If you are looking for a new TV, you can choose from an almost infinite number of models. From 4K to OLED, from Samsung to LG, from small to large – the current TV sets differ in price, features and size. But which model should you choose? Stiftung Warentest has chosen the best TVs of 2021.
In Stiftung Warentest’s investigation, the experts pay attention to various categories. They look at the picture, the sound, the usability and versatility, and the environmental characteristics of the respective TVs. The result is a list of the TVs that received the best ratings from Stiftung Warentest this year. One manufacturer is particularly convincing with its models.
These TV manufacturers compete
In its test, Stiftung Warentest focused primarily on the major TV manufacturers. TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Philips – the five big players in the industry – that were launched in 2021 were examined. This showed that there are also good models for little money. However, the more expensive OLED TVs came out on top in Stiftung Warentest’s TV test, and their consistently good picture quality was impressive. The foundation summarized the results in its magazine “test” (issue 12/2021).
The tested TVs all have a picture size of 48 to 65 inches and were divided by Stiftung Warentest into three categories: the large models with 65 inches, the classics with 55 inches and the medium-sized TVs with 48 to 50 inches. Since the experts in the test refer to the best models of the year from the outset, the test result also turns out accordingly. Of a total of 30 selected models, 24 scored “very good”. The rest are still rated “good”.
LG in front in Stiftung Warentest’s TV test
In the first category of very large TVs, a model from LG lands in first place. The OLED 65 G19LA for currently about 2300 euros can convince with its excellent picture, a very good sound and in the versatility of the connections. Stiftung Warentest awarded the sub-rating “very good” in all three areas. Overall, the device achieves a grade of 1.6. The high-contrast OLED display with deep black tones, 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR10 should be mentioned as special features. Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, a USB recording function, and support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are also part of the test winner’s features. Thanks to webOS, users also have access to numerous apps.
The LG’s OLED G19LA is also available in a 55-inch version for around 1500 euros. However, buyers should note that LG delivers the TV without a stand for both versions. Thus, you either have to buy one or mount the TV on the wall. In both cases, extra costs have to be planned for.
Only marginally worse than the G19LA, Stiftung Warentest has rated the Samsung GQ 65 QN95AAT, which also comes from LG. OLED 65 B19LA rated. It gets the grade 1.7. It is currently available at prices starting at 1400 euros, which is 900 euros cheaper than the test winner of the same size. The model only has a refresh rate of 100 Hz, but a stand is included.
The 65-inch alternatives to LG
The Samsung GQ 65 QN95AAT for 1800 euros also received a score of 1.7, although it does without an OLED display. Instead, Samsung relies on the new Neo-QLED technology. Instead of illuminating every single pixel like OLEDs, QLED displays use an area-wide backlight like LCDs. Thanks to quantum mini-LEDs, however, it is even smaller, which increases the contrast and also ensures good black levels. In addition, neo QLED displays require less space, which makes the TVs even slimmer.
Who likes it in the category 65 inches particularly favorably, which can in good conscience to the Panasonic TX-65JXW854 grab. The LED TV was still rated “good” by Stiftung Warentest with a score of 2.3 and is currently the cheapest model in the group with a price of 1100 euros. It achieved good results for picture, connections and usability. Only the sound could not convince the testers, but this can be remedied with the help of a soundbar.
The top models up to 50 inches
If you don’t have as much space in your living room, you can opt for smaller models. Here, a model from LG again stands out in Stiftung Warentest’s test of the best TVs in 2021. The 48-inch OLED 48 C17LB achieved an overall score of 1.8, which is mainly thanks to its very good picture quality. Once again, LG’s OLED display was convincing. The TV has enough ports (four HDMI, three USB, Bluetooth, LAN and WLAN), supports 4K Cinema HDR, Dolby Atmos and 120 Hz picture reproduction rate and comes with webOS including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2. The price of currently 1050 Euros is still manageable.
Slightly more expensive and with 1.9 also slightly worse, although still rated “very good”, come the two Samsung TVs in 2nd and 3rd place in this size category. The GQ50QN90AAT and the GQ50QN94AAT are slightly larger than LG’s model with 50 inches and are each equipped with a Neo-QLED display. They cost from 1150 and 1250 Euros, respectively. Both have a fast-responding 100 Hz panel with HDR10+, four HDMI and two USB ports, and run Samsung’s Tizen OS.
The TV is more for the smaller budget. We recommend LG’s 50NAN0809PA, which is currently available for 629 euros. Stiftung Warentest rated the TV as “good” with 2.1. Compared with the more expensive TVs, users have to make some concessions in terms of features. For example, the LG TV comes without an OLED display, but with LCD and only 60 Hz. It also only has two USB ports instead of three. However, WebOS, voice assistants and HDR10 are also available in this model.
- Stiftung Warentest
With material from dpa