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Top 9 Best QLED Smart TVs – Updated September 2021

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QLED is quickly becoming one of the more popular TV technologies out there. Many prefer it over OLED, since it provides a lot of the same benefits as OLED, but without screen burn-in and often times at a lower price. OLED is still the holy grail, but of course there are some issues with it.

Currently, Samsung is the biggest TV maker doing QLED TVs, so in this list of the best QLED TVs, it’ll be dominated by Samsung. But TCL has also released a couple models as well. Which also means those are Roku QLED TVs.

Top 9 Best QLED Smart TVs

We have listed nine of the best QLED smart TVs that are currently on the market, down below. These range from smaller TVs, to larger ones, as low as $549, all the way up to several thousand dollars.

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There’s even a 8K QLED TV available in this list.

SizesPriceWhere to Buy
Samsung Q80R QLED 4K TV55, 65, 75, 82″Starting at $1299Samsung.com
Samsung QN900A QLED 8K TV65, 75, 85*Starting at $4999Samsung.com
TCL 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV50, 55, 65, 75″Starting at $549Amazon
Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K TV50, 55, 65, 75, 85″Starting at $1449Samsung.com
Samsung QN85A Neo QLED 4K TV55, 65, 75, 85″Starting at $1499Samsung.com
Samsung Frame QLED TV32, 43, 50, 55, 65, 76″Starting at $599Samsung.com
Samsung Sero QLED 4K TV43″$1499Samsung.com
Samsung Q70T QLED 4K TV55, 65, 75, 82, 85″Starting at $899Samsung.com

Samsung Q80R

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  • Available in: 55, 65, 75 & 82-inches
  • Price: Starting at $1299
  • Buy: Samsung.com

The Samsung Q80R is the best smart TV you can buy right now for a few reasons. But the biggest one is the picture quality. It’s going to give you the best looking picture, thanks to it being a QLED TV. That’s going to give you some very bright and vivid colors, and with HDR included, it’s going to look stunning.

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This is partly thanks to the Quantum processor that is inside the Q80R, processing the picture to give you the best picture yet. Viewing angles on the Q80R are also pretty insane. Meaning that you can sit anywhere in your living room and still get a really great looking picture when watching the big game.

Samsung uses its own Tizen operating system for its smart TVs. It doesn’t quite have as many apps as Amazon Fire TV, Roku or Android TV, but all of the big name apps are available. Including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and much more. Samsung also has support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, iTunes and even Homekit.

Samsung Q80R - Samsung.com

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Samsung QN900A 8K QLED TV

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  • Available in: 65, 75, 85-inches
  • Price: Starting at $4999
  • Buy: Samsung.com

The QN900A is the second-generation 8K TV from Samsung, so it does have a big improvement over the Q9000R that was on this list previously. It’s also more expensive and only available in bigger sizes. Though, to really see the difference in an 8K TV, you kind of need it in at least a 65-inch model.

This has the new Samsung Neo Quantum Processor 8K which is going to provide a stunning picture on the QN900A. It will also upscale non-8K content to an 8K resolution. Which is needed since there is very few titles available in 8K right now.

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It also has what Samsung calls “Infinity Screen” with almost no bezels on any of the sides of the TV. So it can melt into the wall of your home, particularly if you have it mounted.

Samsung QN900A 8K QLED TV - Samsung.com

TCL 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV

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  • Available in: 50, 55, 65, 75-inches
  • Price: Starting at $549
  • Buy: Amazon

This is the cheapest QLED TV on this list. And that mostly comes down to the fact that TCL does sell their TVs almost at cost. It’s how they’ve become so popular.

The 5-Series has support for Dolby Vision HDR, as well as HLG and HDR10. There’s also an auto-game mode available for optimized fast-response gaming experience. Making it great for those that just picked up the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X.

Of course, Roku is built-in here. Allowing you to watch all of your favorite TV shows and movies here without any issues. Roku works with Chromecast, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and even AirPlay. Making it super versatile.

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TCL 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV - Amazon

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K TV

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  • Available in: 50, 55, 65, 75, 85-inches
  • Price: Starting at $1449
  • Buy: Samsung.com

This is the 2021 release of the lower-end Neo QLED TVs from Samsung. It comes in a variety of sizes ranging from 50 to 85-inches. So there’s something for everyone here.

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Neo QLED is a sort of new technology that Samsung started using in 2021. This means that it uses Mini LEDs instead of just regular LEDs. Making it a much improved picture over the older models. It’s also brighter, without appearing washed out.

Samsung has AI upscaling available here, thanks to the Neo Quantum Processor 4K. Which ensures that you always get full 4K resolution on your TV.

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K TV - Samsung.com

Samsung QN85A Neo QLED 4K TV

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  • Available in: 55, 65, 75, 85-inches
  • Price: Starting at $1499
  • Buy: Samsung.com

This Neo QLED TV is actually slightly cheaper than the QN90A series, but it also doesn’t come in the smaller size. You still get to enjoy all the benefits of Neo QLED here though, which is nice.

The Neo Quantum Processor 4K will upscale non-4K content to 4K resolution. So you can really take full advantage of this impressive looking display.

Like the rest of the Samsung TVs on this list, this does also have all of your favorite apps available. Like YouTube, HBO MAX, Netflix, Hulu and much more.

Samsung QN85A Neo QLED 4K TV - Samsung.com

Samsung Frame QLED TV

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  • Available in: 32, 43, 50, 55, 65, 75-inches
  • Price: Starting at $599
  • Buy: Samsung.com

This is a rather unique QLED TV. This is what Samsung calls “The Frame”. Basically, the bezels are the same width on all four sides, and you can use this as a picture frame when you’re not watching TV. And thanks to QLED offering realistic colors, it can really look like a painting.

That is also why The Frame comes in much more sizes, and smaller sizes, like this 32-inch QLED TV. So it’s a great way to get a smaller TV, with a great looking panel.

Samsung Frame QLED TV - Samsung.com

Samsung Sero QLED 4K TV

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This is another odd TV from Samsung. The Sero was announced at CES 2020, and it’s what Samsung envisions as the future for TV. Basically, the TV can rotate to landscape or portrait orientation. Allowing you to watch vertical videos on your TV. That also explains why it comes in just one size.

But this is still a QLED TV, running on Tizen. So all of your favorite apps are available on this one too. But it will take up more space than you probably expected it too. Since it needs to be able to rotate.

Samsung Sero - Samsung.com

Samsung Q70T QLED 4K TV

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  • Available in: 55, 65, 75, 82, 85-inches
  • Price: Starting at $899
  • Buy: Samsung.com

This is one of the higher-end QLED TVs from the 2020 release cycle. So it’s not a Neo QLED TV, and that means it is using LED instead of Mini LED for the backlight. So it’s not quite as bright, but you won’t be disappointed with this. Especially since you can get it for under $1000.

It has the same upscaling that almost every 4K TV has these days. Allowing you to watch 1080p content at 4K resolution. It also runs on Tizen, which means your favorite apps are here. Like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO MAX and more. As well as support for Bixby, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Chromecast, and AirPlay.

Samsung Q70T QLED 4K TV - Samsung.com