TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

Last updated date: September 1, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

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We looked at the top 1 TCL TVs and dug through the reviews from 13 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Tech Radar, CNET, RTINGS.com, Digital Trends, Consumer Reports, Gizmo Tek, faveable, Top Reviews, Help To Choose, Best Review Prof and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best TCL TV you should buy.

Overall Take

The impressive picture on the TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV puts it up against some of the top 55-inch TVs in the industry, and for a much lower price. A low input lag makes it perfect for gaming. The TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV also comes with a voice remote that makes it easy to search for the shows you want to watch. In our analysis of 101 expert reviews, the TCL TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.7
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
738 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Smart model with a 55-inch screen that provides decent viewing angles. Easy to set up. Has built in Roku that makes it easy to stream numerous popular apps.
- BestReviews
Its native contrast ratio is better than that of most budget TVs, it offers superb streaming features (thanks to the integrated Roku service), and you get wide color gamut support, low input lag for gaming, and a simple setup.
- New York Times Wirecutter
At just $449 for a 55-inch TV, it’s a solid contender that lives up to TCL’s mantra by looking good and costing less than you’d expect.
- Tech Radar
It offers thousands of streaming apps in an interface a 5-year-old can master and puts Netflix and your cable box side by side. Roku TV is the main reason I recommend TCLs over Vizios to people who value integrated streaming and the simplicity of a single remote.
- CNET
The TCL 5 Series has a superb native contrast ratio. It is in line with some of the best high-end LED TVs we have tested and certainly better than rivals Samsung NU7100 and Vizio E Series 2017.
- RTINGS.com
For most people, the 5 Series is a perfectly acceptable TV that'll look good in most settings—particularly in dark rooms. The 5 Series features a wide color gamut that covers an impressive amount of the expanded DCI-P3 color space
- Reviewed
This 55-inch beauty is an incredible value for its price, which rides just under $500. We honestly still can’t believe you can get this much TV for this little cash.
- Digital Trends
Very good 4K (UHD) performance.
- Consumer Reports
You will also want to pay attention to the impressively simple remote control that is included with the TV. The remote emphasizes the minimalist design of the TV itself, but it allows you to control everything associated with your TV with ease. You can even use the voice feature to switch to a specific app or service, or even to switch between inputs.
- Gizmo Tek
October 21, 2018 | Full review
Very affordable 4k 55" Smart TV. Roku Smart functionality
- faveable
Menus switch quickly. The device has an amazingly fast response.
- Help To Choose
The photo quality is fantastic. The photo is extremely fresh and when you’re viewing HDR films or TV appears, you’ll truly see the distinction! There’s even a Dolby Vision or HDR logo that will fly up toward the side of the screen to tell you when you’re watching HDR content.
- Best Review Prof
October 1, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Warranty issues have been reported. The sound isn't impressive as the picture quality.
- BestReviews
The TCL 5-Series doesn’t have any sort of local dimming, so you only get the native contrast of the panel and nothing better.
- New York Times Wirecutter
What’s less fine is that there really is no cable management in the back of the TV: Wires come in from all angles and, without any sort of covering or grooves to hide them, they splay every which way and make an entertainment center look cluttered.
- Tech Radar
The image quality with HDR sources isn't significantly better than non-HDR.
- CNET
The image degrades when viewed at an angle.
- RTINGS.com
One of the biggest distinctions between the 5 Series and more high-end 4K TVs is its inability to get as bright as those premium sets.
- Reviewed
Slight backlight non-uniformity
- Consumer Reports
While the HDR feature is certainly nice to have, the image quality with such sources isn’t significantly better than non-HDR sources. You will also find the picture quality to be fine, but lacking when compared to similar low-budget 4K Roku TV releases.
- Gizmo Tek
October 21, 2018 | Full review
I can’t easily hook up other devices to all the 3 HDMI. TV doesn’t see new connections on the first try.
- Help To Choose

From The Manufacturer

The 5-series 4K TCL Roku TV delivers stunning Ultra HD picture quality with four times the resolution of Full HD for enhanced clarity and detail, as well as the most streaming channels of any 4K TV. To make the most of all this content, Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) technology delivers bright and accurate colors for a lifelike viewing experience. In addition, your favorite HD shows, movies, and sporting events are upscaled to near Ultra HD resolution with 4K upscaling. The simple, intuitive interface allows seamless access to over 500, 000 streaming movies and TV episodes, your cable box, Blu-ray player, gaming console, and other devices without flipping through inputs or complicated menus.

Overall Product Rankings

1. TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 15
2. TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
3. TCL 43-In 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 13
5. TCL 65-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 12
6. TCL 32-In 720p Roku Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 17
7. TCL 49-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
8. TCL 32-In 1080p Roku Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 8
9. TCL 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 5

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