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Should You Buy a Sony TV?

Matthew
Updated 15 April 2021
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should you buy a Sony TV?

Sony is one of the most popular TV brands as well as being well known for its camcorders, digital cameras and headphones.

We've collated all the key information on Sony TVs in this handy guide. We've analysed over 250,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,600 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 8,300 TVs to impartially compare each TV brand.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning TVs. Their TVs start at $259 for the XBR-75X850 which has a display diagonal of 75", a thickness of 53mm and is a 4K TV and go up to $4,450 for the FWD-75X850 which has a display diagonal of 75", a thickness of 54mm and is a 4K TV. The average price of a new Sony TV is $1,339.

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. 5 best TV brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 5th best TV brand out there.

#1
South Korea
95%
95%
317,702 reviews
#2
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
159,285 reviews
#3
United States
88%
88%
4,570 reviews
#4
Supersonic
United States
87%
87%
2 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
6,471 reviews
#6
Japan
72%
72%
1,967 reviews
#7
Curtis
Canada
70%
70%
254 reviews
#8
China
69%
69%
5,430 reviews
#9
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#10
68%
68%
3,302 reviews
#11
PROSCAN
65%
65%
66 reviews
#12
Japan
64%
64%
9,017 reviews
#13
TCL
64%
64%
1,741 reviews
#14
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,733 reviews
#15
RCA
63%
63%
155 reviews
#16
Viewsonic
Taiwan
61%
61%
9 reviews
#17
Neovo
Taiwan
57%
57%
0 reviews
#18
NEC
Japan
51%
51%
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 80%. Sony also have a number of great features including OLED technology which sets them apart from the competition.

The average review score for a Sony TV is 80%.

When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of Sony TV is $36 (based on a person typically using a TV for 5 hours per day), which makes them more efficient than most other TV brands.

There's a smaller selection of Sony TVs available compared to other TV brands, with only 23 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
$818
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $10,499
Price Distribution of All TVs
No. Of TVs
Average Price
$1,339
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $19,999
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
449
4 stars
486
3 stars
73
2 stars
9
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
3,751
4 stars
800
3 stars
194
2 stars
123
1 star
175
Sony has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its TVs than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

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

Purchasers of Sony TVs frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, good at displaying high definition TV and has useful technical features. Their TVs have also won 130+ awards.

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%
238 reviews
77%
159 reviews
75%
31 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
88%
34 reviews
82%
208 reviews
80%
113 reviews
75%
38 reviews
74%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
84%
183 reviews
82%
115 reviews
83%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
69%
24 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
85%
148 reviews
80%
81 reviews
83%
38 reviews
83%
12 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
95%
117 reviews
81%
81 reviews
84%
42 reviews
87%
9 reviews
66%
16 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
72%
105 reviews
69%
76 reviews
78%
22 reviews
88%
15 reviews
54%
7 reviews
avforums.com logo
81%
135 reviews
81%
39 reviews
78%
23 reviews
84%
5 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Chip.de logo
88%
59 reviews
90%
63 reviews
89%
36 reviews
92%
13 reviews
83%
11 reviews
Digital Versus logo
76%
99 reviews
62%
58 reviews
75%
11 reviews
85%
4 reviews
60%
5 reviews
hifitest.de logo
84%
38 reviews
86%
81 reviews
83%
38 reviews
86%
10 reviews
90%
6 reviews
tweakers.net logo
81%
66 reviews
83%
67 reviews
68%
23 reviews
75%
7 reviews
70%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
91%
69 reviews
82%
45 reviews
88%
24 reviews
85%
4 reviews
74%
7 reviews
reviewed.com logo
76%
90 reviews
72%
47 reviews
39%
1 review
62%
8 reviews
computerbild.de logo
79%
52 reviews
81%
45 reviews
81%
27 reviews
81%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
85 reviews
88%
37 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
parentesis.com logo
75%
64 reviews
72%
45 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
4k.com logo
83%
76 reviews
83%
42 reviews
86%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
55 reviews
78%
48 reviews
70%
7 reviews
61%
9 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
77%
62 reviews
78%
38 reviews
80%
9 reviews
83%
6 reviews
70%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
85%
48 reviews
84%
34 reviews
91%
20 reviews
88%
5 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Other Expert Sites
78%
1,607 reviews
77%
1,274 reviews
75%
468 reviews
78%
303 reviews
68%
106 reviews
Average
82%
3,430 reviews
79%
2,683 reviews
78%
934 reviews
82%
503 reviews
71%
283 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 133 industry awards for Sony TVs. The table below compares the number of awards received by Sony to other popular TV brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Sony has won 133 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba
avforums.com logo
130
29
17
4
7
Techradar logo
78
57
22
2
12
Trusted Reviews logo
98
32
24
5
11
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
104
33
10
14
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
19
50
45
14
3
reviewed.com logo
61
25
2
whathifi.com logo
51
14
11
3
Expert Reviews logo
38
15
10
3
3
homecinemachoice.com logo
30
14
17
4
audiovision.de logo
12
34
12
3
Pocket Lint logo
24
19
13
2
2
prohardver.hu logo
13
35
6
3
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
32
16
2
4
CNET.com logo
31
20
2
areadvd.de logo
16
18
10
7
1
01net.com logo
14
20
5
2
6
hardware.info logo
22
16
1
1
EISA.eu logo
10
16
10
1
soundandvision.com logo
18
12
3
3
M3.idg.se logo
8
15
12
Other Expert Sites
280
207
85
58
4
Total
1,089
697
310
133
63

How Reliable Are Sony TVs?

We checked over 250,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony TVs. over 200 of these reviews mention reliability of which 91% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

91% 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

the build quality is impressive
avforums.com
Sony proved that its HX850 series of HDTVs is able to deliver models that are very reliable
evogadget.com
The Sony Bravia KD-65X9005A is a beautifully engineered
Trusted Reviews
thanks to some ingenious engineering
techradar.com/au/
One off the best features has to be the Google chromecast feature which is already built in the tv
Amazon
Excellent Build Quality
johnlewis.com
You will probably need to use external speakers as the built in speakers aren't great
amazon.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

Once you've strapped on the stand it sits firmly upright - you don't need to worry about a heavy duty table to go underneath this one
Amazon
Poor Build Quality
johnlewis.com
the glass is fragile (like 1/2 mm) so no food fights
Bestbuy.com
The package was great with no damage
Bhphotovideo.com
totally broke down within 4 months
amazon.co.uk
The TV was broken during delivery
Walmart.com

Features to Look Out For On Sony TVs

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Sony TVs that set them apart from the competition. These include OLED technology.

Sony OLED Technology

OLED TVs use organic material that creates light when electricity is passed through it. This means that they do not require a back light, unlike standard LED TVs.

OLED TVs have much higher contrast than LED TVs as they have no back light. They also have a fast response rate, rich colours and a wide viewing angle.

Sony TVs that feature OLED technology include the Sony XR65A80J ($2,498).

What is the Best High End Sony TV?

Sony XR55A80J

$2,298.00
BrandsMart USA
Sony XR55A80J
Buy Now
Sony XR55A80J
55"
33mm
THICK
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
$542
OVER 5 YEARS

If you're looking for a high end Sony TV then the Sony XR55A80J takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 79, but is a bit more expensive at $2,298.

Features We Love:
OLED technology
Large display diagonal (55")
Features OLED technology
Thinner than average (33mm)
Features voice control

An OLED and multi award winning 4K 55" television, with a breathtakingly thin 33mm thickness and the latest technology. It features voice control and USB recording, has a smartphone remote app and supports Wi-Fi.

96
Reviews
304 Reviews + 5 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Running Costs
$540 Over 5 Years
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Sony XR55A80J has superb expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%, based on 304 reviews.

The cheapest price that we could find for the XR55A80J in the US is $2,298.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then why not upgrade to the Sony XR65A80J (65") for $200.00 more.

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