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Best Curved TVs

Updated October 2018
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    Shopping guide for best curved TVs

    Last Updated October 2018

    Curved TVs are one of the most controversial products to hit the home theater market in years. Proponents of the form factor claim it creates a more immersive experience, much like IMAX movies, while traditionalists often label it a gimmick that offers limited practical benefits.

    Curved TVs are designed to mimic the movie theater experience while simultaneously accounting for the natural curvature of the human eye. Enthusiasts love the screen’s enhanced depth and say it brings movies to life. The truth, for most people, is somewhere in the middle. No one can deny the drool-worthy good looks of a slim curved TV, but where some find the experience immersive, others find it distracting.

    Whether you love it or hate will ultimately depend on your personal taste – but if you’re a fan like we are, read on to get the scoop on curved TVs so you’ll know the difference between the legitimate hype and the marketing hoopla. Then, refer to our recommendations at the top of the page to see which models shine above the others.

    Curved TVs have a smaller viewing area than traditional flat-screen TVs. For an optimal viewing experience, sit directly in front of the TV or no more than 35 degrees from the center on either side.

    The benefits of curved TVs

    Here are some of the things we love about curved TVs:

    • They deliver a cinematic experience. There’s something special about sitting down in front of a curved TV; it’s like having your own movie screen in your living room. Whether it’s the way the curvature makes the room feel like a theater or how the curve enhances great features like 4K, curved TVs deliver an experience that’s completely unique.

    • They create a sense of depth. Curved TVs naturally have their sides closer to you than the center, which our eyes perceive as depth. While the depth they offer is subtle (and not “just like 3D” as some manufacturers would have us believe), by using a screen that utilizes the third dimension, viewers feel more drawn in to what they’re watching.

    • They come in elegant designs and finishes. Every curved TV is a conversation piece, not just another rectangle on the wall. If your furniture shows off your modern tastes, shouldn’t your TV, too?

    • They include the best cutting-edge features. Most curved TVs are part of a “premium” TV line, meaning they’re often coupled with current technologies like 4K resolutions and Dolby Atmos audio capabilities. As you’re shopping, remember that most curved TVs aren’t “just” TVs; they are also typically 4K Smart TVs with features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and industry-leading OLED or QLED panels.

    EXPERT TIP

    LED bias lighting is a great way to enhance the picture on a curved TV. Simply attach a strip of LED lights near the edges on the back side of your curved TV. Bias lighting helps your eyes see the edges of the screen by providing a soft, non-invasive light behind them.


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    Curved TVs and reflections

    If you’ve ever tried to watch TV when light is reflecting off the screen, you understand how a single reflection can ruin any good TV show or movie. Curved TVs solve this problem – sort of.

    • The good news is, many users report that curved TVs help reduce reflections when compared to flat-panel TVs. The reason: the curvature reduces the angles at which light can be reflected on the set.

    • The bad news is, curved TVs are like funhouse mirrors with reflections, so when they do reflect light from lights, windows, and lamps, they enlarge and distort the light they reflect.

    • The bottom line is, you should set up your curved TV in a room that can get dark or where you can minimize light distractions. You may need to rethink how you use lights in your viewing area.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Most curved TVs are VESA-compatible, meaning they work with the same wall mounts used for traditional flat-panel TVs. Be sure to check the documentation to determine what size VESA mount your model requires. Get a wall mount that can tilt or swivel from side to side, so you can make adjustments to reduce reflections once it’s on the wall.

    Curved TV brands

    Not every TV manufacturer makes curved TVs. In fact, there are only two major brands that produce the majority of curved sets: Samsung and LG.

    • Samsung’s curved TVs dominate the market and run anywhere from $300 to $4,000. While their slick design and impressive picture quality are definitely noteworthy, most are lit with traditional LED panels, which can look outdated next to their own QLED TVs or LG’s OLED TVs.

    • LG’s curved TVs also happen to be their OLED models – meaning they feature the most vibrant screens on the market. OLED screens start at 55 inches and go up from there, and they can individually light up each pixel, producing an unmatched level of detail in picture quality. Perfection comes at a price, however: LG’s curved TVs start around $1,800.

    EXPERT TIP

    Samsung’s curved TVs include “universal remotes” that can also be used to control other Samsung products, like Samsung’s Blu-ray player, etc. Both Samsung and LG also have prototype bendable TVs that can be rolled up for storage. But these are not for home – Samsung’s 105-inch model retails for $260,000.


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    Curved TV prices

    As with all TVs, the biggest cost factor impacting curved TV price is screen size. Luckily, curved TVs come in all sizes, so there’s a perfect model for every budget.

    As you’re getting ready to shop for a curved TV, keep these price ranges in mind.

    • In the $300 to $499 range, you’ll find smaller curved TVs, or “budget” versions of the most popular 55-inch and 65-inch curved TVs. If you just need a smaller set for a bedroom or for use as a secondary set, you don’t have to spend a fortune.

    • In the $500 to $1,299 range, expect to see bigger screens and longer feature lists. Most TVs in this price range are between 40 and 65 inches, and they all feature traditional LED panels. If you’re longing for a curved set but need it to have cutting-edge features like 4K resolution or High Dynamic Range (HDR), look on the higher end of the price range for some terrific values.

    • In the $1,300 to $2,800 range, most TV manufacturers sell their high-end models – the ones with premium panels (like Samsung’s QLED series or LG’s OLED TVs) and luxury features like built-in soundbars. The best values in this price range will be right around $2,000. For that much, you can typically find a 55-inch or 65-inch set with all of the marquee features and top-shelf hardware.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    3D was phased out as a feature on new televisions in 2017. If 3D is a must-have feature for your curved TV, you’ll need to look at older models.

    Tips

    As you’re shopping for a curved TV, keep these tips in mind.

    • Never clean a TV screen with an abrasive spray cleaner or soap. Use a microfiber cloth, and if further cleaning is necessary, use only a small amount of water. Cleaning agents often contain ingredients that can permanently damage your TV screen.

    • Keep a microfiber cloth handy. Your curved TV screen will get dusty over time, so have a microfiber cloth on hand to give it an occasional wipe-down.

    • Plan your TV seating and TV placement at the same time. With a curved TV, viewing angles matter, so spend some time thinking about where you’ll place the TV in relation to where you’ll be sitting. The best seat in the house will be directly in front of the TV.

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    • Never lift your curved TV alone. Most curved TVs are 55 inches or larger, and the curves can make them especially unwieldy to carry. When you’re unboxing your curved TV – or whenever you move it – get a friend to help. Lifting a curved TV is usually a two-person job.

    • Before you set up your curved TV, determine how far away you should be sitting from it for optimal viewing. Search the internet for a chart to recommend your ideal distance based on the screen size of the TV.

    Video games look great on curved TVs – especially games played from a first-person perspective.

    FAQ

    Q. Do I need to wear special glasses to watch a curved TV?

    A. No. If your curved TV supports 3D, you will need 3D glasses to enjoy the effect, but for standard 2D content on a curved TV, no additional equipment is required.

    Q. What’s the difference between a curved TV and a curved computer monitor?

    A. A curved TV will support standard TV resolutions ranging from 1280x720 to 3840x2160, while a monitor will support many additional resolutions and aspect ratios. In addition, most computer monitors don’t have speakers, but all TVs do. Both rely on the same type of curved display panel, but each is designed for a specific use.

    Q. Are curved TVs more expensive than flat-panel TVs?

    A. Yes. Typically, you can expect to pay anywhere from 15% to 20% more for a curved version of a TV than its flat-screen equivalent. That said, because of predictable sales cycle events like Black Friday, the Super Bowl, and yearly new models, you may be able to score a curved TV at a discount if you time it right.

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