Most TVs are perfectly fine for rooms with normal lighting situations, where a brighter TV isn't necessarily better. But if you plan to place the set where its screen can't avoid reflecting a window or other bright light source, you might want to consider one of the TVs below.
Not sure if your room is "normal" or not? Then chances are, you're fine with any TV. If you find your current TV bright enough, or reflections are only an issue during certain times of the day, then one of these TVs probably won't help much. But if you're constantly confounded by reflections or washout regardless of adjustments you make, a different TV might help.
Bright lights and windows can overwhelm any TV, washing out the picture and creating distracting reflections that can make certain programs, especially those with dark scenes, downright unwatchable. If possible, we recommend controlling room lighting and reflections somehow -- by either moving the TV or your seat, using blinds, or turning off the lights. But sometimes you can't do that.
I've listed five TVs here. Four are LED-based LCD TVs with matte screens. A matte finish is the best way to control reflections. Also helpful is turning up the TV's light output (on LCDs, that's the "backlight" control). All things being equal, a bright TV will look better in a bright room than a dimmer TV will. LED LCDs can get brighter than plasma TVs as a rule, but for those of you who also want the picture-quality benefits of plasma (and can afford it), I also included the Samsung PNF8500, an exceptionally bright plasma TV.
Here are my five bright-room picks, arranged in descending order of overall CNET rating.
Samsung UNF6300 series
Although its picture quality falls short of the competition, the Samsung UNF6300's high-end features and design for a midrange price will win plenty of converts. Read the full review.
Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these TVs head-to-head. Click through to the reviews for additional screen sizes.