We round-up the best TVs to buy in 2014, 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...
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Best TV under £500
Tested at £450
Buying a cheaper, smaller TV no longer means losing out when it comes to features, as 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.
We've seen a handful of good, four-star Sony TVs this year, but the KDL-40W605B is the best yet and earns that elusive fifth star with ease.
Picture quality with both standard- and high-definition content is excellent, it comes with all the smart functionality you will need and is nicely designed and built. At the price, you can't go wrong.
MORE: Sony KDL-40W605B
Best TV under £1000
Tested at £700
Samsung's UE48H6400 is currently our favourite 48 incher and also comes in at well under £1000. It's a great set to look at and live with. Key highlights incude a full suite of catch-up TV services, (including the normally absent ITV Player), internet radio and four HDMI inputs to cater for HD sources.
The winning feature, though, is its beautifully balanced, clean-cut picture, which explodes with detail and rich, punchy colour. It's remarkable with both high and standard definition and even 3D is an enjoyable, engaging watch.
The Samsung stands head and shoulder above the competition - it serves up a stunning image and it's easy on your pocket. What more could you ask for?
ALSO CONSIDER: LG 47LB730V
Best LCD/LED TV
Tested at £1600
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
Plasma TVs are becoming an endangered species, with both Panasonic and Samsung both ceasing production.
If you're able to find one, then this plasma has no 42in peer. It 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
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Best 3D TV
Tested at £2400
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, and will hold it in good stead for 2014.
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 £3600
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.
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.
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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