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Should You Buy a Sony TV?

Matthew
Updated 31 August 2020
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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 digital cameras, camcorders and headphones.

We've collated all the key information on Sony TVs in this handy guide. We've analysed over 170,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,200 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 $95 for the KD-55XF7005 which has a display diagonal of 54.6", a thickness of 80mm and is a 4K TV and go up to $3,399 for the XBR-85X950 which has a display diagonal of 85", a thickness of 103mm and is a 4K TV. The average price of a new Sony TV is $1,079.

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%
182,535 reviews
#2
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
71,394 reviews
#3
United States
88%
88%
5,650 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
3,429 reviews
#5
Supersonic
United States
85%
85%
3 reviews
#6
Japan
77%
77%
2,136 reviews
#7
75%
75%
3,288 reviews
#8
Curtis
Canada
73%
73%
1,114 reviews
#9
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#10
China
64%
64%
2,357 reviews
#11
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,742 reviews
#12
Japan
64%
64%
649 reviews
#13
TCL
63%
63%
1,256 reviews
#14
RCA
63%
63%
115 reviews
#15
Naxa
62%
62%
1 review
#16
China
62%
62%
243 reviews
#17
Viewsonic
Taiwan
61%
61%
7 reviews
#18
PROSCAN
58%
58%
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 78%. 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 78%.

When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of Sony TV is $34 (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 29 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 $6,999
Price Distribution of All TVs
No. Of TVs
Average Price
$1,079
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $11,499
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
357
4 stars
382
3 stars
64
2 stars
7
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,677
4 stars
362
3 stars
99
2 stars
61
1 star
82
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 91% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for Sony TVs are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 91% and 93% 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 had well executed 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%
222 reviews
77%
168 reviews
77%
31 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
84%
49 reviews
81%
180 reviews
80%
99 reviews
75%
36 reviews
74%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
83%
170 reviews
80%
99 reviews
82%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
68%
25 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
86%
130 reviews
79%
73 reviews
80%
32 reviews
83%
12 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
95%
100 reviews
80%
72 reviews
83%
34 reviews
85%
8 reviews
67%
15 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
72%
110 reviews
67%
69 reviews
76%
20 reviews
89%
14 reviews
54%
7 reviews
avforums.com logo
82%
132 reviews
80%
37 reviews
78%
22 reviews
83%
7 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Digital Versus logo
75%
95 reviews
63%
60 reviews
72%
13 reviews
76%
5 reviews
60%
5 reviews
Chip.de logo
88%
55 reviews
90%
58 reviews
89%
38 reviews
92%
14 reviews
83%
11 reviews
hifitest.de logo
88%
41 reviews
87%
68 reviews
83%
41 reviews
88%
12 reviews
90%
6 reviews
reviewed.com logo
76%
92 reviews
70%
44 reviews
39%
1 review
56%
2 reviews
62%
8 reviews
tweakers.net logo
80%
61 reviews
81%
54 reviews
64%
22 reviews
75%
7 reviews
70%
1 review
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%
40 reviews
79%
23 reviews
81%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
75 reviews
88%
39 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
PC Mag logo
68%
56 reviews
79%
42 reviews
69%
8 reviews
61%
11 reviews
parentesis.com logo
75%
55 reviews
72%
44 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
fwdmagazine.be logo
88%
41 reviews
87%
33 reviews
78%
21 reviews
85%
6 reviews
75%
2 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
81%
63 reviews
76%
24 reviews
50%
2 reviews
83%
8 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%
1,439 reviews
76%
1,072 reviews
76%
370 reviews
78%
300 reviews
68%
100 reviews
Average
82%
3,154 reviews
79%
2,338 reviews
74%
811 reviews
80%
517 reviews
71%
284 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 131 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 131 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba
avforums.com logo
127
27
17
6
7
Techradar logo
67
49
26
2
12
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
96
28
10
13
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
30
53
42
13
3
Trusted Reviews logo
78
23
15
4
11
reviewed.com logo
67
23
2
Expert Reviews logo
38
14
6
3
3
Pocket Lint logo
25
17
9
2
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
26
19
2
4
areadvd.de logo
16
16
10
6
1
audiovision.de logo
16
20
9
4
CNET.com logo
25
21
3
01net.com logo
13
21
5
2
6
homecinemachoice.com logo
24
8
10
4
soundandvision.com logo
18
10
3
3
prohardver.hu logo
7
17
5
3
1
hardware.info logo
20
11
1
benchmark.pl logo
19
7
4
EISA.eu logo
13
10
3
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
7
8
2
6
Other Expert Sites
231
188
46
49
5
Total
963
590
215
131
64

How Reliable Are Sony TVs?

We checked over 170,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony TVs. over 100 of these reviews 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

robust bodywork used to make the screens feel sturdy despite their slimness is created by externalising the bonding system that h
Trusted Reviews
Sony proved that its HX850 series of HDTVs is able to deliver models that are very reliable
evogadget.com
thanks to some ingenious engineering
techradar.com/au/
The 55X8505 is another superbly well engineered TV from Sony
avforums.com
it has a built in DVD section
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

Badly Engineered
Amazon
This one was so remarkable that we purchased it even tough was more expensive
Bestbuy.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 KD55A8 ($1,798) and the Sony KD65A8 ($2,498).

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