What are the dimensions & sizes of a 55 & 65-inch TV?

When buying a tv, there are many variables to consider. The resolution, buffering rates, frames per second, color saturation, and visual settings are just some of these variables. There are also purely physical aspects that are just as important. They include:

  • weight
  • frame width
  • shape
  • and finally dimensions. 

TV’s come in many different size variations, especially since the rise of the flat-screen market. These types of TVs started dominating the television market. Producers have been looking to make bigger, slimmer, and wider TVs for the user’s comfort. For every brand and model, there are now usually multiple size choices. It means that picking the right one may sometimes be too much for an ordinary person. 

55 inch tv

Choosing the right measurements of your TV before you buy it is considered one of the more important tasks you have to do. Not only does it determine the price, but it also sets an expectation of how much space the TV will take up in your house. As a result, you’ll be able to properly place it once it’s bought or rearrange your furniture accordingly. Buying a TV that’s too big can make you unable to fit it in preferred locations or even anywhere. On the other hand, buying a TV that’s too small isn’t as drastic in results. In the worst case, you won’t be satisfied with the screen size. The TV might not match the layout of your room. 

What are the dimensions of a 55 & 65-inch tv?

A 55-inch and 65-inch TV can be considered the middle ground of television sizes. They’re big enough to provide a comfortable view, suitable for homemade cinema setups. The screen is enough to be used by multiple people at once, making for a great size for families. At the same time, they’re not as awkward to fit and place as the larger options. They’re much easier to move around, clean, and manage in any other way. Placing these size versions will be easy enough so a person can do it by themselves. 

Contrary to what you might think, neither 55 nor 65-inch tv sets are not in the dimensions they’re labeled. The 55 and 65 don’t mean width or height- but more on that later. For now, here are the dimensions of 55 & 65-inch TVs:

  • 55 inch-TV: 47.9’’ (121.7cm) width by 27’’ (68.6cm) height. It amounts to the total area of 1293in2 being taken up by this version.
  • 65 inch-Tv: 56.7’’ (144cm) width by 31.9’’ (81cm) height. This amount to the total area of 1809in2 being taken up by this version.

As you can see, neither the width nor the height is indicated by the number used to label the TV. The width is generally slightly lower than that, while the height is usually considerably smaller. The total area in square feet is also important, as it determines the final amount of space you’ll have to reserve for the TV.

Here’s what the indications mean:

How are TVs measured?

55-inch TV

Using the two examples we’ve just provided, it’s easy to notice that the number used to label the size doesn’t exactly mean its width or height. Instead, it’s used to indicate the diagonal length. It might be (and very often is) greatly confusing, especially for people buying a flat-screen TV for the first time. On most of the available TV models nowadays, this is specified either visually by arrows stretching across the TV diagonally or in the technical documentation. 

With all of that in mind, how do you measure a TV’s width and height? Well, there are three main ways available for you. The first one, which is also the preferred one, would be simply to look in the technical documentation of the TV you bought. Even if the dimensions are not mentioned right away, they will 100% be included in the manual in inches and centimeters. One main problem with this method is that many users interested in measuring their items have already gotten rid of the manual or don’t know where it is. Which is completely normal, considering we all throw away the instructions once the thing we bought is working properly. 

If you lack a manual and can’t look up the dimensions, you can do it a different way. Try measuring the dimensions with a measuring tape. This particular option is problematic for two reasons. First of all, TVs in shops come in packages. As a result, it’s impossible to physically measure only the width and height without pulling it out of the box- which you can’t do. Secondly, it’s problematic because you must include the frame, different shapes, etc., before calculating your final measurements.

Then, there’s the third option. It is to try and calculate the dimensions based on the diagonal length alone. It can be done if you’re familiar with maths and can figure out a formula. Even then, you’re going to need at least one measurement to be able to figure the other one out. 

To properly measure it, you need to know that modern ones are made in aspect ratios of 16:9 of width to height. Additionally, frames come in sizes of 0.3 inches to 1 inch. With this info, you should be able to mathematically determine the dimensions of your TV. It’s even without documentation.

Measurements of 55-inch tv

55-inch TV

Let’s use this new knowledge to determine the measurements of a 55-inch TV. It will provide you with comfort and luxury. Still, it will also be easy to implement into your house and fit into preset spaces. It’s the ideal size if you’re looking for the middle ground, both in characteristics and budget. It will be a great set for your family, without spending lots of money.

All of the measurements needed for a 55-inch TV should be available online. In case you’re unable to check them, here’s how to do it manually:

First, you have to get to know the ratio of the TV you bought. As previously mentioned, in most cases, it will be 16:9. However, there are some exceptions. Once you know it, apply this ratio to the Pythagorean theorem and figure out the height and width. It will require some math knowledge and skills, but it’s nothing that you shouldn’t be able to do. Keep in mind that the frame’s width should be subtracted if you’re looking for only the screen’s measurements. It should be included if you’re interested in knowing how much total space the TV will take up. 

Many other measurements should be considered when measuring your TV. It includes the frame’s additional depth, which usually sticks out of the TV a bit. There are also the stand’s measurements, which will add up to the television’s total height and maybe even depth. The screen also has a set depth which you’ll need to measure. 

The main issue you might encounter is converting the measurement units from inches to centimeters and vice versa. Currently, most modern TVs are labeled by inches. It’s no matter where they’re from. This might be a bit problematic to customers outside of the US. It does make measurements a bit more tricky. Still, the problem quickly fades away once you apply the ratio of centimeter:inch to the formula. To be precise, one centimeter equals 0.393700787 of an inch. 

How wide is a 55-inch TV?

The normal width of a 55-inch tv with a ratio of 16:9 is 1236 mm, or about 48 inches. It applies to every type of flat screen TV:

  • Apple TVs
  • OLED TVs
  • Smart TVs
  • Samsung
  • and so on.

That’s the measurements that do not include the frame. This size variation does not take up much space but still provides a decently big television set. 

What should you expect from a 55-inch tv?

Television sets that come in the size of 55 inches are big enough to provide some luxury for a decently low price. Even though there are much bigger models than this one, it’s still enough to include most of the popular TV features. Some of them are:

  • Multiple HDMI ports- most 55-inch TVs not only have an HDMI port but feature a couple of them. It not only gives you more freedom in choosing which port to use. It also gives the option to take up multiple ports at once to allow for cooperative usage. If any of the few ports are malfunctioning, you’ll be able to use the other ones. It increases the overall durability and the fact that it’s failproof.
  • USB ports- HDMI is not the only outside format supported. The USB format is probably the most used format today and is supported by most models. It allows the user to plug many various devices, from speakers to laptops and even voice assistants such as Alexa. 
  • Wireless connections- on top of all the wired options the TVs give us, there are still wireless connections via Bluetooth. It gives full freedom in connecting many various devices of all kinds, such as your mobile phone.

TV dimensions chart by size

InchesWidthHeight
3227.9’’15.7’’
3631.38’’17.65’’
4034.86’’19.6’’
4236.61’’21.1’’
4842.71’’24.02’’
5043.58’’24.5’’
5547.94’’27’’
6052.29’’29.4’’
6556.65’’31.9’’
7061’’34.3’’
7565.4’’36.8’’
8069.7’’39.2’’
8574.1’’41.7’’

Considering this many size variations, it can be difficult to choose the correct size for you. Let’s look at all the pros and cons of each size type to make it easier. 

Smaller:

These will be a breeze to fit anywhere. They’re compact, light, and easy to install, even on walls. They provide a great option for people with smaller budgets or customers looking to add the finishing touch to an already furnished room. These will be great for your kitchen or garage. 

On the other hand, they won’t provide a great watching experience. Details might be too tiny to take apart, and there won’t be many customization options. You can also expect these TVs to have barely any external ports.

Medium-sized:

They are the perfect middle ground. They don’t cost that much more. However, you will be able to see the difference between them and the smaller models regarding comfort. They’ll also provide more ports and luxury options. They don’t lose their compact abilities and are still fairly easy to place.

Unfortunately, they have the “wrongs” of both the size types as the medium. They still don’t provide the same luxury as the bigger options and cost more than smaller ones. They might also provide a bit of a problem when mounting on walls.

Bigger:

OLED TV standing on a table

They’re certainly the prestige pick. These TVs are made for people with the pickiest tastes and are the most luxurious and prestigious they can be. They’re highly customizable with more options and ports than you can count and a screen big enough to make for a personal cinema. 

Unfortunately, they are also the most expensive options. Besides, they’re the hardest to add to your furnishing. They require thorough planning to be placed anywhere.

Best 55-inch TVs

Hisense 4k ultra 55-inch

The first item we recommend is a great piece that will give you everything you could ever ask for and more, all at a reasonable price of $450. The 4k resolution can display video quality 4 times better than HD 1080p. It comes with an LED backlight to bring even more colors and light to life. It gives you access to many streaming services with Roku TV Operating System. It has an amazing refresh rate of 60 fps, giving you a fully fluent video feed. It has 3 HDMI ports, Ethernet ports, USB, and much more. As if all that wasn’t enough- it’s fully compatible with Alexa.

Pros

  • We love the Alexa compatibility at this price point.
  • It’s a great size without being overwhelming.
  • You can get it in different sizes.

Cons

  • Customer support was hard to get in touch with.
  • We wish the warranty was longer than one year.
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Hisense 
It's a great value option.

LG 55-inch class UQ9000 Series

The second 55-inch must-have is an item made by LG. It has an ultra HD 4k display resolution and a fluent 60Hz refresh rate to keep your video slick. It has a built-in Alexa ready to serve you and cloud gaming. On top of all that, it keeps your games running quickly with a game optimizer.

NameLG 55-Inch Class UQ9000 Series
FeatureBuilt-in Alexa
Item Weight31.30 lbs
Refresh rate60Hz
Screen Size54.6 Inches

Pros

  • You can get it ranging from 43 to 70 inches.
  • LG is a trusted brand that also makes refrigerators.
  • Alexa is built in.
  • You get a good deal when you buy the sound system also.

Cons

  • It’s more expensive than the Hisense.
  • The remote is a bit different.
  • No VRR support
LG UQ9000 
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LG UQ9000 
It's a great higher-end option.

Best 65-inch TVs

TCL 65-inch Class 4-Series 4K UHD HDR Smart Roku

This 65-inch option is one of the best ones you can choose. Made by TCL, it supports services such as:

  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Skype
  • and Youtube.

It has a stunning 4k graphic quality and a refresh rate of 60Hz. It provides a beautiful, smooth display of films. It works with Amazon Alexa and even has a special app that can be used to control it. 

NameTCL 65-inch Class 4-Series 4K
Item Weight‎54.9 pounds
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Resolution4K
Screen Size65 Inches

Pros

  • More than 23,000 reviews
  • Great entry-level 4K TV
  • We were very impressed with the features.
  • We love Roky TV systems.

Cons

  • It’s more expensive than the 55-inch options.
  • Only 1-year warranty
  • Some streaming options still don’t offer 4K, so it may not be needed.
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TCL is a great brand.

LG 65NANO90UPA Alexa Built-In NanoCell 90 Series 65″ 4K Smart UHD NanoCell

It is another one made by LG, so no wonder it’s great. Built with astounding 4k graphics and 120Hz refresh rate, it takes care of all your gaming and watching needs. It supports:

  • Hulu
  • Prime Video
  • Netflix
  • Vudu
  • and Youtube

It provides you with a wide range of services. The nanocell technology gives the colors a new life, making them even more beautiful. As if that wasn’t enough, it can optimize your games and has both google assistant and Alexa built-in.

Pros

  • Great picture quality
  • Very solid feet
  • It arrived in great packaging.

Cons

  • It’s a different price point and more expensive than the TCL.
  • Heavier than expected
  • No Bluetooth transmitter, only receiver.
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This LG product is more expensive but well worth it.

TV viewing distance

Viewing distance is a term that describes the optimal distance from a viewer to the screen. It is important because every human has preferences regarding their FOV (field of view). An incorrect viewing distance might even lead to some health problems.

65-inch TV

If your viewing distance is too big, you won’t be able to enjoy the film properly. It will simply be too far. Details will get too small to notice, and colors will lose saturation. 

If your viewing distance is too small, you’re risking developing a sight problem due to the screen being too close to you. On top of that, viewing content at the edges of the screen will be uncomfortable. You’ll have to bend your head to see them.

There are a few ways to determine the optimal viewing distance. The first one, resolution, used the TV’s fixed image resolution. The better the resolution, the further away you’ll be able to sit and still see the details. Worse resolutions mean less-visible details, especially from a larger distance.

The second way is to consider the range relative to the width. In general, your viewing distance should increase by 1 foot for every 10 inches of your screen’s size. Therefore:

TV in a box
  • 70-inch TV- 7 feet
  • 50-inch TV- 5 feet
  • 45-inch TV- 4.5 feet

FAQ

What are the different sizes for TVs?

They are typically made in models ranging in sizes from 32’’ to 85’’.

How do you determine what size TV to buy?

You have to consider your budget, your available space, the size of your family and household, and your personal preferences.

What size TV do I need for 15 feet away?

15 feet is generally too far away to provide a comfortable view. In theory, such a distance would be fitting for a 150’’ TV. However, they’re rarely ever made.

Is a 55-inch TV big enough?

It should be enough even for a small family and will certainly provide a great experience if you’re watching alone. For bigger households, bigger models will prove to be better.