As Netflix binges and at-home movie nights have become our main source of entertainment over the last year, it’s no surprise we’re wanting to up our TV game.
Investing in the best 55-inch TVs means elevated film-fests and an upgraded viewing experience for the footie.
AO.com’s TV expert, Kevin Walmsley, comments: “Whether you need a bigger TV screen size really depends on your viewing distance. If you’re going to be sat about eight feet away from your TV then a 55 inch size screen is ideal.
“It’s also a great screen size if you plan on using your TV for entertainment such as viewing football matches, or gaining the full impact of 4K Ultra HD screen quality to indulge in your favourite films.”
But, he adds, you don’t have to blow the budget to get a good quality and some bells and whistles.
“There are plenty of budget-friendly options available which are still of a high quality – including the Hisense 55” Smart 4K Ultra HD TV, which is also Alexa compatible so you can change channels using your voice,” she says.
We’ve rounded up the best 55-inch TVs below to big up your favourite shows. Sofa-surfing just got even more fun…
Best 55-inch TVs for 2021
This great-value 55-inch TV offers a brilliant sound and visual experience, as it boasts DTS Studio Sounds technology for a virtual surround sound dynamic with a punchy bass. It also has 4K resolution for sharp details and good clarity when watching your favourite films.
It’s smart so you can access streaming and catch-up apps, and it’s Alexa compatible so you can change channels and adjust settings with your voice. One happy customer said: “Lovely TV, crystal-clear picture and easy to set up and use. Feels like a home cinema.”
Enjoy crystal-clear viewing with this 4K Ultra HD 55-inch TV that won’t put too much pressure on your purse.
Dolby Vision ensures bright, vivid colour, and Smart TV means you can binge all your favourite Netflix or Amazon Prime shows through it too.
If there’s gamers in the house, they’ll love that there’s three HDMI and two USB ports for hooking up consoles and Blu-ray Players. What’s more, it’s compatible with Alexa so that when your remote control inevitably gets lost down the back of the sofa again, you can simply change the channel with your voice.
With a 4k Ultra HD picture you’ll enjoy a bright and clear picture at home while bingeing your fave shows, and the sleek design has a very small bezel so you can just enjoy the picture.
The Smart TV means you can access all your favourite apps like Apple TV, Netflix or Prime, and you can control your TV with your favourite voice assistant, as Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant are all built-in.
One shopper’s review states: “Decided to do an upgrade and for a great price we have a completely revolutionised TV. The picture quality is great, we attached to a soundbar to increase sound quality but it definitely isn’t bad at all. The Smart TV element of it is VERY easy to use and you can even set up the remote on your iPhone. Overall we are thrilled with this purchase.”
A stylish and sleek 55-inch TV, this LG option has a clear 4K Ultra HD picture quality, and HDR for popping brightness and contrast.
The Smart TV allows you to enjoy streaming services including Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and more, and the voice control feature means you can change channels on command.
It’s also Bluetooth surround ready so you can create a surround sound effect by connecting any two Bluetooth speakers for an immersive effect.
Create an at-home cinema feel with this 55-inch TV that offers Dolby Vision and audio to upscale your viewing experience.
Get all your streaming apps, like Netflix, YouTube and Prime, with the Smart TV features, while gamers will be happy with the two USB ports and four HDMI sockets.
One review said: “Bought this TV as recently bought a new ps5 and my old TV did not have a good picture for games I wanted to play. Now, what a difference… Great picture, fantastic colours and great sound. All I want in a TV wrapped up in one package.”
Looking to push the boat out? This LG 55-inch TV is treat-yourself territory but comes with new 4K OLED technology for your clearest picture yet. It means every pixel lights itself giving deep darks next to vibrant lights and perfect contrasts for an elevated viewing experience.
The Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos provide excellent audio and visuals for an at-home cinema experience. The Smart TV allows you to stream Now TV, Disney+, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, YouTube and more. And there’s built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for handy voice control.
There’s three USB ports and four HDMI sockets for multiple interfaces, perfect for gaming.
One rave review said: “I can finally view proper HDR Dolby vision content on this TV from the likes of Disney+ and Apple TV+ and it looks fantastic. Amazing detail and colours. It looks more ‘real’ than my older LCD 4K TV, so it’s not just about the resolution. Games also look great. I was worried that my living room was too bright for an OLED, but even on a really bright day I can still see a really good picture. Of course it looks its best in a dark room!”
Another big spend but great-quality option is this Samsung 55-inch TV with QLED screen tech that ensures excellent image quality and colours.
It boasts Smart TV so you can stream and catch up on films and shows from your favourite apps, while adaptive sound automatically ensures the best sound settings. Footie fans will be excited to know that BT Sport is included in the Smart TV apps, letting you watch games live and playback any highlights.
One customer said: “Best picture ever – it looks like you can put your arm in and touch what you’re watching. Easy to set up.”
Want to supersize your TV without supersizing the budget? Try this Bush 55-inch TV for a great affordable option.
The Smart TV means you can access the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, while you can also enjoy 15 Freeview channels in HD.
The 4K Ultra HD ensures a clear picture. There’s voice control for hands-free commands, and you can easily connect wirelessly to a sound bar or other Bluetooth devices for a surround sound experience.
One customer enthused: “Great TV, really clear picture. Easy to set up. Works great with Alexa.”