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Best 55-inch TVs of 2021

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The best 55-inch TVs are perfect for enjoying 4K quality in a room where larger TVs might not make sense. Luckily, many of the best TVs out there come in the 55-inch size. Whether it's your main TV in the living room or a second TV in a bedroom, a great 55-inch model will deliver all of the smart TV features you want, a screen big enough to take advantage of 4K picture quality, and it will do it for less money than those larger sets.

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.  But what smart features are important, and what can you expect in terms of picture quality, sound and ease of installation?

  • If size doesn't matter, check out the best 4K TVs of the year
  • Still shopping? Our TV buying guide has the 9 things you need to know

If a 55-inch TV sounds just right for you, there are plenty of options available to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a premium smart TV with incredible picture quality, an outdoor TV that can survive the 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 favorite TV in the 55-inch size (or other sizes, for that matter) is the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV, which combines QLED color and mini-LED backlight to form the new Neo QLED, Samsung's latest premium display technology. The incredible-looking display is combined with rich smart features and intelligent audio options, offering great value with it's more premium price.

If you want to spend a bit less, the 55-inch TCL 6-Series Roku TV (55R635) is the best budget option. Like the Samsung it combines QLED color and mini-LED backlighting, but it offers that premium performance at a surprisingly affordable price, and still packs in great smart features with Roku TV and THX Certified Game Mode.

The Sony Bravia XR A80J offers the best 55-inch OLED TV, provided you're ready to pay a pretty penny for it. The OLED display and straight-from-the-screen audio are fantastic, and the Google TV interface is one of the best we've ever seen.

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

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review

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1. Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV (QN55QN90AAFXZA)

The best 55-inch TV overall

Specifications
Screen size: 55 inches
Screen type: QLED
Refresh rate: 120Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (1 ARC, 1 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 1 inches
Weight: 39 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful, thin design+Neo QLED delivers incredible brightness+Impressive anti-glare abilities+New solar-chargeable remote
Reasons to avoid
-Visible blooming at times-Just one HDMI 2.1 port-No Dolby Vision support

The Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV combines Samsung's highly refined quantum dot technology with the tight control of mini-LED backlighting, resulting in one of the best TV displays you'll ever see. Brilliant color and unmatched brightness make for superb performance, and Samsung pairs that with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features, like a solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries – delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.

The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we've ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes standard, along with gamer-friendly features and impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time for an unparalleled gaming experience. It's the best 55-inch TV we've seen this year, and the winner of the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for Best TV, and a second award as the best gaming TV of the year.

Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV 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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Excellent QLED and mini-LED display+Great gaming performance+Roku TV offers a huge app selection and easy interface+Improved Roku remote
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Sony Bravia XR A80J OLED

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4. Sony Bravia A80J OLED (XR-55A80J)

A killer 55-inch OLED TV

Specifications
Screen Size: 55 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 48.4 x 28.1 x 2.1 inches
Weight: 39.3 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Outstanding picture, audio quality+Lots of dynamic and smart features that really work+Powerful Google TV interface
Reasons to avoid
-Dynamic adjustments needed for best picture-Not all HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1-Bravia Core streaming service doesn’t dazzle

LG CX OLED review

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4. LG CX OLED

Last year's great OLED TV

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Stunning picture+Excellent smart TV feature+Top notch sound capabilities+Ultra thin design
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1) review

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4. Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1)

The best OLED TV value

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-low price for an OLED+Generally strong picture and audio quality+SmartCast provides plenty of smart features and free video content
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535) review

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5. TCL 5-Series Roku TV (55S535)

A great value with QLED quality

Specifications
Screen size: 55 inches
Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 48.4 x 28.1 x 3.0 inches
Weight: 32.6 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Faithful colors+Built-in Roku smarts+Excellent price
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre sound-Modest brightness

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV does what TCL does best, delivering a surprisingly great mix of features and performance at an excellent affordable price. With the 50-inch model selling for less than $500, you get the superb color and brightness of QLED, as well as Roku's user-friendly smart TV interface, which puts thousands of apps right at your fingertips.

In addition to the excellent color accuracy and full color gamut offered by the QLED display, it offers top-of-the-line HDR support, with Dolby Vision in addition to basic HDR10 and HLG formats. With input lag clocking in at 13.1 milliseconds, it's also one of the best affordable gaming TVs you can buy. And it's roughly half the price of Samsung's equivalent QLED TV, making it one of the best values in smart TVs.

Read our full TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535) review. 

LG G1 OLED review

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6. LG G1 OLED TV

A premium OLED with stunning design

Specifications
Screen Size: 55 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 48.2 x 27.8 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 48.1 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Exclusive OLED evo panel delivers brighter picture+More affordable than last year’s Gallery Series+Same stunningly-thin design+New remote is a major improvement
Reasons to avoid
-OLED evo offers minimal improvement-WebOS 6.0 is disappointing

The LG G1 OLED TV is the updated version of LG's superb Gallery OLED, boasting a premium 20 millimeter-thick design and sleek flush-to-the-wall mounting setup. It's still the best 4K OLED TV made by LG, but as the first TV with LG's second-gen OLED evo technology, it falls short of some claimed performance improvements we were pretty excited for.

That said, the LG G1 OLED is still an impressive OLED set, and LG has even knocked the price down a bit, while updating almost everything else about the set. The slim OLED features more comfortable remote control, enhanced gaming features, and the latest version of webOS, all while delivering the same excellent picture quality and impeccable sound that we expect from LG's best OLED models. The LG G1 OLED TV stands as a reminder of just how far modern TV technology has come — we just hope it hasn’t plateaued.

Read our full LG G1 OLED TV review.

Hisense U8G Android TV (65U8G) review

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7. Hisense U8G Android TV (55U8G)

Best Hisense TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches
Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0)
Size: 48.5 x 28.2 x 3.9 inches
Weight: 38.1 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Very bright+Excellent sharpness, color and contrast+Low lag time
Reasons to avoid
-Overactive motion smoothing-Mediocre viewing angles

The Hisense U8G Android TV is our favorite Hisense model, and one of the best Android TVs around. With a quantum dot color and integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant, it's a full-featured smart TV that offers great quality for a reasonable price. With support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, it also offers the best HDR format support you can find, along with Dolby Atmos sound. It has built-in voice control with room-listening microphones, effectively letting you use the TV as a smart speaker, and offering the sort of smart home integration and control that would normally cost much more.

In our review, we were especially impressed by the U8G's brightness, which exceeds 700 nits of peak brightness and combines with the better-than-average HDR support for great performance that brings out highlights and shadows. With few complaints and lots of great perks, the Hisense U8G Android TV is easily our new favorite Hisense model.

Read our full Hisense U8G Android TV review.

Toshiba C350 Fire TV review

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8. Toshiba C350 Fire TV (2021 model)

The best Amazon Fire smart TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 43, 50, 55 inches
Screen Type: LCD
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 ARC)
Size: 37.9 x 22.0 x 2.9 inches
Weight: 15.0 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Responsive Fire TV+Good color in standard mode+Low lag time
Reasons to avoid
-Flat HDR-Inconsistent backlighting

The Toshiba C350 Fire TV is the 2021 addition to the small family of Amazon-powered smart TVs, offering good features and decent performance for its extremely affordable price. It's a decent example of the Fire TV template, combining good-enough 4K picture quality, impressively short lag times, and Amazon's great Fire TV smart features, like built-in Alexa voice control, a pretty big app store and (of course) an interface that puts Amazon's Prime Video service front and center. With even the largest 55-inch model selling for less than $500 (and likely much less during sales events), it's one of the smartest affordable TVs you can get.

The C350 doesn’t come with the latest bells and whistles, such as HDMI 2.1 or Dolby Atmos support, but it does Dolby Vision and HDR10 — though not very well. But with excellent color accuracy, low lag time and a good looking design, it's still a solid TV for the price, and better than many Fire TV models we've seen in the past.

Read our full Toshiba C350 Fire TV review.

Hisense U7G 4K ULED Android Smart TV 65U7G review

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9. Hisense U7G Android TV (55U7G)

A killer gaming TV

Specifications
Screen size: 55 inches
Screen type: QLED
Refresh rate: 120Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (1 ARC, 1 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 48.3 x 28.2 x 3.5 inches
Weight: 32.4 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Bright+Good color and sharpness+Low lag time
Reasons to avoid
-Lack of detail in dark scenes-Overactive motion smoothing

The Hisense U7G Android TV is being marketed as a TV built for gaming, and the specs make it easy to see why: The Quantum Dot display boasts good color and sharp images, the panel's 120Hz refresh rate will handle the most demanding game console output, and a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports offer the best connectivity you can get for high-frame rate gaming.

And any TV that's good for gamers will usually do pretty well at everything else. Handling both Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus formats, it's got some of the best HDR support available, and Dolby Atmos sound means it has the audio to match. It impressed us in our testing, and it's more affordable than you'd expect given the feature set. Gamer or not, the Hisense U7G Android TV is a solid 4K smart TV.

Read our full Hisense U7G Android TV review

SunBriteTV Pro 2 Outdoor TV review

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10. SunBriteTV 55-inch Pro 2 Outdoor TV

The best outdoor TV

Specifications
Screen Sizes: 55 inches
Screen Type: LCD
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 2
Size: 5.5 x 29.7 x 50.5 inches
Weight: 101 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Solid 4K picture with basic HDR+Rugged outdoor design with internal climate control
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-No built in audio or 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 Pro 2 outdoor TV is built for those conditions, with a rugged design that can withstand the elements. Whether it's in a cold garage or out on an open porch, the weather-sealed chassis fends off precipitation, dirt and bugs, and even has a sealed compartment for HDMI hookups. The screen is made to be viewed in full sunlight conditions where even other outdoor sets would falter.

With basic HDR capability and strong overall performance, the SunBrite is a great TV for any outdoor setting. And with optional weatherproof soundbar or speakers you can enjoy sound that's just as tough. If you want a great set for your yard, this is the best TV to get for outdoor viewing.

Read our full SunBriteTV Pro 2 outdoor TV 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. 

Size: 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. 

Price: 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. 

HDR: 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.

Ports: 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.

If you've narrowed down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.

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And don't forget to watch out for the latest TV reviews.

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. 

Brian Westover
Brian Westover is an Editor at Tom's Guide, covering everything from TVs to the latest PCs. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he wrote for TopTenReviews and PCMag.