Being in the market for a new TV is mixed blessing. On the one hand, the screen sizes of new models probably dwarf your aging or defunct set, and features like built-in internet connectivity and 4K resolution can change the way you watch video. Then again, there are far too many total options, features and technologies to quickly process, and asking advice from a big box salesperson is practically begging to be swindled.
Here, then, are the best televisions available right now. We tried to cover everything, from low-end models that perform surprisingly well, to a luxury choice suitable only for early adopters. And even as these choices become less current, their prices are bound to drop, making them just as viable (for at least another year).
LG 50LB6300 50-inch LED
For most TVs, being Smart – meaning being able to connect to the Internet – isn't a selling point, since the on-screen interfaces for searching the Web are beyond clunky, and there are tons of other net-connected devices that let you stream video from Amazon, Hulu or Netflix. LG's latest line of Smart TVs are the welcome exception to the rule, with the company's proven motion-sensing remote control, as well as a new snappy, beautiful interface (called webOS) that makes it easy and intuitive to bring up panes of Web-based info alongside whatever you're watching, or to quickly toggle back and forth between traditional channels and various streaming services. [$900; lg.com]