Best TVs 2015: Best 32, 40, 50 and 60-inch TVs
What is the best TV to buy right now? We've collected the best small TVs, best 40-inch TVs, best 55-inch TVs and best 60-inch TVs into one list so you can find the best TV for you.
All the major brands are represented here, including Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Sony and Philips. The cheapest TV in our round-up is the £300 Linsar X24-DVD, which is a rare case where a TV with a built-in DVD player is pretty good. We've also included a couple of the best 32-inch TVs and five our top TVs cost less than £500, though if you're feeling flush then the most expensive TV is £6,000.
Click here to start browsing the list, or read on for more TV buying advice and a preview of the TVs that make it into our best TV round-up.
TV Jargon Buster
Before you buy a new TV, it's worth spending a little time getting to know some of the jargon you'll encounter in stores. Here's a quick guide to get you started.
Full HD vs 4K/UHD
Most TVs are Full HD. This refers to the number of pixels and resolution of the screen, but 4K TV or Ultra HD and UHD TVs are increasingly common. These new TVs have four times as many pixels as Full HD TVs, which means they're sharper and more detailed. However, you need the content you view to be broadcast in 4K to see this difference. There are few easily available sources of 4K content at the moment, so if you buy a 4K now you'll have to wait for more to become available. Read our What is 4K TV and Ultra HD? guide for more information. If you're interested in 4K content, read our review of Netflix's 4K content.
LCD/LED vs OLED
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 delivers an entirely new level of picture quality. OLED TVs are known to produce very rich colours, smooth motion and perfect contrast that means you'll see every detail in your films. Read our OLED vs LED LCD guide for an in-depth comparison.
Curved and Flatscreen TVs
Curved TVs are a new and not totally convincing trend. Advocates claim curved screens are more immersive, but there are several drawbacks as well. If you're unsure whether you want one or not then it's worth looking at one in a shop, and we recommend you read our guide to Curved TV: The Pros and Cons for more in-depth advice.
Best Small and 32-inch TVs
Linsar X24-DVD – Price: £299 | LCD | Full HD – A very cheap TV with built-in DVD player and great speakers that's a good option for bedrooms
Sony KDL-32W706B – Price: £299 | LED LCD | Full HD – A great-looking TV with generous connections and a mini price from a renowned brand
Samsung UE32H6200 – Price: £349 | LED LCD | Full HD – A 32-inch TV with a lovely screen and 3D playback and good smart features
Best 40, 42 and 48-inch TVs
Samsung UE40H5500 – Price: £330 | LED LCD | Full HD – A cheap TV that delivers brilliant image quality at a nice price
Philips 48PFT5509 – Price: £439 | LED LCD | Full HD – A 48-inch TV with excellent speakers that are much better than most TVs
Samsung UE48JU7500 – Price: £1,649 | LED LCD | 4K – An expensive, curved 48-inch TV with a sharp 4K resolution
Best 50 and 55-inch TVs
Samsung UE55H6400 – Price: £699 | LED LCD | Full HD – A 55-inch TV with a rich range of content options and good image quality
Sony KDL-55W829 – Price: £779 | LED LCD | Full HD – A relatively cheap TV with an impressive screen and speakers
Panasonic TX-58AX802 – Price: £1,399 | LED LCD | 4K – A TV that's impressive in both 2D and 3D that's the cheapest 4K screen we recommend
Samsung UE55HU8500 – Price: £1,799 | LED LCD | 4K – A curved TV with impressive speakers that looks stunning
LG 55EC930V – Price: £1,999 | OLED | Full HD – It's not 4K but this OLED screen has unmatched colours and contrast
Panasonic TX-55AX902 – Price: £1,999 | LED LCD | 4K – An impressive-looking TV with great speakers outstanding 4K picture quality
Best 60 and 65-inch TVs
Samsung UE65HU7500 – Price: £2,699 | LED LCD | 4K – A 65-inch TV with a brilliant screen and excellent 3D pictures
Sony KD-65S9005B – Price: £3,199 | LED LCD | 4K – A gently-curved TV with an outstanding sound system
Samsung UE65JS9000 – Price: £3,999 | LED LCD | 4K – A 65-inch TV with a stunning display and HDR support
LG 65EC970V – Price: £5,999 | OLED | 4K – A 65-inch OLED TV that delivers a terrific 3D viewing experience and 4K
Samsung UE65JS9500 – Price: £5,999 | LED LCD | 4K – A TV with HDR playback and Quantum Dot colour tech that looks incredible
If you need more help deciding what to buy, head over to our comprehensive TV Buying Guide.