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Top 5 best 49 and 50-inch TVs

By Martin Pratt

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You can now find affordable 49 and 50-inch TVs with features once reserved for only the most expensive sets. Here are the best from our tests.

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With many models boasting exceptional picture quality and prices gradually coming down, it isn't surprising that so many of us are investing in TVs capable of delivering a real wow factor in our homes.

From reasonably priced mid-range sets from top brands, such as Samsung and LG, to the very best they have to offer, you’ll find something for your tastes in this size bracket.

But price isn’t everything. We’ve named TVs costing as much as £700 as Don’t Buys. Equally, we’ve seen Best Buys for as a little as £450 outperform models two or even three times the price.

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Best 49 to 50-inch TVs

72%
£389.88
Reviewed

We can't remember many 50-inch TVs at this sort of price doing this well in our tests, but this one excelled with Best Buy worthy picture and sound.

72%
£479.00
Reviewed

In our original review of this 49 incher, we said it was an excellent Best Buy. Nothing has changed since then except it’s got cheaper, so what are you waiting for?

72%
£399.00
Reviewed

The flashy features work well and it excels at the basics. This is one of the best 50-inch TVs on the market.

72%
£549.00
Reviewed

This TV is superb. The picture is packed with detail and sound is rich. The narrow viewing angle is annoying, but the strengths of this TV far outweigh the negatives.

70%
£399.00
Reviewed

This 49-inch TV may be at the basic end of the spectrum, but it sounds better than several TVs more than twice its price. The screen is no slouch either. A narrow viewing angle holds it back somewhat, but the detail and colours are lovely.

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And here are three 49 to 50-inch TVs to avoid

Marketing jargon should always be taken with a pinch of salt. We ignore the hype, testing every TV in real-world conditions and watching the same footage over and over again to ensure we unearth the very best sets. Our picture and sound quality experts have been left disappointed by TVs promising the latest TV technology – here, we round up some the worst-offending sets.

49 and 50-inch TVs to avoid

51%
£337.00
Reviewed

It's got a solid 4K and HDR picture, but boy does this TV struggle with sound. The treble dominates and without any bass, the high tones squawk like a frightened bird.

50%
£349.00
Reviewed

No one buys a TV to look at static images and this one can't handle motion. That's not the only problem though, colours are drab, and the sound is high-pitched and shrill.

47%
£295.00
Reviewed

This brand needs to make a decision. It can either keep releasing terrible TVs that don't cost very much or it can go for superior components, take more time to tweak the screen and picture, and release something half decent. We hope it heads for the latter, but it hasn't in 2019.

How to choose the best 49 or 50-inch TV

According to our research, 49-inch TVs are the most popular size. More visitors to the Which? website look at 49-inch sets than any other screen size. 

Smaller 43-inch 4K TVs are available and of course there are bigger ones, too. 49 inches is far from the biggest size but it could still be too big or too small for your room. We recommend sitting nine or 10 feet from a 49-inch TV. Sit closer and you should probably choose a smaller TV, or a bigger one if you sit further away. 

Use our What size TV should I buy? tool to work out the size of TV that will best suit your room.

If this is the right size for you, here are some key things to look out for:

  • 4K ultra-HD: Due to its sharper picture and superior HD quality, this higher resolution features on all of our Best Buy TVs, especially those of this size. We strongly recommend choosing a 4K TV to make sure you don’t miss out on top-quality content in years to come.
  • Sound quality: There’s a huge disparity in sound quality across modern flatscreen TVs. While a Best Buy sound bar will improve your experience of any TV, the sound shouldn’t be so bad that you’re forced to splash out on one. We test every TV with both music and dialogue to ensure our Best Buys not only look great but sound great, too.
  • High Dynamic Range: You’ll now find this picture technology on most 4K sets. It should give deeper blacks, brighter whites and more subtlety of tone in between, but you need HDR content to make use of it. Hundreds of hours of HDR content is available on streaming services and pricier 4K TVs will have more advanced formats. These aren't necessarily must-haves though. Our reviews always detail the HDR formats supported and how well they are utilised.
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