Which TV to buy – buying guide [2020]

Summer can be an ideal time to change your TV. The new models that are usually introduced at the beginning of the year are already established and there are many reviews that can help us with the rating. In addition, it is not difficult to find good deals that get better over the months.

We published the article some time ago 9 tips for buying a good TV and my first recommendation is that you consult it. Everything we said back then is still valid and there is little point in repeating it. What we can do is expand it Points to consider to buy a television in 2020.

If you can, better a 10-bit panel

An 8-bit panel can reproduce 256 shades of red, green, or blue to create the images. A total of 16.7 million different colors are created. So far this has been more than enough, but the introduction of HDR makes color depth more important.

Therefore, it is advisable to choose televisions with a 10-bit panel (up to 1073 million different colors) that can improve realism and color accuracy in demanding scenarios like 4K HDR content. In 2020, almost all mid-range and high-end televisions will have a 10-bit panel, while those with 8 will be referred to small screens or little-known brands.

HDR required. HDR10 + and Dolby Vision recommended

If you are reading these lines, it is because you want to make a leap in quality in your digital space and the next step is HDR. It may not be as implemented as we would like it to be, but the industry support is powerful and the experience with the right technology is impressive. If your option includes HDR10 + and Dolby Vision (or at least one of the two), this is better.

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HDR is not important until you see something in HDR.

HDMI 2.1 will be important

The HDMI standard has been with us for many years and has recently received a comprehensive update that increases the available bandwidth from 18 to 48 Gbit / s. Manufacturers use the channel to integrate technologies such as VRR (variable refresh rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) or QFT (Quick Frame Transport) to improve the experience when playing or watching a film.

So make sure that at least one of the connectors on your new TV is HDMI 2.1.

4K minimum. 4K maximum.

There's no reason to buy anything less than 4K (in fact, it's difficult to find it already in diagonals over 50 inches) or to take the next step. The 8K is still in diapers and there is no content available. Got the idea? It's the same thing that happened with 4K a few years ago when it seemed like we always had enough with 1080p.

OLED, QLED, ULED, LED, MicroLED, MiniLED … what a mess!

Although manufacturers' marketing departments insist, in practice only two technologies dominate the market: the LCD and the OLED. LEDs (and QLED and …) are new backlight systems, but not a new technology, as we explain in detail in this article.

Since we are in a guide and it makes sense to shorten it, we are sure that the budget available determines the choice. I leave you some tips that can help you:

  • If you want the best picture quality and want to see content (multimedia or video games) that a good panel can use, OLED is the best option.
  • If you are not fans of picture quality and just want to see DTT, then it is not worth buying an expensive TV.
  • If you have a large room and are concerned about viewing angles, including OLED.
  • If you mainly watch TV during the day, in a very bright room and are concerned about brightness, a good LCD is better.
  • If the budget is not a problem, buy OLED. If so, choose the best LCD you can afford (ideally VA Edge LED).
  • For televisions that are intended for second rooms and only to see DTT, an IPS with an adapted price is the most reasonable. Without content to use the technology, it is better not to spend too much.

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Better a good 2019 (or even 2018!) Than a bad 2020

The mall provider will probably argue differently, but in reality TVs don't change that much from year to year (with a few exceptions, of course). These teams are falling fast in price and with a normal budget you can opt for a high range of 2019 compared to a medium range of the current year. In most cases, the most rational option is the first. For this reason, you will see several models for 2019 on our list.

Our selection of recommended TVs for 2020

I checked the market to offer you some options that I find interesting. They are neither the cheapest nor the most expensive models, they are the TVs that convince me the most and the ones that I think can serve as a reference for most.


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One of best TV of 2019 It is still one of my favorites this year. Brutal picture quality, minimal latency, compatible with Dolby Vision and HDMI 2.1 as standard. Perhaps the only downside is that the sound doesn't meet the requirements, but it's common in almost all of them and has a solution through the soundbar.

Why should you buy it?

  • Excellent image quality with excellent black tones and contrasts
  • Careful design
  • Fast and well optimized operating system

Why should you choose another option?

  • There are brighter TVs
  • Does not support HDR10 +

Price: 1,299 at Amazon.

Panasonic TX-55GZ1000

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The Japanese company has been the reference for fans of image quality for years. Except for a certain hesitation when switching from LCD to OLED, it's Panasonic TVs very film fan-oriented who value color fidelity and work with movement above any other factor.

The GZ1000 is getting cheaper (if you don't have budget problems, stop reading and opt for the GZ2000) and it comes with flawless calibration for the best cinema experience.

Why should you buy it?

  • Spectacular picture quality
  • Compatible with Dual Vision and HDR10 +
  • Fantastic design
  • Absolutely black

Why should you choose another option?

  • Atmos sound can be improved
  • Regular remote control
  • Few brand updates

Price: 1,299 in El Corte Inglés

Sony OLED AG9 MASTER series

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Quality (and price) Sony in its purest form. Although this television is over a year old, it has one of the best OLED panels on the market that is available Excellent factory calibrated.

Due to its low latency and minimal response time, it is not only a dream TV for multimedia content, but also ideal for video games. The AndroidTV operating system is already very mature and offers an above-average sound. Excellent option in its price range.

Why should you buy it?

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Outstanding design and build quality
  • Excellent viewing angles
  • Reduced latency and low response time

Why should you choose another option?

  • Not compatible with HDR10 +
  • The price is still high.

Price: 1,999 euros in El Corte Inglés

LG NanoCell SM9800

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The first LCD on our list requires that Top of the Korean house series for this year. It has FALD backlighting and nanoparticle generation technology that positions it as a good alternative to OLED.

At that time, it exceeded 1,600 euros, an inflated price for the offer, which was significantly mitigated. To accommodate his commitment to HDR, with support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, HDMI 2.1 connectivity and a focus on video games with technologies like VRR or ALLM as standard.

Why should you buy it?

  • Remarkable picture quality
  • HDMI 2.1 on all four ports
  • WebOS works well and doesn't bother you
  • Play spectacularly

Why should you choose another option?

  • Since the panel is good, it can't compete with other high-end VA LCDs
  • The base needs to improve

Price: 1,026 euros at Amazon

Sony xg95

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Another great LCD-based bet with a high-contrast VA panel and a FALD backlight system. This Sony proposal can be found under 1000 euros in 55 inches and is a interesting purchase for an off-road profile: DTT, cinema, series, video games …

Why should you buy it?

  • Fantastic panel with great HDR performance
  • Excellent for dark areas when you consider that it is an LCD
  • Well calibrated at the factory
  • Adjusted price

Why should you choose another option?

  • Does not support HDR10 +
  • We miss another credit point with SmartTV.

Price: 979 euros in PC components

Samsung QE55Q80T

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This great representative of Samsung's commitment to QLED combines excellent image quality, good sound and a very careful design. We like the four HDMI 2.1 and the operating system, complete, fast and intuitive.

The Samsung QE55Q80T looks good without having to touch anything and Answer with any type of content. Most foodies miss the support for Dolby Vision, but in general it's a great option that is now a lot cheaper than when it first came out.

Why should you buy it?

  • High contrast and color rendering
  • Amazing sound
  • Excellent for dark areas when you consider that it is an LCD
  • Well calibrated at the factory
  • Adjusted price

Why should you choose another option?

  • Does not support HDR10 +
  • We miss another credit point with SmartTV.

Price: 1295 euros in El Corte Inglés


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Probably one of the best TVs of 2020. It improves everything the C9 (also included in this list) offers, offers excellent picture quality and has the new Filmaker mode, which promises to take the home theater experience to a new level.

If you go to the beginning of this guide and check what we should ask of a TV, this model offers everything except the HDR10 + and a price that has adjusted over the months. Out of my sight, one of the best options in the market today.

Why should you buy it?

  • Large board with eye-catching black tones and excellent shadow details.
  • Impressive HDR performance
  • Filmmaker mode
  • Support for Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos
  • Low latency and response time
  • Spectacular design and build quality

Why should you choose another option?

  • Does not support HDR10 +
  • If the design isn't that important to you, there are cheaper options (like the 65CX).
  • The price is high

Price: 2249 euros in FNAC

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