For years my parents refused to replace their TV. Despite a creeping ‘northern lights’ style green mist in one corner, not to mention an issue that caused the audio to cut out for five seconds every few minutes. Nope, instead they insisted on working the set until its legs finally gave way. And believe me, it didn’t make watching TV much fun – imagine the suspense caused by hearing Darth Vader say ‘Luke, I am your…’.
There are few tech products we work quite as hard as our tellies. But despite the hours of service they put in they are also one of the products we expect to last the longest. But we know that not every brand of TV can be trusted to go the distance.
TV reviews – the latest TVs tested
How long will your TV last?
As part of our annual reliability survey we asked nearly 7,000 people about their current and previous TVs. They told us if their TV had developed a fault and when it happened. This lets us compare different brands of TVs and see which ones are more likely to develop a fault.
You can see the results below. Click on the brand you are interested in to see results:
TV reliability – further analysis
Our data tells us that on average 81% of TVs should make it past the five year mark without developing a fault. That’s not particularly impressive. Especially when you look at the graph and realise the majority of faults happen in the first year. But there are better brands than others.
While 85% of TVs from Panasonic – our top performing brand – stayed fault free for five years just 57% of Technika TVs managed the same. That’s abysmal.
Technika is joined on the naughty step by Phillips and Toshiba. Proof that, with TVs at least, paying a little bit more money for a more respected brand will hopefully let your TV go a little longer before it breaks.
What can I do if my TV develops a fault?
If you’re faced with green mist, or crackly audio that means you miss the denouement of age-defining films, exercise your rights under the Sales of Goods Act. Read our guide to returning goods that develop a fault to find out how.
Tune in next week to find out how long your camera will last, and which photographic brand came out on top.