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3 TVs to avoid this sales season

Planning to buy a TV in the Boxing Day sales? Here are 3 models our experts say you should avoid. 

tvs to avoid buying in boxing day sales
Last updated: 19 December 2019

If you're looking to nab a new TV for less, buying an older model in the Boxing Day sales can save you more than 50% off the original retail price.

But even though retailers will be clearing some good-quality stock in the upcoming sales, they'll also be offloading plenty of low-performing models you're better off avoiding.

We test about 100 TV models each year, covering more than 90% of the market, from leading brands such as LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony to lesser known brands such as Changhong, Bauhn and ChiQ.

Here are the three worst rated TVs from our recent tests, according to our experts.

ffalcon 40f1

1. Ffalcon 40F1

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 58%
  • Size: 40 inches
  • Price: $298

This small TV might be a bargain at $298, but in this case you definitely get what you pay for. It scores just 45% for sound quality and 51% for standard definition picture quality, and comes with only two HDMI ports. 

On the upside, it has very good energy use and a sensor to adjust the TV's brightness to ambient light. But they're the only positive things our testers had to say about this one. 

Read the full review of the Ffalcon 40F1

sony kdl50w660f

2. Sony KDL50W660F

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 61%
  • Size: 50 inches
  • Price: $599

This medium-sized Sony fails to deliver on both standard definition and high definition picture quality, and has only two HDMI ports. 

It did receive an excellent score for streaming, and very good scores for other features, such as its user interface and smart TV functions. But with a CHOICE Expert Rating of just 61%, it's still one to avoid.

Read the full review of the Sony KDL50W660F

polaroid pl55uhdnf

3. Polaroid PL55UHDNF

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 62%
  • Size: 55 inches
  • Price: $699

The list of this TV's bad points is a long one: very poor EPG (electronic program guide) score; poor sound quality; no auto adjustment to display 4KHDR content; extremely weak sound with no warmth, detail or presence; and the 4K picture looks like an upscaled DVD rather than 4K – it has a poor colour gamut and appears brown, juddery and flat. 

Our testers say it does have very good smart TV functions and WiFi Direct, but even these two features can't save this TV from our naughty list.

Read the full review of the Polaroid PL55UHDNF

Top tips for buying a TV

When you're standing in the electronics aisle surrounded by hundreds of flashing screens, it can be difficult to decide which one is dishing up the best picture quality. This is partly because stores usually have the TV set to its brightest and most saturated colour setting to grab your attention.

Look past the flashy displays, and pick superior picture quality by checking human skin tones to see if they look natural, and view the screen from all angles to check if the picture degrades as you move away from the centre. 

You can also ask to see the TV in different picture modes to get a better idea of how it'll perform when you unbox it at home.

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