Budget LCD TVs cost more to run in the long term

By Posted 17 Nov 2011, 14:15

In recent years there has been a big increase in the availability of cheaper LCD TV sets from a variety of different places. Most consumers purchasing such equipment realize that things like picture and sound quality won’t be up to the same standards as more expensive units. But we now have news that budget LCD TVs cost more to run in the long term.

An article over at TechRadar is reporting that Which? Magazine has found from tests that low cost supermarket TVs are a lot more expensive to run, which then makes the initial cheaper price far less relevant. The consumer magazine has tested a 40-inch Technika 40-270 TV from supermarket Tesco, against a 40-inch Sony Bravia KDL-40CX523.

The purchase price of the two TVs is just over £150 apart with the Tesco set costing £299 compared to the Sony Bravia at £459. When it came to actually using the sets surprising results were found, with the Technika costing around £42 a year to run. This compares to the Sony that only costs consumers £25 a year.

Over a five year period of being used with these figures the cheaper set will cost a total of £508, compared to the Sony of £559. So this makes you think that many consumers will think twice about buying the cheaper set if it was only £50 cheaper than a Sony Bravia.

Patrick Steen of Which? said “Cut-price TVs don’t always add up. Not only do they often fail to offer the best picture quality, they also hold a hidden cost”. It also has to be remembered that the cheap LCD sets on offer at many supermarkets are often cheap Vestel displays with a retail stores own branding. These can also have some reliability issues as well.

Will this news make you think about purchasing a cheap LCD TV?