Our experts test and review the latest TVs ranging in price from $349 to $6999 from leading brands like LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony to help you find the right choice for your home and your budget.
Through our independent and rigorous testing in the CHOICE labs, we reveal which TVs:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily compare the pros and cons of each model and see member-rated reliability scores for most brands, and our Recommended list lets you see at a glance which TVs give the best bang for your buck.
This review includes more than 60 of the latest TVs including the latest 2018 models as well as more than 100 discontinued TV models which may still be available second-hand or from some retailers at a heavy discount. To view them, select 'Discontinued' under the 'Related products' filter.
List of brands we tested in this review.
The recommended retail price as supplied by the manufacturer. Where the manufacturer refuses to supply this information we use a price from a major retailer.
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CHOICE recommends TVs that earn an overall score of 70% or higher and at least 70% for standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) picture quality performance.
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While many CHOICE members have reminded us that we are living in a metric world, this information hasn't reached the TV companies who continue to show their products in inches rather than centimeters. Our TV table provides screen measurements in both so you can decide which figure is more suitable.
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If the TV is well made, the LCD or OLED credentials will make very little difference to the quality of the image. In our latest test, the screens are either LCD, LCD IPS or OLED. An LCD (liquid-crystal display) screen needs a light source behind it, which will either be CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamp) or LED (light-emitting diode) technology. CCFL technology still exists but it's older and is being replaced by LEDs. In Plane Switching (IPS) is a technology introduced to help improve the viewing angle of LCD screens. OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs are an array of diodes that deliver both the colour information as well as the illumination. This means that if the scene calls for black, the diodes simply turn off giving you nothing but black.
TVs with support for 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) video are able to show a picture resolution of 3840 x 2160 which may be an issue to consider if 4K movie content becomes readily available and you watch lots of streaming video that supports 4K such as Netflix.
Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services at the moment and some of the latest TVs now have a dedicated button on the remote making it easy to access the service.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) TVs deliver greater contrast between dark and bright colors, giving you greater detail in shade areas and more realistic colours in difficult video situations such as overly dark or overly light scenes. However to enjoy HDR, you need a TV to support the format and the content needs to have the information stored in the video to let the TV know how to deal with the picture.
Picture quality is one of the major components of our TV test and includes both a technical and subjective assessment of how well the TV can handle a number of different source materials. Online streaming routinely delivers HD-quality video and most of the free-to-air stations now broadcast HD content on their main channel. HD accounts for 35% of the overall score.
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EPG refers to the electronic program guide. This accounts for 5% of the overall score.
Based on 10 hours in use and 14 hours in standby mode for 365 days.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.