Best LG TV 2022: 4K LED vs NanoCell vs QNED vs OLED vs Lifestyle
We help you find the right LG TV for your needs and budget
By Steve May
When deciding on a new TV, price and screen size are likely to shape any shortlist you come up with. But within that seemingly simple filtering process are a whole raft of things to consider, such as panel display technology (how do LED, Mini LED, OLED, and Nanocell compare?), as well as smart platform, design and more.
4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatibility is now largely standard – unless you buy a bargain-bin TV special. While 4K is a logical step up from Full HD, HDR comes in various flavours. In addition to standard HDR10, there’s HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and some other variations, like LG’s HDR Pro and Dolby Vision IQ.
Every aspect can represent a rabbit hole, but ultimately it’s just a question of deciding which suits you best. Like key rival Samsung, LG offers a huge variety of TV types, covering the budget, mid-range and premium ends of the market.
Not only is LG’s TV range class-leading, it also has one of the most widely respected smart TV platforms on the market, in the shape of webOS. The latest iteration, dubbed webOS22 (the brand has moved from sequential numbering to yearly suffixes), delivers a huge variety of built-in streaming service apps, including Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+, and Now (subscriptions may be required).
There’s also voice compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as the brand’s own ThinQ AI platform.
In this guide we’ll steer you through the various 2022 models available from LG, where prices vary from £219 to £100,000, throwing a focus on their key features and attributes.
This is a best-selling line of flatscreens for LG, The LQ models employ a standard LED backlight, but will serve many buyers well thanks to the brand’s webOS smart platform, which comes with Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ amongst others. UK buyers also get a Freeview Play tuner, so that means all the mainstream catch-up TV channels are on board. Screen sizes are small, spanning 32- through to 43in.
All of LG’s LQ screens are Full HD models, so this isn’t the place to come for 4K. They do offer compatibility with an HDR signal though, so could be a good option for casual console gamers.
The LG LM models boast a slightly higher picture performance, courtesy of a Dynamic Colour enhancer and Dolby Audio processing. If you want a small screen for second room duties, then the prices on these models are certain to appeal.
LG’s UQ range is a gateway to the finer things in life, like 4K UHD and multi-format HDR. These sets combine a solid picture performance with a range of highly desirable smart features. For many, they’ll do exactly what’s needed at a price that won’t startle the fish.
Screen sizes range from 43in for the UQ 7-series, up to a wall-filling 86-inch on the UQ 8- and 9-series. Buying tip: most brands tend to have televisions that fit the 7- and 8-series nomenclature, and it’s usually indicative that you’re in a comparable ballpark.
The range-topping UQ91 ais fashionably slim, thanks to LED edge-lighting, and has a furniture friendly crescent stand. There are only three HDMIs on board though, which could limit your source options.
Handling sound and vision is the brand’s Alpha 5 Gen 5 processor, with ThinQ AI. This silicon is particularly adept at upscaling, which is good news if you have a large collection of HD Blu-rays hanging around.
Smart Voice Control is available via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The screens are also compatible with Apple AirPlay.
The UQ range runs the latest iteration of webOS, which in addition to having a wide range of streaming apps on tap, also allow family members to set up different user profiles. Freeview Play catch-up ensures UK buyers won’t fall behind on soaps and quizzes.
HDR options here include LG’s own HDR Pro, which is a dynamic tone mapping technology for static HDR sources. The set also has Filmmaker mode, for movie fans who would rather turn off extraneous processing. Both of these continue up the range.
Gamers are catered for too. There’s LG’s game dashboard and optimiser, plus HGiG HDR support. There’s no High Frame Rate support for 4K 120fps though. These TVs use a standard 60Hz panel.
Best for: Everyday viewing, movie nights, 4K gaming.
Sitting somewhere between its regular LED fleet and more advanced QNED models, LG’s NanoCell range comes in a wide range of screen sizes, from a bijou 43-incher (models in the US start at 50in) to an 86in monster.
NanoCell models boast a nanoparticle filter for greater colour vibrancy, and have a more advanced backlighting system. The end result is excellent wide colour fidelity and very good off-angle viewing. The sets still suffer from slightly washed out blacks though, like their cheaper LED stablemates.
Handling the heavy picture lifting is an Alpha 5 Gen 5 processor, with ThinQ AI technology, so expect decent upscaling.
The sets are limited to three HDMI inputs, and 60Hz. That said, they do have LG’s dedicated Game interface. All the usual LG smart niceties are on board, courtesy of LG’s ubiquitous webOS platform. Catch-up and streaming services ensure plenty of entertainment options.
Style wise, the NanoCell screens are a cut above the brand’s cheaper LED models, with a wafer-thin bezel and sculptured centre stand.
Best for: Living room viewing, home cinema, 4K gaming.
QNED represents a significant step up in display technology from vanilla flavoured LED and NanoCell. What we’re looking at here is MiniLED, a backlighting system that uses a plethora of mini LED lights to illuminate the LCD panel, coupled with a Quantum Dot NanoCell filter.
This combination of tech ensures superior levels of brightness and greater precision when it comes to light control, so HDR handling is more precise, black levels are deeper and images have huge dynamic pop.
LG uses QNED for both 4k and 8k screens. You’ll find upwards of 30,000 LED bulbs on the brand’s largest QNED sets, with 2,500 dimming zones, so when it comes to performance, QNED has a clear advantage over edge-lit LED and full array local dimming rivals.
The QNED range comprises the 4K QNED80, QNED85, QNED90, and 8K QNED99.
Behind the glass you’ll find an Alpha 7 Gen 5 processor on the UHD models, and a more powerful Alpha 9 Gen 5 chipset on the 8k model.
HDR support adds Dolby Vision IQ, which is able to compensate for changes in ambient lighting conditions in your viewing room.
The models also have four HDMI inputs with support for High Frame Rate 4k 120Hz gameplay. This, coupled with support for VRR and no screen burn fears, make them a very attractive screen range for gamers.
With self-lit pixels and no need for a backlight, OLED screens are widely regarded as the best option when it comes to watching movies at home. They’re capable of perfect deep blacks, vibrant colours and brilliant dynamics. Images are really cinematic.
LG offers a variety of OLED screens for 2022, from the entry-level A2, through the B2, C2 and G2. Screens sizes range from 42- up to 83in. If you hanker after an 8K OLED, then there’s the Z2 model in 77- and 88-inch screen sizes.
The hot ticket item in the LG OLED 2022 lineup is the C2, which this year benefits from the latest OLED.EX high brightness panel and Evo brightness boosting technology from LG Display (this isn’t available on the 42 and 48-inch models though).
The more expensive G2 adds a physical heat sync to its build, which gives it an edge in performance, however the difference over the C2 is not overly significant. The Z2, G2 and C2 models all have the latest LG processor, the Alpha 9 Gen 5.
Picture quality is sensational. LG’s AI Picture Pro technology incorporates upgraded upscaling, and enhanced dynamic tone mapping, able to more accurately analyse a picture in real time and apply appropriate processing.
If you opt for a B2 or A2, you’ll be working with an Alpha 7 Gen 5 processor. The top of the 4K range G2 is designed primarily for wall-hanging – so there’s no pedestal stand in the box.
The C2 and G2 boast four HDMI inputs, all capable of 4K 120fps support. All LG OLEDs feature the brand’s Game Optimizer dashboard, and have extensive VRR (variable refresh rate) support.
The smart platform is webOS 22 (no surprise), coupled with Freeview Play in the UK, so there’s plenty of streaming content and catch-up options, plus smart home interaction, including voice support from Google and Alexa.
The cheaper B2 models use regular OLED glass but they still handle 4K 120Hz gaming and have support for VRR Nvidia G-Sync and AMD Freesync Premium.
The cheaper A2 models share much the same spec as the B2, although the panels are 60Hz. If you’re primarily looking for an OLED to watch movies on, this cheaper line could be the smartest buy.
Best for: High-end home cinema, next-gen console gaming.
If you’re desiring an OLED TV with a difference, cast your peepers over the designer 65Art90, an easel style 65in 4k OLED. Part of the brand’s Object Collection of premium home appliances, it adopts a very different approach to TV design.
The TV features a fabric cover which drops to reveal the full beauty of its 4K screen when powered up, or it can be lowered partially, allowing the display to convey music track info, or news and weather feeds. The fabric cover is from Danish textile maker Kvadrat, and is interchangeable. There’s a choice of three hues to suit your decor: Beige, Redwood and Green.
There’s no compromise when it comes to performance. The set is built around a Brightness boosting Evo OLED 120Hz panel, powered by an Alpha 9 Gen processor, and features an 80W 4.2 channel sound system.
In many respects, it’s comparable to a C2, with a webOS 22 smart platform, copious streaming options and voice interaction with Google and Alexa.
Introduced in 2021, this OLED screen literally rolls up from its cabinet sound system. As an example of OLED panel engineering it’s quite remarkable, although such ingenuity comes with a heavy price tag.
Remarkably, when fully unfurled, the glass looks just like any other OLED screen.
The cabinet itself provides the audio, its speaker array hidden behind Kvadrat fabric. The cabinet houses a 4.2-channel Dolby Atmos sound system, and has a 100W power output.
The OLED panel can roll up to its full height for normal TV viewing, or just partially, to reveal music track info when the sound system is doubling as a Bluetooth speaker.
Image quality isn’t as impressive as the brand’s Evo OLED C2 and G2 models, but then this level of engineering wizardry holds its own visual appeal.
When it comes to smart functionality, there’s Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and webOS caters for all your streaming needs.
Best for: Designer apartments, superyachts.
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Where to buy LG TVs
Buying from the official LG store seems like the most obvious and sensible thing to do here. You might even be able to get a discount code if you sign up for a membership.
However, LG is more likely to sell its TVs at full price and, in our experience, often doesn’t have all the sizes of a particular model available. Buying from third-party retailers might get you a cheaper price as well as additional offers such as a discounted soundbar or a free gift. Look out for the cheapest prices around sales events such as Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday.