Most TVs support HDR nowadays, but that doesn't mean much. HDR support is not very difficult for manufacturers to implement, and basic support does not imply an increase in picture quality. To utilize the features and accurately display HDR content, TVs need to reproduce a wider range of color and get brighter than previously required. To find out more about the differences with HDR, check out our HDR vs SDR article.
Fortunately, finding content to enjoy these high-end TVs is becoming a non-issue as almost every new release is in HDR. Services such as Amazon Prime video, Netflix, and Youtube all provide a compelling HDR lineup that is continually expanding. Games are also starting to support it (see our recommendations for HDR gaming TVs) and soon enough, every content will be HDR, including broadcast television.
So far, we've tested 37 TVs in 2017 and our recommendations are now updated for the fall of 2017 with the best HDR TVs you can buy in the run-up to Black Friday.
Best HDR TV
High-end TVs offer the best HDR performance available. They get brighter, have better local dimming and can display a wider range of colors, giving a more realistic and impressive HDR effect.
The best HDR TV for most people is the LG B7 OLED TV. It offers unrivaled HDR capabilities with very saturated colors and impressively deep blacks thanks to its use of OLED technology.
The LG B7A can show highlights as bright as 670 cd/m2, allowing it to show a very detailed image with a lot of dynamic range. It can also reproduce a very wide range of colors, covering up to 96% of the DCI-P3 color space most used in HDR movies. Only some of Samsung's more expensive LCD TVs like the Q9F can reproduce more saturated colors, but they lack the advantages of the B7 like its wide viewing angles.
While it isn't the only OLED TV we've reviewed, the B7A offers the same picture quality and HDR capability as other models such as the Sony A1E and LG E7, while being significantly less expensive. Because of this, the LG B7A is the best HDR TV for most people.
If you want a bigger TV than 65", look for the Sony X940E 4K LED TV. It isn't OLED, but it is one of the best LED TVs we've tested this year and its 75-inch size makes it very immersive. It has a very powerful local dimming system that allows it to get very deep blacks, and it gets even brighter than the LG B7 above. Its viewing angle is a bit narrow though, so it's not a great choice if you planned on often sitting to the sides of your TV.
Best Mid-Range HDR TV
HDR is a lot more accessible nowadays, so even mid-range models offer a good HDR effect. They usually won't be as bright as premium models, but they'll still have great picture quality.
For a mid-range TV, we recommend the Sony X900E Android TV. Mid-range TVs usually tend to have a noticeable drop in picture quality compared to more high-end models, but the mid-range X900E faired very well in our tests and performs close to pricier LED TVs like the Sony X930E.
Its HDR capabilities stand a clear step above competing TVs like the Samsung MU9000 and LG SJ8500. The X900E has better contrast, is brighter, and offers a better local dimming feature than these two TVs. It can display more saturated colors than most mid-range TVs as well, helping HDR movies and shows look vibrant. Overall, unless you plan on watching your TV from the sides where its limited viewing angle can cause issues, the X900E is the TV to get in this price range.
If you don't mind sacrificing a bit of versatility, the Vizio P Series 2017 will offer as good an HDR experience as the Sony X900E for a little less money. It gets about as bright, and its local dimming feature is actually slightly better. However, some users might find its smart features a bit limiting, and it won't do as well with HDR games or with lower resolution content.
Best Budget HDR TV
Even budget models are quite capable for HDR today. Their build quality is quite a bit worse than more expensive models, and they can't get as bright, but they can still display a wider range of colors than SDR TVs.
The best budget HDR TV we've tested is the Vizio M Series 2017. It has excellent picture quality in a dark room and offers features like local dimming which are usually only found on more expensive TVs.
At 407 cd/m2, it isn't as bright as our pricier recommendations, but it is still brighter than other TVs in its range like the Samsung MU7000. It also sports a powerful local dimming feature that enhances picture quality by producing deeper blacks. Colorful HDR movies look quite vibrant on the M Series thanks to its wide color gamut, but like most HDR TVs we recommend, its picture quality deteriorates when viewed at an angle, so it's a better fit for those that will most often watch sitting directly in front.
Overall, the Vizio M Series 2017 has the best HDR capabilities in its price range, making it a good choice for those wanting to upgrade their current home theater to HDR while maintaining a reasonable budget.
If you want better smart features or if you also plan on doing some HDR gaming, the TCL P607 4k LED TV is a better choice. It has a lower input lag with HDR content than the Vizio M, and its Roku smart platform is both more powerful and intuitive than Vizio's smartcast.
- Sony X930E. Excellent LED TV for HDR, but the OLED LG B7 isn't much more. See our review
- Sony Z9D. One of the best HDR TVs available, but tough to justify the price over the X940E. See our review
- Sony A1E. Exceptional HDR TV, but the LG C7 offers the same HDR performance for cheaper. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Very good HDR performance, but the X930E and LG B7 are even better for less money. See our review
- Samsung Q7F. The Q7F performs very well with HDR movies, but the similarly priced Sony X930E offers better value. See our review
- LG SJ8500. Good HDR TV, but unless you need a wide viewing angle, the Sony X900E is better. See our review
- Samsung MU6300. Decent entry level 4k TV, but the cheaper TCL P607 offers much better HDR capability. See our review
- Samsung MU9000. Good HDR TV with great handling of reflections, but budget models offer much better value for money. See our review
- LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best HDR TVs to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of 4k TVs that support HDR. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.