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The 7 best TVs for watching sport in 2022

12:47 EAT 18/01/2022
Best TVs for sport
Whether it's for watching football, tennis, rugby, or cricket, these are Goal's picks of the best TVs from Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, LG, and more
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While there’s no substitute for watching sports amongst a crowd of fellow fans, experiencing football at home has never been better. And with football back in full swing, now is the perfect time to invest in your home set-up.

When buying the ideal television for viewing any sport, there’s a large list of things that need to be considered. From picture clarity, colour balance, fast motion handling, to overall size – this is one area where size does matter – finding the perfect TV can be a surprisingly time-consuming task. Luckily, we're here to help. With sports viewing in mind, we've done our research and rounded up the best televisions available today.

With all that in mind, here are our recommendations for the best TVs for watching football, tennis, rugby, cricket, boxing, and all other action-packed sports.

1. The best overall television: LG OLED55B16LA 

This TV scored the highest rating on Amazon from happy customers, who love the quality build and impressive sound. Boasting a response speed that’s over one thousand times faster than LED TV, you'll never miss a nanosecond of sporting drama. It features a ground-breaking chip that uses algorithms to analyse what’s taking place on screen, adjusting the picture and sound automatically, so every second is wonderful. This TV uses the latest technology to provide the deepest blacks contrasting against vibrant colours.

Specifications:

Screen size: 55-inch

Display technology: OLED

Resolution: 4K

Refresh rate: 120Hz

Promising review: “This TV is absolutely amazing. Unbelievable picture quality, true blacks amazing colours also really good sound. I’m blown away with this TV, true 120 Hz” - Alan

Get it from Amazon for £928.00


2. The best mid-range television: Panasonic 2021 58 inch JX850BZ 

If your budget can stretch to the £749 mark this 58 inch TV is well worth it, providing a lot of bang for your buck. It’s on offer, down from £899, and features 5-star reviews. There are smaller sizes available, starting from £564. It boasts HDR Bright Panel Plus tech which means you see the crispest picture possible, even in bright rooms. The Hollywood Cinema Experience means you see the picture as the director intended, complete with Filmmaker mode. Dolby Atmos immersive sound means you’ll feel like you’re in the stands.

Specifications:

Screen size: 40-inch, 50-inch, 58-inch, 65-inch

Display technology: LED

Resolution: 4K

Refresh rate: 60HZ

Promising review: “This TV is fantastic! Multi-bluetooth headphone connections, so 2 people can listen via headphones, loads of sound and picture options and the smart options are fantastic. YouTube, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Freeview are all flawless and quick and look amazing on this TV…  I was considering the Sony Bravia but am so glad I picked this one. The stand is so much sturdier than others too. - Rich

Get it from Amazon for £598.36-£949.99


3. The best budget television: Hisense A7100F

Being on a budget doesn't mean that you have to miss out on a top-quality television. While Hisense is still less known in comparison to other TV manufacturers, they’ve been quietly building up a loyal following over the last several years. With 4k resolution, HDR technology, and VIDAA U Smart TV access, the Hisense A7100F offers the type of features you’d expect from a unit that costs double the price. Helpfully, you also get a handy Sports Mode that perfectly adjusts your picture and audio settings for the perfect sports viewing experience with just one click of a button.

Specifications:
Screen size: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 58-inch, 65-inch
Display technology: LED
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 60Hz

Promising review: “Picture quality is brilliant. Very detailed and the 'dynamic' TV mode makes the colours really stand out. Really great considering the price.” – Oliver Barnett

Get it from Amazon for £279 - £499


4. The best screen size on a budget: Samsung TU8000

If you're after size on a budget, then this offering from Samsung might be exactly what you’re searching for.

 Seriously, where else could you find a top brand 75-inch television at under £900? If size isn’t currently what you’re in the market for, the TU800 has you covered, with the smallest unit coming in at just 43-inches. Whether you choose a big or small screen, you’re guaranteed to have a great sport viewing experience with Samsung's Crystal Processor upscaling everything you watch into stunning 4K.

Specifications: 
Screen size: 43-inch, 55-inch, 75-inch
Display technology: LCD
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 60Hz

Promising review: “This is an excellent product for many reasons. I bought the 75-inch as a football lover. The picture and sound quality are great.” – Frances Wallace

Get it from Amazon for £484.99 - £865


5. The best looking television: Sony BRAVIA KE55A8

The Sony BRAVIA KE55A8 is a winning combination of great picture quality, fantastic value, and stunning aesthetics.

There's no need to worry about blurriness interrupting your viewing, with cleaner, crisper, more lifelike pictures with the X1 Ultimate. It promises to keep all fast-paced action smooth and clear. On the Smart TV front, Sony gives you access to more than 5,000 apps – more than any of their competitors. As an added bonus, the TV's arresting design is sure to elevate any living room from an aesthetic standpoint. 

Specifications:
Screen size: 55-inch
Display technology: OLED
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 50Hz

Promising review: “Picture and sound is first class, and the styling very subtle and discreet. The remote control has all the buttons in the same places as my last Sony, but materials are upgraded, and it is slightly longer and slimmer than the old one.” Graham Ball

Get it from Amazon for £1,299


6. The best Ambilight television: Philips Ambilight 650706

Reviewers love this Philips TV, praising the screen quality and high build. It features the Philips Ambilight feature, where "LEDs around the edge of the TV respond to the on-screen action and emit an immersive glow that's simply captivating." It's TV but not as you know it, creating a viewing experience you’ll wonder how you managed without before,using LEDs around the edge of the screen. The Philips P5 engine features artificial intelligence to give you a unique picture that feels real. It’ll feel like you’re on the pitch.

Specifications:

Screen size: 55-inch

Display technology: OELD

Resolution: 4k

Refresh rate: 120Hz

Promising review: “Wow what a TV! I always wanted an OLED, the picture is amazing. I thought my old TV looked good, a 4K 55 inch HDR Phillips ambilight but this is just in a different league to it. My xbox series s and PS5 look amazing, so do 4K films, I am very happy.” - John 

Get it from Amazon for £1,399


7. The best LED television: LG UP81

Another offering from LG, but this time from their LED range. While not as advanced as the CX OLED, this television still packs a lot of punch, especially given the generous price tag – the 55-inch model comes in at under £600. With 4K Ultra HD picture, you'll be able to see every blade of grass in super high definition. The system also boasts AI Sound, which will go a long way to adding to that big match feel. LG has recently introduced a new feature called Sports Alert, so you'll never miss when your favourite teams are playing. 

Specifications:
Screen size: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 70-inch
Display technology: LED
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate:  60Hz

Promising review: “What an awesome picture, even on HD but it is stunning in 4K. Nature programs streamed in 4K make you feel you are there. Sound is excellent, lots of options & various options on picture quality.” – Peter Gough

Get it from Amazon for £649-£849