Best Plasma TV
When it comes to picture quality, the best plasma TVs offer deeper black levels, superior screen uniformity, and much better off-angle viewing than comparable LCDs, making them the preferred choice of many videophiles. Though they are still much less efficient than LCD TVs, the newer plasmas consume much less power than previous generations. Plasma TVs are best suited for home theater applications due to their excellent performance and ability to handle a variety of sources.
Best Plasma TV Overall:
Plasma TVs once ruled the roost in terms of picture quality for the money, but several major manufacturers have exited the market entirely in recent years. Even so, the market is still supported by quality TVs from Samsung and LG, both of whom have inherited the market thanks to Panasonic's withdrawal.
Picture quality is often one of the strengths associated with plasma TV technology. These best plasma TVs overall are known for their ability to display deep black levels, and the manner in which each pixel is created allows outstanding contrast and detail. Whereas LCD TVs still struggle with motion when not equipped with picture quality tricks such as 240Hz refresh rates, these plasma TVs are naturally talented at displaying fast-moving images without missing a beat. Better still, plasma TVs represent better value inch-for-inch due to the technology being cheaper to produce compared to LED LCD TVs.
Even given these inherent advantages, this technology is disappearing quickly from shelves due to their decreasing popularity and the ubiquity of LCD-based TVs.
Samsung's PN60F8500 combines top-tier picture quality with just about every feature in the book, making it the obvious choice for gadget enthusiasts. Bright room performance is at the top of the class, and the myriad of apps and content sources will help keep users entertained. Read Full Review
With the lack of new plasma models to choose from in 2014, the LG 60PB6900 stands out for its combination of features, performance, and price. This is the highest plasma from LG this year, and it offers 3D capability (3D glasses not included), a good Smart TV interface, and some of the best picture quality we've seen from an LG plasma. Read Full Review
Although the PN64F5500 suffers in bright rooms, this midrange model plasma TV that has been carried over from 2013 offers excellent overall performance and a generous feature set. Considering the picture quality and large screen offered by the PN64F5500, the price is downright affordable. Read Full Review
Samsung's single new plasma TV for 2014 might not be suited for videophiles thanks to its use of a Pentile display, but most people will find the picture quality and performance of this reasonably-priced TV to be perfectly adequate. The PN64H5000 offers 64 inches for under $1,500, while leaving out Smart TV and other features that push up the price. Read Full Review
While Panasonic used to monopolize the plasma TV market, their exit has left Samsung in the lead. The PN51F5300 is a 2013 model that has been carried over into 2014, and offers some of the best overall value currently available. Read Full Review
Best 65" Plasma TV:
These TVs truly define big screen television, and their massive panels are incredibly unforgiving towards bad picture quality. All of our picks best 65-inch plasma TV represent the best-performing models offered by their respective manufacturer without regard to price.
Excellent black levels and accurate color reproduction are both to be expected in this category, but we've placed less emphasis on built-in features in favor of prioritizing screen size. Though some of our top picks offer Smart TV capabilities, we’ve looked primarily for large screen sizes paired with outstanding performance.
Panasonic's withdrawal from the market precludes any 65-inch models from being included here, but Samsung's 64-inch models merit consideration. Also, LG's largest plasma model currently available in included here, despite measuring only 60 inches.
As far as picture quality goes, the Samsung PN64F8500 has very few real competitors currently on the market. Combined with a long list of features throwing in everything Samsung has to offer, the PN64F8500 stands out on its own. The only drawback is the high price of over $3,000. Read Full Review
The Samsung PN64F5500 is Samsung's midrange plasma TV for 2013. The 64-inch size is the largest offered on this series, and prices remain reasonable despite the large screen size. The PN64F5500 provides stand-out picture quality and versatile features, making it a high-value choice for anyone shopping for a large plasma TV. Read Full Review
Samsung's PN64F5300 offers a good way to get a high-quality plasma panel, while not having to pay for extra features you likely won't use. Picture quality is excellent, making this a great choice for those looking to get a large plasma TV on a budget..and don't mind giving up Smart TV and 3D in the process. Read Full Review
The Pentile display of the PN64H5000 might be of concern to some potential buyers, but most people will find it to be perfectly suitable for regular use. Although the PN64H5000 is a basic TV, lacking in Smart TV capability or other features, it offers lots of screen size for under $1,500. Read Full Review
The lack of plasma TV options this year has forced us to place a smaller-sized TV onto this list. Although it is only 60 inches, the LG 60PB6900 still has a very large screen, while being the best plasma that LG has to offer for 2014. Read Full Review
Best Budget Plasma TV:
One of the biggest draws of plasma display panels is they cost less per every inch of screen size than comparable LCD TVs. Given that, not everyone is willing or able to spend over $2,000 on a high-end flagship model.
We looked for the best budget plasma TVs that can be picked up for the least amount of money possible before having to sacrifice on performance or screen size. All of our picks are at least 50-inches in size, while offering top-notch picture quality including deep black levels and accurate colors. The following selections are proof you don't need to spend several thousands of dollars on a flagship TV in order to get a satisfying and immersive viewing experience at home.
Since we focused primarily on the aforementioned screen size and performance, most of the following picks offer only basic Smart TV capability at best. A notable exception however, is the LG 60PB6900, which is also 3D ready.
Samsung's midrange PN51F5500 represents a near-perfect balance of style, performance, features, and value. This 3D plasma TV can be found for well under $900 online, which is an absolute steal considering its capabilities. Read Full Review
For some buyers, all that's needed is a "dumb monitor" prioritizing picture quality over all else. The Samsung PN51F5300 fits that label perfectly as this 1080p plasma TV offers competitive picture quality against TVs costing hundreds of dollars more. This model dispenses with online streaming and 3D capabilities to avoid driving the price higher. Read Full Review
LG's top plasma model this year, the 60PB6900, offers a good balance of features, performance, and price. While picture quality won't be quite as good as what we've come to expect from Panasonic and Samsung, this is a solid overall choice. Read Full Review
If screen size trumps features for you, the Samsung PN64H5000 offers an impressive 64 inches for well under $1,500. Picture quality is excellent, making this plasma a great choice for those who prefer performance and size over features. Read Full Review
A minimalist Smart TV interface and solid picture quality make this plasma television a good choice for those who want a basic overall package for an affordable price. Although the LG 50PB6600 lacks features such as 3D, it would be a good choice for someone who doesn't want to pay for a laundry list of bells and whistles. Read Full Review