If you’ve been waiting for the holidays to splurge on a new TV, we say: smart move. Television prices plummet around this time of year, and it’s the perfect time to get a great deal. To arm you with information so that you can get the best TV for you, we’ve assembled a list of the best TVs in a variety of categories so that whether you want to go curved or flat, smart or dumb, or just get the best bang for your buck, you can start your search moving in the right direction.
Best TV under $1,000
Surprised the best TV under $1,000 is made by Vizio? Don’t be. The question is no longer whether Vizio makes class-leading televisions, it’s whether or not you’ve realized it yet. What makes the Vizio’s 2014 M-Series televisions so successful is a combination of factors, but the stand-out feature that has the experts talking is Vizio’s full array of direct LED backlights, controlled by a multi-zone dimming system -- in the case of the 55-inch M552i-B2 ($800), that would be 32 active zones. The result is a picture with great black levels, high contrast, and less of the halo effect that plagues edge-lit televisions. Frankly, it just doesn’t get much better under $1,000.