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Should You Buy a TCL TV?

Matthew
Updated 22 October 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 8,300 TVs by objectively and impartially analysing over 170,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,100 awards from hundreds of different review sites.

The average price of a new TCL TV is $230.

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
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
103,303 reviews
#2
South Korea
95%
95%
222,911 reviews
#3
United States
88%
88%
5,037 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
4,691 reviews
#5
Supersonic
United States
81%
81%
3 reviews
#6
Japan
78%
78%
1,965 reviews
#7
75%
75%
3,295 reviews
#8
Curtis
Canada
71%
71%
1,114 reviews
#9
Element
70%
70%
39 reviews
#10
China
69%
69%
4,250 reviews
#11
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#12
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,743 reviews
#13
TCL
63%
63%
1,306 reviews
#14
RCA
62%
62%
115 reviews
#15
China
62%
62%
244 reviews
#16
PROSCAN
58%
58%
0 reviews
#17
Viewsonic
Taiwan
53%
53%
7 reviews
#18
Sylvania
53%
53%
8 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 $230, TCL TVs tend to be cheaper than most other TV brands. 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. TCL also have worse reviews than the typical TV brand, with the average rating of a TCL TV being 65%.

No. Of TVs
Average Price
$818
$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
$230
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $29,999
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
8
4 stars
22
3 stars
7
2 stars
0
1 star
0
TCL logo

User Reviews

5 stars
816
4 stars
258
3 stars
69
2 stars
41
1 star
74
TCL has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its TVs than most other brands.

Over 81% of expert reviews and 85% of user reviews for TCL TVs are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 91% and 93% 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%
204 reviews
77%
168 reviews
77%
31 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
84%
46 reviews
81%
177 reviews
80%
99 reviews
75%
39 reviews
74%
7 reviews
75%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
83%
162 reviews
81%
98 reviews
82%
35 reviews
87%
13 reviews
68%
25 reviews
60%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
86%
125 reviews
79%
72 reviews
80%
32 reviews
83%
12 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
96%
91 reviews
80%
69 reviews
83%
35 reviews
87%
9 reviews
67%
15 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
72%
98 reviews
67%
69 reviews
76%
20 reviews
89%
14 reviews
54%
7 reviews
73%
3 reviews
avforums.com logo
82%
121 reviews
80%
37 reviews
78%
22 reviews
84%
8 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Chip.de logo
89%
55 reviews
90%
59 reviews
89%
38 reviews
92%
15 reviews
83%
11 reviews
Digital Versus logo
75%
86 reviews
63%
60 reviews
72%
13 reviews
73%
6 reviews
60%
5 reviews
hifitest.de logo
88%
38 reviews
87%
68 reviews
83%
41 reviews
87%
13 reviews
90%
6 reviews
77%
3 reviews
reviewed.com logo
76%
93 reviews
71%
45 reviews
39%
1 review
56%
2 reviews
62%
8 reviews
tweakers.net logo
79%
51 reviews
81%
54 reviews
64%
22 reviews
74%
8 reviews
70%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
90%
67 reviews
83%
34 reviews
87%
22 reviews
85%
4 reviews
74%
7 reviews
computerbild.de logo
80%
57 reviews
80%
40 reviews
79%
23 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
3 reviews
65%
1 review
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
72 reviews
88%
38 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
PC Mag logo
68%
54 reviews
78%
40 reviews
69%
8 reviews
61%
11 reviews
80%
1 review
parentesis.com logo
75%
54 reviews
73%
43 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
fwdmagazine.be logo
88%
38 reviews
87%
33 reviews
78%
21 reviews
85%
6 reviews
75%
2 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
81%
60 reviews
76%
24 reviews
50%
2 reviews
83%
8 reviews
70%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
erenumerique.fr logo
82%
36 reviews
83%
28 reviews
79%
12 reviews
83%
12 reviews
73%
7 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
1,329 reviews
76%
1,071 reviews
76%
374 reviews
78%
315 reviews
68%
99 reviews
67%
17 reviews
Average
82%
2,937 reviews
79%
2,327 reviews
74%
816 reviews
80%
544 reviews
71%
283 reviews
70%
35 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
118
27
17
7
7
Techradar logo
60
50
26
3
12
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
91
28
10
13
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
30
50
42
14
3
1
Trusted Reviews logo
79
22
15
4
11
reviewed.com logo
67
23
2
Expert Reviews logo
39
14
6
3
3
Pocket Lint logo
23
18
9
3
2
audiovision.de logo
16
20
9
5
1
areadvd.de logo
15
17
10
6
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
24
19
2
4
homecinemachoice.com logo
23
8
10
4
01net.com logo
12
20
5
2
6
CNET.com logo
20
21
3
prohardver.hu logo
7
18
5
3
1
soundandvision.com logo
17
10
3
3
hardware.info logo
18
11
1
benchmark.pl logo
18
7
4
EISA.eu logo
13
10
4
1
Which? logo
8
13
4
Other Expert Sites
208
179
53
55
4
1
Total
906
585
221
140
63
3

How Reliable Are TCL TVs?

We checked over 170,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of TCL TVs. over 90 of these reviews mention reliability of which 81% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of TCL TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

81% 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

it's built in freeview
amazon.co.uk
with Roku built in
Bestbuy.com

NOT RELIABLE

the power cord was apparently broke when we received it
Bestbuy.com
The only problem with this tv is it broke down after 2 months
amazon.co.uk
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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