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 all depends on your usage and viewing conditions. If you tend to watch movies in dark rooms, OLEDs are the way to go; however, if you want to place it in a well-lit environment, LED TVs can get significantly brighter. There's no perfect TV and choosing the best TV for your needs all depends on how you're going to use it.
We’ve tested more than 110 TVs under the latest test bench, 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.
The best 55-inch TV we've tested is the LG OLED55C1PUB. Like all OLED TVs, it displays deep inky blacks with perfect uniformity, with no blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. It results in an incredible movie-watching experience in a dark room, and HDR content looks fantastic, as bright highlights stand out and look close to the way the content creator intended.
It's also a remarkable gaming TV with a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, a 120Hz panel, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support, meaning you can play high-frame-rate games from the PS5 and Xbox Series X without any issue. It also has low input lag for responsive gaming, and motion looks smooth with a near-instantaneous response time. The built-in LG webOS is easy-to-use, and it has a ton of apps available to download, so it's easy to stream your favorite movies and shows.
The Hisense 55U8G is the best mid-range TV that offers great value and has many of the same features as higher-end models without cutting corners. It has an LED panel that gets bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms and make highlights pop in HDR. It also displays a wide range of colors and supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, meaning you can take full advantage of whichever content you're streaming.
Even in dark rooms, it displays deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio and great local dimming feature, but blacks aren't as good as the high-end LG C1 OLED, and there's some blooming around bright objects. It runs the Android 10 smart interface, which has a great selection of streaming apps and some helpful smart features, including hands-free voice control.
The Hisense 55U6G is the best 55-inch budget TV we've tested. It's great and has features if you're looking for a TV to use with different content, from gaming to watching TV shows, and it performs well both in dark and bright environments. Its VA panel has a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks, and it has a decent local dimming feature to improve contrast.
It gets bright enough to fight glare even in well-lit rooms, and its reflection handling is decent. It's not as good as the Hisense U8G for gaming, as it's limited to a 60Hz panel with HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and lacks VRR support, but you'll still appreciate its low input lag and quick response time for a smooth and responsive gaming experience. The Android TV offers a ton of streaming apps you can download, though there are ads throughout the smart interface that you can't disable.
If you don't mind spending more for the best picture quality possible, get the Sony XR-55A90J. It's an amazing TV with many of the same strengths as the LG C1 OLED—including perfect blacks with no blooming in dark scenes. Where it stands out is in Sony's impressive picture processing. It does a better job tracking the PQ EOTF, ensuring that HDR content displays at the brightness level the content creator intended, and it has much better tone mapping, resulting in more vivid, life-like colors.
It also has excellent accuracy out of the box, so you don't have to worry about calibrating it for an accurate image. It also has great upscaling and a smooth motion interpolation feature that helps with the appearance of motion in low-frame-rate content like movies. It's not as advanced as the LG for gaming, though, as it only supports HDMI Forum variable refresh rates, and not the other types of VRR like FreeSync or G-SYNC.
The best 55-inch smart TV for a bright room that we've tested for a bright room is the Samsung QN55QN90AAFXZA. It's an excellent TV that performs well overall, with a Mini LED backlight that allows it to get extremely bright. Combined with its remarkable reflection handling, visibility isn't an issue even in rooms with lots of natural light. It also has a wide viewing angle, which means you can play games with a friend and you'll both see the same thing.
The high peak brightness of this TV is great for a bright room, but it looks great in a dark room, too. It's not as good as OLED TVs like the LG C1 OLED, as there's some blooming around bright objects. Still, it's an impressive TV overall for pretty much any room. It also has a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz gaming and FreeSync variable refresh rate support.
Jun 30, 2022: Restructured the article, moving many of our picks around to better match user expectations. Removed many out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Apr 15, 2022: Moved the Sony A90J OLED to its own category as the 'Best OLED For Movies' to reflect user needs.
Mar 18, 2022: Updated text for accuracy.
Feb 16, 2022: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability.
Jan 17, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity.
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.