The best Smart TVs

From LCD screens to OLED televisions; watch your favourite shows and movies on the best Smart TV for your home

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Advancement in television technology has led to there being an overwhelming amount of choice on the market, and with all the jargon that gets thrown about it can be a daunting task trying to sift through the TV best deals, particularly when it comes to Smart TVs. There is far more to your choice than may first meet the eye. You’ve got to think about screen size, resolution, sound, what connections and features you want and then factor in your budget and where in your house you plan to put it. 

Smart TVs allow you to connect with other devices such as your mobile phone via Wi-Fi. A Smart TV will also have a hub of apps to utilise such as on demand services, Apps such as YouTube and streaming services like Netflix and Now TV. Although these things all come as standard these days, you’ll still need to think carefully about the specification of the television you have your eye on in order to make the most out of its features. 

The first most important things to consider are where is it going and what do you plan to watch on it? If you’re a big movie fan, then opting for an OLED screen over your standard LED screen will provide a brighter, more vibrant picture. These tend to be more expensive, but team that with a large curved screen and you’ve got yourself your very own home cinema. 

If you’re on a budget and want to do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint, there are plenty of LED TVs on the market that use far less energy and still provide a quality viewing experience. They also tend to be thinner; making them the ideal choice if you’re considering mounting your TV on the wall. 

When picking the size, contrary to popular belief, bigger is not always better. Make sure you get an appropriate screen size for the environment in which you will be watching it. It is recommended that viewing distance should be approximately 1 ½ times the size of your screen to be able to watch it comfortably. Therefore, if you have a small lounge, picking the biggest screen you can find is only going to hinder your viewing – and there is no point in spending over the odds for special features when you won’t get the full benefit. 

1. Sony Bravia XBR-XE90 Series

Great picture and great sound makes for great entertainment

Specifications
Best for: Best picture & Sound combination
Screen: LED 49”
Quality: 4K HDR
Smart Version: Android
Reasons to buy
+Large screen+5 x brighter than LED
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest 

The Sony Bravia is a Smart android TV which gives you a whole host of apps to explore including Google Play, Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube. It has a built in Chromecast feature which means you can stream media from your phone or tablet at the touch of a button as well as having HDMI and USB ports for connectivity to DVD/Blue Ray players and games consoles. The picture and sound make for a high quality combination that makes this one of the best Smart TVs for watching HD movies and playing games. 

2. LG OLED C7

A super slim screen which delivers perfect clarity

Specifications
Best for: Ultra-thin Screen
Screen: OLED 55”
Quality: 4K HDR
Smart Version: webOS
Reasons to buy
+Perfect colour and clarity+Magic remote
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky to set up 

The LG OLED C7 boasts a sleek and modern design, making it ideal for contemporary living spaces. This television features a magic remote that allows you to control the TV via points, gestures and even voice recognition. It’s rated as super easy to navigate by reviewers and allows you to simply switch on and discover a whole host of viewing possibilities from streaming movies to listening to music on Spotify. This is a huge piece of tech that takes some patience setting up according to some, but once sorted, you’re viewing experience could change forever.  

3. Samsung UE40MU6400 HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

A user-friendly Smart TV with the latest Smart hub

Specifications
Best for: Technophobes
Screen: LED 40”
Quality: 4K HDR
Smart Version: Samsung
Reasons to buy
+Easy to set up +Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best speaker 

If you like the thought of the LG OLED C7, but don’t want the hassle of setting it all up, then this Samsung Smart TV is a great alternative that is pretty much ready to use out of the box. Samsung is a trusted tech brand and they do not disappoint with this television that features one remote for easy browsing and a fast, high-definition Smart hub for watching all your favourite movies and TV shows via your preferred streaming and on demand apps.  The sound system isn’t as good as the LG OLED C7, but you can connect this TV to your Samsung soundbar to improve the quality.  

4. Panasonic TX-65EZ1002 OLED TV

A customisable TV that gives you the viewing experience you want

Specifications
Best for: Customisation
Screen: OLED 65”/77”
Quality: 4K HDR
Smart Version: Home Screen 2.0 & Freeview play
Reasons to buy
+Effortlessly customisable+Huge screen
Reasons to avoid
-Ridiculously expensive 

With this Smart TV, you can create an entertainment system that is tailored to your viewing needs and preferences. Simply set up the home screen with your favourite apps so that you can watch your favourite shows at the click of a button. For those who want something as simple Samsung but with a little more quality, this is the Smart TV for you. It comes at a cost though. If you have the cash to splash this would make the ideal television for the lounge as it aims to entertain all the family with ease.  

5. LG 43UJ635V 43 Inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR

A great Smart TV that’s not too big for the bedroom

Specifications
Best for: Second TV
Screen: LED 43”
Quality: 4K Ultra HD
Smart Version: webOS & Freeview
Reasons to buy
+USB & HDMI Sockets+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-No frills 

This LED Smart TV boasts no frills but aims to provide excellent quality viewing. This TV will allow you to enjoy movies and channels from Google Play and TalkTalk TV as well as play music from the likes of YouTube and Spotify. The screen may not be as big, and the resolution not as high as some of the OLED TVs on our list, but the image and sound quality is still rated as great by users and comes in at a fraction of the cost of other Smart TVs. If you’re looking for a second TV for your home, this one will get the job done nicely.

6. Bush 24 Inch HD Ready Smart TV With DVD Player – White

A budget-friendly Smart TV with catch-up and streaming services

Specifications
Best for: Students
Screen: LED 24”
Quality: HD
Smart Version: Freeview Play
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Wi-Fi connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Small 

Although small, this 24 inch Smart TV is ideal for students or those on a budget. It would conveniently fit in a small bedroom or is also the ideal size for those who would like a TV in the kitchen. Some may not be so keen on the colour white, but that is easily deflected by the low price and range of available features that have still been packed into this little gadget. You’ll have access to Netflix and a range of other apps, as well as all of the catch-up and on demand apps for BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and more.