The best 55-inch 4K TVs are the best place to start if you’re looking for a new television. These days, 55-inch is the flagship size for all of the major TV brands. That means it gets the biggest spread of quality 4K televisions because it’s the size most people are likely to buy.
If you want a TV that’s even more impactful, and have plenty of room for it, you can opt for the best 65-inch or even 75-inch screens. But if you’re on the lookout for a happy medium when it comes to scale, price and practicality, the best 55-inch 4K TVs are where you need to begin.
Because much bigger 65-inch and 75-inch TVs exist, it’s normal to wonder whether opting for a 55-inch TV might mean you’re settling for sub-standard specs in the features or performance departments, but don’t worry. Most of the 55-inch TVs that you can buy nowadays offer support for HDR, 4K resolution and will have plenty of built-in smart TV services too.
These days, you'll find both QLED and OLED TVs in this size range, so you're not being locked out of any new display technology. In fact, most times you'll find a pretty good processor inside that can make even old HD images look brand-new.
At CES 2021, the biggest tech expo of the year, plenty of new TVs were unveiled – many of which will come in a 55-inch size as standard. We do know that one of these newer models is likely to take the place of the LG CX OLED in our top spot below, given its LG C1 OLED successor boasts a new 83-inch size and an upgraded a9 Gen 4 AI processor, as well as continued support for Dolby Vision / Atmos.
There's a lot to consider when choosing the best 55-inch 4K TV, though. Even if you've pinned down the size and resolution you're after, there are still important variables such as OLED vs QLED, HDR format support, the smart TV platform, and the quality of built-in audio.
That's where this guide comes in. All the sets we’ve listed below have been tried-and-tested by our expert reviewers, and you can click through to read the full reviews for more about the pros and cons of each model in our best 55-inch 4K TV guide.
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The LG CX OLED is topping a lot of our TV buying guides, and for good reason. Packing a high-contrast OLED panel, LG's brilliant webOS smart platform, and an upgraded a9 Gen 3 processor, there's really very little not to like.
You'll find exceptional picture quality, with endlessly deep blacks, an infinite contrast ratio, and processing fully able to make all those millions of pixels pull their weight.
The 55-inch size is also a smart size to buy the CX, given the generally high price of OLED TVs. stopping short of a 65-inch or 77-inch will keep the price somewhat down – though those after more of a saving can opt for the new 48-inch OLED size LG introduced for 2020 too.
The display is also incredibly thin, at just a couple of millimeters deep – while still managing to fit in four HDMI 2.1 ports (with eARC too) and a brilliantly low input lag, meaning this is one set able to handle those next-gen consoles coming later this year. It even makes our best gaming TV guide!
The only real letdowns are the absence of HDR10+ (LG prefers Dolby Vision HDR) and (for UK viewers) Freeview Play. If you can overlook these faults, though, there's little reason not to make the CX your new television.
Read the full review: LG CX OLED
While we could easily fill this list with TVs that cost thousands, we try to measure screens by how well they perform for their price - and, by that metric, there are few TVs better than the TCL 6-Series QLED (55R625).
Thanks to the addition of Quantum Dots, the 6-Series is more colorful than ever before and the new AIPQ engine makes upscaled content look even better than last year, too. It may not be able to output the same peak brightness as QLED TVs from Samsung and Vizio, but it costs less than half of the competition.
We can't recommend it highly enough.
Read the full review: TCL 6-Series (R625)
Why buy the A9G OLED? The 2019 model excels when it comes to upscaling, with SD and HD images looking as polished and detailed as you could hope for on the A9G’s 4K display – while the OLED panel manages to draw out incredible color and contrast performance.
Sound is also a key feature, with Sony’s premium Acoustic Surface+ Audio technology emitting audio out of the panel itself, rather than jutting out of rear-firing speakers.
There are some specific flaws worth noting, including the lack of Freeview Play – the on demand service for British broadcasters. While you get premium Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos formats, there’s also no HDR10+, which may be an issue depending on which streaming services and HDR sources you use. The A9G is, however, IMAX Enhanced certified for those keen on the cinematic aspect ratio and DTS-mixed audio that affords.
If you can afford the eye-watering price, this is one of the best 55-inch TVs out there.
Read the full review: Sony A9G Master Series OLED
The Samsung Q95T holds a curious position in this year's TV range, given it's not as high specified as its Q90 predecessor – but there are a few changes to make up for it.
For one, it uses Samsung's new-for-2020 audio system: OTS (Object Tracking Sound). This uses a number of different drivers placed around the screen to ensure audio can track up, down, left and right in response to what's happening onscreen. You're also getting a significantly lower starting price than the Q90 (which is essentially out of stock now, anyway).
As ever, the Q95T QLED is exceptionally bright, too, making for dazzling images. The backlight dimming can be a bit aggressive (in order to prevent blooming around bright objects) but it's a small price to pay for what's still an exceptional HDR performer.
In Dynamic Mode it achieves brightness peaks of more than 2000 nits. This drops to around 1500 and 1300 nits respectively in the more all-round effective Standard and Movie presets, but that’s more than enough to ensure the Q95T delivers HDR pictures with exceptional punch and vibrancy.
Samsung's new Ultra Viewing Angle technology also maintains the depth of color off-axis, making for an exceptional LCD TV.
Read the full review: Samsung Q95T QLED TV
The Philips OLED 805 is a winning combination of excellent picture quality, powerful processing, and lovely build quality – but it's the Ambilight feature that's the real star of the show here.
Ambilight projects a cornucopia of colors around the edges of the television, and this 805 model can do so from three sides – not quite the four-sided Ambilight of the flagship OLED+935, but still plenty to create an immersive light show.
But the 805 OLED isn't just for show: thanks to Philips' beefy P5 Picture processor, its able to give real force to OLED images, with enhanced contrast and spectacular colors – even when upscaling from HD/SDR. Philips improves on last year's 804 model too with both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support, meaning you won't have to choose between a dynamic HDR format.
There isn't Apple TV app support, though – and the Android smart TV platform can feel unwieldy at times. The lack of Freeview Play, too, can be frustrating for UK viewers, without catch-up provision for the likes of ITV and BBC. Overall, though, it's a small price to pay for what's on offer.
Read the full review: Philips OLED 805
The Panasonic HZ2000 is a monstrously specified TV and home audio system – and it's just a shame that you can't get it in the US.
Panasonic's flagship 2020 OLED makes use of a custom OLED panel, elevating its pictures even further beyond the five-star HZ1500, with slick motion and gorgeously deep blacks. Pictures on the HZ2000 are never less than cinematic. Peak HDR highlights are delivered with brilliant restraint, adding depth and detail to shadows and night scenes, and gifting vibrancy to daylight and complex lighting.
But this television has strengths beyond the picture. You're also getting a 140W sound system attached the back of the set, with upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers ensuring you get real dimensionality out of the audio.
Like some other Panasonic OLEDs, you're getting a neat swivel stand, too, meaning it's simple to tweak the angle your television is facing – ideal when you want the screen to be pointing exactly in your direction.
Read the full review: Panasonic HZ2000
If your living room – and budget – can't handle a 65-inch TV, take a look at the truly spectacular TU8000 Series. You'll get an incredibly low input lag (just 9.7ms) as well as a motion handling technology to keep the action looking consistently smooth. What else could you ask for?
You're not getting all of the gaming technologies of some other sets in this list, as HDMI 2.1, VRR (variable refresh rate), or a 120Hz panel – but for the everyday gamer, this is a set that gets the basics very right.
You will need to watch out for the narrow viewing angles: content looks best straight on, with color draining from the sides, so it might not be the best choice for four-party Switch game sessions. On the whole, though, this is a solid choice.
If you're in the US, you might still be able to find the slightly older RU8000 – increasingly hard these days – which does offer up to 120Hz refresh rate (for 50-inch sizes and above) as well as VRR, and might be worth picking up on the cheap.
Read the full review: Samsung TU8000
Is a 55-inch TV big enough?
It's worth thinking hard about how important screen size is to you, though. You'll likely pay less for smaller screens, as with the 48-inch OLED TVs that generally offer premium TV tech for less, or the lower-spec models found at 40-inch sizes.
However, larger screens are increasingly becoming the norm for those that can fit them into their home, and mass production means a big-screen display isn't quite the bank-breaking cost that it used to be.
In fact, 65-inch TVs are the fastest growing size category, and they do offer a more impactful picture on the whole. There are also an increasing number of premium televisions that start at that size, especially for 8K resolution, which only really becomes worthwhile at 65-inch and above. (Check out our 55-inch 8K TV guide for more info on why.)
A bigger screen means more detail that's more easily visible at a larger distance – ideal for family movie nights or those after a truly impactful home cinema. Keep in mind though that picture defects are also more visible at larger sizes, so you should make sure that you're getting a TV good enough to warrant a step-up screen size.