Best Samsung TVs 2019: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

Best Samsung TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s guide to the best Samsung TVs you can buy in 2019.

Obviously it makes sense to shop around when buying a new TV. But if you’ve previously owned a Samsung and want to stick with what you know, there are some impressive screens out there.

From monster sets to more moderately-sized ones, from (relatively) affordable to the very expensive, Samsung has sets to suit all tastes.

Before you lay down your cash, there are a few things to consider. 4K and HDR will improve the picture quality drastically, but only when fed compatible content, so check your source.

Samsung was also the first to sell 8K sets in the UK. While there’s no 8K content currently available, they do upscale 4K content using Samsung’s processing tech, and generally do it very well. 

Then there’s which size to go for. Measure where you’ll put it and see which size set will suit you best. Bigger isn’t always better – if it towers over your sofa, you might need to reconsider.

You should also check the small print for things like the number of HDMI and USB sockets. While these details might seem relatively minor, they make all the difference when it comes to getting set up.

Now, on with the tellies…

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Best Samsung TVs 2019: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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1. Samsung QE65Q90R

An exceptional TV that gives OLED rivals a serious run for their money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 92 x 145 x 28cm

Reasons to Buy

Accurate colours

Precise blacks

Great viewing angles

Reasons to Avoid

Bettered for motion…

…And sound

This set uses Samsung’s QLED technology, which is a rival to OLED. This particular set goes almost as dark as OLED, with very similar viewing angles, while having the edge when it comes to brightness. The result? A true challenger to OLED, the current industry standard for premium big-screen TVs. Colours are brilliantly judged and the dark detail is second to none. The operating system is a real gem too, and comes with more apps than you can shake a remote control at. If you want to shun the OLED crowd, this is the set to do it with.

Read the full review: Samsung QE65Q90R

Best Samsung TVs 2019: budget, premium, QLED, 4K, 8K

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2. Samsung QE49Q70R

Stunning colours, intricate blacks and surprisingly good sound

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 71 x 110 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Textured & detailed blacks

Great colours

Nice design

Reasons to Avoid

No Dolby Vision support

Slightly exaggerated reds

The Q70R might appear a little way down Samsung’s QLED range, but this is still one of the most premium and fully featured 49in TVs you can buy, thanks in no small part to OLEDs not available in sizes below 55in.

This is a very good TV, too. It doesn’t have the wide viewing angles of the Q90R and it doesn’t go quite as bright, but it does offer the punch, vibrancy and sharpness for which Samsung’s QLEDs are renowned.

It also has the same operating system as every other 2019 Samsung QLED, which means it’s a pleasure to use and is packed to the rafters with streaming apps, including the new Apple TV app. If you’re limited to 49in but still want a premium TV, this is the model for you.

Best Samsung TVs 2019: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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3. Samsung QE55Q85R

Save some money and go for Samsung’s second-tier 4K QLED.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 79.2 x 123 x 23cm

Reasons to Buy

Spot-on blacks

Superior upscaling

Broad viewing angles

Reasons to Avoid

Thin audio

Motion could be better

Awkwardly priced

First, the bad news: this has fewer backlight dimming zones than Samsung’s flagship QLED seen above, and isn’t as bright. The good news? It’s quite a bit cheaper. All of its connections are tidily placed in a separate box rather than built into the set itself, which helps it stay rather slim and elegant, while the user interface and remote control work like a dream. Despite the compromises, the picture is surprisingly good, with an astonishing level of detail. If your budget can’t stretch, this is a smart choice.

Read the full review: Samsung QE55Q85R

Best Samsung TVs 2019: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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4. Samsung QE55Q7F

A great QLED set with a thrilling, punchy picture and attractive interface.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 78.5 x 123 x 28.4cm

Reasons to Buy

Bright

Lots of detail

Great gaming features

Reasons to Avoid

Subpar black performance

Tight viewing angles

Iffy motion processing

If brightness is what you’re after, this TV won’t disappoint. However, what it packs in brightness it sacrifices a touch in black levels, which means a bit less detail in the murkiest parts of the picture. But you won’t care a jot during daytime scenes – colours really pop, with a lush vibrancy.

The picture is amazingly detailed too, with sharp, defined edges. Viewing angles aren’t perfect, so make sure you bag yourself the best seat in the house before viewing commences.

Bear in mind this is a 2018 set, which means it’s currently available with some big discounts but won’t be around much longer.

Read the full review: Samsung QE55Q7F

Best Samsung TVs 2019: QLED, 4K, HDR, 8K

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5. Samsung QE65Q900R

If 8K is at the top of your list, this Samsung TV is a good place to start.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 8K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 89.8 x 145 x 30.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Delicious native 8K

Detailed blacks

Great upscaler

Reasons to Avoid

Nothing to watch in 8K

Could be more vibrant

Admittedly, there isn’t really anything to watch in 8K, but that still doesn’t stop this set being a hugely exciting proposition. At least it’s future-proofed for when the content does become available. The 4K picture is every bit as good as its stablemates, there’s not a hint of backlight blooming, and the motion processing is very good indeed. Those with a big budget should give this a look.

Read the full review: Samsung QE65Q900R

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