Going TV shopping? Here’s a handy list of the best TVs out right now.
If you’re looking to upgrade, now is a great time to go TV shopping. Many of the 2016 models have been heavily discounted, and while they may not have the latest specs, they’re great for anyone looking for a good deal. Now is also when the 2017 models are starting to hit the shops, so you’ll be able to make your own comparisons and decide whether to chase specs or save a little cash. This list has our favourite models from 2016 and 2017 – if you’re just looking for the latest, best and most expensive TVs, check out our Best 4K TV page.
We’ve covered all the big players such as Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Philips – as well as the emerging Hisense. The most recent additions are the Panasonic EZ952, the Sony A1 and the Samsung Q7 – all beautiful TVs you should seek out at your local department store. We are regularly updating this list as and when more of the latest TVs come out, so check back if we’re missing one you’re interested in, or make a request in the comments below.
You may notice there are no small TVs in this round-up, and that’s because the best TVs only come in larger sizes. If you’re looking for a small, typically Full HD-only model, you’ll want to look at our Best value TVs round-up.
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.
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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?