The best TVs for binge-watching, according to Netflix

Chelsea Ritschel

You can binge-watch your favourite show on practically any device, but according to Netflix, there are a few TVs on the market that really improve the experience.

For 2019, the streaming service recommends just three brands: Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

For Samsung, Netflix suggests the Q60R/Q70R/Q80R/Q90R/Q900R series, the RU8000, The Serif and The Frame devices.

Sony’s Bravia X85G/X90G series and A9G series also made the cut, as did the Panasonic Viera GX700/GX800/GX900 series.

The list of recommended televisions, a tradition since 2015, means the TVs are capable of a few key things - and have passed at least five of seven criteria.

According to Netflix, the first requirement is speed - with a TV that is capable of waking up “instantly” and apps that are “ready to use right away” a necessity.

Understandably, Netflix also has to open quickly, no matter if you’ve just turned on the TV or you are switching from a different app.

Accessibility is also important, meaning Netflix requires its recommended TVs to have a Netflix button and an easy-to-navigate Netflix icon.

Additionally, a high-resolution interface and the latest Netflix version are required.

This year, the streaming service also included “Always Fresh” as a criteria, which means the TVs “update in the background, so the latest Netflix TV shows and movies are always displayed”.

While the list is slim, Netflix states that “additional models and brands will be added as they become available and are designated”.

Although your laptop may get the job done, these TVs are for if you really watch a lot of Netflix, or as Netflix describes, want a "faster, easier and better viewing experience from beginning to end”.