Best Samsung TVs Android Central 2019

There are so many different TVs out there in the stratosphere, but largely, Samsung is the industry leader. The company makes fantastic options such as the Samsung Q90R which not only has a 4K OLED display, but all of the smart TV functionality one could want, including Bixby. Then, there are others such as the Samsung Q900 which is the epitome of future-proofing your TV viewing experience for years. Nonetheless, Samsung makes a TV for every situation and every budget, and here are the best.

Best Overall: Samsung Q90R QLED Smart 4K UHD TV

When picking the "best overall" Samsung TV, the choices are aplenty. The company has so many different offerings that it can be tough to sift through the weeds and find what is really the best. The Q90R continued to come up in our research as one of the most reliable and feature-packed TVs on the market.

This TV includes a beautiful 4K QLED display panel, with concentrated LED zones to make sure that you can see everything as the director intended. The viewing angle has been improved over its predecessor so that there is less of a chance for glare to wreak havoc. The inclusion of Bixby Voice and Ambient Mode help to cover all of the bases with this beast of a TV.

Pros:

  • Quantum Processor 4K for sharp detail and refined color
  • Engineered to reduce glare
  • Quantum Dot provides over a billion shades of colors for 100% color volume
  • Ambient Mode turns the TV into a blank screen when not in use
  • Bixby Voice allows for control without any other devices

Cons:

  • Only three different sizes available
  • Game mode is limited in functionality

Best Overall

Samsung Q90R QLED Smart 4K UHD TV

Best without breaking the bank

The Samsung Q90R is perfect for those who want amazing picture quality, a ton of features, and a beautiful design. The Q90R even makes it possible to be mounted on the wall with no gap, and with a single cable coming from the TV to the One Connect box.

Future proofing: Samsung Q900 QLED 8K TV

If you're even remotely into technology, you've heard of the phrase "future-proof". This is when a company releases a product that will be able to withstand the test of time, and Samsung has done that with the Q900. This OLED TV sports a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320, making this an 8K display, which is double the 4K standard that has taken over in recent years.

Since there is extremely little 8K content available for consumption, the Q900 upscales the content that you are viewing (when possible) into 8K. This will enhance just about every aspect of the movie, video, or TV show that you are watching so that you get the best picture quality. Plus, when 8K content begins making its way out of obscurity, you will already be ready to go.

Pros:

  • 8K Resolution with upscaling
  • 8K HDR provides the best "depth of detail"
  • Full Array Elite Backlight brings individual zones of LEDs
  • Will work with most content released in the future

Cons:

  • Extremely expensive
  • Refresh rate limited to 120 hertz

Future proofing

Samsung Q900 QLED 8K TV

Prepare for the future

Samsung's Q900 QLED 8K TV is another example of what the company's display division is capable of. This TV sports all of the features one could want in a TV, while ensuring that you will be able to continue viewing the best content deep into the future.

Best Value: Samsung RU8000 Premium 4K TV

Some folks don't want to deal with all of the bells and whistles, but want at least most of them. That's where the Samsung RU8000 Premium 4K TV comes into play with its Dynamic Crystal Color, 4K UHD processor, and Bixby Voice.

There are four HDMI ports found on the back of the TV so that you can plug in everything you need, ranging from your Xbox One X to the cable box and more. Plus, the RU8000 includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options, along with a USB port for your home videos.

Pros:

  • The best TV for most people
  • Sizes range from 49-inches to 82-inches
  • 4K UHD processor optimizes the picture quality
  • Built-in wireless connectivity

Cons:

  • Refresh rate limited to 120 hertz
  • Display panel is only edge lit

Best value

Samsung RU8000 Premium 4K TV

Traditional Aesthetic

There are some folks out there who don't want a curved screen or an ambient mode but just want a solid 4K TV. That's where the RU8000 comes into play, as it offers a sleek and slim design while including 4K UHD playback, which also upscales content with a lower resolution. This TV will handle everything you throw at it, and then some.

Most immersive: Samsung NU8500 Premium Curved 4K TV

One day, flat-panel televisions may become a thing of the past, and Samsung has accounted for that with the NU8500. This stunning TV sports a curved display panel which will provide one of the most immersive experiences one can find on a TV.

With the inclusion of HDR Plus, Dynamic Crystal Color, and a refresh rate of 240 hertz, this TV really has just about anything. Those hoping for an Ambient Mode will have to look elsewhere, as Samsung oddly decided to omit that feature from the NU8500.

Pros:

  • Refresh Rate of 240 hertz
  • Bixby Voice removes the need for a remote
  • Ultra Slim array provides "sensational" contrast
  • Low-lag Game Mode

Cons:

  • No Ambient Mode included
  • Heavier than comparable models

Most immersive

Samsung NU8500 Premium Curved 4K TV

Curved immersion

Some TV's are just fine for viewing your favorite movies and TV shows, but the Samsung NU8500 Curved LED TV takes things up a notch. When watching content on a curved display, you feel more immersed in the content as it almost feels like the screen is curving around you. The NU8500 also comes with 4K UHD and HDR Plus so you get the best picture possible.

Best on a budget: Samsung N5300 Full HD TV

Sometimes you just need a TV to throw up in the kitchen or in the garage and the Samsung N5300 is perfect for that. This TV still supports Full HD 1080p playback, and includes some Smart TV functionality, but is extremely lightweight and will get the job done if you just want to have a spare TV.

We would recommend using this as a potential desktop monitor replacement, as the refresh rate is rather low, and there are only two HDMI ports. But if you need it for a child's first TV or an extra one for the house, the N5300 will serve admirably.

Pros:

  • Full HD 1080p
  • Smart TV access
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Built-in Wi-Fi support

Cons:

  • More expensive than competitors
  • Limited to refresh rate of 60 hertz
  • Only two HDMI ports

Best on a budget

Samsung N5300 Full HD TV

Our budget pick

Sometimes you just want a basic TV without any extra frills and will just do the job. The Samsung N5300 TV is perfect for that with its 1080p resolution and includes its Ultra Clean View to get rid of any unnecessary distortion. You can also use your smartphone to control the TV if that's something that piques your interest.

Most interesting: Samsung The Frame QLED Smart 4K TV

Samsung loves to push the boundaries of what a product category is defined as. The Frame is the perfect example of this as it can act as both a Smart 4K TV and a good ole' digital picture frame. Art Mode with the built-in Art Store makes it so you can have even the most expensive art portrayed on your wall.

With the help of Samsung's One Connect box, you can get everything connected to The Frame with a single cable. Plus, the ability to hang this bad boy flush on the wall in your home will make the whole process easy for you. That is, provided that you are extremely careful during the installation process as to not harm the display panel itself.

Pros:

  • Acts as both a TV and picture frame with Art Mode
  • Sizes range from 43-inches to 65-inches
  • Customizable frame allows you to customize the TV to your liking
  • Hangs flush on the wall with a single cable

Cons:

  • Installation can be tedious
  • TV cannot crop your personal pictures to fit
  • Forced home-screen ads in Samsung apps

Most interesting

Samsung The Frame QLED Smart 4K TV

Like a picture

This is one of the most unique TV's that you can get, due to the fact that there is an included "Art Mode". The Frame includes a single cable for connecting to your various devices and hangs flush on the wall just like any other pictures in your home. Plus, you can use your smartphone to control the TV, removing the frustration of keeping track of another remote.

Bottom line

Considering how many different TVs there are, finding "the best" TV is a rather objective task. The Samsung Q90R is our pick, as it sports all the necessary features, bells, and whistles that one could want, while looking absolutely amazing in the process. If you want to be prepared for the future, then you would want to look at the Samsung Q900 with its 8K display, which will last you for years and years, and years.

For those who want most of the bells and whistles without passing over the $1000 price mark, then the Samsung RU8000 is great with its 4K UHD processor, Bixby on TV capabilities, and more. Then there are those who just want a spare, no-frills TV, that won't break the bank because it's going in a spare room. That's where the Samsung N5300 will serve as this TV still supports 1080p Full HD playback and has some limited Smart TV functionality.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at Android Central and iMore. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee in an effort to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter and he'll get back to you.

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