The best 60-inch TVs 2018

Don't settle for second best

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There are some things is life that you just can't explain. We'll never know where your socks go when they disappear in the washing machine, why the sky is blue, or how planes manage to fly - no matter how many helpful explainers we read. 

It's a similar story when it comes to 60-inch TVs. For whatever reason most manufacturers choose to skip this size, choosing instead to focus their efforts on 55- or 65-inch variants.  

As a result, unless your living room layout means that your TV has to be exactly 60-inches big, we'd recommend you opt for a TV that's one of these more popular sizes. You'll have far more choice, and you'll probably get a TV that fits your needs more closely. 

If you're in the market for such a set, then check out our guides to the best 55-inch TVs and the best 65-inch TVs, otherwise read on for our picks of the best 60-inch TVs available (including a cheeky 58-inch recommendation in there for good measure). 

1. LG 60UJ634V

WebOS and an IPS panel make for a tempting proposition

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: LCD (IPS)
Smart TV: WebOS
HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision
Reasons to buy
+Great interface+Decent HDR compatibility
Reasons to avoid
-Audio's nothing special

LG's 60UJ634V is a TV that ticks all our boxes. It's equipped with the firm's stunning WebOS operating system, which is slick and easy to navigate, and the inclusion of Freeview Play is a great way to use catch-up services to access any programs you might have missed. 

It's IPS LCD panel isn't half bad looking either. You won't get quite the same contrast as you would from an OLED or VA LCD panel, but it's got lovely wide viewing angles and great vibrant colours. 

The only mark against this TV is its slightly below-average audio, but since we'd always suggest picking up an external soundbar to complement any TV we're not going to hold that against it too much. 

2. Samsung UE58MU6120KXXU

WebOS and an IPS panel make for a tempting proposition

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: LCD (VA)
Smart TV: Samsung Smart Hub
HDR: HDR10
Reasons to buy
+Great HDR contrast+Nice clean design
Reasons to avoid
-No Freeview Play

If you want better HDR performance from your 60-inch TV then give Samsung's UE58MU6120KXXU a look. 

Although it's an LCD TV like the LG above, it's got a VA panel rather than an IPS. What this means is that it offers better contrast levels, meaning you'll be able to see more of a distinction between light and dark parts of an image - perfect for HDR. 

The tradeoff is slightly worse viewing angles and less vivid colours than what you get with an IPS panel. 

In terms of functionality, the set is solidly designed and is equipped with Samsung's own Smart Hub software to provide access to all the streaming services you could possibly ask for. 

The Samsung UE58MU6120KXXU came within an inch of unseating LG's model from the top spot, but ultimately the absence of Freeview Play pushed it into second place. 

3. Hisense H60NEC5600

The budget option

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: LCD (VA)
Smart TV: VIDAA
HDR: HDR10
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Freeview Play
Reasons to avoid
-Less proven OS

Hisense has been slowly building a reputation as a brand capable of producing no-frills affordable TVs that put in the effort where it matters. 

The Hisense H60NEC5600 is no different. You won't get the best picture and sound quality around, and the TV's smarts are limited to the bare essentials of a few streaming apps and Freeview Play support. 

But if you're prepared to put up with a slightly more basic set of features, then this TV is a great budget buy, but as with the LG above make sure you factor in some budget for an external sound system as all reports suggest that what's built into the NEC5600 won't blow you away with its sonic abilities.