Best TV 2022: top-rated budget and premium 4K smart TVs to buy this year

A television is one of those high-value items that nearly everybody will invest in at some point in their lives. That’s why the smart TV market is fiercely competitive, and one where new models appear at high speed and technology improves at a dizzying pace.

It’s also a market that can be hugely intimidating for buyers. It can be hard to know where to start with such a huge range in prices and a truckload of indecipherable numbers, acronyms, marketing spiel, and other jargon to contend with. And it’s easy to go wrong – and if there’s one thing you don’t want, it’s to end up with the wrong TV, a high-cost product that should last you for years on end.

We’ve put together this comprehensive buying guide to stop that from happening. Along with our recommendations for the best TVs to buy, picked out from our tried and tested models, we’ll also take you through everything you need to know about picking out the perfect smart TV. So if you want to watch those Christmas classics in the full televisual glory they deserve, but your 10-year-old telly just isn’t cutting the mustard, fear not – we’ve got you covered.

Jump to: Best TV to buy at a glanceTips before you start shopping for a TVWhich size TV should I buy? Choosing the best TV for your needsHow much should I spend on a TV? Which TV brand is best? Where to buy a TV in the UK? Best TV to buy in 2022TV buying jargon glossaryBest TV to buy in 2022 at a glanceBest 4K TV: Philips OLED+936Best TV for picture quality: Philips OLED805Best TV for cinematic sound: Samsung QN95A (QE55QN95)Best TV for streaming: TCL RP620K (55RP620K)Best mid-range TV: Samsung Q70A (QE55Q70A)Best small TV:Toshiba 32WK3C63DBBest TV for mounting: LG G1 (OLED65G1)Best gaming TV: LG C1 (OLED65C1)Best value for money TV: Sony X90J (XR-65X90J)How to choose a TV: top tips before you start shopping

Here’s a checklist of things to do before you start shopping for a smart TV:Work out a budget. You can spend anywhere between £124 and £20,000 on a new TV, and it’s a good idea to filter your search by price when looking through retailers and Google Shopping. Don’t worry if you’re not yet sure how much to set aside: we’ll go into how much you should spend on a new TV later in this article. Know your optimum screen size. It’s crucial you pick a smart TV with a screen size that’s appropriate for your viewing space. Too small, and you’ll have to invest in some binoculars; too big, and the picture quality will be sub-par. We’ll go into screen sizes in the next section. List any must-have features. Whether it’s an OLED screen, an in-built voice assistant or even a soundbar giveaway, it’s always good to put together a wishlist of features. It will make your decision-making far easier. Which size TV should I buy?

You might want the biggest television you can get your hands on, but it’s important to know which screen size works best for your viewing space.

There may well be some leeway between sizes, depending on how rearrangeable your furniture is – the golden formulae to remember are that your viewing distance should be 1.5 times the screen size with standard HD televisions and 1-1.5 times the screen size for 4K televisions. Need to figure it out in reverse? Check out the screen size calculator in our what size TV should I buy article. We also have an article on how to measure a TV screen. Choosing the best TV for your needs

There are a number of key criteria that everybody should consider before they buy their next TV. Here they are:Do you like to switch the lights off when you watch TV, or do you watch it with an overhead light on, or chiefly during the daytime? It may sway your decision, especially if you’re choosing between a QLED and NanoCell TV. If you have any smart devices set up around your home, you may want to consider looking out for a TV with an in-built voice assistant like Alexa, Google Assistant or Samsung’s Bixby. Via your TV, you can potentially do anything from dimming the lights to adjusting your thermostat. Gaming fan? If you plan to connect your console to your television, it’s worth looking at the refresh rates in the specs of any TVs you’re looking at. The refresh rate simply means how many times the image changes per second: look out for sets with 120HZ or high.

Skip straight to the TVs How much should I spend on a TV? Budget

If you want to buy a good-quality television but want to keep your spending to a sensible minimum, £500 is a good figure to keep in mind. This will guarantee you a perfectly respectable television that’s 4K in quality and has an in-built streaming platform that will set you up with access to all the typical services. Entry-level 4Ks are growing ever cheaper, but you’ll likely be spending a minimum of £300.

Certainly, if you’re looking for a small TV – 40-inch or lower – then you can easily keep your spending below £500. But the good news for budget spenders is that a modest spend doesn’t hinder you that much in terms of screen size: you’ll find smaller 32-inch sets for as little as £150, while at the other end, you can pick up older-generation 65-inch sets for as little as £450.

If you know you’re working with a limited budget, we suggest also checking out our best smart TV deals page to ensure you’re making your money stretch further. Mid-range

Spend between £500 and £1,000, and you’ll start to find 55-inch TVs from industry leaders like Samsung and LG. It’s also at this price point you’ll start to find smart TVs that incorporate a few extra features. Most notable are the QLED and NanoCell tech that you’ll find in Samsung and LG TVs, respectively – these TVs will offer you a picture quality that’s richer, more vibrant and better in contrast. Don’t miss our LG or Samsung TV explainer if you’re in two minds about which brand to pick.

You’ll also start to find smart TVs that have a built-in voice assistant, and one that you can potentially sync to other smart devices in your house. High-spend

If you’re happy to spend upward of £1,000 – and admittedly, there’s still a dizzying range of prices – then you’ll find yourself in the OLED range, which is a good place to be: it will get you what’s the best picture quality, and will be for the next few years.

It’s in the high-spend category that we start to see prices vary much more sharply between sizes: while 55-inch OLEDs start at around £1,200, be prepared to spend £1,500 to £2,500 on 65-inch sets and as much as £4,500 on 75-inch or 77-inch sets.

Scroll down to the bottom of this article for a round-up of televisions of differing sizes for each of these categories. Which TV brand is best?

According to a Kantar Media UK survey, in 2019, an estimated 15.8 million people used Samsung TV sets, 11 million used LG sets, 7.4 million used Panasonic sets and 7.2 million used Sony sets.

We can recommend all these brands as market leaders. You’ll also find reliable sets from Philips, TCL and Hisense. There’s much debate about which brand earns the top spot, but we can assure you that any smart TV you buy from these manufacturers will get you a television of assured quality and reliability. (That said, it’s always worth knowing a retailer’s returns policy before you make your purchase.)

Skip straight to the TVsWhere to buy a TV in the UK?

The biggest retailers that stock smart TVs are Amazon, Currys PC World, John Lewis, Very, AO and Appliances Direct. Both Currys and John Lewis offer price-match promises, so if you see a television that’s cheaper elsewhere, hold them to it!

Amazon often stocks TVs at the lowest prices, but those prices fluctuate incredibly quickly and can sometimes be listed with outdated RRPs. Use the online tool CamelCamelCamel to check an item’s price history on Amazon to give you a better sense of the deal you’re getting. Other features to consider when buying a new TV

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