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2021 Buyers Guide: The Best TV's available in 2021

2021 Buyers Guide: The Best TV's available in 2021

22nd Feb 2021

To be honest, televisions have been a home necessity for some time. The living room is the most popular place in our houses, and it wouldn't be a living room without a big screen. And if you're in the market for a new one, TVgroup.com have you covered. What size television to I need? What brand is best? Whether your budget is £100 or £1000, our buying guide caters for all your needs. 


Before we start, we'll be using some key terms in this guide. Below is a quick list of them and what they signify:

Android 9 - An operating system produced by Android that manages hardware and software resources.

Dolby Atmos - A surround sound technology developed by Dolby Laboratories.

FPS - Acronym for Frames per Second; refers to the frequency at which consecutive images called frames appear on a display.

HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface; an audio/video interface for transmitting data between two devices.

HD - High definition; refers to the screen quality of a television.

KG - A brand of televisions well known for their superb prices yet high quality build design and software capabilities.

Nanocell LG exclusive technology which uses particles to absorb unwanted light wavelengths and enhance the purity of the red and green colours displayed on the screen.

RGB - An additive colour model in which red, green, and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colours.

USB - Universal Serial Bus; a type of multimedia connection to a television, peripheral or computer.

WebOS - An operating system produced by LG that manages hardware and software resources.

4K - An Ultra-high definition resolution which is double that of standard HD, displaying a pixel count of 3840 x 2160.

5.1 Surround Sound - a sound format that is split into six speakers.

8K - An Ultra-high definition resolution which is double that of 4K, displaying a pixel count of 7680 x 4320.


Budget Level - £0-£128

Money is tight right now, and with prices becoming more and more expensive on leading brand televisions, making sure the price is right is now more important than ever before. For budgets going up to £200, you'd be surprised what you can get. One thing you're guaranteed to get it a HD-ready television, which is the very least you should be looking at in the 21st century. 


The cheapest HD-ready television available on the marketplace today - KG32K1630UK (£99.97)


A HD-ready television for less than £100? Surely it's too good to be true? It's good, very good in fact, but it's not a lie. KG had a point to prove when they manufactured their record-breaking £99.97 television. For many pieces of kit like this the specifications are often sacrificed to make up for the 'too good to be true' price tag, but that isn't the case here at all. A crisp 720p HD screen offers users exceptional viewing quality, especially on a surprisingly wide 32" screen. A slim design means the television isn't too bulky for when you need to carry it around either. Sound wise, KG realise the importance of sound quality when watching your favourite blockbuster movie on a Saturday night; the built-in bass speakers offer an exceptional listening experience for a cosy bedroom. 

A USB input and two HDMI connections give users the opportunity to use the power of multimedia playback, such as an Amazon Firestick, Android TV Box or a Google Chromecast to watch their favourite shows on Netflix or listen to their playlists at a weekend house party. 

The fact KG have given all buyers of their cheapest full-HD TV a free 5 year warranty proves the point that they are confident in the television's longevity and ability to perform to a high level all the time. We stress-tested the television for a solid 12 hours and had no issues with slow performance, crashing or anything untoward at all. 

If we're being really nit-picky, our only criticism of this TV is that it's not Full-HD. The difference might not be huge between 720p & 1080p, but it's still noticeable when you pay attention. 

If you've got an extra £30 or so in your pocket, we'd suggest going for the 32K2020 - the only difference being that that TV is Smart, meaning you can use the KG remote to access all of your favourite apps, such as Netflix, Prime Video, Spotify and BBC iPlayer to name a few.

For those on a tight budget, this television is a no-brainer. HD-ready, great sound, multimedia playback and an elegant design all for less than £100? Count us in.


Pros:

- For the TV the price is quite literally 'unbeatable' 

- Picture quality is almost identical to a full-HD resolution

- Superior sound quality to other competitors

Cons:

- Full-HD resolution would have been even better

Verdict:

⭐⭐⭐⭐


Intermediate Level - £129-£400

Those who are on a slightly more flexible budget can expect to get a bigger and better looking television for their cash. You're probably reading this because you want a family television to sit in 'pride of place' in your living room. For this, anything between 43" and 65" is a good pick. But nowadays we want to get the most from our money, so let us take you through our top pick TV for a budget of £400.

KG 55K2020UK - A super sized television at a once again friendly price tag (£299.99)


5 years ago a 55" television might have sounded a little too daunting to be sat in the middle of your living room. But we now know that a television is what makes a house a home, so making sure you get a high quality setup for a reasonable price is paramount. With the 55K2020, you get the best of both worlds. At a solid price tag of £299.99, it's like Christmas has come early. 4K technology looks better than ever, and as well as rocking a 3840 x 2160 resolution, this television channels the power of Dynamic Colour Advanced Image Processing - in Layman's terms, this improves the vividness of RGB colours when they are displayed on your screen. Avatar has never looked so good...

We found Android 9 operating system to be a pleasure to use. It ran smoothly and features an easy-to-use interface which also looks impressive on larger screens like the 55K2020. It's pretty smart too; it uses a time-saving feature which predicts and suggests the apps you are most likely to use. When it comes to this TV's sound - don't bother lashing out on a separate sound bar; the two integrated speakers boast a surround sound-style atmosphere inside the television. The way we see it is you're getting a 5.1 sound setup included in the price of the television, which is already superb as it is. 

Connecting and playing games was also a pleasant and easy experience with dual HDMI and USB connectivity. We tried out The Last of Us 2 on Playstation 5 a and it looked fantastic on the big screen, running at a buttery-smooth 60FPS at UltraHD resolution. 

There's something with KG's televisions that look so unique compared to other big brand retailers. We think it's the sleek KG brand logo on the silky bezel-finished frame below the screen. Whatever it is, it's here to stay, and it's our new favourite living-room television going.


Pros:

- 4K quality is dazzling

- DCAIP makes gaming look fantastic

- Multimedia playback opportunities are endless

Cons:

4K quality of competitors have a slight upper-hand

Verdict: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Advanced Level - £401-£1000

If you're a TV enthusiast and budget isn't an issue, then it's clear you want the very best when it comes to televisions. For a shade below £1000, you can get pretty much everything there is to offer with technology in televisions. Just make sure you've got a massive living room to house this beast in.

Samsung UE75TU8000 - a brute of a television, oozing with cool features and a glorious display (£899)


Samsung like to pack their televisions with plenty of applications, options and other features to keep their users busy. And that's what the TU8000 range does superbly. Instead of just one voice assistant, you can choose from three: Alexa, Google and Bixby - whichever is your personal favourite. What was especially handy was Samsung TV Plus, which is a program exclusive to Samsung that gives users access to 80+ live and on demand channels for free. So instead of having to use a standard TV guide to watch your favourite channels, this can be done straight through the Smart TV's integrated application. 

Gaming was a splendid experience on Samsung's 75" TU8000 TV. Game Mode toggles the lowest level of input lag and uses HDR to display a lifelike image. Just make sure you enable it through the General settings tab before launching starting your gaming session. Combine this with the UHD Dimming to deliver deeper darks and brighter whites and you'll have no trouble taking down your enemy before they have chance to even pull the trigger. 

It might seem a little pointless, but Samsung's Ambient Mode was particularly useful when the television is left in an idle state. Not only is is super-friendly on power, but if you're into listening to music whilst doing some college work or have some friends round and don't want to actually watch television whilst speaking with them, you also have the option to display photos on the screen or display the weather. The coolest thing that Ambient Mode offers though is the ability to upload an image of the wall behind the television so the TV 'disappears' when not in use. How's that for innovation?

Samsung have delivered the goods yet again with their TU8000 range, but as it offers six different sizes in this series between 43" and 82", going with the 75" is more than adequate in terms of sizing. Anything beyond this size and it became a bit too much for us at once. 


Pros:

-  HDR picture quality is dazzling

- Very eco-friendly

- Jam-packed with features

Cons:

- You'll need a massive room to get the most out of the size of the TV

- Not particularly bright

Verdict: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Extreme Level - £1001 - £3400

For some, the best just isn't enough. There's a small percentage of people that want to go above and beyond when it comes to having the latest and greatest technology in their hands. The kind of technology that advances the human race. 

LG 75NANO996NA - 8K technology in a television that is simply otherworldly (£3699)


Ok, so you're here not just because you're set on splashing your cash on a television that looks more realistic than reality, but because you're a tech-head who wants to relish the power of 8K. Cool, we get you. Well it's no longer a thing of the future; 8K is more real than ever, and at four times the pixel count that 4K offers, it's much, much sharper than it's predecessor, believe it or not...

Nanocell's the name. The most advanced Ultra-HD technology in the world. We now buy that statement from experiencing ultimate immersion after we had the pleasure of getting our hands on this piece of kit. Watching anything in 8K is superior to any other resolution we've seen before, and the jump between this and 4K is the biggest one yet. From our experience, watching sports on this setup was the beset with its wide viewing angles - a prime feature of LG's Nanocell technology. On-screen reflection's were especially impressive when watching Premier League football and PGA Tour Golf.

It's not just about the picture quality, though. A television with this price tag should dot all the i's and cross the t's. And indeed it does. Take the sound quality, for example. Wave goodbye to old-school stereo sound and say hello to three-dimensional Dolby Atmos support. This is a game changer for modern-day TV's - it's just like being at the cinema when watching a movie on this TV - not only because of the truly wonderful sound quality but as a result of the slim screen with a gallery design.

It's nice to know that the Smart side of the television is award winning too. LG's WebOS operating system is award winning as it's incredibly simple to use.

Unfortunately, there isn't that much dedicated 8K content out there, meaning our ability to review a variety of 8K-ready content was a little difficult. Also, as you might have expected, sophisticated technology costs. And many of us don't have the room to buy televisions that are several thousands of pounds expensive. But from what we did see, the future of 8K seems very bright.


Pros:

- 8K picture quality is quite surreal

- 75" screen size is perfect for the resolution

- WebOS is incredibly well though-out

Cons:

- Lack of dedicated 8K content

- Price is a deterrent for consumers

Verdict: ⭐⭐⭐⭐