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22 October 2021

Top five best 55-inch TVs

Being in the market for a 55-inch TV gives you access to a world of OLEDs, QLEDs and high-end LCD TVs, but our tests prove you don't have to spend big. Find out which are the best 55-inch TVs.
Martin Pratt
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If you're looking for a 55-inch TV, you're in luck. For every high-end OLED TV with the latest features, there's an LCD model that costs less than half as much.

But which ones should you focus on? LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony are still the leading lights of the TV world, but the likes of Hisense, TCL and Toshiba offer cheaper models to consider, too.

In this guide, we'll show you five excellent 55-inch TVs at different price points, so there should be one to suit you. We've also picked three to steer clear of to demonstrate what separates a great 55-inch model from a dreadful one.

Best 55-inch TVs

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  • 81%
    £1599.00

    It's hard to find fault with this sublime TV. It looks fantastic, and sounds amazing despite being very thin.

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  • 75%
    £1390.00

    This type of TV debuted in 2021 and it hit the market with a bang. The contrast and detail are excellent and this 55 incher sounds lovely, too.

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  • 74%
    £749.00

    This 55 incher barely puts a foot wrong, which is why it's one of our favourite models from 2020. If you want to spend less than £1,000 then this is a top option.

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  • 73%
    £899.00

    It's one of the cheapest OLEDs we've come across and we never expected it to be so good. It's a worthy Best Buy with its lovely screen that superb for 4K.

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  • 73%
    £1199.00

    The HD and 4K picture on this OLED is crisp and dazzlingly vibrant. We enjoyed the rich bass underscoring the sound making audio robust and powerful. It's a great option at 55 inches.

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Here are some 55-inch TVs to avoid

With so many high-end options to be found in manufacturers' 55-inch TV ranges, the chance of spending a great deal of money on a poor TV increases. You'd hope that an OLED or QLED screen, or the advanced features that come with a pricey TV, would guarantee quality, but that's not always the case. 

We've found top-tier TVs from household names that fall short in key areas of picture and sound quality.

Here are some of the worst 55-inch TVs we've tested recently.

  • 55%
    £379.00

    It sounds bad and the colours look unnatural. Contrast isn't much better, especially when HDR gets involved.

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    £499.99

    There's no sign of quality in this TV. HDR is used poorly, the contrast is drab and the colours dreary.

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How to choose the best 55-inch TV

Unlike with smaller TVs, you really don't need to compromise here. At 55 inches, you can get a TV with the latest features and technology. It's not the case that all 55-inch TVs are cutting-edge, though, as there are still more basic sets available for anyone not looking to spend too much money.

If a 55-inch TV is right for you, these are some features you should look out for:

  • OLED and QLED displays OLED sets are the talk of the TV town thanks to their knack for contrast and motion control, while QLEDs (made almost exclusively by Samsung) are bright and colourful. These are the priciest TVs around and often top each brand's range. Some of these TVs are Best Buys, but they aren't a must. If you want a TV that excels in all areas, then you can choose a cheaper model with a standard LCD display. If your budget extends to an OLED or QLED you should absolutely consider them, though.
  • Advanced HDR formats At smaller sizes, you tend to only see HDR10 and HLG supported, but bigger sets often get Dolby Vision and HDR10+. As with OLED and QLED displays, it's not just size that dictates what formats a TV supports, though, it's also price. Generally, pricier high-end TVs support the advanced formats, although Samsung is an exception. All of its 4K TVs support HDR10+, not just the QLEDs. You can learn more about all the formats in our guide to HDR TV.
  • Voice control It's still far from a must-have feature, but voice control has its uses and it's becoming more common in larger TVs. You can use the microphone built in to the remote to ask a range of commands. Basic ones, such as changing volume or input, can be easily done with a button, but searching for shows or jumping to a specific channel is much more useful.

Three ways to save money on the best 55-inch TV

  • All of our expert TV reviews show you retailers that have your TV in stock and for what price - so you can use this to select the best value retailer
  • You can also use our round-up of the best TV deals to pick a good model that is on sale at a genuinely good price
  • Consider buying a second-hand or refurbished 55-inch TV if you want to cut your costs even further. Find out more - see should you buy a second-hand TV.