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Should You Buy an LG TV?

Matthew
Updated 30 December 2020
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should you buy an LG TV?

LG is one of the most popular TV brands as well as being well known for its PC monitors, washing machines and optical disc drives.

If you are thinking about buying an LG TV then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of TV brands is compiled by analysing over 170,000 user and expert reviews and over 2,100 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 8,300 TVs.

LG are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning TVs. Their TVs start at $150 for the 24LF452B which has a display diagonal of 24", a thickness of 53mm and is a full hd TV and go up to $10,000 for the 86UH9500 which has a display diagonal of 86", a thickness of 67mm and is a 4K TV. The average price of a new LG TV is $2,083.

LG are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning TVs.

Is LG the Best TV Brand?

So are LG 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.

LG is ranked the No. 2 best TV brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that LG is the 2nd best TV brand out there.

#1
South Korea
95%
95%
239,487 reviews
#2
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
103,986 reviews
#3
United States
89%
89%
5,037 reviews
#4
Supersonic
United States
87%
87%
2 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
4,632 reviews
#6
Japan
78%
78%
1,965 reviews
#7
74%
74%
3,291 reviews
#8
China
72%
72%
4,403 reviews
#9
Curtis
Canada
70%
70%
1,114 reviews
#10
PROSCAN
70%
70%
6 reviews
#11
Element
69%
69%
39 reviews
#12
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#13
RCA
67%
67%
115 reviews
#14
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,733 reviews
#15
TCL
64%
64%
1,315 reviews
#16
Sylvania
62%
62%
8 reviews
#17
China
62%
62%
244 reviews
#18
Viewsonic
Taiwan
61%
61%
7 reviews

Let's look at how LG 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
LG TVs

There's a wide selection of LG TVs available compared to other TV brands, with over 60 LG TVs currently on the market in the US. LG also have better reviews than the typical TV brand, with the average rating of a LG TV being 88%.

The average review score for a LG TV is 88%.

LG have a number of great features including OLED technology and LG ThinQ AI which sets them apart from the competition. When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of LG TV is $29 (based on a person typically using a TV for 5 hours per day), which makes them more efficient than most other TV brands.

However LG TVs tend to be more expensive than most other TV brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of TVs
Average Price
$818
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $3,599
Price Distribution of All TVs
No. Of TVs
Average Price
$2,083
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $19,999
Price Distribution of LG TVs

What Do the LG TV Reviews Say?

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

LG logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
1,673
4 stars
1,743
3 stars
398
2 stars
76
1 star
0
LG logo

User Reviews

5 stars
72,236
4 stars
18,461
3 stars
3,220
2 stars
1,492
1 star
2,652
LG has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its TVs than most other brands.

Over 88% of expert reviews and 92% of user reviews for LG TVs are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 91% and 93% respectively across all TV brands.

Purchasers of LG TVs frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, well designed and had nice technical features. Their TVs have also won 590+ awards.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to LG 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
CNET.com logo
77%
205 reviews
77%
168 reviews
77%
31 reviews
71%
22 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
44 reviews
81%
179 reviews
80%
93 reviews
74%
37 reviews
74%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
83%
158 reviews
81%
98 reviews
83%
31 reviews
87%
13 reviews
68%
25 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
86%
127 reviews
79%
73 reviews
80%
31 reviews
83%
13 reviews
76%
28 reviews
whathifi.com logo
96%
94 reviews
81%
70 reviews
83%
32 reviews
85%
8 reviews
67%
15 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
72%
97 reviews
67%
68 reviews
78%
18 reviews
88%
15 reviews
54%
7 reviews
avforums.com logo
82%
120 reviews
80%
38 reviews
78%
22 reviews
83%
7 reviews
65%
13 reviews
Chip.de logo
89%
55 reviews
90%
58 reviews
89%
36 reviews
92%
15 reviews
83%
11 reviews
Digital Versus logo
75%
84 reviews
63%
59 reviews
75%
11 reviews
76%
5 reviews
60%
5 reviews
hifitest.de logo
88%
39 reviews
87%
68 reviews
83%
38 reviews
88%
12 reviews
90%
6 reviews
reviewed.com logo
76%
90 reviews
70%
44 reviews
39%
1 review
56%
2 reviews
62%
8 reviews
tweakers.net logo
80%
52 reviews
81%
54 reviews
65%
20 reviews
75%
7 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%
57 reviews
80%
40 reviews
79%
21 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
3 reviews
lcdtvbuyingguide.com logo
88%
73 reviews
88%
38 reviews
87%
6 reviews
85%
1 review
PC Mag logo
68%
55 reviews
79%
42 reviews
69%
8 reviews
61%
11 reviews
parentesis.com logo
75%
51 reviews
73%
43 reviews
64%
4 reviews
70%
9 reviews
65%
4 reviews
fwdmagazine.be logo
87%
39 reviews
87%
33 reviews
78%
19 reviews
85%
6 reviews
75%
2 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
81%
58 reviews
76%
25 reviews
50%
2 reviews
83%
9 reviews
70%
1 review
erenumerique.fr logo
81%
37 reviews
83%
28 reviews
79%
10 reviews
81%
11 reviews
73%
7 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
1,324 reviews
76%
1,065 reviews
76%
359 reviews
78%
317 reviews
68%
99 reviews
Average
82%
2,924 reviews
79%
2,325 reviews
75%
768 reviews
80%
541 reviews
71%
283 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have LG TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 593 industry awards for LG TVs. The table below compares the number of awards received by LG to other popular TV brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

LG has won 593 awards for its TVs.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards Samsung LG Philips Sony Toshiba
avforums.com logo
117
28
17
6
7
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
95
28
10
13
4
Techradar logo
61
50
22
3
12
Trusted Reviews logo
80
23
16
4
11
Lydogbilde.no logo
29
52
36
13
3
reviewed.com logo
65
23
2
Expert Reviews logo
37
14
6
3
3
Pocket Lint logo
23
18
9
3
2
audiovision.de logo
16
21
9
4
areadvd.de logo
15
17
10
6
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
24
19
2
4
01net.com logo
12
21
5
3
6
homecinemachoice.com logo
23
8
11
4
CNET.com logo
20
21
3
prohardver.hu logo
8
17
5
3
1
soundandvision.com logo
17
10
3
3
benchmark.pl logo
19
7
4
hardware.info logo
17
10
2
EISA.eu logo
12
10
5
1
Which? logo
8
12
4
Other Expert Sites
209
184
54
56
4
Total
907
593
215
140
63

How Reliable Are LG TVs?

We checked over 170,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of LG TVs. over 1,500 of these reviews mention reliability of which 86% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of LG TV owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

86% of reviewers think LG TVs are reliable.

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

RELIABLE

Still waiting for replacement for damaged tv " NOT HAPPY
amazon.co.uk
There is a robust Smart TV platform
televisioninfo.com
There is a robust smart TV platform
reviewed.com
built in Wi-Fi
gadgetshow.channel5.com
a decent level of build quality
avforums.com
Beautifully engineered
Pocket Lint
it's well built for a mid-range edge-lit LED
gizmodo.com.au
The LG UF6800 is a 4K ULTRA HD TV with a sophisticated 4K up-scaler built in
4k.com
Throw impressive build quality into the mix
techadvisor.co.uk
it’s a shame there are no HD tuners built in
theregister.co.uk
Do buy the LG E7 if you like fancy design along with slightly better sound quality built in
Digitaltrends.com
what if you could buy a new TV that has an upgraded sound system built in
whathifi.com

NOT RELIABLE

Anyone reading the AV press recently could be forgiven for thinking that a format war has broken out over 3D TV
avforums.com
broken up by an unusual dip in the lower-right edge where the power-on light glows blue or red
Mac World
we'd be slightly worried if the images on display didn't look up to scratch
whathifi.com
the $2,499 OLED55B6 lacks the build quality
Techradar
their sometimes lacking build quality I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely this thing is put together
Amazon
Poor Build Quality
Argos.co.uk
forth enough that it makes the TV look like it is broken
Bestbuy.com
broken remote then the sound went a few months later
amazon.co.uk
Mediocre Build Quality
johnlewis.com

Features to Look Out For On LG TVs

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of LG TVs that set them apart from the competition. These include OLED technology and LG ThinQ AI.

LG OLED Technology

OLED TVs use organic material that creates light when electricity is passed through it. This means that they do not require a back light, unlike standard LED TVs.

OLED TVs have much higher contrast than LED TVs as they have no back light. They also have a fast response rate, rich colours and a wide viewing angle.

LG TVs that feature OLED technology include the LG OLED77C9PUB ($3,500), the LG OLED65E6P ($6,000) and the LG OLED55B8PUA ($1,299).

LG ThinQ AI

LG TVs that feature LG ThinQ AI include the LG OLED55B8PUA ($1,299), the LG OLED55C8PUA ($1,200) and the LG OLED55B9PUA ($1,799).

LG Apple Airplay 2 Support

LG TVs that feature apple airplay 2 support include the LG 65UN73006LA ($870).

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