth to the picture. Local Dimming is another highlight to this excellent screen. It's slightly better than the MU9000 listed in the #2 slot, but also a bit more expensive.

Samsung Q65Q7F

4) Sony XBR-55X900e

This model is similar to the X930e listed above except it costs slightly less. The X900E is equipped with enough processing firepower to enhance color and light in such a way as to somewhat mimic content that was originally produced in HDR.

Sony XBR 55X900E

4) LG 60SJ8500

Not only is the SJ8500 HDR compatible, LG has added emphasis on upconverting standard definition signals to HDR-like quality. The features is called HDR Effect, and I thought id worked well – improving brightness and color in various areas of the picture.

LG 60SJ8500



Best of 2016



1) Sony XBR-65X930D

Sony wins first place with their 4K UHD XBR-65X900C LED with it's excellent processing engine. For up-scaling normal HD and standard def I like Sony best. The new HDR feature is also excellent if you can find some HDR content. Since Sony produces a lot of the new HDR content, I prefer their TVs to show it off.

2) Sony XBR-65X800D

The X800D is a quintessential 4K UHD value model that future proofs you for HDR. For a more price competitive Sony model still with the excellent IK Processor X1 engine and Google's Android OS consider the XBR-65X800D series (also available in 55”, and 75”)

3) Samsung UN65KS900 SUHD LED TV

Samsung UN65KS9000 Samsung has a whopping (in price and quality) 4K UHD model called SUHD. The“S” stands for Super not Samsung. The SUHD has a new Nanocrystal film layer and color system DCI P3 to deliver a wider color spectrum called HDR. The Ultra Clear Ultimate panel really delivers the brightness and light flow. Priced pretty reasonably for the quality at $2700.

4) Samsung UN55KU7000 Value

This Samsung is one of our favorite value LED TVs again for the year. It has a great feature set without going overboard on price. Contrast, color and light flow from the ultra clear coat panel are great and it has exceptionally low input lag during gaming. Also see its curved screen 65” cousin, the Samsung UN55KU7500.

5) LG 60UF8500 4K LED Value

This LG 60” model also delivers good value at just $1600. Sound quality and the Magic remote are two highlights along with Quantum Dot technology and HDR compatibility. It's quite a deal.

6) Vizio D65-D1 4KPrice

A fantastic value model from Vizio with full array backlighting which presents very even backlight uniformity. The 65” model sells for $917, with quality 4K upscaling. The TV has surprisingly good clarity and definition.

7) TCL 55US5800

This TCL delivers the price at only $589. It's got 4K resolution and the excellent Roku TV Smart TV menu and options.

8) Samsung UN55KU6300 4K TV

For $797 and change the KU6300 has some of the best future proofing featurs including 4K and HDR compatibility. The 60Hz panel is the major drawback and concern.

2015 LED TVs

1) Sony XBR-65X900C

Sony wins first place with their 4K UHD XBR-65X900C with it's excellent processing engine. For up-scaling normal HD and standard def I like Sony best. Also consider the XBR-65X930C with effective side mounted speakers. Also see the current XBR-65X950B and XBR-65X850B.

2) Sony XBR-65X850C

For a more price competitive Sony model still with the excellent IK Processor X1 engine and Google's Android OS consider the XBR-65X850C series (also available in 55”, and 75”)

3) Samsung UN65JS9500 SUHD LED TV

Samsung UN65JS9500 Samsung has a whopping (in price and quality) 4K UHD model called SUHD. The“S” stands for Super not Samsung. The SUHD has a new Nanocrystal film layer and color system DCI P3 to deliver a wider color spectrum

4) Samsung UN55JU7100 4K UHD LED TV Value

This Samsung is one of our favorite value LED TVs for the year. It has a great feature set without going overboard on price. Contrast, color and light flow from the ultra clear coat panel are great and it has exceptionally low input lag during gaming. Also see its curved screen 65” cousin Samsung UN65JU7500.

5) LG 60UF7700 4K LED Value

This LG 60” model also delivers good value at just $1600. Sound quality and the Magic remote are highlights.

6) Vizio M65-­C1 4K Value/Price

A fantastic value model from Vizio with full array backlighting which presents very even backlight uniformity. The 65” model sells for $1700, with quality 4K upscaling.

7) Sharp LC55LE653U 1080p LED Price

For $599 for 55” of very good picture quality from front and center, it's hard to beat this Sharp model from a price perspective. It also has the essential Smart TV options.

8) Samsung UN55JU6700 4K Curved TV

If you're into the curved screen look and want to future­proof with HDR compatible 4K then the JU6700 model from Samsung keeps it inexpensive but with still great quality. The 60Hz panel being the major drawback.

9) Vizio E32­C1 1080p Smart LED TV

If you need a simple small 32” with Smart TV built in, it's hard to go wrong with this little Vizio option.

10) Sharp LC80UE30 4K 80” LED

If massive is what you want, this 80” Sharp 4K has very good upscaling technology built in. The Smart TV options are decent and the 120Hz panel does a good job with motion.



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