So, you’re buying a new TV. You may know what resolution you want, what you’re using it for, and how big a budget you can realistically spend – but when it comes to the size, what size TV do you actually need?
The average television is getting bigger every year, and in turn our expectations of size and suitability are constantly changing. The 75-inch TV is the fastest growing sector of the market, but such huge sets wouldn’t even get close to fitting in many people’s homes.
2019 looks set to continue that trend, which is why we’ve put together this guide – to help you figure out what size of TV you actually need.
Do you need a big enough set to appreciate 4K or even 8K resolution? A compact telly to fit in your student digs? Or something in between? For our full rundown of the different TV sizes you could want – and the best TVs in each category – read on below.
For those balking at the idea of picking a random size, have no fear. Television manufacturers tend to make their sets within quite rigid dimensions, meaning there are really only a handful of sizes you have to choose from.
At the smaller end of the scale, you can get 20, 24, or 28-inch sets, some of which are best placed on a desk or counter as a step up from your computer monitor. After that you have the 32 or 36-inch TV, which is compact enough to fit in tighter spaces than its larger counterparts without downsizing too much.
These are good bets for single-person TVs or occasional-use sets in smaller residential spaces – or just for anyone on a budget, as a 32-inch TV can cost as little as £200-£300 / $250-$350.
What you gain in convenience, however, you may miss out in additional ports and the overall picture quality. Even 32 inches is too small for a 4K UHD display, meaning you’re stuck watching standard HD/SDR quality content at either 720p (1,366 x 768 pixels) or 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). Most content is in HD/SDR, anyway, so it may not be much of a loss for you – but if you want more from your picture, you may want to jump a few sizes and pixel counts up.