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Should You Buy a TCL TV?

Matthew
Updated 24 August 2021
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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 smartphones and soundbars.

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 8,300 TVs by objectively and impartially analysing over 240,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,600 awards from hundreds of different review sites.

The average price of a new TCL TV is $440.

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%
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 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 $440, 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 64%.

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 1 TCL TV 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
$440
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $19,999
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
18
4 stars
53
3 stars
11
2 stars
0
1 star
0
TCL logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,089
4 stars
354
3 stars
100
2 stars
63
1 star
143
TCL has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its TVs than most other brands.

Over 87% of expert reviews and 83% 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%
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
76%
12 reviews
Techradar logo
84%
185 reviews
82%
114 reviews
83%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
69%
24 reviews
60%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
84%
149 reviews
80%
83 reviews
82%
42 reviews
84%
11 reviews
76%
28 reviews
78%
4 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
70%
4 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
80%
4 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
computerbild.de logo
79%
51 reviews
81%
43 reviews
81%
26 reviews
80%
4 reviews
73%
3 reviews
71%
4 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
PC Mag logo
71%
60 reviews
77%
45 reviews
70%
7 reviews
61%
9 reviews
80%
1 review
benchmark.pl logo
78%
57 reviews
78%
40 reviews
81%
10 reviews
83%
6 reviews
70%
1 review
63%
3 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
85%
51 reviews
84%
34 reviews
91%
20 reviews
88%
6 reviews
85%
4 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
56%
44 reviews
Average
81%
3,460 reviews
79%
2,668 reviews
78%
932 reviews
82%
503 reviews
71%
283 reviews
70%
79 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have TCL TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 21 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 21 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba TCL
avforums.com logo
128
30
17
5
7
Trusted Reviews logo
94
34
26
4
11
3
Techradar logo
78
55
22
3
12
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
107
32
10
13
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
17
52
41
15
3
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
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
35
16
2
4
prohardver.hu logo
11
33
6
4
3
areadvd.de logo
18
18
10
6
1
CNET.com logo
31
19
2
Les Numeriques.com logo
13
19
10
8
1
01net.com logo
13
19
5
2
6
hardware.info logo
22
16
1
1
EISA.eu logo
11
16
9
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
20
12
3
3
Other Expert Sites
278
211
96
53
4
8
Total
1,091
694
315
138
62
21

How Reliable Are TCL TVs?

We checked over 240,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of TCL TVs. over 130 of these reviews mention reliability of which 80% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of TCL TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

80% 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

Built in Wifi works great
Walmart.com
the built in Wi-fi speed is acceptable also
amazon.co.uk
Love the built in Roku too
Bestbuy.com

NOT RELIABLE

Remote feels fragile
amazon.co.uk
the power cord was apparently broke when we received it
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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