Best 55 inch TVs 2021/02

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What distinguishes the best TV with 55 inches?

Nowadays, the trend in televisions is towards 65 inches and larger. But for only a few households is such a size even necessary. Smaller apartments and rooms in single-family houses can also manage with smaller devices, for example, a TV with 55 inches. On this page, we present three devices that differ in price as well as strengths and weaknesses, but are all 55 inches in size and meet different needs.

On this page we present three TVs that differ in price and strengths and weaknesses, but are all 55 inches in size. If you have already decided on the right TV size, but don’t know which features are important to you, you’ll find all the information you need here. If you need more advice, try our TVfindr.

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The best 55 inch TV 2021: LG CX OLED

LG CX OLED (55 Inch)
LG's all-round wonder with amazing picture quality
Picture Quality Bright Room
77%
Picture Quality Dark Room
97%
Viewing Angle
97%
HDR
79%
Movies & TV Shows
89%
Gaming
95%
Sports
88%
Features
77%

LG CX OLED compared to the alternatives

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The picture quality of LG’s OLED is truly brilliant and few other TVs can match the CX on this point. The 120Hz OLED panel is especially convincing in dark environments, where it delivers perfect blacks and a theoretically infinite contrast ratio.

One minor drawback of OLED TVs over conventional LED-LCD TVs is the limited brightness in bright rooms, which isn’t on par with the highest-end LCD TVs, but it’s still better than most. In bright rooms, the difference between the Samsung Q90T’s peak and continuous brightness is noticeable. The automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) reduces the brightness of some content even further to protect the organic LEDs; which might bother some users. In return, the CX supports Dolby Vision IQ, which allows the brightness to be adjusted to the environment.

Also, the motion handling is really good. The 120Hz OLED panel has a response time of less than 1ms, so almost no motion blur is noticeable – and that even with very fast movements.

Its compatibility with HDMI 2.1 allows data transfers at up to 40 Gbps, which enables 4K resolution at 120 fps, for example. This is especially interesting for next-gen gaming with Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. It also supports VRR via HDMI Forum VRR and FreeSync Premium for gaming without tearing and Auto Low Latency Mode to automatically keep input lag as low as possible in Game Mode.

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are available for voice control of the device. The latter can also be integrated into existing smart home devices. Streaming and mirroring from a smartphone or tablet works with Apple AirPlay 2. If the LG CX is interesting but too expensive for you, the LG BX is a good alternative. This also has HDMI 2.1, but only has Dolby Vision and cannot get quite as bright as the CX.

LG CX OLED Pro / Contra

  • Perfect Blacks
  • Contrast Ratio: ∞:1
  • Motion Handling
  • Viewing Angle
  • HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
  • HDMI VRR & G-Sync Compatible VRR
  • Dolby Vision
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Alpha 9 Gen 3 Processor
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)

Alternatives to the LG CX OLED as 55 inch TV

Alternative
Great gaming performance in bright rooms  
Samsung Q90T QLED (55 Inch)
Picture Quality Bright Room +20
Picture Quality Dark Room -15
Gaming -5
Higher price $+1498*

With the Q90T, Samsung also delivers an excellent 55-inch TV that can definitely keep up with its competition, especially in bright rooms.
However, in contrast to the two OLEDs, the Q90T feels most comfortable in bright surroundings. However, it can also produce a great picture in dark environments, but it cannot match the brilliant picture quality of OLEDs.

On the whole, the picture quality is really convincing. The 10-bit VA panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz has a deep black and a high contrast ratio of 10500:1; this creates an excellent picture quality. The fact that the Q90T manages very well in bright surroundings is mainly due to its high peak brightness of about 1400 nits and its terrific reflection handling.

Thanks to a well-implemented Full Array Local Dimming feature and a very wide color space, HDR content in particular is impressively displayed. Here, it can definitely be seen as an OLED competitor, but unfortunately Samsung still does not use Dolby Vision, so dynamic optimization can only be performed for HDR10+ content.

Normally, VA panels have a rather limited viewing angle, but Samsung’s Ultra Viewing Angle Layer has been integrated into the Q90T, so the viewing angle is expanded enormously.

The motion handling is really excellent for an LED LCD TV, but with 4ms it can’t quite keep up with the CX’s response time.

The Q90T is also wonderfully suited for gaming, thanks to the excellent motion handling and the low input lag of about 10ms at [email protected] Thanks to the HDMI 2.1 interface, the TV is also ready for the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles and thus supports VRR via FreeSync or HDMI Forum VRR, ALLM and [email protected] Furthermore, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos via Dolby True HD are supported through the HDMI eARC, but unfortunately no DTS.

The Tizen 5.5 operating system makes the Q90T a well-rounded smart TV. Alexa or the in-house Bixby can be used as voice assistants and Apple AirPlay 2 is also included in the package. The Tozen OS’s selection of apps is huge and all common streaming services are preloaded. Thanks to Samsung SmartThings, the TV can be seamlessly integrated into the smart home environment and thus applications can be conveniently controlled via remote control.

Alternative
More affordable LCD TV with HDMI 2.1 
Sony X900H (55 Inch)
Picture Quality Bright Room -9
Picture Quality Dark Room -35
Gaming -5
Higher price $+998*

The X900H is a more affordable option with a similar feature set as its two high-end counterparts. Just like the Q90T, it has a VA panel with deep blacks and a contrast ratio of ~4800:1. With Full Array Local Dimming and a wide color gamut, the picture quality is good in both bright and dark environments and HDR content is displayed convincingly. Also, unlike the Q90T, HDR material is dynamically optimized with Dolby Vision.

However, the viewing angle of the X900H is quite narrow, which is quite normal for VA panels. Unfortunately, Sony has not included a layer to widen the viewing angle, which means that colors look washed out quite quickly if you are not sitting in front of the X900H.

In terms of motion handling, the X900H is on par with the high-end QLED Q90T. The 120Hz panel has a response time of about 4ms, which means there is little motion blur during fast movements.

With the good motion handling, it’s hardly surprising that the Sony Bravia TV is perfectly suited for gaming. It has an HDMI 2.1 interface, which theoretically allows for Auto Low Latency Mode, Variable Refresh Rate, [email protected] and HDMI eARC. However, at the time of writing this article, not all HDMI 2.1 features are enabled yet and will be delivered via update. For example, the resolution is reduced at [email protected] in order to keep the refresh rate as constant as possible. There is also no variable refresh rate yet to avoid screen tearing. But Sony has assured that the update for the X900H is still to come – better late than never.

The XH90 uses Android TV 9.0 Pie as its smart OS. This now runs much smoother than old Android versions and Google Assistant is available as a voice assistant. In addition, the TV can be connected with Google Home or Amazon Echo to be ideally integrated into a smart home. Of course, Airplay 2 is available for easy data exchange with Apple devices and all common streaming services are also supported.

The best 55 inch TV compared

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Picture Quality Bright Room
Picture Quality Dark Room
Viewing Angle
HDR
Movies & TV Shows
Gaming
Sports
Features
77%
97%
97%
79%
89%
95%
88%
77%
97%
82%
82%
78%
85%
90%
87%
74%
68%
62%
47%
64%
62%
90%
75%
78%
* Prices incl. VAT, plus shipping costs. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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