Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to selecting your TV. You’ll often find that additional important factors that come into play before going for the biggest screen. To make sure you get the perfect fit, here are some things to think about before choosing the size of your TV.
1. Typical TV dimensions
When most of us buy TVs, the first number we look at is the screen size. And yes, that’s important, but there are additional measurements that are just as important when you’re trying to fit your TV inside of a cabinet, an alcove or on a stand.
Here are four ways you should be measuring your TV:
– Screen size: this measurement is taken diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Some common screen sizes are 55’’, 65’’ and 75’’.
– Height (with a stand): this is calculated from top to bottom, including the small stand that’s attached.
– Height (without a stand): this is calculated by measuring the top of the TV to the bottom, stopping at the bottom of the screen’s edge.
– Width: this is measured from left to right.
2. Room size + TV position
Room size and TV placement have a big impact when you’re looking for the perfect TV. Plus, different rooms vary in the amount of foot traffic. The TV in your living room will vary compared to the screen in your media room. Putting one in your bedroom? Make sure the TV is placed high enough so you can meet your screen at eye-level. You want to make sure that it’s easy to see.
3. Television size + resolution
TVs come in all different sizes, ranging from 25’’ to over 80’’. But just as important as the size is the resolution! Resolution is the number of pixels that are put together to create a picture on the screen. For example, if you buy a 720p HD TV, the resolution is around 1,280×720 – that’s a lot of little dots! Large-screen resolutions include 1080p, and UHD (Ultra-High Definition).
4. Distance + picture quality
The best way to determine the difference between resolution quality is how far you need to stand away from the screen. Remember back in the day when TV screens had scan lines? Our modern-day televisions don’t have that problem, but we do have an issue with pixels. Since 4K is more advanced technology and the resolution is clearer, you can stand closer to the television without seeing pixels. For 1080p TVs, we suggest sitting further away.
*Fun fact – there are two types of TVs that provide different types of viewing quality: LCD and OLED. LCD TVs are better when you’re sitting directly in front of the screen. OLED TVs offer a great viewing experience wherever you are sitting in the room.
Still unsure of what size TV to get? No problem – check out our TV buying guide! At Aaron’s, we want to make sure that you’re living your best life with the TV of your choice. Browse our TV selection today!