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Best 55-inch TVs of 2021

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The best 55-inch TVs provide a great TV experience at a size that fits easily in most living rooms. Many people find that a 55-inch TV is a great fit for their circumstances without compromising their enjoyment of 4K resolution the way smaller screens might. We've spent more than 100 hours reviewing dozens of TV models in the past year, and most of the best TVs out there come in a variety of sizes. 

According to our ‘what size TV should you buy’ guide, a 55-inch TV is well-suited for rooms where people are seated 4.6 feet from the TV, making this an ideal screen size for apartments, dorms and smaller homes. A 55-inch TV will also fit nicely in many bedrooms. If a 55-inch TV sounds just right for you, there are plenty of options available to choose from.

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And we've got plenty of 55-inch sets to recommend. Whether you’re looking for a premium smart TV with incredible picture quality, an outdoor TV that can survive the basic elements, or a budget set that will save you a bundle, we've got advice backed up by hours of in-house lab testing and in-depth evaluation.

What are the best 55-inch TVs?

Our top pick is the LG CX OLED, the best TV in any size, thanks to it's impressive OLED display and excellent smart features. It's also the only TV on the market with four HDMI 2.1 ports, making a great choice for use with the PS5 and Xbox Series X game consoles.

The best budget TV is the 55-inch TCL 6-Series Roku TV (55R635), which is the best 55-inch value TV on the market. With QLED color and mini-LED backlighting, it offers premium performance at a surprisingly affordable price, and still packs in great smart features with Roku TV and THX Certified Game Mode.

For a really killer OLED TV deal, the Vizio 55-inch OLED TV (OLED55-H1) puts premium OLED quality into the more affordable realms, giving you gorgeous picture quality for hundreds less than other competing OLED models.

The best 55-inch TVs you can buy today

LG CX OLED review

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1. LG CX OLED

The best 55-inch TV overall

Screen Size: 55 inches | Screen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 2 USB | Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 1.8 inches | Weight: 41.7 pounds

Stunning picture
Excellent smart TV feature
Top notch sound capabilities
Ultra thin design
Relatively high price

The LG CX OLED is the best 4K smart TV overall, even in the 55-inch model. With an amazing display, built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, and a ton of other smart features, it's our favorite set. From LG's webOS 5.0 to the addition of smart home control and an intuitive motion-control remote, it's one of the smartest TVs we've ever seen.

LG has improved on its superb OLED with a more powerful processor, the addition of Dolby Vision IQ (which adjusts HDR performance based on the ambient lighting) and beefs up the sound with AI-powered audio tuning. And while the LG CX OLED's premium price might put off some shoppers, it packs in more premium value than more expensive OLED competitors, while still delivering an unparalleled picture. It's the TV to beat.

Read our full LG CX OLED review.

TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) review

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2. TCL 6-Series Roku TV (55R635)

The best 55-inch TV value

Screen Size: 55 inches | Screen Type: QLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB | Size: 48.3 x 28.1 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 41.9 pounds

Excellent QLED and mini-LED display
Great gaming performance
Roku TV offers a huge app selection and easy interface
Improved Roku remote
Sound is a little weak
Roku is missing some of the latest apps

The 55-inch TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) offers enormous value for it's affordable price, offering premium picture quality and a great smart TV experience for much less than the competition. The 2020 follow up to the 2019 TCL 6-Series, the R635 ups the ante with mini-LED backlighting in addition to QLED. The result is impressive color and brightness, with some of the best HDR performance we've seen on anything this side of an OLED display.

But TCL keeps delivering more, like THX Certified Game Mode, which makes the 6-Series one of the best gaming TVs available, even for yet-to-be-released consoles like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. From the design's smart touches, like cable management in the stand, to the always-solid Roku TV platform, the TCL 6-Series R635 is the best TV value of 2020, and it's not even close.

Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) review.

Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1) review

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3. Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1)

The best OLED TV value

Screen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB | Size: 48.3 x 30.6 x 2.2 inches | Weight: 44.9 pounds

Ultra-low price for an OLED
Generally strong picture and audio quality
SmartCast provides plenty of smart features and free video content
Gaming performance could be better
Cumbersome stand

The 55-inch Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1) is the most affordable OLED TV on the market, and the first to offer a less-premium alternative to offerings from LG and Sony to shoppers in the United States. Selling for hundreds of dollars less than the competition, the Vizio OLED packs plenty of smart features alongside the 4K OLED display, and delivers the sort of premium picture quality that normally costs much more.

Vizio's SmartCast smart TV platform has also expanded its app selection significantly, and all of the major apps you might want -- from Netflix to Disney+ -- are available right on the TV. The few that aren't offered on the home screen (HBO Max is the most glaring omission) can still be enjoyed through the TV's built-in Google Cast and AirPlay 2 support. Combine all of this with an improved remote control design and great sound with better-than-average bass, and you've got one of the best TV values of the year, and the easy pick for affordable OLED TVs.

Read our full Vizio OLED TV review. 

Best 55-inch TV: Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-inch

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4. Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-inch (M558-G1)

A great TV value

Screen Size: 55 inches | Screen Type: LCD with Quantum Dots | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 48.6 x 28.3 x 2.9 inches | Weight: 35.9 pounds

Quantum-dot display delivers vibrant color
Local dimming for great HDR performance
Flexible smart TV features with lots of free content
Limited app selection on TV
Remote design is blah

The Vizio M-Series Quantum delivers a premium quantum-dot display for a reasonable price, and adds SmartCast 3.0 – Vizio's evolving smart-TV platform – to make it a great value for one of the best 55-inch TVs, giving you a truly premium viewing experience for less. Vizio has made major strides in the last couple of years, and this year's quantum-dot push has kept up that momentum by offering an excellent display at a great value.

The M-Series Quantum has color-boosting quantum dots for impressive picture quality and local dimming for great HDR performance, complete with Dolby Vision support. A built-in Google Chromecast gives you thousands of possible apps and services, and the newest version of SmartCast software supports Apple AirPlay2 and HomeKit, making it just as good for iOS users. This is the TV we’d recommend to most shoppers right now. 

Read our full Vizio M-Series Quantum review.

 

Best 55-inch TV: Sony Master Series A9G OLED

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5. Sony Master Series A9G OLED TV

Top-notch premium OLED

Screen Size: 55 inches | Screen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 48.3 x 28 x 1.6 inches | Weight: 41.2 pounds

Superb performance with excellent picture and sound
Refined design for TV and remote control
Best version of Android TV yet
Very expensive
Some features disabled by default

The Sony Master Series A9G OLED looks and sounds superb, delivering the best performance we've seen on TV, and that performance carries over to the smaller model, making it one of the best 55-inch TVs you can get. The OLED panel has excellent color, top-notch HDR support with bright highlights and rich shadows, and the pixel-perfect contrast and lighting that only OLED can provide. The sound might be even better than the display, thanks to Sony's impressive Acoustic Surface Audio+ which turns the entire glass panel into a high-end speaker with sound that comes right from the screen and better bass than even many soundbars provide. It's easily one of the best 55-inch TVs you can buy.

But Sony goes above and beyond simple picture and sound with the best version of Android TV yet and Sony's redesigned remote control, which combine into a truly great smart TV experience. The only question people need to ask themselves about the Sony Master Series A9G OLED is whether the category-leading performance and premium smart TV features are worth the the ultra-premium price.

Read our full Sony Master Series A9G OLED review.

Hisense H9G Quantum Android TV (55H9G)

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6. Hisense H9G Quantum Android TV (55H9G)

Best Hisense TV

Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 48.5 x 28.2 x 3.9 inches | Weight: 38.1 pounds

Great color accuracy
Solid Android TV smarts
Built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant
Mediocre viewing angles

The Hisense H9G Quantum Android TV is our favorite Hisense TV, and one of the best Android TVs on the market. With a quantum-dot-enhanced display and built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant, it's a full-featured smart TV that sells for under $1,000 without sacrificing quality. With support for Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos sound and offering built-in voice control with room-listening microphones, the Hisense H9G offers a surprising number of premium features for a reasonably priced 4K smart TV.

In our review, we noted the sets excellent color quality and accuracy, as well as it's brightness, which really came through in HDR playback, offering great highlights and deep shadows. Our only complaint was somewhat narrow viewing angles, but it's a minor issue, and the H9G Quantum easily takes its place as our favorite Hisense TV.

Read our full Hisense H9G Quantum (55H9G) review.

Best Amazon Fire TV: Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition (2020 model)

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7. Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition (2020 model)

The best Amazon Fire smart TV

Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 3 HDMI, 1 USB | Size: 28.7 x 49.1 x 3.7 inches | Weight: 32.4 pounds

Rock bottom price
Amazon Fire TV with Alexa smarts
Less than accurate colors
Lack of brightness

The bargain priced Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition (2020 model) is a smart TV for people who want the convenience of Alexa and streaming services in a single package. With 4K resolution, HDR support with Dolby Vision and a huge library of apps and content, the real selling point of the Toshiba Fire TV isn't any one feature, but the total package of smart capabilities that are offered in this ultra-affordable TV.

While it's true that you get what you pay for – the performance isn't top-of-the-line, the gaming support is middling and the Fire TV platform is a little too Amazon-centric for our liking – it's still a great option for casual viewers, and it's priced to sell like crazy. And that's before the steep discounts offered for every big sales event.

Read our full Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition (2020 model) review

SunBrite TV 55-inch Veranda Outdoor TV

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8. SunBrite TV 55-inch Veranda Outdoor TV

The best outdoor TV

Screen Size: 55 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 3 | Size: 49.4 x 28.7 x 3.5 inches | Weight: 47 pounds

Solid 4K picture with HDR support
Rugged outdoor design
Strong performance in picture and sound
No smart functions

Most TVs are made for living rooms; drag them outside and they’re destined to die a quick death from extreme temperatures, water or even bugs. But the SunBriteTV Veranda Series 55-inch outdoor TV has a special rugged design that takes all the elements in stride. Whether it's located in a hot garage in the summer or a cold, covered patio in winter, the SunBriteTV can handle it. It benefits from a weather-sealed chassis and a screen made to be viewed in shady conditions where even ambient sunlight would trip up a normal TV’s performance.

With HDR capability and strong overall performance, it's the pick among the best 55-inch TVs for any outdoor setting. And thanks to some excellent built-in speakers, there's no need to get a soundbar. It's our favorite outdoor TV, rain or shine.

Read our full SunBriteTV Veranda Series 55-inch (2019) review.

 

How to choose the best 55-inch TVs for you

Our TV buying guide breaks down the key factors that should go into purchasing a new set, as getting a TV is an investment. It’s a piece of tech you’re likely to own for several years, which is why you want to make sure you’re picking the best 55-inch TV for you. 

First figure out whether you’re locked into a 55-inch set. Just because it’s the biggest size that fits on your wall or TV stand doesn’t mean that it’s right for the room. Similarly, consider if a 65-inch TV would better suit your space. 

Expect to pay about $500 for a good 55-inch 4K TV. The Insignia 55-inch 4K Fire TV Edition above is the absolute cheapest we’d recommend based on our catalog of TV testing. But if you have a tighter budget, check out our best TV deals for some alternatives. Keep in mind performance will take a hit in lower price ranges, though. 

If you want the most colors, get one of the HDR sets with Dolby Vision compatibility above. This technology is able to deliver more colors, more contrast levels and increased brightness. It could make a set a bit more costly, but it guarantees you’ll still be satisfied with TV as the Dolby Vision format seems to be gaining momentum.

Another thing to consider is port offerings. Some of the sets above sport 3 HDMI ports, while some have 4. In general, more ports is better, especially if you have a collection of input devices like soundbars or game consoles.

How we test the best 55-inch TVs

Testing the best 55-inch TVs is a thorough process. We put every TV through our custom lab test, measuring color gamut, color accuracy and brightness to objectively see which sets are the best for these key indicators. We also test for lag time, measuring to the millisecond how long it takes for content to travel from the original source to the screen. We use these results to make numbers-based comparisons about color and display quality.

We spend hours with each set to see how our lab results translate into anecdotal performance. We also compare competing sets using a range of content across several sources. With that information, we can tell you which TVs look best, sound best and offer the best viewing experience.

Of course, we also consider the smart TV functions and apps for each TV, looking at everything from the remote control design to the voice interaction.