Samsung vs Vizio TV – Which Should you Buy?
There’s never been a better time to be in the market for a high-end TV. Whether you want an LED or a UHD display, both Samsung and Vizio are likely two of the names that are on your shopping list. We regularly get e-mails and comments from TechJunkie readers asking for our advice about which TV to buy.
At TechJunkie, we want to help our readers, however, and wherever we can, but we don’t make direct technology recommendations like this. What might be a great TV for us might not be such a great TV for you, and vice-versa; there’s just too much personal preference involved, and we try to stay objective.
But what we can and will do is to provide an overview of both brands and highlight what an informed consumer should be looking for when they shop for a new TV, regardless of what brand(s) they prefer. This overview of Vizio and Samsung TVs should help you choose the one that is the best fit for your needs and budget.
Samsung is a South Korean technology company that has been around almost forty years. It produces high-end products from TVs to smartphones, wearables to smart refrigerators.
The company concentrates on quality and usability, and that shows through in their products. Samsung TVs are famous for their high-quality screens. Samsung is popular as a screen manufacturer. In fact, not only do Samsung TVs use Samsung screens, but some competitors buy Samsung screens for their TV product offerings as well.
Vizio is an American consumer electronics corporation headquartered in Irving, California. Vizio produces a variety of audio and video equipment but mainly concentrates on TVs, sound equipment, and associated hardware. The Vizio brand isn’t quite as well-known as Samsung yet but is definitely on the rise. Vizio was originally a warehouse brand that operated as a club before going mainstream.
Vizio products are of outstanding quality, but rather than focus on screens and traditional measurements, Vizio emphasizes smart technologies and concentrates on how users are evolving in their use of technology. For example, some Vizio TVs don’t have TV tuners because broadcast TV is on its way out. Some Vizios come with an Android tablet that enables SmartCast streaming.
Does Vizio Make Good TVs?
Vizio does make good TVs, and for a competitive price as well. Let’s look at the positives and negatives for a Vizio television, and we’ll select our favorite from their televisions.
- Competitively Priced: Vizio TVs have similar features as Samsung TVs, but for a much lower price. In many cases, the cost can be several dollars cheaper.
- Dark Room Picture Quality is Amazing: Vizio TVs have a full-array dimming backlight. This produces deeper blacks and less glare, so your television is more comfortable to watch.
- Low Input Lag: If you’re a gamer, you’re going to want this TV. Due to the low input lag, you’ll be able to make faster plays and have a competitive chance against other players.
- Unpolished: These televisions can have firmware issues, and have a cheaper design when compared to Samsung. These features have been fixed in some of their updated televisions, but not all of them.
- Upscaling Issues: Low-quality media like SD channels or DVDs don’t measure up to the sharpness of Samsung or other brands.
Which Series of Vizio is the Best?
Vizio P Series Quantum 2018
The Vizio P Series Quantum is the better of the Vizio televisions. It has optimal picture quality, has excellent motion handling, and has exceptionally low input lag. It’s also a bright television, one of the brightest televisions on the market. This means there will be no problem overcoming glare. The contrast, uniformity, and dimming system are fantastic; the only big issue is there is only one HDMI port.
This television is for multi-usage. If you’re gaming, the low input lag will be significant to remain competitive. If you want to watch Netflix, the lack of glare will help you see better. The Quantum X is a close second, but the issue is they’re too expensive currently. If you’re okay with a higher-priced model, go for the Quantum X. If not, stick with 2018.
Does Samsung own Vizio?
No, Vizio doesn’t manufacture Samsung televisions. Vizio is an independent company that outsources the manufacture of its televisions in Taiwan by AmTran Technology. This Taiwanese company operates multiple locations across Asia.
Both companies offer great quality products. Samsung is almost unbeatable in terms of screen quality, audio, and usability. Vizio delivers good products with excellent screens at very competitive prices and focuses on innovation and user experience. Vizio’s known for pricing their HDTV products lower than the competition.
What to look for in your next TV
Putting brands aside for the moment, what should you be looking for in a new TV? Shopping for a new TV is now more complicated than ever, thanks to more options, new features, and competing standards. LED, LCD, OLED, 4K, HD, UHD, 1080p, and other features will be stickered across screens in the store. But what does it all mean and what should you buy?
Before you even fire up your web browser to do some research, you should assess your needs and the space the TV will inhabit. This will help narrow down your choices. Then think about these questions.
- What do you mostly watch? TV shows? Movies? Streams?
- Where do you mostly sit in reference to the TV? In front? At an angle? Far away?
- How important is the screen resolution? More important than screen size? Not as important as being smart?
- What is your budget for a new television? Unlimited? Limited?
All these factors should be kept in mind when shopping for a new TV. It is effortless to get caught up in the excitement of looking at the latest, shiniest TV and lose sight of your budget limitations and the way you intend to use the TV. It is also easy to spend a lot of money on TV features you may never use. Buying decisions are about getting what works for you, your needs, and your budget.
There is no point in spending your budget on getting a mediocre screen with better smart technology if you never end up using those features. You would be much better off buying the best possible screen and audio so you can experience the best of the best. Someone more interested in the coolest smart features than in having the ultimate in resolution should make the opposite decision.
You measure TV screens in the diagonal, from one corner to the opposite corner. The smallest mainstream TVs today start around 20 inches and can be larger than 100 inches, although most stores top out in the 50 at the 70-inch screen size range. The size of the screen you should buy depends on the space in which it will sit, the size of the room, how far away you will sit to watch it, and your budget.
The standard measurement for screen size and viewing is to sit 1.6 x screen size inches away from the screen. This means if you buy an 80-inch screen, you will want to sit 112 inches away for the best experience. You don’t want to sit that 80-inch screen in a small room (unless perhaps for a dedicated media room) as it will completely dominate the space.
Screen definition is the measurement of how many pixels a screen has, which directly correlates to how detailed it is. An HDTV is 1920 x 1080 (1080p), so it has 1920 pixels on the horizontal and 1080 on the vertical, which is around 2 million in total. A 4K TV (UHD) has 3840 x 2160 pixels, 3840 on the horizontal and 2160 on the vertical, which is almost 8 million.
4K TV is much more detailed, but at the moment it is also much more expensive. Plus, most cable and satellite companies are not producing much, if any, 4K programming as yet.
Smart or not
Smart TVs refer to whether the set is Internet-enabled and can stream content from Netflix, Hulu or use apps to add features. Some TVs go as far as voice command and full programmable EPG while others just have a web browser and streaming capability. If your TV is not smart, you can buy bolt-on boxes to make it smart.
The majority of TVs sold are smart but not everyone who owns one uses those smart TV capabilities.
One often-overlooked aspect of choosing a new TV is the viewing angle. If you’re setting up a media room and everyone will be more or less in front of the TV, then the viewing angle of the TV won’t matter much. If you are buying one for a family room where people will be in different positions, it becomes more of an issue.
LCD and LED have fairly limited viewing angles, meaning the further away from the front of the TV you are, the worse your viewing experience. Viewing angles differ by manufacturer so test before you buy.
Even smart TVs need to connect to other devices to work properly. When TV shopping, you need to consider what you’re going to be connecting to it. If you use a cable or satellite box, you will need an HDMI connection. If you use an Apple TV or Roku, you will need another HDMI connection.
If you regularly use a games console, you will need a third connection for that. Ancillary devices such as external hard drives or smart boxes will use USB, so a couple of those would be good too.
If you found this article helpful, you might want to check out this TechJunkie article: Netflix Keeps Crashing on Samsung Smart TV – How To Fix.
Do you have any recommendations on how to choose between a Samsung or a Visio TV? If you do, please leave a comment below!