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With more people self-isolating and social distancing daily, it’s normal if your days feel like they’re dragging on. Lots of families across the country are turning to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+, to keep kids busy and pass the time. And if you’re looking to upgrade your TV, this might be a perfect time.
Below you’ll find our top eight picks for every budget and function. Put on your comfy clothes, cozy up and let the binge watching begin.
What it is: The Samsung 50” 4K Ultra HD Smart TV includes a powerful processor to optimize your TV’s performance with 4K picture quality. As a smart TV, this television will connect to all of your favourite apps and streaming content.
Shopper review: “The picture quality is mind-blowing. It is an amazing screen for the price. The 4K and HDR content looks amazing. I've read several reviews saying that the audio is not loud enough. I feel it's adequate and the quality is good. PS4 games are amazing on this screen,” says one customer.
Is it for you? This television delivers crisp images with intimate detail thanks to the HDR feature. If you’re looking for a TV that gives theatre-quality imagery with one click, this is the TV for you. Plus, reviews say the set up is easy and it’s extremely user friendly.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $498
What it is: Perfect for your bedroom or kitchen, this LG 22” Full HD TV will up the coziness of your bedroom while having your favourite TV shows at your fingertips. With a high-definition picture, the HDMI input will allow you to connect your digital HD sources for gaming or cable/satellite.
Shopper review: “The perfect bedroom TV. We were looking for a TV that had a clear picture, but did not require a lot of space to set up. This TV more than fit our requirements. The picture is sharp and clear, and set up was a breeze, taking less than 15 minutes to unbox and watch a favourite program. It should be noted that this TV should not be a choice if you want to view anything other than cable/satellite TV, since there is only one port to connect to,” says one customer.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a no-frills TV for your bedroom or home office, then this LG 22” Full HD TV is just the thing. If you’re looking for a TV to connect to your favourite streaming services, then this may not be the best choice due to only having a single HDMI port.
SHOP IT: Staples, $170 (originally $200)
What it is: The Sony 55” Android Smart TV promises to bring your entertainment to life with 4K and HDR displays. With a high-quality resolution and triluminos display, this TV has cutting-edge technology. Features like Google Assistant and Android TV mean this television will keep you entertained for hours.
Shopper review: “My husband and I purchased this for our den/TV room. We love the picture and sound. We painted our TV room dark so the picture just pops, super clear – you would think you were there. Plus, the sound quality without surround sound is fantastic as well. This TV is great value for the money,” reads one review.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for the very best in picture quality and latest technology then this Sony 55” Android Smart TV is for you. If you don’t mind splurging on movie night, this smart TV has all of the features you could dream of for a fun night in.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $1,100 (originally $1,300)
What it is: The Proscan 55” 4K TV may not be a smart TV but with four HDMI ports, this television will easily connect to all of your devices. With 4K resolution, this TV is perfect for curling up with the family for movie night.
Shopper review: “I just bought this and set it up just a few days ago, and I’m loving it! It’s amazing! The graphics are great, and the sound is nice and clear. Couldn’t get a better TV,” raves one review.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an affordable television, this Proscan ticks all of the boxes: 4K resolution, 55” and on clearance. Perfect for a family night in front of the television.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $298 (originally $398)
What it is: This RCA 32” Smart TV uses LED to give you a high-definition resolution. A no-frills option at a great price, this television has built in wifi and full smart TV capabilities so your next Netflix marathon is just a click away.
Shopper review: “I bought this RCA Smart TV after Christmas and it has been terrific. Great sound, great reception, and Netflix and YouTube. Great buy,” says one customer.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a new TV that won’t break the bank, this RCA 32” smart TV has great features for a cheap price tag.
SHOP IT: Staples, $150
What it is: The TCL 4-Series 55” 4K Roku Smart TV brings sharp, bright images to your screen with HDR-level detail. With 4K resolution, this TV upscales HD content to near 4K quality. With Roku OS built in, you’ll have access to all of your favourite streaming apps on your home screen.
Shopper review: “Great for the price is a mild understatement. The quality is excellent, picture is clear and the USB port will read quickly. Most of the streaming I have is just 1080 but I wanted to try a 4K movie on it, so I put Terminator Dark Fate on, and no issues at all,” reads one review.
Is it for you? If picture quality is a determining factor for you, then this TCL TV is just the thing for you. With Roku OS, this is a smart television with easy access to all of the streaming apps you love.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $400 (originally $420)
What it is: The Samsung 43” Frame Smart TV is a crowd favourite due to its ability to be wall-mounted and displayed as art when not in use. Pre-loaded with artwork from world-renowned artists, this TV has all the benefits of a 4K, ultra HD, smart TV without being obviously so.
Shopper review: “I wanted something that would blend in better to the design of the room than a standard TV. The minimalist style of this TV combined with the zero-gap, wall-mount make quite an impression when installed. Hang some pictures with it on the wall, and put it in Art Mode to add to the ‘wow!’ factor. The picture quality is also amazing! I first set it up out of the box, connected it to my wifi and ran some demo 4K videos off of YouTube. Totally blown away with the picture clarity, especially since it was 4K from the internet, and over wifi,” raves one customer.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a TV that doubles as art and don’t mind spending a bit more money, then this Samsung The Frame Smart TV is for you. With all of the impressive features of a 4K ultra HD TV, this television will be perfect for a screen-less afternoon or movie night.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $1,498
What it is: This LG 55” 4K UHD Smart TV promises to provide four times the resolution of full HD. With a powerful quad-core processor, it enhances picture and sound. With Google Assistant and Alexa built in, this is a smart TV to its core.
Shopper review: “I was blown away with the picture quality of this TV! It was very easy to set up, just a few minutes and I had it set up and ready to enjoy. My husband and I were both stunned when we started an episode of our favorite show! There were so many details we hadn’t been able to see before! Great quality smart TV for a family on a budget, you will not be disappointed!” promises one review.
Is it for you? The LG 55” 4K UHD Smart TV is perfect for families looking to get the most from their TV on a budget. With smart TV features like Google Assistant and Alexa, this TV is easy to use and perfect for streaming.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $548