1080p TVs are nowadays quite rare. Unless you're looking to buy a very inexpensive and simple TV, just about every set available today features a 4k resolution, even the less expensive, budget-oriented models. Reaching the fall season and Black Friday also means significant price drops, so TVs released this year are now affordable enough to be what most people should be purchasing.
We've reviewed 33 4k TVs in 2017 and we've updated our recommendations to showcase the best ones available for purchase this fall.
Best 4k UHD TV
The best 4k TV we've tested is the LG B7A 4k WebOS TV. Thanks to its use of OLEDs, it produces a picture quality unmatched by LED TVs in its price range or even models more expensive. Combined with its wide array of features, it will please the great majority of people.
Similarly priced 4k LED TVs like the Sony X930E and the Samsung Q7F tend to be brighter than the LG B7, but they can't match the overall picture quality found on OLEDs. An important aspect where they fall quite short is their viewing angle, where the B7's already superior image is better maintained at an angle than any LED/LCD TV we've tested. It's also almost identical to the LG C7, which has a nicer stand. If you can afford it, it's tough to go wrong with the LG B7.
If you want a brighter TV, go for the Sony X930E 4k LED TV. It's one of the brightest TVs we've reviewed and it can brighten highlights up to 1442 cd/m2, which is only matched by other more expensive Sony TVs. Its overall picture is quite great also, thanks to its better than average local dimming and its ability to reproduce a wider range of colors. It won't have the retention issues present on the LG B7, but its picture quality deteriorates a lot when viewed from an angle, making it a bit less versatile.
Best Mid-Range 4k UHD TV
For a mid-range option, we recommend the Sony X900E 4k TV. It's a well-rounded TV that offers better value for money than expensive high-end models. It performs closely to the Sony X930E recommended above, but features a more simplistic design and a less powerful backlight system.
It's tough to find a TV with better value today. The X900E impressed us with its versatility and the picture quality is unmatched in this price range. It's not as quite as bright as the more expensive Sony X930E, and its local dimming isn't as precise, but it still comes out ahead of the similarly priced LG SJ8500 and Samsung MU9000. If you don't mind sacrificing HDR performance for a considerably lower price, the X900E is the mid-range 4k TV to get.
Alternative for Bright Rooms
If you're mainly going to use your TV in a bright room, you might be better off with the Samsung MU9000. It features a better screen finish than the Sony X900E, helping it handle reflections from surrounding windows or indoor lights much better. It won't have quite as good a picture quality in a dark room, but it's still a good option for a very similar price.
Best Budget 4k UHD TV
The best budget 4k we've reviewed is the TCL P607 Roku TV. It's an all-encompassing TV set that is equipped with almost all the features found on high-end TVs like full array local dimming, wide color gamut support and high peak brightness, making it a bit different than the average budget TV.
Most notable is its better than average picture quality thanks to its high native contrast ratio and well-performing local dimming, which further enhance blacks and gives more depth to the picture. It does have a fairly narrow viewing angle, so its picture quality will deteriorate when viewed from the side but this is a minor issue for most people.
Alternative for Movie Buffs
If you don't care about input lag much and simply want the best picture quality you can get for the money, the Vizio M Series 2017 is a good option. It offers better HDR capabilities for movies and a more extensive set of motion-related features that include a flickering function for less blurry motion.
If you're looking for a cheaper option, get the TCL S405. It features the same excellent smart platform as the TCL P607, but it is a little cheaper. In many ways, it's nothing less than a simpler variant that lacks fancier features like local dimming or wide color gamut which is only important for HDR. It isn't the brightest though, so it might not be best suited for a bright living room.
- Samsung KS8000. Very good value, but difficult to find nowadays. See our review
- LG SJ8500. Great TV, but priced too high for what it is. See our review
- Sony Z9D. Excellent LED TV, but a lot more expensive than the Sony X930E for not much more. See our review
- Samsung MU8000. Cheaper than the MU9000, but doesn't offer any advantage over the Sony X900E. See our review
- Vizio P Series 2017. Good mid-range 4k TV, but less versatile than the Sony X900E. See our review
- Sony A1E. Excellent OLED TV, but doesn't offer much over the LG B7 for the higher price. See our review
- Samsung Q7F. Very good LED TV, but poor value compared to the Sony X900E and X930E. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Great LED TV, but bested by the significantly cheaper LG B7 and Sony X930E. 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 4k TVs to buy for most people in each price range. 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 TVs that have UHD screen. 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.