Best Televisions, Home Theater Sets and Streaming Devices 2021 in India cover a wide range of brands, price categories and technologies. The premium television segment has seen some impressive launches this year from the likes of Samsung, LG and Sony, while the home entertainment segment has continued to see growth in the popular soundbar category, especially for low-end and mid-range buyers. Independent streaming devices have also had some impressive launches in 2021 in India from brands like Amazon and Realme.
While there hasn’t been any major changes in the technologies that go into our home entertainment devices, with the exception perhaps of Mini-LED televisions finally becoming a reality, we’ve seen steady improvements in existing technologies, including QLED and OLED TVs, soundbars and streaming devices that can now double as smart speakers. Read our list of the best television, home entertainment and streaming gadgets of 2021.
Best Premium Television of 2021: Samsung Neo QLED Ultra-HD 55-inch Smart TV (55QN90A)
Samsung is among the top TV manufacturers in the world, and the Neo QLED Ultra-HD 55QN90A Smart TV is a testament to just how good their televisions can be. Though pricey at Rs. 1,75,990, this is one of the best premium Ultra-HD televisions you can buy right now. With excellent picture quality, good software and features, and a unique solar-powered remote control, this is the kind of premium viewing experience that stands out from the competition in its segment.
It loses support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and there are some minor drawbacks to the interface. On the other hand, the beautiful and slim design is an added bonus, especially if you want to place the TV on its stand.
Best Affordable Big Screen TV of 2021: Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55
Xiaomi has always focused on providing value to its customers, and the Mi TV 5X 55 lives up to that mandate. This is our top pick among 55-inch televisions priced below Rs. 50,000 in 2021 for a variety of reasons, including Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, consistent performance across resolutions and content, decent sound quality, and the familiar, reliable Android TV and PatchWall software experience.
We’ve faced a few bugs and usage glitches during our time with the Mi TV 5X 55, and it continues to bug us that Xiaomi doesn’t include batteries for the remote in the sales package. However, overall this television provided a largely positive experience that few can match at Rs. 50,000. The Mi TV 5X is also available in smaller sizes at more affordable prices, making it a good TV to consider if you’re on a tighter budget.
Best mid-range home theater system of 2021: Sony HT-S40R
The Sony HT-S40R is touted as a soundbar, but it’s actually a full-fledged 5.1-channel home theater system. Priced at Rs. 29,990, it offers a lot, including a separate subwoofer, wireless rear channel speakers and good connectivity options. While there’s no support for Dolby Atmos and the wiring can be quite tricky to set up, this is a worthwhile option with good sound quality and fit.
The Sony HT-S40R isn’t ideal for listening to music, but mainly because it’s designed as a sound system for watching movies on your television or projector. While excessive wiring can be a downside, as many people choose soundbar-based home theater systems for convenience, the Sony HT-S40R’s sound quality and flawless functionality make it our top pick in the midrange home entertainment segment for 2021.
Best budget soundbar of 2021: Realme 100W Soundbar
A soundbar complete with a subwoofer priced under Rs. 10,000 might be hard to imagine, but the Realme 100W Soundbar is just that. Priced at Rs. 6,999, this soundbar has a nominal output of 100W, as the name suggests. It has a wired subwoofer and offers decent connectivity options. It’s also very easy to set up and use and has its own remote control, making it an impressive buy for the price.
Some elements of the Realme 100W soundbar’s design and operation were a little off-putting, most notably the bright LED lights, flimsy buttons, and annoying voice commands that can’t be turned off. However, it delivers where it counts, offering decent sound and intonation and very good bass performance. Definitely worth considering if you’re looking for an affordable boost to your TV’s sound.
Best Streaming Device of 2021: Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen)
The most powerful streaming device in Amazon’s lineup, the Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) is unique in that it acts as a great cross between the Fire TV and Echo product lines. With hands-free Alexa capabilities, support for Ultra-HD, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos, plus responsive, lag-free performance, this is the best streaming device we’ve used this year.
Though it is a bit pricey at Rs. 12,999, and you can get the same basic streaming features as the more affordable Fire TV Stick 4K, the Fire TV Cube is a competent high-end device that’s great if you rely on Alexa. It’s also quite powerful and responsive, bringing your content to you quickly and reliably.
Purchase: Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen)
Best TV accessory of 2021: Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam
Webcams are plentiful on the market, but the Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam is unique in that it’s designed to work well with a television. It works with Google Duo on a smart TV running Android TV, so you can plug it in, place it and enjoy the big screen for video calls. Furthermore, it works well as a standard webcam plugin with computers as well.
It is well equipped for the price of Rs. 1999, with full-HD video output, good audio pickup, and a handy privacy shutter that you can close when the camera isn’t in use. Although it is a niche product with limited use cases, it can be very useful for family video calls and is included in our 2021 top picks for its unique utility and beautiful design.
Purchase: Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam