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Best LED TVs in India ( Smart / Non Smart ) by Size in 2021 Reviews & Buyer's Guide

By on August 11, 2021 with 508 Comments  

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

In this article, we will apprise you with the best LED TV in India in 2021 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 2021

Here is the list of some of the best TV models in the market.

1) Samsung 55 inch FRAME TV QA55LS03 (Best Overall LED TV in India)

When we think of the best LED TV in India, it has to have everything the latest technology can offer, should be from a good brand with a good reputation and still not very expensive. The one TV that fits all of that is Samsung 55 inch FRAME TV QA55LS03. First of all, this is a QLED TV. The two leading picture technologies in the market are OLED and QLED. OLEDs are fantastic but are pricey. QLEDs are just about as good as OLEDs and not so expensive. With a fast refresh rate, support for HDR10 pro, and Dual LED technology for better contrast, this TV is a fantastic choice. The design of this TV is quite futuristic with no gap from the wall when you install it and no wires running around as there is one single box to connect all the wires. It looks like a frame when installed on a wall. The TV comes with adaptive technology that brightens/darkens the picture based on the ambient light and boosts sounds based on ambient noise. It has Samsung’s Tizen OS, which has an excellent UI/UX, and it also connects to SMART home solutions like Google Home and Alexa. With a host of other features, this TV is certainly the best option in the market for most people who want to buy the best TV.
Pros
  • QLED TV with superior picture quality with HDR10pro support and Dual LED technology for superior contrast.
  • Adaptive Voice Amplifier to boost the sound output when there is ambient noise.
  • No Gap from wall design to merge it semlessly to your room's surrounding.
  • Support for Google Home and Alexa to integrate it semlessly with your SMART home
Cons
  • Does not support Dolby Vision.
  • Does not match the picture quality of OLEDs.
  • 40 Watt Channel 2.2 speakers do not provide perfect surround sound experience.
Keyspecs
  • Speaker Output: 40 W (20 W x 2)
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB port: 2
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2) Sony KD-32W830 (Best 32-inch SMART LED TV)

If you are looking for a 32 inch SMART TV with good picture quality, then Sony KD-32W830 is a good choice. Most 32 inch TVs are HD Ready TVs, and this one is no different. However, it has HDR10 support, and Sony's X-Reality Pro picture engine provides great picture clarity. The Clear Phase audio technology provides great audio quality and analyses and compensates for inaccuracies in speaker response. This TV works on Android Operating System and can connect to SMART home devices like Google Home and Alexa. On the whole, if you are looking for the best 32 inch TV, then this Sony TV is a great choice.
Pros
  • HDR10 support with Dynamic Contrast Enhancer and Live Colour™ Technology generates good picture quality
  • Clear Phase audio technology provides great audio quality.
Cons
  • Refresh rate is basic (so not so great for gaming and fast action sports .. but it will still be ok)
Keyspecs
  • Speaker Output: 10W+10W
  • HDMI Ports: 3
  • USB Ports: 2
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3) iFFalcon 32F2A (Best Budget 32-inch SMART LED TV)

TCL TVs is one of the leading manufacturers of budget TVs worldwide. This Chinese brand brings great quality products at the most affordable prices. In India, they also sell under the brand iFFalcon. Thanks to these brands, expensive technologies have now become affordable. This SMART TV from iFFalcon has a Quad-core CPU and a Dual-core GPU (with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage space). It is a 32 inch HD Ready model with a 60 Hz refresh rate. It is one of the budget brand TVs with HDR10 support, which makes the picture quality great. It has 8W x 2 powerful stereo speakers for sound output, slightly on the lower side. It has Android OS, which has lots of apps and games on its app store. It also supports Google Assistant.
Pros
  • Android OS
  • Quad Core Processor
  • HDR10
Cons
  • Low Audio output
Keyspecs
  • Speaker Output: 8W x 2
  • HDMI Ports: 2
  • USB Ports: 1
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4) Samsung 43 inch FRAME TV QA43LS03 (Best 43-inch SMART LED TV)

Much like the 55 inch Frame TV mentioned above, this TV is also a great choice if you are looking for the best 43 inch TV. Brands have not introduced OLEDs in 43 inches, but QLED TVs of 43-inch size are indeed available. And if you are someone who is looking for a futuristic TV that is the best in the market, then the 43 inch Frame TV from Samsung is a great choice. With a fast refresh rate, support for HDR10 pro, and Dual LED technology for better contrast, this TV is a fantastic choice. The design of this TV is quite futuristic with no gap from the wall when you install it and no wires running around as there is one single box to connect all the wires. It looks like a frame when installed on a wall. The TV comes with adaptive technology that brightens/darkens the picture based on the ambient light and boosts sounds based on ambient noise. It has Samsung’s Tizen OS, which has an excellent UI/UX, and it also connects to SMART home solutions like Google Home and Alexa. With a host of other features, this TV is certainly the best option in the market for most people who want to buy the best TV.
Pros
  • QLED TV with superior picture quality with HDR10pro support and Dual LED technology for superior contrast.
  • Adaptive Voice Amplifier to boost the sound output when there is ambient noise.
  • No Gap from wall design to merge it semlessly to your room's surrounding.
  • Support for Google Home and Alexa to integrate it semlessly with your SMART home
Cons
  • Does not support Dolby Vision.
  • 20 Watt Channel 2.2 speakers do not provide perfect surround sound experience.
Keyspecs
  • Speaker Output: 10W + 10W
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 2
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5) Sanyo Kaizen XT-43UHD4S (Best Budget 43 inch SMART LED TV)

Sanyo, a budget brand from Panasonic, has pretty good options if you are looking to buy a TV with good technology but is not too pricey. If you are looking to buy a 43-inch budget TV, then Sanyo Kaizen XT-43UHD4S is a pretty good option. This UHD TV from Sanyo has a 10 bit VA panel that can generate 1.07 B colors (Wide Color Gamut). The additional support for HDR10 gives it a great picture quality. This Android TV has 2GB RAM and 16GB memory and is a great SMART TV. The sound output of this TV if 20 Watts which is ok for this size. If you are looking to buy a budget 43 inch TV, this one is a great buy.
Pros
  • 10 bit panel with wide color gamut and HDR10 support.
  • SMART TV with Android OS
  • Support from Panasonic (a premium brand)
Cons
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Basic soundbar
Keyspecs
  • Speaker Output: 10 W + 10 W
  • HDMI Port: 3
  • USB Port: 2
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6) Sony KD-49X8000H (Best 49/50-inch SMART LED TV)

For this category, Samsung FRAME TV could also have qualified, but we decided to pick a different one. Sony X80H series is a great series, and it could not have missed this out. This UHD TV from Sony has support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and along with Triluminous Display technology from Sony, it produces great picture quality. Sony’s X-Reality Pro is one of the best picture engines in the market. This TV also supports Dolby ATMOS surround sound format; however, out of the box, its 20 Watts speakers cannot simulate surround sound, and you will need an external system if you want surround sound. The TV has narrow bezels and looks quite stylish. A great TV if you are looking for an awesome TV watching experience in 50 inches.
Pros
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, Trimulinous Display along with Sony's X Reality Pro picture engine.
  • Looks stylish with narrow bezels.
Cons
  • Basic speakers
Keyspecs
  • Speaker Output: 20W
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 2
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7) OnePlus 50U1S (Best Budget 50 inch LED TV)

OnePlus an excellent phone brand, has excellent TVs as well. If you are looking to buy a budget brand TV and are looking for a good 50-inch option, then OnePlus 50U1S is a great option. This UHD TV has a 10-bit panel and support for HDR10, HDR10+ as well as Dolby Vision. Along with MEMC, AI-based improvements, and Noise reduction, this TV produces great picture quality. It comes with OnePlus's Oxygen OS, which is a modified version of Android OS (modified for TVs). It has 4 downward-firing speakers with total RMS output of 30 Watts. It has a stylish bezel-less design which makes the TV look quite classy.
Pros
  • 50 inch UHD SMART TV at a great price
  • 10 bit panel with support for Dolby Vision and HDR pro.
  • Dolby Atmos Audio
  • Andoid OS
Cons
  • 2.0 Channel sound output.
Keyspecs
  • Speaker Output: 30W
  • HDMI Ports: 3
  • USB Ports: 2
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8) LG OLED55CXPTA (Best 55-inch LED TV)

When it comes to picture technology, OLEDs are the gold standard. This technology from LG is the most superior and promising technology in the market. The kind of colors and contrast that OLEDs can generate is unparalleled. This 4K TV from LG is just fantastic. Along with HDR10 support, Dolby Vision support, and an AI-based picture processing engine, this is certainly the best TV in 55 inches that you can get. It comes with LG's WebOS that has support for Google Home and Alexa as well. OLEDs are so thin that they appear as if they are an extension of your wall.  This TV has several perfect sound solutions, like AI Sound Pro and Clear Voice IV  technology by LG. On the whole a fantastic TV to buy.
Pros
  • OLED TV with infinite contrast and great colors.
  • AI Sound Pro and Clear Voice IV can generate good sound output on connected speakers
  • HDR10 support, Dolby Vision support, and an AI-based picture processing engine
Cons
  • 2.2 Channel Speakers.
Keyspecs
  • Sound Output: 40 W RMS
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 3
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9) Mi QLED TV 4K 55 (Best Budget 4K 55 inch LED TV)

If you are looking for a budget 55 inch TV, there is nothing better than getting a QLED TV from a budget brand. And Mi is a good brand in general. This QLED TV from Mi is the best budget brand TV in 55 inches in the market. This 4K TV has support for HDR10+ as well as Dolby Vision. QLED can generate a wide range of colors, and along with good contrast, it can generate great picture quality. In audio, it provides support for Dolby Audio and has 6 full-range speakers and 2 tweeters (all in all 30 Watt RMS output). The patchwall OS is a good implementation over Android OS, and the SMART TV experience is good. The TV has thin bezels, which make it look quite stylish. On the whole, a great buy.
Pros
  • HDR 4K TV for a great price
  • Dolby Audio and DTS-HD
  • Quad core processor with 1.75 GB RAM and 16 GB Storage
  • Android OS with Google Assistant
Cons
  • Sound output on a lower side
  • Lacks an extra WCG (wide color gamut) technology
Keyspecs
  • Sound Output: 2 x 12 W RMS
  • HDMI Ports: 3
  • USB Ports: 2
  • Arc Support
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10) LG OLED65GXPTA (Best LED TV in India if you have no budget constraint)

We all wish that we had all the money in this world to buy everything that we want. If you have that money and want to buy a great TV, then LG OLED65GXPTA is the model. OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode is the next level of technology that can provide absolutely stunning picture quality. OLEDs are types of LEDs with a layer of organic compounds that emit light when an electric current is passed through them to give different colors that are brighter and more vibrant. Along with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and α9 Gen 3 AI Processor 4K with AI Picture Pro; this technology can get you the best picture quality that money can buy. The TV can have stunning black, gorgeous whites, and a wide variety of different colors. The refresh rate in this TV is high, and it gives the best cinematic experience. OLEDs are thin, and this TV has all the HDMI ports at the bottom, and USB ports on the side and all this, along with a gapless design (gapless from the wall), make it look stunning—one the whole a fabulous buy.
Pros
  • OLED is a next level technology in Picture Quality.
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision Support.
  • LG's WebOS with support for Google Assistant and Alexa
  • α9 Gen 3 AI Processor 4K with AI Picture Pro & AI Sound Pro
Cons
  • None
Keyspecs
  • Sound Output : 60 W 4.2 channel speakers
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 3
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For more options, you can check the list below.

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

  • Top Ten 43 inch LED TV in India

    • Mi-Mi LED TV 4A PRO 43
      • 43 inch
      • Full HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Mi-Mi TV 4X 43
      • 43 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR10
    • OnePlus-43Y1
      • 43 inch
      • Full HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Vu-43US
      • 43 inch
      • Full HD
      • 24 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • LG-43LM5600PTC
      • 43 inch
      • Full HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
      • Active HDR, Dynamic
    • Motorola-43SAFHDM
      • 43 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Motorola-43SAUHDM
      • 43 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • Dolby Vision,HDR10,HDR10+,HLG
    • Vu-43PM
      • 43 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 24 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10, Dolby Vision
    • Thomson-43 OATHPRO 2000
      • 43 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10, Dolby Vision, 10 bit display
    • LG-43UM7290PTF
      • 43 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
      • 4K Active HDR, Advance
  • Top Ten 32 inch LED TV in India

    • Thomson-32PATH0011
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 24 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Thomson-32PATH0011BL
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 24 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Thomson-32TM3290
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 20 W Audio
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Samsung-32T4340
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 900
      • PurColor
    • OnePlus-32Y1
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Vu-32US
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • LG-32LM565BPTA
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 10 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
      • Active HDR, Dynamic
    • iFFalcon-32F2A
      • 32 inch
      • Full HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR10
    • Motorola-32SAFHDM
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    • Samsung-32TE40F
      • 32 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 900
      • HDR, PurColor
  • Top Ten 49/50 inch LED TV in India

    • Sony-KD-49X7002G
      • 49 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 10 W + 10 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
      • HDR10, HLG, Live Colour Technology
    • Samsung-49N5300
      • 49 inch
      • Full HD
      • 40W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 500
      • Yes, PurColor
    • Sony-KD-49X7500H
      • 49 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 10 W + 10 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
      • HDR10, HLG, Live Colour Technology
    • Samsung-49N5100
      • 49 inch
      • Full HD
      • 40W Audio
      • Refresh Rate: 200
      • Wide Color Enhancer
    • Sony-KDL-49W800G
      • 49 inch
      • Full HD
      • 5 W + 5 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
      • HDR10, HLG, Live Colour Technology
    • LG-49SK8500PTA
      • 49 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 40W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • 4K Cinema HDR, Nano Cell Color
    • Sony-KD-49X8000H
      • 49 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 10 W + 10 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: Motionflow™ XR 200 (Native 50 Hz)
      • HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, Live Colour Technology
    • LG-49SM8100PTA
      • 49 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
      • 4K Active HDR, Nano Cell Color
    • LG-49UK7500PTA
      • 49 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • 4K Active HDR, Nano Cell Color
  • Top Ten 55 inch LED TV in India

    • Mi-Mi TV 4X 55
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR10
    • iFFalcon-55K31
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR10, 10 bit panel
    • Motorola-55SAUHDM
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • Dolby Vision,HDR10,HDR10+,HLG
    • Vu-55PM
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10, Dolby Vision
    • Thomson-55 OATHPRO 0101
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10, Dolby Vision, 10 bit display
    • LG-55UM7290PTD
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
      • 4K Active HDR, Advance
    • Motorola-55SAUHDMQ
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 50 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • Dolby Vision,HDR10,HDR10+,HLG
    • iFFalcon-55K61
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 24 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR10
    • LG-55UK6360PTE
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • 4K Active HDR
    • Thomson-55PATH5050
      • 55 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 24 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10
  • Top Ten 24 inch LED TV in India

    • Thomson-24TM2490
      • 24 inch
      • HD Ready
      • 20 W Audio
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Top Ten 65 inch LED TV in India

    • Motorola-65SAUHDM
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • Dolby Vision,HDR10,HDR10+,HLG
    • Vu-65PM
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10, Dolby Vision
    • Thomson-65 OATHPRO 2020
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10, Dolby Vision, 10 bit display
    • LG-65UM7290PTD
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
      • 4K Active HDR, Advance
    • Samsung-65TUE60
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 2100
      • HDR, PurColor
    • LG-65UK6360PTE
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • 4K Active HDR
    • OnePlus-65U1S
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 30 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • Dolby Vision,HDR10,HDR10+,HLG, 10 bit
    • Samsung-65AUE70
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 20W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 2000
      • HDR, PurColor
    • Vu-65LX
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 100 W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
      • HDR 10, Dolby Vision, 10 bit
    • TCL-65P715
      • 65 inch
      • Ultra HD
      • 2*15W Audio
      • SMART TV
      • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
      • HDR10

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

Best LED TV Under 20000

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 2021

These are considered premium brands in India. These brands have the latest and greatest technology available in the market. Japanese brand Toshiba or Dutch brand Philips is also good, but if you are looking for decent value for money brands, you may look at the new and upcoming brands like Vu LED TV, Sanyo LED TV, and  Thomson LED TV. Technology-wise the premium brands are far superior, but they are expensive. In general, most brands in India do not offer a warranty of more than 1 year on TVs, and bad power quality does damage TVs in several places. Thus a lot of people prefer to go for the value for money brands. To check our analysis of various brands, 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 behavior 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 connection 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 oversized 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. Below is a table that illustrates the ideal distance at which you should sit from the TV to have a nice viewing experience.

Screen Size Ideal Viewing Distance Range
HD Ready Full HD 4K
24 inch 5.0-8.5 feet
28 inch 5.8-9.9 feet
32 inch 6.7-11.4 feet 4.0-6.7 feet
40 inch 5.0-8.3 feet 3.3-5.0 feet
43 inch 5.4-9 feet 3.6-5.4 feet
50 inch 6.3-10.4 feet 4.2-6.3 feet
55 inch 6.9-11.5 feet 4.6-6.9 feet
60 inch 5.0-7.5 feet
65 inch 5.4-8.1 feet
75 inch 6.3-9.4 feet

Table Source

We have simple advice for you for those who do not even want to take the pain of confirming the right TV size based on the distance from watching the TV. You can opt for a 32-43′ TV for your bedroom and go for 55′ or more for your hall/living room. If your hall room size is humongous large, 75’ or even 100’ TV will do wonders.

Resolution

When we are talking about the screen resolution, or in other words, the clarity of the TV, then the number of pixels matters a lot. The more the number of pixels, the 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)

d) Ultra HD 8K(7680 × 4320, 8K, Ultra HD, available only in 65 Inches and above TV models)

Though often used interchangeably, there is a slight difference between a true 4K and 4K UHD. UHD has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, precisely twice that of Full HD and thrice that of simply HD. On the other hand, the true 4K has a resolution of 4096 x 2160. So, rather than being simply 4x of Full HD, 4K derives its name from measuring 4000+ pixels on its longest side. But most of the TV with 3840 x 2160 resolution are marketed as 4K or 4K UHD TV.

As you go from HD Ready to Ultra High Definition, the number of pixels on the screen increases, meaning 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 the same (or there is little noticeable difference from an 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 a resolution. A 32 inch is the entry-level size for Full HD TVs, but at that size, the difference between an HD Ready and Full HD is not much. Similarly, 42-43 inches is the entry-level size for UHDs, and thus at this size, the difference will not be much between a Full HD and 4K.

Display Panel

The most significant differentiating factor between a premium and non-premium TV lies in the display panel. We have already moved from bulky CRT TVs to slim LED TVs. In LED, manufacturers have found a big scope for improvement. Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display panels are borne out of that vision. OLED is the best display panel you can get in a TV, but you’ll need to shell out a couple of lakh to buy a giant TV with OLED technology. OLEDs are Organic Light Emitting Diode panel TVs that use an organic material that glows when electricity is passed through them. On the contrary, conventional LED TV displays comprise of LCD screen that needs an LED backlight to make the colors visible. When we say LCD screen, it should not be confused with old LCD TVs, which used much older technology that uses a fluorescent backlight and not the LED. The most prominent difference between LED and OLED is that the OLED lights up individual pixels while the standard LED (non-OLED) displays light up the complete screen. This difference helps to get the real contrast because it’s possible to reproduce true blacks as they can be completely turned off. Also, it has a massive lead over conventional LEDs in response time because OLEDs are touted to be 1,000 times faster, implying there would be no discernible blur with fast-moving images. LG is presently a leader in OLED technology, and it also happens to OLED panel suppliers to other big TV manufacturers.

LG and Samsung are arch-rivals. So if LG is taking the world by storm with OLED, Samsung has come with a panel technology that would attract elite TV buyers. To take on OLED, Samsung has its own QLED technology, which sounds quite similar to the former. QLEDs are Quantum-dot LEDs that are nothing but microscopic molecules (nano-sized semiconductor crystals), when hit by the incident light, would emit their own differently colored light. They possess good light-absorbing and emitting capacity, making them a great choice for vibrant pictures and energy-efficient. Though QLED TVs are definitely better than ordinary LED, OLED still rules the roost. These displays are best suited for individuals who not only want a great display but also care for the environment (as they are highly energy efficient)

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

A few years back, when 4K was new, all the limelight was on the resolution. Marketers and salespeople would talk about a bigger 4K TV grandiosity, how it compares to Full HD or HD, or the rudimentary SD definition. However, as the economy of scale has started to picture in, the prices of 4K TV plunged significantly. TV marketers are slowly shifting their technical catchphrase from 4K to HDR and WCG. Wide color gamut (WCG) is often bundled with HDR. Though mostly concurrent, they aren’t precisely intrinsically interlinked. HDR increases the dynamic range of the picture (with brighter brights and darker darks), WCG improves on the color reproduction–redder reds, bluer blues, greener greens, etc. In short, HDR improves picture clarity quantitatively while WCG does so qualitatively.

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 “contrast.” Contrast ratio is a term that one might hear when looking at several models of TVs. The contrast ratio is a measure of the luminance of the TV screen. It is the ratio of the brightest color’s brightness (i.e., white) to the darkness of the darkest color (i.e., black) on the screen. It is an indicator of the vibrance (or brilliance) of the screen. So a high contrast ratio is usually preferred. For a deeper understanding of HDR, read our article here.

WCG, on the other hand, lets TV display more colors. Not just more colors but more real-life-like colors which we see with our naked eye. So, if you are getting a TV with HDR and WCG, you can rest assured of amazing picture quality. We have a dedicated article explaining WCG here.

HDR is pretty much on the path of becoming standard, especially in the 4K TVs; there is also a start of a virtual HDR format war. The TV manufacturers are toiling hard to bring their own HDR. Presently there are at least four different HDR formats, with more to come soon. Below is the key characteristic of each HDR format:

  1. HDR10: This is the most commonly used HDR format and supports up to 10 bit of display panel. This implies it can display a maximum of 1 billion colors. Also, metadata processing is static. Companies often tag their HDR10 format as HDR Pro or HDR Premium. They are nothing but HDR10.
  2. Dolby Vision: This is arguably the best HDR format. It supports a 12 bit display panel implying it can display mind-boggling 68 billion colors. Also, metadata processing in this HDR is dynamic. For simplicity, the dynamic is better than static. For more info on the difference between the two, check the link.
  3. HDR10+: This is a recently released HDR format that is an upgrade over HDR10. It supports dynamic metadata processing but supports 10 bit display panel and not 12 bit like Dolby Vision.
  4. HLG: Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) format HDR is specifically meant for broadcasting live channels in HDR. Presently in India, no channel brings out live channels with HDR support.

HDR and WCG are another step towards improving the aesthetics of watching content on a big screen. But bear in mind that HDR is an end-to-end technology. Every step from creation to reproduction on the TV screen in your home needs to be HDR-compatible with all that in place WCG and HDR will surely enhance the TV viewing experience.

Refresh rate

The video playing on a TV is actually a series of images 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 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), 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 the LG Motion Clarity index, Samsung Clear Motion rate, Toshiba ClearScan, Sony Motion Flow, etc. 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 know 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 normalized, is effectively lesser than the value mentioned in the specifications of the TV.

Remote

Modern remote bundles with smart TVs are minimalistic. They usually have a few channel control buttons with volume adjustment and voice control if it comes with Google Voice assistant. We recommend going for a Bluetooth remote instead of an ordinary one because you can control the TV from any part of the room with a Bluetooth remote. In infrared, you would specifically need to point towards the TV. We have observed many cheap smart TVs don’t come with a mute button. Be watchful of that too. Remotes it high-end TV also comes with a zooming button, which lets you zoom any part of the screen. Ardent sports lovers would truly admire this feature. If you prefer to use your TV late night with lights off, try to go for a TV model with LED-backlit to make it convenient to operate the TV in the dark. Additionally, you can buy a complete functionality keyboard-like Bluetooth remote if your smart TV comes with Bluetooth connectivity.

Sound (RMS Output)

Another important aspect nowadays is the sound quality of TVs. If you look at some models, you shall find that an RMS power rating is given to TVs. For example. A TV with 5W + 5W RMS would mean that both speakers’ power output is 5W individually. A 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.

Many premium TVs these days come with a dedicated soundbar with enhanced sound technology like Dolby or DTS. Harman Kardon is one of the best-inbuilt speaker sets bundled with the TV. The typical arrangement of Harman Kardon speakers is that it has four separate speakers with dual amplifiers. This helps in taking the entertainment quotient higher. The front design of these speakers is such that they deliver sound with minimum losses.

Similarly, on a software front, it is best to go with the Dolby Digital sound system. The strength of Dolby Digital lies in compressing the size of multichannel audio files without disturbing the sound quality. Dolby Digital takes cues from how the human ear processes sound and implements it in its functioning. It provides five bandwidth channels: front right, front left, center, surround right, and surround left for an amazingly true sound feel. Thus, it expands right and left conventional stereo channels to give listeners enveloping 360 degrees of sound, alternately the “surround sound.” If all-around sound (3D sound) takes you to another world, go for a TV with Dolby.

Some TVs these days also have a subwoofer or soundbar integrated into them. In case you are looking for better sound output, do look for subwoofer or soundbar integration.

IPS vs. VA panel

You must have observed that when viewed from different angles, the colors in the LED TV change. That is because of the screen panel. There are two main types of panels available in the market: IPS panels and VA panels.

IPS panels are better in terms of viewing angle, i.e., watching 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 regarding the viewing angle. So if you have a bigger room, then an 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, so brands like Sony and Samsung still use VA panels.

Picture Engine

Companies provide different picture engines to deal with the ever-increasing pixel count and deliver crisp & clear pictures. This should be essential for users who intend to do gaming or watch action-packed movies on their TV. X Reality Pro engine on Sony 4K TV upscales every pixel to provide better clarity. It improves picture clarity by adding the missing colors, luster, vibrancy, texture, and details to the given picture. LG, on the other hand, provides Triple XD an engine that works on three important parameters—contrast, color, and noise. Triple XD engine enhances picture quality by increasing black levels and brightness, altering color tones, and provides analog & MPEG noise reduction algorithms. Though the premium range of TVs offers a stunning 4K resolution, most of the sources, especially in India, don’t provide native 4K content. This means there is the need to upscale them when aired on the TV, but then they risk appearing blurry or grainy. To cope with this, make sure the picture engine of the TV comes with the capability of upscaling low-resolution content.

Smart TV

If you decide to buy a smart TV, you will come across many operating systems (OS) just like you find them on your laptops and smartphones.

Android is the most popular operating system for Smart TVs, just like the smartphone with nearly half of the market share. The best part of Android TV OS (Android 6.0 and above) is that they come with Google Voice assistant. This means your TV can easily search any content you say, as Google Voice is the best in recognizing different accents accurately. Moreover, if you are an Android user, you would already know that thousands of apps are on the Play Store. However, there is a slight catch with Android TV OS. Though many smart TV says Android OS, they are not officially certified. It means that Play Store might be absent altogether. So if you want the official Play Store to go for Android-certified TV, in case you are a tech geek, you can do without an Android-certified TV by sideloading APK apps on Smart TV.

LG’s WebOS is the second most popular TV OS. This OS is built around the taskbar, which runs at the bottom of the screen. First introduced in 2014, UI hasn’t changed much, but there have been some gradual improvements over the years matching the need of the hour. The main advantage of WebOS is that it’s exceptionally user-friendly, stable, fast, least prone to slowdowns. However, on the downside, it lacks broader ecosystem apps that Google can offer. 2018 onwards, LG has added ThinQ AI in its premium Smart TVs, which allows for smart search, multiple windows, and magnification on live screen functionalities.

Just like LG, Samsung hosts its operating system, Tizen, in its Smart TVs. Samsung calls it SmartHub, and its UI draws a lot of inspiration from webOS, especially in the way it uses overlaid menu comprising big colorful icons.

There is another popular TV OS, but of late, its development is on the decline. It is Firefox OS and presently shipped with selected Panasonic appliances. Though it’s one of the clean, fresh and easy TV systems around, opting for it is a little dicey since Mozilla Foundation has confirmed its withdrawal from this segment. This means future support and development in the TVs powered by Firefox OS is apparently in jeopardy.

Now, if you are really on a tight budget and cannot afford a smart TV but still crave one, we have a solution. If your TV comes with an HDMI port, you can convert your idiot box into a smart TV using plug-and-play devices like Google Chromecast, Amazon Firestick, and Apple Smart TV. They come with many OTT apps and provide you with a full dose of entertainment like a usual smart TV.

Conclusion

In this slightly longish post, we have tried to explain the different things 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. If you still have questions, please feel free to post them in the discussion section below, and we will be happy to help you. Also, do check these articles on our website before making a decision:

Different Types of Local Dimming Technologies in LED TVs in India

OLED vs QLED: All You Need To Know About Premium TV Display Technologies

What is Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and how it improves picture quality?

What is HDR and how it impacts TV Picture Quality?

Latest TV Technologies in India

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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