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LED HDTVs, or more specifically LED backlit LCD HDTV's, are the next generation of traditional LCD HDTV's. The difference lies in the fact that flat panel LED HDTV's use a Light Emitting Diode to back lit the liquid crystal display whereas traditional LCD's use a Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lights (CCFL). LED TVs are available in two kinds today: Direct-lit (Rear-lit) and Edge-lit, which you can find out more about on our best LED HDTVs page

The newer LED backlit technology translates into huge gains as far as the picture quality is concerned, with the best LED HDTV's outperforming both LCD and Plasma based HDTV's in both darkness and brightness levels. Some Plasma HDTV's though offer comparable darkness levels as the best LED based HDTV's.

The best LED HDTVs of 2013 also come in some of the thinnest screen profiles and so/to lend themselves beautifully to most home display areas. Additionally, LED HDTV's outperform Plasma based HDTV's in terms of power consumption with the best LED HDTV's exhibiting two to three times less power consumption than comparable Plasma TVs.

All these performance improvements though come at a cost - LED HDTV's are the most expensive of the lot and are great buys only at mid-range to expensive budgets. Yet they still fill the spots on the top ten TVs of 2013!

Sharp and Vizio and Sony are by far the best brands as far as LED HDTV's are concerned and have great options at the sub-$1500 price bracket. Both brands are also highly rated by the top LED TV reviews of 2013 and have great LED HDTV options suited for Gaming and Movies at 40 inch, 50 inch and 60 inch screen sizes.

Our list below shows you the top reviewers' recommendations for the best LED TVs of 2013 along with specs and buying opions.

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LG LA8600

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


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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
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LED TV
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55.0 inch
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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • I must say, that I enjoyed my time with the Panasonic TC-L42E60. It not only provides a very good viewing experience for TV programs and Blu-ray/DVD content, but its abundant internet and network streaming capabilities opens up a lot more entertainment possibilities that can be accessed via the very easy to use customizable menu system. Also, the Swipe-and-Share allows you to stream and transfer content from compatible portable devices right to your TV, and you can even plug in a full-size USB keyboard and surf the web via your TV.