Written by Laurence

Choose your TV size

You're looking for a new television, but you're not sure how many inch your TV needs to have. Understandable, because this decision is much more difficult than it seems. Bigger isn't always better, for example. Especially when you sit close to the TV. Other than the viewing distance, you need to consider several other factors, such as the resolution and the television's purpose. On this page, I'll tell you which things you need to pay attention when choosing the ideal size.

Small, medium, or large

On this page, we distinguish between small, medium, and large-sized TVs. The exact corresponding size in inches is different for every user. One person might feel 50 inches isn't very large, while someone else might see it as a home theater. Still, it's convenient to know the kind of size we're talking about when we're referring to small or large. That's why we've created the following overview:

The table

Small 32 inches or smaller
Average 40 to 50 inches
Large 55 inches or larger

Resolution

Resolution

The resolution of a television determines out of how many pixels the image is made up of. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image. A 4K UHD resolution is 4 times as sharp as a Full HD resolution, for example. If you're looking for a small TV for in the kitchen, you won't see much of difference between both resolutions. When viewing a larger screen, the difference in detail is much more noticeable. That's why we advise a large TV if you plan on watching 4K content via YouTube, Netflix, or 4K Blu-rays. This way, you'll optimally utilize the TV's sharpness.

Usage

Usage

If you frequently watch TV shows like the news or talk shows, the level of detail that's shown on the screen is less important. Watching these shows on a large screen might be disappointing because they aren't broadcast in a high resolution yet. This means the image lose some sharpness. As a real movie buff, you want to be immersed in the movie's details as much as possible. In this case, it's important that you're sitting in front of a large screen. That's why we also advise a large TV for gaming. Enemies who are far away from you are shown much more clearly this way.

Viewing distance

Viewing distance

If you're sitting far away from a small screen, it can be hard to read the subtitles or see the little details. This doesn't mean that bigger is always better. If you're sitting too close to a large screen, some details in the upper corners might escape you. Would you like to know which size best suits your viewing distance? Measure the distance between your viewing position and the current TV in centimeters and multiply this number by 0.2. The result of this calculation is the recommended size in inches. Naturally, this choice is also a personal preference.

TV placement

TV placement

Do you want to place the TV inside of a cabinet? Make sure to check all of the TV's measurements, including the stand. In case of a wall mount, you need to pay attention to the placement on the wall. For the ideal viewing experience, you want the bottom of the TV screen to sit at eye level when you're viewing from the couch. Keep in mind that the TV shouldn't be so big that it sits against a cabinet or painting. While you're looking for the perfect TV, make sure to look for a suitable wall mount as well. This way you can immediately check whether the size of the wall mount is suitable for your wall.

View the TV in your living room virtually

augmented reality

Want to know what the TV looks like in your room? Download the Coolblue app and open the augmented reality function. This way, you can view each screen size in your room virtually. It doesn't matter whether you want to place the TV on top of a cabinet or on the wall. This way, you'll know for sure that you're choosing the right size.


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