These are the best 48-50 inch smart LED TVs we recommend to buy based on our reviews. It's tough to find 2015 TVs at all at this time of the year, and 2016 TVs are now at the same price or cheaper than the ones they replaced. A lot of our recommendations are back to Black Friday prices for the Super Bowl.
Best 48-49-50 Inch TVs - Under $1,000
If budget is not an issue, you can find high-end TVs in this size range that supports HDR well.
The Samsung UN49KS8000 is by far the best TV if you want a versatile smart LED TV. It has excellent picture quality for movies, low input lag (20.9 ms), not a lot of motion blur and can get bright enough for even the brightest living room. This is the most versatile 48-50 inch TV and the one to buy for most people.
If you can manage the slight bump in price, we recommend getting the 55-inch model instead since it represents better value for money.
The curved version, the Samsung UN49KS8500, has the same picture quality. If you can't find the flat KS8000, it is a good alternative.
For people that watch movies in the dark, the Vizio P50-C1 is even better thanks to its great full array local dimming. It is also a great choice for playing video games, with its very low 17.7 ms input lag and almost no motion blur. It isn't as versatile as the Samsung UN49KS8000 since cable TV doesn't look as good and reflections are more presents. Unfortunately, it suffers quite a bit with HDR gaming since its input lag is much higher on HDR inputs.
Note that the 50-inch version of the Vizio P Series has only a refresh rate of 60Hz, contrary to the 120Hz found on bigger sizes.
Best 48-49-50 Inch TVs - Under $800
Under $800, expect TVs between 48-50 inch to have a good picture quality but without the extra brightness or wide color support the pricier models have. They won't be as good for HDR.
For less than $800, it's difficult to beat the Vizio M50-D1. It offers contrasts and blacks on par with our higher end picks and is especially similar to the P50-C1. The main difference between the two other than the design is the HDR focused features. For a lot of people, though, this won't be of interest, so the M50-D1 is the best choice in this price range.
Note: The 55-inch version of this TV is only 60Hz, contrary to the 70 inch that we tested, so do not get this TV if you want the smoothest motion interpolation possible.
The Sony XBR49X800D is an excellent choice for a TV under 800$; it offers good picture quality, great handling of motion and low input lag. It's not as good for movies in a dark room as the Vizio M, but it is a much more versatile TV that does way better with upscaling lower resolution content like TV and sports. It's also much closer to the high-end models when it comes to HDR, and unlike the Vizio, the input lag isn't affected in HDR gaming.
For sports fans, the Sony XBR49X700D is one of the best this year for that usage. It has some of the best motion this year, great viewing angles and gets quite bright compared to its competition. If you don't care about HDR, don't bother with the X800D above and get this one instead since it will match it everywhere else, and sometimes perform even better.
Best 48-49-50 Inch TVs - Under $700
These TVs are good value, but they usually either have a very limited support of HDR or don't support it at all.
The Samsung UN50KU6300 is a good budget 4k LED TV. It won't be as great as our top picks above for HDR content, but it still maintains a good average picture quality for a variety of content. It can get bright enough for every type of rooms.
Best 48-49-50 Inch TVs - Under $500
TVs of 48-49-50 inch that goes for under $500 offer basic picture quality without high-end features such as high brightness level, wide color support or anti-reflective screen coating. They often represent good value, though.
Under $500, the Hisense 50H8C is currently the best 50 inch TV. Its picture quality rivals some of our picks in the higher bracket, it's Opera TV smart features are nice and pretty responsive. Of course, it doesn't have that great of a build, but that is to be expected at this price. The viewing angles are also quite narrow, but in general, this TV should fit most people's needs in this price range.
For something quite a bit cheaper, the TCL 48FS3750 is your best bet. It doesn't have motion interpolation like pricier models, but its picture quality is respectable for normal non-HDR content. It also doesn't have much blur in fast action sequences like in sports and video games feels responsive on it. On top of that, its Roku features rival the best smart platforms available on the market.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 48 to 50 inch TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of 48" to 50" TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Samsung UN50JU7500. Available but priced too high compared to the better Samsung UN49KS8000. See our review
- Samsung UN50JU7100. Priced too high compared to the better Samsung UN49KS8000. See our review
- Samsung UN50KU7000. Pretty much the same as the UNKU6300 but with a nicer design and higher price tag. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that have a 48-49-50 inch size. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.