Best Android TVs for July 2024

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Are you in the market for a new TV and want to get an Android TV for your home? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will be listing the ten best Android TVs that are currently available. Many of these TVs use Google TV, so we’ll be using the terms “Android TV” and “Google TV” interchangeably, seeing as they are pretty similar. The only real difference is that Google TV offers more recommendations and tabs on the home screen versus Android TV.

“All the TVs listed here come with either Android TV or Google TV built-in. However, there are some TVs in the market that only have Chromecast built-in, such as those from VIZIO, and they won’t be included in this list. You can find the top Android TVs from renowned brands like Sony, Hisense, and TCL.”

Best Overall Android TV: Hisense U8H Series Mini LED

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The Hisense U8H is a bright, affordable, and powerful Android TV

When it comes to Android TV and even Google TV now, the best TV that you can buy is the Hisense U8H. Now, those of you who are into TVs might be surprised to see Hisense here. But keep in mind that Samsung and LG do not use Android TV, so all of their TVs cannot be listed here. That doesn’t mean the Hisense U8H is a bad TV; quite the contrary. This is a stunning TV that gets super bright. And that is thanks to Mini LED. In our experience with the U8H, we’ve found that this is the best picture quality for a bright room, in this price range. That’s pretty impressive, considering this is under $1,000.

Hisense offers the U8H in two sizes: 55- and 65-inches, and it starts at $699. That makes this an ultra-affordable Mini LED TV that offers a great picture, as well as great viewing angles. Meaning that a group of people can watch the Super Bowl on this TV without any issues.

One of the knocks that I’ve had on TVs with Android TV or Google TV built-in is the hardware. You see, Android TV is not as lightweight as Fire TV or even Roku. So it needs stronger hardware (processor, more RAM, more storage, etc) than other TVs. And a lot of time, TVs skimp out on that. However with the Hisense U8H, that is not an issue, actually. Android TV runs very smoothly here, without any lag. That’s not something we’ve seen on a lot of other Android TV sets.

When it comes to gaming, the U8H is still no slouch. This TV is able to play games on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 at 4K120. That’s because it does have HDMI 2.1 included, however you will need to manually enable “HDMI Enhanced” in the settings to get this to work. Input lag is also pretty minimal on this TV, coming in at about 15ms in testing. That’s for both 1080p and 4K HDR.

The bottom line with this TV is that it’s a great value, and it happens to run on Android TV. Making it easier than ever to play your favorite movies and games. It also provides a superb gaming experience, thanks to HDMI 2.1 as well as VRR and ALLM, all for under $1,000.

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Best Budget Android TV: TCL 5-Series (2022)

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The TCL 5-Series is inexpensive but still offers high-end features, including QLED

TCL has made a name for itself in offering lower-priced TVs that don’t suck. And the TCL 5-Series continues that trend with this QLED Android TV. Now, this is the 2022 model, so we’d expect it to get replaced in early 2024, as TCL generally does Android TV/Google TV sets in even years and Roku TV sets in even years. But even in late 2023, this is still a fantastic TV to grab. It comes in a number of sizes: 50-, 55-, 65- and 75-inch, with a starting price of $399.

Not only does this TV look great, but it is also incredible for gaming. It does have auto-low latency mode and variable refresh rate. But it does not include HDMI 2.1 for 4K120 gameplay. That is unfortunate, but at this price, it’s not a huge surprise. HDMI 2.1 is generally in more expensive TVs because it is a more expensive port to include. Even gaming at 60Hz looks incredible, and there’s no tearing during gameplay, but a few frames might get dropped.

TCL has included eARC on this TV, which is going to provide you with the ability to plug in a soundbar and control it with your TV remote. Or plug in your console and control it with your TV remote. There are three HDMI ports altogether, which is a great selection for a TV in this price range. One for a soundbar, another for a console, and then one more for maybe another console or maybe a Roku or Fire TV Stick if you’d like that instead.

Android TV runs really nicely on this TCL 5-Series actually. I was pretty shocked at how smoothly it ran on this hardware. It’s great to see, and hopefully that trend continues with other TVs. Android TV brings you all of your favorite apps and games, as well as Google Assistant and Cast. Making it a great experience.

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Best OLED Android TV: Sony A80L

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The absolute Best Android TV experience, if money is no object

This is arguably the best Android TV you can buy, but the reason why it’s not listed in the “Best Overall Android TV” is because of the price. Sony’s TVs do tend to be more expensive, and this one starts at $1,498 for the 55-inch model. With options for 65-, 77- and 83-inch available. Part of the reason for that is because the A80L is an OLED TV. OLED is naturally more expensive, but it is also one of the best panels for a TV on the market today. So if you want the best picture quality, then this is the one to get.

This is the perfect TV for movie lovers. This is because of the OLED display, which provides incredible picture quality but also brings in strong, immersive sound quality. Basically getting rid of the soundbar for you. And that is always a good thing to see here. It’s a good refinement over Sony’s older OLED TVs with Android TV built-in. Making it a good option to buy.

The only real downside with this TV is that it is not as bright as others. That is partially an issue with OLED TVs in general. So if you can control the amount of light in the room, then it’s a good buy. Sony has included Dolby Vision HDR here at up to 120Hz, and I really can’t put into words how great this looks. It’s such an amazing experience.

Gaming on the Sony A80L is a joy as well. This is thanks to not one but two HDMI 2.1 ports. Giving you support for 4K120 gameplay on the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. This also includes support for Auto-Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate, which makes this such a great gaming experience in your living room. Sony also has a new Game Menu with the A80L, making it easier to change up your settings without actually leaving the game.

The bottom line is that the Sony A80L provides the best picture quality, some of the best gaming experiences, and Android TV at a slightly higher price than other TVs on this list. But it is worth the money.

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Best Small OLED Android TV: Sony A90K

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This stunning OLED TV is available in sizes as small as 42-inches

While the Sony A80L might be the best OLED TV, the A90K is a really good OLED TV that comes in smaller sizes too. This is going to be a great option to use as a monitor, or in a bedroom, where you are closer to the TV and don’t really need such a large display. The Sony A90K comes in 42- and 48-inch sizes only. And it starts at $1,299.

We like this TV because of its smaller size. OLED TVs aren’t used to be available in anything smaller than a 55-inch model. And many of us like to use these types of displays as a monitor at our desks. Because it gives you such a good picture quality, in a smaller size, so it hurts your neck less, it also is great to put into a bedroom, especially a smaller bedroom where you don’t want to stick a big 65-inch TV because it’s just so large.

The Sony A90K might not be the best OLED TV on the market, it does come pretty close. And coming in these two sub-50 inch sizes is clutch for Sony. It’s especially good for PlayStation 5 players. Obviously, since Sony made this TV and the PS5, they did not forget about PS5 owners. We have included a number of exclusive features for them. That includes HDMI 2.1 for 4K120 gameplay, as well as Auto-Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate.

But what really blew us away with the A90K is just how good the 4K upscaling is on this TV. 4K upscaling isn’t new, but each year it gets better and better, with many using AI for it now. And on the A90K, it’s almost impossible to tell that a title you’re watching is actually a 1080p title and not 4K. It’s a little more noticeable on a 720p title, of course. However, this is rather impressive.

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Best Gaming Android TV: TCL 6-Series Mini-LED QLED


TCL provides a bright experience for gamers with HDMI 2.1 for 4K120 gaming with the 6-Series

Those of you looking for a great TV that runs Android TV, as well as providing the best gaming experience at a pretty good price, the TCL 6-Series Mini-LED QLED is a really great option. The TCL 6-Series Mini-LED QLED TV is available at a starting price of $599, and is available in 55- and 65-inch sizes, which are honestly the perfect sizes for TVs in just about every living room.

When it comes to gaming, there are a couple of features that you want to look at for every TV. Those are HDMI 2.1, Auto-Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). The TCL 6-Series Mini-LED QLED TV offers all three. And that’s on top of having such a stunning picture quality. TCL uses a QLED panel with Mini-LED, which gives you a pretty color-accurate picture, and it’s also brighter. This is one of the brighter TVs we’ve seen that doesn’t just destroy the picture quality as it gets brighter. And that’s all things that will help lead to a much better gaming experience.

This TV does run on Google TV, which is a slightly upgraded version of Android TV. It offers a bit more recommendations than what Android TV does. But it’ll look pretty much the same. With Google TV here, you’re getting the best digital assistant in Google Assistant, as well as Google Cast. Not to mention, a ton of great apps that you can use. Including Netflix, Hulu and much more.

This is a great gaming TV that offers Google TV and also doesn’t have a huge price tag. It’s hard to go wrong with the TCL 6-Series Mini-LED QLED 4K TV.

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Best Google TV dongle: Chromecast with Google TV

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You don’t need to buy a whole new TV to get Google TV on-board

Rounding out our list of the best Android TVs is actually a dongle. This dongle brings along Android TV in the form of Google TV – which is basically a lightweight skin over the top of Android TV. It’s the Chromecast you know and love, but now with a remote. Google actually sells this in a 1080p and a 4K model for $30 and $50, respectively.

This is a fantastic dongle, and I’ve actually been using it for a few years now. I have it plugged into an Amazon Fire TV set, which is pretty hilarious, but it works just fine. Google has made it super easy to install this Chromecast and get started. Of course, it has Android TV, which means that you get all of your favorite apps here. That includes Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Max and much more. In addition to Google Assistant and Cast being included and making this a fantastic experience.

Google also gives you the ability to see your latest Live TV listings. This was originally only available for YouTube TV, but they have since added Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, as well as some other FAST services like Tubi TV and Pluto TV. This is by far my favorite feature, as I can see them all in one place without opening and switching apps to find something to watch.

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