It’s been a bumper year for the TV market, with new sets pushing the limits of high-end performance and changing what we expect from a low or mid-range set. As the new year begins, what are the best TVs we’ve seen so far?
Whether you need a new television for that dream home cinema setup, or just something to watch the news or the odd football match, you’re likely to clock up a lot of hours during your time with it.
TVs can be some of the biggest purchases you make for your home, and the last thing you want is to invest in something that doesn’t suit your needs.
But whatever your budget for a new telly, there are countless features, smart capabilities, panel technologies, and more to consider when pinning down your perfect purchase. And with all the major manufacturers in a yearly arms race to outdo rivals, keeping up with the latest developments can feel impossible.
But if you’re feeling flummoxed, our guide to the best TVs available will help you separate bargain-buy panels from the best 4K screens. We’ll help you find an awesome flatscreen without wasting hours of research comparing spec sheets – after all, we’ve done the research already.
“So, should I buy a TV now or wait it out?”
We hear this question a lot. Like most technology, TVs are getting incrementally better all the time – which means, yes, if you wait a year there will probably be a bigger, flashier TV out there for less money.
But, that said, there has recently been a huge flurry of progress as manufacturers have rushed to embrace new display standards including Ultra HD, Wide Colour Gamut and HDR.
The majority of TV manufacturers now support these next generation of features, but you’ll have to check the small print in a few cases.
So long as your next TV purchase supports these technologies (looking for an Ultra HD Premium certification is a good way to go), we reckon you won’t be kicking yourself in six months’ time when the next batch of sets arrive.
If you do want to future-proof against the next wave of hardware specifications, though, the new HDMI 2.1 standard is going to prove crucial for serious gaming setups: allowing support for 8K resolution at 60 frames per second, 4K at 120, alongside a range of new gaming features that will be supported over HDMI.
It’s cool technology for sure, but unless you’re seriously into your gaming then we reckon you’re safe making a purchase now.