Best 48, 49 and 50-inch TVs 2019: budget to premium 4K TVs

Best 48, 49 and 50-inch TV Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best 48, 49 and 50-inch TVs you can buy in 2019.

While once a 48-50in TV would have been considered huge, it's now considered by many manufacturers to be too small to receive true, flagship features. OLED TVs don't get smaller than 55in, for example, neither does Samsung's flagship QLED range.

But what if that's the maximum size you want or are able to fit in your lounge? Actually, we've got good news. While a true flagship might be out of the question, you're in prime mainstream territory, where manufacturers and retailers sell the most models and where competition is at its fiercest. In other words, you can expect to get excellent value for money.

Almost all models at this size are now 4K, and there's no need to look for a Full HD model, because these 4K models are already very affordable indeed. You can expect HDR, too, at least in HDR10 form but often in the more advanced HLG, Dolby Vision and/or HDR10+.

Most TVs at the size will have edge LED backlights, but some, generally more expensive models might have a direct, full array backlight that could result in greater brightness and contrast. That's no given, though - there are plenty of very good edge backlights out there and a fair few poor direct backlights. Use our reviews for guidance or, even better, check out the sets for yourself in your local shop.

That's probably enough preamble - below you'll find our favourite 48, 49 and 50in TVs. If this is the size you've selected, scroll down to find your next TV.

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1. Panasonic TX-50GX500B

Impressive format support and an attractive picture make for a great 50 inch TV.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDMI inputs: 3 | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 65 x 112 x 6.2cm

Reasons to Buy
Plenty of detail
Smooth, natural picture
HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision
Reasons to Avoid
Poor viewing angles
So-so sound
Some rivals are punchier

If you're looking for a TV that ticks all the HDR boxes this 50 inch Panasonic could be the one. It's the first we've tested to support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. And it also happens to produce a fantastic 4K picture too. It's expertly balanced with excellently judged colours, natural skin tones and smooth motion. Viewing angles could be a bit better and the sound can be bettered by a decent soundbar but otherwise, it's difficult to fault for the money.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-50GX800B

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Best 48, 49 and 50-inch TVs 2019: Budget to premium 4K TVs

2. Philips 50PUS6703

This Award-winning Ambilight TV has a picture to brighten up your day.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDMI inputs: 3 | HDR: HDR10, HLG | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 66 x 113 x 8.3cm

Reasons to Buy
Popping, dynamic image
Great handling of detail
Ambilight
Reasons to Avoid
Dull user interface
Amazon Prime Video isn’t HDR
Uninspired remote

Philips is enjoying a good run of form with excellent value TVs, and this 2018 What Hi-Fi? Award winner is the best of the lot.

Like any TV at this sort of price, the 50PUS6703 has its shortcomings: a pretty lacklustre interface and the absence of HDR support within the Amazon Prime Video app are the big ones. But it more than makes up for that with an impressively punchy, dynamic and detailed picture and an effective implementation of Ambilight (lights that shine on the wall behind and to the side of the TV to enhance what you're watching).

Netflix (4K HDR) and Amazon (4K) are both on-board, and on the catch-up side iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and Demand5 all make an appearance.

All in all, the 50PUS6703 is a superb TV at a startlingly low cost.

Read the full review: Philips 50PUS6703