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The 6 Best 55 Inch 4k TVs - Summer 2019
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Best 55 Inch TVs
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The 55" category remains the most popular choice for TVs, even though larger options are slowly but steadily gaining market share. 2018 was a good year for TVs, as the models we have tested were better than their last year's counterparts. New technologies are maturing and are becoming available in more mainstream models.

We’ve tested more than 70 TVs available in this size, and below are our recommendations for the best 55 inch TVs to buy in 2019. See our recommendations for the best 65 inch TVs and the best smart TVs.



  1. Best 55 Inch TV: LG OLED55C9

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    9.0
    Mixed Usage
    9.3
    Movies
    8.6
    TV Shows
    8.8
    Sports
    9.4
    Video Games
    9.1
    HDR Movies
    9.1
    HDR Gaming
    8.7
    PC Monitor
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k

    The LG OLED55C9 is the best 55 inch TV we've tested so far. It has an excellent picture quality thanks to its emissive technology that allows it to turn off or dim individual pixels, resulting in perfect blacks. It's a great TV for rooms with wide seating arrangements, thanks to its outstanding wide viewing angles. It can handle reflections very well and you can easily place it in a bright room. Fast-moving objects have only a small blur trail thanks to the nearly instantaneous response time.

    Just like all OLED TVs, it has a risk of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. This can occur with cumulative long exposure to static content, and we don't expect it to occur with normal varied content. Some people might also be bothered by the brightness changes due to its aggressive Automatic Bright Limiter (ABL) function.

    Overall, this is an excellent TV with a few future-proof options like HDMI 2.1 and eArc support that will keep its owners happy.

    See our review

  2. LED Alternative: Samsung QN55Q80R

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If the possibility of burn-in with the LG C9 OLED concerns you, the Samsung QN55Q80R is the best LED alternative. This TV has outstanding motion handling, great picture quality, and incredible low input lag. It has great smart features and great additional gaming features, including support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It isn't perfect, though, as it has worse gray uniformity than the LG, and although it looks great in a dark room, it can't produce the outstanding blacks of the OLED panel.

    If you want perfect blacks, get the LG C9, but if burn-in worries you, then get the Samsung Q80R.

    See our review

  3. Best 55 Inch TV For Color Accuracy: Sony XBR55X950G

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    8.4
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Movies
    8.3
    TV Shows
    8.1
    Sports
    8.7
    Video Games
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    8.5
    HDR Gaming
    8.5
    PC Monitor
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If color accuracy is important to you, then the Sony XBR55X950G has the best pre-calibration color accuracy. The Sony doesn't have the excellent wide viewing angles found on the LG C9 OLED, but it can handle the glare of a very bright room well. It has a great picture quality and excellent pre-calibration accuracy. It has a fast response time, and fast-moving content looks crisp with minimal motion blur trail. It delivers great dark room performance thanks to its high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. HDR content is great, full of rich colors and highlights that pop. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag.

    Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, so the TV might not be the best choice for those with a wide seating arrangement.

    Overall, this is a great TV that will keep everyone who chooses it happy.

    See our review

  4. Alternative For Gaming: Samsung QN55Q70R

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you find that the input lag on the Sony X950G isn't low enough and you're looking for a TV with more gaming features, the get the Samsung QN55Q70R QLED. It doesn't have the excellent reflection handling of the Sony, but it's equipped with some nice gaming features. Apart from the slightly lower input lag, this TV supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for nearly tear-free gaming. It also supports low input lag with motion interpolation and will keep you happy with its overall performance, which is very similar to the Sony.

    If advanced gaming features are important, then get the Samsung; otherwise, the Sony is a slightly better choice.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 55 Inch TV: Hisense 55H9F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    8.0
    TV Shows
    7.9
    Sports
    8.9
    Video Games
    8.3
    HDR Movies
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    8.5
    PC Monitor
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    The best budget TV available in a 55 inch size that we've tested so far is the Hisense 55H9F. It has outstanding peak brightness, an excellent contrast ratio, and a decent local dimming feature. It has great reflection handling, and glare shouldn't be much of an issue in a brighter room.

    This TV is also a great TV for gaming, as it has an excellent response time and outstanding low input lag. There is also an optional black frame insertion feature, but it can only flicker at 120Hz, so there are some noticeable duplications in motion. This TV runs the Android TV smart interface, which works very well and has a huge selection of smart apps.

    Unfortunately, there are some noticeable uniformity issues, including some dirty screen effect, which isn't great for watching sports. Overall, though, it's a great TV for almost any use and should please most people.

    See our review

  6. Cheaper Alternative: TCL 55S517

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If the Hisense H9F is too expensive for you, check out the TCL 5 Series/55S517 2018. It doesn't have more advanced features like local dimming, and can only interpolate up to 60fps. On the upside, it costs less and runs an equally good smart platform. Unfortunately, HDR performance is just decent as it can't get very bright in this mode. Gamers will appreciate the excellent low input lag, which is also great for those who will use it as a PC monitor.

    Overall, although the Hisense is a much better TV, if you want to save some money, the TCL is a good alternative.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG OLED55B8: Excellent TV; not as future-proof as the C9, though. Get this if you want to save some cash. See our review
  • Sony XBR55X900F: Great TV, but more expensive than the X950G. Get whichever is cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung UN55NU8000: Great TV; get this over the RU8000 if you can find it. See our review
  • Vizio P55-C1: Great 55" TV, but it's becoming hard to find and the H9F has better smart features. See our review
  • TCL 55R617: Great 55" TV, but worse motion handling, and a worse local dimming feature than the H9F. See our review
  • LG 55SK9000: Very good IPS LED TV; may be worth it if you have a wide seating arrangement, otherwise, the H9F is better. See our review
  • Samsung UN55RU8000: Good TV, especially for gaming; but the H9F is better overall. See our review
  • Vizio M558-G1: Great 55" TV, but the H9F is a lot brighter and has a faster response time. See our review
  • TCL 55S425: A decent 4k TV, but the TCL 55S517 is currently cheaper and better. Get this if the S517 becomes hard to find. See our review
  • TCL 55S405: Very similar to the TCL S405, but still more expensive. See our review
  • LG 55UK6300: This LG has good viewing angles, but the picture quality isn't as good as the TCL 55S425. See our review

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 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.

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