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Best TV 2017: Best 49, 55 and 65-inch+ TVs you can buy

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Looking for a new TV? Here's a handy list of the best TVs you can buy right now.

This is a great time to go TV shopping. Many of the 2016 models are getting heavily discounted, which is perfect for anyone looking for a good TV deal. Now is also when the 2017 models start appearing in shops, so you'll be able to make your own comparisons.

Here you'll find our favourite TVs, arranged by screen size from 49 inches to 75 inches. You may notice there are no small 32-inch TVs in this round-up – that's because the best TVs only come in larger sizes. For smaller, cheaper models, look at our Best Value TVs round-up.

All the big players have been covered: Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Philips – as well as the emerging Hisense. The most recent additions are the Sony KD-55XE9305 and the Samsung Q9F, both beautiful TVs you should seek out at your local department store. We'll be updating this list as and when more of the latest TVs come out.

For comprehensive breakdowns of every model being released by TV manufacturers this year, take a look at our ultimate guides:

Ready to go shopping? Below you'll find our guide to some of the common terms used in TV lingo – or scroll further if you want to cut to our recommendations of the best TV for you.

TV Jargon Buster

Full HD vs 4K/UHD – Most TVs are Full HD, which gives you a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. These are gradually being overtaken by Ultra HD (commonly known as UHD or 4K), which gives you a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

That's four times the number of pixels, crammed into generally the same TV sizes. It means greater sharpness, detail and clarity.

There used to be a real lack of 4K content, but these days there is plenty to stream from Netflix and Amazon Video – and you can buy 4K Blu-rays. Read our guide: What is 4K TV and Ultra HD?

HDR TVs – HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Essentially it promises a wider range of brightness, colour and contrast – because your eyes can perceive more information than TVs have traditionally been able to display.

There's not much content mastered in HDR yet, but there is plenty on the way – this is the next big thing in the world of TVs. Read our guide: What is HDR TV?

LCD/LED vs OLED vs QLED – Plasma TVs are no more, so most TVs are either LCD (often referred to as LED) or OLED.

LCD is the most common, though there's a big difference between the cheapest and most expensive LCD TVs due to the types of backlight, panel and processing technologies used.

OLED is a relatively new technology and it's expensive, but it's seen as a natural successor to plasma technology. Unlike LCD, OLED pixels produce their own light, so there's no need for backlighting or edge lighting. Contrast and rich colours are its strengths, although LCD screens are generally brighter. Read our guide: OLED vs LED LCD.

QLED is a tricky one. In the last few years QLED has been used to refer to a theoretical self-lighting technology, similar to OLED. But now Samsung is using the QLED name to refer to its latest Quantum Dot TVs. This is still LCD technology, albeit one with fancy crystals. Consider this a beefed-up version of LCD, rather than an entirely new category. For more detail, take a look at our guide: What is QLED?

Samsung UE49 KS7000 9
Key features:
  • 4K resolution
  • HDR
  • UHD premium certification
  • Edge-lit LCD panel
  • 4xHDMI
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Available in 49-, 55-, 60- and 65-inch models

The Samsung UE49KS7000 is in the entry-level range among the company’s elite SUHD models. This 49-incher is the smallest one, but you can upsize if you want, as it also comes in sizes of 55, 60 and 65 inches.

At a little over £1000, the UE49KS7000 is just about within the realm of sensible TV money. You’re getting one of the most affordable UHD Premium-certified TVs, which means its 4K and HDR credentials meet the industry standard for televisual superiority.

It's tremendous at upscaling, and can make 1080p films and TV look stunning in 4K. There's almost no drop in quality, with clean lines and minimal noise. Native 4K and HDR programmes look excellent, and the detail and contrast is next-level stuff.

The only real catch is the sound, which doesn't match the impressive picture. It's a little thin and isn't quite up to the typically epic soundtrack of big blockbusters and television.



At the time of the review the Samsung UE49KS7000 was available for £1099
Sony KD-55XE9305
Key features:
  • 55-inch Ultra HD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Slim Backlight Drive+ backlighting
  • Triluminos colour technology
  • HDR 10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR support
Fresh out of Sony’s 2017 TV line-up, the Sony KD-55XE9305 boasts improved backlighting, more powerful processing and the picture-finessing magic of Dolby Vision. That’s an advanced form of HDR, if you’re not familiar with it.

As a result, the KD-55XE9305 achieves an uncanny 'real world' look with ultra-vivid colours and extreme brightness – particularly when you’re watching a Blu-ray disc. There’s still a hint of the haloing around dark objects on white backgrounds, but that’s to be expected with HDR content, and the outstanding colour range is a fair trade-off.

Outside the TV, you’ve got the new and improved remote, which has dedicated Google Play and Netflix buttons. There’s also a microphone, which should come in handy when a firmware update sees the Google Assistant voice-recognition and control system hit the box. Expect to be turning on Netflix using your Google Home once that arrives.

A centrally mounted stand with a hint of gold finishes off the TV nicely, and should ensure the set will fit comfortably on your existing TV cabinet.



At the time of the review the Sony KD-55XE9305 was available for £2400
Panasonic TX-50DX750
Key features:
  • Native 4K resolution
  • Firefox OS smart system
  • HDR playback
  • Wide colour phosphors and ultra-bright pane

Carefully set up, the Panasonic TX-50DX750 can deliver superb standard-dynamic-range 4K pictures. It’s capable of making HDR look jaw-droppingly good and the Firefox operating system remains excellent. The catch is that some backlight issues are apparent in dark HDR scenes. Still, there's no doubt this is a true next-generation TV, which is impressive given its approachable £1300 price.



At time of review the Panasonic TX-50DX750 was available for £1300
LG OLED55B6
Key features:
  • Native 4K/UHD resolution
  • webOS 3.0 smart TV system
  • Freeview Play
  • 55-inch OLED screen
  • Multimedia playback via USB/DLNA/Bluetooth

If you've been looking to buy OLED but have been waiting for prices to drop, this is your chance. The LG 55OLEDB6V is one of the least expensive in the range, costing a fraction of the price of the premium flagship model. It's as big a bargain as £2999 can ever get you, because the performance isn't far off that of its £6000 sibling.

So the design isn't as pretty and it doesn't have a built-in soundbar, but you'll forget all about that when you see the lush blacks and pin-point lighting precision. Oh and it's flat, which is nice for people who don't want a curved screen (nor live in a lighthouse).



At time of review the LG 55OLEDB6V was available for £2999
Philips 901F OLED
Key features:
  • Native 4K OLED screen
  • HDR10 support
  • Three-sided Ambilight
  • Android smart TV system
This debut OLED TV from Dutch brand Philips is a triumph, delivering a detailed, crisp picture with impressively deep blacks, sans the familiar greyness, light haloing and light striping problems that come with LED TVs. The star of the show is Philips' Ambilight system, which makes the viewing experience much more immersive.

The Philips 55POS901F/12 also benefits from superior video processing, which should appeal to those who obsess over retaining every last pixel.

The set comes with two remotes: a plasticky 'basic' one, and an advanced remote with a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchpad. There’s an integrated soundbar too, which sports an array of forward-facing micro-drivers for mid-range and treble duties, and woofers on the rear to serve up booming bass.

We were slightly put off by the 55POS901F/12’s on-demand services. Neither the Android OS on the set we tested, nor the Philips app, currently provide access to any of the UK’s big four catch-up TV services. Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Google Play are thankfully all on-board. If you can stomach the price tag, the 55POS901F/12 won’t fail to impress.

Buy Now at John Lewis from £2799

At the time of the review the Philips 55POS901F/12 was available for £2800
Panasonic TX-58DX802
Key features:
  • 58-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Local dimming
  • Firefox TV OS
  • Native 4K resolution
  • HDR playback
The 58-inch Panasonic TX-58DX802 sits towards the top of Panasonic’s 2016 TV range, and is nothing if not different. Its 4K/UHD, HDR-capable screen is mounted in a seriously striking easel-type stand. Rather than trying to fit speakers into its slim frame, it ships with an external soundbar.

Colours look absolutely beautiful for most of the time, with both HDR and SDR content. The wide colour gamut we’re now routinely getting with HDR content is delivered with bags of impact. The addition of the soundbar helps to deliver one of the best out-of-the-box sound performances of any TV we've tested in the past year. It’s particularly strong at outputting bass that's far beyond the capability of the speakers built into typical mainstream flat-screen TVs.

With its striking design, seriously impressive sonics and mostly lovely UHD and HDR picture quality, the TX-58DX802 does more than enough to justify its £1600 asking price.



At the time of the review the Panasonic TX-58DX802 was available for £1600
Panasonic 65DX902
Key features:
  • 65-inch LCD TV with direct LED lighting
  • Native 4K/UHD resolution
  • Ultra HD Premium certified
  • THX certified
  • Firefox Smart TV system

The Panasonic TX-65DX902 was the brand’s flagship TV for 2016. It achieved such status thanks to the inclusion of a 4K/Ultra HD resolution and an unusually high level of support for the new high-dynamic-range picture format.

The TX-65DX902 has blistering brightness – as well as nicely balanced, stunning colours – which demonstrates itself in the darkest blacks and peak whites. In fact, such is the combination of brightness and black-level response here that the TX-65DX902 puts the 'dynamic' in high dynamic range more aggressively than any other TV in 2016. It does take some careful setup of the adaptive backlight feature, or it really struggles when there's significant contrast on screen.

The dynamism of the colour also benefits the 3D, meaning that images look strong and stable. The Panasonic TX-65DX902's speakers also create a soundstage that delivers much more bass and a far greater sense of dynamism and expansion in action scenes than is customary in the flat TV world.



At the time of the review the Panasonic TX-65DX902 was available for £3299
Hisense H65M7000
Key features:
  • 65-inch edge-lit LCD
  • 4K and HDR
  • Typical brightnes 420 nits

Stepping up from HD but don't want to pay big money? Then the Hisense H65M7000 (also known simply as 65M7000) may be what you need. It's an affordable way to experience the joys of 4K and HDR. The M7000 manages to get some key things right: good blacks, good light uniformity, limited halo effects, strong contrast and impressive clarity.

Oh, and it's massive. It's not UHD Premium by any means, and hard-line AV enthusiasts will prefer the power and dynamism of more expensive flagship TVs. But if you're a casual movie fan looking to step up from HD, this upper-midrange TV represents tremendous value.

At the time of review the Hisense H65M7000 / 65M7000 was available for £1200

LG OLED65E6
Key features:
  • 65-inch OLED TV
  • Native 4K/UHD resolution
  • High Dynamic Range support
  • Ultra HD Premium certified
  • webOS smart system

The LG OLED65E6 is one of the best OLED TVs you can buy. It sits a step up from the excellent OLED55C6V, and just below the OLED65G6V, which costs £1000 more without adding much in picture quality. It boasts a 65-inch flat screen, a built-in soundbar, a stunning 'Picture On Glass' design, LG’s unbeaten webOS smart TV system – and a price of £4999.

It's brilliantly designed. Its sub-3mm thickness makes images look like they've appeared seemingly out of thin air and it's certainly one of the trendiest LCD TVs out there. It doesn't struggle with wide contrast ranges like HDR TVs have in the past, and its picture quality is mostly brilliant, with colour vibrancy that we've not seen from an OLED before. However, peak whites and the darkest blacks can sometimes seem a little empty. The soundbar, meanwhile, pumps out a scale of sound way beyond its fairly modest proportions.

The OLED65E6 is in many ways state of the art – though whether that’s enough to justify its £5000 price is a matter for your bank manager.



At the time of the review the LG OLED65E6 was available for £4999
Samsung QLED
Key features:
  • 65-inch LCD TV with QLED technology
  • Native UHD resolution
  • HLG HDR support
  • Ultra HD Premium certified
  • Edge LED lighting with local dimming
Samsung’s 2017 flagship 65-inch TV, the QE65Q9FAM, looks and feels every inch the premium package – especially since it makes the most of Samsung’s latest Quantum Dot technology (QLED). There’s luminous HDR colour quality across the board, explosively vibrant rich tones, and immaculately subtle colour detailing in heavily saturated picture areas. Skin tones are possibly the most natural we’ve ever seen, too.

Samsung has reintroduced voice control to the QE65, meaning you can say things like “HDMI 1” to the TV and it’ll duly change to that input. A redesigned smart remote comes with a cleaner, more intuitive navigation area, while a new initial installation experience guides you painlessly through the setup process.

If you can stretch to the asking price, you’ll be guaranteed the best QLED experience around.



At the time of the review the Samsung QE65Q9FAM was available for £4899

Matthew Bunton

December 4, 2015, 4:11 pm

My vote would go to the Curry's exclusive PANASONIC
VIERA TX-40CX700B+.

A fantastic 40" 4K tv. It has a Firefox interface which is quick and supports Netflix and Amazon in Ultra HD.

I mostly use mine as a 4K PC monitor as it supports 4K over HDMI 2.0 at 60hz and 444 chroma. I tried many monitors including the newer G-sync 144 hz models and nothing compares to the Panasonic's image quality and colours. Input lag is 25ms using Leo Bodner test, as I am not a competative gamer this is fast enough for me.

I have paired mine with 2 x Evga GTX 980 ti classified cards and at 4K 60fps gaming has a new lease of life. I now couldn't go back to anything less than 4k.

It is easily the best television/monitor I have ever owned and I managed to pick mine up for just over £500 with a 5 year Panasonic warranty.

Murray Snudge

December 31, 2015, 4:52 pm

Samsung UE48JU7500 - 'a severe amount of motion blur' and you score it 9/10?

kobraaaa

February 1, 2016, 1:35 am

Nobody talks about customer service or warranty's? What good as a phone, if it dies before the warranty is up and stuff like this : http://globalnews.ca/news/1... happens? Samsung has even paid cnet to do new reviews on products they already have done so on : http://www.businessinsider.... and then do stuff like this http://www.idownloadblog.co... and this http://www.businessinsider.... . Simply Google, Samsung Customer Service Reviews....The warranty of a TV and customer service, should matter as much, if not more, than the capabilities. I know from experience.

travel_lite

February 26, 2016, 3:13 pm

Excellent point.

An unbiased review of Customer Services is long overdue.

Shant Lola

February 29, 2016, 6:14 pm

I would concur with your appraisal. I recently picked up the Panasonic TX-60CX740E and has great picture quality. Previously had a Panasonic Plasma, but power surge destroyed it.

Before making the purchase, I compared it to several Samsung models including the JS7200, JU7500, and JS8500. In my opinion the Panny came on top. The picture quality is more accurate than the Samsung models and very little motion blur if any.

I would recommend the CX740 or another model in the same range.

joethedocII

April 20, 2016, 3:55 pm

I'm sorry, but WHAT "drop-down menu???"

Lee Martin

June 12, 2016, 2:59 pm

The one in light grey on the edge of the thin box

KidRed

September 17, 2016, 4:53 pm

The non-functioning drop down menu in light grey...

Marko Bolo

October 18, 2016, 10:53 pm

I love oled TVs

T Barry

October 31, 2016, 12:51 pm

Samsung will bring its QLED to the table in the very near future with a greater HDR presents to enhance the color spectrum within the 4K realm..

"Beauty is still in the eye of the beholder"..!

Kevin Crabtree

December 23, 2016, 11:46 am

If you want to dip your toes for not a lot of money try one of the new TV's from Hisense. I just bought a 50 inch 4K UHD from Amazon for £380. It is amazing compared to the 7 year old Samsung LCD it replaced. OK it may not last 7 years, but it has a 2 year warranty and some smart functionality. the Netflix & Amazon aps are fast and the 4k stuff is glorious. You will need fibre broadband to enjoy it though.

wolfmeister

January 10, 2017, 9:13 pm

i'm confused by "trusted" reviews (who i usually use). On the john lewis website is a long list of people giving their purchased KS7000 a resounding battering due to "unwatchable" motion judder & motion artefacts. How did that get thru this review?

wolfmeister

January 10, 2017, 9:17 pm

One answer. John Lewis. 5 years free and they have great customer service. I even got a new panel fitted to one of my previous TV's that was 4 years & 9 months into it's warranty. The only downside is, obviously they don't offer every tv, only what they stock.

Also a tip: buy apple macs also from them, often they give free 3 years warranty (but always 2 years) free, and this is an apple backed warranty; apple to the repairs & servicing exactly the same as applecare.

Marko Palijan

January 15, 2017, 2:02 pm

55Ks7000 bad back plastic cover.i got my money back! https://uploads.disquscdn.c...

Ford F150

April 22, 2017, 9:28 pm

I agree with you.

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