When it comes to cheering on your favorite team, there are some things you don’t want to skimp on with your TV, like picture quality, resolution, and refresh rates. To help you prep for the big game (whether it’s the Super Bowl or the World Series championship), we’ve rounded up the best TVs for watching sports, from the best LG TV to the number one HDR TVs.
1. The best TV of the year: LG C9 Series (2019)
Surprise, surprise—the best TV of 2020 this LG OLED TV is also the best TV for watching sports. “OLED TVs use a new screen technology that makes for amazing contrast, vivid colors, and incredibly wide viewing angles,” our home theater editor, Lee Neikirk, explains. “Their hyper-thin screens utilize a build that puts very little processing between the incoming video signal and what you see, meaning they also handle fast-moving content like sports very well.” It may be a little pricey, but it’s well worth the cost, Lee says.
2. This TV for sports fans on a budget: Vizio P Series Quantum (2019)
A TV that costs less than $1,000 that’s also high-performing? Yes, please. That’s what you’ll get with this Vizio TV. “For that price you’re getting 4K resolution, great HDR performance, quantum dot-boosted color, and—most importantly—a native 120 Hz refresh rate,” Lee says. “The higher refresh rate gives the TV an advantage when handling fast motion, making it perfect for sports.”
3. This top-rated LED TV: Vizio P Series Quantum X (2019)
“You’re getting stellar LED backlight performance thanks to a process called full-array local dimming, which will have your favorite sports looking better than ever before,” Lee explains of this LED TV, which was Vizio’s flagship TV in 2019. He adds that it’s a little more costly (and it only comes in one size, 65-inch) but it offers 4K resolution, HDR, and the 120 Hz refresh rate that’s great for sports-watching.
4. This affordable QLED TV: Samsung Q60R Series (2019)
Samsung’s most budget-friendly QLED TV is also a great pick for sports fans. “These TVs deliver excellent 4K/HDR performance, especially in brightness and color, and they’re designed to be sleek and attractive. The 55-inch and larger models also deliver 120 Hz refresh rates, making them excellent for motion-reliant content like sports.”
5. This splurge-worthy LED TV: TCL 8-Series (2019)
If you have a little extra money to spend on your TV, Lee recommends this one from TCL. “While the design won’t turn many heads, you’re getting a ton of performance power here: 4K resolution, quantum dot color, a huge array of local dimming zones, and 120 Hz refresh rates,” he raves.
6. This oversized TV: Sony X850G Series (2019)
Good things come in small packages but in the world of TVs, they also come in big packages—like with this Sony TV, which is only available in massive 75- and 85-inch sizes. And it doesn’t skimp on the details. Lee notes that you’ll get plenty of features that are perfect for watching sports, like “4K resolution, smart features, solid performance, and—best of all—120 Hz refresh rates.”
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.