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Should I buy a Hisense TV? A look at the budget 4K television brand

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Should you buy a Hisense TV? With so many TV brands out there, offering everything from budget small TVs to wall-filling displays, it can feel impossible to really suss out which one is going to be right for your purchase – especially in the tail-end of the Cyber Monday sales – and that's why we're here to help.

In the guide below you'll find an introduction to the Hisense brand, an overview of what makes them stand out from the competition, as well as the latest deals on Hisense TVs – and our latest Hisense reviews at the end of the article too.

Hisense is a brand you'll likely have come across if you're looking for a TV at a good price. As a budget TV brand specifically, Hisense will generally offer premium technologies for lower than the competition, meaning if you're mainly fussed about a particular HDR format or 4K resolution at the cheapest possible price, Hisense will probably have a set to suit you.

As a large Chinese manufacturer of various electrical goods, Hisense covers everything from fridges to washing machines, though its smart TV range is one of the biggest parts of its burgeoning business. And despite being state-owned – like many Chinese companies – Hisense has plenty of international connections. 

Back in 2015 it licensed the famous Sharp brand, bought part of a Mexican TV production line and started making televisions for the US and South American markets using the Japanese company’s name – and then went several steps further by buying Toshiba's TV business.

So you should be in no doubt that Hisense is a major player with a solid presence in the competitive television market.

Should I buy a Hisense TV

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Should I buy a Hisense TV?

So, after a brief history lesson, are Hisense television deals worth considering? As ever, the answer depends on a number of factors. 

Fundamentally the panels used in these sets are decent. They tend to offer nice sharp images, decent black levels, and good color balance. 

However, with the sets that support HDR, don't expect them to offer the same peak brightness as more expensive sets from bigger name brands. This means that the images shown on the sets don't quite have the same sparkle to them as better HDR sets. 

Their smart TV OS can also be a little hit and miss across its different models. We liked it when we reviewed the 55N6800 where we were impressed by the range of apps on offer, even if the overall interface wasn't as sophisticated as other sets. 

However, it was a different story when we reviewed the 32M2600 which featured an interface that was sluggish and slow. The app selection was also much less broad. 

Thankfully, these OS issues can be sidestepped entirely – if you have them – by using a streaming box or streaming stick such as the Chromecast Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+ or Nvidia Shield TV. Watching movies on a 4K Blu-ray player, too, shouldn't run into these issues.

Hisense ULEDs get the Roku OS for the first time

Hisense ULEDs get the Roku OS for the first time (Image credit: Hisense)

Hisense also collaborates with the Roku OS on certain sets, including its incoming ULED range – ULED being Hisense's own term for its high-spec LED televisions, with improved processing and enhanced color and contrast over its other sets. The Roku ULEDs are looking US-only for now, though the UK is also getting its first Roku Hisense TVs in time for Black Friday 2019.

The Hisense TV price range is where its got a real edge, with the Chinese company firmly focusing its sights on the middle-market – with occasional forays into more high-end hardware like the massive (and massively bright) H75U9A.

Hisense's flagship televisions – although good – are not quite at the level of the best TVs in the world, but that they often come in significantly cheaper than their peers.

Lower down the range you are also going to see significant savings. The upshot is that although your television may not be the talk of the neighbours, it's not likely to disappoint, and the money you save can definitely be spent on getting great 4K content.

There's a clear tension between quality and affordability, though. While the H55OB8UK is the cheapest OLED TV on the market, it doesn't have the processing smarts to maintain consistent image quality in the same way as its pricier OLED competitors.

Should I buy a Hisense TV

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Hisense TV deals to consider

Hisense TV reviews

Perhaps most crucially, what did TechRadar make of Hisense's latest TV sets?

We've reviewed Hisense televisions of all sizes and price ranges, from the 32-inch M2600 to the 65-inch Series 7 ULED. Check out some of the review links below.

Hisense O8B ULED TV review: The cheapest OLED TV on the market inevitably comes with some compromises. At £1,399 for the 55-inch UK model, was it worth the trade off?

Hisense U8B ULED TV review: One for the UK only, but this high-spec TV comes in at only £999 for a 65-inch model, offering a big-impact screen at a pretty low price.

Hisense R7E (50R7E) 4K UHD Roku TV review: The Hisense R7 series offers one of the best budget TV options ever, with great color and solid speakers. For most, the Hisense R7 is the way to go. 

Hisense A6200 50-inch LED TV review: A well-made 50-inch TV with a solid feature-set, a surprisingly accurate picture, and a cracking price. It isn’t perfect, especially when it comes to HDR, but you won’t find a better value proposition for the money.

Hisense P7 ULED TV review: Hisense's 65-inch ULED set may be at the expensive end, but the crisp 4K and terrific brightness make for a top-end picture and ideal gaming TV. One to keep an eye on in the sales.

Hisense N6800 55-inch 4K TV review: A solid four star product, one that proves 4K TVs can be done well on a budget. This television is also available at 60 inch and smaller. 

Hisense M2600 32-inch TV review: Although this didn't quite get our unmitigated approval, this solid 32-inch TV was praised for its detailed clear image. Just make sure you invest in a streamer or set-top box alongside it.

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