The humble TV is a technological product that keeps on giving. Whether you’re addicted to cheesy reality shows, chin stroking at the cinema in search of the next art house masterpiece, or an energy drink fueled gamer planning an all-night party, a top-notch TV is the secret to true happiness.
We went on Stuff sofa in front of a wide range of TVs in 2022, and here we reveal our favorite models from two distinct categories: mid-range and premium. So if you’re looking for an affordable screen that tops its weight or the real cream of the crop, read on to discover our annual champions. Oh, and there are more than a few other models we’ve come to love too – so check them out while you’re here.
The best premium TV: Sony XR-55A95K
With a QD-OLED screen for a brighter, tonally richer flavor of OLED performance (while retaining those gorgeous inky blacks and high contrast that makes display technology so appealing), the Sony XR-55A95K certainly stands out when it comes to about performance image. In fact, we think this TV is as good as it gets for 4K models, delivering immersive images no matter the source.
The sound is superb too, with the screen itself acting as a speaker thanks to a pair of actuators, while another pair of rear-firing subwoofers give everything a coveted measure of strength and power. As with most Sony TVs, the price may seem a bit steep compared to some of its rivals, but the overall performance, presentation and build quality of this device does not disappoint. The best flat screen of 2022 – take a bow.
Highly recommended: Philips 55OLED807
If you’re looking for a quality OLED display for a lower asking price, Philips’ excellent effort is crying out for a spot in your living room. It’s not without its issues (we weren’t thrilled with its lengthy setup process or Android TV platform), but it delivers where it counts, with excellent all-round picture performance, solid specs and design, and Philips’ iconic Ambilight rear lighting, a lighting system that will skimp on the wall for with bright colors to match what is currently on the screen.
The short list also includes: LG G2 77in OLED, Samsung QN85B NeoQLED
We’ve also been shocked by LG’s flagship, the G2 77in OLED – and not just with its screen size and its slightly outrageous £4,500 price tag; its image quality and brightness also left its mark. Another impressive effort comes from the Samsung QN85B NeoQLED, which is primed for next-gen consoles and offers big specs for its price.
The best mid-range TV: Panasonic TX-42LZ980
This 42-inch might not look like much at first glance, being a higher-level Panasonic model than the entry-level, but the deep recess left us in no doubt about the size. Delivering truly astounding picture quality for its price, the 4K OLED screen supports all types of HDR and excels at delivering a natural, realistic image. The screen may be the star here, but that’s not the only impressive feature: build quality is reassuringly high, connectivity is universal (four HDMI 2.1!), and the Smart TV platform is well implemented. A pat on the back all the time, Panasonic.
Highly recommended: Sony XR-42A90K
Like the Panasonic above, this Sony TV is one of the smaller OLED-based models available. And we like that – after all, not everyone lives in a space with room for a 50-inch screen, no matter how thin and flat it is. The picture pleases the eye, apart from a slight lack of brightness (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for glamorous blinds or curtains at home), and next-gen console support is welcome – but the price is a little too high for us to recommend it over Virgo.
Also on the shortlist: Xiaomi F2 TV
Powered by Amazon Fire TV and available in 43-, 50- and 55-inch sizes, this affordable model doesn’t feel like a bucketful of compromises have been made to keep the price down. All four HDMIs are 2.1 and the screen is HDR10 and HLG compliant.
About the Stuff Gadget Awards
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