The Best Smart TVs for Ditching Cable Once and for All

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A smart TV could be the reason you finally break up with cable because they offer you easy access to hundreds of streaming apps, so you can watch your favorite shows and movies at any time. We've rounded up the best offerings available today from the likes of Samsung, Vizio, LG, and Sony, among others. All you need to do is decide which series will be your next binge.

1 TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

This smart TV delivers a phenomenal picture despite its low price. It supports HDR, which produces a bright lifelike image that's full of color. Best of all, it runs Roku as its platform, which offers an easy-to-use interface and pretty much every streaming app you could ask for.

The 55R617's remote lets you search for shows or movies with your voice, and it has hot keys for all your favorite streaming apps like Hulu and Netflix. We think that this TV from TCL is an excellent value considering its superb picture, slew of smart features, numerous ports, and ease of use.

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2 Toshiba Fire TV Edition 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

This 4K smart TV from Toshiba was developed in collaboration with Amazon. It runs a full-fledged version of FireOS, so you have access to over 15,000 channels and apps without the extra expense of a streaming box. Its remote control has Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, built right in.

This means you can control TV playback, use smart home devices, launch apps, search for shows, play music, and switch inputs all with your voice. It's equipped with 3 HDMI ports, a USB port, an optical output, an Ethernet jack, and a cable output. It also supports HDR content, which offers extremely realistic picture quality.

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3 LG 55UK7700PUD 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

This gorgeous 4K LED TV from LG runs the tech giant's latest webOS 3.5 platform, which streams video from all major services, including YouTube. LG's Channel Plus app grants access to more than 70 free premium internet channels, too. The TV uses a "Magic Remote" that when pointed at your screen, tracks your arm movements so you can quickly and easily make your selections.

It also works in tandem with your Amazon Echo smart speaker, so you can use voice commands to change channels, pause, and search for content. It's an awesome HDR-compatible TV that packs plenty of ports, including four HDMI, two USB, and an Ethernet jack.

4 Samsung UN49NU8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

This 4K Samsung TV has stunning picture quality, HDR support, and four HDMI ports. Plus, it has voice control through Samsung's Bixby assistant. Its Smart Hub interface features apps from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, and Vudu, among others.

It's a great TV for gamers because of its superb motion handling. We think that it's one of the nicest-looking TVs you can buy. It has an extremely thin profile with narrow bezels, plus a sharp stand that'll complement any room in your home.

5 Sony XBR55X900F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

If you're looking for a best-in-class, HDR-compatible smart TV that offers truly incredible life-like picture, look no further than this one from Sony. It uses Android TV as its platform, which packs all your favorite streaming apps and then some. Because the TV has the Google Play Store built-in, you can pick from thousands of apps to download to extend the TV's functionality.

The TV also has Chromecast built-in, so content can be casted from your smartphone or tablet directly to the TV. The included remote has a button that lets you easily access Netflix and a microphone for voice search, or you can link it with your Amazon Alexa- or Google Assistant-powered smart speaker. It's an extremely sharp-looking and feature-filled model with excellent picture quality, but it's pricier than most other TVs.

6 VIZIO SmartCast M-Series Smart TV

from $698.00


This smart TV allows you to cast content from your favorite streaming apps and services to it from your mobile device. Key features of this 4K Ultra-HD TV include a speedy 120 Hz refresh rate, four HDMI ports, and the ability to use your smartphone or tablet as a touchscreen remote. It also works with your Google Home. You're also able to fire up Netflix, control playback, and change the volume, all with your voice.

If you don't want to cast apps from your phone, the TV also has built-in apps for Hulu, Showtime, HBO Go, Google Play Music, Netflix, and Spotify, among others.

7 LG Electronics OLED55C8PUA 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV

If you have deep pockets and image quality is the most important characteristic when shopping for a smart TV, you can't go wrong with the LG C8. It offers much deeper blacks and truer colors than its LCD and LED counterparts.

As you'd expect, this gorgeous 4K Ultra HD TV supports HDR content, and it's equipped with all the latest smart features and plenty of ports (you get four HDMI and three USB). It runs LG's webOS platform, includes a nifty remote, and it supports voice controls. It's also one of the few TVs that's equipped with Dolby Atmos speakers.

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8 Sharp P7000 Series 4K Smart Aquos TV

from $549.95


This super-thin Sharp LED TV delivers impressive 4K Ultra HD quality video to your living room. It sports four HDMI inputs, three USB jacks, built-in Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connectivity. Sharp's SmartCentral platform provides plenty of entertainment options, including streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu, in addition to music apps like Pandora, and even social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter.

There's a web browser and an app store, and you can control the TV with your smartphone. Considering its fair price, impressive HDR-compatible picture, and connectivity options, this TV is definitely worth your consideration.