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Philips TVs are among the most popular devices for home entertainment. For little money, you can get models with LED displays and 4K resolution. A Philips Smart TV connects to the internet and lets you enjoy linear TV as well as on-demand series and movies. More expensive Philips TVs deliver a more immersive experience with dynamic lighting, large screens and OLED technology.

In our Philips TV review 2022 we show you what to look for when buying a Philips TV. Are you looking for a small TV for your kids' playroom or a powerful model for your home cinema? We compare Philips TVs in all price ranges and explain the pros and cons of the different models. We also answer frequently asked questions about Ambilight, OLED+ and more.




Summary

  • You can get Philips TVs with LED screens, UHD resolution and internet connection for little money. You can enjoy Netflix, YouTube and much more in large format. The price rises with improved technical features and a larger screen diagonal.
  • The most expensive Philips TVs run with OLED displays. Here, each pixel shines on its own, which produces better colour values and sharper contrasts than with conventional LED TVs. With additional sound boxes and a large screen, these Philips TVs create a cinema atmosphere.
  • "Ambilight" from Philips is a dynamic backlight that you won't find from other manufacturers. "Ambilight" TVs analyse the picture and cast the colours onto the surrounding walls. This makes the television look bigger and more vivid.

The Best Philips TV: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria of Philips televisions

Philips offers televisions in a variety of models. These are the most important criteria you should look for when buying:

The following paragraphs explain what the individual criteria are.

Screen diagonal

The diagonal is one of the main factors that determine the price of a Philips TV. The larger the flat screen, the more money you have to pay for the model. Rather small Philips TVs with a diagonal of 32 inches are inexpensive and sufficient for small rooms where you sit close to the action.

You should always consider the distance between your sofa and the TV. If you are sitting far away from the set, a larger screen diagonal is recommended.

The following table gives you an idea of the sizes of Philips TVs and the recommended distance of the couch:

Diagonal (inch) Diagonal (cm) Recommended distance (m)
32 80 2 - 2.3
43 108 2.3 - 2.6
50 126 2.6 - 3
55 139 2.9 - 3.3
58 146 3.1 - 3.5
65 164 3.5 - 4
70 178 3.7 - 4.2
75 189 4 - 4.5
The in-house "Ambilight" technology is installed from a diagonal of 43 inches.

From a screen diagonal of 43 inches or 108 centimetres, Philips offers TVs with 4K resolution. The higher pixel density makes the picture sharper.

The largest Philips TVs have a screen of approximately 80 inches. These models are suitable for large rooms and home theatres. The TV experience is particularly impressive in combination with "Ambilight".

Smart TV or no Smart TV?

A large number of Philips TVs are called Smart TVs. These 'smart' TVs connect to the Internet. This allows you to enjoy much more than just the linear TV programme.

We explain the exact differences between a Philips smart TV and a TV without internet connection here:

  • Philips TVs without internet access: A Philips TV without smart TV functions has no direct internet access. It usually costs less than the Philips smart TVs. Despite certain limitations, you can still use these models for more than just playing the TV programme.
    The "Chromecast" module from Google, for example, allows you to upload content from smartphones. Netflix, DAZN and other streaming services can be watched on the big screen even though your Philips TV has no direct internet connection.
  • Philips Smart TV with "Saphi": "Saphi" is the name of the user interface that Philips has developed specifically for its TVs. It is used in many cheaper models.
    With "Saphi" you can count on very fast and uncomplicated menu navigation. Series and films can also be streamed "on-demand" via Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video without any problems.
    One disadvantage is the rather small app store. Many providers have not developed their own application for "Saphi", which limits the entertainment options.
  • Philips Smart TV with "Android TV": The powerful TVs from Philips run the "Android TV" operating system from Google. You therefore also have access to the Google Play store with these Philips smart TVs. All apps that have been optimised for TVs can be downloaded and used from there.
    The Google Assistant is also integrated in these Philips TVs. For example, it allows you to start a recording by voice command.

For people who are mainly interested in linear TV, there is no need for a Smart TV. A basic Philips TV is relatively inexpensive and, with additional modules such as a Chromecast, still offers the possibility to enjoy something from the Internet in large format.

Are you looking for a convenient and direct way to enjoy Netflix or YouTube on the couch? Then a Philips Smart TV with Internet access and integrated apps is the right choice.

Display technology

Philips TVs also differ in the technology used to display the TV picture on the screen. Basically, Philips works with two different technologies. We will explain them to you below.

  • LED: LED technology is built into many affordable Philips TVs. The images of the programme and thus the pixels are illuminated from the background.
    The technology is reliable and promises that you will get something out of your Philips TV for a long time. However, the picture is somewhat paler and less contrasty compared to OLED TVs.
  • OLED: With Organic Light Emitting Diodes, the entire picture is no longer illuminated. Instead, each pixel is illuminated separately. This allows black levels to be displayed much better and gives the picture strong contrasts.
    Phillips works with its own pixel engine in its premium models, which ensures a rich, detailed picture.
    However, this high quality comes at a price. Philips TVs with OLED are therefore comparatively expensive. In addition, the panel often malfunctions due to defective pixels.

Resolution

The resolution of a TV refers to the number of pixels that are built into the monitor. Philips offers models with Full HD and Ultra HD.

  • Full HD: Full HD TVs have 1920 x 1080 pixels as standard. This resolution is usually sufficient for small sets, as the pixels are crowded into a small area.
    The largest Philips Full HD TV measures 48 inches diagonally. In order to achieve an authentic picture despite these dimensions, these models work with technical enlargements.

    The closer you sit to the TV, the more important a high resolution is.

    Through "upscaling", even a very large Full HD TV delivers sharp pictures from a certain distance. Seen up close, however, the contours become blurred.

  • Ultra-HD: Very large TVs require more pixels. That's why most Philips TVs have Ultra HD monitors. In this context, you often come across the abbreviation "UHD" or the term "4K". This always refers to a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
    UHD TVs from Philips still deliver very sharp images even when viewed up close. However, a 4K TV from Philips costs more than a model with Full HD resolution.

Full HD is usually sufficient if you are looking for a relatively small TV. It still delivers very sharp images from a normal distance. On the other hand, do you want a Philips TV for home cinema? Then we recommend you invest a little more money in a 4K model.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Philips TV

In the following section, we answer frequently asked questions about Philips TVs.

What makes Philips TVs different from other manufacturers?

Philips TVs offer some exclusive advantages over competing offerings. We now present two of the most popular features.

  • "Ambilight: Philips has developed a unique technology called Ambilight. These are lights that are installed in rows on the back of many Philips TVs.
    The rows of lights provide a more immersive experience by illuminating the wall behind the "Ambilight" models with the colours of the TV picture.

Colour contrasts come out even better thanks to dynamic backlighting. However, Philips "Ambilight" TVs cost more than models without this feature.

A purchase is only worthwhile for you if you can place your TV in a free space. In a niche in the living room cupboard, for example, the play of colours does not come into its own.

  • OLED+: Philips has also come up with something special in the area of OLED display technology. The so-called "OLED+" TVs work with a specially developed pixel engine called "P5 Perfect Picture".
    "OLED+" TVs from Philips include an additional sound system.

    By controlling each pixel individually, these Philips TVs achieve more realistic contrasts.
    This allows you to enjoy surround sound, marketed as "Dolby Atmos".
    In combination with the dynamic lighting "Ambilight", Philips offers a package for home cinema fans with "OLED+". At up to 2500 euros, however, you are in the expensive range of TVs with these models.

What types of TVs does Philips offer?

Basically, Philips televisions differ in their picture technology. In three categories, Philips offers numerous screen sizes and resolutions:

  • LED TVs without Ambilight
  • LED TV with Ambilight
  • OLED TVs

We will now explain these product types to you.

LED TVs without Ambilight

The cheapest Philips TVs use conventional LED technology. The individual pixels are created by lighting from the background.

This technology was developed a long time ago and is correspondingly mature today. LED TVs from Philips are therefore very cheap to buy and have a long service life.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Very long life
  • Many models with large screen
  • Also models with 4K resolution
Disadvantages
  • Technically outdated
  • Weaker picture quality
  • No "Ambilight"

Even without the "Ambilight" wall illumination, you can find some Smart TVs at Philips that allow you to stream Netflix or YouTube. However, the picture of the LED TVs is less contrasty than those with OLED displays. You also have to do without benefits such as sound in "Dolby Atmos" quality with the low-priced Philips TVs.

But are you satisfied with a reliable and affordable HD TV? Then take a look at the basic models from Philips.

LED TVs with Ambilight

A large number of Philips TVs feature the company's own Ambilight technology. This dynamic backlighting makes the TV picture look even bigger and more colourful.

Another plus: every Philips Ambilight TV has 4K resolution. So with wall illumination, you automatically choose a sharper picture.

Advantages
  • Dynamic wall lighting
  • Colours of the TV picture are projected onto the wall
  • Picture appears much larger
  • 4K resolution always included
Disadvantages
  • TV picture itself still LED
  • Less strong contrasts
  • More expensive
  • Hardly worth it without a free wall

If you value this particularly impressive TV experience, you will have to pay more. It should also be noted that an "Ambilight" TV requires a corresponding amount of space.

In a cupboard niche, the technology is rather wasted, because you won't see the play of colours very well there. So if you don't have any free wall space, "Ambilight" is of less use to you.

OLED TVs

Philips TVs with OLED technology use individually lit pixels. This improves the picture compared to LED models. The TV is much richer in contrast and can express colours better.

For example, black areas are really shown as such. Philips also always builds UHD resolution into the OLED TVs as well as the in-house "Ambilight" technology.

Advantages
  • Very good contrasts
  • Richer colours
  • Authentic black and white values
  • 4K resolution and "Ambilight" automatically included
Disadvantages
  • Very expensive
  • Relatively short lifespan
  • Usually not as flat as LED TVs
  • Partially high energy consumption

This package makes an OLED TV the right choice if, for example, you want to build your own home cinema. If you want something a little more high-end, Philips offers so-called "OLED+" models with integrated sound boxes and their own pixel engine.

However, some of these Philips TVs consume quite a lot of energy. In addition, OLED displays are relatively expensive. And the lifespan of such a TV can also be much shorter.

How much does a Philips TV cost?

The cheapest Philips TVs use LED screens and do not have Ambilight lighting. You can often get a smart TV for just over 200 euros, which allows you to watch linear TV as well as Amazon Prime Video and other media libraries.

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It doesn't always have to be the biggest TV. Small models are handy and inexpensive to buy.
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However, LED TVs without "Ambilight" increase in price with increasing screen diagonal. Therefore, regardless of the model, you should expect to pay 100 to 200 euros more for the next screen size.

Ambilight" wall lighting increases the basic price of your new Philips TV. Including the light function, small models cost at least around 450 euros.

Type Cost
LED TV without "Ambilight" approx. 200 to 350 euros
LED TV with "Ambilight" approx. 450 to 1500 euros
OLED TV from approx. 1300 euros

Even with the "Ambilight" TVs from Philips, a larger screen means higher costs. The expensive 4K models with backlighting and 70 inch diagonal are in the range of about 1000 euros.

The new OLED technology is even more expensive. For the higher-contrast display of the picture, dealers charge at least about 1200 euros.

At the upper end of the price range are the "OLED+" TVs from Philips. These come with an additional sound system and improved picture processing and cost several thousand euros.

What alternatives are there to Philips TVs?

If Philips TVs don't appeal to you, it's worth taking a look at what the competition has to offer. We will now show you three examples of alternatives.

Alternative 1: Low-priced LED smart TV from Hisense

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If you are on a budget, the "H43BE7000 108 cm TV" from Hisense is a good option. Depending on the offer, it costs between 250 and 500 euros. At the same time, the TV delivers a 4K resolution that can definitely keep up with more expensive models.

The Hisense TV works with its own operating system. With it, you can quickly access numerous apps and media libraries or surf the internet. As a reliable UHD TV, this model is an opportunity to enjoy good picture quality for little money.

Alternative 2: QLED TV from Samsung

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Samsung takes a slightly different approach with some of its TVs to create a rich and contrasty play of colours. In the "QLED" TVs, nano-particles are incorporated into the screen.

In contrast to classic LED TVs, the particles ensure a better blending of colours. An advantage over the OLED models from Philips: The "QLED" TVs achieve a higher brightness.

If richer colours and a bright picture appeal to you, the "Q60R 4K QLED TV" from Samsung is worth a look. The 55-inch version including internet access, numerous apps and intelligent voice control is available for around 700 euros.

Alternative 3: High-quality OLED TV from LG

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The "OLED55C97LA" from LG is in the same price segment as the OLED TVs from Philips. The smart TV is equipped with UHD resolution and an in-house operating system.

The self-luminous pixels ensure real black levels and contrasts. The TV is also constantly learning through artificial intelligence. In this way, the picture can be optimised more and more.

This model from LG is a good way to create a cinema atmosphere in your own four walls. However, the dynamic "Ambilight" lighting is reserved for Philips TVs.

What additional features and accessories do I need with my Philips TV?

If you have a little extra money, it's worth investing in a high-quality stereo system with additional speakers. In the expensive "OLED+" models from Philips, an additional stereo system is already integrated. But even the cheap Philips TVs can be upgraded to a small home cinema with more bass.

Your TV has no Internet connection? A Chromecast can help.

Buying a Google Chromecast can also be helpful. This module is connected to the Philips TV and connects to smartphones or computers in the same Wi-Fi network as needed.

You can then play content from other devices on the TV screen in real time. This is especially useful if there is no Smart TV app from a streaming platform. You then start the desired content on your smartphone and can still enjoy it in large format.

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A high-quality sound system provides additional cinema atmosphere.
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Many Philips TVs can also be connected to Amazon's Echo system. This allows you to tell Alexa to open a certain app or mute the sound.

Since many apps also consume storage capacity, a large hard drive in your Philips TV is an advantage.

A TV to which you can connect an external hard drive also solves the problem of large amounts of data.

If you use your Philips TV primarily as an information and entertainment centre, a versatile app store and a stable internet connection are primarily relevant. The voice assistance systems in the expensive segment of Philips TVs are a nice additional feature, but do not play a role in the picture quality.

Can I watch Amazon Prime Video or DAZN with my Philips TV?

Philips TVs allow streaming of series and movies in addition to linear TV. The most commonly installed streaming apps include:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • DAZN
  • YouTube
  • Spotify
  • Eurosport Player
  • Joyn
  • Maxdome
  • Disney+
  • ARD Media Library

Note, however, that the selection of apps varies depending on the Philips TV. If there is no App Store integrated, you will have to be satisfied with the pre-installed apps. Similarly, if a provider has not developed an app for a model, you may not find an app.

It is best to find out about the platforms offered from other users before buying. This way you can enjoy your favourite series, films and sports on demand.

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Streaming Netflix and Co. is no problem with most Philips TVs.
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Can I also mount a Philips TV on the wall?

Yes, pretty much every Philips flat-screen TV can be hung on a wall without a stand. The product description of a Philips TV refers to the "VESA standard" in this context.

This is an industrial standard. Every Philips TV has four holes on the back at a specific distance. This is indicated under the standard.

So if you want to hang your Philips TV, check the dimensions of the "VESA standard". For a price between 20 and 70 euros, you can buy the right wall mount.

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