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Should You Buy an LG TV?

Matthew
Updated 10 October 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 tumble dryers.

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 30,000 user and expert reviews and 290+ 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 32LM620T which has a display diagonal of 32", a thickness of 35.5mm and is a full hd TV and go up to $14,997 for the OLED77W8 which has a display diagonal of 77", a thickness of 5.96mm and is a 4K TV. The average price of a new LG TV is $1,895.

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%
65,565 reviews
#2
LG
South Korea
94%
94%
35,210 reviews
#3
United States
87%
87%
5,491 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
1,956 reviews
#5
Supersonic
United States
86%
86%
2 reviews
#6
Japan
78%
78%
2,115 reviews
#7
75%
75%
2,392 reviews
#8
Curtis
Canada
70%
70%
18 reviews
#9
SunBriteTV
68%
68%
40 reviews
#10
Japan
64%
64%
562 reviews
#11
China
64%
64%
2,042 reviews
#12
JVC
Japan
64%
64%
1,727 reviews
#13
RCA
62%
62%
11 reviews
#14
China
62%
62%
52 reviews
#15
TCL
61%
61%
101 reviews
#16
PROSCAN
58%
58%
0 reviews
#17
Viewsonic
Taiwan
53%
53%
0 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 70 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, LG ThinQ AI and Ultra Surround 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 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $5,999
Price Distribution of All TVs
No. Of TVs
Average Price
$1,895
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $16,499
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
543
4 stars
657
3 stars
137
2 stars
24
1 star
0
LG logo

User Reviews

5 stars
24,203
4 stars
6,198
3 stars
1,113
2 stars
522
1 star
1,013
LG has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews for its TVs than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews are actually lower.

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

Purchasers of LG TVs frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, nicely designed and reasonably priced. Their TVs have also won 110+ 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 LG Samsung Philips Panasonic Sony
CNET.com logo
75%
53 reviews
80%
9 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
78%
27 reviews
86%
4 reviews
79%
17 reviews
83%
1 review
67%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
78%
22 reviews
86%
10 reviews
85%
6 reviews
95%
2 reviews
whathifi.com logo
79%
16 reviews
98%
9 reviews
80%
7 reviews
83%
7 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
77%
18 reviews
81%
11 reviews
83%
4 reviews
88%
4 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
81%
14 reviews
64%
10 reviews
80%
6 reviews
67%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
89%
15 reviews
83%
7 reviews
84%
8 reviews
95%
2 reviews
hifitest.de logo
92%
15 reviews
80%
4 reviews
82%
9 reviews
100%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
4k.com logo
84%
14 reviews
84%
9 reviews
86%
2 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
74%
8 reviews
85%
11 reviews
50%
1 review
60%
1 review
72%
3 reviews
ichip.ru logo
88%
5 reviews
83%
7 reviews
85%
8 reviews
94%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
18 reviews
65%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Which? logo
100%
11 reviews
100%
6 reviews
100%
1 review
100%
3 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
78%
9 reviews
83%
3 reviews
88%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
84%
11 reviews
85%
4 reviews
93%
3 reviews
100%
1 review
pcworld.pl logo
58%
11 reviews
80%
2 reviews
87%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
80%
5 reviews
100%
5 reviews
90%
4 reviews
100%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
74%
7 reviews
64%
5 reviews
67%
3 reviews
avforums.com logo
80%
2 reviews
88%
5 reviews
82%
6 reviews
90%
2 reviews
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
88%
4 reviews
88%
6 reviews
83%
4 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
281 reviews
75%
131 reviews
76%
65 reviews
70%
28 reviews
79%
29 reviews
Average
81%
566 reviews
83%
260 reviews
82%
155 reviews
84%
60 reviews
83%
51 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have LG TVs Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 113 industry awards for LG TVs. This means that LG has more awards for its TVs than any other brand. 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 more awards for its TVs than any other brand.

Compare all award winning TVs

Number of Awards LG Samsung Philips Panasonic Sony
Which? logo
11
6
1
3
Lydogbilde.no logo
8
3
6
1
hdtvtest.co.uk logo
5
6
4
2
avforums.com logo
2
5
4
2
Expert Reviews logo
6
2
3
1
audiovision.de logo
4
2
6
Trusted Reviews logo
2
6
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
4
2
3
1
reviewed.com logo
4
4
benchmark.pl logo
2
5
1
Techradar logo
1
4
2
1
soundandvision.com logo
4
1
2
EISA.eu logo
2
4
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
4
1
1
flatpanelshd.com logo
5
1
areadvd.de logo
2
2
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
1
2
homecinemachoice.com logo
1
3
1
1
PC Mag logo
5
komputerswiat.pl logo
1
4
Other Expert Sites
37
12
10
3
4
Total
113
72
45
13
14

How Reliable Are LG TVs?

We checked over 30,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of LG TVs. over 190 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
Beautifully engineered
Pocket Lint
The LG UF6800 is a 4K ULTRA HD TV with a sophisticated 4K up-scaler built in
4k.com
it’s a shame there are no HD tuners built in
theregister.co.uk
a decent level of build quality
avforums.com
Do buy the LG E7 if you like fancy design along with slightly better sound quality built in
Digitaltrends.com
As others have mentioned it does have a Satellite tuner built in although this isn't technically Freesat as it just finds channels
Amazon
expect to get many more years of dependable service
Walmart.com
built in
Bestbuy.com

NOT RELIABLE

so clearly LG have some reliability problems
Amazon
it appears the main board is broken
Bestbuy.com
not sturdy enough
Argos.co.uk
First TV had broke pixles
amazon.co.uk

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, LG ThinQ AI and Ultra Surround.

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 OLED55C9PUA ($1,497), the LG OLED65C8P ($1,499) and the LG OLED77C9PUB ($3,497).

LG ThinQ AI

LG TVs that feature LG ThinQ AI include the LG 65SM8600PUA ($980), the LG NanoCell 55SM8600PUA ($797) and the LG 43UK6300PUE ($330).

LG Ultra Surround

LG TVs that feature Ultra Surround include the LG 65SM8600PUA ($980), the LG NanoCell 55SM8600PUA ($797) and the LG 43UK6300PUE ($330).

LG True Color Accuracy

LG TVs that feature true color accuracy include the LG 65SM8600PUA ($980), the LG NanoCell 55SM8600PUA ($797) and the LG 43UK6300PUE ($330).

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