TV Buying Guide 2019

A customer is at Best Buy talking to an employee about buying a TV

We all know with the tax refunds rolling in, now’s a good time to splurge a little and upgrade the entertainment center at home. The ends very much justify the means here (Bigger, better TV? Yes, please!), but the process of buying a new TV can be a little daunting: From the types of TV to TV sizes and resolutions, there’s a lot to consider.

We’re all about making life simple and easy—this guide for buying your next TV is here to help get your started.

Study Up on TV Technology

Although TV technology is always rapidly changing, you want your TV to last as long as possible before having to buy a new one. As of today, LED and OLED TVs are the norm when it comes to TV technology, with the latter being the newest and priciest. Almost all TVs today are LED, but if you want the newest and most eye-catching picture, then you’re gonna want an OLED. What’s the difference you might ask? LED TVs are backlit, which means the light shines through a panel of crystals to make your picture. OLED on the other hand has all their individual pixels turn on and off on their own, which in turn makes the picture more vivid.

TV Size for Room

When it comes to your home theater experience, TV size matters. It is arguably one of the most important factors, if not the most important factor when buying a TV.  A 24-inch to 32-inch is fine if it’s going in the guest room or the kids room, but if it’s main TV, then you definitely want to size up. While a 5,000 square feet IMAX screen isn’t necessary, 55-inch to 65-inch TVs are what you generally want for your living room. And remember, at the end of the day no one has ever complained about a TV being “too big.”

What Does Resolution Mean?

Just like size, the resolution on your TV is important as well. The resolution determines how many pixels are on your TV and the general rule of the thumb is that if you have more pixels, you will have sharper images and finer details. 4K resolution is also the standard on TVs today, although there are still 1080p or HDTV resolution TVs out there, but you should ignore those. Why? Because 4K resolution TVs produce four times the number of pixels, which makes it four times as better on the eyes.

Go for HDR

Make sure whatever TV you’re purchasing has HDR. What’s HDR? It stands for High-Dynamic Range and basically allows your TV to produce to certain colors that makes whatever you’re watching look “real.” Your TV might have sharp details, but if the colors are muted boring, then that’s going to take away from the whole viewing experience.

Upgrade Your TV Speakers

Because modern TVs are thinner and more elegant, the speakers inside them are generally worse. Having a large and beautiful television won’t account for anything if you can’t hear what you’re watching. Consider upgrading your audio with a soundbar or a surround-sound system to coincide with your new TV.

HDMI Ports are Important

The more the merrier when it comes to HDMI ports. You know you’re going to connect a whole bunch of peripherals to your TV, so you’re gonna want the outlets for them. Make sure your TV has at least two ports, but four is generally ideal. Don’t forget to stock up on HDMI cables to get everything connected. Pro tip: A universal remote can simplify your home theater and lets you control everything with one remote.

Research Manufacturers

Not all TV brands are created equal, so do your homework on manufacturers. If you’re not sure what brand of TV to get, stick with the ol’ reliables: Samsung, LG, and Sony. They’re basically the Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant of television brands.

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