What size television is right for you? What’s the difference between LED, QLED and OLED? And what TV accessories do I need? We’ve put together this television buying guide to help answer all the questions you have so you can weigh up the options for your next TV.
We would recommend deciding on the screen size of your new television before anything else. You should consider where you are going to put it, the room it is going to be put in and the viewing distance.
The bigger your TV, the further away you can comfortably see it, your viewing distance should be roughly 1.5x the size of your screen. If you’re looking for a TV to fit in a particular space, pay attention to the measurements of the whole TV, which should be listed in the product’s description.
Up to 32 Inch Televisions: These are perfect for kitchens, bedrooms, conservatories and other small spaces.
32 – 42 Inch Televisions: Perfect size for most living rooms where you will not be too far from the screen, great size the whole family to watch together.
43 – 64 Inch Televisions: Bigger screens ideal for those who love sports, movies and gaming
65+ Inch Televisions: These TVs offer the ultimate viewing experience, ideal for large spaces
Choosing the Right Screen Technology
QLED, OLED, LED… they all sound similar! Let us help through the jargon and find the best TV for you.
Standard Screens – Full HD and LED
Most TVs include full HD (high definition) and LED (light-emitting diode) technology as a standard. These TVs will enhance brightness and offer crisp picture quality, creating a more realistic image
LED TVs are a great choice as the backlighting allows for a bright image and great picture quality. If you’re concerned about energy consumption, LED TVs will be the perfect option for you as they’re slim and consume less power than other screen types. Plus, they come in a huge range of screen sizes so you’ll be able to find the perfect one to suit your space.
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. Unlike older flat-screen TVs that use a backlight to shine onto each of the screen’s pixels, the pixels on and OLED TV are controlled individually. This provides richer colours, darker blacks, thinner screens and better energy efficiency.
The beautiful lifelike colours and crisp motion make this option perfect for those who enjoy fast moving content like action movies or sports. Plus, their thinner design makes them easy to wall mount if that is what you are looking for.
QLED stands for Quantum-dot Light Emitting Diode. This means that the TV’s quantum-dots emit incredibly precise coloured light, giving you a huge range of stunning, true-to-life colour.
We would recommend getting a QLED TV if you’re looking to get a TV for a bright room. QLED gives you intense colour no matter the brightness meaning there will be much less screen reflection and glare.
NanoCell is a cutting-edge screen technology that uses nano (very small) particles to boost the picture quality offered by LCD. These TVs filter out light in the ‘wrong’ colours to deliver rich, stunning reds, blues and greens, offering a viewing experience exactly as the directors intended.
With a NanoCell television, you’ll see perfect colour from wherever you’re sitting, whether you’re directly in front or at a 60-degree viewing angle. This makes it perfect for the whole family to watch together and enjoy the incredible pictures on screen.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
These TVs offer a deep, lifelike display. Due to a higher contrast between the brightest whites and darkest blacks, it allows for realistic colour recreation. With HDR, you see everything as the creators intended.
4K vs 8K
4K means 4x the quality of a Full HD picture. With 3840 x 2160 pixels, your picture will look more realistic and super sharp – even close up! Although broadcasters haven’t quite caught onto 4K yet, many streaming services have such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube.
8K gives you the best picture possible as it’s the highest screen resolution available with 4x the amount of pixels as 4K. The more pixels, the more depth and detail you have! If you’re looking to invest in a TV for the long-haul, an 8K will give you the best TV for years to come (even when 4K’s old news!)
Nowadays, most new TVs are smart TVs. They allow you to seamlessly stream online content via your broadband connection. Just like a smartphone, it has an on-board smart platform with a homepage that’s typically customisable. Smart TVs gives you access to a range of apps, such as streaming services, social media, and gaming apps.
Different TV brands will use different operating systems, so certain smart applications work with certain TV brands.