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The best LG TVs to buy in 2024

Upgrade your home entertainment experience with our pick of the best LG TVs for movies, gaming and beyond

LG’s fortunes as a TV brand have been transformed over the past decade by its focus on OLED technology. The picture quality advantages associated with OLED have made it the darling of “serious” AV fans, and LG’s position at the forefront of OLED innovation has enabled it to transition from a brand once mostly associated with modest LCD TVs to a serious high-end player.

LG is out to capitalise on its OLED dominance more than ever by delivering the biggest and most varied range of OLED TVs we’ve ever seen, across the widest ever range of prices. At the same time, though, LG certainly hasn’t forgotten its LCD roots. In fact, its LCD range is currently enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to the picture quality improvements brought about by mini LED backlighting. All of this means that now, more than ever, LG really does have something for pretty much everyone.

The only problem with LG providing so much choice, of course, is that it can make it harder to pick out the best option for your particular needs. With this in mind, here we select our favourite TVs from LG’s current range in a range of different categories.

Best LG TV: At a glance

How to choose the best LG TV for you

What’s your budget?

While the main attraction of LG’s TV range is how diverse it is, the starting point for any household should be your budget. How much can you sensibly afford to spend on upgrading your TV? Picking a figure and sticking to it could greatly reduce the number of TVs you will find yourself trying to decide between. And if you really want to get the most out of your budget and don’t mind missing out on this year’s picture quality upgrades, consider looking at one of last year’s models – the differences between this year’s and last year’s models are rarely earth-shatteringly dramatic.

If your budget means that you’re looking at the more affordable LCD models in LG’s lineup, we would advise exercising a little caution. LG’s LCD TVs tend to use IPS panel types, which give slightly better viewing angles at the expense of all-important contrast, so we would recommend trying to put aside a bit more spending money when it comes to LG than you might need for some rival TV brands. Either step up to one of LG’s high-end LCD or OLED TVs or consider some similarly priced TVs from rival brands that use VA panels. Unless you do need to take advantage of IPS’s wider viewing angles, VA’s inkier blacks and stronger contrast are generally a better budget bet.

How bright is your room?

Consider the light levels in the room your new TV will be going into. If it’s typically very bright, you may be better off looking at a premium LCD TV as these reach dramatically higher brightness levels than OLED. If your room is typically quite dark, however, an OLED will almost certainly suit you best.

What do you watch?

Different series within LG’s TV range, especially on the OLED side, target quite specific users. So take a moment to think about what you mostly use your TV for. Are you a big movie fan who likes dimming the lights for a truly cinematic experience? Do you mostly just watch regular daytime TV? Are you a big sports fan? Or are you perhaps as into video gaming as you are watching TV? Defining your viewing habits as accurately as possible can really help home in on the best LG TV for you.

What connections do you need?

The number and type of connections provided by LG TVs varies from model to model. So make a note of which connections you need – especially how many devices you expect to connect to your new TV via HDMI, and what sort of features those HDMI ports need to support.

This is especially important for gamers, where anyone with a PS5, Xbox Series X or PC with a high-end new Nvidia or AMD graphics card will be wanting a TV with high-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports that can support all the latest graphics features these new game sources can deliver.

If you have multiple high-end gaming sources, you ideally want your TV to have as many high-bandwidth HDMI ports as you need.

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How we test LG TVs

When testing TVs in-house, we assess various aspects of their performance using an X-Rite colorimeter in conjunction with Portrait Displays’ Calman colour calibration software.

Among the measurements taken using those tools are figures for peak brightness, colour gamut coverage, greyscale and colour accuracy. Data is gathered for both SDR and HDR modes and for each of the picture modes a particular TV offers.

Testing a TV with Calman colour calibration software

This data-led approach enables us to make direct comparisons between different models and state with confidence which modes are best for specific types of content or lighting conditions.

A lot of time is also spent using the TVs as you would normally. We watch a huge variety of different content across a range of platforms, including Dolby Vision films on Netflix, TV shows on Prime Video and Disney Plus, and terrestrial broadcasts.

Picture and audio performance are evaluated throughout, and we pay close attention to our experience with the TV’s operating system, which in the case of LG televisions, is webOS. The OS is explored thoroughly and any new features are tried out to ensure they’re working as intended.

LG TVs’ next-gen gaming credentials are put to the test using either a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, and we play a variety of games over an HDMI 2.1 certified cable. The full range of gaming-related settings available is tested to ensure we have a comprehensive sense of performance.

The best LG TVs to buy in 2024

1. LG OLED A2: Best LG TV for OLED on a budget

Price: From £779 (48in) | Check price at John Lewis Lovely though it is, OLED’s picture quality doesn’t come cheap. Thankfully, LG acknowledged this by adding an entry-level A2 series to its range in 2022 OLED range. These models stripped away a few features to keep the price low without losing OLED’s core attractions.

We need to be clear, of course, about which features LG has stripped out of the OLED A2 to make it so affordable. The main ones are that it only carries a “standard” OLED panel rather than an Evo one; it’s only a 50Hz/60Hz panel, so there’s no support for 4K/120Hz gaming, and it only has three HDMIs rather than four. Essentially, the A2 sacrifices high-end gaming options to provide a more affordable OLED option for film buffs.

You do, however, get LG’s premium Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor rather than the step-down Alpha 7 Gen 5 system found on LG’s step-up B2 OLEDs. This is only true of the 48in listed here (the larger models use the Alpha 7 Gen 5 chip) but proves how seriously LG continues to take picture quality even on its cheapest OLED offering. Sadly, there’s no 2023 or 2024 model and stock of the A2 won’t last forever, so time is running out to pick up LG’s cheapest-ever OLED.

Key specs – Screen sizes: 48in, 55in and 65in; Screen type: OLED; HDR format support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; Connectivity: 3 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x USB, digital optical audio output, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RF tuner port

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2. LG OLED G3: Best LG TV for home cinema

Price when reviewed: From £1,699 (55in) | Check price at John Lewis

If you want to re-create the feeling of the cinema in your living room, size matters. This instantly focused our attention on LG TVs available in larger screen sizes, and from there it didn’t take long to settle on the OLED G3. This is because the G3 backs up its raw size with a panel that adds Micro Lens Array (MLA) technology to one of LG’s latest Evo panels to deliver higher brightness levels than ever before.

In action, this brightness makes its presence felt to spectacular effect in almost every frame of high dynamic range images, without any compromise to the rich black levels and colours that have become OLED’s trademark. Watching the OLED G3 really is like being at the cinema – only the picture quality’s better, nobody’s talking and you don’t have to sell a kidney to afford the popcorn.

Read our LG G3 review

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in, 65in and 77in; Screen type: OLED; HDR format support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; Connectivity: 4 x HDMI 2.1, 3 x USB, digital optical audio output, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RF tuner port

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3. LG OLED C3: Best LG TV for gaming

Price when reviewed: From £999 (42in) | Check price at Amazon

Best LG TV - LG C3The C3 is a great TV for general use but is a particularly good choice for gamers as it has four full-fat HDMI 2.1 ports and is available in 42in and 48in screen sizes. Those options are ideal for people wanting all of the benefits of OLED without having to commit to a set that takes up a significant proportion of their living space.

Pixel-level light control and first-rate video processing ensure the C3 delivers excellent picture quality whether you’re gaming or watching shows and films, and extremely low input lag makes the C3’s gaming experience a super-smooth and satisfying one. Meanwhile, LG’s webOS 23 provides intuitive access to a huge range of content and smart functionality, rounding out a package that’s only let down by rare image inconsistencies and lacklustre sound quality.

Read our LG C3 review

Key specs – Screen sizes available: 42in (tested), 48in, 55in, 65in, 77in, 83in; Screen type: OLED; HDR format support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; Connectivity: 4 x HDMI 2.1, 3 x USB, digital optical audio output, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RF tuner port