The way we watch television is changing all the time. But if there's one thing that’s constant, it's that we need a great TV to consume the media we love. Hardware is important and we want to make sure we’re getting the ultimate TV experience. Movies, shows, and video games are made to be enjoyed at super high resolutions and sometimes even in three dimensions. When we enjoy this media, we don’t want to miss out on quality!
When you watch your favorite movies, you want to feel like you’re really there on the set. When you’re watching a show, you want to feel like you’re interacting with the characters. When you’re playing a video game, you want to be right in the middle of the action. There’s no better way to do that than to with a best 4K 55 inch HDTV that's within your budget.
With technology rapidly changing and upgrading, it can be hard to know what we need to buy to keep up. Maybe you bought a 1080p TV a few years ago and thought you were set for a while because it’s “Full HD.” Full HD is good, but it’s no longer the top of the line. 4K has taken over as the king of resolution. Luckily we’re in a sweet spot where 4K is new enough to be the best, but starting to get old enough to be affordable. Let’s take a look at some of the top rated HDTVs currently on the market.
Here is a list of 2017's top rated and reviewed 55 inch 4K TVs to help you choose the best products for your home.
Best 55 Inch 4K HDTVs | Top 7
|Our Rank||4K HDTV||Resolution (Pixels)||Refresh Rate (Hz)||Price|
|1.||Samsung UN55KS9500||3840 x 2160||120Hz||$$$|
|2.||LG 55EG9600||3840 x 2160||100Hz||$$|
|3.||Vizio P55-C1||3840 x 2160||240Hz||$$$$$|
|4.||Sony XBR-55X930D||3840 x 2160||120Hz||$$$$|
|5.||LG OLED55E6P||3840 x 2160||120Hz||$$$|
|6.||Samsung UN55JS9000||3840 x 2160||120Hz||$$$|
|7.||Vizio M55-C2OLED55E6P||3840 x 2160||120Hz||$$$|
Who Is This Review For?
It’s simple, this review is for anybody who wants a great viewing experience in their home theater. Maybe you still have an old standard definition TV. Maybe you have HD, but you’ve been putting off an upgrade until you found the perfect TV. We’re here to help you find the best 55 inch HDTV for you.
This review is especially for anybody confused by 4K. What’s the difference between 4K and 1080p? What’s the difference between Full HD and Ultra HD? It’s not as complicated as it sounds, we’ll get into the details soon.
What To Look For
When you’re shopping for HDTVs, you’re going to see long lists of stats and specs that blend together and don’t make sense. We’re here to tell you which numbers you need to pay attention to and which ones can help you get the most out of your purchase.
- Resolution: 4K vs 1080p - This is a common question coming from people in the market for a new TV. First let’s explain the terms. 1080p means the same thing as Full HD. 4K basically means the same thing as Quad HD and Ultra HD (UHD). We’ll use these terms interchangeably throughout the review. The difference is in the pixels. 1080 is the amount of pixels stacked up vertically in a Full HD display. The “p” stands for “progressive” meaning it progressively scans each line to give you a better picture rather than an interlaced scan like in lower definition TV’s. 4K, however, has around 4000 pixels horizontally. The actual number ranges between 3840 and 4096, but anything in that range falls under 4K or UHD classification. The higher the number of pixels, the better the definition. If you have a 1080p TV and a 4K TV of the same size, the 4K TV will have a greater amount of pixels in the same size display making for a better picture. To put it simply, the more pixels the better. Every TV on our list is 4K.
- Screen size - Every TV on our list is in the 55 inch class. That doesn’t mean every TV is exactly 55 inches, but they’re all around that size. TV screens are measured diagonally, so the distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner is the screen size. Screen size matters especially in HDTVs because resolution becomes more noticeable at bigger screen sizes. The bigger the screen, the more you’ll see the difference in resolution. 55 inch screens are popular for 4K TV’s because that’s where it really starts to look better than 1080p. If you’re getting a small TV like under 30 inches, there isn’t a dramatic difference between Full HD and Ultra HD. When the screen is bigger, the pixels need to stretch out more to make a good picture. That’s when you really want a lot of pixels making 4K ideal.
- Display Types: LCD vs LED vs OLED - It’s getting complicated, but stay with me! I promise we’ll get right to the TV reviews after this. The three basic display types are worth going over. LCD stands for liquid crystal display. This has been a very popular display type since the beginning of flat panel TV’s. The pixels in an LCD display are turned on and off electronically using liquid crystals to rotate polarized light creating the image. It’s backlit by a fluorescent light. LED stands for light emitting diode and it’s quickly replacing just about everything that makes light. It’s similar to an LCD, but the backlight is an LED rather than fluorescent. OLED stands for organic light emitting diode. In an OLED TV, each pixel provides its own illumination. OLED is common in curved TV’s. Curved TV’s claim to be a more natural shape for our round eyes and actually look better from any angle. Whether or not it’s better is up to personal preference.