Best TVs to buy in 2015
Christmas and New Year are great times to go hunting for a new TV. Manufacturers are just starting to think about launching their TVs for 2016, so top-of-the-line sets from 2015 are going to tumble in price due to pre-Christmas sales such as Black Friday as well as New Year sales, too.
There's a wealth of kit to choose from, with all the big TV manufacturers offering something slightly different. All but one of the TVs are are Smart-enabled, with internet connectivity, catch-up TV services and even a few games ot keep you entertained.
Below we have reviews of specific sets, but each review will also represent our overall thoughts on the entire range, with image quality and performance remaining pratically identical no matter which size you buy.
If you're looking to deck the halls with TVs instead of holly and want to chill out in your turkey-induced stupor with some top-quality visuals, read on...
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Panasonic Viera TX-55CX700B - 4K, Firefox OS and Freeview Play for £1000
As far as sub-£1,000 TVs go, this Panasonic must surely be up there with the best. During testing we were blown away with its 4K image quality and Full HD upscaling abilities. Accurate and natural colours, superb judder reduction and a huge array of image adjustment options ticked all our boxes as far as image quality goes.
Equally important these days is smart TV content. Luckily, Panasonic hasn't scrimped on this either. Running its new Firefox OS-based interface, the TV is one of the easiest and slickest to use. It comes with a decent selection of catch-up TV apps as well as an easy pinning system that lets you pin apps, sources and TV channels to your home screen for very quick access. You also get Freeview Play, a good EPG system that lets you open programmes in the relevant catch-up TV app without any faff.
Price when reviewed: £999. Read our full Panasonic Viera TX-55CX700B review
Screen size: 55in, Native resolution: 3,840x2,160, Video inputs: 3x HDMI (2x ARC), SCART, Component, Composite,Tuner: Freeview HD,Dimensions: 762x1237x242
Samsung J6300 (UE32J6300) - premium price, compact size
Samsung's J6300-series consists of high-end sets, but we were particularly happy with the 32in UE32J6300. While its £349 asking price is steep for a 32in TV, you're rewarded with a wonderful, curved design, fabulous image quality a great set of smart TV and catch-up services. Our favourite thing about this TV was its default image quality; you need to make nearly no adjustments to the picture to do justice to your favourite films and TV shows. If you don't have room for a big TV and don't want 4K, it's a great buy.
Price when reviewed: £349. Read our full Samsung UE32J6300 review
Screen size: 32in, Native resolution: 1,920x1,080, Video inputs: 4x HDMI, component, composite, Tuner: Freeview HD,Dimensions: 428x370x91mm
Philips 6500 series - 55PFT6510/12 - Android TV and AmbiLight for £800
While Philips' tries to make it easy to set up this TV with the simplest set of image and audio adjustment options possible, we'd strongly recommend delving into its more advanced features in order to get its image quality nailed. Out of the box, we weren't hugely impressed but once we'd done some tinkering, things improved a lot on this Full HD TV.
You get Android TV, and while we couldn't get it to run games smoothly, it has a good selection of apps for catching up on TV and streaming Netflix, and the user interface is smooth and easy to use.
You also get Philips AmbiLight, and while this isn't something that makes or breaks the TV, its soft glow that matches the content that's on screen is certainly something you'll want to keep once you get used to it. It's suitable for gaming, too, with a 38ms input lag time with Game Mode switched on. It's a decent set and the 55in model we tested is well worth the £800 asking price.
Screen size: 55in, Native resolution: 1,920x1,080, Video inputs: 4x HDMI, SCART, Component, Tuner: Freeview HD, Dimensions: 726x1239x279mm
LG 60UF850V - a versatile 4K TV with the ultimate Smart TV lineup
The LG 60UF850V has all the content, connectivity and features you could possibly expect from a flagship 4K TV. It may not have the picture qualit of one of LG's top OLED sets, but it only takes a little tweaking to get an excellent picture.
Likewise, its ultra stylish design will demand pride of place in your living room. At less than 30mm at its thickest point, the UF850V is an undeniably sleek TV and we particularly like how the brushed metal stand matches the remote.
Price when reviewed: £2,099. For the latest prices, see our full LG 60UF850V review
Screen size: 55in, Native resolution: 3,840x2,160, Video inputs: 4x HDMI, SCART, component, SDXC card reader, Tuner: Freeview HD, Freesat HD, Dimensions: 741x1,238x283mm
Buy Now: LG 60UF850V
HiSense LTDN50D36TUK - 50 inches for just £333
Yes, this is 2015 and yes, this is a non-smart TV, but hear us out. If you're after the biggest Full HD you can buy with acceptable image quality, the HiSense is a seriously good option. The 50in version we reviewed was just £333 at the time and it'll only get cheaper. Stick a Roku or Chromecast in the back of it and you have a fully-fledged smart TV.
Price when reviewed: £333. Read our full HiSense LTDN50D36TUK review
Screen size: 50in, Native resolution: 1,920x1,080, Video inputs: 2x HDMI, USB, Tuner: Freeview HD, Dimensions: 698x1119x245mm