Best 3D TVs

3D TVs are not really a type of TV, but instead a feature of televisions regardless of the display technology they use. They function just like regular HDTVs with normal 2D programs, but they also enable you to switch to 3D when watching content that is in a 3D format. In order to watch in 3D you have to wear special glasses to interpret the images or else the display will look blurry.

There are two main types of 3D – active and passive. Active technology requires glasses that use electronics and batteries that sync with the TV and shutter to produce the image. These more expensive glasses display the full resolution of the screen, but also dim the image slightly. Passive technology primarily found on LED televisions uses polarized glasses that are cheaper and the resulting image is brighter with less ghosting. However, they reduce the vertical resolution in half which degrades overall picture quality.

While some models can produce simulated 3D from a 2D source, if you are buying one of these sets, make sure you can get content you want to watch in 3D format. The primary source currently is a Blu-ray 3D player, but you will want a satellite or cable box capable of delivering channels in 3D as well.

We graded many 3D TVs on picture quality, 4K performance if applicable (including upscaling), 3D performance, viewing angle, features, and more plus factored in other user reviews and price to come up with our final ratings for 3D televisions.

Below we review the best 3D TVs broken up into three different groups based on size.


55-Inch and Bigger


9.6
#1)

LG 55EG9600

Best 55″ 4K OLED TV
Estimated Price: $3997.99
Size & Type: 55″ OLED 3D 4K Ultra HD
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 3840×2160 / NA
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: B
3D Performance: B
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
Energy Cost Per Year*: $27.51


9.4
#2)

Sony Bravia XBR-65X930C

Best 65″ 4K LED TV
Estimated Price: $3498
Size & Type: 65″ LED 3D 4K Ultra HD
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 3840×2160 / 1440
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: A
3D Performance: C
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Moderate
Energy Cost Per Year*: $28.63


9.2
#3)

LG 55EC9300

Estimated Price: $1999.99
Size & Type: 55″ OLED 3D HDTV
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1920×1080 / NA
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: NA
3D Performance: C
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
Energy Cost Per Year*: $22.76


9.1
#4)

Samsung UN65JS8500

Estimated Price: $2997.99
Size & Type: 65″ LED 3D 4K Ultra HD
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 3840×2160 / 240
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: A
3D Performance: B
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Moderate
Energy Cost Per Year*: $44.71


9
#5)

Samsung UN55JU7500

Estimated Price: $1797.99
Size & Type: 55″ LED 3D 4K Ultra HD
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 3840×2160 / 240, 60
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: A
3D Performance: B
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Moderate
Energy Cost Per Year*: $29.01


8.4
#6)

Sony Bravia XBR-55X850C

Estimated Price: $1498
Size & Type: 55″ LED 3D 4K Ultra HD
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 3840×2160 / 960
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: A
3D Performance: B
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Moderate
Energy Cost Per Year*: $22.47


43″ – 54″


8.7
#1)

Samsung UN50JU7100

Best 50″ 3D 4K LED TV
Estimated Price: $1297.99
Size & Type: 50″ LED 3D 4K Ultra HD
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 3840×2160 / 240
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: A
3D Performance: C
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Moderate
Energy Cost Per Year*: $28.27


8.5
#2)

Sony Bravia KDL-50W800C

Best 50″ 3D LED HDTV
Estimated Price: $798
Size & Type: 50″ LED 3D HDTV
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1920×1080 / 960
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: NA
3D Performance: C
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Narrow
Energy Cost Per Year*: $17.23


42-Inch and Smaller


8.8
#9)

Samsung UN40JU7100

Best 40″ 4K LED TV
Estimated Price: $1097.99
Size & Type: 40″ LED 3D 4K Ultra HD
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 3840×2160 / 240, 60
Picture Quality: A
4K Ultra HD Performance: A
3D Performance: B
Features: A
Viewing Angle: Moderate
Energy Cost Per Year*: $19.19


* Energy cost per year – we estimated the energy cost per year based on 5 hours a day turned on and 19 hours off (or standby mode). The figures were based on using a TV optimized for the best picture quality, not on an energy-saving mode.

If you need more information or purchasing advice see our television buying guide. You might also be interested in our reviews of the Best Overall TVs, LED TVs, 4K TVs, OLED TVs, or Plasma TVs.


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