A big TV is a big decision, and it is not just about the inches.
Choosing the proper television is a huge decision, and it’s a large investment. It’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about your purchase.
Begin by understanding your needs. Ask yourself, why am I thinking of buying a TV? Your answer might eventually lead towards an unfulfilled need with your current way of watching TV.
That will be your key, your search will be about which product will best satisfy your needs. And that is the product you want to buy. In this guide, we will discuss big TVs, and what you need to consider before buying your perfect TV.
How TV inches work
Let’s address the biggest question we have on our hands, how big is big enough? And when does it get too big? The TV industry measures its sizes in inches. This is different from the overall dimension of a TV.
The TV size is a diagonal measure. The TV size that is advertised is diagonal in inches. And this means that a 50-inch TV is a screen that is 50 inches diagonally. This does not include any outer bezels or panels that may surround the screen.
If we take for example a 65-inch Samsung TV, its rectangular dimension is 57.2 x 35.3 inches, and the TV is 11.4 inches in thickness. When you buy a big TV, you will have to consider where you will place it. The Overall dimension of the TV will influence your TV placement options.
Back to our question- when does a TV get big? The answer is a bit relative. Back in the day, 30 inches would be a big TV. That is no longer the case.
Today, manufacturers are pushing at the edges of the screen. It’s almost a screen race. You will have a hard time finding a good 30-inch TV. That is small TV territory now.
The big TV territory is 55-inch. And it is important to add that a 55-inch TV is a small TV in the big league. The upper end is at 85 inches. The biggest screen is probably the Samsung wall TV that measures a whopping 150 inches.
But that is more like a luxury product, and not a consumer market-oriented product. However, it is a testament to what the manufacturers can do. And soon enough we will see manufacturers bring TVs around 100 inches for the average consumers as well.
So, there is our measuring scale for big TVs, it starts small at 55-inches and ends at 85-inches. And by extension, the average big TV is around 75-inches. For those who follow the metric scale, the range is 135 centimeters to 215 centimeters.
TV and the living environment
That is the easy part of this ‘Big TV’ guide. Now let’s get into a more nuanced discussion. Your TV size should be dictated by the environment where you will place the TV. No, bigger is not always better. Sorry to break the news to you!
If you have a modern home, a 65-inch TV should easily fit your contemporarily decorated living room. But, if you have a more traditional set-up, then perhaps your decor will only allow a 55 incher.
Add to that the size of your room and the placement of your couch. If your couch is all the way back to the other side of the room, then you may want to go bigger. If not, then you should stick to a ‘smaller’ big TV.
When thinking of how far your TV should be from you consider two things. One is the viewing arc, it is recommended that your viewing arc should be between 30 to 40 degrees from your point of view.
The bigger the TV the farther you would need to go. Another point is the TV resolution. The higher the resolution the closer you can sit. If you are too close to a big 1080p screen you will see little dots that make up the screen, and it isn’t a smooth experience.
If you are sure that you will be choosing a big screen, then we recommend that you buy a TV with a higher resolution like 4K or 8K.
Here is an easy big tv chart if you’re like us and do not enjoy doing the math.
|Viewing distance||Recommended TV size|
|6 ft / 1.8 meters||55 inches|
|7 ft / 2.1 meters||65 inches|
|8 ft / 2.4 meters||75 inches|
|9 ft / 2.7 meters or more||85 inches|
Measure your Space
A big TV can become a central focal point in your room. There are many options on how you want to place them. Hanging on a plain wall is a good idea if you use the TV a lot.
However, some find that a big TV when not in use can be rather imposing to the room. This is when a TV lift can be used. A TV lift would store your TV in a TV cabinet and would only lift the TV when you would want to use it.
However, others may find that such TV lifts are not worth their expensive price. It is a great option if you decide to have a big TV in your bedroom.
A simple TV cabinet can also be an option for placing the TV. The good thing about a TV cabinet is that it will store away all TV accessories you may have like a cable box, extra cables, gaming box, etc. It is surely the most practical option.
If you do choose to hang your TV on a wall, make sure you have a good mount that supports your TV. A lovely piece of furniture may also be placed beneath your television, and it is an excellent method to utilize the space.
When selecting a console, ensure that it is longer than the length of the television. That way, it appears more balanced.
A step further from a TV console is a built-in design. A large TV cabinet will balance the visual weight of the TV and also provide storage for media equipment.
It gives a more complete look without making the TV too imposing in the room. You can also decorate around the TV with travel souvenirs, books, plants or small sculptors to create a cohesive feel for your room.
What is the biggest tv size?
The biggest TVs in actual fact are often custom made. One popular one is Zeus created by a British company.
The Zeus, from Titan Screens, is a 370 inches screen tv and costs well over a million bucks. The screen size is so large that it will literally take an elephant to block your view!
However, in terms of commercially available TVs, the biggest sizes are from 85 to 100 inches. 292-Inch if you count Samsung’s Massive MicroLED TV Wall.
Best Big TVs in the market today
After you have decided on your TV size and resolution you can now start to hunt for models that would best fit your needs.
If you’re looking for a big TV that does not break your bank, then TCL 65-inch UHD Smart TV is a good bargain and in our opinion, the perfect size for standard room sizes.
If you live in a mansion, you might want to go even bigger.
If you’re going all out then we would recommend the 85-inch Sony Bravia XR Smart TV. It has everything you would want from a top-notch TV.
Alternatively, you could consider an 85-Inch Samsung Class Neo QLED TV.
For a 55-inch range, you can look at Samsung Neo QLED TV that delivers top-end picture quality at a smaller size.
Big TVs can be much more expensive than smaller ones, make sure that you buy from a good brand that provides you with a good warranty. A big TV will amplify both the good and the bad of the TV, so take your time to make the decision.