5 Best TVs for Bright Rooms

Apart from ports, panel brightness, display type, refresh rate, and other specifications, you also need to factor in the room environment when purchasing a new TV. If you intend to place a TV directly in front of windows in a room or hallway, you may experience unwanted reflections during daylight hours that could affect your viewing experience. Instead of using curtains all the time, check our list to get the best TV for bright rooms.

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First and foremost, you should note that OLED panels aren’t generally preferable for bright rooms. In fact, an OLED screen’s saturated colors, infinite contrast ratio, and perfect black levels are more suited for closed environments. We recommend going with an LED, QLED, Mini LED (or Neo LED as Samsung calls it) panel for bright sunny rooms. Here are our top picks.

Before we start, check our existing coverage on smart TVs.

1. Hisense Class U6 Series

  • Panel type: Mini LED
  • HDR formats supported: HDR10, HDR 10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
  • Operating system: Google TV
  • HDMI inputs: 3
  • Peak Display Brightness: 600 nits
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Thanks to a recent partnership with NBA, Hisense is quickly jumping the popularity charts in the US. The company is best known for offering high specifications for a relatively low price. And, the brand’s U6 series with Mini-LED displays is no different.

Compared to other manufacturers’ Mini LED offerings, Hisense’s U6 range is quite light on the pocket. It features significantly smaller LEDs to distribute the light better and deliver a bright image in your sunny room.

Unlike some top TV companies (looking at you, Samsung), the U6 series supports all the popular HDR formats (including Dolby Vision). While the gaming experience won’t wow you due to the use of a 60Hz panel, the auto low-latency mode, variable refresh rate, and minimal input lag should pave a good experience for casual gamers.

Powered by Google TV, the Hisense U6 Smart TVs come with a standard Bluetooth remote, which has shortcuts for popular streaming services. The TVs offer a robust port selection, and the range is available in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch sizes.  

What We Like

  • Affordable
  • Supports most HDR formats

What We Don’t Like

  • 60Hz panel

2. TCL QM8 with Google TV

  • Panel type: Mini LED
  • HDR formats supported: HDR10, HDR 10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
  • Operating system: Google TV
  • HDMI inputs: 3
  • Peak Display Brightness: 2,000 nits
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While Hisense has stuck a deal with NBA, TCL has joined hands with NFL to increase brand awareness in the region. The company’s QM8 offers a striking design, mouth-watering peak brightness levels, and several gaming features to entice buyers to the company’s doorsteps.

TCL promises 2,300 local dimming zones to deliver a rich picture-viewing experience. It’s a Mini LED panel, whereas a traditional LED is much smaller in size to improve contrast and colors. The advertised 2000 nits peak brightness should be enough to deal with window reflections and offer a better viewing experience than others.

Unlike Hisense U6, this one packs a 120Hz refresh rate panel for a smooth experience during action-packed movies, games, and sports events like F1. The VRR (variable refresh rate) goes up to 240Hz during gaming, which should keep PS5 and Xbox users hooked all the time.

It runs on Google TV OS and carries an IMAX certification for superior contrast, brightness, color, and sound.

What We Like

  • Excellent brightness, suited for bright rooms
  • 120Hz refresh rate

What We Don’t Like

  • No 55-inch option

3. LG QNED80 Mini LED Smart TV

  • Panel type: Mini LED
  • HDR formats supported: HDR10, HDR 10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
  • Operating system: webOS
  • HDMI inputs: 2
  • Peak Display Brightness: Up to 1,000 nits
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While LG is better known for OLED TVs, the company does offer several models with Mini LED displays, and they are definitely suited for a bright room at your home or office. The size starts from 50-inch and goes up to 86-inch, making it ideal for any room setup.

If your eyes are set on LG, but don’t want to deal with the infamous OLED burn-in, go with the company’s QNED series. The QNED series packs a Mini LED display and all the goodies you expect from the South Korean giant.

The model in question ships with a 120Hz panel, LG’s a7 AI processor Gen6 to detect the scene and improve picture quality, the ability to adjust backlights to deliver deep blacks, and more. LG’s efforts to improve gaming is worth mentioning here. The company offers FreeSync, VRR, GeForce NOW for cloud gaming, Game Dashboard, and more to create a robust gaming setup.  

LG QNED80 is powered by webOS, and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. While it supports 300+ free LG channels, popular streaming apps, and a gaming mode, the interface still feels cluttered with too many menus and content at a time. Even the supplied remote feels bloated with dozens of buttons.

What We Like

  • Multiple size options
  • LG’s custom processor works like a charm
  • Free LG channels can be useful to cord-cutters

What We Don’t Like

  • webOS
  • Average design

4. Sony X93L Smart Google TV

  • Panel type: Mini-LED
  • HDR formats supported: HDR10, HDR 10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
  • Operating system: Google TV
  • HDMI inputs: 4
  • Peak Display Brightness: Up to 1,800 nits
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While Sony’s high-end models have adopted OLED tech, the company’s Mini LED offerings are worth checking out too. They are often cheaper compared to OLED models and don’t compromise on design, features, gaming, and PS5 compatibility.

Sony is known for offering excellent picture quality (and weird product names), and the company’s X93L doesn’t disappoint a bit. The custom Cognitive Processor analyses the content and renders it the same way humans would notice it in the real world.

The design looks premium, and thanks to adjustable stands, you can comfortably place it over a narrow frame too. The TV’s gaming features are aplenty and the device comes with a 120Hz panel along with support for VRR, a low-latency mode, and PlayStation-exclusive features like auto-HDR tone mapping, auto genre picture mode, and a dedicated game menu.

Powered by Google TV, the X93L supports AirPlay to view your memories from an iPhone or iPad and packs in ample HDMI ports to connect a home theatre, PS5, and other accessories.

What We Like

  • PS5 features
  • Excellent design
  • Sony’s class-leading processing

What We Don’t Like

  • Average remote

5. Samsung QN90C with Alexa Built-in

  • Panel type: Neo LED
  • HDR formats supported: HDR 10+, HLG
  • Operating system: Tizen OS
  • HDMI inputs: 4
  • Peak Display Brightness: Up to 2,000 nits
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Speaking of the best TVs for bright rooms, our list is incomplete without a Neo QLED model from the world’s top TV manufacturer – Samsung. While you can’t go wrong with 8K models, we have picked up QN90C since it’s affordable and comes with several display sizes to choose from.

While Samsung has finally hopped on the OLED train (QD-OLED in their language), the company has been offering excellent Neo LED models for years. The QN90C range starts at 43-inch size and goes up to 85-inch. It packs in a Neural Quantum processor to deliver excellent dynamic range and upscale HD movies in 4K resolution. It supports Dolby Atmos and object tracking, and thanks to Q-Symphony 3.0, you are up for a treat if you pair it with one of Samsung’s Q-series or S-series soundbars.

The 120Hz 4K panel is Pantone certified, and it’s wrapped around a neo-slim design. However, it’s nowhere near as sleek as Samsung’s Infinity One design on high-end models. Samsung also offers a separate gaming hub to manage your games, apps, and accessories.

The QN90C is powered by Tizen OS. It has a rich apps library, neat integration with Samsung devices and smart home accessories, and goodies like Samsung TV Plus to stream cable channels for free. Although it received a UI makeover recently, the home screen still needs some work to cut down the bloat.

What We Like

  • Class-leading Mini LED display
  • Minimal remote
  • Works well with Samsung accessories and products

What We Don’t Like

  • Tizen OS UI and UX still lag behind Google TV and Apple TV
  • Lacks Dolby Vision support

Complete Your New Media Setup

And, that wraps up our list of the best TVs for bright rooms. The options prefaced above should cater to buyers shopping at different budgets. And, while most titles don’t support 8K resolution, the gaming experience is still better on high-resolution panels. So, if you are looking to get one, read our dedicated post to check the top 8K TVs for gaming in 2023 too.

Last updated on 10 August, 2023

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