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The 7 Best 55-Inch 4k TVs - Winter 2023 Reviews

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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 and both in bright and dark rooms, while budget TVs are better if you need something simple and don't want premium performance. There's no perfect solution, as everyone has different needs.

We’ve bought and tested more than 375 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best 55-inch TVs to buy. See our picks for the best TVs, the best 65-inch TVs, and the best smart TVs.


  1. Best 55-Inch TV

    The Samsung S95B OLED is the best TV we've tested that's available in a 55-inch size. It's a premium TV that delivers fantastic overall picture quality and has a huge selection of smart features that are sure to please anyone. It's fantastic for gaming, thanks to its four HDMI 2.1 inputs, meaning you can take full advantage of the new-gen consoles, like the Xbox Series X and the PS5. The built-in Tizen OS is simple and easy to use and has a great selection of streaming apps.

    It's a fantastic choice for watching the latest HDR content in the dark. It has impressive peak brightness in HDR, delivering a bright, impactful image that respects the content creator's intent. Bright colors are much more vibrant and lifelike than on lower-end OLED TVs like the LG C2 OLED, and it also has an exceptionally wide color gamut, allowing it to display a much wider range of colors with certain content.

    See our review

  2. Best 55-Inch Smart TV For Home Theaters

    If you want the absolute best for a home theater setup and don't care about the price, look into the Sony XR-55A95K. Although it delivers very similar picture quality to the Samsung S95B OLED, it supports more formats than the Samsung, making it a better choice for a home theater. It supports Dolby Vision, which delivers a better HDR experience than the base HDR10 format, and it's more widely supported than the Samsung TV's HDR10+ format, ensuring you'll enjoy the best HDR experience possible. It also supports more advanced audio formats, like Dolby DTS:X over eARC, meaning you can enjoy the best sound quality possible from a home theater setup.

    Like the Samsung S95B OLED, it's remarkable for HDR content because blacks look deep and inky, and it also gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR, particularly with Dolby Vision content. It displays an incredibly wide HDR color gamut, and its tone mapping is nearly perfect, meaning images look the way the content creator intended. It also gets very bright, so HDR content stands out, and colors are bright and vibrant.

    See our review

  3. Best Upper Mid-Range 55-Inch TV

    If you're not in a completely dark room, a brighter LED TV like the Samsung QN90B QLED is a better choice. 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 brings out bright highlights. It makes it a worse choice for a dark room, as there's some distracting blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes. On the other hand, it's better than the Samsung S95B OLED or the Sony A95K OLED, thanks to its high peak brightness and superb reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue.

    It's a great TV for pretty much any use. It has a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI inputs, meaning you can enjoy 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the new-gen consoles or a recent PC graphics card. It also supports Xbox Cloud Gaming, so you can enjoy some of the latest Xbox hits without investing in an expensive console. Like the S95B, it runs Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS smart interface, which is fairly easy to use and has a great selection of streaming apps available.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range 55-Inch TV

    The best 55-inch mid-range TV is the LG OLED55C2PUA. Like the top two TVs on this list, it's a premium TV with an OLED panel that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms. OLEDs are unique because they can turn individual pixels off, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks in dark rooms, and there isn't any blooming around bright objects either. It also has a wide viewing angle that makes the image remain consistent from the side, which is ideal if you have a wide seating area as everyone sees the same 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. It has decent HDR peak brightness that makes small highlights stand out and respects the content creator's intent. Unfortunately, it uses an older type of OLED panel than the Samsung S95B OLED and the Sony A95K OLED, so colors aren't as bright and vibrant overall, but they still look good.

    See our review

  5. 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 Hisense U8H. It's significantly cheaper than the LG C2 OLED but delivers impressive picture quality. It has a great Mini LED backlight, letting it deliver incredibly bright highlights and deep blacks simultaneously, with barely any blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. HDR content looks incredible, and like the Sony A95K OLED, it supports Dolby Vision for the best HDR experience possible.

    Blacks aren't quite as deep and inky as the C2, and it has a much worse viewing angle, so it's not as versatile. It runs the Google TV smart 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 two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports, which are great for 4k @ 120Hz gaming on the Xbox Series X or PS5 consoles.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget 55-Inch TV

    If you're looking for something on a budget, then the Hisense 55U6H is a great choice. It's a lower-end version of the Hisense U8H, so you lose out on a few features, mainly for gaming, but if you aren't a gamer, it doesn't make much of a difference. It also offers great value compared to similarly-priced and more expensive options, as it's very good for a variety of uses. It has a high native contrast ratio, and while its local dimming isn't as good as the U8H, it's still decent, and the picture quality in dark scenes is good.

    Even if you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is good. Despite being a low-cost TV, it displays a wide range of colors in HDR and has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't have to get it calibrated for the best image possible. Lastly, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, which is good if you watch cable TV or DVDs.

    See our review

  7. Best Cheap 55-Inch TV

    If you want a basic TV and don't want to spend very much, the Hisense A6H is the best cheap TV we've tested that's available in a 55-inch size. As expected for the price, it's a simple TV with limited picture quality and few extra features, but it's a great choice for an office or guest bedroom. Like the Hisense U6H, it runs the Google TV smart interface, which has a huge selection of streaming apps available. It has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you like to watch TV while walking around, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the sides.

    Unfortunately, unlike the other TVs on this list, it's not a good choice for a dark room. It has a low contrast ratio, and by going with a cheap TV, you're losing out on advanced features like local dimming to improve the appearance of dark scenes. It also can't display a wide color gamut, so although it supports Dolby Vision HDR, it's not a good choice for watching movies in HDR in a dark room, as dark scenes are distracting due to the raised blacks.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG OLED55B2PUA: The LG B2 OLED is very similar to the LG C2 OLED, with the main difference being that it uses an older processor. However, performance is nearly identical, with the C2 being slightly brighter, but you can get whichever you can find for cheaper. See our review
  • TCL 55R655: The TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED is a great TV that sits between the Hisense U6H and the Hisense U8H in terms of performance. It's great overall, but the 55U8H is a noticeable upgrade for a small increase in price. See our review
  • Insignia NS-55F501NA22: The Insignia F50 QLED is a decent 4k TV that offers better picture quality than the Hisense A6H. However, it's been discontinued by the manufacturer and is very difficult to find. If you can find a store offering it on clearance, you can get very good deals. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 13, 2023: Replaced the Insignia F50 QLED with the Hisense A6H, as the Insignia is on final clearance and is very hard to find. Restructured the article for consistency with our other articles, and added the Samsung QN90B QLED as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range 55-Inch TV'.

  2. Dec 08, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and made some minor changes to the text. Added the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED as a Notable Mention.

  3. Nov 11, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency and made a few minor changes to the text.

  4. Oct 13, 2022: Restructured the article, adding the Samsung S95B OLED as the 'Best 55-Inch TV', and reordered the other picks.

  5. Sep 26, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U8G with the new model, the Hisense U8H, as it's a noticeable upgrade over last year's model.

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.

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