These days, buying a TV involves a million and one choices. Not only are there hundreds of different models out there, but you also need to take into account whether you want an LCD or plasma, what size will fit your living room, what colour you want, what features, and on and on.
Moreover, technology is moving at such a rapid pace that brands are using new jargon and terminology to sell themselves as the best TV for you. Luckily for you, we’ve done some research and found the best TVs to suit any budget.
If you’re looking for a basic TV for your living room at a low price, consider the Toshiba 32DL933B. This 32-inch LED TV starts from $500 and has been acclaimed by technology experts for its compact size, attractive design, and excellent digital file handling. An extra bonus is that this TV comes with a built-in DVD player, saving you an additional $100 or $200 and all the hassle that comes with connecting your DVD player to your TV! However, if you’re after a blu-ray player you may need to look elsewhere.
The Panasonic TX-L32X5Bis another excellent choice if you’re on a tight budget. Startingfrom around $550, this 32-inch LED TV comes with a 32-inch Freeview HD tuner, which allows for more than enough high-definition viewing for the average living room. Another advantage of this TV is that it is capable of playing back most video, photo, and music files via either a USB device or SD card, making it perfect for sentimental moments with family and friends.
Starting from $600, the Samsung UE32EH5000 is another 32-inch TV that, like the Panasonic above, comes with a Freeview HD tuner. Where Samsung is set apart is with its exceptional picture quality. Despite being a leader in smart TV features, Samsung just focuses on picture quality for this TV, delivering top-of-the-line quality with its ‘Samsung’ logo at the same price as many budget brands. If you don’t need the slimmest TV out there but just want a good viewing experience, this Samsung is a clear winner at an unbeatable price.
If you’re ready to pay a bit more for your TV, pay attention now. The Philips 42PFL6008 is a 42-inch LED TV starting from $1300 that boasts amazing pictures, fantastic audio, and Philips’ renowned Ambilight. For those who are unaware, Ambilight is a device that basically emits coloured light from the sides of the TV, creating in effect a light show on the wall behind the TV. If that’s not enough of a drawcard for you, consider the design: Philips uses solid steel for its design and a single sheet of glass covering the entire front, making the TV look like it’s floating. That’s pretty darn cool.
If you want to go all out, consider the Sony KDL-40W905A. You’ll be looking to pay upwards of $2000 for this 40-inch TV, but with good reason. The highlight of this Sony TV is its NFC connectivity, enabling you to see everything on your mobile phone projected to the big screen with a simple tap to the remote control. Another key feature is Sony’s X-Reality Pro engine that delivers gorgeous plasma-like colour. And the design isn’t too bad either…we’re talking Sony after all.
Heather Shaw is a university student and freelance writer who is interested in new technology. She’s glad to know that there’s always the option to Flexirent in case she can’t decide between these awesome TVs!