The Best Smart TVs

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If you’re in the market to upgrade your TV to something to meet today’s ultra high definition standards, you’ve probably also noticed that most makes and models now have the word "smart" in front of them. What this means is that the TV has wireless capabilities to connect to the Internet and will have a user-friendly interface where you can download all your favourite streaming channels and watch without having to worry about plugging your computer into an HDMI port or buying an extra gadget that allows you to wirelessly cast to your TV.

In this age of (countless) streaming services, both subscription-based and free, you’ll want to have a TV that makes it easier to get hours of entertainment options without the hassle of extra cables and boxes and plugs that clutter up your space. With TVs getting slimmer and screens getting larger, you’ll be amazed by the six smart TVs we’ve compiled and how much incredible technology is crammed inside of them. With 4K resolution the new normal, today’s average smart TV is leagues above the most popular TV from just seven or eight years ago. The speed with which TV designs are advancing seems to be exponential, and with all other devices having to meet their requirements you won’t want to have your TV get outdated too quickly!

In this list of great Smart TVs, we have options for all price ranges and all sizes of your space. You’ll see the widely popular TCL with Roku TV as well as some well known brands like Sony and LG. All of our options have a minimum 4K resolution for incredibly clear pictures, and we have one that rises above the rest with a whopping 8K display. We’ll break down all the features with whichever TV you choose to ensure you get what you want and what you need out of your new smart TV. We’ve also come up with a few detailed things to consider when you’re looking for a new TV so read ahead and discover what’s out there in the world of smart TVs!

1. Editor's Pick: Hisense 65H78G

1. Editor's Pick: Hisense 65H78G
  • Great value for the picture quality
  • Easily get to the movie or TV show you want with Google Assistant to take care of all the button pushing
  • Many sizes allows you to get the best for whichever room you’re shopping for
  • No wide angle range means colours may look distorted if viewing from extreme positions

Key Specs

Screen Size: 43” / 50” / 55” / 58” / 65” / 70” / 75” / 85”
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Resolution: 4K - 3840 x 2160 Pixels
Refresh Rate: 60Hz

This affordable Hisense model features Android TV that brings you Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Twitch, and hundreds more channels on a user-friendly interface that is navigable using Google Assistant voice control built right into the remote. With Dolby Vision, your TV will self adjust its display settings to give you the optimal viewing experience in real-time. With Chromecast built-in, you can use your devices to throw anything up on your TV for 4K clarity to show the whole family.

2. Runner Up: TCL 50S425

2. Runner Up: TCL 50S425
  • Best value for best quality
  • Download the Roku App to use your smartphone to control your TV (not just streaming services, but power and volume as well)
  • 4K Creative Pro Upscaling means your HD content will be improved to as close to 4K clarity as possible
  • Simple remote with just a few buttons
  • Some customers report some light bleed from the outer edges

Key Specs

Screen Size: 43” / 50” / 55” / 65” / 75”
Connections: HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), USB, RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out, Ethernet
Resolution: 4K - 3840 x 2160 Pixels
Refresh Rate: 120Hz

TCL is steadily becoming one of the most popular TV brands (replacing giants like Samsung and LG; quickly coming after Sony) because of the ridiculously inexpensive top quality products they make. TCL uses the Roku TV operating system which not only has more streaming channels than you’ll know what to do with (including Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Crave,) but also hundreds of free streaming available only on Roku. For the gamers: this TV has a refresh rate of 120Hz — higher than some much more expensive TVs. TCL with Roku is changing what people expect of a TV.

3. Best for Streaming: Sony X800H

3. Best for Streaming: Sony X800H
  • Between Google Assistant and the ability to use Siri, there are many ways to navigate your TV without wasting time clicking buttons
  • The screen sizes available can work for your bedroom, living room, or home cinema
  • TRILUMINOS display means you see the colours as they’re meant to be seen
  • Relatively basic when compared to the rest of Sony’s line

Key Specs

Screen Size: 43” / 49” / 55” / 65” / 75” / 85”
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Resolution: 4K - 3840 x 2160 Pixels
Refresh Rate: 60Hz

This mid-range Sony contender uses their incredible 4K HDR Processor X1 to make everything you watch feel like it’s happening right in front of you. As well, with 4K X-Reality PRO, anything you watch that’s less than 4K will be upscaled to near-4K clarity. With Android TV, you can use Google Assistant to help you navigate your TV, and Apple Airplay 2 easily brings Siri and your Apple devices in on the action. Dolby Vision means your picture is adjusted to optimize colour and contrast as you watch, too. Plus, Motionflow XR makes even the fastest scenes feel like real life.

4. Best Picture: LG NANO90

4. Best Picture: LG NANO90
  • Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos — feel like you’re watching anything from a cinema
  • Features HDMI 2.1 — perfect for the newest gaming consoles (PlayStation 5, X-Box X Series)
  • Too new to know!

Key Specs

Screen Size: 55” / 65” / 75” / 86”
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Resolution: 4K - 3840 x 2160 Pixels
Refresh Rate: 120Hz

If you’re looking for a TV on the cutting-edge of technology, consider this LG model that utilizes new NanoCell technology. NanoCells (particles measuring just one nanometer in size) are used to filter out wrong colours from your picture. Light naturally blends together when different colours are beside one another, so NanoCells absorb these unwanted blends and gives you a much purer colour so you can see what the director saw. With wide angle viewing, this insanely vivid colour — thanks to NanoCells that can be appreciated from wherever in the room you’re watching.

5. Also Consider: Caixun Android TVs

5. Also Consider: Caixun Android TVs
  • Google Assistant is built in your remote
  • Bluetooth allows you to connect headphones or speakers with ease
  • Chromecast is built in to allow you to cast from your devices
  • Dolby Audio gets you the best sound for whatever you’re watching
  • 24” and 32” TVs only have a resolution of 720p HD
  • 24” is not a Smart TV

Key Specs

Screen Size: 24” / 43” / 50” / 55” / 65” / 75”
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, HDMI 2.0, USB, Ethernet, Optical
Resolution: 4K — 3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Caixun’s TVs are definitely not all as packed with features across the range of sizes, but we’ve featured them on this list because this is one of the few makers of TVs who still have modest size options. The standard smallest option across most brands is 43”, but Caixun has 24” and 32” models which allows you to invest in a good TV for some smaller spaces. This 4K HDR TV also has a great wide angle viewing so that you can watch from anywhere in the room with a great picture

6. Honourable Mention: Sony Z8H

6. Honourable Mention: Sony Z8H
  • All features are the best available
  • The perfect TV to experience the new Playstation 5 and X-Box X Series gaming consoles
  • Android TV OS means Google Assistant is available to help you when you need it
  • Works with Apple Airplay 2 to allow you to cast from your devices
  • Large screen sizes makes it harder to fit into some spaces

Key Specs

Screen Size: 75” / 85”
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, HDMI
Resolution: 8K - 7680 x 4320 Pixels
Refresh Rate: 120Hz

If there was a King or Queen of TVs, the Sony Z8H is it. Between Sony’s Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, 8K HDR resolution (4 times as many pixels as 4K — eight times as many as standard high definition), TRILUMINOS Display Colour, X-Motion Clarity, and Dolby Visions, every time you turn on this TV you’ll think you’ve entered the world on the other side of the screen. The price tag matches the quality, but if you’re looking for an investment the Sony Z8H is the best of the best.

Take Stock Before You Buy

Before you buy your new smart TV, it’s best to consider what of all the possibilities will make you the happiest with your purchase. For instance, TVs now use operating systems like Android or Roku which come with different perks. For those that love their virtual assistants, Android TVs come with Google Assistant while other TVs have the ability to let Alexa or Siri help you as well. If you love throwing pictures or videos up on your TV from your smartphone to share with friends and family, you’ll want a TV that works with Apple Airplay 2 or has Chromecast built-in. Essentially, if you have an iPhone don’t accidentally buy a TV that isn’t compatible with Apple products!

When It Comes To TVs, Your Money Should Match Your Viewing Habits

What sorts of TV shows and movies you most enjoy determine exactly how you should spend your money. If you’re a nature documentary enthusiast, a recorded symphony die-hard, or you’re passionate about video games and the latest consoles, spend the money and get the best features. Nature docs tend to film with the best cameras, symphonies are recorded with the best microphone, and next gen consoles demand high refresh rates. Nothing is worse than the blades of grass looking like a green blob, the bellow of the cello sounding shallow, or a FPS video game that lags. If you’re more of a “watching Friends all the way through for the 10th time” or you need a TV for your living room that people can watch everything from cartoons to the latest Hollywood blockbuster (and everything in between) you can buy a higher-end TV, but something like a TCL that is inexpensive but still has great quality (and a high refresh rate, for the gamers in the family,) will make everyone happy — including your bank account.

New Tech And Where To Even Start

As mentioned before, TV technology is at an all-time high. With new tech like NanoCells, or QLED TVs that some brands are making as well, it’s hard to know what the advantages or disadvantages are. If you have the time it is best to be able to see the differences with your own eyes but if you’re adventurous and know enough about technology to see the differences why not try out the super cool sounding NanoCell tech?

Buying a new TV always feels like a big moment — an investment and a commitment all wrapped up in sometimes confusing technical specs. The best and final advice we can offer is to buy what you can afford, and with the options listed above you won’t be disappointed with what you choose to go with.

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