If you're in the market for a new TV and want to learn more about which one to choose, you've come to the right place. Here's where we share the best and most popular TVs available in the UK right now, as well as expert TV buying advice so you can be sure you're spending your money wisely.
Below, we talk you through what to consider when buying a new TV, but if you're already clued up on the type of TV you're looking for you can skip ahead to the best TVs available in the UK by clicking here.
TV buying advice: What size TV is best?
The first thing to consider when deciding which TV to buy is screen size. The bigger you go, the more expensive the 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.
TV buying advice: Screen tech – LED vs Plasma
Next, consider something more technical: what sort of screen technology do you want your screen to have. LED is the most widely adopted screen technology, but plasma is another 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-lot. 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 some complaints about the inconsistent lighting of the screen, and even patchy colours. Back-lot models have LED lamps spread across the rear of the screen, which makes them thicker than edge-lit displays, but the consistency of lighting and colour should be a lot better.
TV buying advice: Ports and connections
You'll want as many HDMI inputs as possible for your TV, 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 only give you stereo – not surround sound.
TV buying advice: 3D or not 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 TVs (or at least don't go out of your way to make sure your TV has it) as it seems that 3D is a dying market, with many broadcasters already pulling support for their 3D channels.
TV buying advice: 4K
4K TVs are all the rage at the moment – where they once cost thousands of pounds (some still do), there are now many more affordable options on the market.
The vast majority of TVs have a Full HD resolution (don't accept fewer than 1920 x 1080 pixels), but the newer models have so-called 4K resolution, which offers four times the detail of Full HD. While many of the latest 4K TVs are expensive, you can find great deals on 4K TVs if you look around. It's worth noting that there's not much native 4K content available right now, so you'll be watching 1080p TV upscaled to a 4K resolution in most cases.
Just to be clear, 4K and Ultra HD (UHD) are, for consumers, the same thing. It means the display has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 – Full HD is 1920 x 1080, so it's four times the amount of pixels. You can find out more about 4K in our what is 4K explainer and if it's definitely 4K you're after no matter the price visit our 4K TV chart.
TV buying advice: Curved display
For an additional cost, you can get your hands on curved TVs designed for more immersive viewing. They're an opinion divider, though, as it means you need to be sitting in the optimal position for viewing and there's only really scope for one or two people to be in that position at any one time. We'd advise taking a trip to a TV showroom like Currys or PC World to see a curved TV in the flesh before buying.
TV buying advice: 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 TVs 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 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 WiFi dongles that connect to your TV via an HDMI port and turn it into a Smart TV, and offer a wealth of internet TV services. Take a look at our Chromecast vs Roku comparison review to find out more.
TV buying advice: Networking
Integral to smart TV is a network connection. WiFi is more convenient as it's one less cable to run, but less common than a wired Ethernet port. Some TVs will also support a wireless dongle, plugged in via a dedicated USB port at the back of the TV.
You should have a much better idea of what you're looking for in a TV now, so here are some good options for you. We haven't tried these TVs here at PC Advisor, but they are top of Amazon's bestseller list and they've got solid reviews across the web from both experts and consumers.
LG 32LF5610 1080p Full HD 32in TV
- RRP: £329
Also available from Argos.
The most popular TV on Amazon as of 6 June is the LG 32LF5610 1080p Full HD 32in TV, and it's not difficult to see why with a price of under £200 at the moment.
You won't get any smart features with this one, but you do get a stunning metal design, full HD and 2 HDMI ports.
Size: 32in LED | Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: No | Ports: 2x HDMI, 1x USB | WiFi: No | Bluetooth: No | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No
Sony KDL-32W705C 32 inch Smart Full HD 1080p TV
- RRP: £459
Also available from Argos.
Next in the list of the most popular TVs on Amazon is this 32in option from Sony. It's a Smart TV so that makes it a bit pricier than the LG, and it includes Full HD, 4 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports.
Size: 32in LED | Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: Yes | Ports: 4x HDMI, 2x USB | WiFi: Yes | Bluetooth: No | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No
Samsung 43J5500 Smart Full HD 1080p 43in TV
- RRP: £360
Also available from Tesco.
Also among the most popular TVs available on Amazon is this 43in model from Samsung. There's nothing particularly special about this television, but it does come in at a very reasonable price and offers smart features, WiFi and Bluetooth too.
Size: 43in LED | Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: Yes | Ports: 3x HDMI, 2x USB | WiFi: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No
Also popular is the 32in model of the Samsung J5500, available here.
Samsung UE40J5100 Full HD 1080p 40in TV
- RRP: £309
Samsung's 40in offering is available at under £300 and you'll get Freeview built-in and Full HD resolution but you will miss out on Smart features.
Size: 40in LED| Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: No | Ports: 2x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x Scart | WiFi: No | Bluetooth: No | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No
Also popular is the 32in model of the Samsung J5100, available here.
Panasonic TX-40CS520B 40in Full HD 1080p Smart LED TV
- RRP: £399
Here's another TV with lots of great features at a low price. Panasonic's 40in Full HD TV is smart, has built-in WiFi, includes Freeview and even has adaptive backlight dimming.
Size: 40in LED | Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: Yes | Ports: 2x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x Scart | WiFi: Yes | Bluetooth: No | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No
Samsung UEJU6000 4K Ultra HD Smart LED 40in TV
- RRP: £749
Now we come to the first 4K TV of our round-up. This Samsung 40in model is the best selling 4K TV on Amazon, and despite its £750 recommended retail price it's available for under £400. Expect a stunningly crisp picture with accurate colours, and you'll find Smart TV features included too.
Size: 40in LED | Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: Yes | Ports: 4x HDMI, 3x USB | WiFi: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No
Sony KDL-40R435C Full HD 40in TV
- RRP: £339
Also available from Argos.
Next up is Sony's 40in TV that comes in at under £300 for a brilliantly priced all-rounder. It misses out on WiFi and smart TV features, but it does have built-in Freeview. If your budget can stretch, we'd still recommend the Samsung TV listed above for around £60 more, but if cheap is what you're looking for you can't go far wrong with this one.
Size: 40in LED| Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: No | Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x Scart | WiFi: No | Bluetooth: No | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No
Samsung Series 6 J6300 48in widescreen Full HD Curved LED TV
- RRP: £490
Getting slightly more pricey now but still a bargain when you consider its features, the 48in Samsung Curved TV is next on the list of the most popular TVs. It has Smart TV features, Full HD and built in Freeview HD too, but be sure to read our advice about buying a Curved TV first because they're not for everyone.
Size: 48in LED, Curved | Resolution: Full HD | Smart features: Yes | Ports: 4x HDMI, 3x USB| WiFi: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes | Built-in Freeview: Yes | 3D: No