Although most modern monitors support HDR, they still lag behind TVs for HDR performance. Supporting HDR is one thing, but you also need the monitor to display a wide color gamut, get bright, and have a good local dimming feature so that HDR looks vivid with highlights that pop. If you're looking for a new monitor, though, and HDR is important to you, then there are still a few choices out there. Although most of them lack good local dimming and can't get as bright as TVs, they're still decent enough and are better than simple SDR monitors.
We've bought and tested more than 240 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors for 4k HDR content available to buy. Check out our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best multimedia monitors.
The best 4k HDR monitor we've tested is the Samsung LS32BG75NNXGO. It's a high-end 32-inch 4k monitor that's one of the few on the market with Mini LED backlighting. It lets it have greater control over its local dimming feature, which performs decently and is better than most monitors. It means that it displays deep blacks, especially for a LED-backlit monitor, and while there's some blooming around bright objects on dark backgrounds, it's better than most monitors. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR thanks to its quantum dot technology.
It has decent HDR peak brightness, enough to make small highlights pop against a dark background, but it isn't enough to make some bright highlights in brighter scenes truly stand out. Also, some colors look washed out in HDR, but considering its overall HDR performance is still great and better than most monitors, you'll be happy with this one. If you want a bigger display that gets brighter, the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is a great choice, but it has worse local dimming, so the Samsung monitor still has the best HDR picture quality.
If you want to spend less money on a mid-range monitor with fewer gaming features than the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75, the Dell U2723QE is the best HDR monitor in the mid-range category. While it's considerably cheaper than our top pick, it performs better than most monitors at higher price points. It's designed with productivity in mind but is still decent for HDR. Even though it has an IPS panel, it uses IPS Black technology to deliver decent black levels for dark room viewing. It also has a local dimming feature that automatically turns on in HDR, but it doesn't do much to improve the picture quality like on the Samsung. Sadly, it has backlight bleed in dark scenes, which is normal from an IPS-panel monitor, but it doesn't have any blooming.
It also has great colors as it has near-perfect coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used in most HDR content, and it has fantastic color volume that results in it displaying dark and bright colors well. The gradient handling is also remarkable as you won't notice any banding in scenes with shades of similar colors, like when there's a sunset, which helps make this monitor a good overall 4k display with decent HDR performance.
The best budget 4k HDR monitor we've tested is the Dell S3221QS. Like the Dell U2723QE, it's an office-oriented 4k monitor with an okay overall HDR performance. Dark scenes look great thanks to the monitor's high contrast ratio, meaning blacks actually look black. It lacks a local dimming feature, and its HDR peak brightness is mediocre, so bright highlights don't stand out very well, but that's what you expect from a budget-friendly display.
On the other hand, it has a wide color gamut, with great coverage of the DCI-P3 used by most current HDR content, and it has superb gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar color. It also has good out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't have to calibrate it to get an accurate and life-like image. Even at a 32-inch size, the pixel density is still very high, which results in exceptional text and image clarity, meaning it delivers an immersive viewing experience while watching 4k HDR content.
If you own the PS5 or Xbox Series X, the Gigabyte M32UC is the best HDR monitor we've tested for console gaming. It's a great overall monitor that focuses on gaming and has decent picture quality in HDR. It has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio, meaning it displays deep blacks in dark rooms, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it. However, the black uniformity is still decent, and there isn't too much blooming around bright objects. It also displays a wide color gamut for HDR content and has decent HDR peak brightness, enough to make some highlights pop.
In terms of gaming performance, it works perfectly with the PS5 and Xbox Series X thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to play 4k games up 120Hz. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel and has a great response time, but there's black smearing. If that bothers you, the Gigabyte M32U is another excellent gaming monitor with similar features and better motion handling. However, HDR doesn't look as good because it has a worse contrast, so if you care about HDR performance, stick with the M32UC.
If you're set on getting a 4k HDR monitor for watching movies and shows, then the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80 is the best monitor we've tested for your needs. It's a 32-inch monitor like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. What makes it different is that it has a built-in smart platform, which most monitors don't have. It means that you can stream your favorite shows and movies without a PC, and it also has a basic Picture-by-Picture feature that allows you to view an image from your PC and continue streaming from a native app. It also comes with a remote, so you can navigate the on-screen menu, and it has a built-in mic for the voice assistant feature.
The picture quality is good as it has an excellent contrast ratio for deep blacks, and the black uniformity is good with minimal blooming around bright objects. However, without a local dimming feature, it can't improve the contrast, and small highlights don't stand out versus the rest of the screen. Luckily, it displays a wide color gamut and has fantastic gradient handling, providing a decent enough HDR experience, and the built-in smart system is a handy feature.
Aug 02, 2022: Removed the LG C1 and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U because they're larger displays and bigger than most monitors; added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7, Dell U2723QE, Gigabyte M32UC, and the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 to reflect user needs. Renamed the Dell S3221QS as the 'Best Budget'; removed the LG 27GP950-B and Dell S2722QC because they aren't anything special for HDR.
Mar 30, 2022: Completely restructured the article to better represent what people are looking for in an HDR monitor, and adjusted the Notable Mentions accordingly.
Feb 03, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell S2722QC. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Dec 07, 2021: Replaced the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ with the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U, and added the Gigabyte M32U as 'Best 32 Inch'. Added the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U as an alternative to the LG C1. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Oct 08, 2021: Validated our picks and refreshed the text. Added the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED and the LG 27GP950-B to the Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 4k monitors that support HDR. They're adapted to be valid for most people. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price, and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our 4k monitors that have HDR10 support. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.