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The 7 best TVs for watching sport in 2022

09:47 GMT 18/01/2022
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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 best television for viewing any sport, there's an extensive list of things that need to be considered. From picture clarity, colour balance, fast motion handling to overall size, 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 to buy 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.


The televisions included in this article


What makes a TV good for watching sport?

You can watch sport on most televisions - but for a top-of-the-range experience, much depends on how you plan to consume your matchdays on the sofa.

Most TVs these days come with high-definition as a bare standard, but many more feature 4K, which realises details in hyperreal fashion, from every blade of grass through to a face in the crowd.

If you want that serious attention to detail, then you may want to pursue those options - but if you're looking for a more interactive option, then an Ambilight television could well be the way forward.

What size TV do I need?

The size of your television very much depends on the space that you have to play with. If you intend to set it up in a smaller room, you must be wary of dominating the space with your set-up - and vice versa, so that you don't drop a small screen into a huge area.

You'll also need to consider where you plan to place it. A free-standing television can arguably be whatever size you wish, but if you intend to attach it to the wall, you'll need to make sure that it is not too hefty so as to bring the plaster down.

With that in mind, here are some of the best TVs you can get for your sporting needs.

Samsung QN90A

Best overall television

This TV scored the highest rating on Amazon from happy customers, who love the elegant design and impressive picture quality. The Neo Quantum 4K UHD Processor is the star of the show, offering the highest possible image quality with the sharpest edges and 100% colour volume. What sets the Samsung QN90A apart from other TVs is its reflection reduction technology, which allows you to experience its 4K picture quality in any room at any time of the day with minimum screen glare. There's also a neat Multi View feature that lets you split the TV screen, so you can watch the game while also displaying match updates on your smartphone.

Reasons to buy

  • Unbeatable image quality when it comes to colour and edges
  • Access to all the popular streaming apps
  • Upscales image resolution to 4K in real-time

Get it from Amazon for £629.00-£799.00


Hisense A7100F

Best budget television

Being on a budget doesn't mean you have to miss out on a top-quality television. While Hisense is still less known compared 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.

Get it from Amazon for £223.00


Panasonic 2021 JX850BZ 

Best mid-range television

If your budget can stretch, then this Panasonic effort is worth it, providing a lot of bang for your buck. 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.

Get it from Amazon for £545.00


Samsung TU8000

Best screen size on a budget

If you're after size on a budget, then this offering from Samsung might be exactly what you're searching for - and even if not, this still has you covered, with the smallest unit coming in at just 43 inches.

Whether you choose a big or small screen, you're guaranteed an excellent sports viewing experience with Samsung's Crystal Processor, upscaling everything you watch into stunning 4K.

Get it from Amazon starting at £499.00


Sony BRAVIA KE55A8

Best-looking television

The Sony BRAVIA KE55A8 is a winning combination of great picture quality, fantastic value, and stunning aesthetics. With X1 Ultimate power behind the picture, there's no need to worry about blurriness interrupting your viewing, giving you cleaner, crisper and more lifelike pictures. 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. 

Get it from Amazon for £1,199.00


Philips Ambilight 650706

Best Ambilight television

Ambilight televisions are sets that project the screen's colours in striking hues around the room, creating a powerful sensory experience that envelopes the viewer into whatever they are watching.

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.

Get it from Amazon for £875.00


LG UP81

Best LED television

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 too. 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 Sports Alert feature, so you'll never miss when your favourite teams are playing. 

Get it from Amazon starting at £399.99