Walk into any high street electrical store or out-of-town shopping centre and you'll probably be overhelmed with the number of new TVs on sale. Buying a new telly can be a daunting experience. Not sure whether you need LCD or plasma? Unsure about the benefits of LED? Looking for a smart TV? Well we test new sets every month throughout the year, from all the major brands, so get to see more than most. And that means we can do all the hard work for you, picking the best TVs in each size category.
Don't get hung up on tech specs as they only tell half the story. Decide what you really need. So if catch-up TV such as BBC iPlayer is a priority, then smart functionality should be on your list. But if you don't need all those apps and streaming services, then there's no point paying for them. As for which size is best for you, here's our simple guide based on your viewing distance:
1.3m to the TV - buy a 32in screen
1.6m to the TV - buy a 40-42in screen
1.8m to the TV - buy a 46in
2m to the TV and above - buy a 50in, or even a 52-55in
And when you get your shiny TV home, make sure you calibrate it properly using something like the THX Optimizer settings you can find on some Blu-rays and DVDs, or the THX tune-up app you can download to your smartphone or tablet. Most TVs are set up by default to produce a very bright picture to make them stand out from the crowd on the shop floor, but that won't be at all appropriate in your own home.
This wallet-friendly 40in Sony LCD (£450) has all the smart capabilities of a higher-end model, and offers a decent picture and user-friendly interface to boot.
A great example of everything we expect from a 4K TV: excellent picture, a smart user interface and reasonable price (£2300) for such a high-tech TV.