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Should You Buy a Sony TV?

Matthew
Updated 19 January 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 160,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,200 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 8,100 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 $1,393.

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%
66,927 reviews
#2
South Korea
95%
95%
154,807 reviews
#3
United States
89%
89%
6,627 reviews
#4
Japan
85%
85%
3,538 reviews
#5
Supersonic
United States
85%
85%
3 reviews
#6
Japan
78%
78%
2,139 reviews
#7
Curtis
Canada
76%
76%
1,114 reviews
#8
74%
74%
3,295 reviews
#9
Netherlands
72%
72%
7,188 reviews
#10
China
71%
71%
2,341 reviews
#11
Element
69%
69%
39 reviews
#12
Avtex
United Kingdom
69%
69%
179 reviews
#13
Japan
69%
69%
5,923 reviews
#14
China
68%
68%
243 reviews
#15
TCL
68%
68%
1,057 reviews
#16
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#17
Naxa
67%
67%
1 review
#18
Sylvania
66%
66%
8 reviews
#19
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,738 reviews
#20
Japan
64%
64%
648 reviews
#21
Japan
63%
63%
591 reviews
#22
RCA
63%
63%
115 reviews
#23
PROSCAN
62%
62%
0 reviews
#24
Viewsonic
Taiwan
62%
62%
7 reviews
#25
Coby
57%
57%
5 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%. 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.

The average review score for a Sony TV is 78%.

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. 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
$863
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $14,999
Price Distribution of All TVs
No. Of TVs
Average Price
$1,393
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $10,099
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
1,764
4 stars
383
3 stars
101
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 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, had a superior high def picture and a good design. 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%
170 reviews
77%
31 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
53 reviews
81%
182 reviews
80%
96 reviews
75%
36 reviews
74%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
84%
165 reviews
81%
99 reviews
82%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
68%
25 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
86%
135 reviews
79%
73 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
12 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
95%
99 reviews
81%
73 reviews
83%
33 reviews
85%
8 reviews
67%
15 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
107 reviews
67%
70 reviews
76%
20 reviews
89%
14 reviews
54%
7 reviews
avforums.com logo
82%
130 reviews
80%
38 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
89%
57 reviews
90%
57 reviews
89%
38 reviews
92%
14 reviews
83%
11 reviews
hifitest.de logo
88%
42 reviews
87%
67 reviews
83%
41 reviews
88%
12 reviews
90%
6 reviews
tweakers.net logo
81%
65 reviews
82%
56 reviews
64%
22 reviews
75%
7 reviews
70%
1 review
reviewed.com logo
76%
93 reviews
70%
44 reviews
39%
1 review
56%
2 reviews
62%
8 reviews
computerbild.de logo
80%
63 reviews
80%
40 reviews
79%
23 reviews
81%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
89%
66 reviews
83%
34 reviews
87%
22 reviews
85%
4 reviews
74%
7 reviews
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
73 reviews
88%
39 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
PC Mag logo
68%
56 reviews
78%
40 reviews
69%
8 reviews
61%
11 reviews
parentesis.com logo
75%
53 reviews
72%
44 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
fwdmagazine.be logo
87%
39 reviews
87%
33 reviews
78%
21 reviews
85%
6 reviews
75%
2 reviews
erenumerique.fr logo
82%
41 reviews
83%
28 reviews
79%
12 reviews
81%
11 reviews
73%
7 reviews
4k.com logo
82%
64 reviews
85%
30 reviews
86%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
1,445 reviews
76%
1,075 reviews
75%
368 reviews
78%
306 reviews
68%
101 reviews
Average
82%
3,163 reviews
79%
2,352 reviews
76%
802 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
125
28
17
6
7
Techradar logo
66
51
26
2
12
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
95
28
10
13
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
34
52
39
13
3
Trusted Reviews logo
83
23
14
4
11
reviewed.com logo
66
23
2
Expert Reviews logo
37
14
6
3
3
Pocket Lint logo
25
17
9
2
2
areadvd.de logo
17
16
10
6
1
audiovision.de logo
16
21
9
4
Digitaltrends.com logo
25
18
2
4
CNET.com logo
25
20
3
homecinemachoice.com logo
24
9
10
4
01net.com logo
13
20
5
2
6
prohardver.hu logo
7
18
5
3
1
soundandvision.com logo
18
9
3
3
hardware.info logo
19
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
232
185
45
49
5
Total
966
588
210
131
64

How Reliable Are Sony TVs?

We checked over 160,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony TVs. over 120 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

marvellous build quality mark th
avforums.com
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
Sony proved that its HX850 series of HDTVs is able to deliver models that are very reliable
evogadget.com
found the new controller easy to use because the free view is built in the TV
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

This one was so remarkable that we purchased it even tough was more expensive
Bestbuy.com
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
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