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Should You Buy a Sony TV?

Updated 15 August 2019 by Matthew
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Sony is one of the most popular TV brands as well as being well known for it's digital cameras, camcorders and headphones.

We've collated all the key information on Sony TVs in this handy guide. We've analysed over 160,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,200 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 8,000 TVs to impartially compare each TV brand.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning TVs. Their TVs start at $298 for the KDL-32W600 which has a display diagonal of 32", a thickness of 66mm and is an hd TV and go up to $6,998 for the KD-77A1 which has a display diagonal of 77", a thickness of 99mm and is a 4K TV. The average price of a new Sony TV is $1,592.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning TVs.

Is Sony the Best TV Brand?

So are Sony TVs any good? We give every TV a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all TVs we are able to impartially rank all the TV brands.

Sony is ranked the No. 4 best TV brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 4th best TV brand out there.

#1
South Korea
95%
95%
155,967 reviews
#2
LG
South Korea
94%
94%
65,825 reviews
#3
United States
89%
89%
6,627 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
3,884 reviews
#5
Supersonic
United States
84%
84%
3 reviews
#6
Japan
78%
78%
2,131 reviews
#7
77%
77%
3,299 reviews
#8
Netherlands
76%
76%
6,940 reviews
#9
Curtis
Canada
73%
73%
1,114 reviews
#10
China
70%
70%
2,332 reviews
#11
Avtex
United Kingdom
68%
68%
179 reviews
#12
China
68%
68%
243 reviews
#13
TCL
68%
68%
1,057 reviews
#14
Naxa
67%
67%
1 review
#15
SunBriteTV
67%
67%
40 reviews
#16
RCA
67%
67%
115 reviews
#17
Japan
67%
67%
591 reviews
#18
Sylvania
66%
66%
8 reviews
#19
Japan
64%
64%
5,220 reviews
#20
Japan
63%
63%
649 reviews
#21
JVC
Japan
63%
63%
1,673 reviews
#22
Viewsonic
Taiwan
62%
62%
7 reviews
#23
PROSCAN
61%
61%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Sony TVs compare to the other TV brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection Running Costs
All TV Brands
Sony TVs

Sony have better reviews than the typical TV brand, with the average rating of a Sony TV being 79%. When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of Sony TV is $32 (based on a person typically using a TV for 5 hours per day), which makes them more efficient than most other TV brands.

The average review score for a Sony TV is 79%.

There's a smaller selection of Sony TVs available compared to other TV brands, with only 32 Sony TVs currently on the market in the US. Sony TVs also tend to be more expensive than most other TV brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of TVs
Average Price
$809
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $5,999
Price Distribution of All TVs
No. Of TVs
Average Price
$1,592
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $14,499
Price Distribution of Sony TVs

What Do the Sony TV Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Sony TV to work out the average distribution of reviews for Sony and then compared this to the other TV brands.

Sony logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
359
4 stars
383
3 stars
66
2 stars
7
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
2,055
4 stars
414
3 stars
106
2 stars
65
1 star
88
Sony has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its TVs than most other TV brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 91% of expert reviews and 91% of user reviews for Sony TVs are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 92% respectively across all TV brands.

Purchasers of Sony TVs frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, had a superior high def picture and nice technical features. Their TVs have also won 130+ awards.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Sony TVs by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other TV brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba
CNET.com logo
77%
219 reviews
77%
169 reviews
77%
32 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
86%
52 reviews
81%
182 reviews
80%
96 reviews
75%
36 reviews
74%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
83%
173 reviews
80%
98 reviews
82%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
68%
25 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
86%
134 reviews
79%
74 reviews
79%
31 reviews
82%
14 reviews
77%
27 reviews
whathifi.com logo
95%
99 reviews
81%
73 reviews
84%
32 reviews
85%
8 reviews
67%
15 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
72%
107 reviews
68%
69 reviews
76%
20 reviews
89%
14 reviews
54%
7 reviews
avforums.com logo
82%
127 reviews
80%
37 reviews
78%
22 reviews
83%
7 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Digital Versus logo
75%
96 reviews
63%
59 reviews
72%
13 reviews
77%
6 reviews
60%
5 reviews
Chip.de logo
89%
56 reviews
90%
56 reviews
89%
38 reviews
92%
15 reviews
83%
11 reviews
hifitest.de logo
88%
41 reviews
87%
67 reviews
83%
41 reviews
87%
13 reviews
90%
6 reviews
tweakers.net logo
80%
61 reviews
82%
56 reviews
63%
21 reviews
78%
8 reviews
70%
1 review
reviewed.com logo
76%
89 reviews
70%
43 reviews
39%
1 review
56%
2 reviews
62%
8 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
90%
67 reviews
83%
34 reviews
87%
22 reviews
85%
4 reviews
74%
7 reviews
computerbild.de logo
80%
61 reviews
80%
41 reviews
79%
23 reviews
81%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
parentesis.com logo
75%
57 reviews
72%
44 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
71 reviews
88%
38 reviews
88%
7 reviews
85%
1 review
PC Mag logo
68%
58 reviews
78%
40 reviews
69%
8 reviews
61%
11 reviews
fwdmagazine.be logo
87%
42 reviews
87%
33 reviews
78%
21 reviews
85%
6 reviews
75%
2 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
80%
63 reviews
77%
26 reviews
50%
2 reviews
82%
9 reviews
70%
1 review
erenumerique.fr logo
82%
40 reviews
83%
28 reviews
79%
12 reviews
81%
11 reviews
73%
7 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
1,442 reviews
75%
1,072 reviews
76%
361 reviews
78%
308 reviews
68%
100 reviews
Average
82%
3,155 reviews
79%
2,339 reviews
74%
795 reviews
80%
534 reviews
71%
283 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 135 industry awards for Sony TVs. The table below compares the number of awards given to Sony to other popular TV brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Sony has won 135 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba
avforums.com logo
122
27
17
6
7
Techradar logo
69
50
26
2
12
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
98
28
10
14
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
36
52
39
13
3
Trusted Reviews logo
83
24
14
5
11
reviewed.com logo
64
22
2
Expert Reviews logo
38
14
6
3
3
Pocket Lint logo
25
17
9
2
2
audiovision.de logo
18
22
9
4
Digitaltrends.com logo
25
18
2
4
CNET.com logo
25
20
3
areadvd.de logo
16
15
10
6
1
01net.com logo
13
20
5
2
6
homecinemachoice.com logo
23
9
9
4
prohardver.hu logo
7
18
5
4
1
soundandvision.com logo
18
9
3
3
benchmark.pl logo
19
7
5
hardware.info logo
20
10
1
EISA.eu logo
13
10
3
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
7
8
2
6
Other Expert Sites
235
181
43
49
5
Total
974
581
207
135
64

How Reliable Are Sony TVs?

We checked over 160,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony TVs. 120+ of these reviews that mention reliability of which 92% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

92% of reviewers think Sony TVs are reliable.

So, most people think that Sony TVs are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Sony TVs that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

thanks to some ingenious engineering
techradar.com/au/
robust bodywork used to make the screens feel sturdy despite their slimness is created by externalising the bonding system that h
Trusted Reviews
marvellous build quality mark th
avforums.com
Sony proved that its HX850 series of HDTVs is able to deliver models that are very reliable
evogadget.com
built in Wifi
Amazon
more Apps built in as compared to other TVs For example no Bluetooth
johnlewis.com
The sound built into TV is awesome
Bestbuy.com

NOT RELIABLE

the sounds not up to scratch if it's going to be your only one
Amazon
I had an LG C8 OLED that was broken in a move (PS4 fell
Bestbuy.com
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