Best picture quality TVs of 2014


Our "best products" lists (on the left) take into account design, features and value as well as picture quality. However, for people seeking the best picture quality only, the models below will fit the bill. Each TV scored at least an 8 in the Performance subrating, and in the case of a scoring tie, we've ranked them in order of which TV we think delivers a better overall picture.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to technical issues, the order shown on the main list below is incorrect. The correct order for picture quality, starting with the best, is:

1. LG 55EC9300

2. Samsung PNF8500

3. Sony XBR-X900B

4. Samsung UNHU9000

5. Vizio M2i-B series

6. Vizio E0i-B series

We hope to have the issue resolved shortly.

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: $569.99 - $869.98 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: $2,197.00 - $2,627.95 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: $599.99 - $699.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

LG 55EC9300

The LG 55EC9300 lives up to the promise of OLED with the best picture quality of any TV we've ever reviewed.

Price: $2,999.00 - $3,499.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $2,479.00 - $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: $3,674.00 - $3,923.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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