Sports fans need a TV worthy of their teams’ triumphs. Most people should still get the 2016 TV models, as the 2017 ones are too expensive and don't offer many advantages. Need a TV that handles fast movement well to enjoy the big game fully? Here are our recommendations for the best TVs for sports.
Best TV for watching sports
The best TV for watching sports is the LG B6 OLED TV. It's capable of producing a very uniform picture, so the green grassy fields and bright ice rinks look clean and without dirty patches.
Motion is also excellent. Sports usually are broadcast at higher refresh rates, which is beneficial to OLEDs. They have an instant response time, so no trail is left behind moving objects at all. Everything looks crisp and smooth. The LG B6 also has an excellent viewing angle, so big game parties with a lot of people watching from the sides will still look great.
OLED TVs aren't perfect, though. Most importantly for sports, the scores and other static banners at the top and bottom might be retained as "ghost images", similarly to what plasma TVs used to produce. This isn't permanent and fades after a couple of minutes of viewing, but it can be a mild annoyance.
Best mid-range TV for watching sports
For a more affordable TV, get the Sony X750D 4k TV. It has a great viewing angle, very little motion blur and gets pretty bright. It works well in a bright living room with a few friends that are going to be watching from the sides. Colors are more uniform than average, so blotchiness shouldn't be an issue. Most sports fans should get this TV since more expensive models aren't much better for a lot more money.
Note: If you're looking for a larger size, the Sony X700D is essentially the same TV, but without a 120hz panel and in a smaller range of sizes.
Best budget TV for watching sports
In the budget range, go with the TCL FS3800. It's only 1080p, and picture quality isn't anything astonishing, but it deals with motion quite well, and the screen doesn't have any major uniformity issues. It's a definite step down compared to the Sony X700D, but it's still a good TV that will offer a good sports-watching experience.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch sports for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Vizio P Series 2016. Low amount of motion blur, but vertical bands on the screens can be distracting on sports with a lot of panning shots. See our review
- Sony X850D. Great TV for watching sports, but the X750D does more for even cheaper. See our review
- LG UH8500. Good option if you want to watch it at an angle, but a bit priced too high. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.