If you're after a new TV and you want the best there is, you've come to the right place. Below we list the very best TVs - including 4K and HDR models - available to buy in the UK right now. Also see: Best TV Deals
We've tested and rated specific models, but other sizes are available in all ranges, so if one is slightly out of your price range or you just don't want such a large one, then our ratings also apply to those too.
Alll but one of the TVs tested here have 4K resolutions. These UHD (Ultra HD) sets are the ones to buy now. Only go for a so-called Full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) set if you really can't afford a 4K model. 4K content is becoming more widely available with broadcasters gearing up to show a lot of sport and drama in 4K in 2017. 4K is also available over your internet connection (as long as it's quick enough - around 15Mb/s or so) via Amazon Video, Netflix and Sky Q. Alternatively you can buy a 4K Blu-ray player and buy movie discs.
BT also offers pay TV subscribers UHD sport (football, rugby, Moto GP, squash, to name but four) via its Infinity broadband delivered Sports channel. Because this streams at 2160/50p a much faster broadband connection is required. BT will generally refuse to offer a 4K set-top box to those Infinity customers on less than a 45Mb/s connection.
You might be interested in our roundup of the cheapest 4K TVs available to buy right now
See also: 4K and UHD explained
TV buying guide
The latest generation of 4K televisions combine 3840x2160-pixel resolution - that’s four times more than Full HD - with the latest HDMI inputs able to handle incoming 4K content sources, such as Ultra HD Blu-ray and media streamers like the Nvidia Shield and Amazon Fire 4K TV box.
The key specification to look out for when it comes connectivity is a HDMI version 2 input with HDCP 2.2 support. The latter is a new level of copy protection is being used by all external 4K sources, so the more inputs that support it the better. If you buy a budget 4K telly, it most likely will only have one HDCP 2.2 compliant input. This could prove to be a bit of an Albatross when the content floodgates finally begin to open (have faith!).
The prices of 4K UHD TVs has fallen dramatically. Most are typically priced where HD models where just a few years ago. Manufacturers are transitioning all their larger sets to 4K resolution – so you’ll probably end up with one even if it’s not that important to you.
While the extra resolution that 4K offers is best appreciated on a large screen (55in plus), that hasn’t stopped smaller panels appearing. While there’s no reason not to buy a 4K TV at 40-inches, and the performance can be excellent, don’t expect to see overt picture improvements from typical viewing distances.
The general rule when buying a 4K set is go larger than your HD screen and view at the same distance, or sit closer. Or do both. 4K scales really large without revealing the pixels themselves, so it’s comfortable to view up close.
It’s worth remembering though that the 4K UHD specification is an ever-evolving feast. Unlike previous leaps in TV quality (black and white to colour, SD to HD), it’s not intended to launch full formed. Hence a rolling calendar of phased updates which will continue past 2020, maxing out with 8K resolutions screens. A new generation of HDR (High Dynamic Range) UHD TVs arrived this year which offer higher peak whites and better colour depth than what we have now. However, to appreciate these capabilities you need to feed your HDR 4K TV with HDR content, and there isn't much around.
See also: Best smart TV deals
How we test TVs
All TVs are put through their paces with a variety of Full-HD and native 4K content. To further help assess motion resolution, colour performance, black levels and greyscale, we employ a variety of industry-grade test patterns.
All TVs are viewed with real-world content, delivered via onboard tuners, and with a selection of favoured Blu-rays, including Kill Bill Vol 2 (Uma Thurman’s burial is a dastardly test of dynamic contrast) and Interstellar. All 4K TVs will 'upscale' HD content to a lesser or greater degree (it won't simply appear as a small box in the middle - it is 'stretched' to cover all 8 million pixels). It’s a task some do better than others.
Where appropriate, we also don 3D glasses to see just how convincing a dimensional experience the TVs deliver, with a little help from Disney’s Tangled and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Of course, to really gauge the value of these UHD screens, you’ll need a native 4K source, and the only real options currently available are Amazon and Netflix (and 4K Blu-ray discs). Some sets have 4K services integrated, for the rest we delivered them via the Amazon 4K Fire TV box, an £79 streamer.
Finally, file-playback tests comprised accessing a collection of audio and video clips, comprising various codecs and wrappers, from both USB and a DLNA-capable QNAP NAS running Plex and Twonky Media.
Best TVs 2017
Sony ZD9 Series
- RRP: £4000 inc VAT. US$5499.99
The 65-inch Sony ZD9 may come with a steep price tag, but it’s also the best implementation of HDR on an LED TV we’ve seen this year. Key to its success is Sony’s unique full array Backlight Master Drive, which comprises an unspecified number of precision calibrated LED lights controlled by a proprietary lighting algorithm. These allow the ZD9’s backlight to work with uncanny precision. The set has no problem delivering the kind of spectral highlights that really make HDR shine!
Design is also striking. The bezel of the ZD9 is trimmed in a rose gold, while connections are hidden behind pop off panels. There are four HDMI inputs, all HDCP 2.2 ready, plus, digital optical audio output and Ethernet/Wi-Fi. Active 3D is also supported.
The ZD9 runs the Android TV OS. This can be inelegant at times, but there’s no shortage of streaming services. These include Netflix, Amazon Video (both 4K capable) and YouTube, plus a full complement of Catch-Up TV, courtesy of a YouView TV guide overlay.
Picture quality is outstanding. In addition to that Backlight Master Drive, the set employs a new X1Extreme HDR image processor which does a remarkable job with all sources, even when they’re not 4K resolution.
If the set does has an Achilles heel it’s audio. A small carp (which incidentally is what it sounds like), given the general excellence of this superb set. And you'll probably use a soundbar anyway.
LG OLED65E6 (E6 Series)
- RRP: £3999 inc VAT. 3999
LG has been refining its OLED TVs for a number of years, and if the E6 is any indicator, it’s been time well spent. By any measure, this is a spectacular flatscreen.
The design is gorgeous – indeed, this might be the prettiest TV you can buy right now. It features an ultra-thin picture-on-glass design that really shows off the unique form factor of OLED. A Harman Kardon designed soundbar adds a level of industrial detail.
Connectivity includes four HDCP 2.2 HDMIs and three USBs. There's also an optical digital audio output, legacy video plus Ethernet/Wi-Fi.
LG’s webOS smart portal, now in its third iteration, provides a slick user interface. Apps, channels and inputs are all accessed via a bar at the bottom of the screen, navigated by LG’s magic remote cursor/pointer.
Streaming services include Netflix and Amazon, Now TV and Catch-Up TV services. Both Netflix and Amazon Video support 4K. The E6 also handles Dolby Vision HDR, currently seen on certain Netflix shows.
Picture quality is superb. What’s immediately noticeable is that all content, both HD and 4K, benefits from the set’s rich black performance - Sky HD looks stunning!
Audio quality is also top draw. The Harmon Kardon sound system has pronounced stereo separation and delivers a well-balanced sonic performance.
Overall, we rate the E6 a cracking TV, both in terms of design and all-round performance.
- RRP: £1289 inc VAT
Panasonic isn’t a brand normally associated with ostentation, but the DX802 is a real peacock of a panel, not least because of its fancy easel design. The DX802’s look isn’t going to be for everyone, but fashionistas should love it.
The Active 3D capable screen is supported by two triangular stands, with the soundbar connected to the panel by a proprietary lead. The finish here appears to be mesh, but it’s actually patterned fabric. Designed by Harmon Kardon, this 12-driver soundbar does a cracking job of delivering, wide, crisp audio.
Connections include four 4K-ready HDMIs with HDCP 2.2 support, three USBs, digital optical audio, legacy AV and Ethernet.
The My Home Screen v2.0 smart portal is powered by the Firefox OS. It’s a minimalist interface which offers welcome customisation. You can pin shortcuts to your favourite channels, services or inputs directly on the home page.
The set comes with Freeview Play, the new connected iteration of the terrestrial TV standard.
Image quality is commendable, although its HDR presentation doesn’t quite hit the highs of full-array backlit 4K HDR sets. Colour and detail are excellent. Inconsistent edge-lighting is disappointing though, and can become noticeable when watching a letterboxed movie.
Combine a keen price, with superior aesthetics and decent image quality though and you have a screen to shortlist.
- RRP: £1800 inc VAT. 1999.99
Sony attempts to give OLED a run for its high-style money with this ultra slim edge-lit 4K HDR set. Key to its design is a clever Slim Backlight Drive, while cosmetic niceties include a strip of gold running around the frame.
There are four HDMIs,all HDCP 2.2 enabled, plus AV inputs, three USBs, optical digital audio and Ethernet/Wi-Fi.
The Smart platform is Google’s Android OS, coupled to a YouView epg that delivers a full set of mainstream Catch-Up services. The TV boasts two satellite tuners and dual Freeview. Streaming services include Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, both 4K enabled. The TV is also 3D capable.
Picture quality is high. That Slim Backlight Drive cleverly pairs two LED light modules with dual light guides which split screen coverage 50/50. The technique allows the set to boost contrast.
Picture processing is first class. Tinkering with Black Adjust (Medium), Auto Local Dimming and X-Tended Dynamic Range, delivers a really cinematic look. Motion handling remains a Sony strength, making this a great set for sports viewing.
Audio performance is largely functional. You’ll want to resort to a separate sound source at some point.
Overall, the XD93 is an innovative UHD screen. If you’re after a beautifully designed HDR-capable LED TV, it merits an audition.
- RRP: £999 inc VAT
The KS7000 sits in the sweet spot of Samsung’s Quantum Dot SUHD TV range. This 49-incher is 4K HDR enabled and boasts a top flight Tizen-powered smart connected platform. Smart Hub apps include 4K Netflix and Amazon plus key Catch-Up TV services, and a wealth of casual games. Navigation is fast, thanks to a Quad Core processor.
The Freeview HD/satellite 7-Series set uses Samsung’s separate One Connect junction box. This tethers to the screen via a dedicated umbilical cable. Connections include four HDMIs, which all support HDCP 2.2, three USBs, digital optical audio output, plus Ethernet/Wi-Fi. It also ships with two controllers, one traditional, the other simplified.
The HDR picture performance of this mid-ranger is extremely good, producing effective peak highlights that really add depth to TV and games. Unusual for a bottom-edge-lit set, it warrants Ultra HD Premium certification, which is a guarantee of 1000 nits peak brightness - although it can’t hold this level of illumination for long. Using a Quantum Dot filter, the set also delivers deep, accurate colours. Black levels are outstanding. Motion resolution is also high, making this a great choice for sports enthusiasts.
Audio performance is less remarkable, although the two downward firing microspeakers have a fair amount of welly at 40W.
Overall, this high performing 4K HDR TV should be considered excellent value.
- RRP: £3299 inc VAT
Panasonic has enlisted the help of Hollywood cinematographer Vanja Cernjul to help tune this flagship TV – and in terms of colour fidelity and fine detail, the results are absolutely mesmerising. Images have a consistent, cinematic quality. To achieve high contrast HDR, the set uses a full array backlight with 512 LED lights. This generally works well, but can sometimes create visible halos around illuminated objects.
The set is beautifully built. Its pedestal feet have a distinctive engraved finish while the panel itself has a textured trim. Handsome springs to mind.
Connections include four HDMIs, all HDCP 2.2 compatible. There’s also three USBs, component and composite video, plus an optical audio output and Ethernet/Wi-Fi.
There are twin tuners for Freeview Play and Freesat.
The set comes with two remote controls, a Bluetooth touchpad and a posh IR pointer. It supports Active Shutter 3D.
The Smart platform is built around Firefox and is simple to use. Services include Netflix and Amazon Video (both 4K), plus YouTube, Wuaki TV and Chili Cinema. All Catch-Up services are provided The TV’s audio performance is adequate, with considerable volume and stereo separation.
Overall, this is a premium TV capable of an outstanding performance.
- RRP: £899 inc VAT
This budget 65-inch 4K HDR has a spec that belies its price tag, and could be a good bet for big-screen bargain hunters.
It looks classy from a distance but up close is a bit plasticky. There are four HDMI inputs, but only two support HDCP 2.2. There are also three USBs, digital audio, legacy video outputs and Ethernet. The tuner choice is Freeview HD or satellite.
The Smart platform is basic, but you will find some key streaming services. Both Netflix and Amazon support 4K; there’s also BBC iPlayer and YouTube. The media player offers wide file support, including MKV and FLAC. The TV isn’t 3D capable though.
Image quality is better than you might expect for the price. Detail and colour vibrancy are high. Blacklight uniformity is a little uneven, but this only really because evident on fully dark sequences. The HDR mode gets a little unruly though, as the backlight intensity is often boosted to a point where detail is lost.
Perhaps the biggest weakness is motion handling, there’re no interpolation modes here which help retain detail and the Ultra Smooth Motion image processor is only used to smooth out horizontal pans.
Audio isn’t great either. Make do with it while you can, but budget for a soundbar. Overall though, this super large set can be considered a solid value buy.
- RRP: £499 inc VAT
This 48-incher is the cheapest 4K TV to offer a Freeview Play tuner. When it comes to forward looking features, it’s clearly facing the right direction. Freeview Play mixes Internet delivered catch-up with a roll-back programme guide and over the air DVB.
All four HDMI inputs are 4K HDCP 2.2 enabled, there’s also a trio of USBs, legacy AV, PC VGA, optical audio and Ethernet/Wi-Fi - but no 3D TV compatibility.
While the basic spec is leading edge, the Finlux Smart Platform looks somewhat dated. Available services include 4K Netflix, YouTube and TuneIn. There’s also a capable media player for USB devices and network attached storage.
Image quality is reasonable, but there’s a little devil in the detail. To ensure 4K content looks its best, you’ll need to delve into the menu modes and switch the default Picture Zoom setting from Auto to Full. It’s only when you do this that the set can display clean, crisp 2160p video. Left unchanged, UHD detail can be obscured by a curious moiré pattern.
This edge-lit set doesn’t support HDR, but images still have snap. There are backlight uniformity errors, but these are in keeping with the budget price tag. The set’s audio performance is pretty average.
In all, consider this is a reasonably well specified budget UHD flatscreen.
Philips 65PUS8901 Ambilux
Philips TVs are unique in offering Ambilight, that funky mood lighting created by LED strips on the back of the set. Now with Ambilux, it’s taken the idea to another level entirely.
Instead of the usual LED bulbs, Ambilux features nine LED projectors, arranged in a half circle on the back panel. These literally cast images behind the set. This may sound nuts, but it can also look pretty cool, particularly when gaming! The catch is that Ambilux requires that the TV sit precisely 9cm from any (white) wall.
But Ambilux is just one attraction of 65-inch 4K UHD 65PUS890. This 4K screen also offers great picture quality and excellent audio.
There are four HDMI inputs, all of which support HDCP 2.2. Plus SCART and component, optical digital audio, three USBs and Ethernet/Wi-Fi.
That remote control has a touchpad on one side and a thumb keyboard on the other. There’s no support for 3D.
The smart platform is Android. Apps include BBC iPlayer, Netflix with 4K and YouTube.
Media playback is good, coping with a variety of file types.
Image clarity is extremely high. Colours are vibrant, but Philips' Micro Dimming Pro backlighting system struggles to deliver deep, nuanced blacks.
Audio quality, courtesy of a 30W sound system, is surprisingly beefy. The concept of Ambilux may sound bonkers (because it is), but in the right room, it looks extraordinary. We think Ambilux is well worth checking out!
- RRP: £649 inc VAT
Philips has made some serious upgrades to its 6 Series UHD TVs for 2016. Available in 43-, 49- and 55-inch screen sizes (43PUS6401, 49PUS6401 and 55PUS6401 respectively), these sub-£1000 mid-rangers offer two-sided Ambilight plus HDR (High Dynamic Range) 4K compatibility plus all the trappings associated with the Android TV smart platform.
And they all look decidedly upmarket, too. The bezel of the 55-inch 55PUS6401 reviewed, while not ultra narrow, has a distinguished gunmetal grey finish, with a so-called ‘pinch’ stand, basically two bolt-on A-frame feet. The look is classy, not cheap.
It should be noted that only two of the HDMIs support HDCP 2.2, which is required for 4K content sources like UHD Blu-ray and set top boxes. Tuner choice is Freeview HD or generic satellite.
The Android TV smart platform isn’t as rough as it once was, although it’s still prone to tedious software updates and moments of failure. The Home page features Google's Play and Games offerings, as well as BBC iPlayer, Vimeo, Netflix (which supports 4K streams), Wuaki.tv, Chili Cinema, DailyMotion, Deezer and casual games.
Overall, the 6401 is just a few caveats short of being a cracking mid-range UHD buy. For the most part, 2160p definition, colour vibrancy and an aggressive feature set should tick enough boxes to satisfy those stepping up from a 1080p telly. There are limitations – the backlight uniformity errors are unfortunate – but you do get Ambilight by way of compensation, which remains a big crowd pleaser.
Read our full 55PUS6401 review
- RRP: £249 inc VAT
Prices may be tumbling on 4K UHD sets, but there’s still demand for cheap Full HD TVs. If you’re buying one for a second room or bedroom, your budget may well dictate fewer pixels.
The JVC LT-42C550 is just one such cheapie. Connectivity includes a trio of HDMIs, plus legacy video, a VGA PC input, digital audio output, single USB and Ethernet, as mandated by the Freeview HD spec. There is no smart connectivity.
The USB port can be used to timeshift to a connected hard drive, or for media playback.
While you shouldn’t expect too much in the way of fancy image processing, 1080p images look pleasingly crisp. Beware the presets though. Standard, Movie and Dynamic all come with excessive edge enhancement, and can’t be altered. There is however a User setting which allows you to drop Sharpness and cure the ugly contours.
Colour performance is typical for a low cost LED LCD TV (skin tones look a tad unnatural) and there’s no true black level. But drop the brightness and boost contrast and you’ll get a punchier picture. Audio performance can kindly be described as grim.
Those looking for a low price HD TV will find this JVC does what it needs too. Just don’t expect anything other than a budget performance.