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Waterproof TV or Waterproof TV Enclosure?

When you have an idea of getting a TV in your bathroom, pool, sauna of you plan to install a TV outdoor there are 2 options available: Waterproof TVs and water-resistant TV Enclosures. Let's see, what to choose.

  • Waterproof TVs

This kind of TVs designed from 0 for being used in the areas where water jets, rain or steam can get on the screen. Normally they have IP or NEMA dust/waterproof ranking certificates. TV case are usually made of glass in the front and metal or plastic in the back. Speakers must be waterproof as well, that’s why manufacturers use water resistant speakers or resonance / vibration hidden speakers.

Design of Waterproof TVs is different, depending on suggested application scenario. Outdoor TVs are more robust and usually installed on a wall or some mount as a standalone unit. Indoor waterproof TVs for bathrooms, pools and sauna are usually in-wall integrated. There is also a trend of “Magic Mirror” waterproof TV design, meaning the screen disappears when it’s off and there is just a plain mirror on the wall.

As any “special” product, that kind of TVs are greatly adapted for the application. When you order it, you just get all-in-one item with related documentation.

But since the demand of special TVs is limited worldwide that’s a kind of “niche” product. That’s why prices of waterproof TVs are considerably higher when compare with regular consumer TVs and technical specification is simpler

  • Waterproof / water-resistant TV Enclosures

TV enclosures are made to protect regular consumer TVs and universal for a specified screen size range (e.g. 43”-50”).

Front of enclosures is made of glass and it can be opened for access to the TV (installation / maintenance etc.). Back part is made of plastic or metal. There is VESA universal mount inside usually to fix the TV itself and a cable management system to lead the connections.

Some manufacturers provide cooling fan or heaters optionally. Enclosures can be equipped with secure locks and has shockproof protection too.

What’s good of enclosures – is that you can just put any TV inside. It’s also not very expensive and quite easy to install.

But there are some negative issues we shall mention:

  • it’s thick and bulky

  • picture quality will be reduced by the front glass, the gap between glass and TV screen is quite big

  • margins on the sides are big

  • there is usually a problem with sound quality since TV speakers are almost closed

So, to summarize 2 solutions:

Waterproof TVs

Waterproof TV Enclosures

PROS

CONS

PROS

CONS

Made for the purpose” product

Not universal, simple in spec.

Universal, fit many types of regular TVs

More difficult to install, 2 products actually (TV + enclosure)

Good, specialized design

High price

Not expensive

Bulky, thick, big frames

All-in-one product with warranty and documentation

“Niche” product, limited sellers and service centers

Cooling, heating options

Poor sound quality