Best 55 inch TVs for 2018
In case you are not that interested in the exact release date of your future 55 inch TV, here is our list of the best TVs of this size for 2018, which are still valid, and are among the best 55 inch TVs on the market in 2020 as well.
If you want to future proof your purchase, the LG B8 is an excellent TV that will give you peace of mind that you are making a wise investment for a 55 inch TV.
We picked the LG OLED 55B8 as our overall top choice for the best 55 inch TVs for 2018 for several very good reasons.
First of all, this 4K OLED TV is a very versatile one. It performs perfectly in complete darkness thanks to the self-emissive technology which turns off or simply dims individual pixels to adjust to the lightness or darkness. The pixel dimming will illuminate each and every one of the 8.3 million pixels individually.
The LG B8 also amazed us with its perfect black uniformity and an astounding contrast ratio. The 55 inch TV from LG provides a very wide angle of viewing which makes it perfect for any type of room and for all types of room layouts and sizes. The best part is that the image remains super accurate no matter which angle you are viewing it from.
It ranked at the top when tested for watching movies, TV, sports, HDR movies and games, sports and as a PC monitor.
When playing games and watching fast action movies and sports, we found nearly no motion blur to distract us from the perfect viewing experience.
The design of the LG OLED B8 is very high-end and will add sleekness and contemporary style to any décor.
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The stand is quite narrow, so it can fit just about any TV table. If you want to mount the TV on the wall, you don’t have to worry about the inputs – because everything you need is easily accessible on the side of the set. Thanks to the ultra-thin borders (0.39 inches), and its ultra-thin size (1.93 inches), your wall-mounted TV will look picture perfect.
The 4K OLED TV from LG runs cool, so you won’t have issues with overheating.
If you are planning on using this TV in a very bright room, then you can rest assured that the light won’t ruin your viewing experience, thanks to the superb reflection handling.
This 55 inch TV will upscale 480p, 720p, and 1080p content perfectly with no visible issues which means that you can enjoy your favorite DVDs, TV programs and Blu-ray movies in perfectly upscaled quality.
The B8 LG OLED’s ThinQ AI technology has a built-in Google Assistant which will allow you to control it with your voice via the LG Magic Remote. It also works with Amazon Alexa devices.
Thanks to the α7 Intelligent Processor, your 4K HDR content will be enhanced further to create a perfectly lifelike picture with superior sharpness, depth, and stunningly accurate colors.
The 4K Cinema HDR support Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG and provides a scene-by-scene optimization and tone-mapping.
The sound of this TV is also incredible and immersive thanks to the Dolby Atmos technology used which is similar to that used in modern movie theaters.
The LG 4K OLED B8 has 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 composite in, 1 RF, 1 optical, 1 Ethernet inputs as well as a mini-jack and Audio Return Channel Support via HDMI. It has Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth connectivity options.
The Smart TV runs WebOS v.4.0 and has a few pre-installed apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video, and many more available for download at the LG content store.
Overall, you will be amazed at the perfect picture, the amazing sound and the overall performance of this beautiful, sleek 55 inch OLED TV from LG!
Plus, this bundle offers a complimentary $100 Hulu Plus gift card, a free wall mount, a backlit keyboard for the TV, a 6 outlet surge adapter as well as an extended 1-year warranty along with the TV!
Even though the Samsung Q8FN doesn’t have the infinite contrast ration of our top pick for 2018 – the LG OLED B8, this stunning 55 inch TV still performs perfectly well in dark rooms as well as in bright rooms thanks to the excellent reflection handling and high peak brightness feature.
This TV by Samsung is also great for gaming, as it supports various new gaming technologies, including a variable refresh rate and auto low latency mode.
The motion handling of this QLED TV, as well as its perfect response time, makes it great for watching sports and fast action movies and shows.
Overall the 55” Samsung Q8FN has a very wide color gamut and is very responsive thanks to the low input lag. It is perfect watching for fast motion content and performs well in both dark and very bright rooms.
The 360-degree view of the TV thanks to its bezel-less design makes it a superb accessory for any décor. You can mount it on the wall or enjoy it on its stand (9.7″ x 38.1″) without being distracted by any cables hanging out thanks to the Q Style cable management system.
It can be used in ambient mode, which plays music, shows decorative content or show your own pictures straight from the cloud, which is another amazing feature of this 55 inch TV.
It is a Smart TV with a Bixby Voice feature allowing you to quickly and easily find any content streaming or any favorite shows running via the One Remote and your voice at the Universal Guide provided by Samsung. You can connect it to your home network via the Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections available. The smart TV runs on Samsung’s Tizen and has a wide variety of apps to choose from.
You can quickly and easily pair all your mobile devices via the SmartThings app to share content and control your TV via your smartphone.
The powerful Q engine will optimize all kinds of content to 4K quality and clarity, color and HDR.
All of the inputs are located on the side of the TV frame. They include 4 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 Digital optical audio out, 1 tuner, and 1 Ethernet.
The Samsung QN55Q8F TV is a perfect choice for all kinds of purposes, including watching movies, sports, playing games, HDR gaming and movie watching, and as a PC monitor. We can strongly recommend this beautiful TV to just about anybody who wants to upgrade their TV to a new 55-inch model from 2018.
If our top picks for the best 55 inch TVs for 2018 are too expensive for you, we strongly recommend our top budget-friendly pick for this year – the TCL 55 R617 4K UHD Roku TV.
It provides a stunning 4K HDR performance and features the Roku OS smart platform all at a shockingly low price.
The TCL 55R617 has an attractive brushed metal design and will provide you with superior TV experience. It supports Dolby Vision which delivers superb contrast and brightness and a very wide palette of rich and satisfying colors. Its Contrast Control Zone technology will optimize the image in 120 zones individually and the result is a striking contrast between the dark and light areas.
This 55 inch TV from TCL is powered by an iPQ engine that provides precise color reproduction, and an HDR Pro Gamma system which improved the HDR performance significantly.
Thanks to the smart Roku platform, you can easily connect to and access your Blue-ray player, cable box or gaming console without the need of flipping through the different inputs and fumbling through complicated menus.
You can control the TCL R6 TV with your voice, which will make your viewing experience even more enjoyable and finding the perfect content among the 500,000 movies and TV series available on Roku TV much easier.
The LED backlighting, full-array local dimming combined with the Zone controls will bring you an excellent picture with deep blacks and a very satisfying contrast even in the darkest rooms.
The TCL R6 55 inch TV has 3 HDMI 2.0, one HDMI ARC, 1 USB, an RF composite, a headphone jack, optical audio out and 1 Ethernet inputs.
The low impact lag is perfect for gamers, and the fast motion clearing function makes this TV excellent for enjoying sports and other fast-action content. It is also superb if you want to play HDR games or watch HDR movies.
Overall, this is a very good quality smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV which is available at an outrageously low price, especially as compared to our other top picks for the best 55 inch TVs for 2018. Actually, it is the best 55 inch TV which you can buy in this price range right now!
Yes, we did pick another TCL 55 inch TV as our top budget pick for 2018, but if it is still out of your price range, you should consider buying the least expensive 55 inch TV on our list – the TCL 55S405 4K UHD Roku smart TV.
- 55 inch 4K UHD LED TV
- Low price for an overall good entry-level TCL 4K Roku TV
- Superb low input lag which will make gamers very happy
- Low motion blur allows for a good sports viewing experience
- Provides great contrast with deep blacks
- Smart functionality provides easy access to Roku TV’s more than 450,000 movies and TV series over 4,000 channels, and no ads
- Direct-lit LED for a great quality picture given the price of the TV
- 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 and 1 HDMI ARC, 1 USB, RF, Optical audio out, composite, headphone and Ethernet inputs
- Wi-Fi connectivity to connect your TV to your home network and the Internet
If you are ready to invest in Sony’s last year flagship 55 inch TV, then you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that Sony has returned to OLED with the Sony XBR55A1E 4K Ultra HD Bravia OLED TV, and the truth is that this TV offers the best HD to 4K upscaling we have ever seen.
- A brilliant “picture only “ design enhanced by the ultra-thin 55-inch OLED panel
- 4K Ultra HD clarity paired with the detail, contrast, and color of HDR to produce an almost lifelike picture like you have never seen before
- Freeview HD tuner
- Room-filling, immersive audio which uses the screen as speakers via the rear-mounted “exciters” which vibrate the surface of the screen
- Wide viewing angles will allow you to position this TV in any room setting
- 4 HDMI, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Ethernet and a composite inputs
- The Motionflow XR removes any blur from fast-action sports, movies, and scenes
- The most powerful processor from Sony and dual image reference database system allows for the best HD to 4K upscaling than any other brand
- Works with Alexa for easy voice control
- Built-in Wi-Fi system
- Powered by Android TV which will provide you with access to the hundreds of available Android streaming, gaming, and other apps online
- A nifty Voice remote control
The LG OLED55B7A 55 inch 4K Ultra HD TV may be from 2017, but it is still one of the best entry-level 4K OLED TV’s on the market today.
- 55-inch OLED panel and a brilliant 4K UHD resolution
- Freeview Play and Freeview satellite tuners
- The Smart TV runs WebOS 33.5 and has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to connect the TV to your home network and to the internet
- HDR detail contrast and color
- 4K Ultra HD clarity of the picture
- The individually lit OLED pixels allow for the best contrast and picture quality
- Very sleek and attractive design
- 3 USB, 4 HDMI, 1 Composite, 1 RF, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 mini-jack, and a component shared with composite inputs
- Sold at a lower price as compared to the higher end LG TV’s sporting the same OLED panel
- Supports all three key HDR formats – HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG
- An intuitive and responsive cursor-based pointer remote control with dedicated buttons for Amazon and Netflix for quick and easy access to the popular streaming services
- Also features YouTube, Now TV, Wuaki TV, and many others
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Has preset options for the image settings including Standard, Cinema, Eco, Sports, HDR, Game, Vivid as well as an ISF for dark and ISF for bright rooms