Best Samsung TVs 2024: super Samsung tellies for all budgets

The very best Samsung TVs right now – the top options for any budget

Best Samsung TVs 2024

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00. The list in brief ↴
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Best OLED: Samsung S95C
02. Best for most people: Samsung QN95C
03. Best budget: Samsung BU8500
04. Best last-gen flagship: Samsung QN95B
05. Best mid-range OLED: Samsung S90C
06. Best for your wall: Samsung The Frame
07. Best value for gamers: Samsung QN85B
08. Best mid-range Mini-LED: Samsung QN90C
09. Best for 8K: Samsung QN900C
10. Best value 8K: Samsung QN800B
11. Key features explained: Every term listed

The best Samsung TVs in 2024 represent some of the very best TVs overall of course, dominating a large portion of the market across every price point. You'll notice that Samsung-branded sets make it into many of our TV round ups, including the best 8K TVs, the best TVs under £1000, the best TVs under $1000, and the best TVs under £500.

With Samsung, you know you're getting a highly reputable and reliable set, and in this round up we've listed the TVs we think particularly stand out in terms of performance, quality and price. What's more, where terms and labels and model numbers need explaining, we've outlined exactly what they mean to help you pick the best TV for you.

All that said, while Samsung may be one of the best electronics brands out there, the sound quality on TVs still gets compromised due to all the other tech they have. Samsung never really leaves you hanging in this department – though we'd recommend also checking out our guide to the best soundbars for Samsung TVs after reading this.

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It's part of my job here at T3 to test the best TVs, so I'm often hosting a brand new set in my living room, treating it as if it's my own, to gauge how impressive its sound, picture, and feature set are. It's this first-hand experience and direct knowledge that's informed this best Samsung TV guide. 

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Best OLED

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The best OLED

Specifications

Sizes: 65, 75, 77 inches
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: QD-OLED

Reasons to buy

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Super-bright 4K picture performance
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Four HDMI 2.1 ports
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Stylish design that really appeals

Reasons to avoid

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High-end price
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Lots of competitors

Samsung's QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) technology continues to go from strength to strength, as the Samsung S95C proves. Brightness and tone mapping are just two of the many upgrades here, on a TV that sets a new high bar when it comes to OLED models.

In our full Samsung 95C review, we talk about the "best high dynamic range we've ever seen" and "class-leading processing and exceptional image accuracy", so you get the general idea when it comes to our opinions. It's an absolute stunner in terms of the pictures that it produces, thanks in no small part to its on-board, AI-enhanced processor.

Other reasons to get this on your shortlist are easy access to gaming features, superior contrast and colours, and excellent motion handling. Oh and it looks and sounds pretty amazing too – all of which justifies its high position in our list of the best Samsung TVs.

Best for most people

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The best for most people

Specifications

Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: Mini-LED

Reasons to buy

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Stunningly bright and colourful images
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Comprehensive gaming support
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OLED-like black levels and contrast

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision HDR
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Local dimming not flawless

With this set, Samsung gets its Mini-LED tech looking almost as good as its OLED panels, as you can read about in our Samsung QN95C review. It's a fantastic TV in just about every department, and even at its high price, we think it's the best Samsung TV for most people.

Doubling the number of dimming zones over its predecessor the Samsung QN95B, the QN95C offers outstanding brightness and contrast levels, as well as competent HDR support for HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ to ensure that picture details never get lost.

Sound is well handled too, and gamers will be pleased that all four HDMI ports offer the superior HDMI 2.1 tech. You can get refresh rates up to up to 144Hz, variable refresh rate (VRR), and auto low latency mode (ALLM). A substantial investment, but worth it.

Best budget

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The best budget Samsung TV

Specifications

Sizes: 43, 50, 65, 75 inches
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: LED

Reasons to buy

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Adroit 4K picture quality
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Great spec and looks for the money
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On the affordable side

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision HDR
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Makes hard work of upscaling

It's all too easy to talk about the best TVs and forget that a lot of people don't really want to pay top dollar – they're much happier spending as little as possible. You don't get the very best picture quality of course, but you'll still get something very decent to look at.

Take this TV, for example: our Samsung BU8500 review, describes it as "good quality and good value" and "another demonstration of Samsung's ability to hit a price point without compromising all that obviously". Shop around, and you'll be able to get it for a low price.

The HDR performance and audio are more than satisfactory, you get three HDMI ports to make use of, and there's eARC compatibility on one. You get a smooth, balanced 4K picture out of this set for not much money at all, and with that in mind we'd fully recommend it.

Best last-gen flagship

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The best last-gen flagship option

Specifications

Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: Neo QLED

Reasons to buy

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Stunningly bright, intense HDR pictures
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Strong support for streaming apps
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Excellent 4K sharpness and clarity

Reasons to avoid

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Default settings cause artefacts
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Occasional black detail crushing

It's not the newest Samsung flagship 4K TV, but the QN95B is still a really impressive piece of hardware – and it keeps getting cheaper. It uses Neo QLED screen tech, which means combining dense layers of tiny Mini-LEDs with bold QLED colour-filtering tech.

As a result, the TV produces some of the best 4K image quality you can get from a Samsung set. Its premium processing power helps too, as does the huge level of HDR brightness it can achieve, and colour creation and motion handling really impress too.

In our full Samsung QN95B review, we said that "the level of clarity is realistic beyond reason, and the HDR performance is dazzling – literally, in some cases". The design is as stunning as the screen: it boasts an ultra-thin look, thanks to a separate box unit.

Best mid-range OLED

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The best mid-range OLED

Specifications

Sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: QD-OLED

Reasons to buy

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Bright, high-contrast, accomplished images
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Slim and good-looking design
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full-range, robust and balanced sound

Reasons to avoid

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Upscaling tech has its limits
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Smart TV interface could be better

If you want a Quantum Dot OLED television set that's almost top-tier but costs a little less, this fits the bill perfectly. Given the right 4K source, this model really impresses in terms of the visuals it produces, and how its pictures are processed and manage to pop on screen.

Our Samsung S90C review mentions the "deep and lustrous" black tones of the OLED panel, as well as the "wide and convincing" contrast and the excellent brightness. That pretty much ticks all of the boxes you need ticking for one of the best Samsung TVs.

To sweeten the deal further, there are four HDMI 2.1 ports here, as well as a game mode that works well for consoles or PCs. Even the sound on this model is pleasingly capable, and when you compare it to the price that you're paying, it's absolutely worth considering.

Best for walls

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The best for your wall

Specifications

Sizes: 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: QLED

Reasons to buy

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Anti-reflective coating
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Solid 4K pictures
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Unique, customisable design

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision HDR
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Connect Box not for everyone

As you'll see from our Samsung The Frame review, there's something quite special about this particular set, in the way that it aims to be both a television set and a showcase for digital artwork – which means it's the perfect TV to get up somewhere on your wall.

The solid 4K picture is put behind an anti-reflective coating that really makes static images shine, and when you are using the panel in a more conventional way, it's fantastic for movies, sports and games too (with 4K 120Hz support available for console gamers).

You've got a choice of physical frames that you're able to set up with this television, and we also like the One Connect box that minimises cable clutter – just make sure you've got somewhere to put this box if you're hanging the actual TV up on one of your walls.

Best value for gamers

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The best value for gamers

Specifications

Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: Neo QLED

Reasons to buy

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Slim, nice-looking design
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Bright, colourful, high-contrast images
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Great features for gamers

Reasons to avoid

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Poor sound and no Dolby Atmos
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Struggles with upscaling from SD

While the Samsung QN85B might not be able to match up with the very best Samsung TVs in terms of raw specs or total number of features, it still provides lots of value for money, and image performance that's going to mostly wow you, no matter what the source.

It's great for gamers, with the HDMI 2.1 ports offering support for 4K@120Hz, VRR, and ALLM. What's more, The six integrated speakers mean that you might not necessarily require a soundbar, so it ticks a lot of the boxes that a lot of people will want ticked.

Still not fully convinced? "The colour volume and saturation is impressive, the amount of detail and nuance the Samsung invests colours with is remarkable," we write in our full Samsung QN85B review. "Even areas of uniformity are given variation and gradation."

Best mid-range Mini-LED

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The best mid-range Mini-LED

Specifications

Sizes: 43, 50, 65, 75, 85 inches
Resolution: 4K
Screen type: Mini-LED Neo QLED

Reasons to buy

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Bright and vibrant images
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Elegant, eye-catching design
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Good for gaming

Reasons to avoid

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Backlighting could be better
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Some motion control issues

You'll often find that Samsung's mid-range offerings are as appealing as the high-end options, because they make the right trade-offs in return for a lower price – and as our Samsung QN90C review will tell you, that's definitely the case with this particular set.

It boasts a picture that's bright and rich, with contrast that's pretty much spot on, and an internal processor that's very adept indeed at handling all kinds of content from all kinds of sources – this is a TV that's never going to disappoint, no matter what you're watching.

With refresh rates up to 120Hz and support for ALLM and VRR, it's also going to appeal to gamers, and the built-in sound should be enough to satisfy most. On top of all that, this is one of the most sleek and elegant designs you can find in the current Samsung TV range.

Best for 8K

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The best for 8K

Specifications

Sizes: 65, 75, 85 inches
Resolution: 8K
Screen type: Neo QLED

Reasons to buy

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Incredible 8K HDR images
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Extensive next-gen gaming features
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Powerful and immersive sound

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly remote control
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Very expensive price

4K is the present but 8K is the future, and this is just about the best 8K Samsung TV you can buy right now – and one of the best 8K TVs on the market, full stop. More 8K content will arrive over time, and this set is perfectly happy displaying 4K or 1080p content too.

The Neo QLED with Mini-LED technology that's combined in this panel means all of those pixels produce an amazing picture. The on-board image processing doesn't skip a beat, and you get inky blacks, minimal blooming, and detailed, clean and precise images.

In our Samsung QN900C review, we talked about "spot-on" tone mapping, "impactful HDR images with specular highlights", and "excellent" screen uniformity. It costs a substantial amount, but we reckon that the QN900C does more than enough to pay you back.

Best value 8K

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The best value 8K TV

Specifications

Sizes: 65, 75, 85 inches
Resolution:
Screen type:

For a full 8K television set that doesn't cost quite as much as the QN900C, there's the QN800B (Samsung's naming scheme does make sense, sort of). Despite its cheaper price, it's still a hugely impressive set, packed with around 33 million pixels to delight your eyes.

And, as our Samsung QN800B review will tell you, this television really is a delight to look at: it stands out in terms of its tones, colour variations and HDR handling, and the audio isn't bad either. With four HDMI 2.1 ports, high-end gaming is covered here as well.

Of course you're not going to find an awful lot of 8K content outside of a few YouTube demos at the moment, so it's understandable that most people are sticking with 4K for now – but that'll change over time, and the set handles upscaling duties with aplomb.

Key features explained

You'll see a lot of jargon on Samsung's specs, so here's our glossary to help you know which are worth really paying attention to.

Quantum Processor 4K/8K is the name given to Samsung's latest-gen upscaling tech, which helps lower-resolution video upgrade to 4K or 8K (depending on the screen resolution) and look as close to being as if it was natively filmed that was as possible.

Neo QLED is Samsung's name for a panel that combines a next-gen Mini-LED backlight with its QLED tech for colours. Mini-LEDs are, as the name suggests, much smaller LED light behind the pixels, which enables screens to be bright yet also thinner, and means you can more precisely dim areas of the backlight for truer black levels. QLED is a long-running technology for getting a wider colour gamut from LCD TVs – it's made up of 'Quantum Dots', and you'll only see a few companies use the QLED name (because it's trademarked), but most TV makes use an equivalent tech for high-end models.

Objecting Tracking Sound creates a 3D soundscape from whatever's on screen even if the source video didn't have Dolby Atmos or an equivalent 3D soundtrack. This combines with speakers all around the edges of the set to actually project a wide, tall 3D audio experience.

Q-Symphony is an enhancement to the above feature, but only if you're using a Samsung Q-series soundbar. Basically, the soundbar will handle adding much more oomph to the sound, but the higher-up speakers on the TV will still add height and positional info, so you get the best of both worlds. Again, this is a solid improvement over the Samsung soundbars alone (or the TV alone).

Game Bar is a menu to help you control how much processing the TV is doing when the Gaming mode, so you can choose between the minimum possible lag or adding some extra prettiness to the pictures. It also helps you control features such as 4K 120Hz or Variable Refresh Rate support when playing on the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.

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