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Samsung, Sony, Toshiba or Vizeo: How to Make a Wise Choice on a Smart TV

Feb. 23, 2015
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If you’re in the market for a new smart TV, how do you know which one to choose?

We’ve compared a handful of midsize models from well-known brands Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Vizio to help make your search for just the right web-integrated television a little bit easier.

Check out our analysis below, in order from least to most expensive, as you determine the right price point, features and brand for you.

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Which Smart TV Is Right for You?Vizio 

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Coming in as our least expensive competitor, this Vizio 60-inch model features an ultra-narrow frame, LED-lit picture and built-in Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity. With Vizio Internet Apps Plus, users can watch their favorite movies or TV shows and listen to their favorite music. Note that this TV is a 2014 model, and Amazon Instant Video is currently not available on it.

Good fit for: Those looking to get a smart TV without breaking the bank.

Which Smart TV Is Right for You?Sony 

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Roughly in the middle of the pack is this 60-inch Sony set. Its 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate are comparable with the other models we analyzed, and its smart functionality means viewers can access Skype, Twitter and the Opera web browser. This set has more inputs than the Vizio model, so connectivity shouldn’t be a problem. Use its included tabletop stand to set it up in any room in your home.

Good fit for: Interactive viewers who are looking to watch TV and tweet about what they’re watching — all simultaneously from one device.

Which Smart TV Is Right for You?Samsung

  • Price: $1,097.99
  • Model: Samsung UN60H6350 60-Inch 1080p 120 Hz Smart LED TV
  • Size: 60-inch
  • Display: LED
  • Resolution: 1080p full HD
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz, 240Hz clear motion rate
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 component, 1 composite
  • Accessories: Universal remote control, quad stand

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Next up is a 60-inch smart TV from Samsung. This set allows users to wirelessly beam photos, videos, presentations and video games to the TV’s screen via screen mirroring. Plus, users can share movies via a USB connection. Added features include a full web browser, access to smart apps, personalized TV recommendations and Smart View 2.0 — the ability to view whatever is on your TV on your mobile device.

Good fit for: Those who want their TV and mobile viewing to be completely interconnected

Which Smart TV Is Right for You?Toshiba

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Despite its slightly smaller size than each of the preceding TVs, this 58-inch Toshiba is the most expensive model we analyzed. It’s appealing because of its 240Hz CMR refresh rate — ideal for action-packed moments — as well as its plethora of accessories. This smart TV’s features include built-in Wi-Fi, KontrolTV apps for games, a built-in Internet browser and a wireless QWERTY keyboard. Additionally, the device’s mobile interactivity means users can view their Android or iOS mobile device on the TV’s screen.

Good fit for: Television viewers who want their smart TV to be as connected as they are

So which TV comes out on top? It all depends on what you’re looking for. We recommend you consider a smart TV’s size, resolution, image refresh rate, accessories and, of course, price before making a purchase.

If you’re not sure what all these stats and specs mean for your viewing experience, our TV Buying Guide can help you figure out which features are most important to you.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.

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