The best 50-inch TVs to maximise your viewing experience

It's time to take your TV to the next level.

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by Isabel Martins |

It's no secret that the TV is the centre of any entertainment space, and if you find your TV to be too small, upgrading to a larger one can truly transform your viewing experience.

Particularly good for this are 50-inch TVs, as they're not too large that you'll require quite some distance from the TV, but they're large enough to produce crisp and sharp viewing. This allows you to have an immersive, or even cinematic, viewing experience.

Whether you're deciding to upgrade from a 32-inch or a 43-inch TV, we've decided to round up the best smart 50-inch TVs to help you decide, so you can thoroughly enjoy your favourite TV series and the latest film releases.

What is a smart TV?

Smart TVs are extremely popular due to the fact that they can connect to the internet, so they can play music, stream on-demand movies and TV series and much more.

The best smart 50-inch TVs in the UK:

LG OLED48C14LB Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR OLED TV

Editor's pick
LG OLED48C14LB

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We know this is just under 50 inches but it takes the top spot due to how excellent it is. This TV features OLED self-lit pixel tech and a fantastic u03b19 Gen4 AI processor which, when combined, produce incredibly realistic and vibrant images and videos. Ideal for anyone wishing to have a truly cinematic viewing experience. Specifications: 48-inch 4K UHD, OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 120Hz, VRR, HDMI x 4, USB x 3

Samsung UE50AU7100

Best value for money
Samsung UE50AU7100
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An impressive TV, the Samsung UE50AU7100 brings everything you could need from a TV and more. With its Samsung Crystal Processor, the videos and images displayed are incredibly bright and clear. This, combined with its ultra-powerful Motion Xcelerator, ensures all content streamed is smooth and blur-free. Specifications: 50-inch 4K UHD, HDR10, HDR10+, 60Hz, HDMI x 3, USB x 2

Hisense QLED 50A7GQTUK QLED Series 50-inch 4K Smart TV

Best 50-inch TV on a budget
Hisense QLED 50A7GQTUK
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If you're looking for a brilliant 50-inch TV but are on a budget, then we've got you covered with this Hisense QLED TV. With a 4K resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and Dolby Atmos audio, it's perfect for streaming all of the latest releases. It offers all you want from a TV and more, for under £500. Specifications: 50-inch 4K UHD, QLED, HDR10+, 60Hz, HDMI x 3, USB x 2

Philips 50PUS8506 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant

Best 50-inch TV for picture quality
Philips 50PUS8506

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What makes this TV stand out above its competitors is the Ambilight feature. This essentially casts a glow from the rear of the screen, freeing your entertainment from the border, and creating an immersive viewing experience. Additionally, it offers plenty of different image customisation options. All in all, this is a fantastic product. Specifications: 53-inch LED 4K screen, HDR10+, Android OS, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Ambilight, Micro Dimming, 4 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 component

Samsung QE50QN94A (2021) 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Best QLED TV
Samsung QE50QN94A (2021)

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If you're after the best 50-inch QLED TV, then this Samsung model is a great choice. The images displayed are extremely vibrant and realistic, due to the Neo QLED and Quantum HDR 2000 features. It also boasts very powerful audio, thanks to the AI-powered Object Tracking Sound Lite. An all-around impressive TV! Specifications: 50-inch 4K UHD, Neo QLED, Quantum HDR 2000, HDR10+, HDMI x 4, USB x 2

JVC LT-50CF890 Fire TV Edition

Another budget TV option
JVC LT-50CF890 Fire TV Edition
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Need a new 50-inch TV but have a tight budget? The JVC LT-50CF890 has got you covered. Sitting comfortably under £400, this 4K TV offers plenty of entertainment. It has a variety of streaming apps included, such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Disney+. It's perfect for the whole family, as it can stream various different types of content, and we love how budget-friendly it is. Specifications: 50-inch 4K UHD, HDR10, 50Hz, HDMI x 4, Composite x 1, USB x 2

Sony BRAVIA KD50X85JU Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google TV & Assistant

Best 50-inch TV for a crisp image
Sony BRAVIA KD50X85JU

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With Dolby vision and a sharp screen, the Sony BRAVIA KD50X85JU was made for producing crisp and clear images. We love the features it offers; it's excellent value for money. The images are brilliantly realistic, with colours that truly pop, as well as a high level of contrast and depth. Specifications: 50-inch 4K UHD, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 120Hz, VRR, HDMI x 4, Composite x 1, USB x 2

LG 50UP77006LB 50 inch 4K UHD HDR Smart LED TV (2021 Model)

A classic 50-inch TV
LG 50UP77006LB
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If you don't need all the extra features (and price tag) that other TVs have, why not try the LG 50UP77006LB? It boasts a 4K UHD panel, as well as the key streaming apps, including Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV and Amazon Prime. Additionally, it has voice control, which is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Specifications: 50-inch 4K UHD, Active HDR, HDMI x 2, USB x 1

What is QLED?

QLED is a technology produced by Samsung and is a step above the usual LED and LCD panels. Unlike LED panels, QLED uses Quantum Dots to create richer colours. QLED TVs have better image quality as well as brightness compared to LED TVs.

What is OLED?

OLED is a premium TV technology developed by LG, it is considered by most to be the best display panel technology available. Unlike LED and LCD displays, OLED screens don't need a backlight panel. OLED TVs instead have a custom feature where each pixel emits its very own light and colour.

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