A living room with a curved TV on the wall.

Q. Are there any real benefits to a curved TV?

A. Since TVs with curved screens hit the market more than five years ago, they've been promoted as offering a more "immersive" viewing experience than flat screens provide. But in our testing labs, we haven't found that to be true, even with larger 65-inch curved TVs.

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"Compared to flat-screen TVs, there was no meaningful difference in picture performance in our tests," says CR's head TV tester, Claudio Ciacci. "What's more, a curved screen introduces a subtle geometric distortion to the image when viewing from the sides or if the TV is placed too high up on the wall. So these curved TVs look best when viewed straight on, and at eye level."

Curved TVs can cost about $100 more than a comparably sized flat-screen TV. If you do decide to buy one, you're likely to find a limited selection: Samsung is the only major manufacturer we're aware of that is still making curved TVs.

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Editors Note: This article also appeared in the September 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.