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Should You Buy a Sony TV?

Matthew
Updated 08 September 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 240,000 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 $2,599 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 $1,123.

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
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
152,703 reviews
#2
South Korea
93%
93%
307,644 reviews
#3
United States
89%
89%
4,569 reviews
#4
Japan
88%
88%
6,619 reviews
#5
Supersonic
United States
82%
82%
2 reviews
#6
Japan
78%
78%
1,966 reviews
#7
Japan
76%
76%
9,044 reviews
#8
Curtis
Canada
71%
71%
254 reviews
#9
China
69%
69%
5,578 reviews
#10
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#11
68%
68%
3,346 reviews
#12
Viewsonic
Taiwan
66%
66%
9 reviews
#13
PROSCAN
66%
66%
66 reviews
#14
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,734 reviews
#15
TCL
64%
64%
1,866 reviews
#16
China
64%
64%
2 reviews
#17
RCA
63%
63%
155 reviews
#18
Neovo
Taiwan
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

At an average purchase price of $1,123, Sony TVs tend to be more expensive than most other TV brands however they are still a popular choice with consumers. Sony also have better reviews than the typical TV brand, with the average rating of a Sony TV being 80%.

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

Sony have a number of great features including OLED technology which sets them apart from the competition. 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 27 Sony TVs currently on the market in the US.

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
$1,123
$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
466
4 stars
499
3 stars
74
2 stars
9
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
3,827
4 stars
798
3 stars
214
2 stars
123
1 star
185
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 90% 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 had good 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%
249 reviews
77%
157 reviews
75%
30 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
87%
34 reviews
82%
210 reviews
80%
109 reviews
76%
38 reviews
74%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
84%
185 reviews
82%
114 reviews
83%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
69%
24 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
84%
149 reviews
80%
83 reviews
82%
42 reviews
84%
11 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
95%
116 reviews
81%
79 reviews
84%
41 reviews
87%
9 reviews
66%
16 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
71%
109 reviews
68%
76 reviews
78%
22 reviews
89%
13 reviews
54%
7 reviews
avforums.com logo
81%
133 reviews
81%
40 reviews
78%
23 reviews
86%
5 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Digital Versus logo
75%
101 reviews
62%
59 reviews
75%
11 reviews
85%
4 reviews
60%
5 reviews
Chip.de logo
88%
59 reviews
90%
62 reviews
89%
36 reviews
91%
12 reviews
83%
11 reviews
hifitest.de logo
84%
38 reviews
86%
81 reviews
83%
38 reviews
86%
10 reviews
90%
6 reviews
tweakers.net logo
80%
66 reviews
83%
65 reviews
68%
23 reviews
67%
6 reviews
70%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
90%
72 reviews
81%
43 reviews
88%
24 reviews
87%
3 reviews
74%
7 reviews
reviewed.com logo
76%
90 reviews
72%
45 reviews
39%
1 review
62%
8 reviews
parentesis.com logo
75%
68 reviews
72%
45 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
86 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
computerbild.de logo
79%
51 reviews
81%
43 reviews
81%
26 reviews
80%
4 reviews
73%
3 reviews
PC Mag logo
71%
60 reviews
77%
45 reviews
70%
7 reviews
61%
9 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
85%
51 reviews
84%
34 reviews
91%
20 reviews
88%
6 reviews
85%
4 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
78%
57 reviews
78%
40 reviews
81%
10 reviews
83%
6 reviews
70%
1 review
4k.com logo
83%
68 reviews
83%
38 reviews
79%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
78%
1,618 reviews
77%
1,273 reviews
75%
467 reviews
79%
309 reviews
69%
106 reviews
Average
81%
3,460 reviews
79%
2,668 reviews
78%
932 reviews
82%
503 reviews
71%
283 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 138 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 138 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba
avforums.com logo
128
30
17
5
7
Techradar logo
78
55
22
3
12
Trusted Reviews logo
94
34
26
4
11
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
107
32
10
13
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
17
52
41
15
3
reviewed.com logo
59
24
2
whathifi.com logo
47
12
11
3
homecinemachoice.com logo
33
14
16
5
Expert Reviews logo
39
13
10
2
3
Pocket Lint logo
25
19
13
3
2
audiovision.de logo
12
30
12
3
Digitaltrends.com logo
35
16
2
4
prohardver.hu logo
11
33
6
4
areadvd.de logo
18
18
10
6
1
CNET.com logo
31
19
2
Les Numeriques.com logo
13
19
10
8
01net.com logo
13
19
5
2
6
hardware.info logo
22
16
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
20
12
3
3
EISA.eu logo
11
16
9
1
Other Expert Sites
278
211
96
53
4
Total
1,091
694
315
138
62

How Reliable Are Sony TVs?

We checked over 240,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony TVs. over 210 of these reviews mention reliability of which 89% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

89% 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
the build quality is impressive
avforums.com
thanks to some ingenious engineering
techradar.com/au/
Good Build Quality
johnlewis.com
it has a built in DVD section
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

Poor Build Quality
johnlewis.com
My only criticism is the build quality although not terrible isn't great
Amazon
This one was so remarkable that we purchased it even tough was more expensive
Bestbuy.com
The package was great with no damage
Bhphotovideo.com
The TV was broken during delivery
Walmart.com
As with most of these skinny tvs the sound is not up to scratch
amazon.co.uk

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 XR55A80J ($1,499) and the Sony XR65A80J ($1,999).

What is the Best Mid-Range Sony TV?

Sony XR55A80J

$1,499.00
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Sony XR55A80J
55"
33mm
THICK
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
$529
OVER 5 YEARS

A great mid range choice, priced at $1,499 is the Sony XR55A80J, which has a Kagoo Score of 80.

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

A multi award winning and amazingly thin 4K 55" TV, with a reasonable price and OLED technology. It features voice control and USB recording, has a smartphone remote app and supports Wi-Fi.

96
Reviews
304 Reviews + 5 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Value for Money
Good
70
Running Costs
$530 Over 5 Years
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Sony XR55A80J has outstanding expert reviews and very good 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 $1,499.00 and in total we found 6 prices 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 $500.00 more.

What is the Best High End Sony TV?

Sony XR65A80J

$1,999.00
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Sony XR65A80J
Buy Now
Sony XR65A80J
65"
33mm
THICK
120Hz
REFRESH RATE

If you're looking for a high end Sony TV then the Sony XR65A80J takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 74, but is a bit more expensive at $1,999.

Features We Love:
OLED technology
Large display diagonal (65")
Features OLED technology
Thinner than average (33mm)
Features voice control

An OLED and astonishingly thin 4K 65" television, with a very good spec and the latest technology. It features voice control and USB recording, has a smartphone remote app and supports Wi-Fi.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
64
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the XR65A80J in the US is $1,999.00 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Sony TV?

Sony KD43X80JU

$479.99
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Sony KD43X80JU
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43"
7mm
THICK
16:9
ASPECT RATIO
50Hz
REFRESH RATE
G

At only $479.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 78 the Sony KD43X80JU makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Thinner than average (7mm)
Features voice control
Supports Wi-Fi
Supports parental controls
Supports Miracast

A thin and fully featured 4K 43" TV, with a reasonable price and the latest technology. It supports Wi-Fi, screen mirroring and parental controls and features voice control.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the KD43X80JU in the US is $479.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then why not upgrade to the Sony KD50X80J (50") for $170.01 more or the Sony KD55X80JU (55") for $70.00 more.

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