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Best smart TV 2022: The top televisions powered by webOS, Tizen, Google TV, Android TV and more

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Everything you need to need before splashing out on the best smart TV you can afford

If you're after a user-friendly television offering a comprehensive range of content options, you need the best smart TV you can afford. The best smart TVs on the market are intuitive to use, incorporate useful AI features and grant access to a whole host of streaming services.

Most manufacturers of modern televisions build in at least some smart features, even on their cheapest models, so if you're buying a new TV today, you can pretty much guarantee that it’s a smart TV. But what exactly does a television need to be able to do to be classified as a smart TV and what separates the best smart TV from the rest of the competition?

For a TV to be considered ‘smart’, all it really needs is some kind of smart platform – often referred to as an operating system (OS) – and the ability to connect to the internet. Some manufacturers have their own smart platforms, while others use variants of an OS made by another company, such as Google. Smart TV platforms don’t all come with the same range of features and applications, though, so you do need to choose carefully to make sure you get the features you need, such as support for your preferred streaming services.

In this guide, we’ll outline the best smart TVs around and highlight the advantages of the operating systems they run. If you require more information about smart TVs before diving into our list of the best around, our buying guide will arm you with everything you need to know.

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Best smart TV: At a glance

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How to choose the best smart TV for you

Do you need an internet connection to use a smart TV?

Smart TVs can connect to your home’s internet connection over Wi-Fi or through a wired ethernet connection. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your smart TV offline, though; you’ll still be able to watch normal TV if you have Freeview reception, and Blu-ray players and gaming consoles will operate just as they would on a non-smart TV – you’ll just miss out on all the features that rely on an internet connection.

So why should you get your smart TV online?

Ideally, though, you want to be able to make use of in-built smart TV streaming apps such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Now TV and YouTube to name a few. TV catchup apps like Freeview Play also depend on an internet connection, so these will remain unavailable to you when you’re offline.

Keeping your TV online also guarantees that you’ll automatically receive the software updates sent out by the manufacturer, helping to keep your TV up to date with the latest bug fixes and features that may improve your user experience.

How many channels do you get with a smart TV in the UK?

UK viewers can receive up to 70 standard definition and 15 HD live TV channels with Freeview, although this number changes from region to region. Through Freeview Play you can catch up on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4, UKTV Play and Demand 5 content whenever you’d like. If you subscribe to a paid TV service you could get an awful lot more, though: for instance, Sky Q grants access to over 300 live channels including some that broadcast in 4K/UHD.

What about streaming services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer?

You’ll find the Netflix app on practically every smart TV going, along with plenty of other popular streaming services like Disney Plus, Now TV and Amazon Prime Video. Don’t forget that you’ll need to pay the individual subscription fees if you actually want to watch the content that’s on them. As mentioned above, BBC iPlayer and all the other free UK catchup services come as standard on modern smart TVs, accessible either through their own dedicated apps or collectively within the Freeview Play platform.

What other features do smart TVs offer?

Smart TVs have a few other tricks up their sleeve to make your life easier. A smart TV's Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) provides a full schedule of what's on the huge number of television channels available, which proves very useful if you're deliberating what to watch or simply want to plan your evening's entertainment.

Some smart TVs have smart assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant built-in, allowing you to execute commands by speaking into the TV's remote or directly at the TV. Others offer voice assistant support via a connection to a compatible smart speaker. If you're already invested in a specific smart ecosystem, it's worth trying to find a television that'll fit into it seamlessly.

If you want to be able to view content from your tablet or smartphone on your TV, another feature worth looking out for is screen mirroring or screen sharing. Sometimes this is done via third-party technology like Google Chromecast, while some manufacturers have their own software, such as Samsung's SmartView app.

Finally, some smart TVs are able operate as a control hub for smart devices. Once connected to your TV, you can manage devices like thermostats, lights and video doorbells.

How does Expert Reviews test TVs?

All of the televisions listed below have undergone rigorous testing using the Portrait Displays Calman colour calibration software. We test numerous aspects of SDR and HDR performance to bring you data-led reviews designed to help you make informed buying decisions when splashing out on your next TV.


The best smart TVs to buy in 2022

1. Hisense Roku TV (2021): The smart TV with the biggest selection of apps

Price: From £249 (43in) | Buy now from Argos

As you might have guessed from its name, the Hisense Roku TV runs the Roku TV operating system. While it may be an underdog compared with the operating systems of big players like Samsung and LG, Roku TV delivers an user-friendly interface and unparalleled streaming coverage, with over with 914 apps to choose from.

Its inviting home page features a grid of large, colourful app tiles and all your entertainment sources are laid out here. There's everything from streaming and catch-up apps to gaming consoles and personal media libraries, and the layout can be rearranged with ease or filtered using options on the left-hand side of the screen. There's also a free-to-watch, ad-supported service called Roku Channel, which serves up an ever-growing menu of movies and TV shows.

Having dedicated tabs for consoles is an absolute joy, saving you the hassle of skipping through sources. The universal search function is equally welcome; type in the name of the film or show you’re after and Roku tells you which services it’s available on and whether or not it’s free or paid. That list of streaming services is extensive, too: Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Now, Apple TV, YouTube and Freeview Play are all here.

The TV itself is an eminently affordable 4K option that delivers decent picture quality for the money. SDR content looks great in 4K, as does content upscaled to 4K from 1080p, and there's support for both the HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats. The contrast ratio of the VA-type LCD panel is reasonably high, colour coverage and accuracy are acceptable and the brightness is high enough for daytime viewing. For best results, put the Roku TV into 'Movie' mode.

If you're after an easy-to-use budget 4K TV offering streaming options aplenty, the Hisense Roku TV is your best bet.

Read our full Hisense Roku TV review for more details

Key specs - Operating system: Roku TV OS 10; Streaming services: Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Now, Apple TV, Roku Channel, Freeview Play, BT Sport, YouTube; Smart assistants: Roku voice control; Screen sizes: 43in, 50in (tested), 55in and 65in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED direct-lit; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0

Buy now from Argos


Another Roku TV option worth considering:

TCL RP620K

This TCL Roku TV shares many characteristics with the Hisense above. The TCL is a little less easy on the eye, but is slightly brighter, supports Dolby Vision and has an additional HDMI 2.0 port. Currys From £249 (43in) Buy Now


2. LG C1 OLED: The best smart TV for gaming

Price: From £949 (48in) | Buy now from Argos

All of LG's TVs use some iteration of the company's webOS smart platform and, for our money, the LG C1 OLED is the pick of the bunch. WebOS is quite simply the best operating system out there, with a simple yet effective interface and app bar that makes scrolling through your installed applications a breeze. It’s also very easy to customise the ordering of the apps so that you can jump right into your favourites.

But the best thing about webOS is definitely the Magic Remote. This works in the same way as a mouse on a computer screen; you point the remote at the TV, move the cursor around like a laser pointer, and then click to select. Alternatively, you can scroll through the UI with the remote’s wheel or control the TV through voice commands.

On pricier OLED models like the C1, the UI responsiveness is exceptional, though it does become progressively slower as you go down towards the cheaper ranges due to their lack of processing power. Likewise, HDR format support is better on pricier models: HDR10 and HLG can be found on most, while the C1 supports Dolby Vision as well.

WebOS has all the important streaming apps including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus, although you need to download YouTube from the LG Content Store. On 120Hz models (including the C1) you’ll get the benefit of 24fps playback for a judder-free movie experience, and across the whole range of LG TVs, you’ll have access to both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The LG C1 won "Best TV" at our Tech Product of the Year Awards in 2021 and excels in just about every area from its svelte design to unparalleled HDR performance and four HDMI 2.1 ports supporting all the next-gen gaming features you could ask for.

Read our full LG C1 OLED review for more details

Key specs - Operating system: LG webOS; Streaming services: Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Now, Apple TV, Freeview Play, BT Sport, YouTube; Smart assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant; Screen sizes: 48in, 55in (tested), 65in, 77in and 83in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1

Buy now from Amazon


3. LG G2 OLED evo Gallery Edition: The best smart TV for wall mounting

Price: From £2,399 (55in) | Buy now from Currys

LG's 2022 flagship, the G2 evo Gallery Edition is the company's brightest-ever OLED. It delivers amazing HDR picture quality, impressive sound quality and extensive gaming features all wrapped up in a gorgeous package. Were it not designed specifcally for wall mounting, it would likely claim the title of best smart TV for gaming, too. As it is, there's no stand included in the box, so you'll have to fork out extra if you want to sit it on your TV cabinet rather than have it adorn your wall.

The G2 comes equipped with the newest iteration of webOS - webOS 22 - and this remains the most comprehensive and responsive smart platform around. The selection of streaming services is extensive and covers all the key platforms, including Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, and the TV supports voice controls via both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Aside from the lack of a stand, our only other sticking points are the lack of HDR10+ support and how much the G2 costs. The former is by no means a dealbreaker given how most streaming services seem to prefer the Dolby Vision format, and while the G2 is undeniably pricey, it's more than justifies the outlay with its sensational performance.

Read our full LG G2 review for more details

Key specs - Operating system: LG webOS 22; Streaming services: Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Now, Apple TV, Freeview Play, BT Sport, YouTube; Smart assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant; Screen sizes: 55in, 65in (tested), 77in and 83in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1

Buy now from Currys


Other webOS options worth considering:

LG Nano91 (2021)

The Nano91 can't match the C1 for picture quality or gaming features but it's cheaper and comes with LG's awesome Magic Remote with which you can navigate webOS. Amazon From £690 (55in) Buy Now

LG UP75

The LG UP75 is an entry-level LG 4K TV so webOS isn't as responsive on it as on pricier models and sadly there's no Magic Remote included. However, if you want an affordable webOS TV, you won't find many cheaper than this. Amazon From £262 (43in) Buy Now


4. Samsung QN95B: The best smart TV for smart home control

Price: From £2,599 (55in) | Buy now from Samsung

The QN95B is the first Samsung Neo QLED we've reviewed in 2022 and marks an exceptional start to the year for the South Korean manufacturer. It runs a new version of Samsung's proprietary smart platform Tizen and this sees the introduction of a launcher bar along the bottom of the screen rather than a homepage that fills the entire screen. This places a strong emphasis on personalised choices and recommendations, and customisation options are impressive.

The strongest aspects of the updated Tizen OS are the expanded channel line-up on offer via Samsung's TV Plus, the Samsung SmartHub that automatically detects and connects smart devices and SmartThings app compatibility, which makes setup simple and provides a degree of control from your smartphone.

All of the major streaming platforms are present and correct, from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to Disney Plus and Now TV, plus all of the free UK catch-up apps like iPlayer and All 4. One main downside of opting for a Samsung TV is that it precludes access to the Dolby Vision HDR format but the QN95B is such a strong performer that the absence of Dolby Vision don't feel like too big a loss. Colour accuracy is excellent, brightness highly impressive and motion handling is top-notch, too. Sound quality is equally good, with Dolby Atmos support and Object Tracking Sound Pro delivering an immersive audio experience.

Voice assistant support comes in the form of Bixby-built in, while both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are also supported. Samsung has made sure that its Tizen UI performs optimally across all its models but thanks to its phenemonal picture and sound quality, the QN95B is the best way to enjoy the benefits the Tizen operating system offers.

Read our full Samsung QN95B review for more details

Key specs - Operating system: Tizen; Streaming services: Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Rakuten TV, ITV Hub, BBC Player, All 4, My 5; Smart assistants: Bixby built-in, works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant; Screen sizes: 55in, 65in (tested), 75in and 85in; Display type: Neo QLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1

Buy now from Samsung


Other Tizen OS options worth considering:

Samsung QN90

Part of Samsung's 2021 range, the QN90 is a great TV for general use and a lot more affordable than the recently revealed 2022 line-up. John Lewis From £899 (43in) Buy Now

Samsung AU9000

The Samsung AU9000 uses inferior panel technology to the QN90A and lacks the HDMI 2.1 port needed for optimal next-gen gaming but is a sensational purchase nonetheless. It won our Best Buy award and is our favourite TV under £500. Amazon From £358 (43in) Buy Now


5. Sony A80J: The best smart TV for voice controls

Price: From £1,299 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

The Sony A80J is our pick of the smart TVs that run the Google TV operating system and is a great choice if you want a telly that effectively doubles up as a fully functioning smart assistant. Google Assistant is built-in, allowing you to use voice commands to have the A80J execute all manner of handy household actions. Though those that are part of the Google ecosystem will get the most out of the A80J, there's also support for Alexa if you'd rather use a compatible Amazon smart speaker for voice controls.

The Google TV platform was designed for TVs from the ground up and it shows: it's well-designed, intuitive to use and highly responsive. Key apps and features are easy to access and there's a decent amount of customisation available, too. App support is extensive, with all the UK TV catch-up services present along with Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube and lots more.

Performance-wise, the A80J excels in the all the right areas. Picture quality is fantastic and the telly sports a stylish design that features a multi-position stand enabling it to be installed in one of three ways. Sound quality is excellent too, with Sony's Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology transforming the TV's panel into a speaker to deliver room-filling, immersive sound.

A pair of HDMI 2.1 ports that support 4K at 120Hz and a couple of "Perfect for PlayStation" gaming-specific modes make the A80J a good choice for gamers, even if we're still waiting on support for Variable Refresh Rate, which Sony says is coming via an iminent firmware update.

Read our full Sony A80J review for more details

Key specs - Operating system: Google TV; Streaming services: Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Now TV, YouTube; Smart assistants: Google Assistant built-in, works with Alexa; Screen sizes: 55in (tested), 65in and 77in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 X HDMI 2.1

Buy now from Amazon


6. Hisense A9G: The easiest to use smart TV

Price: From £999 | Buy now from AO

If you're craving simplicity, the A9G may be just the smart TV for you. It runs Hisense's VIDAA U operating system, which isn't as flashy or comprehensive as some of the better known smart platforms, but is an intuitive and effective way of navigating around Hisense's televisions. The full-screen home page is laid out in such a way that it's extremely easy to find the apps, features and information you're looking for and there's no shortage of recommendations based on the content you've accessed in the past.

The system is highly customisable, which is a huge plus, and the selection of apps is solid, too. Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and Rakuten TV are all available, while Freeview Play provides access to all the UK TV catch-up services and a well-implemented electric programme guide. It's worth noting that the A9G does miss lack a few key streaming services, namely Disney+, Now and Apple TV+.

The television itself isn't as bright as some of its high-end LCD rivals, nor is it particularly gamer-friendly due to a lack of HDMI 2.1 ports, but is the cheapest 55in OLED around and a strong performer in a number of areas. SDR picture quality is very good, there's support for every available HDR format - HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision IQ - and content across these formats is characterised by bright whites, deep blacks and punchy images.

Sound quality is another of the A9G's strong points, particularly when you take into account how thin the OLED panel is. There's a speaker bar built into the bottom of the TV and this works in conjunction with two upward-firing speakers on the top of the television and a subwoofer built on the back of the panel. The result is a 2.1.2-channel system that delivers Dolby Atmos content confidently and convincingly.

Read our full Hisense A9G review for more details

Key specs - Operating system: VIDAA U 5.0; Streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, ITV Hub, BBC Player, All 4, My 5; Smart assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant; Screen sizes: 55in (tested) and 65in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0

Buy now from AO.com


Another VIDAA U option worth considering

Hisense A6G

The A6G is a big step down from the OLED A9G but is nicely designed, delivers decent SDR performance and is competitively priced, too. Amazon From £249 (43in) Buy Now


7. Philips Ambilight OLED+935: The best smart TV for a unique viewing experience

Price: From £1,299 (48in) | Buy now from Currys


The Android-powered OLED+935 is very smart, but it's Philips' Ambilight technology that sets it apart from the competition. This uses LED strips to light up all four sides of the wall behind the telly and the result is an absorbing viewing experience like no other. There are various Ambilight options available, including the ability to have colours and brightness match what's happening on screen, and when watching in a dark room, the tech can help reduce eye fatigue.

The OLED+935 delivers top-notch picture quality to complement its four-sided Ambilight and has some of the best TV sound around thanks to a built-in speaker bar tuned by audio experts Bowers & Wilkins. On the smart front, the OLED+935's Android TV platform is visually appealing and easy to use. It's a breeze to download apps via the Google Play Store and those that already own an Android smartphone will feel right at home.

Google Assistant is built-in and can be activated by pressing the mic button on the TV's remote. Its universal search function could be better, however, as it almost always pushes you towards renting/buying from Google Play Movies instead of showing you where else you could watch the same content. Other streaming options are not in short supply though, with key platforms like Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and Freeview Play all supported.

Read our full Philips OLED+935 review for details

Key specs - Operating system: Android TV; Streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Freeview Pla ; Smart assistants: Google Assistant built-in; Screen sizes: 48in, 55in (tested), 65in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0

Buy now from Currys


Another Android TV option to consider:

Sony XH90 (2020)

It's a couple of years old now, but the Sony XH90 remains a top Android option if you're looking for a very large telly and aren't overly concerned about having cutting-edge tech. John Lewis £2,199 (85in) Buy Now