Smart TV for Seniors
The 3 BEST - 2022

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.




Too Many Choices

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.




Our Smart TV for Seniors
Survey

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:

  • "Do you have a Smart TV now?"

  • "Which brand and model is it?"

  • "Are you happy with your selection?"


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.



Why Ask
Other Seniors?

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:

  • Look good

  • Sound good

  • Are easy on the purse

  • Bring a very pleasant watching experience to seniors

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 Best Smart TV for Seniors
Survey Results:

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.



TCL
the #1 Favorite



TCL 5-Series S535 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart QLED TV

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:

  • 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 QLED Panel

  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG Compatibility

  • Natural Motion 240 Motion Enhancement

  • Works with Alexa & Google Assistant

  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Ethernet Connectivity

  • Roku TV OS for Apps

  • Roku App Control

  • 4 x HDMI / 1 x USB







Samsung
Second Favorite


Samsung TU8300 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart Curved LED TV

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:

  • 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 Curved LED Panel

  • HDR10, HDR10+, HLG Support

  • Motion Rate 120 Technology

  • Built-In Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth

  • Alexa, Google Assistant, Bixby Built-In

  • App Access

  • 3 x HDMI / 2 x USB

  • Dolby Digital Plus


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.





SONY
the Rolls Royce of Smart TVs

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.

This 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?

NO. 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.


Additional Featuress:

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

Auto Wide

Wide Zoom, Normal, Full, Zoom, Full1, and Full2 wide modes

4:3 Default

24p True Cinema

Live Color technology

PhotoTV HD

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

Auto Surround

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)

Wi-Fi Certified

Screen mirroring via Miracast for B2B purposes

Video & TV SideView for iOS & Android

Related Info

Dual-band Wi-Fi

Compatible with the Vewd web browser

TalkBack

X-Protection PRO with lightning, surge, and humidity protection

EPG (electronic program guide)

Built-in mic

Screen reader

Audio description

Text magnification

Accessibility shortcut

Switch access

Auto Picture Mode

i-Manual

Parental control

Analog & digital channel block (with password)

Analog & digital show/hide channels

On-screen clock

Sleep & on/off timer

Supports FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS file systems

Auto shut-off

Light sensor

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





CONCLUSION

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




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