Best 55-Inch LED TVs for Immersive Experience

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 29, 2018
Looking for a TV for your large living room? A 55-inch TV is the one you really need. It's the ideally-sized TV to create an immersive cinematic experience if your couch is somewhere between 8-10 feet away from it. So, if you're ready to take a dive into the world of entertainment, choose one of the best 55-inch TVs. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Size
Screen
Motion Rate
Smart TV
3D Support
Interfaces
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

Thanks to the UHD Dimming technology and the Essential Black Pro technology, even the darkest scenes will be detailed and crisp.

CONS

You might need some time to get used to OneRemote. 

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung Electronics UN55MU6500 curved TV will deliver you the maximum realistic viewing experience possible! The curving picture will "wrap you around", drawing you deeper into everything you’re watching.

detailed parameters
Size

55" (49", 65" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 120 MR

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI 2.0

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W, DTS Premium Sound

Warranty

1 Year

PROS

The stand at the back has slots for wires. So, the power cables can be neatly channeled into the stand of this 55-inch 4K TV.

CONS

Some users claim that the stand is a bit wobbly. 

OUR VERDICT

This Sony TV is a good option for people who want to watch movies in the highest quality possible without missing a single detail. With the 4K X-Reality ™ PRO processor and Motionflow ™ XR technology, the picture will be very clear and realistic.

detailed parameters
Size

55" (43", 49" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160, IPS

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 240 MotionFlow™ XR

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

3 x USB 2.0

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI 2.0

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W, S-Force Front Surround Sound

Warranty

1 Year

PROS

With the True Color Accuracy technology, colors will be automatically corrected for a vibrant and lifelike picture.

CONS

The sound quality could be higher.

OUR VERDICT

If you often watch media on the Internet rather than cable TV, this LG 55UJ6300 model is a good pick. It boasts modern webOS 3.5 which allows you to quickly and easily access the Web browser and other apps.

detailed parameters
Size

55" (43", 49", 65" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160, IPS

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 120 TruMotion

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

2 x USB 2.0

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI 2.0

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W, Ultra Surround Sound

Warranty

1 Year

PROS

The 4K Creative Pro upscaling function smartly analyzes media content to increase the resolution up to 4K Ultra HD.

CONS

Speakers are on the back of the TV and direct sound backwards.

OUR VERDICT

Although the price of this TV is ridiculously low, it can compete with TVs from well-known brands. It delivers good picture quality and has lots of smart functions. A package with a digital antenna is also available.

detailed parameters
Size

55" (43", 49", 65" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 120 CMI

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

1 x USB 2.0

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI 2.0

1 x Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 8 W

Warranty

1 Year

PROS

The total power of the built-in speakers makes 30 watts, so the sound effects will be incredibly realistic. And DTS TruVolume ™ technology guarantees rich bass.

CONS

It's not a 4K UHD TV.

OUR VERDICT

The resolution of this model makes 1920p x 1080p, which is quite enough for cable TV broadcasting. So, if you're looking for a model to watch cable TV or playing video games mainly, there's no reason to overpay for advanced 4K UHD TVs.

detailed parameters
Size

55"

Screen

1920 x 1080, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 240 Clear Action

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

1 x USB 2.0

2 x HDMI 1.4

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x RCA audio out

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 15 W, DTS TruVolume™

Warranty

1 Year

Samsung UN55MU6500

The Best of the Best

The Samsung Electronics UN55MU6500 is, without a doubt, one of the best 55-inch TVs under 700 you can find out there. This spectacular curved LED TV delivers a brilliant HDR picture with sharp contrast and vibrant colors to provide the maximum realistic experience. It's fitted with 4K Color Drive which ensures incredibly pristine images that make scenes more lifelike. Plus, it features UHD Dimming technology that boosts the contrast ratio and black level of the images produced. For enhancing the darkest scenes, it also has the Essential Black Pro technology.

The TV boasts the highest UHD resolution, meaning it offers 4x more pixels than Full HD. And thanks to the UHD Up-scaling engine, videos of lower resolution will look extremely close to 4K resolution quality. All this results in breathtaking images with amazing clarity. Powered by Motion Rate 120 Hz refresh rate panel, the UN55MU6500 delivers fast-moving, smooth and clear images.

The Samsung UN55MU6500 is fitted with a full array of inputs and outputs (3 x HDMI ports, 2 x USB ports, 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x component input, 1 x composite input, 1 x RF input, 1 x Digital Audio output, 1 x RS232C serial interface). All of these inputs/outputs are easy to access, even if the TV is placed close to a wall. By the way, you can mount TV to the wall or place it on a table. It comes with the iconic Samsung V-shaped central stand that provides very good support.

The set also includes the Samsung OneRemote that can automatically detect and control all compatible devices with no manual programming required. The remote works with the IE Tivo, FireStick, and FireTV perfectly. Needless to say, OneRemote makes navigating through Smart Hub a breeze. The Samsung Smart Hub offers a good selection of apps and a responsive web browser. The TV is really easy to set up and pair with your Wi-Fi home network.

Review of Samsung UN55MU6500 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

The Benefits of Curved SCreen

If you are choosing between a curved and flat screen, go with the curved one. It definitely adds an enhanced sense of ‘depth’ in everything you’re watching. Samsung engineers further underlined this by applying depth enhancement processing to this curved TV. This way, the contrast is automatically adjusted in different parts of the picture to boost your visual perception of depth. So, it feels more like 3D instead of 2D. Moreover, curving picture "wraps around" you, drawing you deeper into what you’re watching. Also, a curved screen provides you with a wider field of view. Contrast is also much better on a curved screen. It can precisely focus the light coming from the screen at your eyes. And, of course, you'll get a clearer picture due to less reflection.

Samsung UN55MU6500 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Sony KD55X720E

Great Entry-level Sony TV

The Sony KD55X720E is an entry-level 4K HDR 55-inch model and the most affordable one in Sony’s 2017 lineup. With HD Blu-rays and digital HD broadcasts, it's terrific for the money. It comes packed with HDR technology and supports both HDR 10 and HLG formats. The 4K X-Reality Pro Engine, in combination with the Dynamic Contrast Enhance feature, allows for upscaling picture to near 4K clarity without amplifying source noise or any other common side effects no matter the original video quality.

Although the TV uses edge-mounted LED backlighting, it delivers rich, deep, and even black color during dark scenes. For ensuring the smooth and sharp picture in fast-paced videos (sport or action movies), the Sony KD55X720E is powered by MotionFlow XR240 (60 Hz refresh rate panel). Along with quick pixel response time, the picture gets clear without motion blur. The details in buildings and trees are extremely crisp and natural.

We would like to note that this Sony 55-inch 4K TV doesn’t have additional forward-facing speakers. However, it's still reasonably loud and can spread its sound well. Plus, the ClearAudio+ technology fine tunes TV sound for an immersive audio experience. The initial setup of the TV is easy. It will automatically find your Wi-Fi network with no problem. So, if you're looking for an inexpensive TV with 55-inch screen produced by the trusted brand, the KD55X720E can be your best pick.

Review of Sony KD55X720E 55-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Quick access for YouTube and Netflix

The TV has a solid smart system based on Linux OS, yet, take note that it's not the upgraded Android TV platform the more expensive Sony TVs boast. Though the TV platform of the Sony KD55X720E is much simpler in comparison, it nevertheless includes all of the essential functions users usually expect from a Smart TV such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and more. It features a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate interface with clear menus, and comes including Sony’s Basic Remote with dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons, providing you with quick access to these apps without you needing to open them via the home screen menu.

Sony KD55X720E 55-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

LG 55UJ6300

Excellent for Gamers

Although the LG Electronics 55UJ6300 isn't the latest or the most expensive model in LG series, it's certainly one of the most successful of them, with many functions and options setting it aside from the competition. One of its biggest advantages is wide viewing angles that ensure consistent picture quality for viewers watching it from any corners of the room. That fact alone makes the 55UJ6300 an alluring choice not only for regular customers but also for computer gamers and graphics editors.

The LG Electronics 55UJ6300 uses the IPS panel technology and Direct LED backlight technology. The latter, though, has no local dimming technology and it means it's best to place this TV in rooms with enough natural ambient light. That said, the LG Electronics 55UJ6300 has True Color Accuracy feature, which ensures accurate and crisp picture with advanced color mapping so you can enjoy video content without any blurs or distortions, supports HDR technology and reads HDR 10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) formats. When streaming SDR images, it automatically improves their brightness and maximizes color performance bringing videos as close to 4K HDR quality as possible.

With picture characteristics out of the way, let's say a few words about connectivity options. The LG 55UJ6300 has 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports as main connection options. In addition to those two, it has 1 composite input (AV in), 1 component input, 1 RF input (Terrestrial), and Digital Audio Output (Optical) ports at its back. These ports should be enough to fit most electronic devices we use today including but not limited to satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, and video game consoles. Speaking of which, you should certainly appreciate that the 55UJ6300 has a very low input lag making about 13 ms, meaning this TV can be used not only for watching videos but also for playing all sorts of games in 1080p, 4K, and even 4K HDR resolutions. So if you're looking for a TV that won't cost you a fortune but will provide enough versatility to view various video content without lags and distortions, the LG Electronics 55UJ6300 should be right up your alley.

Review of LG 55UJ6300 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

webOS 3.5 Smart TV

The LG TVs are highly popular among customers worldwide as their webOS is one of the best smart platforms available. What makes it so popular is a great number of streaming video apps such as Netflix, Now TV, Hulu, VUDU, MLB.TV, Google Play TV, Wuaki, Sky Store, and FandangoNow that can be accessed anywhere and any time. Another thing making this platform so attractive is the ability to watch media content in 4K with enhanced HDR Effect and the option to access 70 free premium Internet channels. If you want more, you can always download more apps from the web. The running order of apps is not fixed and can be changed according to your preference. The apps remain open even when you navigate multiple interfaces. Last but not least, the webOS provides the option to playback 360-degree videos, the feature very few existing media players support.

LG 55UJ6300 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

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TCL 55S405

Great Bang for the Buck

Compared to similarly-sized TVs, this one is available at the extremely low cost. Although TCL isn't a very famous brand in the world, the company produces TVs of surprisingly high quality, and this model is no exception. It can really compete with budget Samsung and LG TVs. This model has HDR and the colors here look outstanding. The TCL 55S405 features an HDR 10 and the 10-bit panel, thus, it can show the full-color gamut. Also, it has a 120Hz refresh rate to keep up with fast actions in 4K movies and games. Plus, it has a "Game" mode that doesn't noticeably affect the picture quality. The upscaling is good, too. It nicely upscales 1080p content to 4K resolution quality.

As for the audio, the TV is good enough to play tones below 200Hz cleanly. The volume gets to quite a loud level. The TV has a “Speech” mode for movies, shows, etc. So, you won't need to turn the TV up to the loud levels, it will automatically adjust the sound to the optimal level.

The TCL Smart Roku TV gives you quick access to over 4,000 streaming channels which you can access using either a remote control that comes supplied with the TV or a special app which you can download on your phone from the store. The remote control has a minimal design and features only a few control buttons, making it very easy to use, while the app allows you to access a variety of different customization options so you can adjust picture and audio settings as you see fit. All in all, while being produced by a less famous brand, this TV isn't deprived of the most essential features and will certainly become a good choice for those in need of a 55-inch TV screen at an affordable price.

Review of TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

Design Features

Speaking of design peculiarities of this model, one of the first things you'll notice about it is its extremely lightweight. You'll be able to easily pick it up and carry by yourself without worrying about dropping it. It comes with two small feet that make it easy to place it on any surface. And if you want to, you can also hang it on a wall, it has four standard VESA mounting holes at the back.

The TCL 55S405 is fitted with 3 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 x USB port, 1 x RF, 1 x composite, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x optical audio out, and 1 x Ethernet port, so it has everything to connect it with gaming consoles, cable TV, satellite TV, Blu-ray players, and other devices.

Before wrapping this review up we'd like to point out that the manufacturer offers the same model in configuration with a digital antenna, which will come in handy if you don't own one yet. 

TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

VIZIO D55-D2

Best for Watching Cable TV

VIZIO is one of the leading HDTV companies in the US for a good reason. This manufacturer produces high-quality TVs for a very attractive price. The VIZIO D55-D2 Smart TV boasts a sleek design and stunning picture to bring you immersive Full HD experience at an incredible value. The TV has a full-array LED backlight, which means that LEDs are distributed evenly behind the whole screen to deliver the best light uniformity possible. And the TV dynamically adjusts the LED backlight per 12 Active LED zones for creating deeper black levels and better contrast. This way, the picture is always crystal clear with amazing color detail. With the 120Hz effective refresh rate, the picture gets sharper and feels smoother and more realistic. And thanks to the improved Clear Action 240, this TV depicts fast-moving media content with exceptional clarity. So, you can watch action movies or play video games with minimal blur.

We would like to note that this model supports Full HD resolution, not 4K UHD, which might put off some more demanding users. However, if you don't particularly care for the number of pixels and what you want it is a TV at an affordable price that will produce a decent picture, the VIZIO D55-D2 Smart TV will fit your needs. 

Review of VIZIO D55-D2 55" 1080p LED Smart TV

Simpler. Smarter. More economical.

The TV has a dual-band Wi-Fi and comes with many apps including dedicated VIZIO Internet app preinstalled out of the box. All of these apps are automatically updated to stay current with the latest improvements and upgrades. The VIZIO app features a simplified Full-Screen App Home and a handy seven-position App Launcher to help you find your favorite entertainment quickly. Along with that, there's an option to watch video content from USB drives, satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, etc. The TV has various connectivity options including a USB 2.0 port, 2 HDMI outs, component/composite in, optical out, RCA audio out, and antenna in.

Finally, we'd be remiss not to mention the fact that the VIZIO 55-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV D55-D2 is considered one of the most energy-efficient models out there. Dissimilar to the majority of typical TVs with 55"-59" screens that usually cost users $20 and more per year, the D55-D2 requires only $9, which is nothing short of impressive.

VIZIO D55-D2 55" 1080p LED Smart TV in the use

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What Is a 55-inch TV?

Did you know that most people sit about 9 feet from their TVs? And although THX (the American company that sets audio/visual reproduction standards) recommends a TV with a screen size of around 90 inches for that distance, we believe that not everyone has enough space to install these huge TVs in their living rooms. That's why a 55-inch TV is the most optimal option. They are large enough to create an immersive experience and can fit in most lounge rooms easily. A 55-inch TV is 26.9-inch high and 47.8-inch wide. Yet, if you still hesitate what TV screen you really need for your room, you can refer to this chart.

Currently, there are tons of different model on the market, and to simplify your choice a bit, we have rounded up the best 55-inch TVs for any budget. You'll find here different models with both flat and curved screens, Full HD and Ultra HD resolutions. And if you also need an additional TV for your kitchen or bedroom, you might be interested in the top 32-inch TVs.

What Features to Compare

Resolution

The very first thing to consider before getting a TV is a screen resolution. It's the number of distinct pixels that are displayed on the screen. And the higher this number is, the better the picture will be. Nowadays, most 55-inch TVs have Full high-definition (Full HD) resolution or Ultra-high-definition (UHD) resolution. The most affordable TVs have HD (1280p x 720p) resolution which while being low by new standards might be enough if all you need a television for is watching TV shows. In fact, many popular American channels such as ABC, Fox, ESPN, and others are broadcasted in HD resolution only. And this isn't likely to change soon.

The majority of modern 55-inch TVs use Full HD resolution (1920p x 1080p) that is quite good for watching movies, sports events, and similar video content. And the most sophisticated models have the best 4K UHD resolution which delivers extremely crisp and sharp picture. No wonder that these TVs are the most expensive either.

We also recommend you to have a look at the refresh rate. The higher it is, the less motion blur you'll experience in moving action scenes.

Design

If you want to get the most immersive experience possible, choose models with curved screens. They will add some sense of ‘depth’ in everything you'll watch. This way, you'll feel more like watching 3D content instead of 2D, as the curved picture "wraps around" you more. If you want to get a flat-screen TV, try to choose those that have minimal bezels so you can enjoy the almost edgeless image. Also, it's important to select the frame that matches your room interior. If you're going to mount a TV on the wall, opt for models that come with articulating/tilting wall mounts. Don't forget to check the TV interface and ports available for connecting HDMI cables, satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and USB drives.

Extras

Last but not least, you should decide whether you're ready to invest in a smart TV. By Smart TV, we mean a model with built-in Wi-Fi and access to the Internet, accordingly. These models offer plenty of streaming video content without TV antennas or subscription to cable/satellite services. Smart TVs come with various pre-installed apps and allow for downloading more off the Internet. Finally, you if you're going to watch 3D at home, you should get a 3D-enabled model. Although TV models of this type are considerably more expensive than ordinary ones, they provide the kind of immersive experience no other TV could possibly rival. 

Did you know?

Active 3D vs Passive 3D

You know for sure that most cinemas give you polarized glasses for 3D movies. However, do you know what 3D technology they use? But before we answer this question, first things first, let's find out what 3D actually means. 3D is three-dimensional pictures that have the width, height, and depth. And to see the "depth" from your 3D TV or cinema screen, your each eye should receive slightly different information. To put it simply, your left eye will see information meant for your right eye, and vice versa. There are two ways to deliver different information to your eyes: by using active and passive 3D.

Active 3D technology uses shutter glasses powered by batteries. They do exactly what their name implies - they are constantly shuttering open/closed. Thus, the information intended for your left eye is blocked from your right eye with a closed shutter. Active 3D can be used on LCDs, LED LCDs, plasmas, and home projectors. The only requirement is the ability of the device to refresh at least 60 FPS (frames per second).

Passive 3D uses less expensive polarized glasses and passive 3D TVs are equipped with a special filter that polarizes every line of pixels. This filter makes some lines on the screen visible to your left eye only and others visible to your right eye. Without wearing the glasses, your TV will look like a standard one. You can find Passive 3D on LCD and LED LCD TVs.

Another difference is that your eyes get the Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution with an active 3D, and only 1920 x 540 pixels with passive. Yet, active battery-powered shutter glasses are usually much heavier and bulkier.

LED vs LCD TVs

Many people still believe that LEDs and LCDs are completely different types of TVs, but actually, an LED TV is a type of an LCD TV. And the whole name should sound like “LED-backlit LCD TVs” but since it’s too much of a mouthful for daily conversations, people just call them LED TVs.

Both these types use a liquid crystal display (LCD) to control backlighting of the screen. The panels include two layers of polarizing materials with some liquid crystal solution between them. With all that out of the way, you may still wonder what's the difference between LCD and LED TVs. In fact, the difference was - LCD TVs are no longer produced. Back then, though, in order to backlight the screen, older LCD TVs were made with cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) while LED TVs used small and much more energy-efficient emitting diodes (LEDs). Now, all LCD models use LED lights and thus are regarded as LED TVs. Aside from these two types, you can also find QLED and OLED TVs, however, these are equivalent to traditional LED TVs and use a few advanced technologies allowing them to deliver infinite contrast and more saturated colors.

How to Connect a Phone to a TV?

Today, you can mirror photos, videos, or whatever’s on your phone display to your smart TV. The main requirement is that both your cell phone and TV are on the same Wi-Fi network. Also, your phone should have a Screen Mirroring (or Smart View) function. If your phone has this feature, your TV will seek out it and connect to it in seconds. 

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Publish Date: 2018-05-29 15:10:35