If you’ve been to any store, online or otherwise, you know that there are a lot of TVs on the market. Some might argue too many. Don’t worry though. That’s what we’re here for. If you’re in the market for a new TV, it can be intimidating. Which one do you choose? Which brands are reliable? Are any of them actually worse than any others? That’s why we made this little guide about the Best TV Brands.
What you’re looking for from a TV can be largely subjective, but we’re going to point you in the right direction. When looking for the Best TV Brand of 2019, there are a lot of things to consider. We’re going to go through them one by one, and by the end of this guide, you’ll have a much better idea which brand you’d like to add to your living room today! If you’re ready to get started, so are we, so let’s go!
Best TV Brands Basics
When you’re looking to add a TV to your house, you need to analyze what your priorities are. There’s a lot to consider about what you’re new TV has to offer. Here’s what we considered when we assembled this list of the Best TV Brands:
- Available Size
- Picture Quality
- Sound Quality
- Smart Features
- Number of Inputs
- Product Design
During our analysis, we took into account all of these things and all models that the companies produce. We’ll make general statements about what most of the models featured. While there may be one or two exception models, this is a general outlook of what each company offers in their TVs.
Which TV Brand is Best?
The answer to this question ultimately depends on who you ask. LG, Sony, Samsung and TCL (as we note below) are the mainstays of the TV industry. Each company offers something that sets it apart, but all are ultimately similar. Some have better picture for watching films, some have higher speed response which makes them more suitable for gaming. Others have speakers that make buying a sound system a questionable choice.
But the biggest thing that can set TV brands apart is price. While we don’t recommend you go out and buy the cheapest, biggest TV you can find–these top brands do compete in price. Finding the TV that’s right for you at the right price isn’t out of the question anymore…at least if you’re willing to skip a few shiny features.
With no further ado, let’s look at our list of the Best TV Brands.
Best TV Brands: LG
We’ll just get this out of the way in case you don’t want to read the whole article, LG and Samsung were our favorite brands. As far as LG goes, the picture was crisp and clear. It handled motion on screen better than many of the other brands we looked at. Some models lacked amazing sound quality, but it wasn’t so severe as to be distracting. The models’ designs are all sleek and modern. LG TVs also feature the most inputs of any company, so if you have multiple devices, these are the TVs for you.
Best TV Brands: Sony
Sony succeeds in the size department. They made the largest TV we found at 85”. Anything bigger than that probably requires a projector. Picture quality was pretty good, but some models didn’t handle motion as well as others. Sound is decent but nothing to write home about. Smart features work great. Their designs are slick but a slightly more bulky than other companies.
Best TV Brands: Samsung
As we said, Samsung, and LG were our personal favorites when it comes to the TV department. We loved the designs that Samsung came up with. Their picture quality can’t be matched, even when handling motion. Sound is better than most other brands. Our biggest problem is that there were enough HDMI/4K inputs. If you have more than 2 devices, you’re kind of out of luck. Get ready to start switching manually.
Best TV Brands: TCL
Of our top brands, this one is the weakest overall (in our opinion). It’s not that TCL TVs are bad. They just don’t measure up to the competition. If you’re on a budget and you find a cheaper TCL, by all means, get it. Here’s our take: Picture quality is fine, but not as good as competition, particularly when it comes to handling motion. Sound quality is relatively good. Smart features are a kind of clunky and slow to respond. They work, but they’re just not the best.
Picking The Best TV Brand
As we gave away above, our favorite two TV brands are LG and Samsung. They offer the cleanest designs, picture and offer higher responsiveness which makes them more suited to gaming. Even more, they offer the best sound of the four brands we looked at.
Both are rated similarly, both are available at similar price points. Both have similar Smart TV accessibility.
If we had to pick between LG and Samsung, the choice would come down to which one looks better.
So, which TV brand is better between Samsung and LG?
Let’s compare them head to head, then we’ll pick our favorite in the next section.
Samsung vs LG TVs | Head to Head Comparison
The best way to compare TVs head to head is to compare them categorically. We’re going to look at a few categories here before we decide on our favorite. First up, price!
Samsung vs LG TVs | Price
This is a tough one to nail down. Samsung and LG both offer televisions in a variety of price points with a variety of features. For our purposes, we’re going to compare their entry-level 4K resolution televisions.
Samsung 40-Inch 4k LED Smart TV
Walmart just announced a memorial day deal on the Samsung 40-Inch 4K LED Smart TV at $230. In terms of price, that’s about as cheap as you can get for a 4k resolution TV.
LG 43 Inch LED 4k Ultra HD HDR Smart TV
This smart tv is slightly larger than the Samsung, but the price marks that difference as well. Currently, at the Dell store, the LG 43″ sits at an accessible $279.99. That’s $50 more than the Samsung 40 inch 4k LED
Samsung vs LG TVs | Picture Quality
While both companies offer similar features at this price point, there are a few key differences. The LG uses a more robust HDR as well as offering a 4K Upscaler for non-native 4K material.
Both have the same motion rate, but LG features a presumably higher refresh rate.
Samsung 40 Inch 4K Picture Quality
- Essential Contrast : Mega Contrast
- HDR : HDR
- 4K UHD
- Game Mode : Yes (Basic)
- UHD Engine™
- Motion Rate : 120Hz
- Contrast Enhancer : Yes
LG 43 Inch 4k Picture Quality
- 4K Ultra HD
- Refresh RateTruMotion 120 (Refresh Rate 60Hz)
- IPS Technology
- 4K Active HDR
- HDR Format SupportHDR10, HLG
- True Color Accuracy
- 4K Upscaler
Best TV Brands Summary
In the end, we recommend either an LG or a Samsung. It boils down to the relatively small issue of how many inputs you want. If you’ve got a lot of devices, Samsung is the brand for you. If you want that extra bump in picture quality, LG is the brand you’re looking for. Again, this all breaks down to a matter of subjective taste, so visit an electronics store and check some of the TVs out for yourself. We’re just trying to help.