The idea of a standard form of entertainment undeniably revolves around LED TVs nowadays. If you are planning to buy an LED TV among all the wide gamut of options available in the market, make sure that you are aware of all the important aspects of an LED TV to get the best value for your money.
There are a number of television brands that sell LED TVs, and each has their own unique features. LED TVs have gained a major popularity all over the world and the companies are infusing them with the best of features to attract customers.
Here, we’ve listed the Top 10 LED TV Brands in the world and different types of LED TVs available in the market to help you make an informed decision.
Founded by William Wang in the year 2002, Vizio is one of the most famous TV brands in US. However, the brand has not been able to keep up with the pace at which other brands are moving, and stands at the 10 spot in this list of Top 10 LED TV brands.
While the company is working to spread itself outside USA, it faces tough competition from other global brands, like Samsung and Sony. While the growth story of Vizio is pretty impressive, and the brand has been able to become one of the most famous TV brand in US within a short span of time, it still has a long way to go to become a major global player. Affordability and wide-range of entry-level LED models are two of the reasons for its popularity in US.
If you are looking for an impressive entry-level model, you can go for D Series and E-Series of 65” LEDs from Vizio, and if you are looking for a high-end model, its Reference and SmartCast series has some pretty amazing models.
- Large number of affordable LED TV options
- Picture quality of entry-level models is impressive
- Online support is good
- LEDs are not innovative, and have features that are commonly found in LEDs from other manufacturers
- No global presence
Established in the year 1912, Sharp Electronics is one of the largest electronics corporations, which is headquartered in Abeno-Ku, Japan. Sharp sells television sets under the brand name Aquos. The brand is famous for its large display panels which are very commonly used in commercial settings. The LEDs from Sharp are known for their sharp color, LED backlighting and impressive contrast.
However, many LEDs from the brand are negatively reviewed for their viewing angle problem. A number of buyers have suggested that the color and contrast in LED TVs from Sharp suffers even when they are off by 20-30 degrees. However, the company has tried to minimize this problem in its latest models.
Moreover, the company has heavily invested in its LED panels and has around 10 manufacturing units all over the world. LC-32LE350M (White), LC-40LE355M and LC-32LE355M are some of the most positively reviewed LED TV models from the brand.
- Wide range of large LED panels
- Excellent picture quality
- Latest models have innovative features
- Online customer support is quick and helpful
- Many models have problems with respect to the viewing angle
Philips, the Dutch company is one of the most trusted electronics brand all over the world. The company was founded in the year 1891 in Eindhoven by Gerard Philips. The primary divisions of the company are focused in Healthcare, Lighting and Consumer Lifestyle and they have an employee base of more than 120,000 across 65 countries.
The company is known for its innovativeness and some of the features in their latest LED models include Full HD, HD Natural Motion Facility, Pixel Precise HD, and Dynamic Contrast. Some of the best LEDs from the brand can be found in their latest Designline 4000 Series and 5000 Series.
While the company is known for its solid line of LEDs, their products are expensive and most of the features in their LEDs can be easily found in cheaper LEDs manufactured by other brands. Also, a lot of consumers have also complained that the company doesn’t have service centers in a lot of countries.
- Some models have highly innovative features
- Picture quality is much better than LEDs from other manufacturers in the same price range
- No service centers in a lot of countries
While Panasonic is the 4th largest producer of televisions globally, poor customer service and basic set of features are two of the reasons due to which the company stands at the 7th spot in this ranking of TV brands.
Panasonic was established in the year 1918 in Japan, and is well-known for its premium-quality plasmas. However, the company has officially announced that they will no longer focus on plasma televisions, and will rather improve their market share in LED, OLED and 4K televisions. While the initial LED models were not highly impressive, the latest models from the brand are at par with some of the best LEDs manufactured by other brands.
Panasonic also has a range of smart TVs, known as Smart Viera. These LEDs have built-in Wi-Fi module to connect with your wireless internet network. The latest models in this Smart Viera series allow you to browse internet and come with a variety of apps, like Twitter, YouTube and Skype. Moreover, a lot of LEDs in this series are compatible with 3D videos as well. While some of them have passive 3D, majority of them have active 3D.
While it manufactures some of the best LED TVs, its customer support is the reason that holds the brand back. While you can reach Panasonic’s customer service department through phone, email and online, none of the methods provided helpful results to a lot of consumers. Apart from this, Panasonic is still a brand worth considering if you are planning to buy an LED TV.
- Latest models have innovative set of features
- LEDs are cheaper than other brands
- Wide range of Smart TVs and 3D models
- Most of the models have basic set of features
- Customer service is highly unimpressive
Toshiba Corporation was founded in the year 1939 in Japan, and was originally named as Tokyo Shibaura Electric K.K. With more than 200,000 employees, the company is one of the top TV manufacturers in the world.
Toshiba was first to introduce LED backlit LCD TVs with 3D compatibility which allowed consumers to view 3D movies and videos without needing 3D glasses in the year 2010. This brought instant recognition to the brand which was not doing so good with its previous LCD models. Even the latest releases from the brand are highly impressive, and at par with some of the best of models from other best LED TV brands in the world.
Even the customer service and warranty offered by Toshiba is pretty impressive. However, a lot of consumers have complained that the picture quality of some of the LED models from Toshiba is not very good, especially when compared to the picture quality of LEDs from other brands in the same price range. The brand has pretty amazing entry models, like 50L2400U and 32P2400ZE.
- Some of the high-end models are highly innovative
- Good customer service and warranty
- Wide-range of models at every price range
- Picture quality in some models is not very impressive
Founded in the year 1981 in China by Tomseng Li Dongsheng, TCL stands at the 5th spot in this best TV brands 2016 list. The company is known to have a market share of about 5.5%. Apart from television, the company manufactures a variety of other electronic products and has divided its operation in 4 categories- Communications, Home Appliances, Consumer Electronics and Multimedia.
The brand is known for its affordable range of LEDs and was the first to introduce highly affordable entry-level LEDs in the market. TCL claims to use the best of parts in their televisions, and they are able to keep their price low by not spending a lot of money on advertising and promotions. This allows the brand to pass its savings to the consumers.
Even the consumers agree that the LEDs from the brand are excellent; however, many consumers have complained that the picture quality of LEDs from TCL is not as good as the LEDs from other popular brands like Samsung and Sony. Even the customer service of TCL is not something that the brand can boast about.
- Highly affordable LEDs
- High-end models have a large number of unique features
- Sound quality of LEDs is pretty good
- Picture quality is not at par with LEDs from other famous brands
- Customer service can do with some improvements
Japan’s Victor Company, commonly known as JVC, is an international Japanese electronics giant headquartered in Yokohoma, Japan. The company was established in the year 1927 and is known for manufacturing some of the first televisions in Japan. The company is also famous for making the first VHS or the Video Home System video recorder. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Was the major stakeholder in the company until 2008, but then JVC and Kenwood Corporation merged to create JVC Kenwood Holdings.
The LEDs from JVC are known to be a bright combination of innovativeness, affordability and efficiency. Its BLACKCrystal Series of HD LEDs has received rave reviews from consumers with many of them claiming that it’s the best LEDs ever created. Moreover, the brand is also known to manufacture some of the most aesthetically pleasing LEDs.
The best thing about JVC is the fact that, while the company offers a full gamut of LEDs available at every price range, even the entry level models from JVC has features that can be only found in the high-end models from other brands. In short, you’ll get the best value for your money when you invest in an LED from JVC.
- Wide range of LEDs across every price range
- Highly innovative products
- Picture quality is very impressive
- Sound quality is not very good
Headquartered at Seoul, LG is a multinational organization which manufactures a wide range of products, like mobile phones, home appliances, and entertainment systems like audio systems and televisions. It is one of the most reputed TV manufacturers and enjoys a market share of about 14%. Right from Plasma TVs, HD TVs, LCD backlit LEDs, to 3D TVs with Blu-Ray recorders, LG has some excellent models available at a variety of price ranges.
The company is also one of the forerunners in the latest range of curved LEDs, and its 55EG960V has received some very impressive reviews as well. LEDs from LG are known for their picture quality and even the customer service by the brand is among the best. Moreover, the company also has the most number of service centers in the world.
The only thing not so good about LG is that its LEDs, especially the one with latest technologies are highly expensive. While other brands reduce the cost of their existing televisions when a new technology is introduced, LG is known to keep them unchanged.
- Innovative range of LEDs
- Excellent picture quality with amazing black levels
- Amazing customer service
- Service centers in most countries
While Sony only has a market share of about 6.5%, the innovativeness and aesthetics of its products are responsible for its ranking at the 2nd spot in this list of best LED TV brands in the world. Sony Corporation is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and was established in the year 1964.
The brand is known to be the 3rd largest producer of television sets and has become one of the most famous brands in the world, not just for TVs, but for a wide range of other electronic products as well. Right from analog televisions to the best of LCDs, and the latest HDTV LEDs, Sony has improved its quantity and quality as well. The company halted the production of its famous Trinitron series to launch the new range of LCDs. The latest BRAVIA series from the brand is famous for its high-quality visuals and amplified acoustic audio.
In the year 2007, Sony manufactured the first organic LED TV in the world, known as OLED. While these televisions used a unique technology, Sony still maintained a razor-thin frame and ensured that the contrast and colors were not affected in any way. Sony is also known to manufacture the first HDTV that was running on Google OS. This launch was followed by a number of impressive 3D TVs and internet TVs in a variety of sizes and price ranges.
- Outstanding innovativeness
- Highly stylish LEDs
- Impressive visuals and audio
- Wide range of Smart TVs and 3D TVs
The award for the best TV brands of 2016 goes to Samsung. Founded in the year 1938, Samsung is headquartered in South Korea is one of the most famous manufacturers of electrical appliances and devices. Samsung Electronics enjoys a market share of 22.8% and is one of the most profitable companies in the world.
While the initial TVs from Samsung were nothing worth mentioning, the company is heavily investing in LCDs and LEDs since 2010. The company manufactured the first 3D LED HDTV in 2010 which brought an abundance of fame and recognition to the brand and transformed it into one of the most famous TV manufacturers.
The company has improved its research and development by leaps and bounds, and every new release from the brand now has a variety of innovative features. While the LEDs manufactured by Samsung between the years 2011 and 2013 were expensive, the brand has manufactured a powerful range of highly affordable LEDs as well. Even the customer service of Samsung is the best among all the other TV brands.
The only drawback in Samsung LEDs is the fact that, their entry-level of models carry a very basic set of features and fail to offer anything innovative. The same features are offered by the entry-level LEDs from many other brands, and they are cheaper than Samsung LEDs.
- Wide range of LEDs for every price range
- High-end LEDs are highly innovative
- Excellent aesthetics
- Customer service is impressive
- Entry-level models are not highly impressive
Apart from knowing the top TV manufacturers, it is also very important to know the different types of LEDs that these manufacturers sell.
Continue reading to know more about them.
Types of LED TVs
LED TVs are broadly divided into two categories- Direct Lighting and Edge Lighting. Both direct-lit and edge-lit LED TV models come with or without the local dimming technology.
While there are only minor differences among all the four categories, the pros and cons of each type of LED TV should be taken into account before buying one.
Direct-Lit LED TV
Also known as Full-Lit LEDs, Direct-Lit LEDs have LED lights that are arranged all over the LCD panel. Direct-Lit LEDs are generally thicker than Edge-Lit LCDs and even their picture quality is almost similar to LCD televisions. However, the performance of their black-level is on par with plasma TVs.
Edge-Lit LED TV
Edge-Lit LEDs have LED lights that are arranged along the edges of the display panel. The lights from these LEDs are spread throughout the screen with the help of light guides. As the LED lights are only placed along the edges, these LED TVs are thinner as compared to Direct-Lit LEDs. If lighting conditions are very low, one can often see the difference between the brightness around the edges and reduced black-depth. Cornet spotlighting and white blotches on the screen can also be seen at times in low-lighting conditions. However, the differences, spotlights, or blotches are not noticeable in well-lit rooms.
Local dimming is a technology that is employed in LED TVs to allow the users to control the brightness of a group or individual LED lights. It is generally found in Direct-Lit LED TVs. This feature is highly beneficial and helps in improving the uniformity and black levels.
Some of the Edge-Lit models also use this dimming technology, generally termed as ‘’Micro-Dimming’’. However, as light guides and diffusers are used these LEDs, the effect of dimming is not as noteworthy or precise as the local dimming in Direct-Lit LEDs.
Now that you know a lot more about the Best TV Brands of 2016 and about the different types of LEDs available in the market, choosing an LED as per your budget and requirements should be easier. However, if you still have any doubts about any particular LED TV brand or model, feel free to share your query through the comments section available below. Also let us know if a particular brand is not on the list, but you believe it deserves mention.