Best TVs to buy in 2015

Find the best TV to buy this year from our list of Full HD and 4K sets and in-depth buying guide

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Buying a new TV isn't like buying a new phone. This is a piece of home cinema equipment you're going to be using for years to come, so finding the right one for you and your budget is crucial. To make it easy for you, we've listed our top picks from this year's sets, including Full HD and 4K TVs from all the major TV manufacturers. 

While new TVs get announced every January at CES, the range of 2014 TVs we saw last year are some of the best yet. There will be some great savings to be had over the next few months, too, as shops prepare for this year's intake of new models. If you're looking to buy a new TV, now has never been a better time to do so. 

Each TV we've reviewed here is a specific size, but each model is available in a variety of screen sizes which we've detailed below. All sizes have identical specifications except for their dimensions and power usage and we're confident that image quality will be practically identical across the range. If you need a little more help deciding which one is right for you, head to our in-depth buying guide on page two. 

LG 60UF850V - a versatile 4K TV with the ultimate Smart TV lineup 

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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

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Panasonic TX-50AX902B - the best 4K TV you can buy today

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4K still has a long way to go in our opinion - for starters, there's not a lot out there that will play in 4K apart from a couple of shows on Netflix - but if you want to buy a TV that will be future-proof for years to come, then the Panasonic TX-50AX902B is the best 4K TV you can buy today. 

Not only does it have excellent picture quality, but its black levels are incredibly deep for an LCD TV. Panasonic's upscaling technology is also excellent and another bonus is that you get both Freeview HD and Freetime built-in, letting you scroll back through the TV Guide without the need for a satellite. 

Price when reviewed: £1,999. For the latest prices, see our full Panasonic TX-50AX902B 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: Panasonic TX-50AX902B

LG 47LB730V - superb picture quality and a super slick interface

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Our Expert Opinion LG's LB730V was the best TV we saw in 2014, and now that this year's TVs are starting to arrive, the LB730V is a huge bargain for would-be TV hunters. With its excellent picture quality, superb smart services and an intuitive interface, the LB730V is a pleasure to use.

We're big fans of LG's webOS interface, too, which uses a series of colourful cards to display its wide range of smart services along the bottom of the TV screen. Along with Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, BBC iPlayer and Demand 5, you also get Now TV, BlinkBox and Plex.  

Price when reviewed: £749 for the 47in model. For the latest prices, see our full LG 47LB730V review

Screen size: 47in, Native resolution: 1,920x1,080, Video inputs: 3x HDMI, SCART, component, composite, Tuner: Freeview HD, Dimensions: 1,061x666x227mm

Buy Now: LG 47LB730V

Samsung UE40H5500 - excellent smart TV apps and a great picture

Our Expert Opinion If your budget doesn't stretch to the LG LB730V, Samsung's H5500 series is the next best thing. As well as the full range of TV catch-up services from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5, you also get Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Wuaki.tv, Digital Theatre and BFI Player. 

The TV's picture quality is good, too. Its default settings aren't quite as good as LG's, but we were still pleased with the vibrancy of its colours. Its plain design may not be quite front room material, but if you're after a small TV for streaming Netflix in your bedroom, look no further.

Price when reviewed: £369 for the 40in model. For the latest prices, see our full Samsung UE40H5500 review

Screen size: 40in, Native resolution: 1,920x1,080, Video inputs: 3x HDMI, SCART, component, composite, Tuner: Freeview HD, Dimensions: 906x578x196mm

Buy Now: Samsung UE40H5500

Finlux 48FT3E242S-T - a simple, but great value 48in TV

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The Finlux 48FT3E242S-T is an absolute bargain if you're looking for a simple large screen TV. It can produce a fantastic picture as long as you adjust the settings, and it has a much more attractive design than the equivalent size of Samsung's H5500 TV. It doesn't have many ports or Smart TV apps, but this is easily one of the best value 48in TVs you're likely to find this year. 

Price when reviewed: £399 for the 48in model. For the latest prices, see our full Finlux 48FT3E242S-T review

Screen size: 48in, Native resolution: 1,920x1,080, Video inputs: 3x HDMI, SCART, VGA, composite, Tuner: Freeview HD, Dimensions: 1,084x220x720mm

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