Small-screen LCD TVs are reasonably priced, but don’t expect to find the same ground-breaking quality or features as on larger TVs.
Which? tested models from LG, Samsung, Sony, Sharp and Technika, and found there are big differences in quality between the best and the worst.
Find out about all LCD, LED and plasma TV test results in the Which? TV reviews page
Cheap LCD TVs
Small LCD TVs (around 22-inches and under) tend not to boast the same array of features and impressive picture quality as larger sets, but Which? believes that’s no excuse for sub-standard performance.
In it’s latest LCD batch, Which? pitted eight small screens against each other in its unique head-to-head, in-depth test. One of the TVs on test has been labelled a Which? ‘Don’t Buy’.
Which? TV expert Michael Briggs said: ‘Nothing quite came up to Best Buy standard this time round, and one set was absolutely awful, but there are a couple of cracking bargains in this lot.’
‘For instance, the Tesco branded Technika set isn’t the best telly we’ve ever tested but at £140, it comes with some surprising extras.’
Finding the best LCD TV
Which? tests cover everything from picture quality to the number of sockets. But there are some specific problems to watch out for on smaller LCD TVs.
Briggs continued: ‘The colour on LCD TVs can start to fade when not viewed head-on. This isn’t a big problem if you’re on the sofa in front of the TV – but it could be apparent when moving around and watching a small set in the kitchen.’
‘Likewise, most TVs come with a table-top stand, but be wary of models that wobble precariously – this is a problem on some smaller sets, so it’s worth checking this out in store.’
To find out about screen sizes from 19- to 55-inches check out the Which? TV buyers guide
Which? HD TV reviews
To find out more about all the TVs in the latest Which? tests read the full reviews.
- LG 19D350
- LG 19LE3300
- Samsung LE19C450
- Samsung UE22C4000
- Sharp LC-22LE302E
- Sony Bravia KDL-19BX200
- Sony Bravia KDL-22EX302
- Technika LCD 19-915
Which? currently lab-tests more than 100 LCD, LED and plasma HD TVs in ten batches each year, and anonymously buys each product that it tests.
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