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Last updated: 22 June 2018

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.

  • Our buying guide describes the features you might want, while how to buy the best TV helps you shop smarter, and how we test explains our rigour in the CHOICE labs.
  • Happy with your TV but need better sound? Check out our soundbar reviews to make your TV experience even better.
  • If you're stuck trying to pick a brand, find out which TV manufacturer was named Best Brand by CHOICE.
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Through our independent and rigorous testing in the CHOICE labs, we reveal which TVs:

  • have the best picture quality
  • have the best sound quality
  • are the easiest to use
  • use the least energy
  • have the best range of features such as HDR, 4K support, smart TV features, smart apps, Wi-Fi and child-lock controls.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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High Dynamic Range (HDR) support

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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.

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High definition picture quality score

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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.

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Energy consumption per year (kWh)

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Based on 10 hours in use and 14 hours in standby mode for 365 days.

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