Best 44-50 inch TV in UK – 5 Top Picks in 2016

Last Modified: November 18, 2016


Even the most careful and prudent buyers can find the process of shopping for a new TV an overwhelming one. I almost always find that manufacturers tend to offer ambiguous, overly technical specifications, retailers suggest deals with confusing terms, and salesmen can be brash and presumptuous in desperate pursuit of a larger commission. Using online buying guides or seeking the advice of your friends while standing beside the office water cooler often only adds to your confusion.

At the end of the day, only you can truly decide which television is the right one for you and your household.

However, there are some rules of thumb that will assist you as you begin to endeavor your television purchase. One question to ask yourself is, “What will I be using the TV for?” For example, if you’re a frequent gamer, you will want to look for TVs that feature high contrast and color saturation accuracy in their picture quality, but if you’re looking for your main living room’s TV, you should be cognizant that a matte screen is often hailed as the best way to reduce reflections and glare in a brightly lit room.

So to help you cut through much if the red tape, here are our top 5 recommendations based on price, features, quality, and technology.

Reviews of Top 5 44″ – 50″ TVs in UK

PANASONIC VIERA TX-50DX802B Smart 3D 4k Ultra HD HDR 50″ LED TV

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The Panasonic Viera is the first on our list of best 50 inch Tv choices because of its uniquely designed freestyle stand that allows viewers to no longer need a bulky entertainment stand and boasts four times the picture resolution of previous HD television sets. With built-in WiFi, a Mozilla Firefox operating system, and a “catch up” feature that allows you to scroll through the channels you have watched within the previous seven days, this truly is a Smart TV of the 21st century.

Key Features:

  • Voice assistance and guidance
  • Home screen
  • Panasonic remote TV apps

Merchant Price  
£1049.00
£1049.00
£1918.78


LG 49UH8509 49″ 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart TV Wi-Fi Silver LED TV

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Not only does the LG 4K Ultra deliver several extra built-in features as promised, buyers rave about the ease of integrating popular apps like Facebook, Hulu, YouTube, and Skype. Many reviewers claim that this is the best deal for 1016, citing that the price is more than reasonable for the number of features and downloadable options that come with the purchase. Although the LG website states the product is now discontinued, buyers can still find this product and its accessories on sites like Amazon.com.

Key Features:

  • 4K resolution
  • IPS 4K panel
  • Tru-4K engine
  • HEVC Decoder

Bundles Well With:

  • Video Call Camera for select 2014-2013 LG Smart TVs
  • Magic Remote Control with Voice Mate™ for SELECT 2014 Smart TV
  • Camera AN-VC500
Merchant Price  
£1432.31
(used from £1017.00)

SONY BRAVIA KD49XD8077SU Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR 49″ LED TV

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With an Android TV platform, sleep timer, parental controls, and a Dolby Digital Plus Sound System, the Sony Bravia is an excellent choice for busy families who would like the convenience of operating their TV directly from their Android phone while also being able to stream live channels from the best 50 inch TV straight to any Android device. The Bravia also comes with a sleek stand that hides cables to keep your room looking organized and orderly.

Key Features:

  • LED edgelit screen technology
  • 4K X-Reality PRO picture enhancement
  • Noise reduction capabilities

Bundles Well With:

  • Sandstrom Silver Series HDMI cables
  • Sony Wireless Sub-Woofer BRAVIA Speakers
Merchant Price  
£669.00
£669.00
£669.00
£749.99
£1432.31
(used from £1017.00)

PHILIPS 49PUS6501 Smart 4k Ultra HD HDR 49″ LED TV

e5-5 The Philips Ultra achieved its place as number 2 on our list in part due to its Ambilight 2 technology – meaning the television radiates a broad glow from each side onto its neighbouring walls that enhances color, definition, and contrast for a distinct viewing experience. With a full Opera internet browser, BBC iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sports, and the Philips App Gallery are all accessible with the touch of a button.

Key Features:

  • High-grade audio with DTS Premium Sound
  • Smart content includes apps from Google Play and catch-up TV
  • Ultra HD engine and quad-core processor
  • Wide-view Ultra HD screen

Bundles Well With:

  • Hi-SHOCK® universal passiv 3D-Glasses
  • Tops S905 Quad Core MXG Pro 4K Smart TV BOX Mini PC Streaming Media Player
  • Philips Respironics System One 50 or 60 Series Ultra Fine Filters
Merchant Price  
£595.00
£599.00
£599.00

And finally, our #1 Pick for the best 50 inch TV of 2016:

Samsung UE50KU6079 50″ 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Wi-Fi Black LED TV

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The Samsung 4K Ultra firmly stands as our number 1 choice both in our expert opinion and thoroughly experienced research. It meets all of our expectations and provides the best value for under £1,000. Overall, hundreds of reviewers proclaim that they are still discovering new options, features, and benefits even after months of ownership. Because it was just released in April of 2016, this TV has every new technological advancement as well as the capability for an enormous variety of add-ons to suit your personal needs.

Key Features:

  • Ultra HD
  • Triple Tuner
  • Smart TV

Bundles Well With:

  • Apple German Wireless Keyboard
  • Logitech G402 Wireless Mouse
  • Tronfy Multimedia LCD Mini Projector
Merchant Price  
£705.24

Whether you are looking for an upgrade, adding more advanced technology to your home or business, or simply seeking a better television set to fit your particular lifestyle, we believe you cannot go wrong with these options.

Based on the above analysis, we have found that the Samsung UE50KU6079 is this year’s best option for its larger size, high pixel picture quality and resolution, extended lifespan, light weight and dimensions, ready-capable technologies and interactivity with Samsung, Android, Apple, and Google Play components, as well as cost. Best of luck with your future purchase and I hope you enjoy your new TV!