Best TVs 2017: 8 amazing TVs you can buy right now

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 bagging a good deal.

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Of course, the 2017 models are now in shops too, so you can make your own comparisons and decide whether to chase specs or save cash. This list has our favourite models from 2016 and 2017, but if you’re just looking for the latest, best and most expensive, check out our Best 4K TV page.

Here, 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 MU7000, but we are regularly updating this list as more of the latest TVs come out. If we’re missing one you’re interested in, check back later or tweet us @TrustedReviews and we’ll get it in for testing.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Sony KD-65A1

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Key features:

  • 65-inch OLED display
  • 4K and HDR
  • Claimed peak brightness 1000 nits

If we had a prize for most unusual TV design, this would win it.

The Sony A1 isn’t just an OLED TV – Sony’s ‘Acoustic Surface’ technology does away with speakers entirely and shakes the screen to make sound. And it totally works.

Crazy sound systems aside, Sony’s first commercial 4K OLED TV is a huge success, with bags of fine detail, lovely colours and class-leading motion handling. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but if you want something that can show off what TVs are all about in 2017, this will do nicely.

This here is the 65-inch version, but it also comes in 55 inches.

At the time of testing, the Sony KD-65A1 was available for £4999.

Read the full Sony KD-65A1 review

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Key features:

  • 55-inch edge-lit LCD
  • 4K and HDR
  • Claimed peak brightness 1500 nits

Samsung’s QLED range is the best the company has to offer this year, and the Samsung Q7 is the most affordable option. It boasts a peak brightness of up to 1500 nits – up from the 1000 nits offered by last year’s best. It’s not just brighter, Samsung has also worked hard on colour.

This QLED series is a new take on Samsung’s existing Quantum Dot technology. The Quantum Dot crystals have been wrapped in a metallic alloy, with the aim of improving contrast and vibrancy. It totally works, giving you some seriously lush and bright images that OLED screens aren’t capable of. The downside, however, is that dark-room performance isn’t amazing – there are some noticeable lighting uniformity issues that you’ll spot in blackened rooms.

Still, for those who like to watch TV with the lights up, you’ll struggle to find anything more impressive. Well, except perhaps the brightest and biggest QLED model, the QE65Q9FAM

At the time of review, the Samsung QE55Q7F was available for £2299.

 

Read the full Samsung QE55Q7F review

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Key features:

  • 65-inch OLED display
  • 4K and HDR
  • Claimed peak brightness 1000 nits
  • THX certified

Panasonic tool a break from OLED in 2016, but this year it’s back. Everybody seems to be handling OLED differently this year, but Panasonic is taking the no-nonsense approach. It’s not the most fancy of designs – gone is the strokable Alcantara back of the CZ952 – but you do get the most natural, believable colours available on an OLED TV this year.

If that’s not enough for you, check out the EZ952’s stablemate, the EZ1002 – that’s the professional option, with USB 3D lookup tables, a Technics-tuned soundbar and an extra filter to catch reflections. That’s a lot more expensive, mind. For most people, the EZ952 will be plenty. It’s available in 65 and 55 inches.

At the time of review, the Panasonic TX-65EZ952B was available for £4799

Read the full Panasonic TX-65EZ952B review

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Key features:

  • 49-inch edge-lit LCD
  • 4K and HDR
  • UHD Premium certification

The UE49MU7000T is a 49-inch 4K LCD TV from just above the middle of Samsung’s 2017 range. It doesn’t get Samsung’s new QLED technology, with its ground-breaking brightness and colour properties, but it does feature Dynamic Crystal Colour technology based on Samsung’s 2016 flagship TVs, along with a claimed peak brightness of 1000 nits.

Having dropped in price since its release to well under the £1000 mark, it’s a compelling option for those wanting 4K HDR on a budget. It’s well built, easy to set up and has a great smart TV system with all the services you could want.

Its picture performance is where it really shows off what it’s made of though, and we like what we see. It’ll go bright for a mid-range TV, which means it can give HDR a good go, though blacks don’t go quite as deep as further up the range.

Colours look natural and subtly blended, and both 4K and 1080p images are sharp and detailed. For the money, it’s one of the most appealing TVs Samsung has released this year.

 

At the time of the review the Samsung UE49MU7000T was available for £1099

Read the full Samsung UE49MU7000T review

LG OLED55B7

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Key features:

  • 55-inch OLED display
  • Native 4K/UHD resolution
  • Freeview Play
  • Multimedia playback via USB/DLNA/Bluetooth

If you’ve been looking to buy a 2017 OLED but have been waiting for prices to drop, this is your chance. The LG 55OLEDB7 is the least expensive in the range, and it’s now even cheaper thanks to some fairly sizeable price drops.

It’s as big a bargain as £1699 can ever get you, because the picture performance is almost identical to its £4000 sibling, the LG OLED65E7V, save for the lack of built-in soundbar. And most people buying a TV at this level would likely be considering a separate sound system anyway.

Picture quality is nothing short of stunning, and makes it one of the best performing sets this year, not to mention one of the best value. Contrast is outstanding, detail levels are high, and colours are vibrant but believable. It was a great TV at its review price – now, it’s a steal.

At time of review the LG 55OLEDB7V was available for £2999

Read the full LG OLED55B7 review

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Key features:

  • 58-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Local dimming
  • 4K and HDR
  • Firefox TV OS

Panasonic hasn’t given us any of its upper-midrange LCD TVs yet, but while we wait there’s this. 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

Read the full Panasonic TX-58DX802 review

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Key features:

  • 55-inch OLED display
  • 4K and HDR
  • Three-sided Ambilight
  • Android smart TV system

Philips operates on a different timetable to the other manufacturers, leisurely releasing this TV at the end of 2016, way after everyone else had their products on the market. It’s possible the company took that time to learn about the competition, because this OLED TV is the most impressive one to come out of 2016.

It uses LG’s OLED technology, but the processing that Philips added on top makes for a picture that’s more detailed, subtle and overall more impressive than LG’s own efforts. On top of that, you get Philips’ own Ambilight technology, which projects light on the wall behind the TV. It’s supposed to make for a more comfortable viewing experience.

The Philips 901F doesn’t have the latest OLED specs, and 2017 models are definitely a step up, but it does have price on its side.

At the time of the review the Philips 55POS901F/12 was available for £2800

Read the full Philips 55POS901F/12 review

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Key features:

 

  • Ultra HD resolution
  • 10-bit panel
  • 1000 nits peak brightness
  • Direct-lit with 128 dimming zones

Hisense’s flagship TV for 2017 is a 70-inch monster. But it’s not only massive, it’s the company’s first UHD Premium TV. That means it meets the minimum requirements to be considered a next-gen TV. It’s capable of up to 1000 nits of peak brightness, and it can handle HDR with its 10-bit panel.

It’s not nearly as refined as the best from the bigger TV brands, as colour accuracy could be better, but contrast and lighting uniformity are very impressive for an LCD TV.

If you’re looking to upgrade to a huge screen and you’re not too picky about your colours, £3000 gets you a lot of TV for your money.

Read the full Hisense H70NU9700 review

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