When you’re ready to relax and watch something on Netflix, you just want it to be simple. Believe us…we get it! And before you press play on Stranger Things, so much is dependent upon your TV in order to make sure getting there is easy and instant.  

Each year, we put out our recommendations for the smart TVs that provide the best performance and are the easiest to use for Netflix (and, ultimately, other streaming services). And every year we up the ante for what it takes to make the list. This year, we’re excited to recommend select models from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic that will provide a top notch experience.

When you see the “Netflix Recommended TV” logo, it means the TV has passed rigorous testing to ensure great performance and easy access to Netflix and other services. This means you can:

  • Get to Netflix within just a few seconds
  • Move quickly and easily between different apps
  • Get the latest version of Netflix
  • Have access to all the newest features for a better browsing experience

In order to receive the designation, the TV must meet 5 out of 7 criteria (listed here).

The biggest change in criteria this year is the introduction of a feature we call Always Fresh. This feature ensures that while the TV is “sleeping,” Netflix is still awake. 

The TV will periodically refresh Netflix in the background, so that the next time you want to watch, it’s ready to go and makes a big difference in the responsiveness. Here it is in action:

Above: TV without Always Fresh on a slow network; Below: TV with Always Fresh…instant on any network speed

Here are the initial designations of 2019 Netflix Recommended TVs:

  • Samsung Q60R/Q70R/Q80R/Q90R/Q900R series, RU8000, and The Frame devices
  • Sony BRAVIA X85G(XG85)/X90G(XG90) series and A9G(AG9) series 
  • Panasonic VIERA GX700/GX800/GX900 series

For more information on specific models, you can go to our Netflix Recommended TV website. Timing of availability for Netflix Recommended TVs will vary by country, and not all models will be available in all regions. We test all TVs that carry Netflix and will continue to report new designations throughout the year as new devices and device updates become available. 

Happy watching!