With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to look back at the best tellies of the last 12 months and pick our 10 favourite sets – the best LED TV sets in the U.K, by sales, in 2011. To sort the wheat from the chaff, we’ve plumped for TVs that offer the best combination of stunning picture quality, strong features and value for moneySo without further ado, in reverse order, behold the definitive list of 2011′s top TVs…
Samsung’s UE32D5000 is a slim and stylish 32-inch TV that won’t break the bank at £400. The set produces bright and punchy pictures, thanks to the LED backlighting. It does a good job of upscaling standard-definition feeds and its 100Hz processing keeps motion looking smooth and clean.
You can use it to stream DivX and MKV files across a network, or alternatively play them locally from a USB port. However, the lack of a Freeview HD tuner and the absence of Samsung’s smart TV platform for connecting to the Internet hold it back from creeping further up the list.
This 32-inch LED set has a tasteful and stylish design, thanks to its glossy black bezel that blends seamlessly with the transparent lip on the outer edge. As LG’s smart TV system is built in, you can use it to access services such as the BBC’s iPlayer. It’ll happily play HD DivX and MKV files, either locally from a USB port or by streaming them across a network.
Add in impressive picture quality due to its deep black levels and warm colours and you’ve got a great choice for those with modestly-sized lounges. The price has come down from £600 since we reviewed it in April and you can now pick one up for £410.
The UE40D5520 shows that features from high-end TVs are gradually making their way into much more affordable sets. Despite this 40-inch model’s modest price tag, it boasts 100Hz processing, LED backlighting and Samsung’s excellent smart TV Internet features. The slim design looks decidedly delicious.
For £500, its picture quality gives many pricier TVs a run for their money, with inky black levels, rich colour hues and sharp-as-a-tack HD images. Sonic performance isn’t quite as good, but this is still a first-class option for those not interested in a TV with 3D support.
7. Panasonic TX-L37DT30B (£1,130)
Most of the early LCD and LED models that supported 3D suffered from cross-talk problems, where you can see a ghost image on the edges of objects in 3D movies. However, Panasonic managed to pretty much eliminate the issue on its 37-inch Panasonic TX-P42S30B by using a panel with a much faster response time. This breakthrough also helped it deliver stunning 2D picture performance.
The set boasts a range of other great features including LED dimming and a stellar line-up of Internet services. It’s not the cheapest at £720, considering the smaller screen size. But if you want the best 3D picture quality from an LED display, then this is where you’ll find it.
Panasonic put all of its promotional weight behind the 3D models in its plasma line-up this year, which is understandable as it includes some cracking TVs. However, as a result, some 2D models got overlooked, including the TX-P42S30. This is a shame, as this 42-inch set produces crisp images with lush colours and bags of contrast, yet costs less than £500.
What’s more, it can play DivX and MKV files via a USB port and includes the company’s Viera Connect Internet TV platform so you get support for the BBC’s iPlayer, as well as video rentals from Acetrax. All in all, it represents cracking value for money.
If you’ve got a larger family or just want to be able to watch the footy in 3D with a bunch of mates, then the 42LW550T is a top-notch option. It uses passive 3D technology and it comes with seven pairs of glasses; extra ones will only cost you a couple of quid each.
The 42-inch set’s 3D pictures are very impressive too. They’re bright and punchy and pretty much completely free of cross-talk, where the left and right channels aren’t complely isolated, resulting in ghosting. Standard 2D pictures look stunning, with rich levels of contrast, deep blacks and bright and vivid colours. Its Internet features can’t be faulted either, making it a great family TV that could be yours for £700.
You wouldn’t necessarily associate Sony with budget TVs, but the 32-inch Bravia KDL-32CX523 certainly proves that the Japanese giant can create great quality tellies for a modest price. This one keeps a lid on costs by using traditional CCFL rather than LED technology for its backlighting. As a result, the chassis is quite chubby, but this TV makes up for that with wonderful picture quality for the price.
Sony’s X-Reality Picture Engine deftly upscales standard-definition sources, while high-definition material is razor sharp. Great Internet features and media playback support only add to this set’s budget charm.
Like Spinal Tap turning the volume up to 11, Samsung has gone one inch better than the competition’s usual 50-inch screen size on this plasma. Thankfully there’s more to this model than just an odd screen size. Its brushed aluminium finish looks the business, but picture quality is just as attractive, both in terms of 2D and 3D performance.
Motion handling is smooth, colours are warm and natural and pictures have bags of contrast. Its active 3D support is also excellent, as are the Internet and media streaming features. All in all, this is a quality TV from Samsung that will set you back £1,260.
With a chassis that’s just 28mm deep, the 55LW980 is supremely slim for a model that uses direct LED backlighting. Its lush metallic finish looks a million dollars, which is ironic as the set doesn’t cost much less. However, it’s packed to the gills with the latest technology, including local dimming backlighting, passive 3D support and class-leading Internet features.
Picture quality is first-rate across both standard and high-definition sources. The panel’s brightness levels have to be seen to be believed. The £2,800 price tag will put it out of most people’s reach, but this is still an impressive showcase TV for LG.
At 55 inches, the TX-P55VT30B is the Big Daddy of Panasonic’s hugely impressive plasma range and a worthy winner of our best TV award. It certainly doesn’t have the prettiest design, but there’s no doubting its supreme performance in the picture department.
There’s just no other TV on the market at the moment that can rival its cavernously deep black levels and superb contrast performance, which help it to deliver images with a real cinematic feel. Add in excellent, cross-talk free 3D pictures, sterling sound quality and good support for Internet content and you’ve got a set that really stands out from the pack. It will set you back £2,450.
Planet LED TV Ed – If you’re in the U.K (land of my home), then these CNet reviews are really, really good and I do recommend you have a look if you’re thinking of upgrading or taking the plunge with a new TV. They review all sorts from LCD, Plasma, right through to the most up to date LED and 3D TV sets. Definitely worth a visit. – Hope this helps, especially when looking at the bestselling LED TV sets in 2011 U.K side.
Well, well, well, I just got the bestselling LED TV sales figures in for the U.S for August and it’s very interesting to see what has been happening. So, what was the bestselling LED TV set in August?
Actually that’s probably not the right question. The question should be broader than that! Let’s make the question…What were the top five bestselling LED TV sets in Amercia in August 2011.
Before I reveal those bestsellers, I am going to give myself a huge pat on the back for spotting a trend in the market. If you read my reviews regularly, you’ll know that I have been waxing lyrical about the strides being made by the likes of LG and Vizio. I’ve also been quite forceful in suggesting these Guys are catching up as far as LED TV technology is concerned. Certainly Vizio and LG both offer technically solid LED and 3D TV sets, but…they also offer great features.
For example LG were the first to offer integral wi-fi. They were also the fist to bring out the Cinema 3D TV sets that use the polarized 3D glasses as opposed to the more expensive active shutter glasses. Vizio were at the forefront of TV apps…and both Vizio and LG offer a definite price advantage over the likes of Sony and Samsung.
With the difference in actual image performance being right at the very margin (in fact barely discernible unless you are an absolute expert), it’s not surprising that the top five bestselling 3D and LED TV sets in August 2011 were all either LG or Vizio.
This is a quantum shift in the market! If I were Sony, or Samsung, I’d be very afraid.
What is the root of this shift? Well with the economic news of the last few months and the very real prospect of a double dip recession, I think people now want value for money if they are going to invest in a new TV. I also think people are fed up with the compromise of not upgrading
and American man wants his football in HD or 3D so he’s upgrading, but…he is not prepared to pay the price for the big ticket items. So, the compromise is made on the brand and perhaps size of the LED TV in which he is investing. Hence the top 5 bestselling LED and 3D TV sets in August are all non-major brand names.
With the new football season just under way and the festive season beginning to rear it’s head, America wants to spend on goodies, but doesn’t want to spend the many thousands of dollars needed to buy a top of the range Samsung for example. So, the compromise has pushed business to the second tier players of Vizio and LG who offer a great price to performance to features ratio – Q.E.D
So, here are the top five bestselling 3D or LED TV sets for August 2011 across the U.S.
LG Infinia 42LV5500 42 Inch LED TV
We did a full review on this great LG a few months back, you can find it by clicking the following link LG Infinia 42LV5500 Review.
Great value for money and certainly one of the bestsellers through Planet LED TV.
Internet AppsSmart TV with intuitive screen menu system that is easy to use and set up. Add to that a superb picture and you have a great value for money LED TV.
Vizio XVT323SV 32 Inch LED TV
It’s really no surprise to me to see Vizio gatecrashing the LED TV party. Whilst this isn’t a big screen TV, it’s perfect for the smaller viewing area. We haven’t reviewed thgis specific TV but the XVT series is a great value for money range.
We have reviewed the 47 inch version and the 55 inch 3D version and as I have said above there is no doubt Vizio are now a serious player in the LED and 3D TV market. This set is not 3D but it does boast an impressive aray of Internet Apps.
And…at under $500 you really cvannot complain at getting a full 1080p LED TV with a superb picture!
Vizio M221NV 22 Inch LED TV
Vizio again and this wonderful little 22 inch LED TV offers full 1080p LED HD which produces a stunning image on such a small TV.
I reckon this is in the top five due to the new college year with lots of new students making their way to their first semester at college with a Vizio M221NV under their arms! Perfect for a college dorm or the kids bedroom, or even in the kitchen this LED TV is just brilliant for the role it fulfils.
Again with Internet Apps the TV is even better suited to college life as an education aid – all for well under $250 – an absolute bargain.
LG Infinia 55LV5500
Another great value bestselling LED TV from LG. In my book LG can’t do any wrong. At circa $2k you get a superb 120Hz full 1080p HD screen with crystal clear image, brilliant colors and deep contrasts. This really is a great TV for action movies and sports which is why I think it’s done so well at this time of year.
If you buy a frontline brand comparison you’ll be in for at least another $1,000 and go for the latest ranges add another $2-2,500, so you can see why this is selling so well.
The LG55LV5500 also benefits from the unique on scre, highly intuitive menu system and special remote. Full internet Apps offer all sorts of online content making this a complete entertainment centre.
Vizio XVT3D474SV 3D TV
The only 3D TV in the top five and another 3D TV we have reviewed. Read it by clicking this link Vizio XVT3D474SV Review.
Again, I was just so impressed by this HD TV when I took a look. Indeed it was this set that first alerted me to the progress Vizio were making in the LED TV and 3D TV market.
This is a full 1080p LED TV with 480Hz processor, smart 3D TV with Internet Apps and ocal dimming which all combine to offer you stunning value at under $1,000 if you shop around. Amazing value for money.
That completes our look at the bestselling LED TV and 3D TV sets in the U.S in August, we’ll be back with more soon.
This market never ceases to amaze me! The best LED TV sellers list in March 2011 was full of BIG LED TV sets! A LED TV 40 inch was the smallest with plenty of 52 and 55 inch 3D TV sets as well.
So, I was expecting to see much the same in April, but “oh no”! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got the April sales figures through. Are you ready for this?
What was the best selling LED TV in April 2011?
LG LED TV 32 – LG32LE5300
Yes a 32-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED TV was the best LED TV by sales figures in April 2011. It’s got the LG TRuMotion and because it’s only a 32 Inch screen with 1080p HD thge fact that it is only 120Hz doesn’t lead to any picture degradation.
In fact the picture is beautiful. Bright, vibrant with superb contrast, it offers a truly good viewing experience
But, if you want a “movie” style experience, this isn’t going to offer that. As a TV for the bedroom or kitchen it “hits the spot” completely. It’s got a good jack pack including USB, 4 x HDMI and PC input.
Philips 22PFL4505D/F7 22-Inch 720p LED LCD HDTV
This is really more of a PC screen than a LED TV! I’ve never watched it and the jack pack showing on Amazon doesn’t even have an HDMI input! I can only think that people are buying for watching TV on the PC! Not a real TV!
Toshiba 55WX800U 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Cinema Series 3D LED TV
Ahh, this is more like it a proper 3D LED TV! Check out our full review of this beauty by clicking the following link – Toshiba LED TV! The third best LED TV in march (second really as number two wasn’t really a TV!)
VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch Full HD 1080P LED LCD HDTV with VIA Internet Application, Black
I’m growing to like Vizio and glad to see they are here as the fourth best LED TV in April! I was fortunate enough to get a viewing of the new 55 Inch XVT3D554SC which is a real treat. Based on that I am not surprised to see Vizio starting to make an impact, they have come a long way in terms of quality in the last 12 months. At under $600 for a full LED TV with integral wi-fi and Internet Apps, this is a bargain. True it is only 120Hz, but on a 37 inch screen that is more than enough to give a crystal clear picture.
VIZIO E260MV 26-Inch LED LCD HDTV with Razor LED Backlighting, Black
At just over $250 this is a superb second set. Great picture and a great set for the kitchen or the kids room.
Sony BRAVIA KDL46EX720 46-Inch 1080p 3D LED HDTV, Black
You won’t go far wrong buying a Sony LED TV. Yes, they are a little more expensive generally, but you get the best technology and great performance. This Sony LED TV 46 is no different. A superb 3D TV with crisp and brilliant images even in extreme 3D. We reviewed this sets big brother (the KDL60EX720) about a week ago and it caused a stir. All the features are the same so check out our full review of the Sony 3D TV 60 Inch KDL60EX720 then come back and buy this if you have a smaller viewing area.
VIZIO XVT473SV 47-inch Class Full Array TruLED HDTV 240 Hz SPS with VIZIO Internet Apps
More Vizio! We will get round to doing some mroe Vizio full reviews over the next couple of month
s. TruLED and local dimming give rise to a stunning LED TV picture. This Vizio 3D LED TV is outstanding. Again, wi-fi included and Internet Apps make this an entrie entertainment system. 240Hz screen refresh helps sharpen an already crystal picture and offers stunning contrasts with vibrant colors against deep, dark blacks, the 3D is excellent as well – very good indeed.
Samsung UN55C7000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV (Black)
And finally, my prize! I really do like Samsung LED TV sets. I own one so I am allowed to be a little biased! Our latest review is from the new D series the 55 Inch Samsung 3D TV D8000. This is a forerunner of that set on the C series. Yes there is some new tech in the 8000 range and a few new features as well. Consequently the C series have come down in price and in my opinion this is now an absolute bargain and probably why it’s in the bestselling LED TV sets in April.
To sum up, I was really surprised by this list. I was surprised to see a lot of smaller sets and also very surprised that only one LG LED TV made it as well!
For my money LG are very much on the rise as are Toshiba, so I was surpsied to see only one LG LED TV in the top ten and just one Toshiba LED TV as well. I guess they have some ground to make up in the eyes of the consumer, but in my opinion some of the new LG and Toshiba LEDs are worthy of consideration. The top ten is completed with a Sharp LED TV, which also surprised me.
In terms of size the 55 Inch LED TV screen size was the most popular with three top ten entries the same as 46 Inch and 47 Inch LED TV sets which also had three entrants in the top ten as did a 40 Inch LED TV size. The final top ten entrant was a 52 Inch LED TV. Again I didn’t expect to see so many 40 Inch screen sizes being so popular, but I guess a lot depends on your viewing area size and the actual room in which the TV is placed, for example, would a 40 Inch screen perhaps be a second TV for the bedroom and a 55 Inch the main famly viewing area?
Certainly in our house, we have a 46 Inch LED TV in the main viewing area and a 37 Inch in the spare room.
Anyway, I know you are absoluteluy itching to know…what are the ten best selling LED TV sets in the U.S in March 2011? O.K, here goes!
Full 1080p HD with 120 Hz Auto Motion Plus gives this Samsung a superb clarity of picture, even for the fastest paced action. Great connectivity (4 x HDMI) and DNLA compliant. Excellent apps (Samsung Smart TV) but you do need to buy an add-on wireless adapter (this should be standard in my opinion). Great game mode, ultra thin, energy efficient and color enhancement for true life color. The best selling LED TV in March 2011. Our view? It’s the price set against the excellent picture and features that make this set so popular.
Full 1080p HD with 120Hz motion feature for superb image clarity even at high speed. Netcast Entertainment ready, but does need a wireless adapter (some later LG models have this as an integral feature). Local dimming for deep blacks, ultra thin and “Energy Star” compliant. Excellent connectivity pack.
40 inch LED TV screen with full 1080p HD and 120Hz Motionflow for true image clarity at high speed motion. We like the Bravia EX range, indeed the 52 Inch EX700 is one of the best sellers from this site. This 40 Inch version includes the same technology and you won;t go wrong with a Sony. Full Bravia engine for true color and dark, dark blacks with outstanding contrast. Solid jack-pack with 4 HMDIs and USB.
No surprises here! We were singing this amazing LED TV’s praises as soon as it hit the market. This is one of the best LED TVs around and that is borne out by the fact it has been on the market for well over a year and is still in the top ten LED TV sellers even now. Read our full review here Samsung LED TV 55.
It was only this week that I was saying how much Toshiba have moved on during the last 12 months and saying what a good LED TV the new Toshiba 55 Inch LED TV was. So, it is no surprise to see them gatecrashing the top ten with this nice little 40 Inch LED TV. 1 40 Inch LED backlit screen that offers full 1080p HD with 120 Hz Clearframe refresh that keeps sports and action motion true and free from blurring. Dynalight control of the backlighting allows you to control color and achieve deep blacks for outstanding contrast. 4 HDMI ports with Ethernet, PC and USB among other connectivity. Good solid stuff from Toshiba.
55 inch LED TV screen with full 1080p HD and 120Hz Motionflow for absolute image clarity even watching sport like Hockey. We have championed the Bravia EX range before and the 52 Inch EX700 is one of the best sellers from this site. This 55 Inch version includes the same technology and you won’t go wrong with a Sony. Full Bravia engine for true color the deepest blacks with outstanding contrast. Impressive connectivity with 4 HMDIs, 2 component, 2 composite, USB, Ethernet, PC and Optical. Another great LED TV from Sony, to be honest you won’t go far wrong if you buy a Sony, good technical support as well if needed.
Another Sony this time the 46 Inch version EX600 series LED TV. Exactly the same as the 55 Inch with the added ambient light sensors in the Sony Bravia Engine. These subtly adjust the brightness and color settings depending on the viewing room conditions.
O.K, this surprised me. I’ve always thought of Sharp as a secondary brand and not really invstigated too deeply. Perhaps I need to re-think based on this top ten entry. Certainly Sharp heavily market their new Quad Pixel color technology that adds to the yellow spectrum and allows ” a trillion colors to be displayed”. Reading the many online reviews it seems that picture quality is the main reason this TV sits in the top ten. Considering the competition that is a positive indictment of a good LED TV. Comes with Netflix and built in media player via USB along with an excellent connectivity pack. I need to get out and have a proper look at some of the new Sharp LED TV sets, watch this space, I’ll be back with some personal reviews soon.
The only the second 3D TV in the top ten. To be honest I’m surprised there is a 3D TV in at all. Certainly Samsung are one of the leaders in 3D TV and if there is to be a 3D LED TV in the top ten then it’s certainly no surprise that its a Samsung 3D TV. There are certainly some issues with 3D, although generally 3D TVs give a brilliant 2D picture in any case, so there’s no harm! This Samsung 40 Inch LED TV is full 1080p HD and 240 Hz refresh rate, some say this does make the background look a bit tacky, but I haven’t experienced this myself. Great pciture, great colors and brilliant contrast and great clarity even on action due to “ClearMotion”. Outstanding connectivity and includes Anynet which allows you to control devices (like a DVD player) through the TV remote.
So, there you have the top ten best selling LED TV sets in the United States for March 2011. I hope this quick overview review of the bestsellers helps you decide what LED TV is on your shopping list.
It will be interesting to see how the top ten changes over the course of 2011, especially when the big new 72 Inch screens satrt to release in the summer.