What size TV should I get?

What size TV
should I get?

We’ve put together some tips for
when it comes to choosing a TV size.
A wall mounted big screen TV displaying a country side landscape in a brightly sunlit living room.

How to measure
TV screen size

Calculating your TV size is less complicated than you might think. A TV's size refers to its diagonal length, which comes from measuring from the upper left hand corner of the actual TV screen to the lower right hand corner. Most are expressed in inches.

A TV, written "inch" in the center, shows that the TV screen size is measured as the diagonal dimension of the screen by displaying dotted lines drawn diagonally on the TV.
A big screen TV shown with the word inch appearing in the center. Dotted lines extend diagonally from the word inch to the upper left corner and lower right corner of the TV screen to show how to calculate TV size when measuring a screen.

Rule of thumb:
bigger is better

TVs come in various sizes, but we recommend selecting the largest size your budget allows. If you're considering getting a TV that's 75 inches or more, there's something you should know. According to Samsung Internal Research, a major reason for purchasing new TVs is the demand for bigger screens. And that even after purchase, satisfaction remains very high. So, has there been a particular screen size that's been on your mind? Then, now's the time to go big and never look back.

Recommended viewing distance for your TV

All TVs have a recommended distance and angle that you will want to consider when setting it up in your home. The best and most immersive viewing experience is when 40 degrees of your field of view is taken up by the screen. This field of view distance can be calculated by just knowing the size of your TV. To get this suitable distance, multiply the screen size by 1.2. So for a 75 inch TV, that means sitting 90 inches, or 2.3 meters away. Have a look at the table provided to determine the recommended viewing distances for various TV sizes so you can choose the best TV size for your space.

A computer rendering of a 75 inch TV on a stand and a single person sofa directly in front. The sofa is moved back 7.5 ft (2.3m), the Recommended Viewing Distance which is calculated by using the equation: TV Screen Size multiplied by 1.2.
A chart showing how far should you sit from a TV. The recommended Viewing Distance for a 55 inch TV is 5.5 ft (1.7m), 65 inches is 6.5 ft (2m). 75 inches is 7.5 ft (2.3m) and 85 inches is 8.5 ft (2.6m) for Big Screen TVs.

Other things to keep in mind

1. Check the actual TV dimensions.

The excitement of buying a new TV can often cause you to forget about the actual task of setting it up. A TV is more than just its screen size. The physical dimensions of a big screen TV, stand and bezel included, as well as its future placement in its room are all important factors to remember. Be sure to compare the exact TV dimensions with your furniture setup to avoid headaches down the road when setting up your big screen TV.

A big screen TV shows how to calculate width and depth of the stand the TV will be placed on by checking TV dimensions. It shows the size of TV unit furniture should be larger than the actual width, height, and depth of the TV, including TV bezel.

2. Check the TV resolution, especially with a big screen TV.

The general rule of thumb is that as the screen size increases, so should the total pixel count or resolution. The better the resolution, the more you see the image instead of the pixels. This is why when you buy a big screen TV it is highly recommended to go with a high resolution picture quality like 4K.

A big screen TV with a white line down the middle displaying a closeup of a succulent. The left side shows FHD picture quality with the leaves heavily pixelated. The right side shows clear, crisp leaves when displayed in 4K Resolution.

Just remember, going
big means no regrets later.

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