Best smart TV deals. The best smart TV deals in the UK in 2015. Best smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Panasonic.
If you're in the market for a brand new smart TV and want to learn more about which one to choose, you've come to the right place. Here is where we rank 2015's best smart TV deals as well as offering expert buying advice so you can make sure you spend your money wisely.
Smart TV buying advice
Size: The first thing to consider is screen size. The bigger you go, the more expensive the smart TV is likely to be. Also if you're buying a TV for a living room that is on the small side, the last thing your home - and your bank balance - needs is a monstrous screen dominating the room.
We recommend between 37- and 50in for the average UK living room, although some people would consider 50in to be too large. You will, of course, quickly get used to the size, even if upgrading from a much smaller set.
Screen tech: Next, consider something more technical: what sort of screen technology you want your Smart TV to have. LED is the most widely adopted screen technology, but plasma is the other option. Take a look at our Plasma vs LED comparison to find out more.
With LED displays, there are two options to consider - edge-lit or back-lit. Edge-lit displays have LED lamps around the edge of the screen, which enables them to be incredibly thin. Though the technology has vastly improved since its introduction, there are sometimes complaints about inconsistent lighting of the screen, and even patchy colours. Back-lit models have LED lamps spread across the rear of the screen, which makes them thicker then edge-lit displays, but the consistency of lighting and colour should be a lot better.
Ports and connections: You'll want as many HDMI inputs as possible, consider three a minimum. If you have older kit, look for Scart and component inputs. If you want to route audio from your TV to a separate amplifier and speakers, a digital connection is best, such as coaxial or optical S/PDIF. Analogue audio outputs such as phono or a headphone jack will give you only stereo - not surround sound.
Smart functions: This is a big part of modern TVs, and includes access to on-demand video services and may even feature a web browser. Don't get carried away by gimmicks such as Facebook and Twitter integration, instead look at which video services are available. The best smart TV's will have their own App Store where you'll be able to download Netflix, Amazon Video and all catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and All 4. Alternatively, you might want to invest in a YouView box (see BT and TalkTalk review) which has on-demand services built in. You can find out more in our set-top boxes and on-demand TV service reviews.
It's also worth having a look at the new range of media streamers which plug directly into your TV. Google's Chromecast and the Roku Streaming stick are essentially Wi-Fi dongles that connect to your TV via an HDMI port and turn it into a Smart TV, and offer a wealth on Internet TV services. Take a look at our Chromecast vs Roku comparison review, to find out more.
3D: Many but not all TVs support 3D. There are two main types: passive and active. They both have their pros and cons. If 3D is a priority, here's an article explaining the difference between passive and active 3D. However, it might be best to avoid 3D TV's as it seems that 3D is a dying market, with many broadcasters pulling support for their 3D channels.
Networking: Integral to a smart TV is a network connection. Wi-Fi is more convenient as it's one less cable to run, but less common than a wired Ethernet port. Some TV's will also support a wireless dongle, plugged in via a dedicated USB port at the back of the TV.
4K: The vast majority of TVs have a Full HD resolution (don't accept fewer than 1920x1080 pixels), but the newer models have so-called 4K resolution, which offers 4x the detail of Full HD. While many of the latest 4K TV's are expensive, you can find great deals on 4K TVs (especially around this time of year), though it's worth noting that there isn't a lot of native 4K content available right now, so you'll be watching 1080p TV upscaled to a 4K resolution.
If you’re on the market for a 4K TV, we’ve rounded up the best deals in the UK. Check out our Best 4K TV deals.
Best Smart TV deals: September 2015
Prices taken on 16/09/2015
5. LG 40LF630V Smart 40in LED TV - £379
Though the LG 40LF630V Smart LED TV is the most expensive TV in our deals roundup, it’s still an absolute bargain. It’s on sale at Currys at the moment and has been reduced from £349 to £379, and packs some features worth noting. Firstly, it offers a 450Hz processing rate which should produce a smoother, better quality picture than any other TV in our roundup. It’s ideal for fast paced action films and gaming, where cheaper TVs may flicker and experience ghosting issues.
As well as that, the display boasts IPS technology which provides great viewing angles as well as vibrant colour, clarity and contrast. It also features the hugely popular webOS platform, which offers catch up TV as well as enabling users to enjoy a range of apps from the LG App Store. It’s powered by a dual core processor, and also features a full web browser to access the internet from the comfort of your sofa. It features three HDMI cables and a ‘magic remote’, though we’re not quite sure what makes it so magical.
Buy it now for £379 at Currys
4. Samsung UE32J6300 Smart 32in Curved LED TV - £362
The Samsung UE32J6300 LED TV is the only curved TV in our roundup, and it’s an absolute beauty. Down to £362 from £500 at Currys, the full HD curved display should provide a more immersive viewing experience by creating the impression that the picture is surrounding you. It’s not just a better experience for the person sitting directly in front of it either, as it should provide a wider field of view for everyone in the room. With a PQI rating of 800, it’s definitely one of the best quality displays in our roundup.
It’s coupled with a pair of stereo 20W speakers that have been enhanced by DTS Premium Sound 5.9 and Dolby Digital Plus, which should negate the need for a separate sound bar. It also boasts not only Wi-Fi but Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi direct for app and video sharing direct from your smartphone. It also boasts technology that allows Android users to mirror their smartphone display onto the TV, allowing for an improved gaming and viewing experience.
In terms of smart functionality, the TV runs Samsung’s own Smart Hub Tizen platform which brings a variety of apps and games to your fingertips, as well as offering shortcuts to your favourite apps and split screen viewing. It also has an alarm that can wake you up to your favourite TV show – what more could you want?
It’s also worth noting that the bigger 40in version of this TV is available for £469 at the moment, down from £709.
Buy it now for £362 at Currys
3. JVC LT-40C750 Smart 40in LED TV- £269
The JCV LT-40C750 Smart LED TV is a 40in Full 1080p HD TV that offers both a high quality screen and impressive audio capabilities, according to the manufacturer. It includes SRS TruSurround HF audio technology which should deliver premium sound from the two built in 8W speakers, making a change from the flat, tinny audio usually produced by flat screen TVs. It boasts both Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port for smart capabilities, and boasts a range of apps from social networking to on-demand and even a full web browser.
In terms of connectivity, the TV boasts three HDMI inputs, which should be more than enough for the average consumer. It also features a USB port which isn’t only used for media playback, but can also be used to record and rewind live TV from its built in Freeview HD tuner. It’s not exclusive to USB storage drives either, as it also supports full external hard drives for longer recording sessions and movie playback.
Buy it now for £269 at Currys
2. Seiki 40in Smart Freeview HD TV - £249.99
Seiki’s 40in Smart TV is the cheapest 40in display in our roundup, and boasts similar features as the above JVC. It actually has a slightly higher processing rate than the JVC, at 60Hz compared to 50Hz – although it won’t actually make much of a difference at this level. Aside from that, you’ll get a Full HD 40in TV with built in Freeview HD and a USB port to display those holiday photos and videos you’ve been telling everybody about. It also features three HDMI ports and an optical audio output, a must-have for those of us that like to use Soundbars or Hi-Fi systems instead of the built-in TV speakers.
In terms of smart TV functions, this TV has built in Wi-Fi that’ll provide you with wireless access to a range of apps including Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer and a special app designed for young children, Toongoggles. Those conscious of electricity bills will be happy to know that the TV also features the “latest high-efficiency LED panels” and is ‘A Energy Efficient’ rated.
Buy it now for £249.99 at eBuyer.com
1. Digihome 32in Smart LED HD Ready DLED TV - £184.98
The Digihome 32in Smart LED HD TV is the cheapest in our deals roundup, and we were unsure of whether to include it at all as its 720p HD (1366 x 768) compared to the full HD (1920x1080) display of the rest of the TVs in our roundup. However, for those that want a 32in smart TV on a budget then this is one of the cheapest you’ll find.
Instead of using regular side lit LED (otherwise known as ELED) technology, the Digihome LED TV uses DLED technology, or Direct LED technology for those unfamiliar with the term. Using DLED instead of ELED provides a much higher contrast and should produce a higher quality picture than its low-end counterparts. The only downside is that using DLED makes the TV thicker than its ELED counterparts, but for only £184 does it really matter?
Apart from that, the Digihome LED TV provides built in Freeview, 2 HDMI outputs and a USB port for direct media playback. It has Smart TV functions, but to use it wirelessly you’ll have to purchase a dongle separately. Once connected, you’ll have access to popular apps including Facebook and Twitter as well as popular streaming services Netflix and BBC iPlayer just to name a few. It runs its own software, so we’re unsure of the extent of its app collection.
It also includes streaming technology that’ll allow you to beam your favourite films to the TV wirelessly, an ideal option for any unsupported/unavailable streaming services.
Buy it now for £184.98 from eBuyer.com