OLED vs QLED – Which TV Is Best For You?

OLED vs QLED – Which TV Is Best For You?

Black Friday deals are getting close, and with that comes crazy deals on television sets. Upgrading a TV can be overwhelming with all the choices, we put together this quick “Best TVs of 2022” guide for you Starting with the question: “OLED vs QLED TV?”

Difference Between OLED and QLED

There is a lot to know about TV technology. Don’t confuse the different features of a TV: the resolution, or number of pixels, is often referenced as 1080P or now the 4k and 8k resolutions. This means how many pixels are there, so a 4k TV has 4,000 pixels or almost 4 times the number of pixels as a 1080 pixel TV. This means much sharper images and picture quality. But how those pixels activate is the display technology, or OLED, QLED, LED, UHD etc. So what is the difference in QLED or OLED technology?

The main difference in OLED vs QLED technology is in the pixels and backlight. In an OLED TV, the pixels are individually lit whereas in a QLED TV the pixels are activated by a backlight. This gives the QLED an advantage in a bright room as the backlight provides for a brighter picture. However, the crispness of the image performs better in an OLED TV where the individual pixels turn on and off, enhancing the depths of color especially for darker images and colors. If your TV will be used for gaming or fast images, the response time in an OLED TV is much faster than a QLED as well.

OLED vs QLED Comparison Chart - HappyCozyHouse
OLED vs QLED Comparison Chart – Copyright HappyCozyHouse


The technology is different between an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV and a standard Light Emitting Diode (LED) TV. An LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is another different technology.

Had enough of the alphabet soup? It can leave your head swimming! We thought this video did a great job of showing visually what the difference can be in each TV style. Also, check out our home TV question guide below to make a solid decision.

Nanocell vs OLED

LG has their Nanocell technology, which is similar to LED technology with the backlight vs the OLED where pixels emit their own light. Like the QLED where there is a backlight, a Nanocell is great in a bright room compared to the OLED. On top of the display sits a nanoparticle screen that absorbs certain unwanted wavelengths and filters for better color definition.

The Nano Cell technology is great, but often an OLED TV is higher quality because it puts out the correct light and color rather than relying on a filter of Nano technology to filter out unwanted wavelengths. Both are great technology to consider but comparing the Nanocell vs OLED, you may opt for the OLED technology. If budget is a consideration, then the Nano Cell technology is far less expensive and delivers a high quality impact to your living space.

Best TV For – Different Scenarios

Head spinning from the choices? Jump to the question list below to find your best fit, or here are a few scenarios and suggestions!

Best TV For Home Theatre

Our suggestion: LG CX OLED TV 65″ +
From LG.com

Best TV For Bright Room

Our suggestion: Samsung QN90b Neo QLED
From Bestbuy.com

Best TV For Large Space

Our suggestion: Samsung 8k QN900 QLED 86″
from samsung.com

Finding The Right TV: OLED vs QLED and Others

Home TV Buying Guide: Questions to ask:

  • What is your budget?
    • When price isn’t an issue, an OLED TV is a great choice. However, if you are budget conscious then a QLED or NanoCell TV may be a better option while delivering a great viewing experience
  • How big of a space will the TV be in? What size of TV?
    • A large space may demand a larger TV size, and OLED TVs top out at 75″. A QLED TV can go larger to 85″ or larger
    • If a larger size is a must then a QLED or even projector may be your best option
  • How much light is in the space?
    • QLEDs perform better in a bright space, so if your space is large and bright a QLED TV is a no brainer
  • What types of shows, games will you watch?
    • An OLED TV has a faster response time, better for gaming and action / movies. However if response time isn’t a must, then a QLED TV is a great choice

Based on these questions, you’ll know which style of TV: QLED vs OLED vs LED etc is right for you! Then you can decide on resolution and other features. Happy hunting! If you are decorating your space, check out our featured home decor articles, in particular making your own popular DIY Volcano Candle like the Capri Blue style.

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