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The Best Smart TVs in Canada

Is it time to upgrade your TV? While most of us have screens in our pocket that allow us to stream media anywhere, having a big screen at home to watch your favourite TV shows and movies cannot be beat. The televisions market is always saturated, and if you have not been paying attention to the developments of the year, looking for a new Smart TV can leave you feeling dumb.

We at Rank-it.ca are here to help you find the Best Smart TV in Canada. Whether you are looking for a quality gaming TV or something more affordable this year, we have a range of TVs to help you out.

Below, you will find our list of some of the top smart TVs in Canada.

Our top picks

How to choose a smart TV

When you are looking for a brand-new Smart TV, there are several important factors you will need to keep in mind. One of the most important features in determining a perfect smart TV for you will be the size. Think about where you will put your TV and the amount of space it will take up. Size also is an important factor in determining the price. Luckily, most models of smart TV will have multiple sizes, so you can prioritize looking at specs that suit your needs. Most of the time, a TV from 55 to 65 inches (measured diagonally across the screen) will be ample for your purposes.

Other specs, including the type of screen (including OLED and QLED), resolution, inputs, and operating system are all important to consider before making your purchase. Ultimately, you should also think about what you will primarily use the TV for. Are you a cinephile looking to watch the classics in crisp resolution? Perhaps a high-resolution 4K TV with a powerful upscale engine would be perfect for you. Or are you a gamer who needs as little lag as possible while maintaining high picture quality, in search of a TV that can deliver 4K and high frame rate simultaneously? Regardless of who you are and what type of Smart TV you will be looking for, we will help you get on the right track with our guide to 2021’s best Smart TVs.

Why trust us

With so many Smart TVs on the market, picking the right one for you or that special someone may seem like a matter of just buying the one with the biggest discount. While that might seem like a solid way to decide, if you are looking for something specific in your next flat screen, we have done the hard work and found the best TV in each category so you can pick the perfect TV

Our team spent over 15 hours reviewing and compiling the best TVs in the market for a range of purposes and budgets. We made our choices using trusted sources of smart TV reviews, including rtings.com, and user reviews found on Amazon Canada.

Best smart TV for the money

TCL 6 Series

Sizes available: 55″, 65″, 75″

There are several Smart TV options if you are on a budget, however many of these options will have their limitations. While you can get 4K Ultra HD without breaking the bank, but if you’re looking for a QLED TV with picture and colour that compares to the top of the line televisions, with specialized game modes, surround sound and HDR, the TCL 6 Series is the TV that certainly offers the most for the money.

The TCL 6 Series offers all the industry standards for the top of line Smart TVs. Utilizing Quantum-dot LED (QLED) technology and Dolby Vision HDR, the 6 Series bolsters colour, contrast and picture quality comparable to TV’s that are retailed at twice as much. With Dolby Atmos, the 6 Series had impressive audio to boot. Gamers will rejoice at the TV’s great response time, VRR support and THX Certified Game Mode, meaning smooth gaming experiences throughout your session. TCL’s Roku operating system is as easy to use as ever and offers a wide amount of available streaming content.

Of course, a TV at this great of a price will have a few downsides compared to its more expensive counterparts. Users have noticed uniformity issues and blooming or other issues as a result of its less-than-stellar local dimming features. Additionally, the Series 6 has narrower viewing angles than other QLED counterparts. Despite these shortcomings, the Series 6 still boasts impressive picture quality and versatility for a price that will make you reconsider your TV budget.

Pros
  • Amazing contrast ratio and brightness.
  • Great upscaling of lower-res content.
  • Best TV for most purposes in its price range.
Cons
  • Narrower viewing angles.
  • Users noticed some blooming around bright objects.

Best 4K TV

LG 4K Smart OLED TV (OLED65CXPUA)

Sizes available: 48″, 55″, 65″, 77″ 

Every few years, a new technological breakthrough changes the TV watching experience. LG has busy the past few years improving their Organic Light-Emitting Diode, or OLED, television sets, with this year’s models are some of the best-rated smart TVs of the bunch.

OLED pixels are emissive, meaning each pixel produces its own light and functions independently from the other pixels, allowing for an infinite colour contrast with over a billion colours, as well as the darkest blacks you have probably ever seen on a TV. Additionally, OLED televisions produce wider viewing angles than other TV types – so watching TV or movies with others is a rich visual experience for everyone.

In addition to amazing picture quality, the LG CX OLED bolsters a range of other features to ensure a top-notch user experience. Dolby Vision corrects the settings for optimum viewing of different types of content in different ambient lighting. Dolby Atmos provides built-in surround sound for immersive audio experiences. The LG CX OLED TV’s instantaneous response time is perfect for gamers and sports fans alike. Finally, the webOS operating software exclusive to LG Smart TVs includes a wide range of apps and settings, however, some users have expressed confusion with the accessibility of the different settings.

The LG CX OLED is ultimately an incredible 4K Smart TV for a wide range of experiences, all with stunning picture quality.

Pros
  • Top tier picture and sound quality.
  • Thin bezel and ultra-thin display.
  • Impressive contrast ratio and the darkest blacks.
Cons
  • High price point.
  • Like other OLED TVs, static images run the risk of permanent burn-in.

Best 8K TV

Samsung Q800T QLED

Sizes available: 65″, 75″, 82″

For those unaware, 4K and 8K refer to the resolution of a screen – approximately 4000 and 8000 pixels, respectively. If you were just getting comfortable seeing 4K on every TV: do not worry, you have not missed the boat on the latest trend. While 4K TVs have been around slightly longer, only recently have companies like Netflix invested in producing content available in 4K, while 8K remains relatively unsupported. But if you are the type of person who loves being in on the latest trend, and money is not an issue, then investing in an 8K TV might be a good idea looking to the future.

The Samsung Q800T is about as impressive as 8k Smart TVs currently go while being both being relatively affordable and available. Offering Samsung’s renowned picture quality, the Q800T has added Samsung’s “Ultra Viewing Angle” layer, expanding the viewing angle beyond what other QLED televisions are capable of.

With incredibly low input lag and FreeSync VRR support, the Q800T is an incredible choice for gaming. The good news: both the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 are capable of outputting an 8k signal. The bad: 8K content for either console is years away from being commonplace and is non-existent right now.

Pros
  • Fantastic picture quality.
  • Strong reflection handling.
Cons
  • Higher price tag with no tangible improvements over similar 4K TVs – yet.

Best affordable smart TV

Hisense H78G series

Sizes Available: 43″, 50″, 55″, 58″, 65″, 70″, 75″, 85″

While many Smart TVs today usually come with all the bells and whistles that bring the price floor up, if you are in search of a new 4K Smart TV on a budget, the Hisense 55H78G is our recommendation to you. Equipped with Dolby Vision and HDR10, the Hisense is no slouch for picture quality, providing Ultra 4K HD resolution at a price many will be able to afford.

The Android TV OS is easily navigable and has a wide range of apps available in the play store, but the hardware powering the OS is underpowered which results in the occasional lag or freeze. The Android OS is also compatible with several home systems, including Google Assistant and Alexa, if you are looking for a home setup with either device, however, due to the issues with processing power, the results are slower than using either device with your phone or other Smart TVs.

Ultimately, if you are looking for excellent picture quality while not looking to spend too much, the Hisense H78G might be the ideal option for you.

Pros
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Ultra 4K HD resolution.
Cons
  • Users reported a narrow viewing angle for optimal viewing.

Best smart TV under $500

TCL 4 Series 4K LED Television

Sizes available: 43″, 49″, 55″, 65″

If you are looking for a 4K Smart TV on a tight budget, the TCL 4 Series is a solid choice without breaking the bank. The 55-inch TCL 55S425 has a market price decently below $500, meaning that it will be the least expensive of the budget TVs on this list. Equipped with 4k Ultra HD and HDR10 dynamic range, the Series 4 maintains the picture quality modern smart TVs are renowned for, while available for a fraction of the price.

With an amazing contrast ratio (despite its lack of local dimming) the TCL 4 Series is a solid television for watching TV or movies in a dark room. While low-input lag at 4k resolution means the 4 Series is no slouch for gaming either, it has no VRR support and a slow response time, the latter of which may result in motion blur.

With the TCL’s Roku operating system, thousands of channels and hundreds of thousands of movies are available to the user at just a click of a button – from either the configurable Roku TV remote or your smartphone through the TCL mobile app. At such a cheap price tag, the 4 Series proves you can have the modern convenience of a Smart TV at any budget.

Pros
  • Budget price points.
  • Roku OS is easy to use with lots of content for the price.
Cons
  • No setting to disable motion blur.
  • Limited list of specs and features.

Best gaming smart TV

Samsung Q80T QLED

Sizes available: 50″, 55″, 65″, 75″, 85″

Like the Samsung 8K model available on this list, the Samsung Q80T QLED provides one of the best gaming experience one can have on a Smart TV. Exceptional with modern consoles and gaming PCs alike, this QLED 4K TV offers amazing picture quality, wide contrast ratio, and low input lag.

The Samsung Q80T QLED technology complete with a VA panel has a wide range of colours, including deep blacks with help of its full-array local dimming. While some QLED TVs may have limited viewing angles, Samsung’s “Ultra Viewing Angle” layer allows for a wider range of viewing angles with no loss of image accuracy, perfect for co-op, split screen play.

The Samsung Q80T is equipped with Variable Refresh Rate support and HDMI 2.1 compatibility, synergizing perfectly with your new Xbox series X or PlayStation 5. The Samsung Q80T even impresses when used as a monitor for your Gaming PC rig. Ultimately, either Samsung TV on this list provides optimized gaming regardless of console, but the 4k Q80T is a pretty penny cheaper than the 8K equivalent, so it gets our vote for best Gaming Smart TV.

Pros
  • Beautiful picture quality.
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Low input lag.
  • Variable refresh rate support and HDMI 2.1 compatibility.
Cons
  • Some users notice darker corners of the screen.

Best smart TV for sports

Sony A8H

Sizes available: 55″, 65″

While many Smart TVs are well-suited for avid sports watchers, we believe the Sony A8H is one of the best for several reasons. With instantaneous response time and black frame insertion features, the A8H has smooth motion clarity and no motion blur, so you can have all the action as if you were courtside. The A8H has solid SDR peak brightness, you can watch the game with clarity and contrast, regardless if it is an afternoon football game on a bright August day or a late-night hockey game in January. Finally, this TV has excellent viewing angles, so nobody gets the short end of the stick during your next sports viewing party (whenever that will be).

Sony’s Android TV platform is intuitive and smooth, and its access to the Google Play store means this Smart TV is well supported. Watching movies is a treat, as like all OLED TVs, the A8H has an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black levels. While this TV would be fine for a gamer, it is important to note this TV has no VRR support, so we advise other TVs for that specific purpose in mind.

Like other OLED TV’s, the risk of permanent burn-in is an important one to note. However, if you take care of your Sony A8H, you should have a beautiful looking TV to watch games well into your favourite team’s cup window.

Pros
  • Amazing picture quality with infinite contrast ratio.
  • Instantaneous response time.
  • Wide viewing angles.

 

Cons
  • No VRR compatibility.
  • Risk of burn-in with static images.

How we picked the best smart TVs

For this buying guide, we researched each Smart TV’s specifications and performance with different kinds of uses in mind, across different sizes and price points. We focused on user reviews on Amazon and professional reviews from trusted sources, such as rtings.com. We found that due to a range of prices and screen sizes available, users prioritized picture quality, user interface and seamlessness of use in their Smart TVs.

Frequent smart TV questions

What is a smart TV?

Simply put, a Smart TV is a TV that has access to the internet and internet-based applications, like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Spotify. You do not need a game console, Chromecast or Fire stick to access your favourite streaming services.

What is a 4K TV?

The “4K” in “4K TV” refers to its resolution, which is a horizontal display of approximately 4000 pixels. Currently, 4K is the standard high definition, with little to no content being released for higher resolutions in 2021, including 8K.

Do smart TVs have cameras?

Some Smart TVs do in fact have cameras, but the TVs we’ve listed in this guide do not have cameras. Due to security concerns, many tech experts advise against getting a smart TV with a camera unless you have plans specifically for the TV’s camera use.

Can I use Disney Plus with my smart TV?

Smart TVs have the capability to download a variety of apps to watch or browse through a variety of content, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify and for some smart TVs, yes – Disney Plus.

How do I know if I have a smart TV?

Smart TVs are considered smart when they can run internet-based applications, like streaming services, without an accompanying device like a Roku stick or an Amazon Fire stick.

Can I download apps to my Samsung TV?

Yes! Almost all Smart TVs will have some kind of app store or have a wide range of apps downloaded already. However, you will not be able to play Fruit Ninja on your new TV – most of these apps are streaming services, with some Smart TVs have smart home capabilities.

Where can I get a smart TV?

Retail stores like Best Buy, The Brick and Canadian Tire are excellent places to pick up a TV and bring it home today, but Amazon also is a great option for socially distanced TV shopping.

What is the best smart TV brand?

There are certain smart TV brands that excel in certain things, and many different smart TV brands are competing in terms of sales and innovation, so there is no real singular best brand. This guide has highlighted many of the major players in Smart TVs, however, including Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL and Hisense.

What are the smart TV advantages and disadvantages?

Smart TVs often come out of the box ready to use – minimal setup and no required extras are a big advantage to going smart for your next TV. Since most modern TVs have Smart TV capabilities, most models carry the latest and best technology available. The price point may pose as one disadvantage: it may be worthwhile getting a Roku stick for your old TV instead of a new Roku Smart TV. Another frequently pointed out pertinent disadvantage of Smart TVs are the privacy risks involved with smart home technologies, according to tech security specialists.

Smart TVs use automatic content recognition to track what you are watching to show relevant ads, and older smart TVs that do not have the latest update may be a vulnerable point on your network.

Is a refurbished smart TV worth it?

If you are looking to save some extra cash, buying a refurbished or second-hand Smart TV is not an inherently bad idea. Buying a Smart TV with minor cosmetic issues or missing features may suit your needs perfectly, however, we recommend taking care in selecting a refurbished TV, as well as getting an Extended Warranty so you are covered if issues arise down the road.

Should I get a smart TV or a Chromecast?

A non-smart TV with a Chromecast, Fire Stick or Roku Stick will have most of the same functions that modern Smart TVs have, except for some exclusive apps or features. If you are satisfied with your TV’s picture quality and just need a new way to stream all your favourite shows, one of the listed devices would do great.

What is the best movie app for smart TVs?

Depending on your taste, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Crave and Disney+ are premium choices for watching both TV and movies, whereas Crackle, Popcornflix and Tubi are solid free options.

Can I connect my phone to smart TVs?

Some Smart TVs can connect to a cellular device, using them as a remote or for other purposes.

Can I connect my laptop to smarts TVs?

Most Smart TVs should have no issue connecting to a laptop through HDMI, however, some are unsupported with certain types of file types. Newer models of Samsung TVs, for example, do not support codecs such as divX and DTS.

Do smart TVs have Bluetooth?

Some Smart TVs do have Bluetooth accessibility, meaning you can hook up your wireless headphones or (other Bluetooth integration). However, not all Smart TVs have Bluetooth accessibility, and so it is worth finding out if a model does have Bluetooth before you decide to purchase it.

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Sam Beetham

Sam Beetham is a writer who has accomplished his childhood dream of rating things professionally. When not gazing deeply into the LCD display, he can be found cooking, designing DND dungeons or working on music with his band.
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