Kitchen TV Review

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Kitchen TVs: Not Just for the Kitchen

Not many people have room for a big screen TV in their cooking area. Smaller-sized kitchen TVs can fit on your countertop and allow you to keep up on your favorite shows when cooking, eating or even cleaning. These types of compact televisions can also be used in your bedroom, bathroom, office, RV or dorm room -- anywhere space is limited.

In our feature checklist, you'll find side-by-side comparisons of kitchen TVs that offer high-quality images and audio. In addition, there are also detailed reviews of each product as well as articles relating to televisions for the kitchen. Using these resources will help you decide which television is best for you. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™

Kitchen TV Rating Criteria

Whether on the countertop or mounted on a wall, these small LCD kitchen TVs should be held to the same standards as the larger models. After all, just because you're choosing a smaller TV doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice picture or sound quality. As we reviewed each one of these products, we ranked them according to the following criteria:

Features
There is more to a television than it's screen size (though that is important). In this section we made sure each kitchen TV was built well and is easy to control. Viewing options, such as a built-in DVD player, are important for those who are using the TV in an area with poor reception. A good kitchen TV must also be compact in size and as lightweight as possible.

Display
If you can't see what is on the screen, then there is no point of having a TV in your kitchen. An adjustable aspect ratio will ensure you're getting the whole picture, while the brightness, resolution and contrast ratio make sure you get a sharp image and can see all the details. Horizontal and vertical viewing angles were also taken into account, as you may not be directly facing these TVs while you're watching them.

Connections
We live in a world of multimedia and a TV needs to be able to connect to more than just a power source. HDMI connections become more important daily as many television channels are quickly switching to HD. Standard RCA connections are also important to hook up some DVD players and gaming consoles. In addition, we checked to see if these televisions were also compatible with S-video, VGA, coaxial connections, USB drives, SD cards and headphones.

Help & Support
Even though they are small and simple to use, these countertop TVs may have some issues. Whether the picture isn't coming in right or you don't know how to connect your Blu-ray player, customer support should be there to help you figure things out. If you just want a quick answer, we wanted to make sure options like a FAQs page or an online manual are available.

After reviewing each product based on the above criteria, we found the Coby TFDVD1595, the ViewSonic N1630w and the Toshiba 15LV505 to be the best kitchen TV options on the market today. Each one of these televisions offers great sound, superior picture quality and a variety of connectivity options. Plus, because of the compact design of these models, you won't take up valuable space in a confined area.

 
 
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Rank #1#2#3#4#5
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Coby TFDVD1595 Toshiba 15LV505 SuperSonic SC-1568D Coby TFTV1525 Viore PLC10V49
Coby TFDVD1595 Toshiba 15LV505 SuperSonic SC-1568D Coby TFTV1525 Viore PLC10V49
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Ratings
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9.38
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Features
Screen Size (inches) 15.6 15.6 15.6 15.6 10.2
Remote Control
Built-in Tuner ATSC, QAM, NTSC ATSC, QAM, NTSC ATSC ATSC, QAM, NTSC ATSC, QAM, NTSC
Built-in DVD Player
  
Speakers 2 x 3W 2 Not Specified 2 x 3W 2 x 1W
Operating Power Consumption Not Specified 35W 60W 40W 24W
Sleep Timer
Parental Control
 
 
Height (inches) 13.9 12.6 13 13.9 8.6
Width (inches) 14.8 15.83 15.5 14.8 10.4
Weight (pounds) 7 7.7 Not Specified 7 2.7
Battery-powered Option     
Display
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:10 16:9 16:9
Response Time 8 ms 5 ms Not Specified 8 ms Not Specified
Display Resolution 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1680 x 1050 1366 x 768 800 x 480
Brightness 220 cd/m2 Not Specified 300 cd/m2 220 cd/m2 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 600:1 Not Specified 800:1 600:1 300:1
Horizontal Viewing Angle Not Specified 150° 160° Not Specified 130°
Vertical Viewing Angle Not Specified 170° 160° Not Specified 110°
Connections
HDMI
 
 
RCA
S-Video
 
VGA
 
 
Coaxial
USB
 
 
SD Card
 
 
Headphone
Help & Support
Warranty 90 Days 1 Year 90 Days 90 Days 1 Year
Email Support
Telephone Support
FAQs
Online Manual