FIND YOUR TV
Rtings.com is a guide to help you find the best TV for your needs. You will find here information about the different technologies beyond the marketing claims. Along the way, do not hesitate to send us an email to email@example.com if you have any questions, want further clarification on a subject, or simply need our advice.
Shopping for a TV can be overwhelming at first. There are a lot of different technologies and models. Where do you start? Follow these 5 simple steps to find the perfect television for you.
1) Which TV screen technology?
The first thing to do when buying a new TV is to learn about the main 3 display technologies (LCD, LED and Plasma). This decision will be the one that affects the most your viewing experience and price. You can learn about the different screen technologies by looking at our comparison of screen types.
If you will be watching a lot of 3D, you need to make sure you like the technology that the TV uses to display 3D. There are two main technologies: Passive 3D and Active Shutter 3D. Passive 3D glasses are a lot cheaper than Active Shutter 3D, require no batteries or recharging and are more comfortable to the eye. However, Active Shutter 3D has a higher resolution. Learn about 3D TV technologies.
Do you need a Smart TV? Smart TVs can be useful if you want to access the internet directly on your television without using a third party device. Learn about Smart TVs.
2) Which size?
Now that you have decided on which TV screen technology, you need to decide what size you want. The main factor here is your room size and how far do you sit away from the TV. Of course, you need to adjust the size to your budget. You can use our optimal size calculator here.
Not all televisions are equal, so you will need to compare the specifications of the televisions. However, a lot of specifications are exaggerated by marketing and do not really create a noticeable difference in the quality of the picture. The most common ones are the contrast ratio, the refresh rate and local dimming.
The next step is to explore the different models of televisions on the market. We have indexed all 2013 models of televisions available in the United States in tables and charts, as well as most of them reviewed.
5) Where to buy
Unless the TV is on sale at a very good price, it is usually cheaper to buy it online. You will find on our website the list of prices for all TVs and stores, to help you find which store has the lowest price. We even have price history charts, to know if it is a good time to buy. You can learn more about where to buy here.