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Best 49-50 inch TV of 2016

By S21, 3 Oct 2016

49 inches is a lot of TV, so it's important to choose the right model. Just a few years ago, a 49- or 50-inch TV would have been beyond the reach of many, but recent price falls have made 49 inches the UK's most popular size screen in 2016. Here we pick the very best 49 inch TVs of 2016 from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.

Why 49 and not 50? You might think that 49 is a funny number, but it makes sense once you realise that 49 inches is a nice round 125 cm.

Less than £700

A 49-inch TV for under £700 is a bargain by our reckoning, especially when it's as good as the Samsung UE49KU6400.

This TV comes with upmarket looks, HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatibility, access to Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and the BBC iPlayer, plus excellent connectivity with support for screen mirroring of compatible smartphones and tablets. Dynamic range is impressive, and viewing angles are wide. There's no 3D support, but in value-for-money terms, this is a bargain.

We wouldn't be surprised if it ended up as the number-one selling TV in the UK in 2016.

Less than £800

The Samsung UE49KU6470 is the step-up model from the KU6400, and it's exclusive to Currys / PC World.

The KU6470 is very similar to the KU6400, but it has a slightly different design, with a solid metal Y-shaped stand lending it a premium look. It also comes with a different remote control and features voice recognition and control. Other than that it's the same as the KU6400.

Mid-range televisions really don't come any better than this.

Less than £1000

If you can reach deeper into your pockets, it's worth considering the LG 49UH850V. This is a "Super UHD" television, which means that it meets the HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards for HDR. That gives it an edge over the cheaper Samsung models, and HDR 4K material is certainly incredibly sharp, rich and vibrant on this screen. Motion clarity is excellent, and viewing angles are good too.

LG's Smart TV system is a match for Samsung's, with the BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and more. LG's "magic remote" makes browsing simple. You'll also get 3D with this TV and a 2.2 speaker sound system. The price of this TV has tumbled since it was first released and it's now exceptionally good value.

Less than £1200

Moving further up the price scale, we reach the Samsung UE49KS7000.

This is a SUHD TV, delivering incredible picture quality. With 10-bit colour, a quantum dot display, local dimming and full support for the Ultra HD premium standard, this screen creates spectacular results.

The design is super-premium, with an ultrathin metal frame and matching stand. Audio quality is well above average, thanks to a 2.1 speaker system with 40W of power. And of course Samsung's superb Smart TV system is on hand, with the added benefit of a smart remote controller. The only thing missing is 3D.

At any price

If you want the best and don't care how much it costs, we'd recommend Samsung's Series 8 TVs. The Samsung UE49KS8000 may not be very different from the KS7000, but it has the edge when it comes to looks, with its gorgeous "360 design" concept and metal Y-stand.

Picture quality is not very different to the KS7000, but the backlighting system is perhaps even more refined, and this TV delivers absolutely exceptional performance. Audio quality is also the best of any of the TVs we've picked, with an impressive 4.1 speaker system and 60W of total power adding a rich intensity to your audio enjoyment.

However, as with all of Samsung's 2016 range, 3D is not supported. If that matters, we'd recommend the Panasonic Viera DX802B instead.

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Is the lg 850 television as good or better than panasonic802 both 49 inch?

Asked by mike from uk on 8th Jan 2017
I wanted to buy samsung 7000 but it wont fit on my cabinet. mike green mikeg0703@sky.com thanking you

Reply by S21 from UK on 9th Jan 2017
Hi Mike, we prefer the DX802B, although both models are superb, and have fallen in price significantly since we wrote this guide.

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Comment by Rich from United Kingdom on 12th Feb 2017
You're site is very, very biased! Samsung TV's are absolutely terrible. Samsung paying for biased reviews on their tv's as well as phones now?

Comment by JG from UK on 28th Oct 2016
Just wondering why, when the Panasonic TX 50DX802B in it's review is 'probably the best TV of 2016' does it not appear in the best TVs of 2016 feature ?

Reply by S21 from UK on 28th Oct 2016
Good question, JG! I guess we were a bit loose with our words. The DX802B isn't a 10-bit screen, so we've given the top spot to Samsung.

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