Best TVs to buy in 2013

Published 
7 Dec 2012
Best TVs

Our pick of the best HD TV models for your living room

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Discover the best TVs to buy in 2013. Read our top picks including Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and LG sets. Not sure which HDTV is right for you? We've got something for everyone here, from feature-packed LED sets to picture-perfect plasmas. Our always up-to-date list will help you make the right choice. Click through to our full reviews for more details.

New TV ranges are announced every January at CES in Las Vegas. These TVs are currently 2012 models, but there will be great savings to be made on these over the next few months before the new models go on sale. The first 3 months of the year is easily the best time to buy a new TV in our opinion.

For each TV we have reviewed one specific model, but all of them are available in a variety of sizes. All sizes have identical specifications except for their dimensions and power usage. We're confident, based on past experience, that image quality will be practically identical across each range.

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Panasonic Viera ST50 range

Our top all-round choice, this plasma TV is brilliant

Panasonic Viera TX-P42ST50B

Available sizes 42in (TX-P42ST50), 50in (TX-P50ST50), 55in (TX-P55ST50) and 65in (TX-P65ST50B)
Our Expert Opinion If you’re looking for the best possible image quality then a plasma TV is still the best bet thanks to their incredible blacks and contrast. The ST50 isn't the top-end range in Panasonic's line-up but it uses the same Infinite Black Pro panel as more expensive sets. You get 3D support, flicker-free thanks to the super-fast plasma panel – look out for deals that include 3D glasses.

Its noise reduction technology deals well with standard definition content, while HD content - received via the built-in Freeview HD tuner or say a Blu-ray player – looks superb. There's a good range of online content (such as Netflix and iPlayer) and you can play files directly from a USB drive or record TV to one. It's a great all-round TV and one now available at a very reasonable price.

Read our full Panasonic Viera TX-P42ST50B review

SPECS
TV TYPE PLASMA
RESOLUTION 1,920x1,080
CONTRAST RATIO 5,500,000:1
CONNECTIONS 3x HDMI, 1x SCART, 1x component, 1x composite inputs
TUNER Freeview HD
POWER CONSUMPTION 13W standby, 240W on
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE TX-P42ST50B

BUY IT FROM 42in model for £800 from www.simplyelectricals.co.uk

Expert Reviews five stars

Samsung 6000-series ES6540

Great-looking LED TV with loads of features

Samsung UE46ES6540

Available sizes 32in (UE32ES6540), 40in (UE40ES6540), 46in (UE46ES6540) and 55in (UE55ES6540)
Our Expert Opinion Samsung's current mid-range TV has the stunning looks of last year's top-end models, with a slender bezel and that elegant four-pronged stand. It's packed full of features too, with built-in Wi-Fi for online TV services without need for a network cable. Freeview HD and FreeSat tuners are included, plus there's three USB ports for connecting other devices.

It looks good onscreen too with capable handling of SD content, and great-looking HD content. This is an edge-lit LED set, so it can't manage the same deep blacks as plasma or backlit sets with micro-dimming. 3D content was largely flicker-free. It's a great TV, but it's pipped by Panasonic's plasma sets, but if you want something smaller than a 42in set then it's well worth buying.

Read our full Samsung UE46ES6540 review

SPECS
TV TYPE LCD WITH EDGE LED BACKLIGHT
RESOLUTION 1,920x1,080
CONTRAST RATIO 6,500,000:1 dynamic
CONNECTIONS 3x HDMI, 1 component, 1x composite inputs
TUNER Freeview HD, Freesat HD
POWER CONSUMPTION 0W standby, 42W on
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE UE46ES6540

BUY IT FROM 40in model for £700 from www.rgbdirect.co.uk

Expert Reviews five stars

Sony Bravia HX853 range

A stunning looking TV, either on or off

Sony Bravia KDL-46HX853

Available sizes 46in (KDL-46HX853) and 55in (KDL-55HX853)
Our Expert Opinion Sony's 'Monolithic' TV design concept sets the TV apart from everything else on the market. The TV – with a full glass front – sits in an included stand, actually a small sound bar with built-in speakers – which produce far better sound than most TV efforts. The upper part is thin, and the whole things looks fantastic.

Image quality is also impressive, probably the best example we've seen from an edge-lit LED/LCD TV. It handles motion brilliantly, and has lot of smoothing options so you can set things up the way you like. There's plenty of inputs and outputs too, plus a good range of online content. It's a fantastic choice if you want something with better than average audio.

Read our full Sony Bravia KDL-46HX853 review

SPECS
TV TYPE LED
RESOLUTION 1,920x1,080
CONTRAST RATIO 1,000,000:1 dynamic
CONNECTIONS 4x HDMI, 1x SCART, 1x VGA, 1 component, 1x composite inputs
TUNER Freeview HD
POWER CONSUMPTION 0W standby, 74W on
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE KDL-46HX853

BUY IT FROM 46in model for £1,079 from http://www.appliancesdirect.co.uk

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