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Best TVs

Updated April 16, 2014 6:42 AM PDT

We review a lot of TVs here at CNET, but the list below represents only the best. It collects our most highly recommended models arranged in order of overall score, regardless of type, technology, brand, or size. These cumulative ratings indicate which TVs scored highest considering the major areas we rate: design, features, picture quality, and value. We don't expect this list to be enough for everyone, however, so we've also created supplemental lists broken down by technology type, screen size, and picture quality. Choose from the lists to the left according to which criteria matter most to you.

On the lists that aren't based on size, the prices represent just one size in the series. Click through to the "Series information" section of the reviews to see other sizes.

Curious how the ratings are devised? Here's an explanation of how we rate TVs, and here's a look at our thorough, labs-based test procedure.

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Samsung PNF8500

Samsung's best-performing TV ever, the PNF8500 series pushes the plasma picture quality envelope, especially in bright rooms.

Price: $2,325.00 - $3,699.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Vizio M1d-A2R

The Vizio M-Series offers a potent combination of excellent design, decent picture quality, and a pocket-friendly price.

Price: $999.99 - $1,152.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony KDL-55W900A

The Sony W900A is a fine high-end LED LCD television, with excellent color performance and deep black levels.

Price: $1,505.00 - $1,799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung UNF8000

The excellent yet expensive Samsung UNF8000 is a tour de force of LED LCD TV design, features, and picture quality.

Price: $1,419.00 - $2,497.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Vizio E320i-A0

For people seeking integrated Smart features, the Vizio E320i-A0 is the strongest value we've seen yet among 32-inch TVs.

Price: $249.99 - $255.36 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sharp LE650

The Sharp LE650 series sets the big-screen LCD TV value bar high with very good picture quality for the price.

Price: $2,799.00 - $3,296.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung PNF5500

The Samsung F5500 plasma offers great features and very good picture quality, but its performance suffers significantly under the lights.

Price: $829.00 - $849.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Vizio M1d-A3R

The 60-inch Vizio M1d-A3R doesn't quite offer the very best value for money in the company's range, but nevertheless features fine picture quality in a large size.

Price: $1,398.00 - $1,449.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony KDL-550A

The big-screen Sony R520/R550 series offers the best value you'll see from the company this year.

Price: $899.00 - $1,049.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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