The Best Smart TVs For Watching Netflix, According To Netflix

The Best Smart TVs For Watching Netflix, According To Netflix

Netflix has partnered with TV manufacturers to recommend smart TVs based on their movie streaming performance and other features. If you’re in the market this year for a Netflix-friendly television, check out Netflix’s recommended TVs.

To earn the Netflix Recommended TV title, the smart TV has to meet at least 5 out of the following 7 criteria:

  • TV instant on
  • TV resume
  • Latest Netflix version
  • Fast Netflix app launching
  • Fast video resuming
  • A dedicated Netflix button on the remote
  • Easy onscreen Netflix icon access

Only two TV brands qualified in Netflix’s 2016 evaluation: LG and Sony. These are the specific models:

  • LG: 2016 4K UHD TVs with webOS 3.0 UH6300 series | UH6500 series | UH7500 series | UH8500 series | UH9500 series | G6 series
  • Sony: 2016 Android 4K UHD TVs S85D series | X85D series | X93D series | X94D series | XD93 series | XD94 series | SD85 series | XD85 series

Of course, you probably want to consider many other things when you pick out a television besides how easy it is to get to Netflix. But if you spend a lot of time watching Netflix (as many of us did this weekend), it’s one consideration.

You can see last year’s recommended TVs here.

Netflix Recommended TV via Fortune


  • Use a Chromecast. It turns the TV on itself and is already running Netflix by the time your TV is on.

    • HDMI-CEC on a chromecast is ridiculously aggressive. I can’t even change the HDMI input on my TV when mine is activated.

      • What do you mean by activated? Actively casting something? I’ve never actually tried to change the channel when I’m using it to be honest.

        But it’s sitting there idle at all times and never has caused issues.

        • Once I’ve cast anything to it, it doesn’t even matter if the stupid thing is in idle on the wallpaper screen, I can’t change HDMI unless I power off the chromecast. I ended up plugging it into the HDMI on my Xbox One instead.

          • Wow. Either your chomecast is messed up or your TV is messed up. That’s not normal.

          • Yea doesn’t happen with any other HDMI-CEC device. Also this is with a chromecast 2.

          • Yea doesn’t happen with any other HDMI-CEC device. Also this is with a chromecast 2.

  • A dedicated Netflix button on the remote

    It’s essentially a paid for spot really… Or at least a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” situation. Not really to do with how well the TV will run Netflix, just how many times they can get the Netflix logo in front of your eyeballs.

        • Well you kind of make out that it’s not really that useful. Sounds perfectly useful to me. Especially when combined with at least 4 of the other criteria.

          • No, I said it was a paid for spot, not the usefulness of it. Sure having a dedicated button to launch netflix is useful, if you want to watch netflix. If you want to watch Stan though, it’s not useful at all. Perhaps a programmable button would be better?

  • I have a samsung tv, pretty recent quadcore model.
    It’s netflix app performance isnt so good.
    Ended up getting an Apple TV and it does a much better job 🙂

  • I have one of the Sony high end UHD SmartTV. It plays any Netflix content without a hiccup. I also have setup a Plex Media server for streaming all the latest TV shows, so far, I am really happy with the TV.

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