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#7 - TV Recommendation Tool

This is update #7 in our weekly series of new features and improvements.

This week, we are introducing a tool that recommends the best TV for your needs. You can access the tool either on the TV homepage (here), or when creating a new TV custom rating (here).

This tool lets you create your custom rating, based on the aspects you care about.


Room Brightness and Viewing Angle

Recommendation Tool 1

The first step is to select how much light you have in your room, and at which angle your seating positions are located.

This will change the weights of the peak brightness, contrast ratio, local dimming and viewing angle in the formula. You can see all the exact weights generated in the 'Your Custom Rating' section.


Recommendation Tool 2

The second step is to specify what proportion of your time will be spent watching what kind of content. For example, increasing 'Video Games' will increase the weight of the input lag measurement among other things.

Other tests

Recommendation Tool 3

If you want, you can add any of our measurements in the formula. This can get complex, so we recommend that you stick to the usages only and not the individual tests unless you know what you are doing.


Recommendation Tool 4

You can exclude completely from the results any TV that doesn't match certain criteria. You can choose from any of our measurements. By default, we automatically exclude all TVs that are not in the latest test bench.

Recommended TVs

Recommendation Tool 5

To generate the recommended TVs, we use the same logic as the beaten by feature introduced a few weeks ago. You can understand how it works by looking at the generated chart of the ratings vs prices. The best TVs for the money are the ones that are cheaper and better than the other ones.

Each recommended TV is the best value in its price range. You should buy the one that matches your budget. 

Save and share URL

Recommendation Tool 6

If you are logged in, you can save this custom rating to go back to it later. The URL is shareable, so you can send it to a friend to help him find the best TV for his needs based on what you think is best for him.


  1. The prices that we have in our systems must match the ones available to you


With this tool, you can find the best TV for your specific needs faster. Let us know if you have any feedback or other ideas of tools to make your research even easier.

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Questions & Answers

Hello, I have the opportunity to buy a used 60" Samsung KS8000 for around $750. Would you reccommend that I buy this or wait and buy a 65" television during the holiday season? I am willing to spend up to ~$1100 dollars and I will be sitting about 9' from my television. Thank you
The KS8000 does have great picture quality and overall performance. It can produce vivid and bright colors, and deep dark scenes. It's not perfect though as vertical blooming is visible when watching in a dark room, but this is likely better value than many of the Black Friday offerings. If you've got a dark room then the 65" X900E is an excellent choice due to the full-array local dimming but probably isn't worth it for twice the price.
When will the 2018 TV models become available and will the 2017 models become discounted further at that point? I'm in the market for a 65" unit and might consider a 2017 closeout if deeply discounted. Thank you very much!

A few of the 2018 models have started to become available within the past week or two (such as the Sony X900F and Samsung NU8000), however they usually stay at relatively high prices for a few months so this time of year you're better off buying last year's model.

Typically TVs don't become much cheaper than the Black Friday price (see more here) and most 2017 models will become difficult to find in a few months. If a 2017 model continues to remain in stock for a long time then you may be able to pick it up with a discount, but it could also sell out forever.

As more and more people replace their current TVs with 4K models it would be nice to know about how standard cable broadcast appear on a particular set. I've read that some models perform much better than others. I'm 68 y/o and watch very little streaming content. I rarely see this issue discussed in reviews. Also "upscaling" should be addressed in reviews. Thank you very much!
Thank you for contacting us.

Upscaling performance is very subjective as some people prefer a softer image and some prefer a sharper image even if there are artifacts or noise. As a result, we don't have a good test for upscaling quality. Overall there isn't a huge difference between the major TV brands (Samsung, LG, Sony) however Sony TVs are well recognised for their settings to adjust the upscaling to each individual's preferences.

If you are really concerned about if the upscaling will suit your preferences then the best thing to do is to bring some content into a retail store and view it on the TV itself.

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