55 Inch TVs

55 Inch TVsDecember 2017(Last Updated 15 December 2017)

The best 55" TVs on the market, grear for larger living rooms
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Every week we rank the best TVs based on features, reviews and price
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55PUS6162

Philips 55PUS6162

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Jul 2017
The highest scoring 4K TV on the market, with low running costs and a recent release date
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H55N5700

Hisense H55N5700

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£548.99

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Over 5 years
Sep 2017
A top-rated and top-value 55" 4K TV, with alright running costs and good features
#3

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UE55MU6220

Samsung UE55MU6220

59 Reviews
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£539.90

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Aug 2017
A positively reviewed and top-value 55" 4K TV, with OK running costs and a recent release date
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55UJ630

LG 55UJ630

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£439.00

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Over 5 years
Feb 2017
An affordable and very popular 55" 4K television, with satisfactory running costs and good features
#5

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UE55MU6100

Samsung UE55MU6100

17 Reviews
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£500.00

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Over 5 years
Mar 2017
An impressive value for money and stunningly highly rated 55" 4K TV, with alright running costs and good features
#6

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UE55MU6120

Samsung UE55MU6120

20 Reviews
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£529.00

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Aug 2017
An excellently reviewed and recently released 55" 4K TV, with OK running costs and good features
#7

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UE55MU6200

Samsung UE55MU6200

6 Reviews
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Over 5 years
Oct 2017
A newly released and extremely highly rated 55" 4K TV, with moderate running costs and a very reasonable price
#8

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QE55Q7

Samsung QE55Q7

209 Reviews + 10 Awards
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Aug 2017
The highest scoring OLED TV on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 8 further awards from other expert sites
#9

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UE55MU7000UXTK

Samsung UE55MU7000UXTK

20 Reviews + 3 Awards
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£849.00

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Over 5 years
Aug 2017
An award winning and new 55" 4K TV, with satisfactory running costs and a good price
#10

85

55UJ750

LG 55UJ750

42 Reviews
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£678.97

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Over 5 years
Feb 2017
The lowest running cost 4K TV available, with good features and a very fair price
#11

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UE55MU6400

Samsung UE55MU6400

137 Reviews
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£530.00

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Over 5 years
Apr 2017
A phenomenally cheap and best selling 55" 4K television, with average running costs and fantastic user reviews
#12

84

OLED55B7

LG OLED55B7

72 Reviews + 14 Awards
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£1,439.90

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Over 5 years
Feb 2017
The highest review score 55 inch TV on the market, good for watching sport
#13

84

UE55MU6500

Samsung UE55MU6500

43 Reviews
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£650.00

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£140
Over 5 years
Mar 2017
An extremely highly rated and very cheap 55" 4K TV, with OK running costs and good features
#14

84

55UJ670

LG 55UJ670

54 Reviews
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£589.00

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£110
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
A positively reviewed and cheap 55" 4K TV, with average running costs and good features
#15

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UE55KU6500

Samsung UE55KU6500

5 Reviews
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£627.85

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Over 5 years
May 2016
A top-rated and cheap 55" 4K TV, with average running costs and good features
#16

81

OLED55E6

LG OLED55E6

155 Reviews + 18 Awards
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£1,799.00

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Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A high-quality and multi award winning 55" 4K TV, with an Editor's Choice award from six expert review websites and 13 further awards from other expert sites
#17

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H55M6600

Hisense H55M6600

37 Reviews
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£579.00

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Over 5 years
Jun 2017
A positively reviewed and newly released 55" 4K TV, with average running costs and good features
#18

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OLED55B6V

LG OLED55B6V

10 Reviews
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£1,099.00

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£190
Over 5 years
Oct 2016
A fully featured and multi award winning 55" 4K television, with satisfactory running costs but representing not very good value for money
#19

81

UE55MU8000TXTK

Samsung UE55MU8000TXTK

9 Reviews + 1 Award
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£1,098.00

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Over 5 years
Aug 2017
An award winning and very popular 55" 4K television, with average running costs but representing only moderate value for money
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80

UE55M5510AW

Samsung UE55M5510AW

323 Reviews
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£649.00

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£87
Over 5 years
Mar 2017
A very highly rated and fairly new 55" Full HD TV, with good features and a fair price

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55UH661

LG 55UH661

104 Reviews
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£540.00

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£99
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
A cheap and excellently reviewed 55" 4K TV, good for watching films

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55PUS6401

Philips 55PUS6401

445 Reviews
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£529.00

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£120
Over 5 years
Apr 2016
A top-rated and top-value 55" 4K TV, with average running costs and good features

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UE55K6300

Samsung UE55K6300

62 Reviews
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£569.00

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£83
Over 5 years
Jul 2016
A top-rated and cheap 55" Full HD TV, with low running costs but only average features

79

55EF950

LG 55EF950

9 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£1,789.00

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£120
Over 5 years
Sep 2015
A fully featured and award winning 55" 4K television, exceptional for watching films

79

QE55Q8

Samsung QE55Q8

55 Reviews + 5 Awards
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£1,399.99

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£170
Over 5 years
Aug 2017
A new and multi award winning 55" 4K television, terrific for watching films

79

OLED55E7

LG OLED55E7

19 Reviews + 3 Awards
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£1,650.00

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£140
Over 5 years
May 2017
A relatively new and award winning 55" 4K TV, with satisfactory running costs but representing inferior value for money

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UE55KS8000

Samsung UE55KS8000

40 Reviews + 9 Awards
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£750.00

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£110
Over 5 years
Jun 2016
A new and multi award winning 55" 4K TV, good for watching films

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UE55KU6100

Samsung UE55KU6100

134 Reviews
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£505.00

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£140
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A highly rated and relatively new 55" 4K TV, good for watching sport

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55LF652

LG 55LF652

282 Reviews
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£575.00

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£85
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A very highly rated and good value for money 55" Full HD television, with low running costs and good features

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KD55XD8005

Sony KD55XD8005

33 Reviews
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£849.00

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£120
Over 5 years
Jun 2016
A relatively new and very highly rated 55" 4K TV, with average running costs but representing only moderate value for money

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H55M3300

Hisense H55M3300

51 Reviews
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£449.00

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£140
Over 5 years
May 2016
A positively reviewed and top-value 55" 4K TV, good for playing games

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UE55KU6400

Samsung UE55KU6400

26 Reviews + 1 Award
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£459.00

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£140
Over 5 years
May 2016
A low cost and fairly new 55" 4K TV, good for watching films

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55SJ810

LG 55SJ810

6 Reviews
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£869.00

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£97
Over 5 years
Mar 2017
A fairly new and critically acclaimed 55" 4K TV, good for watching sport

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55UF695

LG 55UF695

74 Reviews
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£659.00

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£120
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A highly rated and cheap 55" 4K TV, with alright running costs and good features

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55UH770

LG 55UH770

96 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£649.99

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Over 5 years
Mar 2016
A good value for money and award winning 55" 4K TV, good for watching sport

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QE55Q6F

Samsung QE55Q6F

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£939.00

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Over 5 years
Oct 2017
The newest OLED TV available, good for watching sport

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H55M7000

Hisense H55M7000

138 Reviews + 1 Award
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£650.00

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£210
Over 5 years
Jun 2016
A cheap and award winning 55" 4K television, very good for playing games

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UE55KU6000

Samsung UE55KU6000

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£579.99

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£140
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A very popular and highly rated 55" 4K television, with OK running costs and good features

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55EG920

LG 55EG920

11 Reviews + 5 Awards
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£1,499.00

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£130
Over 5 years
Jun 2015
A top-quality and multi award winning 55" 4K TV, with average running costs but representing inferior value for money

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55UF950

LG 55UF950

41 Reviews + 7 Awards
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£849.97

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Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A good spec and multi award winning 55" 4K TV, with OK running costs but representing only moderate value for money

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55LF580

LG 55LF580

3 Reviews
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£599.00

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£92
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A very highly rated and good value for money 55" Full HD television, with satisfactory running costs but only average features

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UE55H6400

Samsung UE55H6400

67 Reviews + 5 Awards
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£609.00

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Over 5 years
May 2015
A cheap and multi award winning 55" Full HD television, with a Best Buy award from two expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites

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UE55JU6400

Samsung UE55JU6400

16 Reviews + 1 Award
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£803.90

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Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A cheap and award winning 55" 4K television, with OK running costs and good features

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55UF770

LG 55UF770

8 Reviews
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£749.00

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£110
Over 5 years
Apr 2015
A good spec and critically acclaimed 55" 4K TV, good for watching sport

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UE55MU9000TXTK

Samsung UE55MU9000TXTK

8 Reviews
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£1,249.00

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Over 5 years
Aug 2017
A positively reviewed and new 55" 4K TV, good for watching films

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KD-55XE9305

Sony KD‑55XE9305

13 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£1,499.00

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Over 5 years
Feb 2017
A multi award winning and fairly new 55" 4K TV, with alright running costs but representing not very good value for money

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UE55J6300

Samsung UE55J6300

62 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£599.00

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Over 5 years
Nov 2015
A multi award winning and good value for money 55" Full HD television, with average running costs but only average features

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55UH950

LG 55UH950

23 Reviews + 1 Award
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£1,199.00

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Over 5 years
Mar 2016
A good spec and award winning 55" 4K television, good for watching sport

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55EG910

LG 55EG910

53 Reviews + 1 Award
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£1,249.00

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Over 5 years
Sep 2015
A fully featured and award winning 55" Full HD TV, with average running costs but representing inferior value for money

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55PUS6262

Philips 55PUS6262

3 Reviews
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£549.00

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Over 5 years
Jul 2017
A fairly new and good value for money 55" 4K TV, with average reviews and good features

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LTDN55K720

Hisense LTDN55K720

40 Reviews
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£930.35

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Over 5 years
Oct 2015
A top-rated but 2 year old 55" 4K TV, good for playing games

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55U5766DB

Toshiba 55U5766DB

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£439.00

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Over 5 years
Aug 2017
A top-value and recently released 55" 4K TV, very good for watching films

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55SJ800

LG 55SJ800

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£789.90

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Over 5 years
May 2017
A fairly new and critically acclaimed 55" 4K TV, good for watching films

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55PUT6400

Philips 55PUT6400

95 Reviews + 1 Award
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£529.00

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Over 5 years
Jul 2015
An award winning and good value for money 55" 4K TV, with satisfactory running costs and good features

71

UE55K5100

Samsung UE55K5100

68 Reviews
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£459.00

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£110
Over 5 years
Apr 2016
A positively reviewed and affordable 55" Full HD television, with satisfactory running costs but only average features

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UE55KS7000

Samsung UE55KS7000

46 Reviews
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£750.00

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Over 5 years
Jul 2016
A good spec and relatively new 55" 4K television, good for watching films

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55SJ850

LG 55SJ850

14 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£898.99

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Over 5 years
Feb 2017
A fairly new and best selling 55" 4K TV, with moderate running costs and multiple awards

71

TX-55CX680

Panasonic TX‑55CX680

2 Reviews + 1 Award
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£599.00

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Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A cheap and award winning 55" 4K TV, with moderate running costs and good features

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55U6763DB

Toshiba 55U6763DB

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£460.00

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Over 5 years
Aug 2017
An affordable and newly released 55" 4K television, good for watching sport

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UE55LS003

Samsung UE55LS003

12 Reviews + 3 Awards
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£1,998.95

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An award winning and recently released 55" 4K TV, good for watching films

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Sony KD49XE8004
Sony
KD49XE8004
£579.00
£20 cheaper
Better for
watching films
Larger display
diagonal
VS
Sony KD43XE8396
Sony
KD43XE8396
£599.00
Cheaper to run
by £21 over
five years
Sony KD49XE8004
Sony
KD49XE8004
£579.00
£70 cheaper
More popular
Better for
watching films
VS
Sony KD49XE8396
Sony
KD49XE8396
£649.00
Cheaper to run
by £3 over
five years
Samsung UE55KS8000
Samsung
UE55KS8000
£750.00
9% thinner
VS
Samsung UE55KS7000
Samsung
UE55KS7000
£750.00
Better user
reviews
LG 55SJ850
LG
55SJ850
£898.99
A bit thinner
VS
LG 55SJ810
LG
55SJ810
£869.00
£30 cheaper
Expert reviews
are a bit
better
9% cheaper to
run over five
years
Sony KD55XD7005
Sony
KD55XD7005
£699.00
£150 cheaper
More popular
VS
Sony KD55XD8005
Sony
KD55XD8005
£849.00
78% thinner
Cheaper to run
by £23 over
five years
Better for
playing games
Samsung UE40MU6100
Samsung
UE40MU6100
£325.00
Better for
watching films
VS
Samsung UE40MU6400
Samsung
UE40MU6400
£320.00
£5 cheaper
More popular
Significantly
better expert
reviews
Panasonic TX-40EX600
Panasonic
TX-40EX600
£418.25
More popular
VS
Panasonic TX-40EX700
Panasonic
TX-40EX700
£399.00
£19 cheaper
Vastly thinner
Better for
watching films
Samsung UE40KU6400
Samsung
UE40KU6400
£439.00
Thinner
VS
Samsung UE40KU6000
Samsung
UE40KU6000
£429.00
£10 cheaper
User reviews
are a little
better
Samsung UE49KS7000
Samsung
UE49KS7000
£649.99
Three more
awards
Better
Techradar
review score
Expert reviews
are better
VS
Samsung UE49MU7000
Samsung
UE49MU7000
£619.90
£30 cheaper
Considerably
better user
reviews
Better for
watching sport
Samsung UE40KU6470
Samsung
UE40KU6470
£399.99
£99 cheaper
0% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Samsung UE40MU6470U
Samsung
UE40MU6470U
£499.00
Slightly
thinner
LG 49UJ634
LG
49UJ634
£439.00
Better for
watching sport
VS
LG 49UJ630
LG
49UJ630
£429.00
£10 cheaper
£3 cheaper to
run over five
years
LG 49UH620
LG
49UH620
£420.00
User reviews
are better
VS
LG 49UH610
LG
49UH610
£384.99
£35 cheaper
Better for
watching films
Samsung UE40MU6400
Samsung
UE40MU6400
£320.00
£20 cheaper
16% thinner
Cheaper to run
by £2 over
five years
VS
Samsung UE40MU6120K
Samsung
UE40MU6120K
£340.00
More popular
User reviews
are better
Better for
watching films
Sony KD49XE9005
Sony
KD49XE9005
£995.00
Better for
playing games
Better for
watching sport
Better for
watching films
VS
Sony KD49XE8005
Sony
KD49XE8005
£629.00
£366 cheaper
Energy
efficiency
rating is
better
14% cheaper to
run over five
years
Samsung UE49KU6400
Samsung
UE49KU6400
£549.00
£155 cheaper
Better for
watching films
VS
Samsung UE49KU6450
Samsung
UE49KU6450
£704.24
Better for
watching sport
Cheaper to run
by £2 over
five years
LG 55SJ850
LG
55SJ850
£898.99
More popular
Better for
watching sport
3.1mm thinner
VS
LG 55SJ800
LG
55SJ800
£789.90
£109 cheaper
Considerably
better expert
reviews
Better for
watching films
Samsung UE55MU6100
Samsung
UE55MU6100
£500.00
£29 cheaper
Slightly better
user reviews
VS
Samsung UE55MU6120
Samsung
UE55MU6120
£529.00
Better for
watching films

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow are TV displays measured?
AThe size of a TV is dictated by the diagonal diameter of the screen. This is calculated by measuring from the top left to bottom right of the screen itself - the measurement doesn't include the bezel (the casing around the screen) or any extras - just the screen.
QWhat is the difference between 4k, Full HD and HD Ready?
AThese 3 are a measurement of the "resolution" of a TV - how many pixels the screen can display at once, and therefore how sharp the image is. HD Ready TVs have a resolution of around 1280x720 pixels, whereas Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. 4k TVs have a substantially higher density, being somewhere around 3840x2160 pixels.

The higher the resolution, the sharper the image will be on large screens. An 80 inch TV that only supports HD Ready will look muddy and blurry. On the other hand, 4k resolution will be wasted on a small 3 inch TV, since the screen is too small to make effective use of it.
QWhat is a Smart TV?
AA Smart TV has a net connection, and the ability to run apps like a computer. This means that as well as watching TV, you can use the device to access sites such as YouTube or Netflix, display news updates, browse social media and play music using apps such as Spotify.
QWhat is the difference between LCD & LED TVs?
ALiquid Crystal Displays (LCD) TVs work by shining light through a matrix of coloured liquid cells, whereas Light Emitting Diodes (LED) TVs utilise an enormous amount of tiny LED lights to shine light through, rather than a small number of lamps. LCD TVs still make up the largest amount of TVs on the market, but LED TVs tend to be significantly thinner and lighter, and give a better backlight coverage due to the larger number of lamps.

A Quick Introduction to TVs


When picking the optimal television for your house, there are several important things to consider. First and foremost: size. The size of a TV is crucial not just to the immersion, but also to how well it fits into a room. A small room may only need a medium-sized or small TV - a large 60” monster may fill the room too much, and engulf it. Conversely, having too small a TV in a large room will mean the TV gets lost in the room, and it won’t be seen as easily from all corners of the room. Generally speaking:

  • 30-40” is good for small rooms
  • 40-50” is good for medium-sized rooms
  • 55”+ is good for large rooms

Next to size, the other important consideration is picture quality. This is made up of several different factors: resolution, colour depth, contrast and response time. Lets look at each in turn:


Resolution

This is a measurement of how many pixels make up the screen - a higher pixel density means that the image will be sharper and more detailed, and will provide a higher-quality picture on larger screen sizes. 4k is the current best resolution for consumer-available televisions, providing approximately 4 times the image quality than standard HD TVs.

The resolution of a TV is only as good as the media it's displaying - so a 4K TV will work best with movies and TV that support 4K resolution. Sadly it won't magically make your old VHS tapes look any better!

Colour Depth

This denotes the breadth of colour available to display on the screen, from black to red to white to everything in between. The larger the spectrum that can be displayed on the TV, the more subtle the resulting colours will be - i.e: everything won’t be coloured in exactly the same shade of red, but instead a subtle mix, adding greater depth and richness to the image.

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Contrast

This denotes the difference between the darkest blacks and the whitest whites on the screen. The higher the contrast, the more vibrant the colours will be. High contrast ratios especially favour deep blacks, making them richer and deeper. Colour depth and contrast are very much interlinked, and having a TV with high of both will lead to the best picture quality for your viewing pleasure.

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High contrast vs. low contrast

Response Time

This is the time delay between the signal being received by the TV, and the resulting image being shown on the screen. This is measured in milliseconds, but can cause problems when the picture changes so rapidly that a second signal will come in before the TV can even process the first one. This leads to multiple images being displayed at once, which in turn causes blurry and muddy images while the TV tries to keep up. Therefore for extremely fast-paced action (such as F1 racing or high-velocity action movies) a low response time will keep the picture sharp and the action easily to follow!


Response time is also very important if you plan on connecting a games console to the TV - a low response time means action-heavy games will feel smoother and more responsive.

Finally, Smart TVs (i.e: internet-enabled TVs with various steaming and app functionality) allow you to use your TV as far more than a gateway to the terrestrial channels. Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video allow for an enormous catalogue of on-demand films and programmes, while apps such as Spotify or Skype enhance the functionality of your TV to make it capable of multiple roles in your day-to-day life.

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