The best 55-inch TVs for 2020

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If the televisions were sold on the clothes rack, a 55-inch television would be labeled Medium. "Wait," you say, "my TV measures 42 inches and that screen looks pretty big." Welcome to 2020, where the size of the television is cheap. The proliferation and popularity of LCD televisions has led to increasingly lower prices for larger and larger screens. Now you can get a perfectly decent 55-inch TV, with good image quality, for a little over $ 300, or maybe a little less. And at the top end of the market, almost all good TV series are 55 inches in size. It is usually the smallest.

That means this size offers more options than any other. As such, scaling up is now a necessity, and there are many quality options. Let me help you decide by listing my favorites in this buyer's guide.

The list below represents the best televisions I have reviewed in the CNET test lab, where I compare them side by side to see which ones are worth buying. Here are my latest recommendations for the best 55-inch TVs, with the following notes to keep in mind:

  • Are you looking for a different size? See our comparisons of 32-inch TVs, 43-inch TVs, 65-inch TVs, and 75-inch TVs.
  • The images below are generally 65-inch televisions, since that is the size we reviewed. But the review still applies to the 55-inch version.
  • Don't you see what you are looking for next? Here are all the televisions I have reviewed, and soon there will be more.

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TVs with OLED screen are the kings with image quality, but they are not cheap. The OLED screens on TVs use organic light emitting diode technology to provide brightness, contrast and viewing angles that no LCD TV (or QLED) can match. In addition, its LG Magic remote control offers voice control and other channel navigation needs, which makes this 2018 OLED TV still the most suitable. With an image quality close to C9 2019 (below) and a price that is hundreds less, the B8 has aged beautifully. That said, we expect the B9 2019 (also below) to fall in price soon, so the place of the B8 at the top of this list will not last forever.

Read the LG OLED55B8P review.

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No TV you have tried offers so much image quality for this little money. The latest version of the TCL 6 series has an image quality even better than its predecessor, thanks to the improved color, and its well-implemented full matrix local attenuation helps you travel circles on almost any other TV at this price. As if that wasn't enough, the Roku smart TV operating system, which really suits all major streaming services, is our favorite for a perfect visual experience. Yes, this is one of, if not the The best 55 inch TV.

Read the review of TCL 55R625 (2019 Roku TV).

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What are you saying? Do you just want the best high-end television and money is not a problem? Here you have. In my parallel tests, the C9 is the best quality TV I've reviewed, barely surpassing 2018 models like the B8 (above), which is a superior value, almost as good and much less expensive. That said, there are people for whom this is the smart choice. The LG 2019 OLED TV also has HDMI ports with 2.1 future-proof that some high-level buyers, especially players, want.

Read the LG OLED55C9P review.

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In addition to the previous TCL 6 series, no TV offers so much image for this little money. In my comparisons, the TCL gained slightly in a couple of important areas, particularly HDR brightness and black levels, which are an integral part of the visual experience. I would also recommend the TCL to viewers focused on streaming due to its superior Roku smart TV system. That said, the Vizio is still an excellent option and sometimes it is available for less than the TCL, just be sure to get the M8, not the M7. And stay tuned for the next revisions of the other 2019 Vizio models.

Read the review of Vizio M558-G1.

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Roku is our favorite platform for streaming applications like Netflix, and is even better integrated into the TV. This TCL 4 series cannot beat any of the previous models in image quality, its 4K resolution and HDR compatibility do nothing to help the image or color, but it offers a perfectly good viewing experience for most people. , Especially at this price.

Read revision TCL 55S425.

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With a refresh rate of 120 Hz, Samsung's QLED TVs are basically stylish and high-quality LCDs, so don't confuse them with OLED. The Q70R has an excellent image and a lot of Samsung design and features for a relatively affordable price, although not exactly "budget." If you are not interested in a TCL or Vizio and do not want to splurge to see its content in an OLED, the Q70 is an excellent option. A note for players and people who need to connect a Blu-ray player or have many streaming devices, there are four HDMI ports and two USB ports.

Read the Samsung QN55Q70R review.

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Although it is the third OLED TV on this list, the B9 could be the best TV of the year. The B9 improves on the B8 with more extras that include HDMI 2.1 features and support for intelligent voice control through Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2. It fell slightly below the C9 in image quality in our tests, but the differences They are lowercase: and since it is a couple of hundred dollars less expensive than the C9, it is a better value.

Read the LG OLED55B9P review.

Other things to know about buying a new 55-inch TV

I'm sure I'd be happy with any of the previous TVs, but a new TV can be a great investment, so maybe I'm looking for a little more information. Here is a quick and dirty list.

  • In my opinion, the bigger the better. Large televisions are cheaper than ever, and your money is better spent on large screens rather than a slight improvement in image quality or resolution.
  • If you don't like the way the integrated smart TV system interacts with your streaming applications, you can always add a media transmitter. After all, there are more streaming services with more amazing content than ever (have you started The Mandalorian Still?!) Streamers are cheap and easy to use, and receive updates more frequently than most smart TVs. See our selections of the best media transmitters.
  • Most of the built-in speakers sound terribly, so it is worth pairing your new set with a sound bar or other speaker system. The good ones start at around $ 100. Look at the best sound bars.

Do you have all that Excellent! Now take your remote control and enjoy high-end television.

Looking for even more information? Here is everything to know buy a new television in 2020.

Originally published earlier this year. It is updated periodically with new recommendations.

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