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Should You Buy a TCL TV?

Matthew
Updated 15 January 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 .

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 $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. 16 best TV brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that TCL is the 16th best TV brand out there.

#1
South Korea
95%
95%
240,846 reviews
#2
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
104,415 reviews
#3
United States
89%
89%
5,037 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
4,626 reviews
#5
Supersonic
United States
87%
87%
2 reviews
#6
Japan
78%
78%
1,965 reviews
#7
76%
76%
3,297 reviews
#8
Curtis
Canada
73%
73%
1,114 reviews
#9
China
72%
72%
4,403 reviews
#10
Element
70%
70%
39 reviews
#11
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#12
PROSCAN
68%
68%
6 reviews
#13
RCA
68%
68%
115 reviews
#14
Netherlands
65%
65%
11,859 reviews
#15
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,733 reviews
#16
TCL
64%
64%
1,327 reviews
#17
Sylvania
62%
62%
8 reviews
#18
China
62%
62%
244 reviews
#19
Viewsonic
Taiwan
61%
61%
8 reviews
#20
Neovo
Taiwan
54%
54%
0 reviews
#21
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 $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 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $6,099
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 $23,499
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
30
3 stars
7
2 stars
0
1 star
0
TCL logo

User Reviews

5 stars
819
4 stars
261
3 stars
70
2 stars
42
1 star
75
TCL has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its TVs than most other brands.

Over 84% 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%
205 reviews
77%
166 reviews
77%
31 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
43 reviews
81%
177 reviews
80%
93 reviews
75%
36 reviews
74%
7 reviews
75%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
83%
158 reviews
81%
98 reviews
83%
31 reviews
86%
13 reviews
68%
25 reviews
60%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
86%
128 reviews
79%
73 reviews
80%
31 reviews
83%
12 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
96%
95 reviews
80%
69 reviews
83%
32 reviews
85%
8 reviews
67%
15 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
72%
96 reviews
67%
68 reviews
78%
18 reviews
89%
14 reviews
54%
7 reviews
73%
3 reviews
avforums.com logo
82%
124 reviews
80%
38 reviews
78%
22 reviews
84%
8 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Chip.de logo
88%
54 reviews
90%
58 reviews
89%
36 reviews
92%
14 reviews
83%
11 reviews
hifitest.de logo
88%
38 reviews
87%
68 reviews
83%
38 reviews
88%
12 reviews
90%
6 reviews
77%
3 reviews
Digital Versus logo
75%
84 reviews
63%
59 reviews
75%
11 reviews
76%
5 reviews
60%
5 reviews
reviewed.com logo
76%
88 reviews
70%
44 reviews
39%
1 review
56%
2 reviews
62%
8 reviews
tweakers.net logo
80%
53 reviews
81%
54 reviews
65%
20 reviews
77%
8 reviews
70%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
90%
65 reviews
83%
34 reviews
88%
20 reviews
85%
4 reviews
74%
7 reviews
computerbild.de logo
80%
58 reviews
80%
39 reviews
79%
21 reviews
81%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
69%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
68%
55 reviews
79%
41 reviews
69%
8 reviews
61%
11 reviews
80%
1 review
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
70 reviews
88%
39 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
parentesis.com logo
75%
51 reviews
73%
43 reviews
64%
4 reviews
73%
10 reviews
65%
4 reviews
fwdmagazine.be logo
88%
38 reviews
87%
33 reviews
78%
19 reviews
84%
7 reviews
75%
2 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
81%
56 reviews
76%
24 reviews
50%
2 reviews
80%
9 reviews
70%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
erenumerique.fr logo
81%
37 reviews
83%
28 reviews
79%
10 reviews
81%
11 reviews
73%
7 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
1,314 reviews
76%
1,069 reviews
76%
359 reviews
79%
316 reviews
68%
99 reviews
65%
24 reviews
Average
82%
2,910 reviews
79%
2,322 reviews
75%
768 reviews
80%
539 reviews
71%
283 reviews
71%
43 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have TCL TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 5 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 5 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba TCL
avforums.com logo
121
28
17
7
7
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
92
28
10
14
4
Techradar logo
60
50
22
2
12
Trusted Reviews logo
81
23
16
4
11
Lydogbilde.no logo
28
50
36
13
3
1
reviewed.com logo
64
22
2
Expert Reviews logo
37
14
6
3
3
Pocket Lint logo
23
18
9
3
2
audiovision.de logo
16
21
9
5
1
areadvd.de logo
15
17
10
6
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
23
19
2
4
homecinemachoice.com logo
22
8
11
5
01net.com logo
12
20
5
2
6
CNET.com logo
20
21
3
prohardver.hu logo
8
17
5
3
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
16
10
3
3
benchmark.pl logo
19
7
4
EISA.eu logo
13
10
5
1
hardware.info logo
18
10
1
Which? logo
8
12
4
Other Expert Sites
209
180
54
54
4
2
Total
905
585
215
139
63
5

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 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

Roku built in is a bonus
Bestbuy.com
Features The most notable feature of this TV is the built in Roku device
Walmart.com
As we don't have an external arial having Freeview Play built in was a pleasing surprise
ao.com
5 player are all built in an work well
amazon.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

Ordered tv beining of November had to send back as it was broken inside box
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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