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

Last updated date: May 18, 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 99 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: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
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: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 5
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

An Overview On TCL TVs

TCL has quickly established itself as a serious contender in electronics. Usually priced at a value, these TVs can stand side-by-side with much pricier models. But aside from affordability, one of the best things about TCL is the built-in Roku, which makes it easy to stream shows from all of the most popular apps. You’ll get more than 500,000 shows through apps like Netflix and Hulu, included as part of your TV’s main menu. That means you won’t have to power up your DVD player or go to a special area of your cable box to stream. It all flows seamlessly.

The first thing you’ll look for when you’re choosing a TV is picture quality. Although a vivid, crisp picture with accurate color clarity is important, contrast is essential, as well. Simplified, contrast is the difference between the darkest and the brightest a picture can get. When you’re looking at a picture with a wide range of colors, good contrast means the darkest dark colors and the brightest bright colors are displayed authentically, all in the same picture. Some TCL TVs build in LED backlight and contrast control zones to make sure you have best contrast possible for each scene.

Motion handling is another feature that affects the quality of your display. If you watch action movies or sports, this is especially important. Good motion handling ensures the video remains smooth even through the fastest movement.

If you’re a gamer, you’ll want to pay particular attention to input lag. This refers to the length of time that it takes for a TV to respond when information is sent to it. It’s crucial for gaming since every millisecond counts. You may not know why there’s a delay when you’re playing your favorite game. All you’ll know is that something is slowing you down. Purchasing the right TV can be an important step in ensuring your gaming sessions are as successful as possible.

But TCL isn’t without its weaknesses. Although there are certainly TCLs that have high-definition resolution and stunning picture quality, you’ll find that many of them struggle when you’re viewing at an angle. If you have a wider room, this may not be the best TV for you, but it’s perfect for areas where you’ll be centered in front of it. You may also consider TCL for secondary sites in your home, such as your bedroom or a guest room, while making your primary TV one of the costlier competitors.

But no matter what features you compare as you’re shopping, it’s hard to resist the prices you see on TCL TVs. Where many comparable units have price tags in the thousands, TCLs usually retail in the hundreds. You can even get some of the smaller models for less than $200. This puts these budget-friendly TVs ahead of many others in the same class.

DYWM Fun Fact

Streaming has taken off in recent years, gradually overtaking cable TV as the most popular way to watch movies and shows. A recent study found that 69 percent of consumers pay for streaming services, compared to 65 percent who pay for cable. Those numbers only increase with younger generations. The demand has challenged manufacturers to find ways to build easy access to streaming into the electronics that viewers use to watch TV, including incorporating apps like Roku into TV sets. Experts predict that with so many different subscription services available, though, consumers may eventually reach a point of “subscription fatigue,” where they max out the number of streaming services they’re willing to subscribe to in order to cover every possible piece of content they may want to watch.

The TCL TV Buying Guide

  • A good TV starts with picture quality. If you’re looking for a top-quality picture, the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV can rival some of the best models on the market. One reason is the built-in Contrast Control Zones, which optimize the image across 120 zones, giving you the perfect contrast for each section of the screen. The TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV also has an impressive picture, with a contrast ratio that can take on some of the best LED TVs in the industry. It does especially well in darker rooms.
  • You’ll likely know the screen size you’re looking for before you even start shopping. If you need a larger TV, the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV or TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV should top your list. Those interested in a smaller TV, perhaps for a kitchen or guest bedroom, should consider the TCL 43-In 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV or the TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV.
  • If you’re interested in hooking up a gaming console, cable box or Blu-Ray DVD player, the number of ports on the set you buy will matter. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV, TCL 43-In 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV and TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV each have three HDMI ports and one USB port, which should be more than sufficient for a TV that builds in Roku for all your streaming needs. With the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, you also get an Ethernet jack if you need to directly connect to your home’s internet.
  • Many TV shoppers today are looking for support for 4K technology. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, TCL 43-In 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV and TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV all display 4K Ultra HD content, although you’ll get the best HDR picture from the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV. The smaller TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV is limited to full HD resolution.
  • Chances are, you’re considering a TCL TV for its price. For the least expensive, you’ll have to go with the smaller models. You can find the TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV for less than $200. But for bigger screens, you can’t go wrong with the TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV, which is far more affordable than comparable 55-inch TVs, retailing for less than $500. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV is still affordable, though, usually found for between $500 and $600.
  • If you’re a gamer, you’ll need to choose a TV with a focus on keeping input lag to an absolute minimum. With TCL TVs, that’s the TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV, which has an input lag of 18.4 milliseconds. You’ll find many other TVs have an input lag twice as long. The TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV also has a lower input lag than other TVs.
  • Since TCL TVs come with Roku built in, you’ll need a remote that makes this as easy to use as possible. The TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV includes a voice feature that makes searching for your favorite shows a breeze. Best of all, though, is the fact that the remote is so streamlined and easy to use.
  • Your screen will become an important design element in any room you choose for it, so you may want to consider design among your buying factors. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV and TCL 55-In 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV both have a contemporary look with black, slim bezels and feet. The look is similar to what you’d see with much higher-priced TVs.
  • One negative you’ll find with TCL TVs is that their viewing angles are limited. The image will degrade when you get beyond 45 degrees, so make sure you’ll be situated directly in front of it.
  • Motion handling is one feature that sets some TCL TVs apart from others. The TCL 55″ 4K HDR Dolby Vision Roku Smart LED TV handles fast-paced motion extremely well, especially if you take advantage of the built in low, medium and high settings for motion. This TV has something called LED Motion Clarity to keep images clear even during the most fast-paced action movies. The TCL 40-In 1080p Smart LED Roku TV has a fast refresh rate that helps when you’re watching action movies and sports.
  • The sound on TCL’s TVs isn’t the best, but you can purchase a sound bar to provide that theater-like viewing experience. TCL TVs can ship with an optional Alto sound bar that only minimally impacts the price.
  • TCL incorporates Roku into its TVs, which is a bonus for you. You’ll get access to more than 500,000 movies and TV shows through streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. Unlike gaming consoles and DVD players, Roku makes it easy to find and watch shows. It’s all built into the TV’s menu, which you can access using the included remote.
  • When making an electronics purchase, you’ll be faced with a decision on whether to get a warranty. Manufacturer’s warranties only protect your TV for a limited time, and usually only on manufacturer’s defects. Adding on an extended warranty can cover you for several years and ensure your TV is repaired. However, when you’re spending in the low hundreds of dollars, sometimes the warranty may not be as urgent.