Best TVs: Picture qualityUpdated April 16, 2014 6:42 AM PDT
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.
Currently only four TVs make the cut. That's primarily because the superb 2013 Panasonic plasmas are now sold out after the company announced it would cease manufacturing plasma TVs altogether. This is sad news, in part because those plasmas occupied three of the top four slots on this list. Until we get a chance to review a qualifying 2014 TV, it will remain relatively short.
One other TV deserves mention. In August, I got enough hands-on time with one of the first two OLED TVs, Samsung's KN55S9C, to confirm that OLED can produce better images than any LED LCD or plasma. It's not a full review so it doesn't make this list, but if it was, it would take a rightful place at the top.