The 8 Best TVs to Buy in 2017

There's never been a better time to buy a new TV

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In 2017, TVs are better and more advanced than ever and they're significantly cheaper than they used to be. But when buying a new TV, you want to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck, and there's a lot to consider. For example, you'll have to know where the TV will go in the house, and what smart features it needs to have (these features will allow you to use a certain range of apps like Spotify, Netflix, etc.), as well as the quality of the screen/pixel resolution (720p, 1080p or 4K). To help, we've compiled a list below of the eight best TVs on the market today, so deciding which one to buy for your home will be way easier than deciding what to watch on Netflix once you set it up.

Samsung’s newest MU9000 earns our top spot for the best overall TV due to its stellar picture quality, impressive motion handling and sleek design. Its high SDR peak brightness overcomes any glare, but this 65-incher really shines in dark rooms, where it produces very deep blacks courtesy of its superior native contrast ratio of 6000:1 and excellent black uniformity. Its wide color gamut means it produces vibrant colors, especially saturated reds and blues. And with a motion rate of 240, the MU9000 brings sports and action scenes to life.

When it comes to design, this TV is top of its class, with thin, .39-inch borders and a textured back. Viewed from the side, maximum thickness doesn’t exceed 1.89 inches, which makes it easy to mount to a wall. The side of the TV has a USB and an ethernet port, but all four of the HDMI ports are located on its external OneConnect box. Some reviewers on Amazon complain about needing a secondary box, but others are pleased that it makes accessing ports so easy.

We’ve been recommending TCL brand TV sets for a few years for one simple reason – the company makes a great budget smart TV. The TCL 32S305, the latest 32-inch smart TV from this up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer, is no exception and will satisfy most budget buyers.

The TCL 32S305 checks off most of the things people want from smart TVs and it comes in at under $200. It sports 720p HD image quality (which is perfectly fine on a 32-inch set) and a 60 Hz refresh rate. For ports, this model has three HDMI, one USB, a headphone hack, RF, composite and optical audio out, so you’ll be able to hook up most, if not all, of your devices.

Now let’s talk about what makes this set “smart.” It has Roku TV streaming software installed that lets you download and use apps to stream movies, TV shows and videos. Roku apps include Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Vudu, Amazon Video and YouTube, so there are plenty of choices.

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Among the latest mind-blowing 4K models, our favorite TV is the Sony XBR55X900E, a 65-inch beast with picture that will knock you off your feet. This model has support for high dynamic range (HDR), which makes whites brighter and blacks darker, and even non-HDR content can be upscaled to look amazing because of the Sony’s new 4K HDR Processor X1. On top of unmatched picture quality, this is also a smart TV with an Android TV operating system that lets you stream Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube (all of which have 4K content) and it even lets you play Android games.

Because the XBR55X900E is a relatively new TV model, there aren’t many reviews available. That said, Sony has a great track record with 4K TVs and we have no problem highly recommending it. Plus, the few reviews that have come in so far have been stellar, with people complimenting the value of the set for what you get, as this easily would have cost thousands of dollars more than a few years ago.

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The 55P607 looks strikingly similar to most other TCL TVs, with a wide, two-legged stand and a solid build quality. But where this TV steps up its game is in the picture quality and smart functionality. Its remarkable 6437:1 native contrast ratio means it can display very deep blacks, on par with best high-end LED TVs on the market. On top of that, it has local dimming that can increase the contrast ratio to 7269:1. Its three HDMI and one USB inputs are located on the side of the TV and it benefits from low input lag, which gamers will be especially keen on.

As far as its smart features go, the P607 runs the Roku TV smart platform, which most people will find friendly and intuitive. It comes preloaded with popular apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video and Hulu and offers access to more than 4,000 streaming channels. Viewers can also download the Roku app, which turns your smartphone or tablet into a remote, allowing you to do things such as launch apps, switch inputs and even play the TV’s audio through your device.

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If you’re on the hunt for a 40-inch TV, it’s likely a secondary one that will be tucked away in your bedroom. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on picture quality or features. Its 5768:1 native contrast ratio means it displays dark scenes in great detail, which is perfect if you’re watching a movie while snuggled up in bed, though it falls slightly short in brighter environments. It also gets a knock because of its poor viewing angles, but assuming you’re putting a 40-inch TV in a smaller room, that shouldn’t be an issue. It has a motion rate of 120, but you still won’t notice a lag while watching fast-moving action scenes.

The MU6300 runs Samsung's 2017 Tizen smart platform, which is easy to navigate, thanks to a menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Its remote also features a microphone, so you can speak voice commands and find your favorite shows without even lifting a finger. While this TV won’t cut it as your media centerpiece, it works perfectly well as a secondary TV in your bedroom.

If you are still holding onto a DVD collection then you might as well get some use out of it with this small TV from Sceptre. Sceptre is offering a 24” 720p TV that can be wall mounted and comes with a built-in DVD player. The back-lit LED TV is made with an attractive brush metal finish and plays media with radiant colors and high resolution in a 16:9 ratio. In addition to the DVD player, you can access your media with via the HDMI and USB ports.

The cost to buy large HDTVs continues to drop, but what if you want a 32-inch TV, which can be ideal for smaller rooms? Look no further than the Sony KDL32W600D, which offers everything you’d want in a modern HDTV.

This TV measures 32.5 x 6.1 x 20.6 inches and weighs 16.2 pounds. It has a direct-lit LED screen with great picture that will make sports and movies pop. On the back, you’ll find two HDMI ports and two USB ports. It also has smart functionality, so you can connect the TV to your home Wi-Fi network and stream content from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more.

Samsung's MU7000 model has an appealing design, great input options and splendid picture quality, which combined make it a good choice for gamers and movie enthusiasts alike.

The 6362:1 contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity mean that the dark scenes show very well, even in a dark home theater or game room. It also boasts a wide color gamut, produces colors fairly accurately and is ready to show 4K in all its glory. This future-proofing means you won’t have to worry about upgrading it in the next couple years. Its three HMDI inputs and two USB inputs are tucked into the side of the TV, which makes it easy to connect peripherals. And like the MU6300, it runs Samsung’s intuitive Tizen smart platform, so you’ll have access to almost anything you want to watch.

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