Treating yourself to a new TV? Or maybe you’re long overdue an upgrade? Whatever your reasons, there’s a lot of new tech and features you’ll need to wrap your head around, and our handy buying guide will help you do just that.
Size is important. Your TV needs to suit your room and viewing needs, whether that’s a basic smaller model for your kitchen, or a giant screen with the latest tech for your living room. Here are a few things to consider.Shop all TVs
TV sizes have changed a lot. They now have much thinner bezels, letting you get more screen size for your money. And the latest tech means TVs are getting thinner and thinner, so even the biggest screens aren’t too imposing in your home.
TVs are measured diagonally, from corner to corner. Grab your tape measure and check out our measuring guide to find out more.
The further away you’re going to be sitting from the TV, the bigger the screen. To give you an idea, if your sofa’s around 8 feet away, go for a TV around 50 inches. Distance around 9 feet? Pick up a TV that’s at least 55 inches. And for a 10 foot distance, we’d suggest a 60-inch TV or bigger. But at the end of the day, it’s about what feels right for you.
Big really is better when it comes to screen size. And we recommend sizing up when choosing your next TV – most of the best tech only comes in models that are 40 inches or bigger. Plus, a bigger screen means you’ll be futureproofing your setup.
Did you know? UK households have seen a 50% increase in TV size since 2010.
8K resolution delivers an incredible picture quality that’s hard to match. Millions of pixels – four times as many as that of 4K – create razor-sharp images that look more true-to-life than ever before. There's not a lot of 8K-ready content yet, but as soon as there is you’ll be blown away by the most realistic on-screen action yet. And in the meantime, the majority of 8K TVs have an upscaling feature that will make your big game or latest blockbuster look the best it can.
4K is one of the most common screen resolutions in TVs. With four times more pixels that a HD TV, 4K screens display your favourite films and shows with unbelievable detail. Plus, all the top streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney + come with a range of 4K content for you to enjoy. If you’re looking for a TV for now and the future, a 4K model is a must.
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A smart TV connects to the internet through your broadband to let you enjoy all your streaming favourites such as Netflix and Disney+. Most TVs today now have smart features.
The main benefit of a smart TV is naturally the amount of entertainment on offer. With different streaming platforms popping up left, right and centre, there’s bucket loads.
You’ll find all your classic free catch-up and on demand apps such as BBC iPlayer for the best of British drama, and ITV Hub for all those great game shows and talked about reality TV. Not to mention the great entertainment on the likes of All4, My5 and Freeview. Learn more about Freeview Play here.
Looking for a bit more excitement and adventure? There’s a ton of subscription based streaming services available serving up the best in original films and binge worthy series. You’ve got your go to’s such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV and Disney +. But there’s also more independent services like BFI Player or MUBI, if you’re looking for that uncut gem.
Different brands use different smart platforms to let you sift through all the great entertainment the internet has to offer. You have WebOS with LG TVs, Tizen for Samsung, Android TV for Sony and even Apple TV which comes with its own line-up of original shows. They all look and work a little differently, but they’re a more user-friendly way for you to flick through the apps and services you love.
Are you riding the smart home trend? Or maybe you’re thinking about getting into it. Not to worry. A lot of TVs now are compatible with your other smart devices.
Some TVs can connect to your Amazon Alexa device, meaning you can change the volume, select different apps and choose the stuff you want to watch with your voice. Even better, some models come with Alexa built-in, so you can enjoy the benefits of voice control without having to own an additional smart device.
Like Alexa, some TVs can hook up to your Google Assistant smart device. So, you can put that remote down and impress your family with hands free control next time movie night comes around.
Screen tech, resolution and now picture quality? We know, there’s a lot to take in when picking out that new TV. Let us take you through some great features that’ll completely enhance the stuff you see on screen.
TVs with HDR tech display a wider range of colours with better contrast. This clever use of colour creates vivid and lifelike images, making it perfect for throwing yourself into those nature docs or that edge-of-your-seat sporting event. Most HDR TVs also pack in a 4K Ultra HD resolution. The two work together to bring you incredible visuals that'll transform your home viewing.
HDR10+ takes high dynamic range technology up a notch, displaying that sci-fi film or football match in even more colour and detail. HDR10+ adapts during each scene or sequence of the content you watch, so it’s constantly improving the range of colours and details throughout. This means you know you’re watching the best possible version of the entertainment you love.
Dolby Vision makes sure you’re always watching your favourite films with the best possible quality. It works in a similar way to HDR10+ by adapting the visuals scene by scene, so what you see on screen is bursting with vivid colours and details.
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Often the area that’s overlooked when picking out that new TV, but no film experience is complete without great sound. With modern TVs being so thin, the sound can sometimes be an issue. So, here are a couple of features that are guaranteed to make your walls shake.
Immerse yourself in the sound of your favourite entertainment with Dolby Atmos. This tech recreates the audio from that pulsating sci-fi or that rich period drama in 3D for that full surround sound experience.
No home cinema setup is complete without a good soundbar. They’ll take your movies and shows to the next level with ground-shaking sound. We’d recommend choosing a model with an additional subwoofer – these chunky boxes will add the bass to those action extravaganzas for that true cinematic experience.
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Some TVs have Multiview, which lets you cast your phone screen alongside the sport, so you can keep an eye on the ball while scrolling through socials. There's also a sports alert feature. This is a pop up that notifies you of your favourite team's score at all times.
There’s something for the whole family on a smart TV. They have a range of streaming apps, as well as lots of catch-up services. Plus, HDR10+ adjusts the brightness depending on the scene. This means you’ll enjoy a more realistic picture whatever you’re watching. And if that's all on a large screen - even better.
A high refresh rate coupled with HDMI 2.1 output gives you super smooth and clear gaming, helping you stay one step ahead of the competition!
Did you know? If you plan on using your TV for gaming, it’s a good idea to look for TVs with at least 3 HDMI ports.
To get your new TV up on that wall, you’ll need a good wall bracket. Our range of brackets and mounts are compatible with the TVs we sell, so you know you’ll get the right fit.
It’s really important to find the right bracket for the size of your TV. To make things easier, there are a range of guidelines that match TVs to suitable mounts called VESA dimensions. Check the specifications on our TV product pages to find the correct figure for your model.
A fixed wall mount is ideal as it allows you to place your TV close to the wall. They leave just enough space for your cables, so everything will look neat and tidy.
With a tilting wall mount, you have the option to adjust your viewing angle either up or down. This is a good option for TVs that are placed quite high up, like on a bedroom wall or above the fireplace.
If you like to switch things up, a full motion wall mount is for you. You can tilt and swivel horizontally and vertically and even pull the TV to and from the wall, giving you complete flexibility over how you view your favourite shows.
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Don’ forget to pick up those essential accessories to get the most from your new TV. From HDMI cables, to smart remotes and adapters, we’ve got the lot.
A smart TV can connect to the internet via an app without needing a set-top box or streaming device, meaning you can stream directly from your all favourite catch-up and streaming apps. They also allow you to play music and videos, browse the internet, and view photos. Some even have voice control! Let the binge-watching commence.
OLED and QLED both deliver incredible picture quality, but they do it in different ways. OLED pixels are self-lit – that means the screen can actually go pitch-black in places. The result? Amazing contrast that makes the picture pop, and light only appearing where it should.
QLED TVs work by having LED lights projected onto a sheet of quantum dots. This means the picture is incredibly bright and has shades of colour that can still be seen in a bright room.
Android TV is the platform that runs your smart apps. Different brands use different versions – just like how some phones use Apple iOS and others use Android or Microsoft. Android TVs give you access to all kinds of social and streaming apps, like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and TikTok. And it organises them all for you in its hub, so you can find everything easily.
Ultra HD or UHD is another way of saying 4K Ultra HD. All TVs that are 4K are 4K Ultra HD – some manufacturers just shorten it to keep it simple. This screen resolution is four times more detailed than Full HD, so the stuff you watch will look so much clearer.
HLG is a type of HDR that works for live TV. This kind of tech makes colour vivid and true-to-life, so it’s ideal if you love sports and want that real feeling from the comfort of your couch.
Most TVs come with an LED screen. All this means is that the TV uses LED lights to create all the colours in your films and shows.
HD Ready is a 720p resolution. This is one step above standard definition and is great for taking advantage of any HD channels on your TV. But, it’s not quite as good as Full HD.
This all depends on what you’re going to be using it for, and what screen size you’d like. Check out our TV buying guide – this will point you in the right direction.
HDMI 2.1 is the physical connector that links devices together. It can support resolutions up to 10K and refresh rates of 120Hz (at 4K) - this means the picture will be silky smooth. Because of this, it’s a great choice for serious gamers and big movie buffs.
Samsung created a picture quality index (or PQI) to measure the quality between their ranges. This scoring system takes into account resolution, colour, brightness and contrast, motion and noise reduction. The higher the number, the more realistic the picture will look.
Short for Picture Mastering Index, PMI is a picture quality rating that LG give to their TVs. It assesses clarity, colour rendering and contrast, and is out of 2300 PMI.
The price of an Apple TV box depends on its storage and resolution. If it’s HD and has 32GB, then you can pick one up for £139. As for super crisp 4K resolution, then it starts at around £165 for 32GB and goes up to £189 if you get 64GB of storage. Check out the most up-to-date prices here.
An Ultra LED (or ULED) screen is Hisense’s step up from a regular LED display. These screens are really detailed and can create accurate colours, as well as light and shadows. So your sports and movies will look amazing.
A great feature to look out for is smart. This gives you access to all kinds of streaming and catch-up apps. If you love sports or games, multi view will be your best friend. This lets you put your phone screen next to the action, so you can check your Twitter feed while keeping an eye on the ball, or play a YouTube tutorial to get through a tricky level in your game. And if you just like things that make life easier, go for a TV with voice control.
Any smart TV gives you loads of catch-up and streaming apps, but some have better picture quality, or faster menus. A bunch of our most popular brands are Samsung, LG, Philips, Sony and Hisense.
Local dimming allows LEDs in the screen to dim. This creates contrast and shadows in darker scenes.
Hz is used to measure a TV’s refresh rate (how quickly it can display a new image). The higher the number, the faster the refresh rate, meaning a smoother picture with less lag.
The minimum internet speed you need is 25Mbps, but we recommend higher to all cover bases and to futureproof your system.