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).
Sharp Aquos HD LC-48LE551U 48-inch LED
This 1080p LED set doesn't have much in the way of features, but it represents just how much image quality, as well as how much screen size (48 inches), you can currently get for just $500. And though it's one of the only models we're highlighting without the ability to connect directly to the Internet, for those who already have an Apple TV, Roku, game console or other device that streams video, it's a feature that won't be missed, while also keeping that price tag so astonishingly low. [$500; sharpusa.com]