TVs:

Best TVs of 2014

Updated

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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Vizio E0i-B series

With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014.

Price: $549.00 - $843.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung PNF8500

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

Price: $1,637.00 - $3,127.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Vizio M2i-B series

Excellent picture quality, well thought-out features and distinctive design make the Vizio M-Series seem like a much more expensive TV than it really is.

Price: $1,489.00 - $1,529.99 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: $1,525.00 - $2,299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sharp LE650

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

Price: $1,439.00 - $1,999.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung UNHU9000

The Samsung HU9000 has straight-up great picture quality, design and features, but the gratuitous curved screen adds very little to the viewing experience and way too much to the price.

Price: $2,539.95 - $3,499.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony XBR-X900B

If you can stand its speakers, Sony's XBR-X900B will reward you with the best combination of audio and video quality you've ever seen (or heard).

Price: $3,998.00 - $3,999.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony KDL-W850B

Sony's wedge-shaped KDL-W850B TV offers better picture quality, albeit for a higher price, than many big-screen LCDs.

Price: $2,078.15 - $2,599.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Panasonic TC-AS530

The Panasonic AS530 series LCD ain't no plasma, but it offers attractive design and decent image quality for a budget price.

Price: $999.99 - $999.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony KDL-W800B

The Sony KDL-W800B series is a classy television with excellent color and shadow detail, but in pure bang-for-buck terms, its black level can be bettered for much less.

Price: $998.00 - $1,199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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