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Best TV: upgrade your lounge this winter with the best OLED, QLED, 4K and Smart TVs

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If you’ve recently been feeling inspired to upgrade the tech in your living room, then you’re not alone. Spending more time at home in recent years has naturally led many of us to start daydreaming about our next TV splurge, whether that involves a considerable size increase, a jump to 4K (or even 8K), or something else.

The best TVs can turn an ordinary Friday night in front of Netflix into a cinema-worthy experience. If that’s been lacking for you, then we think that it’s high time you take a look at what’s currently on offer.

But how to choose the perfect set? Specs LINK and features in the television space are notoriously confusing and too often bogged down with incomprehensible slogan, so it’s essential to do your homework before handing over your hard-earned cash.

If you’re having trouble, then we’re here to help decipher things such as the difference between LED, OLED, and QLED, or between HD, 4K, and 8K, and answer questions like ‘can an 85-inch TV ever really look good in an ordinary-sized living room?’.

Keep reading to see how we rated some of the best TVs available right now, or narrow down your search with our guide to the best 75 inch TVs. The best TVs 2022

(Image credit: Sony)1. Sony A9G Master Series Smart 4K OLED TV

Voice assistants: Google Assistant (works with Alexa, HomeKit, Nest)

Surround sound: Dolby AtmosReasons to buy

In-built Google AssistantReasons to avoid

No built-in Alexa (though it’s compatible)-

Only available in mid-large sizes

Despite being the oldest TV on our list, the Sony A9G remains our pick for the best 4K TV available in right. That’s down to a few things, not least of which is the fact that the A9G’s relative age means you can pick up the previously expensive TV for much less. 

The TV benefits from Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos surround sound, as well as Acoustic Surface Audio+ tech that puts Sony’s offering at the top of the pile when it comes to in-built sound quality. So, if you don’t want to shell out for a separate soundbar, then this could be a good choice. Of course, if you’re undecided, you can check out our guide to the best soundbars.

As for smart features, the A9G comes with in-built Google Assistant and Chromecast and uses the Android TV platform for streaming. You don’t have to completely sign yourself over to Google, however, as it also works with Alexa and Apple HomeKit if you already have a device at home. There’s also a Netflix Calibrated picture mode that promises to boost the quality when streaming from the app.

The refresh rate and Motionflow XR processor make this a good choice for sports fans and gamers, also, as fast action will look great. For general use, you get a sajian of picture modes that includes vivid, cinema, game, and photo options.

Real Homes rating: 5 out of lima stars 

(Image credit: Samsung)dua. Samsung Q80T Smart 4K QLED TV

Sizes: 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”

Voice assistants: Alexa, Google Assistant

Surround sound: Dolby Digital PlusReasons to buy

120Hz refresh rate and low input lag+

Built-in Alexa and Google Assistant Reasons to avoid

Only available in mid-large sizes –

The Samsung Q80T has full-array backlighting that floods the screen and prevents you from having to skimp on an edge-lit display,as well as boosted audio with Object Tracking Sound that makes it feel like you’re in the room with the action. All of this at a very reasonable price, making it our top pick for best QLED TV.

The Q80T also has a dedicated Game Motion Plus setting that reduces judder and blur for smoother gameplay. But, aside from being the top choice for gamers, this smart TV also has everything you might need to watch your favorite shows and movies on-demand with built-in Alexa and Google, as well as streaming via the Tizen platform.

Picture quality is predictably great with 4K UHD resolution and a QLED panel. It also offers bright HDR and AI-enhanced images, and an ultra-thin bezel that gives it a minimalist feel despite all of the tech hidden inside. Samsung’s Ambient Mode is here, too, so you can use the Q80T to display your photos and artwork.

Real Homes rating: 5 out of lima stars

(Image credit: LG)3. LG GX Smart 4K OLED TV

Voice assistants: Google Assistant (works with HomeKit and Alexa)Reasons to buy

In-built Google Assistant  Reasons to avoid

No in-built Alexa (but it is compatible) –

Only available in mid-large sizes-

Released back in 2020, the LG GX has remained one of our favorite gallery TVs, built with both displaying artwork and brilliant 4K viewing in mind. With gorgeous detail and clarity, the only thing that might give you pause is the price tag but, if you want something that will look as great in the lounge when it’s off as when it’s on then this is an excellent option.

The GX offers a decidedly minimalist aesthetic, made possible by OLED’s amazing technology and ultra-thin form factor. The TV mounts flush to the wall to complete the effect of it being just another piece of your gallery wall, so it’s a really great choice for interior design fanatics.

Speaking of that OLED screen, you’ll witness perfect blacks, intense color, and deep contrast when switching to your chosen entertainment. And LG OLED TVs now all feature the Filmmaker mode, which disables special effects such as motion smoothing and image sharpening to preserve the original intention of the director. Add to this the LG webOS platform and your movie marathons and box-set binges will never be the same.

Real Homes rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Best TV for size optionsSpecifications

Alexa and Google Home built-inReasons to avoid

Better image performance from models for less money

Building on the first model of its Frame TV, Samsung’s lifestyle TV is available in additional sizes and has a new AI-based auto-curation feature in the form of the Art Store. As such, it’s now able to suggest artwork in line with the specific tastes of the owner.

It might not be the cheapest TV on the market (you’re paying for the design as well as the specs), the Frame offers an outstanding viewing experience with its bezel styled like a picture that you can hang on your wall.

This means that, when it’s off, the screen blends in with other pictures hanging on the wall, with access to thousands of digital images ranging from contemporary to classic. Or you can create your own slide show with your own snaps.

Key to the appeal of this set is the No Gap Wall Mount which sits the TV absolutely flush to your wall with only enough space for a tiny cable to run discreetly down to the One Connect Box.

Real Homes rating: 4 out of lima stars 5. LG C1 Smart 4K OLED TVSpecifications

Dimensions: 42.dua x 24.3 x 1.8in

Alexa and Google Assistant built-in+

Dolby Atmos soundReasons to avoid

The LG C1 OLED TV is our pick of the best screen right now. Released in 2021, the C1 sports a gorgeous 4K panel with an a9 Gen4 processor that upscales beautifully. Its smart TV offering, webOS, is one of the most popular for streaming fans, and Alexa and Google Home are in-built.

The LG C1 Series is also available in larger sizes up to 83″, but we love the 43″ contoh as it combines affordability with the latest tech. The panel is incredibly thin, which means it looks pretty sublime mounted to the wall, and there’s a Game Optimiser setting the uses NVIDIA G-SYNC and FreeSync Premium to boost specs.

All in all, this is a seriously impressive TV, and our pick of the new releases this year.

Best TV for soundSpecifications

Sound: DTS-HD, Dolby Atmos, OLED Surround

Alexa and Google Home built-in+

Picture not as sharp as other brands

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