Reliable Flat TVs

By: Rachel Pierce Email
By: Rachel Pierce Email

LCD and plasma TVs look nice in the store, but how well will they hold up once you get them home?

Consumer Reports National Research Center's Meredith Bachman has good news after analyzing survey results covering nearly 75-thousand flat-screen TVs bought in the past three years.

"Overall only about 3% of the sets needed repair," says Meredith Bachman.

Of the brands covered in the survey, the most reliable flat screen TVs were the Panasonic, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, Toshiba, and JVC.

Rear-projection TVs were also looked at, and people are experiencing many more problems.

But consumer reports says buying an extended warranty is rarely a good deal. Chances are you're going to pay more for the warranty than you would for any cost of repair.

Still, Consumer Reports says with rear-projection sets, be prepared to replace the bulb. It's not uncommon for the bulb to go out within the first year or two.

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