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Best Panasonic TV: Three stunning OLED screens to choose from

Our team of experts test a range of Panasonic TVs every year, ranging from larger, premium sets to smaller, more affordable options. This list that you’re reading are the TVs we’ve rated as the best from this respected brand.

From OLEDs to affordable LEDs, Panasonic is reliable name in the field of televisions, putting out consistently good sets year after year. However, some are better than others, and some will have the features and performance you’re looking for. To help make that decision of what to get a little easier, we’ve created this best list to help guide you to your next purchase of a Panasonic TV.

We’ve focused on all the features that matter, from picture quality to how good it sounds, build quality, the quality of the gaming experience and how easy it is to navigate its interface.

To get the best and most accurate results, our team has used each TV extensively, running tests over several days to gauge their performance, as well as appraise their respective feature sets.

We are constantly looking at new Panasonic sets to review, so if you don’t see a Panasonic TV you like at the moment, be sure to come back as we’ll be updating it with all the latest TVs that pass through our testing facilities. If a Panasonic TV doesn’t tickle your fancy, be sure to check our lists of the best Samsung TVs, best LG TVs and our selection of the best TVs in general.

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Every TV we review is put through the same set of tests to gauge its picture performance, usability, and smart features.

Tests are carried out over several days and are done by eye but supported with technical measurements. Testing by eye involves an expert watching a wide range of material to understand and determine a TV’s performance in fields such as brightness, contrast, motion processing, colour handling and screen uniformity.

We’ll consider the design of the TV in terms of build quality, study the spec sheets and see if the TV’s connections are up to spec, as well as playing video and audio content to ensure that the set handles playback as it claims. We also take note whether a product’s compatible formats and features are in line with industry trends or not to gauge whether it’s relevant for you.

Comparison to other related and similarly priced products is also important, to see if it’s missing any vital features and whether it impresses as a whole. After all this, we’ll come to a judgement on how the TV performs as a whole.

If you want to learn more, please visit our detailed page about how we test televisions.

Panasonic TX-55LZ2000

Best Panasonic TV
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  • Dynamic 4K image quality
  • Multi-HDR support
  • Game Mode Extreme


  • 360 Soundscape Pro system could be overkill
  • Only two 4K 120fps HDMI inputs

The LZ2000 is Panasonic’s flagship TV or 2022 and as we’ve come to expect from the Japanese brand, it’s exceeded expectations yet again with superb image quality and impressive Dolby Atmos audio.

The design is typically understated and not intended to draw much attention to itself but simply melt into its surroundings. In terms of features there’s Freeview Play for catch-up and on-demand TV, and Panasonic has added the likes of Disney+ and Apple TV+ to its My Home Screen interface.

It’s also a respectable choice for gamers after a high-end panel. We measured input lag at 14.5ms (no improvement over the JZ2000), and with the Game Control board there is the ability to optimise gaming settings on the fly. HDMI 2.1 features are supported too with the likes of variable refresh rate, auto low latency mode and 4K/120Hz all onboard.

All HDR formats are included too, such as HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive. The image quality is finely-tuned for bright and dark rooms with the help of the TV’s light sensor, and we found colour volume has improved, especially the colour blue. The low light performance has also been improved, with more detail visible in the darkest parts of the image.

With the OLED EX panel from LG Display (but made to Panasonic’s custom specs), we benchmarked brightness at 966 nits in Standard mode, which makes the Panasonic one of the brightest OLEDs on the market and certainly among the brightest we’ve reviewed from Panasonic. In general, the average picture level is brighter, which helps to make all types of content pop off the screen.

The Dolby Atmos speaker system has had a few more tweaks over the JZ2000 model, and again it’s an area where we found the LZ2000 to be an improvement over the older model, the 360° Soundscape Pro system yielding plenty of width and height with Atmos soundtracks.

Reviewer: Steve May
Full Review: Panasonic LZ2000

Panasonic TX-55JZ2000

Best Panasonic OLED under £2000
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  • Delicious, dynamic imagery
  • Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive support
  • 360-degree Soundscape Pro audio system
  • 4K/120fps HDMI inputs


  • Pricey
  • Sound system may be unnecessary for AV fans

With the Panasonic LZ2000 taking the honours of Panasonic’s flagship mode the TX-55JZ2000 from 2021 is still available and remains an excellent choice for those wanting a brilliant high-end OLED TV at a price that’s not as expensive.

This level of performance is down to the HCX AI processor that advances in Panasonic’s picture and sound processing. What this results in is some magnificent gradation of colour tones and fine detailing. HD upscaling is excellent, as is this panel’s HDR performance, with its near 1000 nits of measured peak brightness better than what competing LG, Philips and Sony OLEDs can muster.

The My Home Screen interface simple to use with a good selection of apps to pick from. The inclusion of Freeview Play provides all the UK catch-up and on-demand apps such as BBC iPlayer, ITVX and All4, whilst the streaming apps offer the usual suspects of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Disney+.

The inclusion of HDMI 2.1 alongside VRR and ALLM means this Panasonic panel is good choice for high-end gaming, the 4K 120Hz support makes the JZ2000 a good partner for the Xbox Series X or PS5. Input lag is low, though rival TVs offer slightly faster latency. We measured this TV’s response time at 14.5ms, which is snappy enough to handle fast-twitch games.

The built-in speaker system is particularly powerful with its 125W output, which ensures you should be able to take in a blockbuster film with equally great audio. Dolby Atmos offers up an incredibly wide soundstage, especially thanks to 360 Soundstage Pro and its additional side-firing drivers that provides more width to the overall experience.

Reviewer: Steve May
Full Review: Panasonic JZ2000

Panasonic TX-42LZ980

Best small Panasonic OLED
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  • Refined, naturalistic and endlessly convincing images
  • Every HDR standard catered for
  • Panasonic’s best-ever smart TV interface


  • Could be brighter
  • Could be slimmer
  • Could sound fuller

Like LG with its OLED42C2, Panasonic has been courting gamers with its small OLED sets, and the TX-42LZ980 is a great if more expensive alternative to LG’s models.

Just like the rest of the TVs in this list, it’s a minimalist looking set with its gunmetal finish, tiny bezels but a central stand instead of feet to support the screen. The stand doesn’t swivel, unfortunately, but our reviewer found it to be compact enough to not require a big surface to sit on.

We found connectivity to be good for a small screen with two HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which supports eARC for passing out lossless audio to a compatible sound system. Gamers have auto low latency mode, variable refresh rate, AMD FreeSync Premium and Dolby Vision Gaming (up to 60Hz) to enjoy. We measured latency at around 14ms.

With its My Home Screen interface, Panasonic offers an excellent interface, once that’s clean and features every high-profile video streaming and catch-up service whether it’s through individual apps or through Freeview Play.

Like the JZ2000 and LZ2000 above, the LZ980 supports all the main HDR formats, carrying Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive to help adapt its visuals to match the lighting conditions any room (therefore preserving detail no matter the lighting conditions).

While it doesn’t boast the same OLED EX panel that features in the LZ2000, our reviewer found that it produced a remarkably accomplished picture performance, with white tones that are bright and cleanly described along black tones that are deep and convincing producing an excellent sense of contrast.

The overall colour palette is wide-ranging, vibrant and convincing. Skin-tones are life-like, motion is handled extremely well and in terms of upscaling lower quality content it’s a very competent effort. In terms of the audio it’s far weaker than its picture performance, sounding stressed and thin. We’d recommend getting a soundbar to give it a boost.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Panasonic LZ980

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What is OLED?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It’s a display made up of self emissive pixels, each of which can create its own light. A bright pixel can sit next to a dark pixel to help create deep black levels and high contrast beyond that of traditional displays. The lack of a backlight also means these displays can be thinner than other types of TVs.

What is HDR10+?

HDR10+ is a HDR format supported by Panasonic and Samsung as a free to use, open platform alternative to Dolby Vision. It adds dynamic metadata on top of the core HDR10 signal that tells a TV how it should adjust the brightness, colours and contrast of content for the most optimal picture quality.

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