Full HD, LCD, LED, plasma, OLED, 4K – the jargon when buying a new TV can be very confusing. Don't worry, we are here to help. Here's our pick of the best TVs to buy from a compact 22in model for the bedroom or kids room, to a 55in screen for those with a big living room – and lots of other sizes in-between.

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.

Best 32in TV
Panasonic TX-L32E6B
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Best 32in TV, Awards 2013. A stunning screen that’s lovely to use and at an equally lovely price (£400). This TV is a fantastic bargain.

Best 40-46in TV
Sony KDL-40W605B
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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.

Best 47-52in TV
Samsung UE48H6400
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Offers the best picture for the best price (£700) without sacrificing the user experience or any smart TV functionality. Pictures are detailed and rich, blacks are deep and the upscaler is great. Another stellar set from Samsung.

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Best 52-55in TV
Samsung UE55HU7500
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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.

Best 55in+ TV
Samsung UE65HU7500
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Another great 4K Ultra HD set from Samsung that doesn't forget the importance of other resolutions, delivering a top-quality picture whatever your source. This is an excellent all-rounder. Tested at £3600.

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