Android TV, as you can probably tell from the name, is a version of Google’s Android operating system that’s configured specifically for TVs. It’s used across a variety of TV brands in the U.S., including Sony, TCL, and Hisense, so you’re bound to come across at least a few when shopping for the best TVs out there. The Android TV OS is very similar to the mobile version of Android in terms of the overall functionality, which lets you access things like the Google Play Store to download compatible apps, Google Assistant, and more. The Android TV interface, however, is a lot different.
Google further tweaked Android TV OS with the launch of Google TV, its new interface that uses Google’s A.I. to offer a more personalized TV viewing experience. All modern Google-powered TVs and streaming devices ship with the new Google TV interface out of the box. In fact, many existing Android TV units are also getting the revamped interface, so there’s no need to panic if you’re buying a relatively old TV that doesn’t mention it. That being said, if you’re looking to upgrade to a new Android TV this holiday season, then you’ve come to the right place. These are the best Android TVs you can buy in 2022:
Best Android TV overall: Sony BRAVIA XR A80K OLED (2022)
The Sony A80K is easily one of the best OLED TVs you can buy right now. It’s part of Sony’s 2022 lineup, and it’s powered by Google TV, so it perfectly fits the bill here. This particular model sits below Sony’s more expensive A95K QD-OLED range, but it offers a much better value for your money. Unlike the X95K series that’s only available to purchase in either 55 or 65-inch sizes, the A80K range is also available in an additional 77-inch size, which is perfect for those who want a big TV for their living room.
The Sony A80K OLED TV is known for its picture quality and equally good sound quality for media consumption. It’s also one of the best-looking TVs out there, with a modern design and impressive build quality. One of the highlights of the Sony A80K is that it’s also an excellent option for gamers. Not only does it come with Sony’s own proprietary Dolby Vision setup for gaming, but it also has an auto low latency HDMI 2.1 feature that enables it to switch in and out of Sony’s low-latency game picture. Not to mention, it’s also a great TV for PlayStation 5 owners as it comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports with support for 4K 120Hz output and VRR. This TV starts at $1,300 for the 55-inch variant, and it goes up from there depending on the screen size you pick.
Sony BRAVIA XR A80K
The Sony BRAVIA XR A80K is one of the best Google-powered OLED TVs you can buy. It offers great picture and audio quality, along with some noteworthy features for gamers, too.
Runner-up: Sony BRAVIA XR A90J OLED (2021)
The Sony A90J is very similar to our pick for the best Android TV, but it’s slightly more feature-rich. We’re recommending a 2021 model because the upgraded A90K 2022 models are only available in 42-inch and 48-inch sizes, and you’ll have to turn to the more expensive A95K QD-OLED units if you need bigger sizes. The A90J 2021 model still holds up pretty well in 2022, though, so you don’t have to worry about longevity.
Additionally, the A90J comes with the new Google TV experience out of the box. In addition to support for features like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision HDR, and Netflix Calibrated Mode, you also get HDMI 2.1 ports for full next-generation PlayStation 5 gaming with VRR and ALLM. The Sony A90J BRAVIA XR Master comes in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 83-inch screen sizes, starting at around $1,800 in the U.S.
Sony A90J Bravia XR Master 4K OLED TV
Sony’s A90J is a great 4K OLED TV. If you can swallow its relatively higher price tag, it’ll give you an even better experience than the A80K.
Best budget 4K Android TV: Hisense U8H
The original version of this article was published with the Hisense U8G as our best budget Android TV pick, but we’re now updating it to list its successor, the Hisense U8H 2022 model. This particular TV is also available to purchase in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch sizes, all of which have a mini-LED backlit QLED panel. This Hisense TV is also great for playing video games as it supports HDMI 2.1 and provides low input lag, great response time, and variable refresh rate.
The Hisense U8H supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10, and HDR10+. Unlike its predecessor, it runs the new Google TV experience out of the box, meaning it’s on par with all the other high-end TVs out there on the market. It also comes with built-in Google Assistant, meaning you can give it voice commands too. The 55-inch version of the TV is currently down to just $700, which is quite impressive for the kind of features it brings to the table.
Hisense U8H 4K Quantum ULED TV
The Hisense U8H is one of the best QLED TVs you can buy right now. It offers a laundry list of features and comes with the updated Google TV interface out of the box.
Alternate best budget 4K Android TV: TCL 6-Series Google TV
TCL made a big jump in the Android TV space with its new 5 series and 6 series Google TV models. Although the company has been selling Android TVs for a while now, they were limited to the budget segment. But with the 6 series Google TVs, TCL brought Android TV to its premium TVs.
The TCL R646 is a 4K QLED television that uses Mini-LED backlighting, giving you vibrant colors and high brightness. The TV also employs full-array local dimming with up to 240 zones to offer an excellent contrast ratio. In addition, there’s support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HDR10, allowing you to enjoy HDR content.
The R646 is also a fantastic television for gaming, thanks to its support for next-generation gaming features. You get a 120Hz panel, two HDMI 2.1 ports supporting 4K, 120 FPS gaming, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support. You can purchase the TCL R646 in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch sizes, and it starts at $600 in the U.S.
TCL 6-Series QLED 4K Google TV
TCL R646 is an excellent and versatile Google TV model. It has a wide color gamut, deep black levels, it’s great for gaming, and comes in multiple sizes.
Best small Android TV: TCL 3-Series FHD TV
Not everyone wants to buy a massive 4K TV with a screen that’s bigger than 50 inches, so we’ve added the TCL 3-Series to the mix. This is one of the best 32-inch TVs you can buy right now, and it’ll cost you as little as $180. It only supports Full HD (1080p) resolution, but that’s not necessarily a dealbreaker since that’s all you need for a 32-inch display. But don’t let its smaller screen size and the affordable price tag make you think of it any less because it’s packed with great features.
The TCL 3-series FHD TV is also one of the most affordable smart TVs that supports the updated Google TV interface. It also comes with built-in Google Assistant, so you can also use your voice to search for your favorite movies and TV shows to watch. Overall, the software experience on this TV is on par with what you would get on many other expensive TVs mentioned on this list.
TCL 3-series FHD Google TV
This TCL 3-series TV may not be the most feature-packed TV out there on the market, but it comes with all the essentials that you’d expect to see from a high-end TV, including support for the new upgraded Google TV interface.
Best 8K Android TV: Sony BRAVIA XR Z9K 8K Mini LED
You can always pick one of the other TVs mentioned in this collection and get it in the biggest size. But if you don’t mind paying a premium price to get the best smart TV out there, then we recommend the Sony BRAVIA XR Z9K 8K TV. This is the most expensive TV in this collection, but it comes with everything you expect to see in a premium TV in 2022.
The Sony BRAVIA XR Z9K is available to purchase with either a 75-inch or 85-inch screen, and they’re both Mini LED HDR panels with support for 8K resolution. It also comes with BRAVIA CAM which lets you take video calls directly from the TV. Like most modern Android TVs, this one also comes with the updated Google TV interface, and you get all the essentials like Google Assistant, Google Duo, and more out of the box. The Sony BRAVIA XR Z9K 8K TV starts at $6,000, but you’ll have to spend as much as $9,000 for the 85-inch variant. Most won’t need 8K right now since a lot of content doesn’t support it, but if you want to get ahead of the curve, the price will be worth it.
Sony BRAVIA XR Z9K 8K Mini LED TV
The Sony BRAVIA XR Z9K 8K TV is the most expensive TV in this collection, but it comes with pretty much everything you’d expect from a high-end TV in 2022, including an 8K display, HDMI 2.1 ports for high-refresh-rate gaming via PS5, and more.
These are the best Android TV models you can buy in 2022. While TVs with built-in Android TV are an easy way to experience the platform, you can also buy an Android TV box or streaming stick to get the experience in a ‘dumb’ or smart TV with another operating system. If you really want to use the Android TV platform but are looking for even more choices, get a great TV with any platform, and pick a media player from our best Android TV box list.