Almost every TV released in 2017 features a 4k resolution, from the budget models to the very high-end ones. At this time of the year, 2017 models have come down in price, making them reasonably competitive to models from the previous years. Much like TVs, 4k content has also matured to be a lot more accessible. Every new movie is now distributed in 4k, and most TV shows, especially those distributed through streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Video or HBO GO, are also filmed in the higher resolution.
Best 4k UHD TV
The best 4k TV we've reviewed is the LG C7 OLED TV. It features the best picture quality we've tested yet, mostly thanks to its use of OLED technology that allows it to shut off individual pixels. This allows it to create perfect blacks unmatched by standard LED TVs.
LED TVs in its price range, like the Sony X930E and the Samsung Q7F, cannot match the picture quality in a dark room and the viewing angles found on the LG C7. The very wide viewing angle is very useful for game watching parties where a few people might be watching from the sides.
If you can afford it, it's tough to go wrong with the LG C7. Some of its LED competition is brighter, but most people will be pleased by the brightness of the LG.
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 1400 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.
Best Mid-Range 4k UHD TV
For a mid-range option, we recommend the Sony X900E 4k TV. It's a versatile TV that offers better value for money. It's also similar in performance to the more expensive Sony X930E recommended above, but features a more simplistic design and 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'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 a lot better.
Best Budget 4k UHD TV
The best budget 4k we've reviewed is the TCL P607 Roku TV. It sports higher-end features like local dimming, wide color gamut and HDR support usually reserved for models often priced twice as high.
Thanks to its very good contrast ratio and its local dimming feature, the TCL P-Series offers better picture quality than is usually found in TVs in this price range. Its input lag is also better than average at 15ms, making it a great choice for gaming. It does have a fairly narrow viewing angle, so its picture quality will deteriorate when viewed from the side. This is a minor issue for most people though.
If you're looking for a cheaper option, get the TCL S405. It features the same motion performance, low input lag, and excellent Roku smart platform as the TCL P607, but it is a little cheaper. It doesn't have the local dimming or wide color gamut of the P-Series though, so its HDR capabilities are a little more limited.
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).
A few examples of 4k TVs that didn't make the cut:
- 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 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 M Series 2017. Good budget 4k TV, but less versatile than the TCL P607 See our review
- Sony A1E. Excellent OLED TV, but doesn't offer much over the LG C7 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 C7 and Sony X930E. See our review
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.