What is the BEST smart TV for seniors?
Simple: The one which you enjoy the most that fits your budget.
Not So Simple: Figuring out which one that will be. And, finding one that is Easy to use.
Smart TVs are great! They are beautiful to watch, and the right ones are easy to use.
The big problem is sorting through them all to find the one that you like the best. It also must be is Easy for seniors to use, AND it must be affordable. Am I right?
If you've been shopping for one already you know what I mean.
So, who do we turn to to get some good suggestions.
How about other seniors who already own a Smart TV? Seniors who have a Smart TV they really like and that they can use and navigate easily.
In our previous article: "Getting an EASY Smart TV for Seniors", you learned how to pick out a GREAT Smart TV that would be EASY to use. If you haven't read that article yet, it can be a big help in your new Smart TV adventure.
Sometimes, however, even with all that information, there are so many choices available that it's still hard to choose. And, we want to get the very best smart tv for seniors that fits our pocket book too. Right?
Well, in that article, we told you about the senior survey for Smart TVs we conducted. The Survey was entitled: “What Are The 5 Most Important Features You Want in an Easy Smart TV for Seniors?”
At the end of the Survey we asked three questions:
We did this for one specific reason, to help you find out what other seniors have already bought and if they are happy with the one they chose.
Here's why we thought it would be most helpful if we asked other seniors and not just random people:
Most elderly seniors have the same problems with TV watching.
Poor vision and compromised hearing are the two main things most elderly seniors need to address in their TV choice. Budget concerns are the third.
What good is a TV you can't see well? Or, one you can't understand the dialogue from because the sound is of such poor quality? And, what good is a great one we can't afford?
So, we wanted to find you ones that:
We did that by sending our Smart TV Survey to 125 seniors. 98 responded. We think their answers will make your shopping experience simple and easy.
The first two TVs in this list were the most popular. They are made by TCL and Samsung.Both had consistent excellent reviews from the seniors.
The third one, the SONY Bravia XR OLED, that our seniors rated the very best smart tv for seniors (also highest rated by most professional reviewers), is also the most expensive. BUT, it was the ONLY top of the line TV any of the seniors had purchased. And, only 6 of our 98 seniors owned this one.
This 2022 model TCL 55 inch is the most popular model in our seniors survey. It is undoubtedly the best all around value
in an Easy Smart TV for seniors. It has everything you could want in an
Easy Smart TV for Seniors including built in ROKU and Voice Control.
Here's what this 55 inch TCL has:
This Samsung 55 inch is a very popular TV. A lot of people, seniors and young adults alike, seem to really enjoy the picture quality and characteristics of Samsung. It's almost a personal taste. Like Coke or Pepsi.
This was the second most popular choice for our seniors and it's easy to see why it is so popular.
here's what this Samsung 55 inch has:
Again, the price is the same from all the big stores, but we recommend B&H because you never have to worry if you have any kind of problem with your purchase.
Curious? Or, maybe you just really want the very best smart tv for seniors (or for anyone else) that there is. If so, this is the Bravia XR OLED 4K TV series from Sony.
TV is the Best of the Best. For seniors or anyone else. It's a jewel
and really quite Incomparable. It is the one ALL other models are
compared against. The Rolls Royce of televisions. And, it's pricey. The 55" starts at $1,498.00.
SONY Bravia has been the market leader for more than 10 years now. If funds are not limited, you can't get anything better than this one.
Do you need one of these to have a Great and Incredible watching experience each day?
The two we just showed you above are better than anything most of us
ever imagined. And, both provide a truly wonderful viewing experience.
But, for those who want the very best there is, this SONY is it. AND, it is an EASY Smart TV for seniors to operate.
Here's what you get with this SONY:
TV with Cognitive Intelligence - Enjoy breathtaking OLED picture quality that feels deep, natural, and real, powered by Sony's all new Cognitive Processor XR. Revolutionary TV processing technology delivers intense contrast with pure blacks and natural colors. Hundreds of thousands of individual on-screen elements are processed and remastered in the blink of an eye, boosting color, contrast, and clarity, bringing astounding realism to your content.
Billions of Accurate Colors and Precise Textures - See colors that are natural and beautiful to the human eye. The Cognitive Processor XR enables Sony BRAVIA XR TVs to access billions of accurate colors and reproduce each shade with the subtle differences seen in the real world. XR TRILUMINOS Pro further enhances the range of hues and saturation, allowing for extremely precise details within textures and ensuring skin tones look completely natural, as seen with the same accuracy as the human eye.
More Depth and Texture with Pure Blacks and Stunning Highlights - Feel the beauty of OLED contrast with pure blacks and lifelike brightness. XR OLED Contrast technology, powered by the Cognitive Processor XR, analyzes and enhances the picture in the same way the human eye focuses for immersive depth and realism resulting in ultra-detailed shadows and crisp, clean peak highlights – no more details overwhelmed by shadow or lost in blown-out highlights.
The Entertainment You Love with Help from Google - See over 700,000 movies and TV episodes, plus live TV, all in one place. Google TV brings your favorite content from across your apps and subscriptions and organizes them just for you. Searching is easy – just ask Google. Press the Google Assistant button on your remote and try saying "find action movies" to search across your favorite apps.
Bring the Cinematic Experience Home with BRAVIA CORE - With BRAVIA CORE, you can enjoy the latest Sony Picture Entertainment (SPE) titles and the largest IMAX Enhanced collection. Use the included BRAVIA CORE credits to choose from hundreds of movies to redeem. In addition, you are subscribed to an amazing selection of movies to stream anytime and as many times as you like. BRAVIA CORE is the first in the industry to feature Pure Stream technology, achieving near lossless 4K UHD Blu-ray equivalent quality with streaming up to 80 Mb/s, delivering stunning visuals and expressive sound quality.
Engineered for Next-Gen Gaming - Take your gaming to the next level with BRAVIA XR HDMI 2.1-enabled TVs and feel the action all around you with responsive and blur-free picture quality. With 4K / 120 Hz, you'll achieve increased frame rate significantly benefiting high-performance 4K gaming. And the dedicated BRAVIA Game Mode enables reduced input lag and optimized performance in every frame. Get the ultimate next-gen gaming experience with Sony BRAVIA XR TVs.
Intelligent Motion Processing for Fast-Moving, Blur-Free Scenes - Watching sports and action-packed movies just got a whole lot better. The Cognitive Processor XR with XR Motion Clarity cross-analyzes and precisely controls the action in every scene to ensure pictures quality stays smooth, bright, and clear with no blur.
XR 4K Upscaling - Whatever the content or source, you'll enjoy entertainment close to 4K resolution with XR 4K Upscaling. Powered by the Cognitive Processor XR, XR 4K Upscaling accesses a vast amount of data, intelligently recreating lost textures and detail for a real-world picture. See the life-like features in people's faces, identify every blade of grass, and marvel in the precise texture of buildings and scenery.
Acoustic Surface Audio+ - With Acoustic Surface Audio+, the screen is the speaker. This advanced screen-speaker technology microscopically vibrates the TV panel to produce sound from the entire screen, which creates acoustics that are perfectly in sync with the picture. With sound and picture in perfect harmony, you'll hear more realistic sound and exceptionally clear dialog. Dual built-in 2.36" woofers provide powerful bass for immersive cinematic sound.
HDR Compatibility - High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture is the way TV was always meant to be watched. Ultra-high resolution and HDR video content combine to bring dazzling detail, color, and contrast to everything you watch, while keeping a far wider range of brightness. Dolby Vision brings scenes to life with striking highlights, deeper blacks, and vibrant colors. IMAX Enhanced content brings the immersive entertainment experience into the home and is digitally remastered to provide sharper images and more powerful sound-just as the creator intended. Netflix Calibrated Mode was specially developed to enjoy Netflix original content and reproduce picture quality as brilliant as the studio evaluation monitor, faithfully reproducing the creator's intent and vision. Whichever format, Sony TVs deliver picture-perfect reality, creating an immersive and engaging cinematic experience.
Watch What You Love and Control It with Your Voice - Your TV is now more helpful than ever. Use your voice to find movies, stream apps, play music, and control the TV. Ask Google to find a specific title, search by genre, or get personalized recommendations on what to watch by saying, "what should I watch?" Even get answers on-screen, control smart home devices, and more. Press the Google Assistant button the remote to get started.
All Your Favorite Streaming Apps in One Place - Sony TVs with Google TV give you access to all your favorite streaming apps in one place, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, the Apple TV app, and many more. Get access to all your favorite movies and TV shows in a simple, easy-to-navigate interface and use the Google Assistant to quickly find new content to watch.
Works with AirPlay 2 - With Apple AirPlay 2, you can share pictures, video or audio to your television right from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Watch movies and shows from your favorite apps and the Apple TV app or Safari. Share your photos with everyone in the room.
One Slate Design to Complement Your Unique Viewing Experience - The minimalist One Slate design with seamless edge bezel elegantly embraces the screen in a single pane of glass that keeps you focused on the big picture. The premium 3-way multi-position stand gives you the flexibility of a low-profile immersive setting that focuses you on the picture, a narrow setting for smaller furniture, or a raised setting for ideal positioning of your soundbar. Integrated cable management keeps wires neatly hidden, so your furniture stays free of clutter and looks great from all sides.
Mount the TV Like a Work of Art - Make the most of your living space. The optional SU-WL855 ultra slim wall-mount bracket is designed to hang select Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TVs flush to the wall, just like any other work of art. Pull out your TV and swivel it left to right to adjust the screen angle for optimal viewing.
RGB, BT.709, BT.2020, Adobe RGB, and DCI color space support
16 GB onboard storage
Pixel Contrast Booster
XR Super Resolution
Face Area Detection
Precision Color Mapping built into XR TRILUMINOS Pro technology
Vivid, Standard, Cinema, IMAX Enhanced, Game, Graphics, Photo, Custom, Dolby Vision Bright, Dolby Vision Dark, and Netflix Calibrated picture modes
Wide Zoom, Normal, Full, Zoom, Full1, and Full2 wide modes
24p True Cinema
Live Color technology
CineMotion / Film Mode / Cinema Drive
Dual database processing
Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Front-firing speaker design
Audio balance control
2-channel linear PCM with 48 kHz, 16-bit support for Dolby Audio and DTS
Vertical Surround Engine
Room & user position auto sound compensation
Clear Phase technology
Standard, Dialog, Cinema, Music, Sports, and Dolby Audio sound modes
S-Master Digital Amplifier
S-Force Front Surround simulated surround sound technology
Dolby Atmos & Dolby Audio support
Voice Zoom 2
Advanced Auto Volume
Auto Mute on no signal
HDMI input supports 5.1-channel linear PCM inputs up to 192 kHz, 24-bit Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos, and DTS
2-channel linear PCM output up to 48 kHz, 16-bit for Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos, and DTS via ARC
Apple HomeKit support
Home Network Client & Home Network Renderer
Wi-Fi Direct (2.4 GHz only)
Screen mirroring via Miracast for B2B purposes
Video & TV SideView for iOS & Android
Compatible with the Vewd web browser
X-Protection PRO with lightning, surge, and humidity protection
EPG (electronic program guide)
Auto Picture Mode
Analog & digital channel block (with password)
Analog & digital show/hide channels
Sleep & on/off timer
Supports FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS file systems
Dynamic backlight control
Power Saving Mode / Backlight Off Mode
Auto calibration with Calman
Tencent Calibrated Mode
Analog closed captions
Digital closed captions (10 credits / 24 months)
Integrated cable management
Bluetooth HID, HOGP, SPP, A2DP, and AVRCP support
Variable Refresh Rate via HDMI 3 & 4 via a future firmware update
"The SONY Bravia XR is the world’s first TVs with cognitive intelligence. Revolutionary TV processing technology that understands how humans see and hear to deliver beautiful picture quality. Hundreds of thousands of individual on-screen elements are processed and remastered in the blink of an eye, delivering natural color and astounding realism to your content." SONY.com
Remember: The Best Smart TV for Seniors, plain and simple, is the one you can enjoy the most and that fits your budget.
A TV that costs 10 times as much as another is NOT ten times better. We pay a LOT for the high end refinements.
The two most popular Smart TVs, according to the 98 seniors who responded to our Survey, both provide wonderful viewing experiences at a price that is very affordable (under $550). All seniors who owned them were satisfied with their purchase.
The very Best and highest rated Smart TV is the SONY Bravia XR OLED. Price for a 55 inch: Starting at $1,498.
We hope this will help you get more easily into the wonderful world of Smart TV viewing! ~ William, Fiona, and Charlotte