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The 8 Best 55-Inch TVs - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best 55-Inch TVs

55-inch TVs were once the most popular TV size, but larger TVs like 65-inch and 75-inch models are becoming more popular. Still, a 55-inch TV is good if you have a smaller living room, and finding the best 55-inch 4k TV for your needs depends on your usage, viewing conditions, and budget. High-end TVs tend to be great for a variety of uses, while budget TVs are better if you need something simple and don't want premium performance. If you want something bigger, check out the best 65-inch TVs instead.

We've bought and tested more than 425 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best 55-inch televisions you can buy. You can also see our picks for the best TVs and the best smart TVs, or you can vote on which ones you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the upcoming 2024 models, check out our 2024 TV lineup page.

  1. Best 55-Inch TV

    The Samsung QN55S90CAFXZA, also known as the Samsung S90C OLED, is the best 55-inch television we've tested. It's a premium TV with fantastic overall picture quality and a huge selection of smart features. It has great peak brightness and perfect, inky blacks for some of the most vibrant HDR viewing experiences. It doesn't have Sony's top-tier processing capabilities, but it's no slouch in that department and is certainly good enough for anyone except for movie enthusiasts. Unfortunately, unlike the Sony A95L OLED listed below, the Samsung TV doesn't support any DTS audio formats, and the TV is limited to the less commonly used HDR10+ format rather than Dolby Vision HDR. However, for most buyers, this is the best-looking 55-inch TV they can get for the price, as it's significantly cheaper than the Sony.

    Thankfully, it's a standout performer for gaming, with full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth support on all four HDMI 2.1 ports, all of which support up to 4k @ 144Hz, which is amazing for high-end PC gamers. You could also go for the Samsung S95C OLED instead, which is one of the brightest and most vibrant TVs on the market. It's basically a slightly brighter S90C, but it comes with a significant price hike and isn't worth it for most people.

    See our review

  2. Best 55-Inch Smart TV For Home Theaters

    If you want the best home theater experience, the Sony XR-55A95L is the best 55-inch smart TV for movie enthusiasts. It's significantly more expensive than the Samsung S90C OLED and is a bit worse for gaming due to its higher input lag. It also only has two full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports, although it does support Dolby Vision gaming at 120Hz, a first for a Sony TV. Still, it has a QD-OLED panel similar to the one found on the Samsung TV and has some of the best image processing on the market, ensuring you'll get the best HDR experience from almost any source, regardless of its quality. This can be important for the best possible movie-watching experience. It also supports advanced DTS audio formats and the popular Dolby Vision HDR format, making it a standout performer for a home entertainment setup.

    There's no real alternative to this TV; Sony stands alone with its processing capabilities, and this model is their current highest-end option. If you want a Sony OLED for its processing but don't care about high peak brightness or vibrant colors, consider the Sony A80L/A80CL OLED. It has a WOLED panel instead of the QD-OLED panel found in the A95L, so it resembles a dimmer LG C3 OLED but with Sony's excellent image processing.

    See our review

  3. Best 55-Inch TV For Bright Rooms

    If you're not in a completely dark room, a brighter 55-inch LED TV like the Hisense 55U8K is better than the Samsung S90C OLED or the Sony A95L OLED. Although higher-tier OLEDs can now output impressive peak brightness levels, LED TVs like this can reach even higher peak brightness levels in HDR and SDR and maintain these peaks for longer. Besides brightness, this TV delivers excellent picture quality, with very deep blacks, thanks to its Mini LED local dimming feature, which improves the appearance of dark scenes and further brings out bright highlights. The Hisense supports both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+ and passes through advanced DTS audio formats through eARC. It also has very good image processing overall, making it a great home entertainment option.

    Of course, Mini LED isn't as good as OLED technology for a dark room, as there's some distracting blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes, but it's still very good and is sure to please most people. Overall, it's a great TV for almost any use. It has a great selection of gaming features, including VRR, Dolby Vision HDR at 120Hz, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two HDMI inputs, both supporting up to 4k @ 144Hz gaming, making it fully compatible with the Xbox Series X, PS5, or a recent PC graphics card. Unfortunately, its viewing angle is sub-par, which is one of the major losses with this TV compared to the OLEDs. If you have deep pockets, Hisense has a limited-release super high-end product, the Hisense UX. It's a bit better than the U8K for a massive price increase. Also, it's only available in a 55-inch format in Europe.

    See our review

  4. Best Upper Mid-Range 55-Inch TV

    The best 55-inch upper mid-range TV is the LG OLED55C3PUA. Like the top two options on this list, it's a premium TV with an OLED panel that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms. Like other OLEDs, it has a wide viewing angle that keeps the image consistent from the sides, which is ideal if you have a wide seating area as everyone can enjoy a pleasing image. Its fantastic reflection handling and good SDR peak brightness make it a good choice if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Plus, it's no slouch in HDR with its decent HDR peak brightness that makes small highlights stand out. Unfortunately, like other TVs with LG's WOLED panel, it isn't as bright or colorful as TVs equipped with a QD-OLED panel, like the Samsung S90C OLED or the Sony A95L OLED, but it still looks good.

    It's an outstanding gaming TV with full VRR support, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI ports, all capable of up to 4k @ 120Hz gaming, and very low input lag. Price-wise, it's in an interesting position. It's about the same price as the slightly better S90C; however, the LG is a much better home entertainment option due to its better image processing, Dolby Vision HDR support, and passthrough of advanced DTS audio formats. Thus, if you want an OLED for a home entertainment setup but are unwilling to pay for the A95L, the LG is a tremendous choice. You could also opt for the much brighter LG G3 OLED, but it still isn't as colorful as the Sony or Samsung and isn't worth the price difference over the C3 for most people.

    See our review

  5. Best Mid-Range 55-Inch TV

    The LG OLED55B3PUA, or LG B3 OLED, is one of the best 55-inch mid-range TVs. It's an amazing television and can be an excellent entry point into the OLED market. The TV has all the features of the more expensive LG C3 OLED, but the B3 is dimmer and has only two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. It still delivers outstanding picture quality, especially in a dark room, with its near-infinite contrast ratio delivering deep, inky blacks with no distracting blooming. Its built-in webOS platform is just as fast on this lower-tier model, and it still has very good image processing, so it has no issues upscaling lower-resolution content if you watch DVDs, cable boxes, or Blu-rays. It also has Dolby Vision HDR and supports DTS advanced audio formats through eARC, which is great for physical media as it tends to use DTS for their audio tracks.

    Its viewing angle is fantastic, so viewers can watch the TV from all over the room without degrading their viewing experience. Like the C3, this TV has a wide color gamut and is extremely accurate without any calibration, so movies look as the content creator intended. This TV is also great for gaming, as it's compatible with every VRR technology, has a fantastic response time, and extremely low input lag. Its two HDMI 2.1 ports have up to 4k @ 120Hz support, although unfortunately, like on the Sony X93L, one of its HDMI 2.1 ports also doubles as the TV's eARC port, leaving you with only one high-speed port if you have a soundbar connected through eARC.

    See our review

  6. Best Lower Mid-Range 55-Inch TV

    If you want high-end performance but don't want to spend high-end prices, check out the 55-inch Hisense 55U7K. It's cheaper than anything recommended up to this point but delivers picture quality that is almost as good as the more expensive choices. It has a great Mini LED backlight, letting it simultaneously provide incredibly bright highlights and deep blacks, with barely any blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. HDR content looks great, and it supports both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+ for the best HDR experience possible, as well as advanced audio formats, like DTS:X over eARC, for the best sound when watching content on physical media. The U7K also has very good image processing overall, making it a cheaper standout for a home entertainment setup.

    Unfortunately, like the other Hisense TVs, its viewing angle is sub-par, making it a bad choice for a wide seating arrangement. It runs the Google TV interface, which is fast and easy to use, and it has a great selection of streaming features, so you're sure to find your favorite shows. It's great for gaming thanks to its Dolby Vision HDR 120Hz support and two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports, both capable of up to 4k @ 144Hz gaming with VRR. This makes the TV a standout choice for PC gamers with powerful rigs and fully compatible with recent consoles.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget 55-Inch TV

    The Hisense 55U6K is a great choice if you want something on a budget in a 55-inch size. It's a great TV for the price, with surprisingly good picture quality. It looks great in a dark room thanks to its excellent contrast and functional full array local dimming feature, so dark scenes look great, with very little blooming around bright areas of the screen. It's also decent in a bright room, thanks to its good peak brightness in SDR and satisfactory reflection handling. This means you don't have to worry about glare. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the same great image processing as the more expensive Hisense TVs on this list, but it still supports advanced Dolby and DTS audio formats and both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+.

    It's a great TV for gaming, as it has superb low input lag and variable refresh rate support, so the action on-screen is in sync with your movements on the controller, and there's very little screen tearing. Unlike more expensive models on the list, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, which is disappointing for gamers wanting to take advantage of the capabilities of recent consoles and PC GPUs. However, it's still great for visually intensive games on consoles that target 4k @ 60Hz in their 'Graphics' mode.

    See our review

  8. Best Cheap 55-Inch TV

    If the best budget 55-inch TV is still too expensive for you, check out the Roku 55R4A5R, the best cheap TV we've tested that's available in a 55-inch size. It's a decent TV with satisfactory reflection handling to help reduce the appearance of glare in a bright room. It has fewer features than the Hisense U6K, as it doesn't have any form of motion interpolation, lacks a local dimming feature, and has inadequate image processing. It's also not the brightest TV in HDR, but it's decent for watching movies in a dark room with its adequate contrast, great black uniformity, and excellent color and HDR brightness accuracy. Plus, the TV has very good peak brightness in SDR, which results in a pleasant viewing experience in SDR content.

    Still, it has a great response time and very low input lag, so it's still a great gaming TV if you don't care about advanced features like VRR or a 120Hz refresh rate. It comes with the great Roku TV smart platform, which is extremely fast, simple, and easy to use, with a great selection of streaming channels. It has a good remote with an integrated microphone for voice commands, or you can also give commands through the Roku companion app on your phone. You can also plug headphones into the remote, a great feature at this price point. Overall, the TV is decent and provides a good user experience, especially at this price. Still, if you're a Costco member, you can get the slightly better Hisense A65K or a similar price. If Costco isn't an option, the Roku is an amazing choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TCL 55Q550G: The Best Buy exclusive TCL Q5/Q550G QLED is a solid alternative to the Hisense U6/U6K. The Hisense is better overall, but the TCL is more interesting for gamers due to its 1080p @ 120Hz and 1440p @ 120Hz support, with a wide VRR range through resolution halving on the 55-inch and 65-inch models. See our review
  • TCL 55Q750G: The TCL Q7/Q750G QLED is a good TV overall, but the Hisense U6/U6K is almost as good for less money, and the Hisense U8/U8K is much better for more money. The Hisense U7K is also much better than the TCL for about the same price. See our review
  • Samsung QN55QN90CAFXZA: The Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED is a great TV from Samsung, but it's outmatched and outpriced by the Hisense U8/U8K. See our review
  • Sony XR-55X90L: The Sony X90L/X90CL is a solid mid-range offering from Sony. While it's great overall, with Sony's legendary image processing, the Hisense U8/U8K and Hisense U7K are both better overall at a lower price point. See our review
  • Sony XR-55A75L: The Sony A75L OLED is an excellent mid-range OLED from Sony. It's a bit better than the LG B3 OLED; unfortunately, it's also more expensive, putting it too close to the better LG C3 OLED, so the B3 is the better value for most people. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 07, 2024: Confirmed picks are accurate and available, and specified that the TCL Q5/Q550G QLED is a Best Buy exclusive.

  2. Jan 12, 2024: Added the Sony A75L OLED in the Notable Mentions and also replaced the TCL Q6/Q650G QLED with the TCL Q5/Q550G QLED due to the Q5's better overall value. Added a link to our 2024 TV lineup page in the introduction.

  3. Dec 07, 2023: The recently reviewed Roku Select Series replaces the TCL S4 as the 'Best Cheap 55-Inch TV', as it's much better than the S4. The LG B3 OLED is now our 'Best Mid-Range 55-Inch TV', as it's a bit better than the Hisense U8K and a better value than the Sony A75L OLED.

  4. Nov 10, 2023: Due to the release of a newer model, the Sony A95K OLED was replaced with the Sony A95L OLED as the 'Best 55-Inch Smart TV For Home Theaters'. The Hisense U8/U8K replaced the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED as the 'Best 55-Inch TV For Bright Rooms' due to the Hisense being a bit better. The Hisense U7K is now our lower mid-range pick, and the text was expanded upon.

  5. Oct 11, 2023: Due to availability issues or newer models being released, we replaced the Hisense U8/U8H, TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, and Hisense A6H with the Hisense U8/U8K, Hisense U6/A6K, and TCL S4/S450G respectively.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 55-inch 4k TVs currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our 55-inch TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most TVs are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault TVs on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.