TV Buying Guide: What Size TV Do I Need?

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If you are in the market for a new TV, it’s a good idea to determine what size television you should buy. TVs come in a wide range of sizes, starting with smaller models around 17 inches to larger screens measuring 80 inches (or more!). What size you buy will depend on several things: how you are using the TV, what room will the set live in, and how far you plan on being from the TV while watching it. Read our TV buying guide below to determine which TV size is right for your home.

How far do you plan on sitting from the TV?

As a general rule, the farther you plan on being from your TV while watching it, the bigger you’ll want to go. So, if you’re buying a TV for the living room, measure the distance from the couch to your TV stand or wall if you are planning on mounting it.

Recommended sizing by distance:

  • 4 to 6 feet: 32- to 40-inch TVs
  • 6 to 9 feet: 40- to 55-inch TVs
  • 9 to 11 feet: 50- to 65-inch TVs
  • 12 feet or more: 60-inch and larger TVs

Keep in mind that many consumers opt for a bigger or smaller TV than the size recommendations above. If your budget allows you to get a bigger television, most people are happy to have the larger size. Similarly, if the recommended size is outside of your budget, go with the biggest size you can afford.

Where are you planning on putting your new TV?

If you are looking for a TV to place in a bedroom, kitchen, laundry room or other area that doesn’t get used as often, you may want to consider a smaller option. Consider, too, what the TV will sit on. If you are placing a TV on a bedroom dresser or kitchen counter, a small- to medium-sized TV may make more sense. For your main entertainment areas – the living room, home theater space or rec room – the bigger, the better. You’ll also want to make sure that the TV stand or wall mount can support the weight of the TV you plan to buy. To learn more about the benefits of mounting your new TV, check out our article on seven reasons to mount your flat-screen TV.

Beyond size – what kind of TV do you need?

Once you decide what size TV you need, you’ll need to determine what type of TV you want. Plasma, LED, LCD, 4K Ultra, 3D, Smart TVs – there are many options to choose from, and some TVs will utilize several of these technologies. How can you decide which TV you should buy? Refer to hhgregg’s TV buying guide on TV types.

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