With all the televisions available today and all the technical terms and jargon associated with television technology, it can be difficult to determine what is important. Here’s a quick guide to help eliminate the confusion.
Price: Television prices range from $100 to over $2,000. Smaller screens are cheaper, name brands are more expensive, and spending more money can also get you better picture quality. Most basic TVs have a good enough picture for most people, but they last a long time, so it might be worth spending more to get a better picture. It’s also best to buy a TV in the fall, when prices are lower.
Screen size: In our book, bigger is better. We recommend a size of at least 43 inches for a bedroom TV and at least 55 inches for a living room or master TV; 65 inches or more is best. More than any other “feature”, increasing the size of your TV screen is the best use of your money. One of the most common complaints we’ve heard after purchasing a TV is from people who didn’t do enough. And we rarely hear people complain that their TV is too big.
Ability: When it comes to entry-level TVs, the most important feature is what type of smart TV system the TV uses. Among mid-range models, look for a feature that includes full local dimming, mini-LEDs, and 120Hz refresh rate, which (unlike other extras) help improve the picture, in our experience. And among high-end TVs, OLED technology is your best option.
For more tips on buying TVs, check out How to buy a television.