When you’re choosing the perfect television for your home, it can be easy to be overwhelmed. There are so many options that it can be challenging to know where to start. Once you begin your research, there are so many things to consider, including the size of your living room the space around the TV. So today, we’re going to help you narrow down your choices by answering some of the questions you might have.

Picking the correct screen size

If you’re planning on a TV for a  home theater room, bigger is usually better, but it’s essential to make sure you don’t overwhelm the space in your living room. Thankfully there are calculators available online that take the guesswork out of choosing the correct screen size. Just input how far away from the screen your seating area is, and they’ll offer a science-backed recommendation for your room. Here’s a link to one of our favorites:

Screen Size Calculator

Types of TV Screens

There are two main types of flat-panel TVs on the market today, and both can be a great option depending on your environment and decor.

OLED TVs

OLED TVs are universally praised as the very best available by Consumer Reports and Rtings.com. They offer nearly unlimited contrast thanks to their deep inky black levels. The downside to OLED is there is a substantial cost premium. Also, they can be subject to screen burn-in if a static image is left on the screen for too long. If you like to keep a station with a permanent logo playing in the background or play video games with a static heads-up display, this might be a problem. Most people will never have an issue, but it’s something to consider if you’re an avid video gamer.

LED TVs

LED TVs are generally cheaper than their OLED brethren, so you can typically get a much larger screen size for the same amount of money. In addition, they can sometimes be brighter than OLEDs but offer a lower contrast ratio and don’t perform as well in rooms that require wide viewing angles.

You’ll sometimes see other designations like QLED from companies like Samsung, but these are just higher-performance LED screens.

Final considerations

Some types of TVs perform much better than others, depending on the layout of your room. For example, if you have a wide seating area and can’t view the TV directly in front, you’ll want to opt for an OLED TV or LCD TV using IPS technology.

Different types of screens handle reflections much better than others, so consider that when making your decision. For example, Samsung’s QLED screens are particularly adept at dealing with reflections from windows or skylights.

What brand of TV is best? 

OLED Options: For a cutting-edge visual experience, LG & Sony are undoubtedly the best available. Recently, value-driven TV manufacturer Vizio has entered the fray, but it’s too soon to tell how they’ll perform.

LED: You can’t go wrong with Samsung’s QLED line if you’re looking for a traditional LCD option.