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The best TVs to buy in 2024

Now looks to be the ideal time to invest in a new telly

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Searching for a new TV? Here's your ultimate guide for 2024. (Supplied / Yahoo UK)

With excitement building for two of the most anticipated sporting events of the year: the 2024 Paris Olympics and Euro 2024, the time is right to upgrade your TV to make the most of the spectacle.

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The latest 4K UHD TVs offer brighter, sharper pictures than ever before, thanks to advances in panel design and processing. AI is increasingly being used to enhance image clarity and improve ease of use, while advanced smart TV systems make streaming your favourite shows easier than ever to find and watch.

Whether you're a die-hard sports fan or simply looking to upgrade your home entertainment experience, buying on a budget or splashing out at high-end, we've curated a comprehensive buying guide to help you find the perfect screen to enjoy every moment.

  • Screen size — Today’s 4K TVs have much smaller bezels compared to models from five or six years ago, so when upgrading look to step up in screen size. Remember 4K TVs have a lot more detail in their pictures and are more comfortable to watch closer up than their HD Ready and 1080p predecessors.

  • Smart TV platforms — Every new TV worth its salt has a smart TV platform built in. If you’re a big Amazon Alexa user, then a model with Fire TV may suit you best. If you want hundreds of extra free channels, look at models with their own streaming linear services, like Samsung and LG.

  • Display technology — There’s a variety of different TV technologies on the market, so pick one that suits you best. LED dominates the budget end of the market, while Mini LED offers far higher peak HDR brightness, and is brilliant for bright room viewing. OLED remains favoured for its cinematic picture quality and suits dark room movie viewing.

  • Sound system — The audio quality of a thin TV can be pretty poor, so plan on adding a soundbar — unless your chosen set has a powerful multi-speaker sound system built in.

  • HDR — All 4K UHD TVs offer HDR (High Dynamic Range), but not all HDR TVs are equal. HDR programmes, commonly found on streaming services like Netflix, Apple TV+, Prime Video and Disney+, as well as BBC iPlayer and Sky TV, offer greater subjective picture depth with bright HDR highlights (lamps, streetlight, fireworks and so on) enjoying high peak brightness. On cheaper TVs, these HDR highlights can look a bit muted, while higher-end models, capable of greater HDR peak brightness, bring a real sparkle to their pictures.

  • Dolby Vision — Dolby Vision can manage the HDR capabilities of a 4K TV for the most cinematic of images. It’s a feature sought after by film fans.

Display type: LED | Number of HDMI inputs: 3 | Screen size: 55-inches | Smart platform: Amazon Fire TV

💸 Reasons to buy: An impressive 55-inch 4K HDR for less than £300? This Toshiba offers far more than its price tag might suggest
Reasons to avoid: Build quality is a bit plasticky
💰 Best deal we've found: The 55UF3D can be picked up for £299 at John Lewis or just £263 on Amazon.

We rate this Toshiba a great all rounder that won’t break the bank. Picture quality is above average for the price, with bright 4K HDR and crisp detail. The set uses the Amazon Fire TV smart platform with Freeview Play, so all your favourite streaming apps and catch-up services are onboard.

There’s also Dolby Vision, to make the most of movies and TVs shows on Netflix and Disney+, as well as Amazon Alexa smart voice control built in.

Motion handling is extremely good for this class of screen, making this a solid budget option when it comes to sports.

The built in stereo sound system is designed by Hi-Fi specialist Onkyo, and sounds good enough, but you can easily improve things with a soundbar, via HDMI eARC.

Pros
  • Fire TV smart TV platform
  • Dolby Vision
  • Value for money
Cons
  • Lightweight build quality
£299 at John Lewis

Display type: OLED | Number of HDMI inputs: 4 | Screen size: 65-inches | Smart platform: Google TV

💸 Reasons to buy: Stunning OLED image quality makes every night a movie premiere, while best in class motion handling puts this in the top league for sports too
Reasons to avoid: It’s a bit pricey
💰 Best deal we've found: The 65-inch A80L can be picked up for £1899 at John Lewis and Currys

No TV brand handles motion quite as well as Sony. Its MotionFlow interpolation system effortlessly removes judder and keeps processing artefacts at bay, so fast moving objects, like football players and balls, are kept sharp and crisp, even during the most frantic of matches. If you’re looking for a new TV to make the most of the Euros, then look no further.

Not only is image quality high, the set features a best in class audio system. The 50W Acoustic Surface Audio sound system is clean and articulate, with good but not overpowering bass. Ideal for following dialogue in your favourite dramas.

The set runs Google TV, so there’s no shortage of shows to stream when you’re not watching the footie, and two of its four HDMIs support 4k 120Hz gameplay, making it an obvious partner for PlayStation 5 owners. A quick game of EA Sports FC 24 anyone?

Pros
  • Impressive HDR with Dolby Vision
  • Google TV
  • Premium design
  • Excellent Dolby Atmos audio
Cons
  • Only two HDMI inputs support 4k 120Hz
£1,899 at John Lewis

Display type: LED | Number of HDMI inputs: 3 | Screen size: 50-inches | Smart platform: Roku

If you’re looking after an easy to use 50-inch TV, then this affordable 4K smart TV from German brand Metz, is well worth considering. It’s built around the popular Roku smart TV platform, and boasts an excellent selection of popular streaming apps, including Netflix, Apple TV+, Prime Video and Disney+.

There’s also a Freeview Play tuner, which comes with a full slate of catch-up TV services. Build quality is reasonable, and picture performance decent, although don’t expect a class leading HDR 4k performance. You’ll need to budget for a soundbar though, as the built in 2x10W speakers sound a bit thin.

Pros
  • Easy to use Roku smart TV
  • Good value for money
  • Looks smart
Cons
  • Average sound
  • Lacks Dolby Vision
£239 at Appliances Direct

Display type: QLED | Number of HDMI inputs: 3 | Screen size: From 43-inches | Smart platform: Sky TV 

Sky offers viewers a very different way to upgrade their TV. A Sky Glass set TV is offered along with your chosen channel package as part of a monthly subscription.

There’s no dish or TV aerial required. Sky Glass receives all its programmes over Wi-Fi. This means you can effectively place it in any room. Sky Glass is also available in a range of five colour finishes and has a high-end specification.

Sky Glass runs the Sky Entertainment OS smart system, built around clever voice control. Picture quality from its QLED panel is excellent, with vibrant colours, superb 4K detail and effective HDR brightness. The screen also comes with a top notch 215W integrated Dolby Atmos soundbar.

With Sky Glass you get a comprehensive premium TV experience, and the option of a wide selection of sports and movie channels. TV shows are ‘recorded’ by a cloud DVR - just add your favourites to a playlist, and they’ll always be available to stream. The set also comes with key apps, like Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Disney+.

Pros
  • You get Sky TV with no dish required
  • Impressive Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Good 4K HDR picture performance
Cons
  • Monthly subscription adds up
  • UHD and ad-skipping paid extras
From £19 p/m at Sky

Display type: Mini LED | Number of HDMI inputs: 4 | Screen size: 55-inches | Smart platform: Google TV 

Offering a formidable specification for the price, this 55-inch 4K TV from TCL is difficult to resist. Using a Mini LED screen, it offers a precise, bright HDR pictures with excellent image detail and colour, plus support for High Frame Rate gaming. If you have a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S, you’ll be able to play games in super slick 4k 120HZ.

Build quality is excellent, with a brushed titanium metal frame. Movie fans will also appreciate Dolby Vision, while sports enthusiasts will appreciate the excellent motion handling.

Smart TV coverage comes via Google TV, home to all the usual streaming and catch-up TV services. Audio quality is fine, courtesy of its Onkyo designed speakers, and you can stream Dolby Atmos to a compatible soundbar for full cinematic sound.

Pros
  • Excellent picture performance
  • Google TV platform
  • Dolby Vision
  • High Frame Rate gaming
Cons
  • Can lose colour and contrast when viewed from the side
£594 at Argos

Display type: QLED | Number of HDMI inputs: 4 | Screen size: 65-inches | Smart platform: Tizen

The cheapest Mini LED in Samsung’s Neo QLED range. Bright HDR, excellent contrast and deep vibrant colours make the QN85C a great option when it comes to bright room viewing, its punchy pictures cutting through summer sunshine, which is just what you need when watching sports in the afternoon. It’s also a solid choice for console gamers, as it supports High Frame Rate game play up to 4K 120Hz on any of its four HDMI inputs.

The TV also has a great Dolby Atmos sound system that takes advantage of Samsung’s OTS (Object Tracking Sound) immersive speaker technology, which places sounds high and wide. Smart TV functionality is excellent. Samsung’s Tizen platform boasts all the key streaming apps, including Netflix, Prime Video and AppleTV+, as well as catch-up TV services from the BBC, ITV and others, plus Samsung’s own free to view channel collection.

Pros
  • Bright, colourful picture performance
  • OTS Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Tizen smart platform
  • High Frame Rate gaming
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No Dolby Vision
£899 at Amazon

Display type: OLED | Number of HDMI inputs: 4 | Screen size: 65-inches | Smart platform: webOS

OLED TVs, with their perfect inky blacks, superb contrast and rich colours, have long been seen as the connoisseur's choice of telly, and looking at the LG C4, it’s easy to see why. Featuring Brightness Boosting technology, it offers high quality HDR, along with a host of AI powered picture processing, including a Personalised Picture Mode that uses AI Deep Learning to work out your preferred picture characteristics, so you don’t have to mess about in menus.

Not only is its picture outstanding, but it has an excellent smart TV platform, in the shape of webOS. This is home to all key streaming and catch-up services, including Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Rakuten TV, and LG’s free to view streaming channels. The set also supports 4K 120Hz playback from games consoles, and has a dedicated Game Optimiser and Game Dashboard, to maximise settings. Expensive, certainly, but few TVs rival it.

Pros
  • Top class picture performance
  • Excellent webOS smart TV platform
  • High end build quality
  • Great gaming specification
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Audio isn’t as impressive as picture quality
£2,699 at John Lewis