Best 1080p LED/LCD TVs 40-Inches and Larger

Samsung UNM5300 Series 1080p LED/LCD TV
Samsung UNM5300 Series 1080p LED/LCD TV. Image provided by Samsung

Although 4K Ultra HD TVs get all the hype these days, there are still some 1080p TVs available.

Check out our listing of the best 1080p LED/LCD TVs available in screen sizes 40-inches and larger. Also, if you are interested in a TV with a smaller screen size, also check out our companion listings of TVs the 32 to 39-Inch, 26 to 29-inch, and 24-Inch and Smaller screen size.

Unfortunately, if 3D is an important option for you, that viewing option was ended with the 2016 model year but is still available on many video projectors.

NOTE: The product entries for this list are updated periodically with new units and reviews to keep them current.

The Samsung UN50M5300 LED/LCD TV features a 50-inch size LED-edge-lit panel (supported by micro-dimming), 1080p native display resolution, and 60Hz screen refresh rate additionally supported Samsung's wide color enhancer for great looking images. All needed connectivity is provided (including 2 HDMI, 1 USB input, 1 shared component/composite video, and an RF connection) you need to access content from DVD, Blu-ray, and cable/satellite boxes, antenna, as well as flash drives.

Using either Ethernet or WiFi, the UN50M5300 provides access to lots of popular internet streaming channels, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Your, as well as additional streaming services via Samsung's Smart Hub/Smart Apps. The UN49M5300 also provides apps that allow you to access photos, music, or video files stored on your PC or compatible media server.

For flexible installation, the M5300 can be table or wall-mounted. It includes center stand allows placement on top of a sound base and is also high enough to be used with a low-profile soundbar. If you are looking for a 1080p TV in a 50-inch screen size that offers up both good image quality and practical features, check out the Samsung UN50M5300.

Although Sony did not introduce any new 1080p TVs for 2017, their 2016 1080p product line has been carried over - Whether Sony will continue 1080p TVs for 2018 is an open question. That being said, if you are looking for a 1080p LED/LCD TV, the Sony KDL-W650D series sets are stylish and a complement to most room decor.

In terms of picture quality, they incorporate Direct LCD backlighting (no local dimming, however), which helps to even black levels across the entire screen. A 60Hz screen refresh rate supplemented by XR240 Motion Flow processing aids in the display of smooth moving images. Additional image quality support is provided by Sony's XReality Pro video processing and upscaling feature.

Physical connectivity includes 2 HDMI and 2 USB inputs for accessing audio, video, and still image content from compatible USB devices.

In addition, the KDL-W650D series provides network connectivity via both Ethernet/LAN and Wifi, which is complemented by Miracast (Screen Mirroring). Miracast allows direct sharing of video content and photos from compatible smartphones and tablets...

Two Screen sizes are available: KDL-40W650D (40-inches) and KDL-48W650D (48-inches).

Vizio's D-Series 40-inch and larger 1080p TVs offer up a lot of features and good image quality in a variety of screen sizes.

For added picture quality support all the sets include 120Hz refresh rates with added Clear Action motion processing for a 240Hz-like effect (depending on the model), built-in WiFi and Vizio's Internet Apps Plus Smart TV platform (depending on model) and Full Array LED Backlight.

The inclusion of Full-Array backlighting provides black levels that are deeper and more uniform across the entire screen surface, unlike edge-lit technology used in many inexpensive LCD TVs which is subject to white "blotching" and "corner spotlighting". Also, to provide even greater control of blacks and whites, the Vizio D-Series full-array backlit sets in screen sizes 40-inches and up feature from five to 16 independently controlled active LED local dimming zones.

For Audio, all of Vizio's D-Series TVs have built-in speakers, but can easily be connected to an, can also be connected to an external audio system, such as a sound bar or home theater receiver via either analog, digital optical, HDMI Audio Return Channel audio output options (or all three - depending on model).

TCL has a line of the 1080p LED/LCD TVs that offer a little something extra that is great for cord-cutters or those that get most of their TV program via the internet: The Roku operating system is built-in (no extra plug-in box or stick required). One example is TCL's S305 Series.

The Roku system offers access to over 3,500 internet streaming channel offerings, including the usual selections, such as Netflix, but also includes additional services, such as SlingTV. Via connection to an internet router using either Ethernet or WiFi, users can access an abundance of online TV, movie, and music streaming content without connection to an external media streaming box, plug-in media streaming Stick, antenna, cable, or satellite service (although connections are provided for those content access options as well).

However, keep in mind that even though the TV will allow you access to a lot of channels - not all of the channels are free, some may require a pay-per-view fee or a pre-paid monthly subscription.

Additional connectivity also includes HDMI and other inputs and you need to connect your Blu-ray Disc, DVD player, or other video source device, a well as audio output options for connection to your home theater audio system.

A USB port is also included for access to digital media content on flash drives or other compatible devices.

For added convenience, you can also set back on your couch and share audio, video, or still image content on your smartphone and see/hear it on the big TV screen.

TCL's S305 Series Roku TVs come in several sizes (49, 43, 40, 32, and 28 - the 32 and 28 inch sizes feature 720p resolution).

Behind its stylish thin bezel curved screen, the Samsung UNK6250 Series LED/LCD TVs features an LED edge-lit panel (supported by micro-dimming), 1080p native display resolution, and 120Hz ClearMotion processing. The sets deliver a very good image quality and provide all the connectivity (including 3 HDMI and 2 USB inputs) you need to plug in your Blu-ray Disc player, cable, and/or satellite box and USB compatible devices.

Also using either a wired Ethernet connection or convenient Wifi, the UNK6250 series provides access to Netflix and a host of internet streaming services via Samsung's Smart Hub/Smart Apps, built on the Tizen platform, as well as content stored on your PC or compatible media server.

This series also provides a full web browser, as well as built-in Bluetooth (compatible with Bluetooth headsets and Samsung Bluetooth-enabled Soundbars), Screen Mirroring (Miracast - SmartView 2.0).

The Samsung UNK6250 Series set is available in the 49 and 55-inch screen sizes with the same features and performance. However, this set is now in short supply as it is a 2016 model and Samsung did not offer a 1080p replacement for 2017.

NOTE: Due to the curved screen design, the UNK6250 series is highly susceptible to both direct light coming through windows, lamps, and light reflections off objects - Use in a room that can be light controlled.

It is always great to have the latest and the greatest, but sometimes the price is just too high. On the other hand, an affordable TV that provides solid basics may just the right solution for your viewing pleasure.

With that in mind, consider the 55-inch LG 55LJ5500 TV.

First off, you don't get 4K or 3D, but this set provides 1080p display resolution additionally supported by LED backlighting and 60Hz screen refresh rate, which provides bright, colorful images.

Along with strong basic performance and physical connectivity (including 2 HDMI and 1 USB ports), the LJ5500 also includes LG's WebOS 3.5 Smart TV operating system that features easy-to-navigate access to streaming content (including Netflix, Vudu, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, and more...) via Ethernet or Wifi connections.

Also, if you download LG's TV Plus App to a compatible smartphone or tablet, you can wirelessly share photos, videos, and additional apps on the TV.

Although for best TV listening, connecting to an external sound system is preferred, the LJ5500 does feature a built-in stereo speaker system with virtual surround which provides a wider sound field that you might expect.

These days, with the big emphasis on internet streaming and smart features, it is getting harder to find a no-frills, basic TV. However, there are still some sets available. One example is the TCL D100 Series.

Although this set does not have include smart features, internet streaming, Bluetooth, and other advanced options, it does have a stylish thin bezel frame housing a direct lit LCD panel with 1080p native display resolution, and 60Hz screen refresh rate with 120Hz motion processing.

Connectivity includes 3 HDMI, shared composite/component, and USB inputs so you can plug in your Blu-ray Disc player, cable, and/or satellite box. A USB port is also included that allows you to view photos and videos, or listen to music stored on compatible Flash Drives, cameras, and camcorders.

Of course, the set also includes a built-in tuner for reception of over-the-air TV broadcasts if that is needed.

The D100 also includes a digital optical audio output for connection to an external audio system, but for those that don't have this option, the set also includes a built-in 8 wpc stereo audio system.

If you are looking for good TV without all the frills, check out the TCL D100 series.

The TCL D100 series comes in the 32, 40, and 49-inch screen sizes. It is important to note that while the 40 and 49-inch models are full 1080p, the 32-inch model is 720p.

If you are looking for a basic 1080p LCD TV with a 40-inch screen and a really low price, the X405BV-FSR might be for you. This set features thin-bezel frame and stable end feet for table mounting (although it can also be wall mounted.

The core features of the X405BV-FSR include 1080p native display resolution, 60Hz screen refresh rate (with add motion processing for a 120Hz effect), and LED lighting.

The X405BV-FSR also features 3 HDMI inputs. One of the HDMI inputs is MHL-enabled with allows users to physically connect many smartphones tablets and other compatible devices. A USB port is also included for still images, video, and music playback from flash drives. For audio, the X405BV-FSR includes a built-in stereo speaker system with SRS TruSurround processing, with the additional inclusion of a 5-band audio equalizer. Unfortunately, this set does not provide internet streaming features but for less than $300, the basic features it does offer may just be what a bargain hunter might be looking for.


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