Our TV Buying Guide & 10 of the Best TVs for 2015

Whether it’s mobile phones, games consoles or TV’s, the technology used in each of these electronic devices are constantly evolving and meeting the demands of the general public. TV’s of the last 10 years have seen breakthroughs in 3D capabilities (albeit gimmicky to begin with), 4K resolution (which offers 4x the resolution of a full HD display), and of course Smart TV’s that will allow you to access apps, surf the web and stream videos directly to your TV.

Our Guide on Buying a TV & 10 of the Best TV’s for 2015

At LoveSales we know that searching for a new TV can be stressful, confusing and generally overwhelming. You are looking to part ways with anything from £300 – £3,000, so making the right decision is fundamental.

Where do you start though? There are so many manufacturers, sizes, and features that we have decided to guide you through the steps you need to take in order to purchase a TV that is going to suit you, as well as identifying 10 of the top TV’s on the market at the moment.

Where Do I Start When Buying a TV?

Selecting the Size of the Screen

Most people will go straight to the size of the screen, which is something I have to say I do. At the end of the day the size of the screen is the most important factor because if it’s too big it may not fit in the desired area you want it to fit in, and if it’s too small you are going to be disappointed when you come to sit down and watch Eastenders, only to be squinting at the screen as Dot lights another cigarette.

Firstly, you need to measure up the area where your TV is going to go, in order to determine a size-range that you can start looking for. It’s also worth noting that if you are going to upgrade dramatically you will need to double check your TV stand or shelving unit to make sure it can support the new weight and size. Again, if it’s going on the wall you want to make sure the wall isn’t going to come crumbling down with your new TV in pursuit.

The average screen size at the moment tends to be between 37” and 55” with an average of around 46” – so you may want to look inside this range.

Selecting the Manufacturer

The second step is to select a manufacturer, because it’s all well and good having a 50” TV but if it’s a cheap TV set by an unknown brand  then your viewing quality is going to be heavily compromised. Your safest bet is to go with well reviewed and strong brands such as Sony, Samsung, LG, and Panasonic, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Checking for Ports and Technology

There are a number of TV types to choose from whether it’s LED, LCD or Plasma. Plasma TV’s are usually the cheapest and for a good reason. A Plasma TV is very reflective and what you will find is that from some viewing angles you won’t be able to see the TV properly in well-lit or bright rooms. If your room is on the darker side, or the TV is situated away from the window then a Plasma TV will be a good choice but I recommend going for an LCD or LED TV. LED is the newest technology and most TV’s now sport this type of display. They are crisp and clear displays where you don’t have to worry about lighting conditions.

I won’t bore you with too much tech but here is a handy breakdown for you:

  • LCD Display: LCD displays require a backlight to make the colours visible.
  • OLED Display: Organic LEDs emit light when a current is passed through them.
  • LED Display: They are like LCD but much more energy-efficient, using less power and less amount of lights.
  • Plasma Display: Plasma is known for its excellent black levels, but are like mirrors.

You may have seen these two abbreviations bounced around as well:

  • HD: High Definition, which are 720P to 1440P displays.
  • UHD: Ultra High Definition, which are 4K displays (2160P) or 8K displays (4320P).

You will also need to check the back for ports, something that many of us don’t do only to realise later down the line that one important connection isn’t part of the TV. I have to hold my hands up here, as a TV I bought a few years ago was missing a headphone jack which was needed to be able to use  a pair of Wireless Headphones I had been bought. Take it from my experience, check before you purchase.

The main things you need to look out for on a TV are:

  •         At least one HDMI port (even just for your Sky box) but 2 or more are ideal
  •         Coaxial or Optical S/PDIF or Analogue headphone jack
  •         A Scart port in case you are reliant on older equipment that still needs this
  •         A USB port (If you own a Chromecast you will need this to power the device)
  •         An Ethernet port which will be an integral part of a Smart-TV, or Wi-Fi capabilities

Chromecast

All the other ports will come as standard.

By now you have an idea of the type of TV you want, whether it’s a Sony 55” Smart TV or an LG 37” 3D Ready TV. The next step all comes down to the price, because you are likely to have a budget in mind on how much you are willing to spend on your new TV.

This is where we bring you our top 10 TV’s of 2015, so take a look below and see which TV best matches your price range and needs.


Samsung UE55HU8500

Samsung UE55HU8500

  • Price: £2,099
  • Type: 4K UHD
  • Size: 55-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 723 x 1233 x 93 mm; 23.8kg
  • HDMI Ports: 4 (Including 1 HDMI 2.0)
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input: 2

Coming in at the top of the price range is this stunning 4K UHD TV by Samsung which is a 55-inch Smart 3D TV that boasts 4 HDMI ports as well as 3 USB ports.  Perhaps the biggest feature to this TV is the way you control it, you have both a revolutionary voice command recognition system, and an intuitive motion sensor that allows you to use your hands to control what’s displayed on your screen.

For me, it’s the ultimate in laziness because I tend to misplace my remote quite a lot but with a TV like this it really doesn’t matter because you can use voice activated commands to turn your TV on, change channels and alter the volume.

As it’s a smart TV you can also enjoy access to apps, games, and streaming services, and a table top stand is included in the price. A popular choice for many homes.


Panasonic TX-42AS500

Panasonic TX-42AS500

  • Price: £399
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 42-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 96.3 x 6.9 x 56.6 cm ; 9 Kg
  • HDMI Ports: 2
  • USB Ports: 1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input: 1

If you are looking for a smaller sized TV than the one we have listed above then this 42-inch Panasonic should fit the bill, and it comes at a price that is very affordable. At £399 this Smart LED TV boasts 1080P HD, with built-in Wi-Fi and freeview. The first thing you will notice is that the TV is ultra slim with a narrow bezel, making this Panasonic a swish looking device.


Panasonic TX-39A400B

Panasonic TX-39A400B

  • Price: £309
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 39-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 88.6 x 56 cm ; 11 Kg
  • HDMI Ports: 2
  • USB Ports: 1
  • Connectivity: N/A
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input: 1

At the cheapest end of our top 10 list comes this 39-inch 1080P Full HD LED TV, which is an affordable slim LED complete with USB port so you can transfer your favourite photos, music or videos onto your TV.  The TV doesn’t have RCA sockets but does have an optical digital audio socket so you can connect your TV sound bars effortlessly.

The TV does come with Freeview but it doesn’t have Smart TV capabilities. You can buy a Chromecast for as little as £30 which can help you stream Netflix and other apps directly from your phone to your TV.


Sony KDL55W829B

Sony KDL55W829B

  • Price: £779
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 55-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 123.4 x 6.5 x 72.2 cm ; 10 Kg
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 2
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Scart: 1
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input: 1

If you want to go large then this Sony KDL55W829B TV  is one of the biggest in our top 10 countdown, and packs some powerful features as well.  The TV is a Smart 3D TV so not only can you take advantage of using apps on your display but you can also view the TV in 3D to make the most of movies and sports.

You will benefit from Full HD (1080P) and X-Reality PRO which enables an enhanced picture quality.


Samsung UE65HU8500

 SAMSUNG UE65HU8500 Smart 3D 4k Ultra HD 65" Curved LED TV

  • Price: £3,299
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 65-inch
  • Product Dimensions:  145.1 x 11 x 84.8 cm ; 31 Kg
  • HDMI Ports: 4 (Including 1 HDMI 2.0)
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input: 2

In at number 5 on our list is another Samsung, which weighs in at a spectacular 65-inches and sports 4K Ultra HD viewing at a resolution of 3840×2160. The difference with this TV is that is boasts the new curved screen technology as well as Picture-in-Picture with two tuners.

As this is a Smart TV you can access apps such as Facebook, Skype, Twitter and browse the net. For 3D movies you will need to upgrade your cable to HDMI2 (cheap to buy) which will uprate your movies to HD and 4K.


Sony KDL42W705B

Sony Bravia

  • Price: £429
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 42-inch
  • Product Dimensions:  95.8 x 6.4 x 56.3 cm ; 11 Kg
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 2
  • Scart: 1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Hybrid Composite/Component: 1

If you are looking for a budget TV that can pack a good punch then this 42-inch Sony which was launched in 2014 is still making waves in 2015. With Full 1080P HD and Smart TV functionality you have everything you need in one place. You don’t need to leave the sofa again!

Complete with 4 (yes 4!) HDMI ports, 5Ghz Wi-Fi band, Bluetooth enabled, and EdgeLit TV you really do get good value for money.


Samsung UE48H6670

SAMSUNG-UE48H6670

  • Price: £649
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 48-inch
  • Product Dimensions:  628 x 1075 x 50 mm; 11.6kg
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Scart: 1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input: 1

One of the newest TV’s on our list which is all but a few months old. This Samsung 48-inch TV brings the latest in Wi-Fi technology, along with Smart TV functionality and Full HD, which has been nicely presented in a slim narrow bezel frame, which would look the part in anyone’s house.

The price tag on this is incredible given the screen size, manufacturer and features, and with Freeview HD you can benefit from over 50 standard definition TV channels and 4 HD channels for free.


Panasonic TX-50AX802

Panasonic TX-50AX802

  • Price: £1,299
  • Type: LCD
  • Size: 50-inch
  • Product Dimensions:  113.1 x 4.2 x 67.3 cm ; 24 Kg
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Scart: 1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input 1

The Panasonic TX-50AX802 is a nice looking TV that doesn’t follow the same design build as many other TV’s, in the fact it doesn’t have any visible clearance from the bottom stand. This 1080 Full HD TV IS 3D ready, and the on-board camera can be used with Skype if you download the app onto your Smart TV.

It’s not the cheapest TV in its size group, but it does give


Samsung UE40H5000

samsung led

  • Price: £299
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 40-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 57.8 x 90.8 x 19.6cm; 9.8kg       
  • HDMI Ports: 2
  • USB Ports: 1
  • Scart: 1
  • Connectivity: N/A
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input 1                               

If you are looking for a quality, budget priced TV then you can’t go too wrong with this £299 LED 1080P TV from Samsung. This 40-inch offers plenty of goodies from Freeview HD, to 2 HDMI ports and USB connectivity to introduce Chromecast or other devices that can turn your TV into a Smart TV.

The best thing about this TV is the price, and that sleek trendy design. £299 for a 40” TV…


LG 70LB650V

LG 70LB650V

  • Price: £2,099
  • Type: LED
  • Size: 70-inch
  • Product Dimensions:  39KG
  • HDMI Ports: 3
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Scart: 1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Component Input: 1
  • Composite Input 1   

If you just want to go all out and get a massive screen and have room for budget then this whopping 70” Smart 3D TV by LG is the choice for you. Costing £2,099, which is a lot for a TV but when you consider it comes with Freeview HD and Full HD with Wi-Fi capabilities then you do feel the urge to buy it.

A thin bezel, huge 70” screen, Cinema 3D and an IPS Panel which means you get a great picture from any angle you look at the TV just tops this device off. Less than a year old this TV is still making waves moving into 2015.

In summary

We have tried to highlight some of the best TV’s of 2015 here for you, from Plasma TV’s to LED’s, from Smart TV’s to 3D ready TV’s. Everyone’s price ranges and tastes are different so we have selected TV’s from the budget end to the expensive end. We hope that we have given you some food for thought on what to look out for in our TV buying guide, so when it comes to your next purchase you know exactly what to look out for. Don’t get caught out! It could be the most expensive mistake you make.