What is the Best 55 Inch Smart TV?

Overall when you’re talking about what is the best 55 inch smart TV it is very easy to get lost. This because of two reasons The first being the vast number of TVs that come in the 55 inch size. The second is the varying prices for this already popular size. It’s very hard to nail down what is the best or even more precisely, what is worth it.

TV Viewing Distance Size Chart

There will be a chart in conjunction with this information to help you easily make sure you’re looking for the best size of TV for the living space you’re trying to fill. On desktop it will be to the right, and on mobile it will be below, but why is the right viewing distance important?

Simply put, immersion. An immersive experience is a good one and every one is looking for the best experience. So by making sure your viewing distance is correct, you can help maximize everything a TV has to offer that isn’t hardware or software.

If you’re looking for the best 55 inch TVs, then your TV should be around 8 feet away or almost 2.4 meters for the best experience.

TV Size Viewing Distance
32″ ~5.0 feet / 1.5 m
40″ ~5.5 feet / 1.6 m
43″ ~6.5 feet / 1.9 m
50″ ~7.0 feet / 2.3 m
55″ ~8.0 feet / 2.4 m
60″ ~8.5 feet / 2.5 m
65″ ~9.0 feet / 2.7 m
70″ ~9.5 feet / 2.9 m
75″ ~12.0 feet / 3.6 m

Is a 55 Inch TV Worth It?

This is a much more simple question to answer. In fact all TVs have a ‘worth it’ value that you could give them, which is more than just a 55 inch TV being worth it. The two most important factors that go into deciding if a TV is worth it is the price and size of the TV. I’ve made a small chart for below that you can look into to help decide the cost and potential caution yo should have before purchasing a TV.

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There are three different things to note when looking at this graph. The three colors.
  • Yellow is for a TV that is often too cheap to be true. You’ll often be lacking features or better performing basics that a normally priced TV would have.
  • Green is for TVs that are often reasonably priced for the features they offer. You’re likely to get a deal when you find a TV size within the green prices.
  • Red is for TVs that are often over priced. They do not offer a considerable amount of advantages for the features they often charge for. This is also when often times you are charged a price premium for a brands name. Such as Sony or Samsung.

Will a Bigger TV Offer More Features?

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The answer to this question is yes and no.

I’ve talked about the proper viewing distance before and how it will make for an immersive experience. You can find that information here. So as you can see from the chart above the larger a TV becomes, the more immersive of an experience it can offer to you. This is very important as it can turn an alright movie into an amazing movie or whatever type of content you’re watching. Getting lost in the program is what this is all about.

Then also note the features that are offered for the larger sizes. Often times since a model will be offered in many sizes, with features alone, it is impossible to rationalize a legitimate price for larger sizes since smaller TVs will offer the same features. I do talk about this with my buying guide that is being updating very often these days. Many features a TV could have are including, but not limited to:

  • Good contrast ratio
  • Good viewing angle
  • Great response times
  • Motion interpolation
  • 24p playback
  • Excellent smart features
  • and many more

So combining knowledge from the top and bottom graphs is extremely important in deciding what is the best for either a price or a series of sizes. When coming to these conclusion I make sure to not only take all of this into consideration, but I also aim to have handled enough TVs to make a reasonable conclusion. This is just my way of effectively digging through the archives if you will.

Best 55 Inch TVs

Without further ado, I will now list the best 55 inch TVs so far this year.
These conclusions took some time. So if you do not agree let me know in the comments below how you feel and what I can do to improve.

Best 55 Inch TV

LG B6 (OLED55B6P)

The LG B6 kicks an absurd amount of butt in all categories under all metrics. From the infinite contrast ratio coupled with an excellent handle on motion to the wide range of inputs with great smart features this TV can do it all. I was very impressed and you will be too. Now all of this is comparable to the LG C7, but the biggest difference here is that the LG B6 can be found for a much smaller price at the same size with very similar features.

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Top Rated 55 Inch 4K TV

Samsung UN55MU8000

A wonderful picture for a mid-range TV. The average local dimming and motion handling are out performed by the processing power and strong picture quality. Recommended to anyone that is looking for a standard TV to out perform standard TVs. A close second is the Sony X900E.

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Best Cheap 55 inch 4K TV

TCL S405 (55S405)

This was a very close call between the TCL P607 and S405. the S405 wins by a small a margin simply because of its price. You save yourself around 100 dollars on average with this model and the features are almost identical. It performs very well and does so thanks to its strong features. such as its incredibly low input lag and robust smart features. That’s not to say it it lacks more traditional features. The contrast ratio is above average and the motion handling of the TV is good enough to handle most content. If you’re in the market for cheap TVs for sale, you’ve found just that.

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Conclusion

Everything will fall into place if you just follow some simple rules that are listed above. The graphs make it easy so you can make it home with a real good TV. I hope this helps work out the kinks with 55 inch TVs. If you’re interested in the full range of 55 inch TVs I’ve reviewed, follow the link here and I hope you have a good day! Cheers!

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