At this point, many people know why OLED TVs are better than regular LED-LCD TVs – but figuring out which OLED TV to buy can be an issue.
Just look at LG’s OLED TV lineup: in 2022, there are five different OLED TV lineups to choose from, each of which is different from some of the great options you wouldn’t recognize by looking at them in a store.
So how do you know which OLED TV is best for you? We have it for you. We have been briefed on all the TVs and can highlight the differences between the series. We’ve even put a few of the listings through Tom’s Guide test sections, and we can tell you the difference in real-world performance as well.
Let’s start with the entry point of the line – the LG A2 OLED – and work our way to the eye-catching LG Z2 OLED.
LG A2 OLED: Entry level 4K and 60Hz only model
The reason the LG A2 OLED is getting so much attention is because it’s the cheapest model in LG’s OLED TV lineup. With deals as low as $596 for the 48-inch version, you can see the appeal.
Here’s the good news: This is still a full OLED TV. It has excellent color and black levels, thanks to the perfect pixel contrast that only OLED is capable of. In terms of features, the A2 OLED uses the WebOS 22 smart TV platform like the rest of the line and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. For the price, it’s rock-solid.
Where the A2 cuts a few corners compared to other models in the range is that it only has a native 60Hz panel. That means you won’t be able to play games at more than 60 frames per second when connected to a PC or console, and it won’t be able to deliver sports or action sequences as fast and sharp as the B2 or C2 can.
If price is your priority in a new TV, the A2 Series is the one to go for.
LG B2 OLED: 120Hz panel but lower processor
As you might expect given its place in the lineup and its name, the B2 Series bridges the gap between the A2 and C2 OLED. It does this by upscaling the panel from a native 60Hz panel to a 120Hz panel like the C2 but keeping the same processor as the lower end A2 OLED.
Where the B2 also counts compared to the C2 is that the B2 doesn’t use the new evo OLED panels that offer higher brightness. In our test we saw that the LG B2 OLED output around 600 nits with HDR content while the C2 OLED can hit over 800 nits in the same 10% window.
Now, that doesn’t mean the B2 is a slouch in performance – it managed to match the C2 OLED in input lag (12.7ms) and color saturation, two key performance issues. So, while it’s not a TV we’d recommend for movie buffs, it’s a good OLED TV for the TV watcher looking for better-than-average picture quality.
LG C2 OLED: The best model for most people
Ah, the LG C2 OLED, Tom’s TV Guide’s current TV of 2022. It is, for 99% of us, the best OLED we can buy without splurging on luxury items we may not need.
What makes the C2 OLED a strong contender for TV of the year is not only its 120Hz OLED evo panel that provides extra brightness, but the Alpha a9 Gen. 5 A processor that provides high resolution of non-4K content to fill the 4K screen.
The only flaw, if you can even call it that, is that the C2 is slightly thicker than the thin LG G2 OLED which is designed to stay flush to the wall. The C2 OLED can still be mounted easily and will remain nearly flush, but it’s not designed in the same way as the G2 series.
LG G2 OLED: Everything PLUS a flushable wall
The G2 is just a slightly improved version of the C2. It’s a little smaller, a little brighter even though it uses an evo OLED panel and comes with an ATSC 3.0 tuner that the LG C2 OLED doesn’t. It comes with a wall-mount and cannot sit on a stand.
For most people, none of these issues will be deal breakers – and some may genuinely dislike the fact that the G2 OLED needs to be mounted on a wall.
It’s obviously a great screen and offers exemplary performance, but we’re only talking about a few percentage points more in brightness. If you’ve got deep pockets for the LG G2 OLED, it’s worth the upgrade – but don’t feel like you’re missing out if you can only afford the LG C2 OLED this year.
LG Z2 OLED: the only 8K OLED in the range
The least popular OLED in the LG lineup is the Z-Series, the only 8K TV in the lineup and the most expensive right now. The Z-Series doesn’t mean much because of its price and availability – it’s not something you often see on store shelves.
As you might expect, the Z2 comes loaded with everything found in the C2 but has a few extra features. Instead of the LG Alpha a9 Gen. 5 Processor, the Z2 uses the a9 Gen5 Processor 8K, built up from sub-8K to 8K. It supports all the same standards supported by the C2 OLED (Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos) but is only available in two sizes: 77 and 88 inches which will run you around $10,000 and $25,000, respectively.
You’ll need a lot of money to buy it, but if you want an OLED panel for deep blacks and amazing whites but with 8K resolution, you’ll want the Z-Series.