Best smart TV on the market
Since smart TVs hit the market they have become much more mainstream and rapidly decreased in price. As screens have become sleeker, more connected and higher in resolution, in relative terms they have also become more affordable.
Gone are the days when you had to speed £2500+ to get even a 37-inch flat-screen TV. Technology has moved on, as fast as internet services have.
Smart TV terminology quick guide
Before we go through some of the most consistently outstanding smart tv brands, let’s equip you with some of the terminology, so you know your OLEDs from your QLEDs.
So what it the best smart TV to buy?
It always pays to do a little bit of research on your next tech purchase, like a new smart TV. There are some great brands out there that will cater for your individual needs. Before you crack on, it helps to set a budget and also measure out your living room (or other room if needed) to find out the optimal size TV panel for your viewing pleasure.
There are guides available for the ideal viewing distances, but a general rule of thumb: go large, especially as bigger flat screen TVs are no longer prohibitively expensive. With more and more filmed content going straight to home viewing platforms, you’re unlikely to regret having more spacious screen real estate for the likes of Tom Cruise, Cruella De Vil, or Kylian Mbappé to strut their stuff on.
Smart TV brands to consider
TV models will come and go and be updated every year, so here are the main smart TV brands that can be relied upon to deliver excellence, flexible sizes and the latest innovations in the connected TV world.
Smart TV apps
One of the best features of today’s smart TVs are the built-in apps. Straight out of the box (and on to the wall) you will be able get some of the very latest TV and film content, without any extra wires or messing about. The apps are called ‘native’, which means you will find them pre-loaded when you switch on your new smart TV.
How do I connect my smart TV to the internet?
More than five years ago you would have needed to put a WiFi dongle in a TV to give it internet access, but smart TVs are different gravy. Simply switch on your new TV and look for connections or network settings in the menu. You’ll be guided to select a WiFi network from a list that will probably include your neighbour’s internet (don’t go there). Find your network and then enter your password. Hopefully you have strong broadband to enjoy your TV streaming and smart connectivity.
What broadband speed do I need for a smart TV?
You don’t want any buffering when you’re trying to watch Buffy. A general rule would be faster broadband is best for any kind of streaming, especially with Ultra-HD shows or even more so, if you have several people in the house are watching on different devices in different rooms.
A recommended broadband speed for streaming is a minimum of 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) for TV services like BBC iPlayer, in standard definition. 2.8 Mbps is ideal for HD quality streaming. For Netflix, the minimum speed required is roughly 3Mbps for standard def streaming and 5Mbps for HD. If you’re going even sharper with UHD streaming, typically you would be after at least 15Mbps on YouTube and 25Mbps for Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.