Best 55-inch TVs of 2024

I've been reviewing TVs for a decade now, and 55-inch TVs are one of my favorite sizes. Although some might love the larger screen size that 65-inch TVs offer, 55-inch TVs usually offer a similar (if not identical) performance for hundreds less. 

Right now, there are a few great options out there at 55 inches. For most budgets, I recommend the highly affordable Hisense U8K, but the Samsung QN90C is also a great pick if you want a QLED TV. For OLED, you definitely need to check out the LG C3 OLED which, despite being a step down from the LG G3 OLED, remains a very strong contender for the best OLED TV. 

Keep in mind that new 2024 models were just shown off at CES 2024 and will arrive on store shelves around March or April. That's worth taking into consideration if you want the newest model available rather than a carryover from last year's lineup. 

There are plenty of options to choose from, but whether you’re looking for a premium smart 55-inch TV with incredible picture quality or a budget set that will save you a bundle, we've got advice backed up by hundreds of hours of in-house lab testing and in-depth evaluation. 

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Nick Pino is the Managing Editor, TV and AV at Tom's Guide
Written by
Nick Pino

My name's Nick and I look after our guides to the best TVs, best OLED TVs and best 4K TVs. Most of my day is spent watching and evaluating new screens from LG, Samsung, Sony, Hisense, TCL and Vizio. I have 10 years of experience in AV, and before I joined Tom's Guide I was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar. I love helping people find the perfect TV, so please feel free to reach out over email or tag me on Twitter and I can help you out.

The quick list

Here's a quick overview of the best 55-inch TVs you can buy right now based on our testing and reviews. And keep up on scrolling if you want to see our in-depth analysis of all the top TVs for every budget. 

The full list: Best 55-inch TVs in detail

The Hisense U6K in a home office.

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The Hisense U8K is an amazing 55-inch TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (2 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 57.2 × 35.9 × 14.8 inches
Weight: 56.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Extremely bright
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Incredibly colorful
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Great sound quality
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Built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner

Reasons to avoid

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Color accuracy can be an issue
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Not the lowest lag
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Colors desaturate off-axis

There's no lack of choices for 55-inch TVs, but of them all, the Hisense U8K is the best. It's not the best because it beats every other TV in specs and performance, but because it offers similar performance for half the price. Having tested it extensively for months, the U8K delivers deep, rich colors, high level of contrast and high peak brightness. It can live either in a dark room or in a living room with ambient light without issue, and thanks to its Mini-LED backlight, you can sit pretty far off-axis without color desaturation. 

How do we know it's good? In our lab tests, we measured its color saturation levels at a groundbreaking 80% of the Rec2020 Color Space, all thanks to its quantum dot filter and Mini-LED panel. Most of the competition are lucky to cover 70%. 

The only major downsides here are its middling input lag (13.2ms) color accuracy right out of the box. The latter is around 4.46 (measured by a Delta E value), which means you'll have to a bit of tweaking to dial in the right colors.  

Neither were deal-breakers for me, but if you want a TV with faster response times or more accurate colors (and you don't mind paying more for it) then the Samsung QN90C and LG C3 OLED found lower on our list are worth buying instead.

The best mid-range TV

The LG C3 OLED 42-inch model in our testing labs.

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Looking for the mid-range OLED option? Check out the LG C3

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 56.7 x 32.5 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 32.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Superb picture quality
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Improved smart interface
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Top-notch gaming features, performance

Reasons to avoid

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Not LG’s brightest OLED TV
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No ATSC 3.0 tuner
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Average-at-best sound

Keeping with the theme of great TVs that are relatively affordable, the LG C3 OLED is a great pick at 55 inches. It comes with all the features and performance of its larger brethren, but at a price that doesn't make your eyes water. 

I like recommending it to friends who want an OLED but don't necessarily need the one that costs $3,000. You're still getting all the inky blacks and killer contrast, without overpaying for some features that you might not see. Under the hood it's running LG's new a9 AI Processor Gen6 processor that makes upscaled content look better and motion look sleeker (once you turn off TruMotion, that is). 

It's slightly dimmer than the Hisense U8K you'll find above — so don't buy it if you're putting it next to a window or in a brightly lit room — but you'll find that it delivers its best picture in a darkened room during a movie night. All you need to do is bring the popcorn.

Read the full LG C3 OLED review.

The best QLED TV

Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV

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The QN90C is the brightest star in the 55-inch TV constellation

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 56.9 x 32.6 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 53.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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4 HDMI 2.1 ports
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Excellent off-angle viewing
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Spectacularly bright
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Less blooming than previous model

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Included stand isn’t very sturdy

If brightness is your biggest issue, then you should definitely consider this 55-inch QLED TV from Samsung. The Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV delivers outstanding HDR brightness, placing it easily in the top five brightest TVs we've tested in the last 12 months. Powered by Samsung’s high octane Mini-LED panel, the QN90C promises excellent performance across the top genres. 

Why is it better than the competition when it comes to brightness? Basically Mini-LED backlighting puts thousands of LEDs into more compact clusters that can deliver high levels of brightness while maintaining realistic color and gradations of luminance. With better control means less light bleeding and haloing, too.

Yes, there are more premium Samsung TVs out there (like the Samsung QN900C 8K QLED TV) but the QN90C is our favorite for its reasonable price tag.

Read our full Samsung QN90C QLED review or browse our Samsung promo codes

The best OLED TV

LG G3 OLED TV playing Super Mario Bros. Wonder

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This is the best 55-inch OLED TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 56.7 x 32.3 x 1 inches
Weight: 61.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Astounding brightness for OLED
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Superlative picture quality
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Beautiful physical design
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Strong smart platform

Reasons to avoid

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Unimpressive sound
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HDR color falls slightly short
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No support for HDR10+

But what if money isn't an issue for you? If you want to go for the absolute best 55-inch OLED TV at any price tag, the LG OLED evo G3 will give it to you. It's got perfect blacks, infinite contrast, and intense colors, but it also boasts astonishing brightness that guarantees you won’t miss out on the full impact of the thrilling HDR effects so essential to movies today. Everything we watched on it looked amazing.

As mentioned above, it looks great thanks to its beautiful slim design and accompanying seamless wall-mount, plus it has an ambient mode that makes it look like artwork is hanging on your wall when you're not watching it.

It's pricey, but it's an awesome 55-inch TV for folks who can splash the cash.

Read our full LG G3 OLED review.