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By on September 24, 2018 with 1,660 Comments  

One thing that always attracts us when we enter any electronics store is the sight of flashing TVs. TVs with eclectic mix of size and brand are positioned inside a showroom to grab eyeballs of the passerby. More advanced the technology, more is the crowd around a particular model. Upon doing our thorough research on best TV in India, we discovered what consumer look for while buying a TV. Size, technology and price are three most important thing that the consumer vet before making a buying decision.

In this article we will apprise you with the best LED TV in India in 2018 among the caboodle of the latest SMART and non SMART TVs based on two important aforementioned parameters–size and price. These models are based on our thorough research and are handpicked after careful examination and evaluation. We will also talk about top TV brands that are available in India. We will also give you valuable tips and tricks that would help you to make a smarter TV buying decision. For the Buying Guide, click: here.

Best LED TV in India in 2018

Some handpicked models:

Best Overall LED TV in India – Panasonic TH-49EX600D

When we think of the best LED TV in India, it has to have everything latest that technology can offer, should be from a good brand with good reputation and still not very expensive. The one TV that fits all of that is Panasonic TH-49EX600D. Panasonic is one of the premium brands that offer everything latest in terms of technology. This TV has HDR and Hexa Chroma Drive for Wide Color Gamut. It is a 49-inch 4K TV with high refresh rate, and all this provides it great picture quality. And all of this does not cost a bomb, which makes it the best overall TV in our analysis.

Pros: Great Picture Quality with HDR, Hexa Chroma Drive and Fast Refresh Rate, 49-inch 4K TV.

Cons: Although it is a SMART TV, Panasonic is not known to have the best SMART TV OS. Also, the sound output is just average.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 20 W (10 W x 2), HDMI Ports (HDMI*8): 3, HDMI (4K 60/50 p with HDCP2.2): 1, Arc Support, USB port: 2 (USB 2.0, USB 3.0)

Best 32-inch Full HD SMART LED TV – Sony KLV-32W672E

32 inch is a starting size for Full HDs and the difference between Full HD and HD Ready is quite minimal in this size. But still some extra pixels do give an edge. Sony is the first brand to introduce HDR in this size and the best TV that we could find was Sony KLV-32W672E. The TV has HDR which is one of the technologies that makes good enough difference in picture quality. The TV also has sound system with a subwoofer which eliminates the need of an external soundbar. And the TV is a SMART TV too, which makes it an attractive buy.

Pros: Full HD with HDR give it great picture quality, Subwoofer provides it great sound as well.

Cons: Refresh rate is basic (so not so great for gaming and fast action sports .. but it will still be ok), in built Opera OS is not the best one out there.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W+14W, HDMI Ports: 2, Arc Support, USB Ports: 2

Best Budget 32-inch SMART LED TV – Vu 32D6475

When we talk about budget TVs in India, the one brand that instantly comes to our mind is Vu. Over the years they have established their hold over this segment. It is also one brand, that actually tries to come close to the premium brands in terms of providing good technology. This 32-inch HD Ready TV from Vu has good refresh rate, which makes it good for fast moving action scenes and sports. VU uses A+ grade achromatic panel which give it good color representation. It is also a SMART TV (with a quad core processor) and is available at a very attractive price. The sound output is ok but presence of DTS Truesound and Dolby Sound makes it an attractive TV to buy.

Pros: Good refresh rate, A+ grade panel, Dolby DTS Sound, Quad Core Processor

Cons: HD Ready, Non-Android OS (limited Apps), no HDR

Best 40-42-inch Full HD LED TV– Sony KLV-40W672E

This TV is from the same range as the 32-inch TV mentioned above. Sony is the first brand to introduce HDR in this size and the best TV that we could find was Sony KLV-40W672E. The TV has HDR which is one of the technologies that makes good enough difference in picture quality. The TV also has sound system with a subwoofer which eliminates the need of an external soundbar. And the TV is a SMART TV too, which makes it an attractive buy.

Pros: Full HD with HDR give it great picture quality, Subwoofer provides it great sound as well.

Cons: Refresh rate is basic (so not so great for gaming and fast action sports .. but it will still be ok), in built Opera OS is not the best one out there.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W+14W, HDMI Ports: 2, Arc Support, USB Ports: 2

Best Budget 40-42 inch LED TV – Thomson 40M4099

If you are looking for a budget TV in 40-42 inch size range then you should certainly give a look at this new French Brand that has recently entered the Indian market. Technicolor SA or Thomson SARL as it was previously known has been making and selling electrical products globally for more than 100 years now. However, they have entered the Indian market just recently. They have entered the most competitive Budget TV segment in India and their products are currently only available on Flipkart. But they have got some good specifications for their TVs. This particular TV comes with Samsung’s VA Panel, has Full HD resolution and wide viewing angle. The sound output of this TV is also quite good with RMS 20 Watts output. And it is a SMART TV which makes it a great option. All of this comes at very low price which makes it a great TV to buy if you are looking for a budget option.

Pros: Samsung Panel, SMART TV with Android OS.

Cons: New Brand in India (so there can be some uncertainty with service), no HDR.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 10 W + 10 W, HDMI Port: 3, USB Port: 2

Best 50-inch LED TV – Sony KLV-49W772E

49/50 is the size range where the dynamics change with the introduction of 4K or Ultra HD. A UHD does make a difference at this size, but not as much as the other technologies like HDR and technology for Wide Color Gamut. This Full HD TV from Sony has HDR and also has Triluminous Display which is Sony’s technology for Wide Color Gamut. The best thing about this TV is that it also has a subwoofer, so the TV is good in both picture quality as well as sound quality. This TV is a SMART TV too and a good buy.

Pros: HDR and Triluminous Display will give it good contrast along with good colors, Subwoofer provides it great sound as well.

Cons: Refresh rate is basic (so not so great for gaming and fast action sports .. but it will still be ok), in built Opera OS is not the best one out there

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W+14W, HDMI Ports: 2, Arc Support, USB Ports: 2

Best Budget 50 inch LED TV – Sanyo XT-49S8100FS

Panasonic a premium brand in TVs wanted to enter Indian market with budget offering. And when they did that, they came in with a brand name that Indian knew and the one that they had purchased a few years back: Sanyo. When you are buying a Sanyo, you know that you are purchasing a product from Panasonic. If you are on a budget and you want to buy a good 50 inch TV then Sanyo XT-49S8100FS is a great choice. This TV comes with an IPS Panel which is what most Panasonic TVs have. Most of the technologies that you find in this TV are mostly those that you find in Panasonic TVs. Additionally, this TV is a SMART TV with QUAD CORE processor and LINUX OS. The standard apps like Netflix, Youtube, etc come out of the box and it also has an App store to get more. The sound output of RMS 16 Watt (8W x 2) is a bit low, but it has dolby digital to make the experience better. So, if you are looking for a budget 50 inch TV, this one is a great buy.

Pros: 50 inch Full HD SMART TV at a great price, Good Brand, Dolby Audio.

Cons: Low sound output, basic refresh rate, no HDR, no ARC Support.

Key Specs: Speaker Output: 8W+8W, HDMI Ports: 3, USB Ports: 2

Best 55-inch LED TV – LG 55UJ632T

If you are looking for a 55-inch UHD TV from a premium brand which has almost everything but is still not exorbitantly expensive then LG 55UJ632T is the best model for you. LG is a great value for money brand which has latest technologies. The TV has HDR, the color master engine provides it good color and the refresh rate is also good. The Web OS in LG is one of the most intuitive and user-friendly OS in the market. In general, the user interface in LG TVs are quite good and this TV is no less. The magic remote provides a good user interface for navigation. On the whole a great 55-inch TV.

Pros: HDR with Color Master Engine gives it a good picture quality, Web OS is the best TV OS out there in the market, User Interface is great, 4K TV.

Cons: Sound output of this TV is normal, does not have advanced wide color gamut technology from LG

Key Specs: Sound Output: 20 W RMS, HDMI Ports: 3, USB Ports: 2

Best Value for Money 4k LED TV – LG 49SJ800T

One of the latest models from LG, 49SJ800T is one fantastic model with great specs. It is a 4K TV with Active HDR and Dolby Vision which is supported by Ultra Luminance technology. It supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision formats. The wide color gamut technology Nano Cell Display in this TV supports Billion Rich Colors. The IPS 4K display provides a wider viewing angle. The audio system in this TV is by Harman Kardon and has good surround sound. Also, as mentioned earlier, LG’s WebOS is the best OS in the market. The User Interface in this TV also works on Voice Recognition. All in all, it is a fantastic 4K TV which gives great cinematic experience.

Pros: Great picture quality with HDR and WCG, Great sound with Harman Kardon speakers, Multiple HDR format support

Cons: Cannot call them cons but it lacks HDR10 Pro support, also an OLED will have better luminance as compared to ultra-luminance technology in this TV.

Key Specs: Sound Output: 20 W RMS, HDMI Ports: 4, USB Ports: 3

Best Budget 4K 55 inch LED TV – Mi TV 4

Brands from China are known to bring in good quality products at very low prices and Xiaomi (or Mi in short) is one of the leading brands to do so in India. Mi has disrupted and dominated Mobile Phone market and. They are doing the same for TVs. Although there are a few more Chinese brands trying to do so in TVs but being a well-established one in India puts Mi ahead of others. Mi Launched its 4K variant Mi TV 4 in 2018 and it has taken the market by storm. This ultra-thin TV from Mi boasts of some really good latest technology. Firstly, it has HDR to give you great picture quality. The viewing angle in this TV is also good, so it will look equally good from all angles. The speakers are Dolby Audio with DTS-HD and sound output is 2 x 8W (which is slightly on the lower side but decent for a medium sized room). The Patchwall OS is specifically designed with your interest in mind and it gives easy access to the content you like. The display is frameless which give it a great cinematic experience. The performance is also really good with 64-bit quad core processor. On the whole a great TV for the price you pay for it.

Pros: HDR 4K TV for a great price, Dolby Audio and DTS-HD, Frameless display for great cinematic experience, Quad core processor with 2 GB RAM and 8 GB Storage.

Cons: Sound output on a lower side, Patchwall OS still needs some time to mature, Lacks an extra WCG (wide color gamut) technology.

Key Specs: Sound Output: 2 x 8 W RMS, HDMI Ports: 3, USB Ports: 2, Arc Support

Best LED TV in India if you have no budget constraint – Samsung 65Q8C

We all wish that we had all the money in this world to buy everything that we want. If you do have that money and you want to buy a great TV then Samsung 65Q8C is the model for you. QLED or Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode is the next level technology from Samsung which can provide absolutely stunning picture quality. Quantum Dots are small tiny particles (about 10 nanometers in size) that have the ability – when couple with other materials – to give different colors that are brighter and more vibrant. Along with HDR this technology can get you the best picture quality that money can buy. The TV can have stunning black, gorgeous whites and wide variety of different colors. The refresh rate in this TV is high, the TV is curved, and it gives the best cinematic experience. The Smart Hub from Samsung is also among the best TV OSes in the market with great content and apps available. The TV also boasts of Q HDR Elite, Bezel Less Design, Good viewing angle, etc. Certainly, the best if you have the money.

Pros: A QLED 4K TV with Q HDR Elite (stunning picture quality), Bluetooth 2 Way Audio for wireless connectivity to sound systems, Quad Core Processor, Smart Hub, Voice Controlled Remote, Auto Device Detection, Cable free connection to the TV and no gap wall mount.

Cons: If it had any, it would not have been the best TV with no budget constraint .

Key Specs: Sound Output : 60 Watts (Dolby, DTS Premium) with woofer, HDMI Ports: 4, USB Ports: 3

Based on our data collection (from websites of various brands) and understanding of brand value and technology, we have also put together a list of best LED TV in India based on size and budget. If you have any question about any model or brand, feel free to put in your question in the comments section.

Top Ten 40 inch LED TV in India

  • Vu H40D321

    Key Specs:
    • 39 inch
    • Full HD
    • 7 + 7 Watt Audio Audio
  • Vu 40D6535

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • Micromax Canvas Led Tv 40 inch

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
    • SMART TV
  • Thomson 40M4099

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • iFFalcon 40F2

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 16W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Panasonic TH-40E400D

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10 W (5 W x 2) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 200 Hz BMR
  • Sony KLV-40W672E

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 8W+8W+14W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
    • HDR
  • Sony KLV-40R352E

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 5 W + 5 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 100 Hz
  • Samsung 40M5100

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20W(32':10W) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 200
  • Samsung 40K5000

    Key Specs:
    • 40 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 watts (L: 10 watts, R: 10 watts) Audio


Top Ten 42 inch LED TV in India

  • MI LED Smart TV 4A 43

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10W x 2 Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • LG 43LH576T

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Star Rating: 5, Annual Electricity: 80 Units
  • Vu 43S6575

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • Vu 43D6575

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 7 + 7 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Rate
  • Sanyo XT-43S7200F

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • (RMS) 20 W Audio
  • Thomson 43TH6000

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Micromax 43E9999uhd

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10W*2 Audio
    • SMART TV
  • Vu 43SU128

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10+10 Watt Box Speaker Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Control
  • Panasonic TH-43ES480DX

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 100 Hz BMR
  • LG 43LJ554T

    Key Specs:
    • 43 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 135 Units


Top Ten 32 inch LED TV in India

  • MI LED Smart TV 4A 32

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10W x 2 Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Vu LED-32K160M

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • Full HD
    • 10 + 10 Watt Audio Audio
  • Samsung 32J4003

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10W(5W+5W) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100
  • Vu 32D6475

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 6 + 6 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Rate
  • Vu 32D7545

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 8 + 8 Watt Audio Audio
  • LG 32LH576D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Star Rating: 5, Annual Electricity: 54 Units
  • LG 32LJ523D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 300
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 68 Units
  • Thomson 32M3277

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • LG 32LJ573D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 900
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 76 Units
  • LG 32LJ522D

    Key Specs:
    • 32 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 300
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 68 Units


Top Ten 49 inch LED TV in India

  • Vu 49D6575

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • Vu 49S6575

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 8 + 8 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Rate 120Hz
  • Sanyo XT-49S7200F

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • (RMS) 20 W Audio
  • Vu 49SU131

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10+10 Watt Box Speaker Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Control
  • Samsung 49M6300

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 900
    • PurColour
  • LG 49LJ554T

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 152 Units
  • Sanyo XT-49S8100FS

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • (RMS) 8W x 2 Audio
    • SMART TV
  • LG 49LJ617T

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 3, Annual Electricity: 157 Units
  • Samsung 49M5000

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 watts (L: 10 watts, R: 10 watts) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 200
  • LG 49UJ632T

    Key Specs:
    • 49 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1600
    • HDR, Color Master Engine


Top Ten 24 inch LED TV in India

  • Samsung 24K4100

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10 W Audio
  • Sony KLV-24P413D

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10 W + 10 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: -(native 50 Hz)
  • Samsung 24H4003

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 3W x 2 Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100
  • LG 24LH454A

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10W Audio
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 44 Units
  • Panasonic TH-24D400D

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 2*3w Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100 Hz
  • Micromax 24B600hd

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10wx2 Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 60
  • LG 24LJ470A

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10W Audio
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 44 Units
  • Thomson 24TM2490

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Vu 6024F

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • Audio
  • Samsung 24J4100

    Key Specs:
    • 24 inch
    • HD Ready
    • 10 watts Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100


Top Ten 55 inch LED TV in India

  • MI LED Smart TV 4

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 2 x 8 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
    • HDR
  • Vu LTDN55XT780XWAU3D

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 12 + 12 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Rate
    • PixelightHDR™, Wide Colour Gamut
  • iFFalcon 55K2A

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 16W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • HDR, True Color
  • Vu 55SU134

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10+10 Watt Box Speaker Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Smooth Motion Control
  • Vu 55UH7545

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10 + 10 Watt Audio Audio
    • SMART TV
  • LG 55UJ632T

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1600
    • HDR, Color Master Engine
  • Sanyo XT-55S8200U

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • (RMS) 10W x 2 Audio
    • SMART TV
  • Micromax 55T1155fhd

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Full HD
    • Audio
  • Panasonic TH-55ES500D

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 800 Hz BMR
    • Hexa Chroma Drive
  • LG 55LJ550T

    Key Specs:
    • 55 inch
    • Full HD
    • 20 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 1000
    • Color Master Engine
    • Star Rating: 2, Annual Electricity: 211 Units


Top Ten 65 inch LED TV in India

  • TCL L65C2US

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 8 W + 8 W Harman Kardon Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • HDR, Wcg
  • Sony KD-65X7002E

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10 W+10 W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
    • HDR, Triluminos Display
  • Sony KD-65X9300E

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 10W+10W+10W+10W+10W+10W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 800 (Native 100 Hz)
    • HDR, Triluminos Display
  • LG OLED65B7T

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 40W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • HDR, OLED
  • Panasonic TH-65EX480DX

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 20 W (10 W x 2) Audio
    • Refresh Rate: 100 Hz BMR
    • HDR
  • LG 65SJ850T

    Key Specs:
    • 65 inch
    • Ultra HD
    • 40W Audio
    • SMART TV
    • Refresh Rate: 3200
    • HDR, Billion Rich Color


If you are looking for best LED TV in India that fits in your budget, then you can look at these pages on our website

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Best LED TV Under 30000

Best LED TV Under 40000

Best LED TV Under 50000

Best LED TV Under 60000

Best LED TV Under 80000

Best Television / TV Brands in India in 2018

These are considered as premium brands in India. These brands have latest and greatest technology available in the market. Japanese brand Toshiba or Dutch brand Philips are also good, but if you are looking for decent value for money brands then you may look at the new and upcoming brands like Mi LED TV, Vu LED TV, Sanyo LED TV, Thomson LED TV and TCL LED TV (or iFFalcon LED TV its subsidiary) . The new Chinese brands like Mi, TCL, etc are completely disrupting the TV market by bringing in latest technology at quite value for money price. Technology wise the premium brands are far superior but they are expensive. In general most brands in India do not offer warranty of more than 1 year on TVs, and bad power quality does damage TVs in several places, thus lot of people prefer to go for the value for money brands. To check on our analysis of various brand you can check our link: Best LED TV brand in India.

If you are looking for reviews of various brands, you can check our brand review section over here: Link. Or you can click on the specific brand name mentioned above.

Things to look for while buying a TV

Size of the TV

This is probably the most important factor which significantly drives the buying behaviour of customers who are looking to buy a new TV. The sheer size of a TV is capable of altering a customer’s decision. Many people have an emotional/psychological connect with the size of the TV. A bigger size TV is considered a sign of social status by many. And due to this many people choose to buy an over-sized TV.

To illustrate the effect the size of tv has on the viewing experience, let us look at an example. If you buy a large sized TV (above 40 inches) then there is a certain distance at which you have to sit from the tv to have a comfortable view. Otherwise the objects on the screen will look too large and the viewing experience will be poor.

So it is important to buy such a TV which is best suited to your room. Given below is a table which illustrates the minimum distance at which you should sit from the TV in order to have a nice viewing experience.

TV Size576 resolution720p1080p
32-inch8′ feet6′4′
37-inch10′7′4.5′
40-inch10.5′8′5′
42-inch11′8′5.5′
46-inch12′9′6′
50-inch13′10′6.5′
55-inch15′11.5′7.5′
65-inch17′13′8.5′

Table Source

Resolution

When we are talking about the screen resolution, or in other words, the clarity of the TV, then the number of pixels matter a lot. More the number of pixels, more is the graphical information captured and displayed to the viewer and consequently, more is the clarity of the TV. In India, three types of screen resolutions in TVs are available. These are:

a) HD Ready (1280 x 720 or 720p)

b) Full HD (1920 x 1080 or 1080p, available only in 32 Inches and above TV models)

c) Ultra High Definition (3840 × 2160, 4K, UltraHD, available only in 42 Inches and above TV models)

As you go from HD Ready to Ultra High Definition, the number of pixels in the screen increase, which means that the display-clarity increases. But one should keep in mind that beyond a certain distance from the TV, all the various versions of HD TVs appear to be same (or there is little noticeable difference from a HD ready TV to a 4K variant). The difference between these variants starts becoming noticeable as one starts moving closer to the screen. The size is also an important factor while choosing resolution. A 32 inch is the entry level size for Full HD TVs, but at that size, there difference between a HD Ready and Full HD is not much. Similarly 42-43 inch is the entry level size for UHDs and thus at this size, the difference will not be much between a Full HD and 4K.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut)

The single biggest change that has happened in recent times in TV Picture technology is the introduction of HDR or High Dynamic Range in TV. It relates to something called as “Contrast”. “Contrast ratio” is a term which one might hear when looking at several models of TVs. Contrast ratio is a measure of the luminance of the TV screen. It is the ratio of the brightness of the brightest colour (ie white) to the darkness of the darkest colour (ie black) on the screen. It is an indicator of the vibrance (or brilliance) of the screen. So a high contrast ratio is usually preferred.

It is not that TVs in past did not have “Contrast”, but with HDR the range of “Contrast” has significantly increased. And that is why the name “High Dynamic Range”. A TV with HDR has much more shades of whites and blacks and thus picture quality increases significantly. What it also give is an opportunity to have wider shades of various colors and thus WCG (or Wide Color Gamut) comes into picture. Additionally TVs employ different technologies to add color and along with HDR the whole picture quality improves significantly. A TV with HDR and WCG looks significantly better than any other TV.

Refresh rate

The video playing on a TV is actually a series of images which are displayed at a very high rate so that they appear to move and give our eyes a sensation of moving objects. So “refresh rate” determines how quickly the images are updated in one second (or are refreshed in one second) on the screen. If a TV has a high refresh rate, then it means that the moving of the images on the screen will be fast and smooth. In simple words, the video quality will be enhanced. (Please note that refresh rate is different from frame rate).

So if you primarily intend to watch high-action, fast moving objects on your TV (like racing, or high graphics games) then you should go for a TV with a high refresh rate as the images would not get blurred. But if you want to watch regular stuff (like TV soaps, movies) then the standard refresh rate of 50 Hz would be sufficient for you.

Different manufacturers use different terminologies (in terms of mentioning the refresh rate) to promote their TVs. Some examples are LG Motion Clarity index, Samsung Clear Motion rate, Toshiba ClearScan, Sony Motion Flow and so on. In these patented technologies, the refresh rate that is mentioned, is sometimes bloated. So a manufacturer can label their tv as having a refresh rate as high as 1000 Hz, but effectively the refresh rate is no more than 200 Hz.

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It is important to have a knowledge of the aspect of “fake refresh rate” because some people get misguided by the high value of the refresh rate for a particular brand, which when normalised, is effectively lesser than the value that is mentioned in the specifications of the TV.

Sound (RMS Output)

Another important aspect now-a-days is the sound quality of TVs. If you look at some models, you shall find that a RMS power rating is given to TVs. For example. a tv with 5W + 5W RMS would mean that the power output of both the speakers is 5W individually. Higher RMS rating generally translates to louder volume. However, it does not mean that a higher RMS rated TV will be “better-sounding” more than a TV having a lower RMS rating.

Some TVs these days have Subwoofer or even a sound bar integrated in them. In case you are looking for better sound output, do look for subwoofer or soundbar integration. Also try to look for models with Dolby Audio Support.

IPS vs VA panel

You must have observed that when viewed from different angles, the colours in the LED TV change. That is because of the screen-panel.

There are two main types of panels available in market: IPS panels and VA panels.

IPS panels are found to be better in terms of viewing angle ie you can watch TV sitting at different angles with the TV whereas VA panels are not found to be that good in terms of viewing angle. It means that a TV with a VA panel does not give you much freedom in terms of the viewing angle. So if you have a bigger room, then IPS panel would offer a better angle. Also IPS panels are tougher than VA panels and are found to be more durable. However, in terms of color reproduction, VA panels are better and that is why brands like Sony and Samsung still use VA panels.

Picture Engine

In a bid to enhance the viewing experience of the customers, newer technologies are continuously being invented and implemented in TVs. Picture Engine is one of them. Certain brands advertise their “superb picture engine” which claims to better the existing viewing experience. A picture engine works good when a low-resolution video is being played on the tv. With the advent of smart TVs, which can be connected to the internet, viewers can now watch videos online. So if you end up watching a low-resolution video on the internet through your tv, then the picture engine ensures that the video does not get blurred or “pixelated” on the big screen.

Smart TV

Smart TVs are made to be able to connect to the internet. So you can browse the internet, watch online videos and so on your TV by connecting it to WiFi. It enables your TV to have an operating system just like your phone does. Android, LG WebOS, Linux, Firefox OS are some of the OSes available. Some of them like Andoid have good app stores which give you a possibility to have different kind of apps to be installed on your TV.

In case you do not purchase a Smart TV, then there are many devices like Google Chromecast, Amazon Firestick, Apple Smart TV which can be plugged in the HDMI port of your TV and they can convert your TV to a SMART TV.

Conclusion

In this slightly longish post, we have tried to explain you different things that you need to look at while buying a new Television. We have also tried to list down some new technologies that are there in the market. In case you still have questions, please feel free to post them in the discussion section below and we will be happy to help you.

About the Author:
Abhishek Jain is an Alumnus of IIT Bombay with almost 10 years of experience in corporate before starting Bijli Bachao in 2012. His passion for solving problems moved him towards Energy Sector and he is keen to learn about customer behavior towards Energy and find ways to influence the same towards Sustainability. .

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