When it comes to buying a new TV, you’ve already got a lot to consider. But, one of the very first things you need to decide is, “What size TV should I get?”. One that’s too small and you’ll be straining your eyes to see what’s going on. Too big, and you’ll be bobbling your head all over the place trying to take everything in!
Your TV should fit seamlessly into your room while delivering the optimal viewing experience. This includes sound quality, resolution, and viewing angle. So, this guide will help you figure out what’s the best TV size for all your needs, and at an affordable price. Let’s get started…
What’s the Best Viewing Distance?
First off, you’ve got to decide where your TV is going, whether it’s mounted on the wall or on a stand. Then you need to measure the distance between this and your seating area. A rough estimate will do.
Next, you need to calculate the size of your new TV. A good little equation to estimate this is to take your viewing distance (in inches) and divide it by 2. So if your viewing distance is 8 feet (96 inches), then half of that would be 48 inches for your TV. Simple as that!
TV Size Guide
Of course, TV sizes will differ from room to room, and you may not be sat in one spot all the time. For instance, you might want it in the bedroom or kitchen, and so the space itself or moving around can affect how you view it as well as how it sits in that space.
The good thing is that picture quality is so good nowadays, you have a bit more freedom in where you view it from. Remember, TV size is measured from corner to corner, not including the bezels. Here’s a brief guide on determining suitable sizes for different spaces in your home.
These range from 24-32 inches and are best suited to small spaces such as kitchens and bedrooms. They won’t dominate the space but will allow for optimal viewing at a distance of 5-7 feet.
These sizes go from about 40-inch up to 50-inch, which can still sit well in a reasonably sized bedroom but will mostly suit a small-sized lounge (7-9 feet distance).
Check out The Best 50-Inch TVs in 2020 if you’re after a great sized TV that’s not too overbearing.
Large/Extra Large TVs
This is where your lounge starts to become a home cinema, ranging from 55-70 inches! At this size, it really becomes the focal point of the room, but because they’re quite slimline, they can easily be mounted flush with the wall so as not to be too overbearing. They make for great viewing if you have the space of about 9-12 feet to play around with.
Below are some great examples of some quality 70-inch TVs. For more, check out The Best 70-Inch TVs in 2020 that give you more bang for your buck.
As mentioned earlier, it’s not all about the size of your TV you’ve got to think about. But when deciding on the perfect size TV for your room, you’ve also got to bear in mind the following:
Ideally, your TV should be parallel to your eyes when viewing, so as not to cause excess neck or eye strain. But viewing angle also affects the picture quality, such as sound, contrast, and color definition. This can pose a problem when you’ve got multiple people viewing at once – not everyone can be front and center.
Whether your TV is wall-mounted or on a stand, make sure that the vertical angle is no more than 15 degrees, and the horizontal angle no more than 40 degrees. This should ensure the best viewing experience for everyone.
Check out the video below for more about TV viewing angles, reflection, and tone mapping on the Samsung Q80T QLED TV.
The larger your TV is, the more important the resolution is. Anything less than 40 inches will cope well with 720p resolution, but 1080p is better.
But TVs have come a long way since then, and as larger screens have more to show, 4k resolution is best. And if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can splash out on 8k resolution for the ultimate picture quality.
The more pixels, the clearer and sharper the image becomes.
1080p resolution (Full HD) – 1920 by 1080 pixels – good for everyday viewing.
4K resolution – 3840 by 2160 pixels – great for Blu-ray and video games.
8K resolution (UHD) – 7680 by 4320 pixels – All-round highest-quality viewing experience.
Bringing it Home
Hopefully this guide should give you a much better idea of where to start when deciding what size TV you should get. While there’s a few things to consider, you’d be wise to spend a little time over it rather than opt for what’s biggest or cheapest.
After all, buying your next TV is no minor decision. It’s one of the most used pieces of technology in your home, and one of the more expensive too.
So, once you’ve done all your measurements and calculations, take a look at some of our other articles to help you find the best TV for your home, and for the best possible price!