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The Best Flat Screen TVs

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Toshiba Fire Edition 4K Smart 55" TV

Best Overall
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At 55 inches of brilliant 4K picture and equipped with Alexa voice control, Toshiba's Fire Edition Smart TV is our top choice in this section when it comes to performance and accessibility. Toshiba has coupled their signature picture with Amazon's latest tech to bring you a true entertainment center. With its built-in Amazon Fire you can stream content from your favorites like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. That's over 500,000 movies and TV episodes at your fingertips! Not to mention the Toshiba Fire Edition streams all of your favorites in crystal clear 4K definition, which is about four times sharper than your typical 1080p picture. But what was really the icing on the cake for us was the new age convenience of Alexa. The remote comes equipped with voice control which made usage even easier.

Though we had fun asking Alexa what kind of rom-coms she recommends, this smart AI can also check the weather, tune into the news, launch apps, or even order a pizza. With new updates coming all the time, your smart TV actually grows smarter over time as Alexa learns new skills and insights. Now that truly is intelligent. We love convenience, and we also love innovative tech, and this set has it all. Your future smart home starts with this TV.

Key Features

  • Equipped with Alexa voice control
  • 4K Ultra High Definition including Dolby Vision
  • 3 HDMI ports

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Samsung UN50RU7100FXZA Flat 50" 4K Smart TV

Best User Interface
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The first thing we noticed about Samsung's 4K Smart TV was its sleek design. Modern, slim, and polished, this TV fits the contours of any space with its refined look. Once on, Samsung's Ultra Hight Definition capabilities are quite impressive. You'll need to rewatch every show and movie on this set thanks to Samsung's innovative PurColor processors. We're talking incredibly high dynamic ranges and literally millions of shades of color in front of your eyes that are simply impossible to produce with conventional HDTVs.

Though we loved the Samsung's great picture, we were a little disappointed that it didn't come with an AI smart assistant built-in. We did however like its simple-to-use interface and its expandability with Alexa, Google Assistant, and smart speakers, so not a big drawback. Samsung's universal guide also gives=s helpful watching recommendations and is very easy to use. When it comes down to it, the Samsung 4K Smart TV is a solid choice on picture and accessibility alone, making it a viable candidate for anyone's home entertainment center.

Key Features

  • Sleek and modern design
  • Innovative PurColor 4K picture
  • Smart assistant compatible

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LG Nano 8 Series 65" 4K LED TV

Best Picture Quality
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When it comes to TVs, bigger is certainly better, and at 65 inches, the LG Nano 8 Series TV is certainly the biggest on this list. The nano here refers to the display's nanometer-sized particles, thinner than a human hair, which aids in creating clear and crisp images. Colors pop, waterfronts glisten, shadows are deep and dark without any backlight bleed; it's like looking through a window. As movie buffs, we appreciate this model for its silver screen-quality resolution and enveloping movie-like experience. If shopping just based on picture alone, this TV is a strong pick thanks to LG's a7 Intelligent Processors and its pristine color accuracy. And if you thought the picture was great, just wait until you hear about the optimized Dolby speakers which made for an immersive experience. Not to mention this LG also comes with all the necessary apps to watch all of your favorite features.

Lastly, this TV is Amazon certified and has Alexa built-in, though the whizzes at LG have also made it compatible with Google Assistant. So not only do you get great picture and sound in a generously large package, but all the AI conveniences of a premium smart TV.

Key Features

  • LG ThinQ, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Airplay 2 compatible
  • LED backlit enhances contrast
  • Nanometer sized particles for incredible display

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Insignia NS-50DF710NA19 50" 4K Smart LED TV - Fire TV Edition

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Rounding out the list is Insignia's 4K Fire TV Edition offering. For a TV that hits all the checkboxes -- ultra high-definition, smart AI built-in, ready to stream out of the box -- this option fits the bill, and won't break the bank at the same time. Optimized for streaming, this set comes with all of your favorite apps plus the added convenience of Alexa so you can ask her to order takeout and dim the lights while you put on Grey's Anatomy. This TV also has the brilliant 4K picture that we know and love in all of its glorious 8 million pixels. Its a-quad-core CPU/multi-core GPU ensures it has the speed and power to find and display all your favorite content quickly and effectively.

At the end of the day, we enjoy the Insignia 4K Fire TV Edition for its solid performance with all the bells and whistles of new age smart TVs.

Key Features

  • Equipped with Alexa voice control
  • 4K Ultra High Definition
  • 3 HDMI ports

With new advances in technology, shopping for a new TV can be a bit like staring at a bowl of alphabet soup with all of the confusing acronyms and terms. But don't fret and better yet, don't impulse buy a set when you don't have all the facts. Lucky for you, we've prepared a simple guide on industry terms to help you better understand the 4K smart TV market.

4K

4K is the new standard of high definition in TVs today. If you thought 1080p was sharp, 4K is essentially four times as crisp with over 8 million pixels at your viewing disposal.

UDH

Ultra High Definition. This term is synonymous with 4K and simply indicates a higher resolution than the standard HD.

HDR

Stands for High Dynamic Range. This technology makes the most of those extra pixels, assisting with contrast and color range to provide over 10 billion vibrant shades.

LED

Stands for light-emitting diode. Today LED light bulbs are known as the standard for most light sources in electronics because they run brighter and cooler while using less energy. Most TVs today use LED backlighting for the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) as the norm.

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