Thick, heavy television sets are a thing of the past, but with so much choice available to the modern consumer, picking the best of the thinnest TVs on the market can be a little confusing. That’s where we come in. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the thinnest TV’s on the market this year (2021, for those of you reading in the future), and weigh up some of the pros and cons of each one to see which one will suit you best.
There are many TVs that are already insanely thin, with the thinnest at the time of writing being the LG Wallpaper OLED TV, at only 0.15 inches thick. This is something we would have considered incredibly futuristic ten years ago, and now we’re living it. Because of the sudden rise in OLED tech, backlighting panels are no longer a necessity. This means that TVs are capable of being even thinner by default, and have self-emitting diodes build directly inside the display.
Already we are seeing TV’s on the horizon that are literal millimeters thick and is capable of being rolled up and stored away (or even used as a digital art frame, if that kind of thing takes your fancy). Although the majority of these TVs are not yet available for consumers to purchase, it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to get our hands on these incredible pieces of modern technology.
A bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? Well, we think the LG WX 65-inch Wallpaper 4K Smart OLED TV can afford to be a little pretentious with its name. This beast of a TV measures a stunning 0.15 inches thick and has the performance to boot. Many of these razor-thin TVs tend to suffer from the same inherent problem, which is the speakers.
The LG WX negates this issue entirely by separating the speakers from the actual display entirely, and instead, connects the TV to the speakers via a paper-thin tether. This means you are able to have your smart TV sitting completely flush with whatever you have mounted it on, as well as being able to get that top-end soundbar quality audio (or whatever your personal preference is). The LG WX is the thinnest TV available for you to go out and purchase right now, sitting way ahead of the competition, but it’s only a matter of time before competitors catch on and start to produce their own versions.
Pros: Thinner than the best, the innovative design does not suffer from any of the issues that other thin TVs tend to, most notably the speakers. It also has a stunning OLED display and is sure to make you the envy of all your friends.
Cons: The price. It’s yet to be seen how the competition may price their own offerings at, but it’s unlikely that they will be any cheaper than this. That’s the price you pay for modern technology, folks!
Why on earth would a TV manufacturer name their thinnest TV such a thing? The answer is simple: When you’re done watching your favorite shows and turn the television off, The Frame will automatically turn itself into a digital canvas and can be set up to display your favorite artwork. Thanks to The Frame’s, well, frame, the effect created is flawless and stunning, turning an otherwise boring looking piece of non-functioning technology into something beautiful you will lose yourself in.
There is a catch to this, however. Although the ability to do this little trick is what The Frame is named after, you will actually have to pay a little more if you wish to take full advantage of The Frame’s TV Art Mode. In order to have Samsung’s The Frame display individual works of art, consumers will find they need to purchase each item individually from a number of museums and contemporary artists around the world. This is both good and bad, as not only are the museums and artists getting paid for their work (although we are not sure how much of that they actually end up seeing), but you get a beautiful piece of certified artwork to display in your home.
If this is not something that interests you, you can also purchase a subscription to the Samsung Art Store. From there you will be able to use any of the available pieces of art that are currently available or even use The Frame to display your own photos.
Built-in motion sensors mean The Frame only displays your chosen art while you are in the room, so as not to waste energy, and will turn off when it no longer detects you.
Pros: Uses a dual LED display for fantastic color saturation and a bright, clear picture.
The Frame also supports mobile mirroring via Samsung Smart Things and Apple Airplay. This makes it quick and easy to cast whatever you want from your phone to your television.
Cons: If gaming or streaming is what you’re looking to use your thin TV for, you’d be better off with an OLED TV.
Now we’ve mentioned Samsung’s The Frame, it’s only fair we take a look at LG’s own digital smart frame. The LG GX is actually thinner than Samsung’s The Frame, at just 0.9-inches. This means it really does look like a frame when it’s mounted on your wall, and you won’t be able to tell the difference between it being a TV or a work of art. Unfortunately, the availability of the art you are able to purchase for display is lacking, as the GX does not have access to the Samsung Art Store.
With the LG GX, you will undoubtedly need to use it in conjunction with a soundbar. As mentioned earlier when we looked at the LG WX, TVs this thin simply cannot produce a good enough sound quality on their own. At least not with the technology available at the moment. This could be bad news for you if you don’t already own a soundbar, but if you do, it’s not something you will even need to take into consideration when looking to make a purchase.
- The LG GX uses LG’s a9 3rd generation 4K processor. This means it is capable of producing both the best image and the best sound (providing you have the kit to connect it to) of its class.
- Thinner than The Frame, and beautiful image quality.
- The Speaker system leaves a lot to be desired.
- No Art Store.
- Not as thin as the LG WX
We need to take a breath after saying that name! The Samsung QN90A Series is another of Samsung’s thinnest Smart TVs on the market at the moment, albeit a slightly more premium model. It measures an impressive 1-inch in depth that makes sure it looks beautiful even when not in use.
This ultra-thin TV features Quantum Matrix and HDR 32X image enhancements which means you’ll be able to watch your movies and television show in spectacular color and depth. On top of this, you’ll be getting Object Tracking Sound+ realistic audio performance. This means it is one of the TV’s on this list that is better suited to gaming and streaming.
- A mere 1-inch thickness and perfect for you gamers out there.
- Staggering color range and depth that will have you lost in your movies.
Cons: Pricey and not as pretty as some of the others on this list when switched off.
Finishing this list up with another offering from Samsung is the Class Frame 50-inch Ultra-Thin 4K TV. This TV is one of the better smart frame TV’s on the market right now, as well as being impressively thin at just 1-inch in depth.
The Class Frame sits completely flush against the wall with no gap behind, and also has access to Samsung’s Art Store and the other benefits this brings that we touched on earlier. Like the clothes, The Samsung Class Frame features 4K high-end Quantum Dot technology that delivers only the best when it comes to image and overall experience, although you will be needing to either purchase a soundbar or hook it up to an existing one to really make the most of it.
- Beautifully slim and flush with the wall. Provides access to Samsung’s well-stocked Art Store, as well as over twelve hundred pieces of artwork available to purchase direct from museums and artists around the globe.
- A slightly more budget option for those of you looking to purchase an ultra-thin Smart TV.
- Will make your friends jealous of you too.
- The lack of decent built-in speakers means you may be looking at additional costs on top of the subscription to the Art Store.
- Not as good as some of the others on this list if you’re looking to mainly be gaming and streaming on your TV.
- You’ll need to look into hooking it up to a soundbar or at least a decent pair of speakers if you want to get the most out of its limited built-in audio.
So there we have it, five of the thinnest (and best) TVs available on the market this year. With technology ever advancing we’re sure to see some truly incredible designs in the future, but for now, you can’t go wrong when picking any of these.
Our personal favorite is Samsung’s The Frame. Ignoring the price tag, for the time being, the smart technology that it employs, such as using motion sensors to turn its digital art display on and off depending on whether you are in the room, puts it one step ahead of the competition. On top of this, the fact that you are able to purchase additional, licensed pieces of art directly from the artists, as well as museums, is a big plus in our books, although it will see you spending a little more overall. It is beautiful, sleek, and impressive in every aspect.
It is perhaps little surprise that (in our opinion) Samsung offers some of the thinnest, as well as the best, TV’s on the market at the time of writing, given the models we already know of that are yet to be designated release date. We can only guess as to how much these high-end roll-up TVs are likely to cost right now, so we will not try, but we are excited to get our hands on those more than anything.
Thank you for sticking with us through this article and hopefully, it has helped you make a more informed decision as to which of the thinnest TVs available on the market right now is the best for you.