The 48-49-50 inch sizes in TVs are becoming more uncommon. In recent years, only a few of the TVs we've tested are available in a 48-50 inch size, while the 55-inch size is a lot more popular. However, you can still find some great TVs if you have limited space.
The best 49 inch TV is the Samsung QN49Q70R, a great TV with impressive picture quality. It delivers excellent dark room performance thanks to its high native contrast ratio and full array local dimming. Motion handling is outstanding, thanks to the very fast response time and nearly flicker-free backlight. The input lag is very low, and the TV feels very responsive when used for gaming or as a PC monitor.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are poor and the image deteriorates quickly when viewed from the side. The 49" model does not support FreeSync as the larger sizes do.
Overall, this is a very good TV that will please most people.
If the reflection handling of the Samsung Q70R isn't good enough for your viewing conditions and you're often bothered by reflections, then check out the Sony XBR49X900F. You won't get the Samsung's low input lag, and dark room performance is a little better on the Samsung. Nevertheless, this one of the best 49 inch 4k TVs, with outstanding reflection handling and an extremely fast response time that delivers very crisp motion, which is great for sports. Watching movies and HDR is an excellent experience on this TV, and anyone who buys it will be happy with their choice and its overall performance.
The Hisense 50H8F is the best 50 inch TV for the money. You won't get the same very fast response time from the Samsung Q70R, so you might notice a little more motion blur. You also won't get the excellent reflection handling of the Sony X900F. On the upside, the Hisense delivers great performance in most uses. It has a very high native contrast ratio and can deliver a great dark room performance thanks also to the local dimming support. It can get decently bright in HDR and thanks to its wide color gamut, HDR content displays with vivid colors and bright highlights. It has a very low input lag that gamers will appreciate, and the TV feels very responsive.
On the downside, just like most VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles and the image deteriorates quickly when you look at it from the side.
Overall, it's a TV with a performance that will please most users, and it offers a great value-size balance.
If the narrow viewing angles on the Samsung UN49RU8000 are a concern, check out the LG 49UM7300 instead. It's a good choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. On the downside, dark room performance is only mediocre as blacks tend to look gray in the dark, due to the low contrast ratio and lack of local dimming. If your room isn't pitch black and this isn't a concern, then this TV is a very good choice for almost any use, and you'll be happy with its performance.
The best 50 inch TV in the budget category is the TCL 4-Series/50S425 2019. This is a 4k TV with decent picture quality. It can display deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio. It has good reflection handling, but can't get very bright in SDR or in HDR, so it's more suitable for a dim room. It can't produce a wide color gamut and HDR doesn't look the way it's intended to. This TV has a very fast response time that delivers crisp motion. It's a TV that will please gamers and those who want to use it as a PC monitor, thanks to its very low input lag that makes it very responsive.
Unfortunately, the image deteriorates when viewed from the side, as expected for a VA panel TV, and there is no local dimming option to further improve dark room performance.
Overall, for most people, this TV is good value for the money and is the best 50 inch 4k TV for those on a budget.
If you like the TCL S425 and its smart features but would like a TV with a wide color gamut to enjoy better HDR performance, then check out the TCL 5 Series 49S517. You won't get the low input lag of the S425, and fast motion will have a little more blur as the response time is slightly slower. On the upside, it's a brighter TV with better dark room performance that can remove judder from any source, and has a wide color gamut that helps deliver HDR content better. This TV will also please soap opera effect fans, as it has an optional motion interpolation feature. Overall, the performance of this TV in most uses is decent and won't disappoint.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 48-50 inch televisions 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).
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.