Best TVs to buy in 2013
We round-up the best TVs to buy in 2013, from all of our expert reviews. The TV market can be a dizzying maze of model numbers at the best of times, so we've compiled this list of the best by price and features to help chalk hours off your search time.
All these televisions boast excellent picture quality through their built-in TV tuners, but we've also highlighted the best performers by TV technology (plasma, LCD/LED and OLED) and in terms of value for money, as well as picking out the best TVs for 3D and 4K content.
There's a screen (and a screen size) for everyone and we'll be updating this page with new entries as and when we review new TVs...
Best TV under £500
Tested at £400
After a bargain budget TV? This 32in Panasonic set is a cracking choice as a second screen, but it's also more than capable of rocking your living room if you can't accommodate anything larger.
We're big fans of the TV's sharp, punchy picture which is well-suited to high-definition Freeview broadcasts and Blu-ray movies. Colours are vibrant and add the finishing touch to this set's all-round excellent picture.
And, Panasonic's smart TV offering 'My Home Screen,' is one of the neater-looking and easier to navigate hubs, bringing the usual suspects for Video On Demand such as BBC's iPlayer and Netflix. Winner.
MORE: Panasonic TX-L32E6B full review
ALSO CONSIDER: Finlux 32F8030-T
Best TV under £1000
Tested at £700 Compare Prices
51 inches for £700 should be considered a bargain in anyone's book, not just ours. It turns this really great Samsung TV into a truly excellent one.
The TV's styling is more functional than flattering, but it's far from ugly. And anyway, you'll be too busy laping up this TV's stunning images to have time to think about anything else. The TV thrives on hi-def content, whether its from a Blu-ray disc or HD TV channel, bringing great depth and detail to images.
You don't have to sacrifice Smart functiaonality at this price either: Netflix, Blinkbox and LoveFilm are included as is a full suite of catch-up TV services. Samsung even throws in their snazzy touchpad-toting smart remote as well as a traditional wand. All in all, the PS51F5500 is a brilliant budget set.
MORE: Samsung PS51F5500 review
ALSO CONSIDER: Panasonic TX-P50GT60B
Best LCD/LED TV
Tested at £1600 Compare Prices
Panasonic's plasma TVs have gained plenty of plaudits over the years and indeed in 2013 (see below) but this 47in screen is a super-talented LCD/LED model. The DT65 can pick out the subtle details where lesser rivals struggle and it's a good upscaler of standard-defintiion content too.
It serves up smooth, bright 3D pictures, features neatly implemented voice control technology, and offers an impressively intuitive control app for your Apple or Android smartphone.
Admitteldy, this set doesn't sound outstanding by any means, but if you're keen on the screen, then check out our best soundbars to find its perfect partner...
ALSO CONSIDER: Samsung UE40F7000
Best plasma TV
Tested at £1150 Compare Prices
Plasma TVs are becoming an endangered species, but Panasonic's still flying the flag, and with very good reason. This plasma has no 42in peer, and pushes all the right buttons with picture quality right out of the top drawer.
Freesat and Freeview HD tuners are included but with any source, the Panasonic impresses. And, carrying both ISF and THX certification the picture can be tweaked as much (or as little) as you like.
It doesn't take long to arrive at a picture displaying fantastic texture and offering an incredible sense of depth. Blacks are as true as you'd expect from a plasma set and the level of detail in the the shadows is just as impressive. Another top-notch Pana' plasma.
ALSO CONSIDER: Samsung PS51F8500
Best 3D TV
Tested at £2400 Compare Prices
If you want to wow people with an immersive, almost out-of-screen 3D experience, then this Sony TV is the one we'd plump for.
Four pairs of active-shutter glasses are thrown in with the set. Peer through them and you're treated to a wonderfully crisp and sharp image. The Sony does a great job of relaying depth and space to the viewer which makes for one of the most dramatic and effective 3D pictures we've seen in 2013.
The '55W905A is stunningly designed too and comes with a comprehensive suite of smart features, with the Sony Entertainment Network a good resource of music and video content. There's no shortage of sockets either, with four HDMI inputs for all your high-def kit. Want to get behind 3D? This might just be the TV for you.
MORE: Sony KDL-55W905A review
ALSO CONSIDER: Philips 55PFL8008
Best 4K TV
Tested at £5000 Compare prices
If you want to be at the cutting edge of Ultra High Definition (UHD), 4K technology, then this Samsung screen will guide you on your merry way. This 65in monster produces not just excellent UHD given the content, but awesome HD images upscaled to UHD too.
Early adopters will soon be able to swap out the supplied One Connect box for the latest version which will include HDMI 2.0 connectivity, vital for handling UHD content at 50 and 60 frames per second. It should also be upgradable to support future standards for 4K broadcasts, downloads and any possible disc format as and when they're finalised.
The Samsung produces a brilliantly clear and detailed image, even when it's faced with the task of upscaling standard Full HD. There's an impressive sense of subtlety and black depth and detail that's tough to beat.
MORE: Samsung UE65F9000 review
Best OLED TV
Tested at £7000
But while the merits of the curve can be debated (is it more immersive for the viewer, or is more of a hindrance if you're not sat right in the middle sweetspot?), there are aspects of its picture performance that deserves some serious praise...
Such as the welcome lack of on-screen noise - the screen produces a ridiculously glossy and pristene image, bursting with colour. Throw in a couple of useful features such as MultiView, which allows two people to watch and listen to two different things at the same time, and you're looking at a radical slice of TV tech.
MORE: Samsung KE55S9C review
We will be keeping this page updated as we do more TV reviews in 2013, so keep checking back to find out which sets we're picking out for recommendation.
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by Andy Madden