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Choosing the Right Television Size for Your Home

Choosing the Right Television Size for Your Home

It’s been a long day at work/university/ferrying the kids and all you want to do is plonk on the couch and wait for that fuzzy feeling of well-being. And then you reach for the remote to find out what happened in the world while you were slaving away all day. It would be a disservice to all those involved if you didn’t, just for a teeny tiny second, watch some telly. You switch on the tube and… Are you blown away by the sheer magnitude of your surround sound Ultra HD, 4K, LED, HDMI, Curved, Freeview, OLED entertainment centre? Or are you now looking for a dictionary on TV jargon?

For anyone wanting to buy a new television, the large number of choices can be confusing. You can choose between a high-definition, LED, smart, plasma, ‘curved’ ultra-high definition and now, the very latest ‘4K UHD’ TV (no dictionary needed – thank goodness for Google). Added to that, there is the plethora of choices between numerous leading television brands – LG, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Samsung and so forth.

While the TV technology, brand and cost, are certainly a crucial deciding factor for buying a new television, one aspect that you must decide first and foremost is the size of the television you want.

Does size really matter?

Choosing the ideal size TV for your home depends on where you intend to place the TV. In most cases, bigger really is better. So the bigger your room, the bigger your screen should be.

Cooking or reading: A TV of 19 to 26 inches will be ideal for smaller spaces such as the kitchen or the study. Anything bigger will make the room look awkward. More importantly, a large TV in a smaller space will not offer the same viewing clarity as you might expect. A bigger screen TV display, watched up close, will appear granular.

Lying or sitting down: Depending on the definition of your cable connection, a TV of 32 to 45 inches is great for a medium sized living room. For instance, you can watch high definition on a 40-inch TV screen at a distance of 2.5 metres. On the other hand, you can watch standard definition on a 32-inch TV at the same distance.

Splayed out over two Lazy Boys: If you are a die-hard movie watcher (“die-hard” being an adjective, not the name of the blockbuster action flick) and have the space in your home to accommodate a much larger TV, go big or go… somewhere that isn’t home. Forty-six inches and more and you are in for an all-round entertainment experience. You will gallop down the dusty roads with Ben Hur, play referee between Batman and Superman, and help Red keep his cool in Angry Birds.

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Below you’ll see the television screen sizes, the typical price range, and recommended viewing range (rounded off to the nearest decimal). Prices and distances may vary depending on retailer, availability and specialised features.

TV size (inches)Recommended viewing distance (metres)Price range
40”1.50 – 2.50 m£190 – £400
43”1.60 – 2.75 m£290 – £500
50”1.90 – 3.15 m£400 – £1000
55”2.05 – 3.50 m£450 – £1800
60”2.25 – 3.80 m£600 – £2000
65”2.45 – 4.10 m£1200 – £2200
70”2.65 – 4.40 m£1300 – £3500
75”2.85 – 4.75 m£2100 – £5500
80”3.00 – 5.10 m£2500 – £8000
85”3.20 – 5.40 m£6000 – veeeerrry expensive

The viewing comfort of the TV you choose will also depend on where you place the TV in the room. Make sure you can see the TV from your most comfortable position. It should be at eye-height, without straining your eye-sight. Avoid putting the TV on the wall across the window as this will reflect light. Ideally place your TV at the centre of the longest wall in the room to give as much space as you can to viewers. Place the TV in such a manner that the centre of the screen is about the same height as your eyes when seated.

Don’t forget to consider the 3D viewing experience, or what it’s like to watch a curved TV from an angle.