Over the past few months we’ve reviewed most of the best TVs on the market. Here we summarize which you should buy next and why. All of these are 4k Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs which support High Dynamic Range (unless otherwise stated) and in the case of LG's OLED TV, Dolby View. They will last you for years. All prices listed are for the 55-inch variants for the sake of comparison (except for the 65-inch only Panasonic) and also because it represents both a “sweet spot” price point and size for what TV you should buy.
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1. LG 2016 OLED TV ($4,199 RRP, $3,495 actual)
We finally got to review LG's 2016 OLED TV and it was worth the wait. Not only does this offer the best 4K UHD picture on the market, it looks the best, sounds the best and handles the best. The weak area of upscaling lower-resolution content has finally been addressed. But best of all, the price has collapsed to an affordable $3,495. The B6-series is the lowest end model but has the same panel and electronics as the blingier E6 and G6 ("Signature Edition") models which have some extra design elements and sound bars (but cost a lot more money). You can even buy a curved model for no extra cost. If you can afford it, buy one of these. They're literally the best TVs ever made.
2. Hisense ULED Series 7 4K TV ($1,999 RRP, $1,249 actual)
It's been our top choice for most of the year: an easy choice that will be surprising to many. Hisense came from nowhere and didn’t just produce one of the very best performing 4K HDR UHD TVs on the entire market but also one of the cheapest. Picture quality is superb and its Opera-based operating system makes it easy to use. It’s an LED LCD TV at its heart but contrast performance is some of the best we’ve seen as is upscaling ability and colour reproduction. It’s just a shame that Hisense decided not to sell their curved variants this year. Hisense changed the game with its ULED range and the big boys will be worried. It's currently on sale for just $1,249. Amazing.
3. Panasonic TH-65DX900U 4k Pro Ultra HD LED-LCD Smart TV ($7,149 RRP, $3,998 actual)
This massive TV impressed the pants off us with its all-round quality. It's a 4K LCD smart TV but it's not thin because the LED lighting comes behind instead of the sides. As such blacks are usually more black than the competition because the lighting is turned off when there's no detail to display. However, it does mean that a Halo effect can appear when a bit of detail appears in a dark area - the backlight shines through the screen. At the original price it would look unbuyable in the face of LG's 55-inch OLED price crash. However, at $3,998 for a high-quality 65-inch TV, it's still worth checking out
4. Sony X9300D series ($3,999 RRP, $2,449 actual)
A price drop has helped keep the X9300D series in our list. Contrast is very good and colours can rival the best on the market – but you may have to play around with the settings sometimes. It offers some of the very best upscaling performance on the market and the Android TV operating system is one of the easiest to use. There’s not much between it and the Hisense… except for the huge price difference.
5. Samsung Series 7 curved (UA55KU7500W) ($2,849 RRP, $1,495 actual)
You’ll get better colour performance elsewhere but few people would complain with what’s on offer here. Quality is generally good although upscaling is poor (there’s no HDR either). Quite simply, flat screen Series 7 TVs generally get blown away by Hisense Series 7 TVs. Why is this here? Simple – you won’t get a decent curved TV cheaper than this. However, if you must buy a curved Samsung, try extending your budget and go for the Series 9 version for $2,885. But at this point, you're better off buying the slightly-dearer LG OLED instead.
We could have padded our list out with lesser and older models but right now, that wouldn’t help anyone. For instance, we reviewed the $1325 TCL C1 Curved QUHD 4K Smart TV and $1695 Samsung Series 6 TVs but, frankly, you’d be silly to buy them with the Hisense around. Samsung’s Series 8 TVs aren’t cheap and only slightly-cheaper than Series 9 TVs which in turn get beaten down by LG's OLED TV 2016 Range – so we don’t see the point.
We're still waiting to review Sony's “Super Premium” Bravia ZD9 TV but it will be very expensive. We can’t imagine it will perform badly though.
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