My best value TVs, 2020-2021 Edition
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- Before choosing an LCD TV you must understand which panel type you want from a TV, all have their pros and cons here. If you don't know which panel you want on your TV you will need to invest the time to research it.
- The second most important decision to make when purchasing an LCD TV is how important it is a TV handles HDR content, both to a high standard and without issues. The difference between a more expensive LCD TV and a cheaper one now is almost exclusively with HDR hardware, with budget models able to display SDR to a good standard. It is not like it used to be where the more you spend, the better overall picture quality you get..please read here: All about HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- The third is how much importance you place on motion. Not just how the TV copes with motion out of the box, but how important it is to you to be able to tweak and improve motion.
This thread is compiled using model numbers and prices from the UK market, if you are from the EU, North America or the Rest of the World model numbers, value and pricing may differ. Please see here for model numbering differences in different regions.
Please remember that an upgrade won't always be an upgrade and in many cases getting a new UHD model can mean for worse picture quality than your current TV (sometimes compared to models as much as 10 year old). Do not automatically assume that a new TV will be better than your current one and do not assume that gaming at UHD will automatically be better than FHD, there are complications and drawbacks to using an UHD model which must be understood before purchasing!
See: Should I upgrade? - UHD vs FHD
EDIT 01/06/2020Its that time of year now where 2020-21 range stock is depleting and being replaced by 2021-22 stock. There will still be some bargains to be found as retailers try to sell on old stock, but at the same time many product lines are selling out. Stick to your guns and don't be tempted to buy a TV from 2021-22 ranges yet as it will be too expensive. See here for more detail:
Often people come on here with a set budget, but they may not realise that depending on which time you choose to buy, you can get more for your money. This is a pattern repeated every year in the TV industry and it evolves around the new release of models which is usually between spring and...
If you have set your eyes on a 2021-22 model, I'd urge not to over-spend now and wait for the prices to come down.
Gamers detailed Q&A here.
Best buys for gaming here.
Comparison of all OLED models here.
Last years guide: My best value TVs, 2019-2020 Edition
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Value is based on prices available for everyone, employee discount or in store B2B/Club retailer pricing like Costco are not included.
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