One of the most frequently asked questions I get over on social media these days is, “Where did you get that piece of art? I love it!” I don’t mind admitting that I get a tiny thrill telling people that what they think is art is actually a television. We’ve even had multiple family members come into our home and ask about the art on the wall, so it fools people in person, too! This TV is, hands down, the best invention I have ever come across as a homemaker and DIY designer, and I truly couldn’t recommend it more. I have zero complaints.
Maybe that’s all I really needed to say in this post, but I wanted to take a slightly deeper dive into my thoughts on the Samsung Frame TV in case you’ve been considering making the investment yourself this season. I get lots of questions about it each week over on Instagram, so I figured I’d put all of my thoughts in one place for everyone to peruse whenever questions come up. Keep scrolling for my candid review three years in!
Our Samsung Frame TV Review:
1. PRICE: Of course, any smart television you decide to buy is going to be an investment, and that’s certainly the case with the Samsung Frame TV. You’d be lucky to spend less than $1,000 on even the smallest size! In full disclosure, one of our two Frame TVs was gifted in exchange for blog content three years ago, but the one we have upstairs (pictured here in today’s post) was purchased by us out of pocket. We were so impressed with the one we were gifted, that we decided to invest in a second one ourselves to put upstairs. In fact, I’m planning on getting a third one for the bedroom if Black Friday sales are any good! Ultimately, yes, it’s an investment, but a worthy one if design matters to you and you hate the idea of a big black box hung up on your wall. My suggestion is to check out the “Other Sellers” section in Amazon for better deals. We saved a couple hundred dollars by purchasing a certified floor model from a third party brand (that had hundreds of thousands of good reviews, by the way).
2. ART: I can’t say enough good things about this TV and the fact that it can morph instantly into a real-looking piece of art when the TV screen isn’t in use. The transition is flawless, and keep in mind that both of our Frame TVs are the old 2019 version. I think the newer models are even more realistic, although I can’t imagine how it could have been improved upon. I’ve heard people complain about how the auto brightness setting is a little funny on their TVs (i.e. it might look a little too warm-toned, or bright in a darker room), but that has never been an issue for me. I will say that the TV we have in our bright upstairs living room does tend to look more realistic than the one we have in our downstairs dimmly lit family room, so maybe keep that in mind when you’re considering putting one in your home. The auto brightness and color settings seem to acclimate best in a well-lit space with lots of good natural light.
3. FRAME: Although it was an add-on, I sprang for the beige bezel frame for both of our Frame TVs, and I personally wouldn’t like the look of them as much without them. The TV comes with a graphite surround that looks like a natural art frame, but there’s something so realistic about the light-wood-look bezel, in my opinion. It’s made specifically for the TV and snaps on in seconds thanks to a magnetic strip. Yes, I could have DIYed something similar, but these days I’m willing to spend a bit of money on things that make life easier. You can also get the bezel frames in other shapes and colors if beige doesn’t fit your aesthetic. All this to say, if we get a third Frame for our bedroom, I’ll definitely be getting the one that comes with that beige bezel to make the illusion more believable.
4. CORD: I really appreciate the super discrete cables that come with the Samsung Frame TV. There are just two that come down from the television when it’s hung on the wall (one clear and the other a light gray tone), and they can be easily hidden by situating a plant or something on the console below, but I would highly recommend learning how to hide the cables inside drywall if you can. We finally did this three years into owning our wall-mounted TVs, and I’ll never not do it again. It’s the perfect finishing touch to make this art-piece-slash-TV actually look like a floating piece of framed art. Click here for my tutorial on how to hide your TV cables inside your drywall!
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments if you have a specific question about the Samsung Frame TV that I might have forgotten. I’m sure all of these things will change and get improved upon as newer versions are released, but I truly am so impressed with their introductory models. I will absolutely be purchasing more for our home, and will continue to tell everyone I know to buy them, too. And this post isn’t sponsored, by the way. I’m just that big a fan! Let me know your own thoughts, if you have this TV, in the comments.
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**Digital art purchased from A Beautiful Mess Print Shop.
Thank you for this review! The focus on its aesthetics are helpful when there are plenty of technical reviews available elsewhere. Two updates: the current models now come with only one (very invisible) cord to hide and it is not fire-rated to be safe when run in-the-wall
Sure thing! And thanks for the updated tips!
Hello. I have a question. When you buy the TV, do you choose the art piece you want to show? Or can you change the art often? Do you pay for each art piece or do some come with it? Is it a subscription? How does that part work? Thanks!
I share a lot of technical information in this post, so you might want to start there, but the short answers to your questions are this: you can change the art as often as you want, it comes loaded with free options as well as art options you can purchase for additional money, and there is a subscription option if you think you’ll want to purchase new art regularly. Hope that helps! You can check the product page for more details here.
Being that you have the bezel and mentioned that you could have diy-ed something similar, would you be able to offer any tips on how you would attempt to diy one to get a similar look? My issue is I have the 2021 model, which does not offer the beige bezel as an option and the bezels for the earlier models do not fit!! I was very disappointed to find this as I wanted to purchase the beige bezel but the 2021 model does not offer any colors I like! I would greatly appreciate any advice you may have!
Oh, how frustrating that they don’t have better options for the 2021 version of the TV! Hopefully, they come out with some soon. In the meantime, @cassmakeshome on Instagram did a DIY frame for her TV that you might be able to make work for your situation!
I just have one grouchy old lady comment. A TV is never an investment. Spend your money however you want but the investment everyone talks about (tv, shoes, purses) tricks your mind into thinking you’re being wise and virtuous.
We’re retired and doing very well but never do we go to bed and think “I wish I had saved less money.” I don’t mean to be grouchy just trying to help your future self.
I love the Frame TV but my husband is so fancy with the technical details I will have to do the DIY Cass version.
Thanks for sharing your opinion. I ask that you respect mine. I stand behind my post.