Most Popular Flat Screen TV Sizes

In today’s world, we’re blessed to have a vast amount of different cutting edge flat screen TVs to choose from. Huge leaps in technology have meant that TVs have gone from small black and white boxes to massive cinema-like screens that you can easily attach to your wall. There are many different size TVs you can purchase and what you decide to go for will be influenced by where you want your TV and how much you have to spend on it. 

For example, you may want to have a big TV in your lounge but you may opt for a smaller one to put on your dresser in your bedroom. The size of you TV will affect the price but also the technology inside of you TV. 

Older TVs used to have small screens that were not capable of high definition viewing but they also lacked viewing angles. Modern TVs, even smaller flat-screen TVs, allow the viewer to see better viewing angles thanks to their flat nature. Modern TVs also have very slim trims unlike older TVs that looked like screens contained within a box. Slimmer trims mean that there is more space for the actual screen.

So, let’s take a look at some of the most popular TV screens and why you might want to go for each size for your own home.

Further reading: How to choose the right TV size

Popular TV size: 24-inches

24-inch TVs are great options because they are some of the most inexpensive TVs on the market. You can usually pick one up for just over $100 and it will more often than not come with an HDMI port so you can still use it for things like gaming as well as connecting it to services like Amazon Prime TV and set top boxes.

Most 24-inch TVs are LED built so even though it’s a small option, this size TV will still give you a great picture. 24-inch TVs are a popular TV size for many that want a great TV but need a small one for a spare room, bedroom or kitchen.

The screen of a 24 ″ television has a diagonal of 60.9 cm. with a height of 29.9 cm. and a width of 53.1 cm.

Popular TV size: 28-inches

If you fancy something a little bigger, the next most popular TV size is the 28-inch TV. After all, the 24-inch TVs can feel a little ‘boxy’ at times. A 28-inch TV can give you that bit more viewing space that you need when watching movies, for example.

If you’re not a fan of having a huge TV in your lounge, a 28-inch TV may be the best option for you if you just want a decent enough TV that will display TV shows and movies that bit wider. A 28-inch TV is also when you’ll start to get smart TV access so you can download and use apps on your TV like Netflix, Amazon Prime TV, Youtube and Disney + without an external dongle.

The screen of a 28 ″ television has a diagonal of 71.1 cm. with a height of 34.9 cm. and a width of 62 cm.

Popular TV sizes: 32-inches

32 Inch TV Size

32-inch TVs are where you really start to get a good movie experience. A 32-inch TV will give you a better viewing experience from further distances so it would be a great TV for a small lounge, for example.

Most people will start looking for a lounge TV from 32-inches and up because they are nice and wide and are considered the standard flat screen size. At 32-inches, you’ll also need to start thinking about buying a stand for your TV because although 32-inch TV’s can still be very light, they often need something underneath them to keep them balanced.

Popular TV size: 42-inches

42 Inch TV Size

42-inch TVs are great ‘in-between TVs’. By this, we mean they are on the smaller side of cinematic but not big enough where you’ll need to spend thousands of dollars. This makes them the perfect TV size for most families. You’ll get a great viewing distance and viewing angles depending on the model you go for.

42-inches are noticeably more expensive than the sizes below them but you will normally get a stand built into the TV upon purchase. This makes them easy to assemble and start using right away without spending money on anything else like a separate stand.

The screen of a 42 ″ television has a diagonal of 106.68 cm. with a height of 52.3 cm. and a width of 93 cm.

Popular size TV: 48-inches

48 Inch TV Size

48-inch TVs are where you start to get a really fantastic viewing experience. You’ll usually get a stand built-in to the TV base and you won’t need to pay more than a few hundred more dollars if you skip over a 42-inch TV for one this size.

Having a larger screen means more pixels and that only means one thing – a crisper picture and better technology availability. Now that a lot of LED and LCD 48-inch are more popular, their prices have been driven down. This is in part to more recent technologies like OLED TVs. 

Popular size TV: 55-inches

55 Inch TV Size

55-inch TVs are noticeably more expensive than 48-inch TVs but you’ll get more options like UHD LED, LCD, OLED, and QLED TVs from brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, TLC, etc, at this size. Of course, the screens are much larger but because they are ultra-thin, they still don’t weigh much and can sit comfortably on a TV unit in your lounge. Movies look much better on a 55-inch TV too thanks to the variety of technologies available. As well as this, colour depth and viewing angles are also significantly increased.

Popular TV size: 65-inches

65 Inch TV Size

If you buy a 65-inch TV, you can be sure your friends will notice it when they come over for dinner. 65-inch TVs have become more and more popular in recent years thanks to the tariff war between manufacturers. 

This has helped to drive the price down but of course, they’re still going to leave a dent in your wallet to the tune of around $2000+ in most cases. Still, as 65-inch TVs become more accessible, now could be a good time to get your hands on one if you have enough space in your lounge.

70, 75, 77-inches

70-inch TVs and up are going to cost you a few more bucks than if you went for a typical 32-inch TV. 70-inch TVs are not the norm when it comes to picking a popular TV size because they are so big. However, as manufacturers look towards what the next best thing may be, more are jumping on board to build these monster sizes. 

If you’re going to buy a TV bigger than 65-inches, you may as well go ahead and purchase a 77-inch TV  because the leap from 65-inches to 70 or 75-inches is not all that much at all. If you’re going to go big, you may as well make it worthwhile. If you’re the type of person that wants an excessively large TV, it makes sense to get the biggest one in the range.

Of course, you’ll need a very large wall to mount it on as this size range usually won’t fit on a dresser, for example. Even though you’ll be paying out a lot for a 70+ inch TV, you can be sure you’ll be buying quality and you will most certainly have access to 4K and even 8K resolution. Watching movies in 8K on a TV in this size range is breathtaking and will be memorable for your friends and family.

65 inch vs 75 inch TV
65 inch vs 75 inch TV

83, 85, 86, 88-inches

TVs in the 80-inch range are most definitely not popular TV sizes and are usually reserved for those who have a lot of spare cash to spend or those who are building small theatres in their homes. Like the 70-inch range, 80+ inch TVs are excessive in size and will require small wall mounts. However, there’s no denying that you will get a fantastic cinema-like experience, even just browsing Netflix or Youtube.  

If you decide you want to buy a TV in the 80-inch range, you’ll need to make sure your wall is big enough and your TV is not going to be somewhere that has a lot of foot traffic where it can be easily damaged. If your 80+ inch TV gets damaged, it’s going to cost a lot more to get it fixed than if you went for a TV half the size. Over its lifetime, an 80+ inch TV will likely cost you more than if you went for a popular TV size.

85 Inch TV compared to person size
85 Inch TV compared to a person’s size

90 inch TVs

90 Inch TV Size

90 inch TVs are certainly not a popular TV size and are much rarer than any of the other TV sizes on our list. They are usually reserved for commercial environments or for conferences etc. To have one in your home you’d need a huge wall that can support the frame of such a mammoth TV. It’ll be harder to find a 90-inch TV that suits your particular needs too as most manufacturers only have vast ranges that cover the 50-inch size range and below. You’ll also need to take into account the price of a 90-inch TV which is usually twice that of an 80-inch TV so for 10 extra inches you’ll be paying double.

Most popular TV sizes conclusion

If you’re in the market for a decent TV that will let you browse the internet, use your favourite apps and look great when you watch movies, we’d recommend going for a TV size in the 40-50 range. You can pick one up rather cheap these days and you’ll get access to a different range of screen technologies.  

About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and tech blogger, with a love for video games, gadgets, home entertainment and personal technology. I've been writing about the industry now for over 10 years - first as an editor of various magazines before branching out to work on my own blog. I like to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, I can be found playing tennis or padel. This blog is my space to explore new topics related to these hobbies; as well as share some thoughts about life in general (sometimes you need a break from electronics!). 😎

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