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Should You Buy a TCL TV?

Matthew
Updated 18 January 2020
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should you buy a TCL TV?

TCL is one of the most popular TV brands as well as being well known for its .

If you are wondering how TCL TVs compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared over 8,100 TVs by objectively and impartially analysing over 160,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,200 awards from hundreds of different review sites.

TCL are recognised for their good selection of moderately popular and highly recommended TVs and start at $191 for the 32D100 which has a display diagonal of 32", a thickness of 81.28mm and is an hd TV and go up to $240 for the 43S405 which has a display diagonal of 43", a thickness of 73.6mm and is a 4K TV. The average price of a new TCL TV is $195.

TCL are recognised for their good selection of moderately popular and highly recommended TVs.

Is TCL the Best TV Brand?

So are TCL 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.

TCL is ranked the No. 15 best TV brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that TCL is the 15th 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 TCL 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
TCL TVs

At an average purchase price of $195, TCL TVs tend to be cheaper than most other TV brands. TCL also have better reviews than the typical TV brand, with the average rating of a TCL TV being 65%.

When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of TCL TV is $28 (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 TCL TVs available compared to other TV brands, with only 2 TCL TVs currently on the market in the US.

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
$195
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $10,099
Price Distribution of TCL TVs

What Do the TCL TV Reviews Say?

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

TCL logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
8
4 stars
19
3 stars
7
2 stars
0
1 star
0
TCL logo

User Reviews

5 stars
680
4 stars
220
3 stars
47
2 stars
24
1 star
43
TCL has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its TVs than most other brands.

Over 79% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for TCL TVs are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 92% respectively across all TV brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to TCL 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 TCL
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
75%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
84%
165 reviews
81%
99 reviews
82%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
68%
25 reviews
60%
2 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
73%
3 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
77%
3 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
65%
1 review
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
80%
1 review
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
benchmark.pl logo
81%
60 reviews
77%
25 reviews
50%
2 reviews
83%
8 reviews
70%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
1,449 reviews
76%
1,080 reviews
76%
366 reviews
78%
300 reviews
68%
100 reviews
66%
14 reviews
Average
82%
3,163 reviews
79%
2,352 reviews
74%
802 reviews
80%
517 reviews
71%
284 reviews
70%
32 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have TCL TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 3 industry awards for TCL TVs. The table below compares the number of awards received by TCL to other popular TV brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

TCL has won 3 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba TCL
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
1
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
audiovision.de logo
16
21
9
4
1
areadvd.de logo
17
16
10
6
1
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
1
Total
966
588
210
131
64
3

How Reliable Are TCL TVs?

We checked over 160,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of TCL TVs. over 60 of these reviews mention reliability of which 93% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of TCL TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

93% of reviewers think TCL TVs are reliable.

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

RELIABLE

The built in Roku is a big plus too
Bestbuy.com
Since this TV has ROKU built in
Walmart.com
5 player are all built in an work well
amazon.co.uk
This tv is the best for the price your paying very slim built design
ao.com

NOT RELIABLE

Brought same tv @ target received damage went to Best Buy's
Bestbuy.com
If the TV is situated in an area where there will be no chance of damage you will be fine or take out some insurance
ao.com
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