Should you buy a Hisense TV in 2022?

Should you buy a Hisense TV?
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Hisense is one of the biggest budget TV brands out there, competing with the likes of other mainstream budget TV brands like TCL, Toshiba, Insignia, and Amazon’s Fire TVs. In both the US and the UK, Hisense offers up tons of different TVs with different features at different price points, which is great for the consumer but also can be greatly confusing.

Accordingly, we’ll be breaking down Hisense’s range of TVs, in both the US and the UK, into three core lines each, focusing on the brand’s budget to mid-range TVs. You can spend more on a Hisense TV to get more features and better image quality, but in general, for more expensive TVs you might be better served by a nice set from a brand like LG or Sony.

But is a Hisense TV worth the cash, and if so, which one should you get? And how do Hisense TVs compare to other competing budget brands in terms of specs and features. Most importantly, are Hisense TVs good value? We’ve reviewed some Hisense TVs, though nowhere near all of them, but you can learn a lot about a TV from its specs.

So, kick back, relax, and read on to learn all about the wild world of Hisense TVs and which sets you should consider if you’re in the market for a new TV…

Should you buy a Hisense TV? The short answer…

Should you buy a Hisense TV?

Across both the UK and the US, there are tons of different Hisense TVs you can buy. If you’re looking for flexibility, this budget brand definitely has you covered. What’s more, though, is that these TVs are often extraordinarily competitive in terms of specs, features, and pricing. Depending on what you’re looking at, a Hisense TV might be the best option.

In the US, for example, Hisense offers up just about the cheapest HD TVs money can buy, and if you can nab the 4K A6 Series on sale, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the cheapest 4K sets money can buy, too, undercutting even the low-cost TCL 3-Series 4K TVs. Hisense won’t always be the cheapest option, but it definitely can be.

In the UK, the situation is similar. Generally, at retail, Hisense UK TVs aren’t the cheapest around, though they have competitive specs and features, but with even a modest sale, they can quickly become the default pick for a budget TV. Especially if you’re a gamer: Hisense UK 4K TVs support VRR and ALLM, which oftentimes other budget sets won’t.

In general, Hisense TVs aren’t competing with premium OLED sets that can cost thousands, but they manage to provide competitive features and specs, often with solid gaming performance – and for low prices that can, with sales, be the best prices you can find. Like TCL, this brand is a must-watch if you’re looking for a budget TV. 

Hisense TVs in the US

Hisense 75-inch Class A Series Black Friday deal

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In the US, Hisense makes a wide variety of different TVs. From sets with different smart platforms to expensive Mini-LED sets and everything in between, there are a lot of different Hisense TVs to choose from. We’ll be focused on three core lines of budget US TV that look to offer up some of the best value: the A4H Series, the A6 Series, and the U6H Series.

As you’d generally expect, these TVs scale up in terms of features, specs, and price, too. Though there are commonalities between the lines, like smart functionality, voice control, VESA mounting, and HDMI ARC, the more expensive lines support HDR, 4K, different audio technologies, and even different display technologies outside of LED.

In terms of pricing, Hisense TVs are competitive, and can even be some of the best value around. When you couple that with frequent sales, if what you’re looking for is a really cheap TV that’s still relatively modern in terms of specs and features, Hisense is almost always a brand worth considering.

However, if you want the best picture quality out there or the best gaming performance, these TVs, in general, won’t be offering up that kind of functionality at these prices. Sure, you’ll be able to watch whatever content you’d like on a Hisense TV without issue, and connecting a PS5 is doable, too, but if you’re looking for more out of your TV, you’d likely be better served by spending a little more on a different set.

Should you buy a Hisense A4H Series?

Hisense A4H

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  • Sizes: 32-inch, 40-inch, 43-inch
  • Display type: LED
  • Resolution: 720p (32-inch), 1080p (40-inch, 43-inch)
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR: HDR10
  • Audio: DTS Virtual:X
  • ARC/eARC: ARC

The A4H Series is Hisense’s most basic line of TV. While smart, the A4H Series only supports HD and Full HD, depending on which size you go for, and you’ll also get a pretty basic set of features and specs, including an LED panel, 60Hz refresh rate, but no fancy gaming-focused features like VRR or ALLM.

However, you will get HDR support, which is something of a novel addition to an HD TV in 2022, with many HD TVs not supporting HDR, so that’s definitely a win. Plus, you’ll also get DTS Virtual:X in terms of audio and HDMI ARC, too. Altogether, this is a fairly standard HD TV with a couple of nice features thrown in on top.

Though, the A4H is more exceptional than it might seem in terms of features when it comes to pricing. The 32-inch set retails for $140, while you can find it (and the other sizes) for even less on sale. At $140 normally, this is just about the cheapest you can find an HD TV in 2022, so if price is what you care most about, the A4H Series might be worth a look.

Of course, A4H TVs won’t offer up the best gaming performance or even support 4K, so if you care about high-resolution content or want to play games in 4K, you’ll be better served by any number of other sets. What’s more is that, even within the context of Hisense TVs, you won’t have to spend too much more to get a 4K TV, either. 

Should you buy a Hisense A6 Series?

Hisense A6

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  • Sizes: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 70-inch, 75-inch
  • Display type: LED
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision
  • Audio: DTS Virtual:X
  • ARC/eARC: eARC

Hisense’s A6 Series is the brand’s mid-range flagship 4K TV. This kind of TV is about what you’d expect from a budget 4K TV in 2022, offering up 4K resolution, HDR support, DTS Virtual:X, and even HDMI eARC on top of familiar smart TV functionality.

You will be missing out on more full-featured HDR support by way of HDR10+ and HLG, and you won’t be getting fancier audio technologies like Dolby Atmos. Nor will you get gaming-focused features like VRR, but you will get ALLM, which is a nice bonus. 

What you won’t be missing out on, though, is saving money. The A6 Series starts off at $270 for the 43-inch model, while you’ll regularly be able to find these TVs on sale for less, too. In terms of how Hisense’s pricing compares with other budget TVs, it’s about the same you’ll find from competitors, though you will be able to find similar sets for slightly less, sometimes.

For example, you can grab a 43-inch TCL 3-Series, at retail, for $230, which makes it $40 less than the A6 with just about the same specs and features. Though, sales may change up whether or not the A6 is the best deal out there. So, while you may want to opt for other sets if the A6 isn’t on sale, if it is, it’s usually strong value.

Should you buy a Hisense U6H Series?

Hisense U6H

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  • Sizes: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 70-inch, 75-inch
  • Display type: Quantum ULED 
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10+
  • ARC/eARC: ARC

Hisense’s U6H line is one of the brand’s more premium lines of television that still manages to come equipped with a budget-focused pricetag. These TVs upgrade Hisense’s other lines’ traditional LED panels to Quantum ULED panels as well as supporting the full suite of HDR functionality, in addition to bringing full-array local dimming to the table.

What’s a Quantum ULED, you ask? Well, ULEDs are traditional LED TVs that come with an extra layer between the panel and display that’s aimed at providing better contrast and deeper blacks in conjunction with some proprietary Hisense software. A Quantum ULED also makes use of quantum dot technology seen in QLEDs on top of the above.

We’d have to review this TV to give you a good idea of its actual performance, but on paper, you can definitely expect a fairly meaty improvement to image quality with a Quantum ULED set, particularly one with full-array local dimming, over a traditional LED set. Accordingly, you'd probably expect a substantial price increase with the U6H, but you’d be wrong.

The U6H Series starts off at a $600 retail price, but that’s not what these TVs actually go for anymore. You can find them starting off at around $428 without a sale, and on sale, these TVs can be found for a lot less. On sale, though, these Hisense TVs are just about the best value you can find in the world of budget TVs.

These TVs might not be the best pick for gamers, and if you’re looking for more impressive display tech like OLED, again you’ll be better served elsewhere, but if you want exceptional value on a modern set with competitive features and image quality, the Hisense U6H Series is definitely worth a look.

Hisense TVs in the UK

65-inch TV: Hisense 65U8HQ

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Much like in the US, Hisense UK makes a ton of different TVs from low-cost 720p HD TVs all the way up to expensive OLED sets. As always, choice is great for the consumer, but actually choosing a Hisense set can be confusing. So, we’ll be breaking down Hisense UK’s range of TVs into three core lines: the A5600F Series, the A6BG Series, and the A7H Series.

Unsurprisingly, these TVs scale up in terms of specs, features, and of course, pricing. Nonetheless, these different Hisense TVs have commonalities, too. All these TVs come packed with smart functionality, VESA mounting, Dolby Audio, 60Hz refresh rates and HDMI ARC, while some sets come with 4K support, HDR, ALLM, VRR, and more.

In terms of pricing, Hisense’s UK TVs are almost always competitive. While at retail, a Hisense set may not always be the absolute lowest of the low, they’re close to it, and on sale a Hisense TV can often be the best value around if there isn’t another similar sale on a similar set from another budget brand like TCL.

Hisense TVs aren’t the best for gamers, with none of the above lines coming with 4K/120Hz support, but some sets do come with 4K support, VRR, and ALLM, which will be enough for most gamers out there, even those with PS5s. In terms of image quality, Hisense might not be competing with an LG C2 OLED, but on paper, their specs are competitive.

In general, if you’re looking for a modern smart TV that’s solid value, Hisense TVs are usually a strong choice, and if you can nab one on sale, particularly a 4K set, it’ll get the job done without breaking the bank, making these UK TVs worth keeping on your radar.

Should you buy a Hisense A5600F Series?

Hisense A5600F

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  • Sizes: 32-inch, 43-inch
  • Display type: LED
  • Resolution: 32-inch (720p), 43-inch (1080p)
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR: No
  • Audio: Dolby Audio
  • ARC/eARC: ARC

The A5600F is Hisense UK’s most basic set. These TVs come in HD 720p and Full HD 1080p, depending on the size you pick, while they also come with LED panels, 60Hz refresh rates, HDMI ARC, Dolby Audio, and no HDR, VRR, or ALLM in sight. Though, you will get smart functionality, so you won’t have trouble streaming all kinds of content.

As far as TVs in 2022 go, the A5600F is just about as basic as they come, offering up enough for casual viewing but little else. Accordingly, these TVs are the cheapest sets Hisense offers, most especially on sale, coming in at just a £249 retail for the 720p 32-inch model.

In terms of the budget TV market, the A5600F is right about where you’d expect. It’s not necessarily the lowest in terms of retail price, but depending on the sales shake out, the A5600F may well be the cheapest option when it comes to low cost HD TVs in 2022.

Of course, the A5600F isn’t a great gaming TV, though it’ll definitely get the job done if you’ve still got a PS4 or Xbox One kicking around, and while you can use them to casually stream content and watch as you please, buying an HD TV in 2022 is never the best value. Considering how little extra money you’d need to upgrade to a 4K set, most will be better served by doing that, unless you don’t ever watch content in resolutions higher than HD.

Should you buy a Hisense A6BG Series?

Hisense A6BG

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  • Sizes: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 58-inch, 65-inch, 70-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
  • Display type: LED
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR: HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
  • Audio: Dolby Audio
  • ARC/eARC: eARC

Hisense’s A6BG UK TVs are the brand’s flagship mid-range 4K that’s likely the sweet spot between features and price, sliding in-between the cheaper A5600F Series and the more expensive A7H Series. These TVs come packed with 4K support, HDR by way of HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision, plus Dolby Audio and HDMI eARC.

You will be stuck at 60Hz with the A6BG line, but you will get VRR and ALLM, both of which are great for gamers and are enough to handle next-gen consoles like PS5 or Series X without issue. While hardcore gamers will want a higher refresh rate, considering that 120Hz support on console is still relatively niche, 60Hz likely won’t be too much of a dealbreaker.

As far as pricing goes, the A6BG line starts off retailing at £429, which is definitely high for the specs and features on offer with this particular TV, but you’ll rarely see this set at retail. Most of the time, you’ll be able to nab an A6BG for a lot less, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled.

All told, as long as you aren’t paying the full-fat original price, these TVs have modern specs and features capable of offering up solid image quality, on paper, while simultaneously providing equally solid gaming performance that will serve most gamers well. If you’re in the market for an all-around competitive TV at a competitive price, the A6BG Series is worth a look.

Should you buy a Hisense A7H Series?

Hisense A7H

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  • Sizes: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 58-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch
  • Display type: QLED
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR: HDR10+, Dolby Vision
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos
  • ARC/eARC: eARC

Hisense’s A7H Series is the brand’s more expensive, more full-featured mid-range set that manages to bring QLED tech to the table that, on paper, offers up meaningful upgrades in image quality over a traditional LED panel seen in the likes of Hisense’s cheaper ranges. On top of QLED support, though, you’re also getting a suite of useful features.

The A7H also comes with 4K support, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos spatial audio support, HDMI eARC, and even ALLM and VRR for the gamers out there on top of the traditional smarts you’d expect from a TV of this calibre. All told, this is about the best you can reasonably expect in terms of specs and features from a budget-focused set.

What you might not expect, though, is the A7H’s pricing. You’ll be able to pick up a 43-inch A7H for around £349, though its original price was £100 more. At £349, it’s tough to beat the A7H for value, considering competitors like TCL’s C63K QLED set retails for £449. Though, when we’re comparing between sales, it becomes more complicated.

With the right sale, you may well find competitive sets at lower prices, but considering the C63K comes packed with features you don’t often find at these prices, like VRR and ALLM, you may still want to opt for a C63K even if it’s a bit more expensive than the very cheapest TV out there, depending on whether or not you’re a gamer, for example.

In general, if you’re looking for a QLED TV that can handle next-gen gaming and comes with a competitive set of features and specs, the A7H usually offers up all of that alongside strong value, so it’s a range definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Ruben Circelli
Staff Writer

Ruben is a Staff Writer at What Hi-Fi? and longtime consumer technology and gaming journalist. Since 2014, Ruben has written news, reviews, features, guides, and everything in-between at a huge variety of outlets that include Lifewire, PCGamesN, GamesRadar+, TheGamer, Twinfinite, and many more. Ruben's a dedicated gamer, tech nerd, and the kind of person who misses physical media. In his spare time, you can find Ruben cooking something delicious or, more likely, lying in bed consuming content.

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  • nshakesp
    Can't comment on anything but what I've bought but just purchased the Hisense 43AE7400FTUK for £379 from Richer sounds (6 year warranty pushes me towards them, although Costco are offering it at £329 with 5 years which I'd have gone for but don't have a Costco card), excellent TV, crisp visuals / colours and decent sound, can't comment on the smart features as don't use them but for a telly for watching + listening for this money you can't fail in my book.
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