Best TVs of 2016 - what TV should you buy?

From huge Ultra HD behemoth to 1080p second screen, we've got the goods.

The best TVs by size and everything you need to know when buying your new TV

When it comes to buying a brand new TV you want to make sure you're buying the best television for you.

But how do you know which one to go for when there are so many different technologies, with strange acronyms, and a host of different screen sizes to deal with too? There are also many different manufactueres, with a vast array of televisions rocking different panel technologies, operating systems, tuners, backlights and features.

Do you want a Ultra HD 4K screen, do you need high dynamic range support, is 3D finally dead? Which of the myriad TV operating systems do you want to throw your lot in with? Just how do you find out what the best TV is for you?

Well, you come to the experts.

We've figured out the best TVs in a variety of different categories, from Ultra HD to super-sized 75-inch screen, right down to the li'l 32-inchers for that second screen for the bedroom.

But it's not always about the outright best - after all, those can represent some of the most expensive televisual tech you can buy - sometimes you just want the absolute best value screen. And we've got those covered in each category too.

If you want to know what to look out for when buying a new TV check out the second page to arm yourself with all the information you could possibly need.

But first, here's our pick of the best TVs of 2016 - there are some absolute stunners.

Best Ultra HD 4K TV

Best TV 2016

Sony KD-75XD9405

"The best picture quality of any TV I've tested so far this year"

Screen size: 75-inches | Tuner: FreeView and FreeSat | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: Triluminos direct LED | Smart TV: Android TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1672 x 960 x 52mm

Huge, immersive screen
Outstanding picture quality
Android TV is clunky
Horrible remote control

With its huge screen, lengthy feature list and surprisingly attractive (considering how massive it is) design, the 75XD9405 does a pretty good job of justifying its price even before you turn it on – and when you do switch it on you just fall for it all the harder, as it produces the single best picture quality of any TV I've tested so far this year, regardless of whether you're feeding it an HDR or SDR diet.

It also delivers the most convincing all-round showcase of what HDR is capable of that I've seen from a TV to date, while simultaneously working wonders with all that non-HDR stuff we're still going to have to spend most of our time watching. If you've got the living room space and bank balance health to take it on, you'd be crazy not to audition one as soon as possible.

Read the full review: Sony KD-75XD9405

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Best 60, 65 or 75-inch TV

Best TV 2016

Panasonic TX-65DX902B

An astoundingly vibrant 4K HDR TV with stellar picture quality

Screen size: 58- and 65-inches | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Firefox TV OS | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1,457 x 844 x 64 mm

Rich, vibrant colours
Firefox TV OS and Freeview Play
Standard def TV looks pretty awful
Poor audio quality

The Panasonic DX902 is a bona fide landmark TV. As the first Ultra HD Premium panel to hit our test bench, it sets a new benchmark for consumer imagery. HD upscaling is excellent, and its HDR performance is often joyous.

However, it also highlights just how difficult top-flight HDR is to deliver on a non-emissive (i.e. not OLED) screen. The honeycomb backlight is problematic, and while halos aren't always visible, when they do crop up they stand out like a radioactive thumb. Of course, this foible has to be balanced against pictures which wow more than worry.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-65DX902B

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Best 50 or 55-inch TV

Best TV 2016


"OLED screen technology is quite simply the future of television."

Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 4K Ultra HD | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: webOS 3.0 | Curved: Yes | Dimensions: 1,225 x 714 x 48.9 mm

Ground-breaking contrast
Spectacularly rich colours
Various picture noise issues
Some motion issues

While there's always been a lot of excitement around OLED technology, it seems to have reached fever pitch this year, and it's easy to see why. Having already greatly improved the performance and affordability of its OLED TVs last year, LG – the only brand currently making full ranges of OLED TVs – is claiming further substantial performance boosts and key new features for its 2016 range.

That said, the OLED55C6V is quite simply the best OLED TV yet. It looks gorgeous, particularly if curved screens are your thing, and unprecedented black levels help to deliver picture quality that is, for the most part, dazzling, as LG continues to refine its technology.

Read the full review: LG OLED55C6V

Best value 50 or 55-inch TV:

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Best 46, 47 or 48-inch TV

Samsung UE48JU7000T

Samsung UE48JU7000T

"An excellent, if slightly small, UHD TV."

Screen size: 48-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LED |Smart TV: Tizen | Curved: No | Dimensions: 683 x 1087 x 278 mm

Affordable for high end UHD
Outstanding contrast
Needs careful setup otherwise…
...there's significant motion blur

The UE48JU7000T delivers an impressive set of specifications for its money, including a native UHD resolution, Samsung's wide colour gamut PurColor technology, direct LED lighting with local dimming, and Samsung's new Tizen smart TV system.

You'll have to get your hands dirty in the system settings to nail a quality image, though. Its pictures are badly blighted using its initial settings by some pretty heavy duty and unexpected motion blur, but fortunately - so long as you follow the advice given during our test - these motion issues can be worked round.

That then leaves you with an excellent - if slightly small - UHD TV.

Read the full review: Samsung UE48JU7000T

Best value 46, 47 or 48-inch TV:

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Best 40 or 42-inch TV

Panasonic TX 40CX680B

Panasonic TX-40CX680B

"The TX-40CX680B could turn out to be one of the bargains of year"

Screen size: 40-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LED |Smart TV: Firefox OS | Curved: No | Dimensions: 560 x 904 x 202 mm

4K detail
Customisable Firefox OS
Soft standard def
Only 3 HDMI

Is the TX-40CX680B too small to show-off its 4K panel at just 40-inches? Though the 4K resolution is the headline-grabber, the emphasis from Panasonic on this 40-incher is on better pixels rather than more pixels. This highly talented and great value TV swerves that elephant in the room with some pin-sharp pictures to add to its impressive smart TV OS.

With Firefox OS it really makes use of its eight million pixels by boosting black levels, colour and upscaling prowess to make everything save for standard definition look sumptuous. With Freeview Play incoming, it's an early front-runner for the best value 4K screen around.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-40CX680B

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Best 32-inch TV

Samsung UE32J6300

Samsung UE32J6300

"Samsung has created the finest 32-inch TV at a canter."

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Smart Hub | Curved: Yes | Dimensions: 730 x 428 x 79mm

4 HDMI inputs
Sharp HD images
Plasticky build quality
Slow to navigate

What are curved TVs for, exactly? They might be 'curved like your eyes', but lend a bend to a flat-panel TV and a more immersive image isn't the result. In fact, it actually makes very little difference.

Stylistically though this feature-packed 32-incher just about gets away with it, but a plasticky build quality detracts from an otherwise thoroughly polished performance. Add awesome Full HD pictures and unexpectedly excellent audio though and the UE32J6300 is quite a package for a bedroom or second room.

Read the full review: Samsung UE32J6300

Best value 32-inch:

Panasonic TX-32CS510