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Best TVs at every size

You know how big a TV you want, but you just can’t decide which one. Here are a few suggestions.

The list below collects the highest-rated TVs we’ve reviewed so far this year, starting at 32 inches and going up to 70. CNET’s TV ratings incorporate Value, so these aren’t necessarily the hands-down best in picture quality–click here if you want those. I intentionally kept Sharp’s 80-inch behemoth off the list since we didn’t really like it much. The smallest TV we’ve rated this year, the 26-inch Samsung UN26EH4000, doesn’t deserve a spot either since our hands-on review was of its 32-inch series mate, and we never compared other 26-inchers.

The rest of these sets fall between that range, and appear in ascending order of screen size. We also threw in a runner-up–the second-highest rated TV available for sale in each size range–for people who don’t like door number one. Speaking of door number one, it’s the Panasonic ST50 for anyone who wants a TV from 50 to 65 inches.

We also updated this list since initial publication, subbing in the still-available HX850 for the discontinued Vizio M3D470KD.

32 inches: Vizio E320i-A0
For people seeking integrated Smart features, the Vizio E320i-A0 is the strongest value we’ve seen yet among 32-inch TVs. Read the full review.

Runner-up: Toshiba 32C120U

40 to 43 inches: Samsung PN43E450The Samsung E450 series plasma may not be perfect, but you won’t find another TV that performs this well for this low a price. Read the full review.

Runner-up: TCL L40FHDP60

46 to 47 inches: Sony KDL-46HX850
The Sony HX850 is a smart-looking Smart TV with sparkling picture quality, making it a front-runner for plasma-phobic videophiles. Read the full review.

Runner-up: Philips 46PFL5907

50 to 65 inches: Panasonic TC-PST50 series
While it’s not the cheapest TV on the market, the ST50 gives you the most for your money of any TV we have yet seen. Superb image quality, a modest price given what you get, and an understated design make this Panasonic our favorite big-screen TV of the year. Read the full review.

Runner-up: Samsung PNE6500 series

70 inches: Vizio E70i-A3 The Vizio E1i-A3 series is the best value yet among big-screen LED TVs. The 70-inch size will ship soon, and it’s worth waiting for. If you can’t wait, check out the runner-up .Read the full review.

Runner-up: Sharp LC-70LE640U

Click through to the reviews for additional screen sizes and pricing. If none of these TVs float your boat, head on over to the Best TVs lists for other 32, 33-43, 44-49, 50-59, and 60+ inch TVs.

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