You try juggling 1080p vs. 720p. Or LED vs. LCD vs. OLED. These are the types of HDTV acronyms that usually make someone’s eyes roll into the back of their head as they try to figure out which is important and which isn’t. Luckily, the situation is far more straightforward than you may have initially thought.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite HDTVs available on the market today. They run the gamut between smaller, value-driven sets and larger TVs with every bell and whistle you can think of – and all are worth your time and consideration for various reasons.
In the past, if you wanted a 1080p HDTV that actually gave you the home cinema experience that you were after, you’d have to pay a significant premium for the luxury of doing so. TCL is out to prove that it certainly doesn’t have to be that way any longer, however, with this 27-inch beauty that offers full high definition 1080p resolution and a lifelike picture that you’ll need to see to believe.
The built-in smart functionality of the set is particularly impressive, as it offers access to more than 5,000 streaming channels featuring more than 500,000 different movies and television show episodes – all thanks to the wonders of Roku TV. Not only that, but you get all the inputs you could ever need like three HDMI, one USB and even composite and optical digital out so that you can connect all of your legacy equipment. Note that this model also comes in 40-inch, 43-inch and 49-inch variants.
Maybe the most important advantage that this Samsung brings to the table takes the form of the 4K UHD processor – meaning that even 1080p content is effortlessly upscaled to 4K resolution for a greater level of depth and dynamic range than ever before. Speaking of dynamic range, this set also takes image quality one step further by supporting HDR – similar in concept to Dolby Vision as outlined above. Between that and the included smart TV features, along with built-in compatibility with both Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, you have something of a perfect storm on your hands – one that will allow you to enjoy content in the comfort of your own home and on your own terms for years to come.
This 24-inch model is another in a long line of examples that once again prove why VIZIO is such a force to be reckoned with in the world of high quality, value-driven HDTV sets. Right out of the box, you’ll love the SmartCast 3.0 functionality. It brings all of your favorite streaming services like Netflix and Hulu together in a more accessible way than ever before, all of which can be controlled using either the included remote or the SmartCast Mobile app. The TV also comes with Chromecast built right in, meaning that you can always stream content to your TV from your smartphone or tablet, too. But the best part of all is that this particular set works natively with Apple HomeKit – you can now control your TV not only using the Apple “Home” app on your iPhone but also by using the power of only your voice thanks to the onboard Siri functionality.
Last but not least we have this 32-inch model from Jensen, which comes complete with an integrated HDTV ATSC tuner that is ready for not only 1080p content, but also 720p and 480p shows and movies as well. The major selling point here is ARC, or Audio Return Channel, via HDMI. This means that you can use the same remote to control not only your TV, but also any other supported device you connect to it like a DVD or Blu-ray player, too.