By .

LED TVs are some of the best HDTVs being manufactured currently, and come from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG and other leading brands.

The epithet "LED TV" follows from the kind of panel lighting these TVs use and LED TVs are actually an upgrade to the traditional LCD TVs and employ different kind of backlight. In fact it's only the backlighting technology used in the two that makes their quality and nomenclature differ. LED backlit TVs (or "LED TVs") use Light Emitting Diodes to light up the display as opposed to traditional CCFL LCD TVs (or simply, "LCD TVs") which use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps. Since the LEDs themselves are a whole lot smaller than these lamps, LED TVs are significantly thinner than traditional LCD TVs. Apart from the sleek exterior, LED backlit LCD TVs are capable of higher contrast ratios and more vibrant picture quality than LCD TVs. Furthermore, they are a lot more energy efficient and consume much less power than LCD TVs; and since LEDs have longer life than cathode lamps, LED TVs last longer than their predecessors.

LED television manufacturers often include a key feature called "local dimming" to obtain deeper blacks and increase contrast levels in a picture. This is perhaps what makes the picture quality in these tellies superior to LCD TVs and make their contrasts rival plasma TVs. Local dimming means the TV has separate control over different groups of LEDs and is capable of dimming or even completely turning off individual groups to get a pure black in scenes which need the utmost degrees of contrast.

LED TVs come in two kinds depending on the manner in which the LEDs backlight the front panel: Edge-lit and Direct/Full Array-lit LED TVs. In direct-lit LED TVs several rows of LEDs are placed on a panel directly behind the display, while in edge-lit TVs they are placed around the four edges of the screen. As always, there are pros and cons for each. Edge lit LED TVs are quite popular due to their slim panels that make for very sleek and convenient wall mountable models. Direct-lit TVs on the other handle local dimming well. However, in edge-lit LED TVs local dimming is not feasible since the screen is lit inwards; so scenes requiring deep black contrast are obscure and intricate details could be lost. However, Samsung, Sony and a few others have come out with Edge lit LED TVs with local dimming, but the picture quality of these can't really match up to conventional Direct/Full Array-lit TVs with local dimming.

Moving beyond the working, the recommended LED TV screen size begins from 32" and goes as high as 70" These TVs are all mostly 1080p High Definition TVs capable of displaying 1080p, 1080i and 720p resolutions.

Our list below displays the best LED HDTVs obtained from top reviews around the web. The higher end LED HDTVs are some of the best 3D TVs and SmartTVs around and come with 3D glasses, full web browsers and Skype compatibility to take television experience to the next level.

Browse All Top Full HD LED TV »

LG LA8600

LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV


#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

LG LA8600
LG LA7400
VIZIO M 1i-A2
Sony KDL-W900A
Panasonic TC-L E60
LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Sony KDL-55W900A 55-Inch 240Hz 1080p 3D Internet LED HDTV
Panasonic TC-L58E60 58-In 1080p Smart LED HDTV
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
Release Date
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
May 2013
Jan 2013
Apr 2013
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
Screen Size
55.0 inch
47.0 inch
32.0 inch
55.0 inch
58.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
HDCP Support
HDCP Support
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready

  • Although its lovely frame is packed with well-executed features, the flagship-priced LG LA8600 series LED LCD TV has the picture of a midrange model.


  • We really enjoyed the LA8600, even with its slight color temperature issue and yawn-worthy black levels. And while we easily say this is a terrific display, its huge asking price of $2,699.99 for a 55-inch model is a bit steep. Yes, you get a beautiful TV that will make your in-laws jealous, but you can also do that with Panasonic's DT60 and Samsung's F7100 for less. If supermodel-thin bezels are your thing, definitely consider the LA8600 if you find it on sale. Otherwise, do some comparison shopping.


  • The LG LA8600 series of HDTVs offers beautiful aesthetics, sharp 2D and 3D imagery, and rich color reproduction at a premium price. You get lots of features with this series, some of which are of questionable value.


  • The LG 55LA7400 promises to be a pretty good seller for LG with the excellent Magic Remote, 3D, and faster 240Hz processing speed, and superior sound quality. Competition is from the Samsung UN55F7500 and UN55F7100, as well as many plasma TVs such as the Panasonic TC-P55VT60. Overall the TV has lots to offer though as of this writing may not be the best value on the market at around $2000.


  • Picture quality like this on a TV half the price would be one thing, but a price just shy of two grand is another story; the 47-inch LA7400 carries an MSRP of $1799.99. Definitely look for this on sale - we found it online for about $1200. Sure, much of what you're paying for is features - but that's exactly the point. If you're looking for top-dog picture quality, move on.


  • If you are after an LED set, the LA7400 performs well compared to other LEDs in its price range. The 55-incher reviewed here is $1,600 at Amazon, and the 60-inches comes in at $1,900. The pre-calibration image was OK, but the calibrated image was often beautiful, with great color saturation and a nice, natural look. The black level/contrast ratio is similar to other edge-lit LED LCD models (as in, only OK), but it offers some of the best 3D IĆ¢?? ve watched at home.


  • The 32 inch M321d sells for a modest $398 and is very attractively priced for this size and feature set. The LG 32LN5700 has the same set of features and sells for a bit more. This TV should be a great seller.


  • The Sony W900A is a fine high-end LED LCD television, with excellent color performance and deep black levels.


  • Sony still doesn't - get it - in terms of smart features, but proves it knows exactly what it's doing in regards to picture quality. Color accuracy, motion performance, contrast - they're all superb on the W900A. And don't get me started on design, which is becoming a staple of Sony's products.

    So what's there to dislike? As mentioned before, this TV's viewing angle isn't terribly wide. Then there's the whole issue of price: With an MSRP of $3,299.99, the 55-inch W900A is not for those short on cash.


  • The LED edge-lit KDL-55W900A wears the crown in Sony's 2013 line of HDTVs and rightfully so with its color rich TRILUMINOS display and wealth of streaming content partners. At 55 inches, this Sony is a serious contender as the cornerstone of your home theater.

    I wish it were a little less expensive, but its combination of features and Picture Quality earns it our HDTV Solutions Highly Recommended rating.


  • Charging the right price for a very good picture, Panasonic's E60 LED LCD is one of the best values available among midrange TVs.

  • Rating Unavailable

    The TC-L50E60 fits nicely into the E60 series. This 50 inch 1080p TV is a good candidate for those not interested in 3D playback. It's got a native 120Hz panel, so sports and fast action aren't going to be a problem. The Viera Connect suite is present with built in wifi. This solves any problems when it come to getting content on your TV. This TV gives a lot of bang for the buck.


  • Not everyone can afford a company's top-of-the-line flagship model, so it's nice that Panasonic offers the E60 series, with its wide array of big displays. If you have giant TVs on the brain, but your billfold needs a break, the 50-inch E60 (MSRP $1149.99) can be found online for $1,000. Picture quality like this doesn't exactly make my heart skip a beat, but on a 50-inch display with ample streaming options and a tame going-rate, this is a solid value.