When looking for a new TV, it can be confusing to see so many acronyms in their descriptions, especially when you then need to decide which one will suit you best.

We have taken a look at the main types of TV that are popular on the market today, comparing their benefits to help you determine which one you would like to bring into your home.

What is an LED TV?

An LED TV uses the same technology as an older LCD TV. The main difference is that whereas an LCD unit would be lit from behind using a fluorescent bulb, an LED TV is lit by a group of light emitting diodes. This is much more efficient and means that the TV can be much narrower in size.

What are the benefits of an LED TV?

  • Longer life expectancy than an LCD TV
  • More reliable than a plasma TV
  • Uses less energy than an LCD TV
  • Great consistency of colours on the screen
  • Built as a thinner panel than older TV sets

What is an OLED TV?

Unlike an LED TV, The OLED does not need any kind of backlight to illuminate the screen.  It uses organic light emitting diodes, using materials such as carbon to generate light directly from an electrical current. Without the requirement of an external light source, the TV can be extremely thin and flexible, especially when compared to other units.

What are the benefits of an OLED TV?

  • Highly durable and can be used in all temperatures
  • Ultra-thin design that can be curved on non-flat surfaces
  • High quality image
  • Can also be used on smartphones and tablets as well as TVs
  • Low power consumption

What is a QLED TV?

A QLED TV uses quantum dots to create a layer in front of the TV backlight, which is what makes the colours you see on screen. This quantum dot light emitting diode technology was invented by Samsung in 2016, aiming to create brighter colours and clearer images.

What are the benefits of a QLED TV?

  • Vivid colours because of 100% colour volume
  • Less glare on the screen at all times of the day
  • Amazing picture clarity
  • Prevents distortion, no matter where you sit
  • HDR technology to ensure the picture is like watching real life
  • Immune to screen burn


  • An LED TV is great if you are looking for a basic TV that offers good quality for an affordable price
  • If you are after wider viewing angles and amazing picture quality, an OLED TV will suit you perfectly
  • For a purer picture that has the best colour, a QLED TV is ideal, although you will be making a higher investment
  • OLED and QLED TVs are perfect for more flexibility, with thinner screens that can be mounted almost anywhere