What is the best LG TVs of 2020? With LG Electronics putting out some of the very best OLED TVs every year, along with a renewed push into 8K technologies, there’s never been a more tempting time to buy LG – which is what this guide is all about.
If you’re not sure which of LG’s latest sets to go for, we have everything you need. We’ve sat down and tested the very best LG TVs to come out this year, and are able to compare them to find out which is the best LG TVs for you.
LG CX OLED
The best LG TV we’ve tested is the LG CX OLED. There are a few OLEDs in LG’s 2020 lineup, such as the lower-end LG BX OLED and the higher-end LG GX OLED, which doesn’t come with a stand and is designed to sit flat against the wall. However, most of their OLEDs offer very similar picture quality and features, so in terms of price and availability, the CX provides the best value. Like any OLED, it can individually turn off pixels, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. This makes it an ideal choice for watching movies in dark rooms as blacks appear deep and inky. It offers great gaming features with its variable refresh rate (VRR) support, very low input lag, and near-instant response time that makes motion look clear and crisp.
Unfortunately, like any OLED, it has the risk of permanent burn-in. This should only be a problem if you constantly watch the same content with static elements, such as the news, or if you use it as a computer monitor. However, we don’t expect it to be an issue for those who watch varied content. It delivers a good HDR experience as it displays a very wide color gamut and gets fairly bright in HDR to make highlights pop. It also has wide viewing angles, which is great if you want to watch sports or TV with friends or family in a wide seating arrangement. This is one of the best LG TVs we’ve tested, and most people should be satisfied with it.
We’ve already covered the new 48-inch version of the CX above, but it’s worth remembering that the 55-inch model is still available and arguably offers better value for money.
For not a huge amount more, you get seven extra inches of OLED panel real estate and all of the excellent picture qualities and advanced features of its smaller sibling. It sounds a bit better, too, thanks to the bigger chassis, although the CX isn’t the best-sounding TV in its class.
Of course, the 55in CX also shares its little brother’s lack of UK catch-up apps, and that will put some people off right away, but if you can forgo the likes of All 4 (or don’t mind adding them via an external source), this is an extremely compelling all-rounder.
While most people will be more than satisfied with one of LG’s C-class models, which are the most affordable sets with all of the company’s best picture processing, this GX takes that same picture and adds more powerful sound and a beautiful design.
This is LG’s ‘Gallery’ model, and as such is entirely intended for wall-mounting. You don’t even get a stand in the box (although feet can be bought separately), with a low-profile mount provided instead. The set is a uniform 2cm deep, which is exceptionally slim. The CX, by comparison, is 4.7cm deep at its thickest point.
Picture-wise, LG has taken the exemplary performance of its 2019 OLEDs and improved it in a few key areas, with dark detail, colour richness and motion handling all getting a worthwhile boost. The set sounds decent, too, particularly for one with essentially invisible speakers.
The only issue for UK buyers is the current lack of catch-up apps such as All 4, but LG assures us it’s working on this. Either way, this is a stunning TV.
LG B9 OLED
Can’t afford the CX, or don’t feel like you need the latest processing to satisfy your cinephile needs? The LG B9 OLED may be the one for you.
The B9 was a bit late to the party, only landing in the second half of 2019, but its low price point compared to the C Series or E Series makes it a necessity in any list of the best LG TVs.
While the Hisense O8B OLED beat it on price, the LG B9 is still the cheapest OLED worth buying, still offering a solid smart TV experience through LG’s webOS platform, as well as enough processing smarts to bring its panel to life.
The lower price comes with caveats, of course: the B9 uses the a7 Gen 2 processor, instead of the more advanced a9 Gen 2 chip, and this means you’re not getting the best picture processing available. But aside from some mild video noise in dark scenes, and the occasional drop in frame rate, you’re still getting a high-quality picture at a (comparatively) cheap price.
Keep an eye out for the LG BX OLED, too, which has just launched worldwide and will be getting a full review through TechRadar in the coming weeks. It has a similar spec sheet to the B9, but we expect a few iterative improvements to make the case for an upgrade.