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Looking to cut the cable? Netflix is the go-to service for video content. Although many devices can play Netflix on a television, the simplest device is the Netflix-ready smart TV.

Smart TVs make accessing streaming content easy. But the Netflix experience isn’t the same on every TV. Check out the top smart TVs for streaming Netflix.

Smart TV Considerations

Smart TVs differ significantly. When choosing a smart TV, you’ll want to consider what specifications your television should have. Namely size, resolution, type, and features.

Resolution and Features

For resolution, I’d recommend avoiding anything under 1080p. Although 720p television sets persist, these are incredibly outdated. The price differential simply isn’t worth the minor savings. With the advent of 4K, 1080p is essentially a last-gen resolution. But until 4K TVs drop in price and there’s more 4K content available, 1080p screens are a phenomenal value. Size depends on your space requirements and distance from viewing space.

For features, there are audio, inputs, and apps. As TV audio is notoriously abysmal, it’s worth considering a soundbar What's the Best Soundbar for Your Home Media Center or Computer? What's the Best Soundbar for Your Home Media Center or Computer? What's the best soundbar for your home theater or PC? We've rounded up a range of the best soundbars, starting at $100! Read More or home theater system How to Build a Home Theater on the Cheap How to Build a Home Theater on the Cheap Home theaters are crazy expensive -- if you don't know the best ways to save on one. Find out what you need, what you can do without, and what you can save on here. Read More . How many inputs you need depends on what devices you plan to hook up: game consoles, Blu-ray players, stereos, VCRs, etc. When it comes to apps, not every smart TV features the same array of programs or Netflix user interface. Just as game consoles and streaming boxes differ in-app lineups and UI, so too do smart TVs. Essentially, a smart TV is a television and set-top box fused into one.

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Smart TV Type and Size

Consider what other sources you’d like to stream from, like Plex, Amazon, Vudu, Funimation, and find a TV compatible with these. Furthermore, think about what UI is easiest for you to navigate as this really shapes the Netflix experience. Finally, as this is a smart TV, you’ll connect to the internet through either Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Consider how you plan to access the internet with your smart TV. Netflix recommends certain TVs based on features like a dedicated Netflix button and Instant-on. But almost any smart TV with the Netflix app works just fine. Here’s a bit more info on exactly what makes a smart TV What Is a Smart TV & 6 of the Best On The Market Today What Is a Smart TV & 6 of the Best On The Market Today Most televisions you look at now will be smart TVs, but what is a smart TV and which ones are the best on the market right now? Read More as well as the best available.

Smart TV Considerations

  • Resolution (don’t go below 1080p)
  • Size
  • Audio
  • Inputs (HDMI, component, RCA, etc.)
  • Size
  • Netflix UI
  • Other streaming apps
  • Connectivity (Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet)

Budget Smart TVs for Streaming Netflix

Vizio D24-D1 ($135 Refurbished)

Vizio-D24

Vizio recently came under scrutiny for listening in on user streaming Your Smart TV is Watching You - and It's Not the Only One! Your Smart TV is Watching You - and It's Not the Only One! Are Vizio smart TVs capturing information about you and transmitting it back to Vizio without telling you about it? And if so, is this something you should be worried about? Read More habits. Nevertheless, its 24-inch D24-D1 smart TV offers a fantastic combination of features at a low price. At just over $100, the Vizio D24-D1 sports full 1080p HD with a 60 Hz refresh rate. The LED boasts an edge-lit LED backlight. Connections include one HDMI port, one component, a composite, Ethernet, USB port, VGA input, and built-in wireless. Wi-Fi comes via 802.11n for high-speed connections. Featured apps include Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Plex, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. The remote includes a dedicated Netflix button for ease of access. You’ll find Xumo and iHeartRadio buttons on either side of the Netflix button. For enhanced sound, there’s DTS StudioSound.

Unfortunately, there’s only one HDMI input. Therefore, if you plan to hook up multiple HDMI devices, you’ll need a switcher or receiver unless you plan to constantly swap HDMI cables. Its range of component inputs is great for older video sources, but a second HDMI input would have been a welcome addition. Additionally, the refresh rate is capped at 60 Hz though 120 Hz is becoming the standard. Reviewers did note a speedy Netflix experience not found on older smart TVs. However, for a sub-$200 television, the Vizio D24-D1 is full HD, has a dedicated Netflix button on the remote, and decent sound for a television set this size.

Pros

  • Full HD 1080p
  • 60 Hz refresh rate
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet port
  • Smooth Netflix navigation
  • Excellent app lineup (Netflix, Plex, Hulu, Vudu, and more)

Cons

  • No 4K
  • Limited to 60 Hz
  • Not suitable to larger rooms of for long viewing spaces
  • Only one HDMI port

TCL 40FS3750 ($250 Refurbished)

Roku-TCL-40

Roku, known for their set-top boxes, makes the greatest Plex clients available What Are the Best Plex Clients for Streaming Your Media? What Are the Best Plex Clients for Streaming Your Media? What are the best Plex clients for streaming all the latest media? We've rounded up some of the best media-streaming devices around, including the Amazon Fire Stick, Playstation 4, Raspberry Pi, and more! Read More . Little did you know that Roku’s technology comes inside of a smart TV. The TCL 40FS3750 is an excellent budget smart TV for Netflix streaming. Its video is full HD 1080p with a 120 Hz refresh rate. There’s dual-band Wi-Fi and it’s an edge-lit LED. The Roku TCL sports Dolby audio processing which is a plus, but the 8 Watt speakers are lacking.

The Roku TV remote is almost identical to the Roku 3 remote. It retains the D-pad, back, and home buttons. There’s fast forward, rewind, pause/play, and an off button at the top. Dedicated buttons include Amazon and Netflix for easily accessing these services. Gizmodo reports that picture quality deteriorates rapidly with even a slight signal hiccup. Moreover, there’s no Ethernet port. Thus, a solid wireless signal is a must. Additionally, Gizmodo notes that color reproduction isn’t stellar but calibration does compensate slightly. Inputs include three HDMI ports, and there’s the ability to sync and automatically sync your current Roku channels and settings. This is awesome for existing Roku users.

Pros

  • Large
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Dedicated Netflix button on remote
  • Automatically sync with existing Roku content
  • 1080p
  • 120 Hz
  • Lots of inputs including three HDMI ports

Cons

  • Lackluster color calibration
  • No 4K
  • Wi-Fi only (no Ethernet)

Mid-Range Smart TVs for Streaming Netflix

LG UH6030 ($485)

LG-UH6030

The LG UH6030 series  4K television boasts the Netflix seal of approval. It’s a Netflix recommended ultra high-definition display with an IPS panel. The UH6030 sports HDR, as well as TruMotion 120 Hz. Onboard this smart TV, you’ll find webOS 3.0, the latest iteration of LG’s smart TV technology. The 43-inch version arrives with an under $500 price tag. You’ll find three HDMI inputs, one component, one composite, and an Ethernet port. Like most smart TVs, it includes Wi-Fi — but for 4K content, you’ll want to use Ethernet over Wi-Fi.

Several users did report minor screen bleed. Because it’s a Netflix certified smart TV, the UH6030 benefits from features like Instant On and TV Resume. WebOS 3.0 makes for zippy interaction with menus and apps. Ultimately, this combination of 4K resolution and premium, Netflix-approved features makes the LG UH6030 a superb mid-range smart TV for Netflix streaming.

Pros

  • Netflix certified
  • Instant-on
  • TV Resume
  • Ethernet
  • Lots of inputs including three HDMI ports
  • 120 Hz
  • 4K
  • HDR
  • webOS 3.0

Cons

  • Occasional screen bleed

TCL 55US5800 ($500/£700)

TCL-5800

Once again, TCL scores. Its 55-inch 4K set provides 4K ultra HD, with a 60 Hz native and 120 Hz effective refresh rate. It’s got the power of the Roku app store, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a remote similar to the Roku 3. What makes the TCL a standout is its bevy of inputs. You’ll find a whopping four HDMI inputs. On the remote, there are shortcut buttons for Netflix, Amazon, CBS News, and Sling.

It’s tough to fault the 5800, especially with its benefits package at this price point. It scores well above its budget. While there is a 120 Hz effective refresh rate, it’s not true 120 Hz. Additionally, the remote lacks the voice search as seen on TCL’s UP130 model. Amazon reviewers commented that sound quality is underwhelming, but most built-in TV speakers leave much to be desired. If you’re looking for 4K at a great value, the TCL 5800 series is the best bet.

Pros

  • Roku app store
  • 4K
  • Lots of inputs including four HDMI ports
  • 60 Hz, 120 Hz effective refresh rate
  • Excellent remote

Cons

  • Lackluster sound quality
  • Not true 120 Hz
  • No remote voice search

High-End Smart TVs for Streaming Netflix

Sony X850D ($1,100+)

Sony-X850D

Sony’s X850D series smart TVs are Netflix recommended. Boasting Android TV, the XBR-X850D panels deliver 4K HDR. CNET found lifelike color and unrivaled video processing. Additionally, CNET appreciated the minimalist aesthetic. With its Android TV underpinnings, there’s a plethora of app support as well. As the X850D series is Netflix approved, you’ll find Instant-on and a dedicated Netflix button that turns the TV on and launches Netflix with one press.

Unfortunately, despite its sleek look and premium features, image quality is uneven. Contrast is poor, and competing televisions provide better overall image quality. Nevertheless, Sony packs a ton of features at a great price. Moreover, app performance is phenomenal, and there are loads of connectivity options.

Pros

  • Android TV
  • Lots of inputs including four HDMI ports
  • Ethernet
  • 4K
  • HDR
  • Excellent video processing

Cons

  • Poor overall image quality
  • Lackluster contrast

Samsung 8 Series ($1,100+)

Samsung-8-Series

Samsung’s KS8000 offers some of the best picture quality available. This smart TV has a sleek design and remote along with 4K HDR support and lots of apps. Additionally, if you have other smart home devices, you’ll be able to control them all with one remote. CNET liked the picture quality, praising its performance in bright rooms. Additionally, its color reproduction and video processing excel.

However, the Samsung 8 Series doesn’t produce the best black shades. The edges also appear slightly brighter than the rest of the screen. Furthermore, the KS8000 lacks analog inputs. But for the price, the 8 series boasts Instant-on and TV Resume, as well as 4K, HDR, and a remote with voice search. There are workarounds for getting analog sources over HDMI, which might not be the most convenient, but certainly doesn’t detract from the 8 Series.

Pros

  • 4K
  • HDR
  • Instant On
  • TV Resume
  • Smart remote
  • Ethernet

Cons

  • No analog inputs
  • Most inputs on external connection box
  • Poor dark colors
  • Edges slightly brighter than rest of screen

Netflix and Stream

There’s no shortage of smart TVs. Although Netflix does recommend smart TVs, these are certainly not the only options. Notably, TCL and Vizio offer stellar budget smart TVs that don’t sacrifice performance. Ethernet is a must for any 4K smart TV. There are means to improve Netflix streaming on any device How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device A few months ago I was playing games on my Nintendo Wii (thanks to the loss of my Xbox 360) and even getting fitter in the process – until I stumbled across the news that... Read More , but internet connection is often the culprit. If you want to save a bit of money, you could always opt for a non-smart TV and use your own streaming device thus turning your HDTV into a smart TV You Can Turn Your HDTV Into a Smart TV: Here's How You Can Turn Your HDTV Into a Smart TV: Here's How It's better to stick with a regular HDTV, and turn it into a smart TV with specialized gadgets. Here are the best options to accomplish that. Read More . However, this hinges on snagging a television and streamer for cumulatively less than the cost of a smart TV. It’s doable, but may take some shopping around. The beauty of smart TVs though is the flexibility to add a streaming device later on if the built-in streaming capabilities are outdated and sluggish, or you simply can’t access the apps you need.

While older smart TVs (older than one year) may be available at reduced prices, I’d suggest sticking with newer models. Performance will be much better with Netflix, and feature better underlying operating systems like Android TV or webOS 3.0.

Which smart TV are you using to stream Netflix and why?

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  1. John Doe
    March 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I'm confused, this article makes it sound like SmartTVs with Netflix are something new. Netflix is probably the first app on every smart TV which have been around for several years at least.

    • Moe Long
      March 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Great question. Yes, most smart TVs do feature the Netflix app. I say most because I haven't searched for non-Netflix bearing smart TVs. But the experience varies from TV to TV and certain smart TVs boast features like dedicated Netflix buttons on the remote, resume features, etc. Also performance and UI. So that's what we're looking at in this piece!