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The best Samsung TVs: Top models compared

New TV, new you -- that's the phrase, right? My pick of the best Samsung TVs all offer awesome sound, excellent picture clarity, and top refresh rates.

There is a whole new line of Samsung TVs on the market, including the company's very first OLED model. Each new model is packed full of high-end features that make a pretty compelling case to upgrade your home theater, especially ahead of February's Super Bowl Sunday. Looking for the best options around? Check out our extensive research on other premium TVs.

If you're working with a smaller budget, you can still find affordable options like the AU8000 so you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies without draining your bank account. Samsung has also updated its 8K TV offerings with the QN900B, which (while still very expensive) is a bit more affordable than its predecessors and offers more ways to get the most out of it even though native 8K content is still a few years away.

If you're searching for a new TV for the new year, I've gathered a list of the best Samsung TVs available, and I've broken down their features to help you find the best fit for your budget, space, and entertainment needs.

Also: The best OLED TVs

Pros & Cons
  • Great sound and picture
  • AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Pricey at bigger screen sizes
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Samsung QN90B tech spces: Screen size: 50-85 inches | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Quantum HDR 32X, HDR10+ | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Panel type: Neo QLED 

The QN90B is the updated version of its predecessor, the QN90A, and it is packed with enough premium features to cement it as our pick for Samsung's top offering. With sizes ranging from 50 to 85 inches, you can find the right fit for your space. The screen is treated with an anti-glare coating that improves visibility in bright rooms and provides wide viewing angles. ZDNet's Rebecca Isaacs had the opportunity to do some hands-on testing with the QN90B and noted that she didn't notice a difference on some picture settings, such as the Intelligent Mode versus the EyeComfort Mode, and the same was true for Film Mode. But if you want a no-nonsense TV that provides excellent picture quality without requiring TV tech expertise, the QN90B is an excellent choice.

You can quickly recalibrate the screen in under ten minutes for professional-quality, top-tier color volume, and accuracy. The panel offers Object Tracking Sound+ as well as Dolby Atmos to enhance its virtual surround sound, and built-in ambient sound sensors. This combination results in boosted dialogue while leveling other sounds.

Moreover, the AI-enhanced processor provides upscaled 4K resolution, and a depth-of-field filter provides more lifelike imagery on-screen. The TV also offers HDR10+ and Samsung's in-house Quantum HDR 32S technology, coupled with a 120Hz refresh rate, so you'll never miss a second of the action during sports and action movies. For gamers, integrated AMD FreeSync Premium Pro helps prevent ghosting, screen-tearing, and stuttering. You can use this model with Google, Bixby, and Amazon Alexa voice controls.

Review: The Samsung 65-inch QN90B QLED TV is the best TV for brightly lit space

Pros & Cons
  • Object tracking sound lite
  • HDR10+ support
  • Remote PC access
  • No Dolby Atmos/Dolby Vision support
  • Only 60Hz refresh rate
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Samsung AU8000 tech specs: Screen size: 43 to 85 inches | Resolution: 4K | HDR: HDR10+ | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Panel type: LED

The 55-inch AU8000 from Samsung snagged our top pick on our best budget TV list, and for very good reason. Though it retails for less than $500, the AU8000 has some premium-grade features like Samsung's object tracking sound lite feature which has audio follow the on-screen action for a more immersive experience. It's also Q Symphony compatible, so you can connect a Samsung soundbar to your TV to get room-filling surround sound without needing to buy a ton of extra equipment. If you have a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S23 Ultra, you can take advantage of the tap view feature, which allows you to instantly share photos, videos, and music from your mobile device by touching it to your TV. 

You can use the AU8000 as a remote PC monitor, allowing you to work on your desktop, laptop, or tablet while using a much larger screen. This feature is perfect for virtual meetings and video calls with many participants, allowing you to see everyone, as well as for working on presentations and reports that may have small text that is difficult to read on a typical monitor. The AU8000 has a native 4K resolution with support for HDR10+, providing excellent picture quality without requiring you to spend a ton of money on a top-tier TV. The voice-enabled remote works with Samsung's Bixby, Alexa, and Hey Google for hands-free controls, while the integrated cable management channels in the back of the TV help keep your HDMI and power cords organized and tidy.

Pros & Cons
  • Eye comfort mode
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Google Duo support
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • On the expensive side
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Samsung QN85B tech specs: Screen size: 85-Inches | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Quantum HDR24X, HDR10+ | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Panel type: Neo QLED

The QN85B is set to replace the Q70A model released in the spring of 2021, and our pick for the best big-screen option from Samsung is the 85-inch version. The screen uses Samsung's Neo QLED technology to produce over one billion colors along with excellent native and upscaled 4K resolution. Support for both HDR10+ and Samsung's Quantum HDR 24X provides enhanced contrast and detailing for even better picture quality. With the new depth enhancer feature, each image is processed with a slight 3D effect for better depth-of-field and more lifelike images. The eye comfort mode puts a blue light filter over the on-screen images to reduce eye strain while marathoning the second season of Bridgerton or screening the entire extended edition version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a single day for your one friend who has (somehow) never seen the films before.

To back up the great picture quality, the integrated speakers work with both Samsung's object tracking sound and Dolby Atmos technology to follow the on-screen action for virtual 3D surround sound that provides a more immersive experience. You can also connect compatible smart speakers to the TV for whole-home sound while streaming music, shows, and movies so you never miss a second of dialogue and can blast your favorite Spotify playlist while you do chores. The QN85B has another trick up its sleeve: you can connect a compatible webcam to the TV and use it with the Google Duo app to have video calls with friends and family right in your living room.

Pros & Cons
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Pantone-validated colors
  • Dolby Atmos and Q-Symphony 3.0 support
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Expensive
  • Limited 8K content
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Samsung QN900C tech specs: Screen size: 65-85 Inches | Resolution: 8K | HDR: Quantum HDR 8K Pro | Refresh rate: Up to 144Hz | Panel type: Neo QLED 

Since native 8K resolution hasn't yet hit streaming services, broadcast TV, or even video games, the best way to get the most out of Samsung's signature 8K QN800C TV is to take advantage of the updated processor's upscaling capabilities. The TV uses 33 million pixels and an upgraded Neural Quantum Processor 8K to bring shows and movies to life scene-by-scene and provide the cleanest, clearest picture possible. It also has a max refresh rate of 144Hz, putting it on par with high-end gaming PC monitors. During my hands-on look at the 8K panel, it made animals and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild look like they were about to jump off the screen into my testing area.

The QN900C uses Samsung's Neo QLED technology to produce a 100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot, coupled with Samsung's new signature Pantone-validated colors. With the companion calibration app, you can achieve professional-quality fine-tuning for the most consistent color volume possible. Integrated speakers work with Samsung's Object Tracking Sound Pro feature, as well as Dolby Atmos and Q-Symphony 3.0 audio (paired with a Samsung soundbar) for virtual surround sound. ZDNET's Rebecca Isaacs got to see the QN900C in action and notes that "[the QN900C's] panel offers the same Pantone-validated colors as the QN95C," which means that you'll get super-accurate colors for more lifelike images.

If you worry about keeping your home theater or living room organized, you can use a single cord to connect all of your playback devices and game consoles via Samsung's Slim One Connect. This is a small device that is similar to an HDMI switch, allowing you to plug in all of your playback devices into a single unit that tucks out of the way for a cleaner-looking entertainment center. Set it behind the TV or on a console while you mount the TV.

Also: My first thoughts on Samsung's new TV lineup (it's glorious)

Pros & Cons
  • Various sizing makes for ultimate customizability in a space
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Motion Detection
  • Dedicated Ambient Mode
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Reports of software bugs
  • Weak sound
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Samsung's The Frame TV tech specs: Screen size: 32-85 Inches | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Quantum HDR, HDR10+ | Refresh rate: Up to 120Hz | Panel type: Neo QLED 

It's hard to overlook Samsung's most popular TV, The Frame. Because of its popularity, it features the widest size range available for ultimate customizability, as well as specialized clip-on bezels to ensure the flat-wall TV matches your space. Its other design claim to fame? The matte finish on the screen prevents glare and makes the dedicated Ambient Mode look like a true work of art hanging on your wall, thanks in part to that Neo QLED picture.

The Frame offers HDR10+ and the signature Samsung Neo QLED screen, making it a great panel for bright spaces. The wide viewing angle means that it can work in larger spaces too. A 120Hz variable refresh rate makes this a great TV for gaming, and when it's not in use, you can choose from thousands of artworks to display on the screen (note: some of these will require a subscription, but there are free options too). You can also opt to display personal photos during Ambient Mode, and it will automatically shut off when the motion sensor doesn't detect any person in the room, while returning to the mode when triggered.

Pros & Cons
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Excellent, vivid picture
  • TV-to-Mobile mirroring
  • Expensive
  • Glossy finish could be problematic for bright spaces
  • No Dolby Vision
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Samsung S95C tech specs: Screen size: 55 to 75 Inches | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Quantum HDR OLED+, Adaptive HDR10+ | Refresh rate: 120hz | Panel type: OLED 

With the OLED market being absolutely dominated by LG, and to some extent Sony, it's exciting to finally see a Samsung OLED TV available to consumers. It uses the same OLED tech as its peers, with 8.3 million individually lit pixels to provide incredible detailing and contrast that makes images come to life. Combined with Samsung's new Real Depth Enhancer feature, the OLED panel is capable of creating images that could knock anything LG can produce out of the top spot. It supports both HDR10+ and Samsung's new Quantum HDR OLED+ technology to supplement and enhance the already incredible picture quality, and the speakers use both Dolby Atmos and Samsung's Object Tracking Sound for room-filling surround sound. 

The S95C has one more really cool feature: the ability to not only mirror your phone or tablet screen on the TV, but to also mirror the TV to your mobile device. This is perfect for when you want to get settled in bed for the night, but also want to bask in the chaos and drama of HBO's latest release, The Last of Us. It's also a great option for anyone with sensory issues or who is neurodivergent: you can mirror the movie you're watching with friends to your phone and go sit in another room to alleviate sensory overload while still participating. ZDNet's Rebecca Isaacs also notes that the S95C is "about as thick as [her] Google Pixel 6 Pro," which means that wall mounting and TV stand placement alike won't feel like a heavy, bulky hassle.

What is the best Samsung TV?

The QN90B is currently the best Samsung TV available to consumers based on its premium features, range of panel sizes, and price point, making it the best bang for your buck. However, I broke down the specs below so you can see them for yourself. Keep in mind that prices will vary, but the price listed below reflects 55- to 65-inch panel prices, as those sizes tend to be the most popular.

Best Samsung TVPriceScreen rangePanel type
Samsung QN90B$1,29850-85 inchesNeo QLED
Samsung AU8000$50043-85 inchesLED
Samsung QN85C
$239855-98 inchesNeo QLED
Samsung QN900C$3,79965-85 inchesNeo QLED
Samsung The Frame TV$1,49932-85 inchesQLED
Samsung S95C$450055-77 inchesOLED

Which Samsung TV is right for you?

Once you've hammered out a budget and made sure the new TV will fit in your space, the most important factor to consider when buying a new Samsung TV is how you will use it. Have you cut the cord and moved exclusively to streaming? Choose a model with a preloaded suite of popular apps, as well as the ability to mirror your mobile device screens. Are you a console gamer? Samsung offers options with dedicated gaming modes for reducing input lag and response times, as well as toggling VRR technology like FreeSync and G-Sync on or off.

Choose this Samsung TV...If you want...
Samsung QN90BThe best overall Samsung TV
Samsung AU8000A budget-friendly choice
Samsung QN85CA huge TV screen
Samsung QN900CAn 8K Samsung TV
Samsung The Frame TVDesign and streaming combined
Samsung S95CA great OLED Samsung TV

How did we choose these Samsung TVs?

Samsung offers a wide variety of TVs, and as someone who's personally tested some of these panels, I wanted to highlight the best ones based on my experience, as well as other customers' opinions. I also focused on panels that can make the picture truly shine in your space.

While I considered price, personal (expert) experience, and design, I also analyzed the fine print on these models, including the type of TV (OLED vs QLED), software (HDR10 vs HDR10+), and more. Each model on this list has been included while also considering its siblings and competitors like LG and Sony.

Although the new 2023 models have been announced, they're not yet available to consumers, so I opted to bring you the best of what you can buy right now at most retailers. If you're looking for the 2023 models to see how they stack up against their 2022 predecessors, check back later, as I'll update the list once I get a chance to test some of them.

What is the best soundbar for a Samsung TV?

For a Samsung TV, it's best to go with an in-house pairing. The best soundbar for a Samsung TV is the HW-Q910B 9.1.2ch soundbar since it comes with a subwoofer and includes Dolby Atmos sound, DTS:X, and rear speakers for a fully immersive surround sound experience.

However, we realize it's a pricey investment. If you're looking for a more wallet-friendly soundbar, opt for the HW-Q700B 3.1.2ch soundbar. It still comes with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X alongside Samsung's signature Q Symphony software.

What size TV is best for my room?

The best way to find the ideal TV size for your space is to measure the distance (in inches) from where your TV will be mounted on the wall or placed on a stand to where you will be sitting, and then divide that distance in half. So if your couch is 120 inches (10 feet) from where your new TV will be, the ideal screen size for your room would be around 60 inches. 

You can go a bit bigger or smaller depending on what sizes are available from each brand and what your budget allows. But there is such a thing as a TV that is too big or too small. A screen that is too large will overwhelm your space and could even cause motion sickness, while a screen that is entirely too small will make your room feel like a huge cavern and force everyone to crowd around in order to see. 

What's the difference between QLED and OLED?

Short answer: Marketing.

Long answer: Unlike OLED, the term "QLED" is a marketing gimmick rather than an acronym for a specific piece of technology. A QLED television from Samsung or another brand like Hisense really just uses a regular LED panel to create an image while a fancy processing chip uses proprietary software to boost color, brightness, and contrast. The "Q" in QLED stands for "quantum," which is itself a snazzy marketing term to get you interested in the TV rather than indicative of actual quantum TV tech (whatever that would be). 

In contrast, an OLED television uses a special LED panel where each individual pixel is represented by a single LED bulb with its own power source. By allowing individual LED lights to be switched off completely, an OLED television is capable of true blacks that make brighter colors pop and enhance contrast. They also use an organic substrate which is activated by an electrical current to produce colors. This substrate is very expensive and difficult to produce, which is why OLED TVs are so much more expensive than their LED and QLED counterparts.

How long will a Samsung TV last?

If you aren't running your Samsung TV 24/7/365, you can reasonably expect it to last at least 5 years; though you can extend the life of your Samsung TV by ensuring that the operating system and firmware are up-to-date via automatic updates. 

Unfortunately, the era of TVs lasting decades as long as there weren't any mechanical issues is long over. Since almost all new televisions, Samsung's included, are internet-enabled, there will eventually come a point where they are no longer able to support new firmware updates or new versions of streaming apps. This means that you'll almost be forced to buy a new TV every 10 or so years if you've cut the cord and moved exclusively to streaming your content, but the average TV lifespan will give you plenty of time to save up for when the time comes to upgrade.

Are there alternative Samsung TVs worth considering?

Samsung offers a wide range of televisions, from budget-friendly smart TVs to premium-grade laser projectors. Here's a short list of other Samsung models that I thought were great choices:

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Samsung The Terrace - Best outdoor Samsung TV

The Terrace outdoor TV from Samsung is a great way to transform your patio, deck, or other outdoor entertaining spaces. With both partial and full-sun models, you'll be able to place your new TV just about anywhere and still get an excellent picture. The robust weather proofing ensures that moisture, dirt, and even insects stay out of delicate electronics. And with built-in smart features, you'll be able to stream live sports, movies, and TV or share media from your mobile devices to entertain family and friends.

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A Samsung QN900B 8K TV on a grey background


Samsung QN900B - Runner-up best Samsung 8K TV

Samsung's QN900B is the brand's previous iteration of their 8K TVs, and it's still a great option for anyone looking to future-proof their home theater. Its slim form factor and compatibility with Samsung's One Connect mean that you can create a clean, minimalist setup for a more organized living room or home theater. You'll also get incredible audio with Dolby Atmos support and Samsung's Object Tracking Sound Pro technology, which creates virtual, 3D sound that follows the on-screen action.

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A Samsung The Freestyle projector on a grey background


Samsung The Freestyle - Best Projector

The Freestyle is a portable, mini projector from Samsung that's perfect for anyone looking for a big-screen experience without spending a ton of cash on a huge TV or anyone who doesn't have a lot of space for a TV stand or wall-mounting. You can adjust the screen size from 30 to 100 inches, and the 180-degree hinge makes it easy to move the image for the best viewing experience. It also has a 360-degree speaker for clear sound and Wi-Fi connectivity for streaming music, movies, and shows or using hands-free voice controls.

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