Best Plasma TVs

If you are looking for a HDTV with the best picture quality for watching movies, sports, or playing video games than go with a plasma television. They are often thought of as older than LCD-LED displays, but plasma technology has grown and has a few distinct advantages over LED models. First, it has deeper blacks and thus higher contrast ratios which produce a better image. They also have a much faster pixel-response time which eliminates motion blur during fast moving scenes. Lastly is the wide viewing angle. Unlike LCDs, even viewers off to the side watching a plasma tv see a clear, undistorted image.

The perceived problem of ‘burn in’ is virtually nonexistent anymore, however there are some disadvantages of plasma tvs. The main problem is brightness. The images they produce are darker than LCD displays and will not work as well in a bright setting. They also use more energy, typically between $30-$50 a year, than newer LED models. One other issue is the options in different sizes. While there are many choices for plasma televisions in larger sizes of 50-inch and bigger, there are not that many models to choose from below that size.

Below is our list of the top rated plasma tv reviews broken up into three different groups based on size. We tried to focus on units that cost less than $2000 although some may cost more.


55-Inch and Bigger


9.6
#1)

Panasonic Viera TC-P65ST50

Best Overall 65″ Plasma 3D TV

Estimated Price: $2201.39
Size & Type: 65″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $62

Visit the Official Site for the Panasonic Viera TC-P65ST50.


9.6
#2)

Panasonic Viera TC-P60ST50

Best Overall 60″ Plasma 3D TV

Estimated Price: $1699.99
Size & Type: 60″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $53

Visit the Official Site for the Panasonic Viera TC-P60ST50.


9.6
#3)

Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT50

Best Overall 55″ Plasma 3D TV

Estimated Price: $1999
Size & Type: 55″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 10
3D Quality: 9
Features: 9.5
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 4
Energy Cost Per Year*: $62

Visit the Official Site for the Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT50.


9.2
#4)

Panasonic Viera TC-P60GT50

Estimated Price: $1899.98
Size & Type: 60″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 4
Energy Cost Per Year*: $69

Visit the Official Site for the Panasonic Viera TC-P60GT50.


9
#5)

Samsung PN60E6500

Best Value 65″ Plasma 3D TV

Estimated Price: $1499.99
Size & Type: 65″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $50

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN60E6500.


8.8
#6)

Samsung PN60E550

Estimated Price: $1369
Size & Type: 60″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 8.5
3D Quality: 7.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $39

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN60E550.


8.6
#7)

Samsung PN64E550

Estimated Price: $1949.8
Size & Type: 64″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 7.5
3D Quality: 7.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $85

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN64E550.


8.5
#8)

Samsung PN60E8000

Estimated Price: $1801.95
Size & Type: 60″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 9
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $52

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN60E8000.


8.5
#9)

LG 60PM6700

Estimated Price: $1249
Size & Type: 60″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 7.25
3D Quality: 7.25
Features: 7
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 4
Energy Cost Per Year*: $63

Visit the Official Site for the LG 60PM6700.


8.0
#10)

LG 60PA6500

Best Budget 60″ Plasma TV

Estimated Price: $899.99
Size & Type: 60″ Plasma
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 7.5
3D Quality: NA
Features: 4.5
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $64

Visit the Official Site for the LG 60PA6500.


43″ – 54″


9.6
#1)

Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST50

Best Overall 50″ Plasma 3D TV

Estimated Price: $949.99
Size & Type: 50″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $46

Visit the Official Site for the Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST50.


9.1
#2)

Samsung PN51E7000

Best Overall 51″ Plasma 3D TV

Estimated Price: $997.99
Size & Type: 51″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $55

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN51E7000.


9
#3)

Samsung PN51E6500

Estimated Price: $1210.61
Size & Type: 51″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 9.5
3D Quality: 8.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $44

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN51E6500.


8.7
#4)

Samsung PN51E550

Estimated Price: $899
Size & Type: 51″ Plasma 3D
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 8.5
3D Quality: 7.5
Features: 8
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 3
Energy Cost Per Year*: $46

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN51E550.


8.5
#5)

Samsung PN43E450

Best Budget 43″ Plasma TV

Estimated Price: $494.72
Size & Type: 43″ Plasma
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 720p / 600
Picture Quality: 7.5
3D Quality: NA
Features: 4.5
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 2
Energy Cost Per Year*: $26

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN43E450.


8.5
#6)

Samsung PN51E530

Best Budget 51″ Plasma TV

Estimated Price: $647.99
Size & Type: 51″ Plasma
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 1080p / 600
Picture Quality: 8.5
3D Quality: NA
Features: 4.5
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 2
Energy Cost Per Year*: $43

Visit the Official Site for the Samsung PN51E530.


42-Inch and Smaller


7.9
#1)

LG 42PA4500

Estimated Price: $508.77
Size & Type: 42″ Plasma
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 720p / 600
Picture Quality: 6.5
3D Quality: NA
Features: 4.5
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 2
Energy Cost Per Year*: $30

Visit the Official Site for the LG 42PA4500.


7.4
#2)

Panasonic Viera TC-P42X5

Estimated Price: $519.98
Size & Type: 42″ Plasma
Resolution / Refresh Rate: 720p / 600
Picture Quality: 6
3D Quality: NA
Features: 4.5
Viewing Angle: Unlimited
HDMI Inputs: 2
Energy Cost Per Year*: $29

Visit the Official Site for the Panasonic Viera TC-P42X5.


* Energy cost per year – we estimated the energy cost per year based on 5 hours a day turned on and 19 hours off (or standby mode). The figures were based on using a TV optimized for the best picture quality, not on an energy-saving mode.

If you need more information or purchasing advice see our television buying guide. You might also be interested in our reviews of the Best Overall TVs, LED TVs, or 3D TVs.