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Should You Buy a TCL TV?

Matthew
Updated 20 April 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 250,000 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. 13 best TV brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that TCL is the 13th best TV brand out there.

#1
South Korea
95%
95%
317,702 reviews
#2
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
159,285 reviews
#3
United States
88%
88%
4,570 reviews
#4
Supersonic
United States
87%
87%
2 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
6,471 reviews
#6
Japan
72%
72%
1,967 reviews
#7
Curtis
Canada
70%
70%
254 reviews
#8
China
69%
69%
5,430 reviews
#9
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#10
68%
68%
3,302 reviews
#11
PROSCAN
65%
65%
66 reviews
#12
Japan
64%
64%
9,017 reviews
#13
TCL
64%
64%
1,741 reviews
#14
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,733 reviews
#15
RCA
63%
63%
155 reviews
#16
Viewsonic
Taiwan
61%
61%
9 reviews
#17
Neovo
Taiwan
57%
57%
0 reviews
#18
NEC
Japan
51%
51%
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 65%.

When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of TCL TV is $27 (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
15
4 stars
47
3 stars
10
2 stars
0
1 star
0
TCL logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,046
4 stars
330
3 stars
89
2 stars
50
1 star
118
TCL has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its TVs than most other brands.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 84% of user reviews for TCL TVs are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 91% 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%
238 reviews
77%
159 reviews
75%
31 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
88%
34 reviews
82%
208 reviews
80%
113 reviews
75%
38 reviews
74%
7 reviews
76%
12 reviews
Techradar logo
84%
183 reviews
82%
115 reviews
83%
35 reviews
86%
12 reviews
69%
24 reviews
60%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
85%
148 reviews
80%
81 reviews
83%
38 reviews
83%
12 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
95%
117 reviews
81%
81 reviews
84%
42 reviews
87%
9 reviews
66%
16 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
72%
105 reviews
69%
76 reviews
78%
22 reviews
88%
15 reviews
54%
7 reviews
70%
4 reviews
avforums.com logo
81%
135 reviews
81%
39 reviews
78%
23 reviews
84%
5 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Chip.de logo
88%
59 reviews
90%
63 reviews
89%
36 reviews
92%
13 reviews
83%
11 reviews
Digital Versus logo
76%
99 reviews
62%
58 reviews
75%
11 reviews
85%
4 reviews
60%
5 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
81%
66 reviews
83%
67 reviews
68%
23 reviews
75%
7 reviews
70%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
91%
69 reviews
82%
45 reviews
88%
24 reviews
85%
4 reviews
74%
7 reviews
reviewed.com logo
76%
90 reviews
72%
47 reviews
39%
1 review
62%
8 reviews
computerbild.de logo
79%
52 reviews
81%
45 reviews
81%
27 reviews
81%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
71%
4 reviews
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
85 reviews
88%
37 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
parentesis.com logo
75%
64 reviews
72%
45 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
55 reviews
78%
48 reviews
70%
7 reviews
61%
9 reviews
75%
2 reviews
4k.com logo
83%
76 reviews
83%
42 reviews
86%
2 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
77%
62 reviews
78%
38 reviews
80%
9 reviews
83%
6 reviews
70%
1 review
63%
3 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
85%
48 reviews
84%
34 reviews
91%
20 reviews
88%
5 reviews
85%
4 reviews
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
78%
1,607 reviews
77%
1,274 reviews
75%
468 reviews
78%
303 reviews
68%
106 reviews
54%
38 reviews
Average
82%
3,430 reviews
79%
2,683 reviews
78%
934 reviews
82%
503 reviews
71%
283 reviews
69%
70 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have TCL TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 17 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 17 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba TCL
avforums.com logo
130
29
17
4
7
Techradar logo
78
57
22
2
12
Trusted Reviews logo
98
32
24
5
11
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
104
33
10
14
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
19
50
45
14
3
3
reviewed.com logo
61
25
2
whathifi.com logo
51
14
11
3
Expert Reviews logo
38
15
10
3
3
homecinemachoice.com logo
30
14
17
4
audiovision.de logo
12
34
12
3
2
prohardver.hu logo
13
35
6
3
1
3
Pocket Lint logo
24
19
13
2
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
32
16
2
4
CNET.com logo
31
20
2
areadvd.de logo
16
18
10
7
1
01net.com logo
14
20
5
2
6
hardware.info logo
22
16
1
1
EISA.eu logo
10
16
10
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
18
12
3
3
M3.idg.se logo
8
15
12
Other Expert Sites
280
207
85
58
4
8
Total
1,089
697
310
133
63
17

How Reliable Are TCL TVs?

We checked over 250,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of TCL TVs. over 150 of these reviews mention reliability of which 82% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of TCL TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

82% 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

Love the built in Roku as well for streaming
Bestbuy.com
I like having the ROKU built in
Walmart.com
By comparison this device has almost more of an artificial hdr feel with the oddly robust modification settings for the image output even in hdr mode
amazon.co.uk
As we don't have an external arial having Freeview Play built in was a pleasing surprise
ao.com

NOT RELIABLE

Remote feels fragile
amazon.co.uk
the power cord was broken where it plugs into the TV
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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