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The 5 Best 48-49-50 inch TVs - December 2018
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Best 48-49-50 Inch TVs
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The 48-49-50 inch sizes in TVs are becoming more uncommon. In 2018, 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.

We've tested 32 TVs available in these sizes and below are our recommendations for the best 48-49-50 inch TVs.

Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.

  1. Best 48-49-50 inch TV: Sony XBR49X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.5
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.2
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    The best TV available in a 48-49-50" size is the Sony XBR49X900F. The X900F is a great, well-rounded TV with excellent dark room performance and outstanding motion handling. It has an excellent fast response time and nearly flicker-free backlight. It has great low input lag, which is important for gaming or when used as a PC monitor.

    Unfortunately, the X900F has bad viewing angles, and the image degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle. The local dimming feature is decent but can be a bit too aggressive, causing a loss of fine details compared to better local dimming found on high-end TVs like the Sony Z9F.

    Overall, it is a great TV that should please most people, regardless of usage.

    See our review

  2. Wide Room Alternative: LG 49SK8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    IPS
    Resolution : 4k

    If the narrow viewing angles of the Sony X900F are a problem for you, then get the LG 49SK8000PUA instead. The SK8000 has much wider viewing angles, great if you have a wide seating arrangement or like to move around while watching TV. Dark room viewing isn't as good as with the X900F since the contrast ratio and local dimming of the SK8000 are worse; however, it is a better choice for gaming, as it has better low input lag and a more advanced black frame insertion feature that can improve the perceived clarity of motion.

    See our review

  3. Gaming Alternative: Samsung UN49NU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want a TV to use for gaming and find that the input lag of the Sony XBR49X900F is not satisfactory, then the best gaming TV available in a 48-49-50" size is the Samsung UN49NU8000. You will not get the fast response time or the effective local dimming of the Sony. On the upside, the NU8000 is packed with gaming features like support for AMD FreeSync VRR, low input lag in motion interpolation and auto low latency mode that automatically switches into game mode when it detects you are playing a game.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 48-49-50 inch TV: TCL 49S405

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    6.6
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.1
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.0
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.3
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    6.7
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    7.8
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you find the Sony X900F too expensive, the TCL S Series 49S405/S425 is the best 49 inch TV in the budget category. The S405/S425 performs decently in most usages but lacks the more advanced features found on more expensive models. It has a fast response time and an excellent low input lag and it is very responsive, which is great if you plan to use it for gaming or as a PC monitor. At the same time, it can display deep blacks in a dark room even though it does not have a local dimming feature.

    Unfortunately, It isn't bright enough for very bright rooms, and it cannot get very bright in HDR so you will not benefit very much in using it in this mode.

    Overall, the TCL S Series 49S405/49S425 is a TV that performs decently in most usages.

    See our review

  5. Wide Room Budget Alternative: Sony KD49X720E

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    IPS
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want a good budget TV with wider viewing angles than the TCL 49S517, check out the Sony KD49X720E. The X720E uses an IPS panel and has very good wide viewing angles, great for a wide seating area or if you like to move around the room with the TV on. It doesn't perform well in a dark room, as blacks look gray and it has poor black uniformity. For gaming, it delivers similar overall performance to the TCL S517, with excellent low input lag and a fast response time.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN49Q6FN. Great TV, but not worth the extra cost over the NU8000. See our review.
  • Samsung UN50MU6300. Priced too high for the performance, better go with TCL S517 See our review
  • Samsung UN49NU7100. Decent budget TV, but not as good as the LG 50SK8000 which is worth the extra money. See our review
  • LG 49UK6300. A low-cost TV but the TCL S517 is a better pick. See our review

All Reviews

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. 

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