The Best 50-inch TVs of 2017

By Lee Neikirk

Looking for the best 50-inch TV on the market? After testing just about every top model on the market, I recommend the Samsung KS8000 (available at Amazon). While it's technically a 49-inch model, it's the best we've tested at this size, delivering 4K and HDR to ensure your TV will be up to date for a long time to come.

If you'd rather shop around for something a little less tricked out, or a little more affordable, there are plenty of other options in this size class. But how do you choose? That's where we come in.

We've spent years testing TVs for every aspect of quality, usability, and design, and have rounded up the best current 50-inch options below. If you want the best of the best, you'll find it here. These are the best 50-inch TVs right now.

Updated July 17, 2017

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49-inch Samsung KS8000

Best Overall

Samsung's KS8000 series features one of the best 50-inch TVs you can buy with the UN49KS8000. For a little over $1,000 you're getting a super bright, colorful, and handsomely designed 4K/HDR smart TV that delivers one of the best High Dynamic Range experiences around. It's fantastic today, and it has everything it needs to hold its own for a long time.

The KS8000 series is available in 49, 55, 60, and 65-inch sizes, but you can get the 49-inch version for about $1,000, which is a stellar price for a TV this good. Check out our full review for more information.

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  • Editors' Choice

50-inch Vizio M Series

Best Value

Vizio's M Series is consistently one of the best values around thanks to its combination of 4K/UHD resolution, High Dynamic Range, cool smart features, with every size priced well compared to the competition. The 50-inch is no exception, and it might be the best value in the series.

You can find the 50-inch Vizio M Series right around $600 online, which is an excellent price for such a well-rounded performer. Check out our full review for more information.

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50-inch Vizio P Series

The Vizio P Series is the big brother of our "best value" M Series. Like the M Series, it's a 4K/UHD and HDR-capable TV with Vizio's "SmartCast" smart system. That means you send content to it from your smartphone, rather than using a chintzy built-in system that's likely to fall out of date before too long. It's pricier because it boasts a much nicer design and more brightness and color than the M Series.

The P Series is the step-up model from the M Series, if you want to spend a little more and get a TV with a nicer design and better HDR performance. Check out our full review for more information.

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49-inch Samsung KU7000

Samsung's KU7000 series is another great 4K/HDR option that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Samsung's "Tizen" smart platform and the TV's overall design? Both icing on the cake.

The KU7000 is not the best HDR TV where sheer brightness/color are concerned, but you're still getting a great design and plenty of future-proof features for the money. Check out our full review for more information.

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50-inch Samsung KU6300

One more step down from the KU7000 above, the KU6300 also offers a great combo of looks, design, and picture quality—namely 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, and solid color accuracy. It's cheaper than the KU7000, but not much worse overall.

The KU6300 is an excellent 4K TV, but we wouldn't buy it if you are looking for a next-generation HDR experience. It just isn't bright enough for that. Check out our full review for more information.

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50-inch TCL UP130

The 50-inch TCL UP130 is a great option if you particularly like streaming content. This "Roku" TV has the whole Roku platform built right in, allowing super easy access to apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu Plus.

It's also just a good all-around 4K TV, though the HDR performance is dubious and the picture quality isn't quite on the level of the pricier options on this list. Check out our full review for more information.

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50-inch Vizio E Series (4K)

Vizio's E Series is a very budget-friendly selection of TVs with a mix of resolutions and features. The E Series technically has two 50-inch models: one with 4K resolution and one with full-HD (1080p) resolution.

The 4K 50-inch E Series delivers good color, contrast, and useful smart features. Though you won't get HDR compatibility it does still have Vizio's SmartCast system, which is like having a Google Chromecast built right in. Check out our full review for more information.

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50-inch Vizio E Series

Like the 4K model above, this E-series is a good performer at a fantastic price. The only major difference here is that it has a 1080p screen instead of a 4K one. That means the picture won't be quite as sharp (especially when watching actual 4K content), but it also means the price is a bit lower.

If you don't give a hoot about 4K—or if you mostly watch cable TV where resolutions won't jump to 4K for awhile—then this is a great value. Check out our full review for more information.

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50-inch Vizio D Series

The D Series is Vizio's absolute entry-level choice for 2016. It features a huge range of sizes featuring a mix of resolutions, but all deliver way better picture quality than you'd expect for the money. Otherwise they're fairly bereft of features, especially compared to some of the TVs atop this list. There are more than two dozen models in this lineup, though, so make sure you get the right one.

This 50-inch D Series is a 4K model, so you'll get the latest in screen resolution, though it doesn't do any HDR. Check out our full review for more information.

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50-inch Hisense 50H8C

The 50-inch Hisense H8C is a great way to get 4K, HDR, and good all-around picture quality in an affordable package. At prices hovering around $500, this is one of the cheapest 4K/HDR sets around.

The only issue is that HDR playback/compatibility is dicey, meaning you really shouldn't buy it if you're dead set on seeing/using HDR. There's just no guarantee it'll work as well as you might hope. Check out our full review for more information.

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