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The Best Television for Seniors

How do you go about finding the best TVs for seniors? Many elderly people love spending lots of time catching up on their favorite television shows. Sadly many of these older people can’t fully enjoy watching television — for common reasons such as hearing loss, visual impairments or technological intimidation. Because of this, finding a good television for seniors that overcomes these issues is not always easy.

To make it easier, our recommendations include the LG C9 OLED, Sony X950G, TCL Class 6 Series, and specific Samsung series. Keep reading for details. 

For seniors, the golden rule is that simpler is better. For seniors, this can help the user experience. These tips below can help you find the simple (and perfect) television for your special senior. The extra effort and attention may not be easy, but it’s worth it.

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Samsung makes nice televisions that seniors like

So what is a good television for the elderly…

As you probably guessed, a good television for seniors should be simple to operate and understand. It should offer plenty of channels and programs to choose from but at the same time to not have so many unnecessary features to make it confusing. 

If you’re looking for a large screen, then a 42 inch screen size or larger LCD television will provide the most viewing space. If you prefer smaller screens or have a smaller space, then a 32 inch or smaller LED television is ideal. 

If you are looking for an HDTV, make sure that it offers 1080p resolution. This is important because it provides sharper images and a stunning picture compared to standard definition. You’ll also need a TV with an HDMI input so that you can connect your existing cable box or satellite.

If a wider viewing angle is desired, an OLED TV offers top performance along with astonishing images. Because of their excellent backlighting technology for deeper blacks, they are more expensive than other types of televisions and some people don’t mind the difference in price.

IPS TVs offer a wide viewing angle at an economical price but they don’t feature the backlighting technology of the OLED TV — which means the shades of color might not be the vivid colors of an OLED TV. IPS TVs are still an excellent choice for a stunning picture, especially if you have a group of people frequently watching the television. 

Recommendations: LG C9 OLED, Sony X950G, TCL Class 6 Series UHD OLED, LG UN7300PUF Smart LED, Samsung UN55RU7100FXZA

Which is the easiest television for seniors to use

There are several ways to find the right television for seniors. First, look at the features. If you want to watch television, then you may want a television that has a large screen. A larger screen means that you can see more of what is going on, which is especially helpful for those with poor vision.

Also, if you plan on using the television often, then you should consider buying one that has a built-in remote control. This way, you won’t have to worry about carrying around another device.

Another thing to think about is how much you like technology. Some televisions come with built in DVD players, Blu-ray players, and even streaming services. However, these options require additional equipment. So, before purchasing a new television, ask yourself if you would rather pay $100 or $200 for the option or just buy a standalone player. If you include the options inside your television, that will keep things simpler overall even though it costs more.

Recommendation: TCL 50S425 50 inch 4k Smart LED Roku TV

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TCL has good quality televisions at low prices

What makes a simple television for older people

The easiest way to find a great television for seniors is to look at what they already watch. If you know what they like, then you can easily find a television that will fit their needs. This means looking at the channels they already watch and seeing if any of them offer programming that would interest them. Another option is to check out online reviews from users who have used the exact television before. 

These days, there are a lot of different types of television sets available. Each type comes with its own set of pros and cons.

In order to determine which one is right for you, you first need to decide what kind of television you want. There are three main categories: plasma, LCD, and OLED. Plasma TVs are very popular because they offer high quality pictures. On the other hand, LCDs are cheaper and easier to maintain. Finally, OLED TVs are the newest models and offer the highest quality picture.

Once you’ve decided which category you want, you need to decide between a traditional style or flat panel. Traditional styles are usually made of glass and have a curved shape. Flat panels are made of plastic and are square shaped. They are easier to clean and don’t cost as much as traditional styles.

Recommendations: LG C9 OLED, Sony X950G, TCL Class 6 Series UHD OLED, LG UN7300PUF Smart LED, Samsung UN55RU7100FXZA, TCL 50S425 50 inch 4k Smart LED Roku TV

Optimal sound quality for the hard of hearing…

Many older people can also be hard of hearing. This issue should not keep them from enjoying their television sound experience. So what do you look for in a television that can help someone with hearing issues.

Try adjusting the sound settings of the TV through the TV sound mode. For those that are hard of hearing, the best option selection is to set the TV sound mode for “News” or “Speech” mode. This helps make voices clearer and easier to understand. Similar to this, if the TV allows you to adjust the tone, you can turn down the bass and turn up the treble and this also helps make voices clearer and easier to hear. 

When choosing a television for seniors with hearing loss, you should also take into consideration the size and quality of the speakers. You want something that will allow you to hear everything clearly without having to turn up the volume too high. Larger speakers don’t have to be pushed as hard as smaller speakers in order to hear the details of your favorite television program. On the other hand, poor speakers can sound fuzzy or have background noise — and this can add to increased aggravation for a person that has poor hearing to begin with. 

One speaker choice for seniors is to get surround sound. Surround sound allows you to hear sounds coming from all directions by using external speakers. By improving the sound quality, it helps to create a feeling of being in a real world instead of a virtual one. And the improved audio quality actually enhances the viewing experience. You can do this by getting a soundbar to go with your TV. 

TV Recommendations:  Panasonic HZ2000 OLED, Samsung QN900A QLED, Hisense UD9G

Soundbar Recommendations: Sonos ARC, Samsung HW-Q950A, Sony HT-G700

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A smart television adds even more features — so which is the most user friendly

Most smart TVs come with apps that allow you to stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and more. Some also include games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga. While streaming services are convenient, they don’t offer access to all of the content available through cable or satellite providers. If you want to watch live sports or news events, you’ll still need to subscribe to those channels separately. 

Recommendation: LG UN7300PUF Smart LED

How large of a television is too big for seniors

If you’re worried about getting a small TV, don’t worry. Most elderly people prefer smaller screens anyway. In fact, some experts recommend having a screen size of less than 32 inches. That said, bigger isn’t necessarily better.

It’s important to make sure that the television you choose fits comfortably in your home. You don’t want to spend hours every day trying to get a comfortable viewing angle while sitting down to watch television.

You also want to avoid choosing a television that is too heavy. Many elderly people struggle to move around their homes, especially after years of being confined to a bed or wheelchair. A heavier television could make moving around difficult.

Small TV Recommendation: Samsung 32″ Smart FHD TV

Voice activated remote control

There are several different types of televisions remotes available today. Some of them are designed specifically for seniors (remotes for seniors), while others are made for all ages (such as universal remotes). If you’re looking for a simple television remote, then you should consider buying one that has only basic features, large buttons and/or a voice remote. This will allow you to control the volume, change channels, and adjust the brightness.

It’s important to keep in mind that some televisions will come with a remote control, while others don’t. If you want to avoid having to search for a remote, then you’ll need to look for a television that comes with a built-in remote. Although some of these latest televisions come with what many would consider to be complicated remotes. 

There’s several new “senior” big button remotes with space between the buttons and a quick set up feature. Some of these senior remotes can be programmed by simply aiming it at another remote and pressing a few buttons. You can combine a couple remote’s features into the one simplified senior remote. With features like this, seniors prefer these non-complicated easy to use remotes. 

Recommendations: Flipper Big Button TV Remote for the Elderly, GE Big Button Remote, Gmatrix big button remote

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The Flipper Big Button Remote, image courtesy of flipperremote.com

What is the easiest streaming device for seniors

Streaming devices are becoming increasingly popular among seniors because they allow them to watch streaming content from anywhere at any time. Popular streaming devices include Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, and the oft built in Android TV and Samsung TV.  It’s important to note that some streaming services are easier than others for seniors. Netflix is one example of a service that has made a lot of improvements recently. Amazon Prime Video is another great option for seniors who want access to movies and TV shows.

Recommendations: Any of the streaming devices mentioned above are good; such as Roku, Amazon Fire, Android, Samsung, Apple TV. 

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The Roku streaming player is easy to add to most televisions (even older ones) an is senior friendly. Image courtesy of roku.com

Conclusion 

There you have it: some tips and ideas on how to provide maximum television benefit to the senior in your life. Remember, the more you know about the technology behind the television and what it does (even when simplifying the features), the better off you’ll be when making decisions. It’s a great way to keep a loved one entertained for stretches of time. Good luck!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What would be a good television for an older person?

Any of these television can be good for an older elderly person: LG C9 OLED, Sony X950G, TCL Class 6 Series UHD OLED, LG UN7300PUF Smart LED, Samsung UN55RU7100FXZA. What some people do is go to Costco or Sam’s Club and look at the televisions in the quiet, warehouse environment. With all the bright lights, this gives you a chance to see how the television would perform under harsh conditions.

What is the easiest tv to operate for seniors?

If your senior can speak voice commands clearly, then finding a good sized television with voice control could make life enjoyable for everyone.

Is Roku difficult to use?

We’ve found that seniors like the Roku once the get past the quick learning curve. There are lots of apps that can be added and the higher Roku models have voice control, which makes the Roku a good choice for seniors. The same can be said for the Amazon Fire, Android, Samsung, Apple TV apps on their respective televisions.

I just don’t know what television to get. What are some ideas?

What some of our older customers do is go to different friend’s homes and see how their television performs. The best tv for an older person can be difficult to solve, but maybe a friend has already solved that issue — and you can benefit from their experience. We also like to check in Costco and Sam’s Club since the prices are good and often it’s quiet in there so that you can “audition” each television. Some older people like that kind of pace. Keep in mind that the television will look a lot bigger in your home than it does in Costco or Sam’s Club. It gives a person the chance to see which televisions are more simple and easy.