Best TVs

Updated 7 April 2014 2:28 PM BST

We review a lot of TVs here at CNET, but the list below represents only the best.

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Panasonic TX-P42ST60E

The Panasonic TX-P42ST60 is a superb TV for the money. Its picture performance puts many sets costing twice as much to shame thanks to its excellent colour handling and deep black levels. It also has decent sound quality, easy to use menus and a premium design. The only slight downside is that its smart TV system is light on catch-up TV apps.

5 stars Spectacular Panasonic TX-P42ST60

Samsung PS51F8500

The improved voice and motion control features still aren’t very useable, but the Samsung PS51F8500's smart TV system is excellent, and picture quality is so impressive it's now largely on a par with Panasonic's highly regarded VT series. All in all, it's an excellent TV.

5 stars Spectacular Samsung's PS51F8500 is, all in all, an excellent TV

Panasonic TX-P55VT65

It could do with support for a few extra TV catch-up services, but in pretty much all other respects the TX-P55VT65 is a hugely impressive TV from Panasonic. It delivers truly outstanding picture quality, has a very user-friendly smart TV system and good sound quality.

5 stars Spectacular Panasonic TX-P55VT65

Panasonic TX-P42GT60B

The Panasonic TX-P42GT60B really is a stunning TV. It produces the best pictures we've ever seen at this price point, while also offering a genuinely useful customisable homescreen system and impressive sound quality.

5 stars Spectacular Panasonic TX-P42GT60B

Samsung UE55F8000

The UE55F8000 is the best LED TV I've seen so far this year. It has strong picture and audio quality and a truly excellent smart TV system, making it a well-rounded package. Nevertheless, it's hugely expensive and if you mostly use your TV to watch movies in the evening, you'll get the same features, except with better picture quality and at lower price from Samsung's slightly chunkier F8500 plasma.

4.5 stars Outstanding
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