TV buying guide: How to choose the best TV for you

We’ll help you compare LED/LCD, OLED and QLED smart TVs and walk you through the steps to buy your perfect TV.

Televisions are commonplace household items. We use TVs to watch scheduled programs, stream on-demand content and view personal media. The latest TVs feature high-quality displays, multiple user functions and can connect wirelessly to our phones and home smart devices. New televisions cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the model and its technological capabilities.

Our guide explains the different types of TVs currently available so that you can purchase the television set that best suits your needs and budget. We’ll explain how different features work, where to buy TVs and what you can expect to pay for a range of different models.

Compare some of the best TVs

Data obtained November 2018. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average price (AUD) Screen type Screen size class (inches) 4K (Ultra-HD) Resolution (pixels) Purchase today
Kogan Series 8 JU8000
Kogan Series 8 JU8000
$429
LED
50
Yes
3840 × 2160
The Kogan Series 8 JU8000 has four HDMI input ports and allows you to record up to one terabyte of free-to-air programming.
Kogan Series 8 MU8010
Kogan Series 8 MU8010
$599
LED
55
Yes
3840 × 2160
The Kogan Series 8 MU8010 is a smart television that comes with easy access buttons for apps including Netflix.
TCL 55P6US
TCL 55P6US
$895
LED
55
Yes
3840 x 2160
The TCL 55P6US comes with and HDR Premium image quality.
LG 65UK6540PTD
LG 65UK6540PTD
$1,895
OLED
65
Yes
3840 x 2160
LG 65UK6540PTD comes with webOS Smart TV including voice-activated control.
TCL 65X4US
TCL 65X4US
$2,295
QLED
65
Yes
3840 x 2160
The TCL 65X4US comes with AndroidTV Entertainment and HDR Premium 800 image quality.
Sony KD65X9000F
Sony KD65X9000F
$3,799
LED
65
Yes
3840 x 2160
The Sony KD65X9000F has motion enhancement and voice-activated Android TV.
Samsung QA65Q8FNAWXXY
Samsung QA65Q8FNAWXXY
$4,699
QLED
65
Yes
3840 x 2160
The Samsung QA65Q8FNAWXXY has a low glare, Q Colour screen for enhanced vision and an ambient mode to blend in with its environment.
Sony KD65A1
Sony KD65A1
$5,599
OLED
65
Yes
3840 x 2160
The Sony XBR-65A1E has strong motion performance and absolute blacks.
Sony KD65A9F
Sony KD65A9F
$7,499
OLED
65
Yes
3840 x 2160
The Sony XBR-65A9F has high dark-room performance levels and remains accurate on angled viewing.

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Cost

A new TV can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the brand, model and its technological capabilities. Knowing what you want is important.

Buying the most expensive TV doesn’t mean you’re going to get the best quality. Some features and functions come standard, while others aren’t yet necessary or applicable. Many new TVs sacrifice sound quality to allow for thinner, lighter displays. Many people who buy a television often purchase a soundbar to solve this issue.

It also pays to understand whether your new TV comprises a complex or easy-to-use interface (menus and options). This is particularly helpful information if you have children, teenagers or older adults who may not understand intricate instructions.

Environmental and energy-related concerns may also factor into your decision-making process, as some TV sets are more easily disposable than others and some include energy-efficient features that can offset your household bills.

What types of TVs are available?

What is a smart TV and what are the different platforms available?

Most new televisions are considered “smart TVs”. These models allow users to connect their device to the Internet in order to stream on-demand content, browse the web, play online games and run different apps or programs. They often feature built-in Wi-Fi but some may require an external ethernet connection. Most new TVs arrive with smart TV interfaces pre-installed. Some companies have developed their own, unique platforms for their TVs.

You can buy set-top boxes to connect to your TV, which enables it to operate as a smart TV.

To avoid streaming hiccups or interruptions, check to see if your router’s wireless signal can reach your television set. If you’re not sure, check out our modem-router guide to determine whether or not a new router can improve your home network’s performance.

To help you take advantage of this technology, we've put together a list of the top 10 smart TV features.

Display resolution options

Resolution refers to the number of pixels that your TV can display. A pixel is a small dot that, when illuminated, produces specific colours. If your TV has the capacity to hold a large number of pixels then images on the screen will generally appear in greater detail.
Although resolution isn't the only attribute that affects picture quality, it does play a key role. Most people will be able to recognise the difference between high and low resolution TVs.

Important features to consider

When considering how much to spend on a new television, it’s important to understand your viewing needs. What type of content do you intend to play? What size screen would be sufficient? Which devices are you likely to connect to your TV?

Where to buy TVs in Australia

The most convenient way to buy a TV is to shop online. Regardless of your budget or specific requirements, technology retailers generally offer the same deals and products online as they do in-store. In some cases, they’ll also offer exclusive online-only prices and discounts. To help you discover these discounts you can examine our tech and devices coupon codes.

The disadvantage of shopping online is that you won’t be able to test or experience the true definition, picture quality and visual clarity of the TV you select before you buy. Therefore, it would be resourceful to visit an in-store retailer and sample first-hand the different brands, models and features available in order to narrow down a shortlist of potential options.

Many retailers have reasonable return policies, which allow you to buy, try and return if you’re unsatisfied with the product you’ve selected.

We’ve listed some of the leading online Australian retailers that sell TVs, including The Good Guys and catch.com.au.

If you’re interested in purchasing a new TV, you can browse our featured products above.

Comparing the market

There’s not one TV that suits everyone’s needs and budget. Below, we’ve compared five different televisions that are available in 2018, highlighting a few user review pros and cons.

TypeThe goodThe bad
LG OLED65C8PUAOLED - 4K - HDR - Smart TV - 65”
  • High picture quality
  • Handles gaming systems without lag
  • Some customers complained of excessive “black noise”
Samsung QN65Q9FNAFXZAQLED - 4K - HDR - Smart TV - 65”
  • Displays accurate, vibrant colours
  • The anti-reflective screen reduces glare
  • Bixby voice assistant can sometimes lack the capabilities of Alexa or Google Assistant
Sony XBR-65A9FOLED - 4K - HDR - Smart TV - 65”
  • Powerful sound system
  • Extensive device connectivity options
  • Lean back design can make it difficult for wall mounting
  • Expensive price tag
Vizio PQ65-F1LED - 4K - HDR - Smart TV - 65”
  • Cinematic-style colours
  • Bright, well-defined images
  • Reduced image quality when viewing from wider angles
TCL 55P607LED - 4K - HDR - Smart TV - 55”
  • Features deep blacks and high image quality
  • Reasonably priced, offering great value for money
  • LED display lacks additional capabilities of OLED


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