Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Televisions will always be in demand, it seems. Such a device should be present in every apartment. And some families even get a few TVs. Why not? One can be in the living room, the other in the kitchen, the third in the children's room. For that matter, you can also place a TV in the garage to accompany the car service by watching a movie. In this regard, it will not be superfluous to get acquainted with the best manufacturers of such devices. This way you will definitely not get into trouble when choosing a TV.
Rating of the best TV manufacturers
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||Rating|
|The best manufacturers of low-cost TVs||1||Thomson||4.8|
|Best premium and mid-range TV manufacturers||1||Samsung||4.9|
The best manufacturers of low-cost TVs
The Thomson SA group of companies begins its history since the distant 1914. At first, the American-French company specialized in the production of equipment for filming. However, then the range of the company has expanded significantly. Thomson TVs also began to appear on store shelves. Alas, with the advent of the era of LCD TVs, this direction has become unprofitable. As a result, it was decided to transfer the production of such devices to the Chinese company TCL Group. From now on, it is she who is engaged in the creation and distribution of Thomson TVs around the world.
Basically, the Chinese rely on models with a low price tag – the cost of devices in Russia varies from 8 to 16 thousand rubles. In the vast majority of cases, products under the Thomson brand can boast only HD-resolution. However, this brand would not have got into our rating if there were no devices with sufficiently advanced characteristics. In particular, some models have a large screen with a resolution Full HD. What's more, they boast Smart TV support! However, you need to understand that the Chinese have to save on RAM and processor, so you should not count on the fast work of smart functionality. Also, you do not need to expect a large number of TV tuners from such TVs (but they usually have everything in order with the support of digital standards).
Buy recommendation: Thomson T40D21SF-01B sells for relatively little money. At the same time, it has a 40-inch screen, making the TV a good choice for the living room or bedroom. The resolution is 1920×1080 pixels, which will definitely suit anyone who does not want to deal with 4K content just yet. The device has very thin bezels, and it also boasts two independent TV tuners. A nice bonus can be considered a large number of connectors – three HDMI- and two USB-sockets are rarely found on TVs with such a price tag.
The Chinese company BBK Electronics was founded in 1995. Quite quickly, she managed to become the largest manufacturer of consumer electronics in the Middle Kingdom. In the first half of the 2000s, many Russians knew the BBK brand for all sorts of DVD players. Well, when the world of TVs began to move to liquid crystal technology, the Chinese quickly mastered a new direction. Now BBK TVs are present in all major retail chains, and even in very small stores selling similar goods. And if initially the Chinese manufacturer specialized in budget models, now its range has become much wider – you can easily find flagship devices, the cost of which exceeds 50 thousand rubles.
BBK TVs are nearly impossible to generalize. Many models are very different from each other. They can be considered similar only in one. If the device supports Smart TV, then only Android will be used as the operating system. This is explained by the fact that the Chinese do not have the funds to support their own platform. Otherwise, Chinese TVs can be completely different. In particular, some of them have a 4K-resolution screen, and even with an increased frame rate. Also distributed under the BBK brand, devices have different diagonal, the number of connectors, the number of supported digital TV standards and many other parameters. As for the build quality, in this regard, BBK Electronics is trying to get closer to the world leaders. However, so far this has not been possible, therefore, when buying a TV, it is recommended to examine it in detail.
Purchase recommendation: BBK 22LEM-1027 / FT2C can be a good choice for a summer cottage or children's room. It is a compact model with a 21.5-inch (55 cm) display. It is also important that the display of this model has a resolution Full HD. At a cost of 8 thousand rubles. this is surprising. The Chinese manufacturer saved on the number of connectors and TV tuners. I am glad that the device supports the DVB-T2 standard without any problems. That is, you definitely won't need a set-top box to watch digital TV.
The SUPRA brand was once created exclusively for the sale of household appliances in the CIS countries. The production of the first devices began back in the 90s. Since then, the range has expanded significantly, and some devices even began to receive the title of 'Product of the Year' in Russia – in particular, this applies to one of the Smart TVs. Over the years, over 10 thousand models of various products have been produced under the SUPRA trademark – these are microwave ovens, food processors, DVD players and other equipment.
Brand owners focus on consumer electronics, which are distributed at a very low price. In particular, it is now easy to find SUPRA LCD TVs, the cost of which does not exceed 8 thousand rubles. Of course, these will be very compact devices with a screen diagonal of 22-23 inches. Nevertheless, even they can often please with the permission Full HD! As for the slightly more expensive models, many of them receive Android as an operating system, which allows you to use the TV to watch various content online.
Most SUPRA TVs are capable of boasting a modern look. Also, now it is almost impossible to find a device distributed under the SUPRA trademark, which would not have support for digital TV – at least terrestrial and cable standards. In a word, you should not be afraid of buying such a TV. This is the best option for installation in a kitchen or children's room. But for the living room, it's better to buy a TV from a South Korean or Japanese company, even if such an acquisition will cost much more.
BUYING RECOMMENDATION SUPRA STV-LC40LT0020F has a 40-inch 1080p screen. This makes the TV a great choice for most Russian apartments. The device supports all digital TV standards, including satellite. Among the advantages of this model are two independent TV tuners, low power consumption and high-quality assembly. Somewhat upsetting is the lack of Smart TV.
Another brand whose products are distributed mainly in the CIS. Initially, various accessories for motorists were produced under this trademark – for example, car radios and corresponding acoustics. Now the range of goods under the aforementioned brand has become much wider. In shops selling household appliances, you can easily find microwave ovens, multicooker, radio and, of course, Mystery TVs. This manufacturer earned a place in our rating due to its solid assembly. However, most of all, the buyer should be pleased with the low cost – usually Mystery TVs cost no more than 10 thousand rubles. Of course, there are more expensive models, but they are not in great demand.
Please note that some devices have a TFT TN screen. If you see this item in the specifications, then it is better to switch to another model, unless you want to use the TV only as a monitor. The fact is that such a matrix has minimal viewing angles. Fortunately, modern Mystery products are increasingly receiving an IPS display (ordered from a third-party supplier). As for Smart TV, the minimum number of Mystery TVs is equipped with this function. As an operating system, it is used, as you might guess, Android.
Perhaps devices under the Mystery trademark are well suited for a children's room, kitchen or summer cottage. It's nice that they usually have 1080p resolution, and they usually have at least two HDMI connectors on the back, which allows you to connect a game console and something else. Please note that there are no 4K TVs in the company's range yet, so for a large living room it is better to look for something from another manufacturer.
Purchase recommendation: Mystery MTV-3230LT2 is a great option for a children's room and some other small room. At a cost of 10-11 thousand rubles. the TV offers a 32-inch display with HD resolution. Thin bezels give the device a modern look (and this despite a very old announcement). We can also note a fairly good sound, which is output by two speakers with a power of 8 W each.
The history of the German company TELEFUNKEN begins in 1903. It was then that a separate enterprise was opened, which originally belonged equally to AEG and Siemens & Halske. In the future, however, the rights to the enterprise were completely bought out by the management of AEG. The TELEFUNKEN brand is known to everyone who is interested in the history of televisions. The fact is that the German company was directly involved in the development of the pan-European television broadcasting standard PAL. It is also impossible not to notice that TELEFUNKEN owns more than 20 thousand patents – of course, related not only to the television field.
The rights to manufacture LCD TVs under the TELEFUNKEN brand were granted to the Turkish holding company Profilio-Telra. For a long time, such devices were not really known to the general consumer, since their circulation was extremely small. However, now TELEFUNKEN TVs are in quite noticeable demand, including you can buy them in Russian stores. It may seem that such devices should focus on very low cost, but this is not at all the case. Of course, find models with a price tag below 10 thousand rubles. quite possible, but these will be very small and outdated devices. Most of all, buyers like TVs, the price tag of which is in the region between 12 and 25 thousand rubles. At this cost, you can count on the resolution Full HD, support for all digital TV standards and a fairly large number of connectors. Many TVs also get Smart TV – a feature based on Android.
Of course, you shouldn't expect support for any unusual technologies from TELEFUNKEN TVs. The Turkish holding does not invest any significant money in research and development, using mainly what is available on the market. But on the other hand, it carries out strict quality control, in connection with which TVs are able to boast of a long service life.
Purchase recommendation: TELEFUNKEN TF-LED48S39T2S is very popular. Owners of hotels, restaurants and supermarkets make their choice in its favor. They buy it, of course, for residential premises. This TV has a 48-inch screen with a resolution Full HD. On the back you can find three USB and HDMI connectors. It should also be noted that there is an operating system here Android that allows you to visit online cinemas and use other functions. In a word, a very good set at a cost of 24-25 thousand rubles!
Our rating has already mentioned one company that initially specialized in the production of car acoustics. The same is true for HARPER. The difference lies in the fact that the Taiwanese company was guided by the wishes of specific customers. A little later, the company decided to enter the mass market, offering not only acoustic systems, but also ordinary headphones. Since 2014, sales of the product have begun in Russia.
Now you can find HARPER LCD TVs in stores. Oddly enough, in terms of their popularity, they are already catching up with products from much more famous competitors (far from only the Japanese-Korean trio). Buyers must like the low cost, usually ranging from 6,000 to 18,000 rubles. For that kind of money, these TVs offer exactly what the consumer would like to get from them – 1080p resolution, two to three HDMI connectors, thin screen bezels and maximum viewing angles. Also, even inexpensive HARPER TVs have decent speakers, so there is no desire to connect external speakers.
There are also more expensive models in the assortment of the company. They can even be equipped with 4K resolution and a pair of independent TV tuners, allowing you to watch both terrestrial and satellite TV. The largest HARPER TVs boast a 54-inch screen. However, you need to understand that such devices are not very popular, and therefore it is quite difficult to find them in stores.
Do we recommend HARPER products for purchase? Probably yes, especially if the corresponding TV is offered at a decent discount. It is unlikely that such a device will seriously disappoint you. It's not for nothing that people write reviews mostly in a positive way. But you need to understand that the cheapest TVs under the HARPER brand have very weak characteristics, and their screen suffers not only with 720p resolution, but also with narrow viewing angles.
Buy recommendation: HARPER 43F660T sells for about 18-19 thousand rubles, offering for this money a 43-inch screen with 1080p resolution and maximum viewing angles. Connection of additional devices is carried out through three HDMI sockets. A pair of USB ports is provided for external drives. Smart TV is not here, but terrestrial and cable digital TV standards are supported. You can also note the presence of an acoustic system here, the power of which reaches 20 watts. It is surprising that such a large TV did not turn out to be heavy – its weight does not exceed 6.9 kg.
Best premium and mid-range TV manufacturers
For many years, it is Samsung Electronics that produces the largest number of TVs. But the company started with rice flour – it was for its production that Lee Byung Chol founded a factory in 1938. Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine a kind of home electronics that would not be produced by a South Korean chaebol. Unlike competitors, the company seeks not only to assemble a specific device, but also to produce components for it. In particular, the semiconductor division produces chipsets, memory modules and many other components for smartphones. Also, everyone knows that it is Samsung that produces the largest number AMOLED – displays.
But back to TVs. The company made a bet on them after the CRT technology began to leave the market, displacing the liquid crystal one. Almost all modern technologies are available to South Koreans, so expensive Samsung TVs do not lack their support. The manufacturer even develops its own operating system Tizen, on the basis of which the Smart TV function is implemented. Also, such devices are capable of boasting high-speed Wi-Fi, a powerful processor, wide viewing angles and a large number of connectors. As for the build quality, it usually does not cause any complaints, although there is still a certain percentage of defects on the market.
The South Korean manufacturer is trying to achieve the most realistic color reproduction. Unfortunately, the creation of OLED – screens is not available to him, so a completely different technology is used, called QLED. Its essence lies in the production of displays, consisting of the so-called quantum dots. The backlight in such a screen, if used, is to a minimum. As a result, blacks on the display appear exactly black. But QLED TVs are much more expensive than their LCD counterparts – usually their price tag starts from 60-70 thousand rubles.
Buy recommendation: The Samsung QE55Q6FAM is a great QLED TV that doesn't skyrocket. Of course, 90 thousand rubles. – it's still expensive, but for this money you will get a high-class device with color rendering close to ideal. Also, this model will not slow down, than cheap TVs with Smart TV support sin. Well, a curious feature of the South Korean device is the presence of three TV tuners at once. This allows you to connect to the TV and terrestrial antenna, and “cable”, and a satellite “dish”. The screen diagonal of this model is 54.6 inches (139 cm), which is definitely not the best choice for a child's room or office space.
The second largest TV manufacturer in the world. Unlike its main competitor, LG Electronics was formed through the merger of Lucky and Goldstar. Now the forces of this company produce a variety of household appliances and electronics. In particular, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines and, of course, televisions are in demand. The range of the latter is very wide. Basically, the management LG tries to achieve the perfect balance of cost and functionality. That is why most often it is TVs LG that have the most optimal price tag, if we talk only about the products of the Korean-Japanese trio.
As you might guess, the forces of LG Electronics create devices with a wide variety of dimensions. From small models designed for installation in the kitchen, to two-meter monsters. Basically, South Koreans rely on a display produced in-house using IPS technology. Such a screen pleases with good color rendering and maximum viewing angles. Well, top-end devices, the cost of which is at least 100 thousand rubles, have OLED – a screen. Each pixel on such a panel emits light independently. The lack of a backlit backing layer ensures perfect blacks and whites.
As for Smart TV, then LG is also able to maintain its own operating system. It uses webOS, which was purchased at one time from the American company Hewlett-Packard.
Purchase recommendation: LG 49UJ651V – This TV has a slim body, painted in silver. The screen of this model has a diagonal of 48.5 inches. Another important advantage is 4K-resolution – individual pixels are difficult to see even when you get close to the TV. The device should also please with a large number of connectors. Smart TV is also present here – the function works without any special brakes. It seems that such a TV cannot be cheap. However, 40 thousand rubles. By no means should it be considered too high a price tag – modern 4K TVs can cost much more.
The history of the Sony Corporation dates back to May 7, 1946, when the production of transistor radio receivers began in dilapidated Japan. For many years, the company tried to reduce the size of such devices. Also, the Japanese gradually expanded the range of manufactured equipment. For example, in 1958, the company released its first transistor TV. And ten years later, Sony Trinitron color CRT TVs began to appear. Soon, it was Japanese televisions that became the standard for high-quality images. And even now it seems to many that it is Sony TVs that produce the most juicy picture. And this is really close to the truth, especially when it comes to OLED – models. However, cheaper TVs also have no serious drawbacks in this regard.
It should be noted that there are no truly inexpensive devices under the Sony brand. The cost of any high-quality TV sets starts at 30 thousand rubles, and this is not about the largest models! The manufacturer makes a markup not only for the high-quality image, but also for the stylish design. Indeed, most often it is Sony TVs that win competitions where the appearance of such devices is evaluated. However, there is some extra charge and only for the brand.
To implement the Smart TV function, the Japanese use two operating systems. Some TVs get Opera TV, and some get a special version Android. Be that as it may, buyers of such devices rarely encounter brakes – usually the manufacturer endows his creations with a very powerful processor and a decent amount of memory. However, it is better to read the reviews on it before choosing a specific TV – they will certainly mention all the shortcomings, without which not the most expensive models can do. In a word, Sony was included in our rating, but this does not mean that it only produces ideal devices.
Buy recommendation: The Sony KD-43XE7096 looks fantastic. It features a sleek stand, 108cm IPS display, and incredibly thin bezels that are barely visible when watching a movie. It should be noted also 4K-resolution, thanks to which the corresponding films and games look perfect here. It is surprising that the Japanese ask for no more than 45 thousand rubles for such beauty.
The Japanese company Panasonic was founded in 1918. Quite quickly, this enterprise entered the world level, starting to supply its equipment abroad. It is interesting that in many countries it has been sold under the National brand for many decades. Only by the end of the 20th century was it decided to completely abandon it.
Panasonic TVs have been produced for a very long time – since the days of CRT models. These devices now have a liquid crystal display, usually with wide viewing angles. The display resolution can be completely different – from normal HD to modern 4K. It is almost mandatory that Panasonic TVs are equipped with at least two HDMI connectors, and in many cases even more. Top-end devices are capable of boasting an MVA screen. Monitors based on such a matrix are used by some professional photographers. Perhaps this is what speaks best about the realistic colors.
As expected, Japanese TVs support all modern digital TV standards. As for the 4K-resolution models, they also have HDR support. The manufacturer also did not forget about Smart TV – in Panasonic products this function is based on the operating system Firefox OS. At one time, she did not find a place for herself on smartphones, but now owners of TVs can use it.
The Japanese company Panasonic has several research and development centers. In this regard, her creations are supported by many modern technologies. At least, this applies to top-end devices, the cost of which exceeds 20 thousand rubles. They can have three TV tuners, and their Wi-Fi module can support the high-speed 802.11ac standard. But most of all, Japanese TVs are popular with consumers due to their attractive appearance – such devices receive an extremely thin frame and an elegant stand. And not always all this is painted in a boring black color.
Purchase recommendation: The Panasonic TX-40EXR600 is a relatively small TV set with a 40-inch screen. A distinctive feature of the device is the fact that its display is made using MVA technology, which allows you to hope for realistic colors. The LCD panel is also capable of boasting 4K resolution and HDR support. Through this TV, you can watch online content using the Smart TV function. Support for all digital TV standards, including satellite DVB-S2, is also implemented here. In a word, this is a very good offer for 38 thousand rubles, which are asked for this TV!
Philips TVs have been produced by the Chinese company TP Vision for a long time. However, this does not mean that these devices now do not deserve the money spent. The fact is that the Chinese, along with the rights to the brand, got all the Dutch technologies. In particular, the top models continue to receive Ambilight. After looking at the resulting effect, you can literally fall in love with such a picture. With the help of special LEDs, the space behind the TV is colored with what is happening on the screen, this visually expands the boundaries of the display.
The Chinese try to maintain quality control, which is why Philips TVs rarely have any build flaws. The manufacturer also continues to order decent screens with excellent color rendering and maximum viewing angles. Many devices are also capable of boasting support for Smart TV – as an operating system, Android is usually installed on them. Everything is fine with Philips LCD TVs and sound reproduction.
We must admit that it is TP Vision that invests the least money in research. In this regard, its products do not break records in terms of thickness or energy efficiency. Perhaps now these are just average TVs by modern standards, most of all delighting with the Ambilight lighting, and sometimes also with a stylish design. Deprived of proprietary backlighting, budget models with a miniature screen are almost indistinguishable from their Chinese competitors.
Buy recommendation: Philips 55PUS6412 includes not only a 4K display and very thin white bezels, but also a backlight. This means that the TV is able to visually expand the boundaries of what is happening on the screen. The high cost of the device (about 65 thousand rubles) is due not only to Ambilight support, but also to its large size. If you are going to buy such a TV, make sure that the opening in the modular wall is large enough. However, no one bothers to put the device on a curbstone or even hang it.
This is a list of the best TV companies. As you may have noticed, some of them are busy creating expensive products, endowed with a large number of connectors, a quality display and even support for Smart TV. Under the rest of the brands, budget devices are usually distributed, which rarely have any large size, and they are often deprived of smart functionality. It should also be noted that in our rating only those brands that are regularly found in Russian retail are mentioned.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.