Every 4k TV comes with HDR support, but support simply means that the TV can accept HDR metadata. It doesn't necessarily mean that it will display the HDR content as intended with deep blacks and vibrant colors. To reproduce HDR content accurately, TVs must be bright and display more saturated colors than in SDR (check out our HDR vs. SDR article to find out more about the differences with HDR). A good contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature are also important for HDR because you want the TV to display deep blacks with minimal blooming.
We've tested more than 110 TVs under the latest test bench that can display HDR content, and below are our recommendations for the best HDR TVs you can buy. Make sure to check out our picks for the best TVs, the best movie TVs, and the best flat screen TVs.
The Samsung S95B OLED is the best 4k HDR TV we've tested. It's a QD-OLED TV, which is a new technology that displays brighter and more vibrant colors than traditional OLEDs, resulting in an amazing color volume that makes highlights stand out. It also displays a wide color gamut in HDR, so images appear life-like, but some colors are also slightly oversaturated in some content. Like any OLED, it displays deep and inky blacks with perfect black uniformity, making it an incredible choice for watching HDR movies in dark rooms.
It supports the HDR10+ format that some streaming services and Blu-rays use, but it doesn't support Dolby Vision, which is a widely-used HDR format. If you want to watch Dolby Vision content, you'll be limited to the more basic HDR10 instead, so you can't take full advantage of the TV or the content you're watching.
If you find the Samsung S95B OLED expensive and want to save a bit of money while still getting excellent HDR performance, the Hisense U8G is a great choice, too. It has excellent HDR peak brightness, enough to make small highlights stand out, and it has an excellent HDR color gamut. Although it doesn't offer the same near-infinite contrast as an OLED, it still has fantastic native contrast, and it displays deep blacks in movies thanks to the great local dimming feature, but there's a bit of blooming around bright objects.
The built-in Android TV makes it easy to stream your favorite HDR content, and it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ formats. It lets you take full advantage of whatever content you're streaming, which is great if you subscribe to multiple services that use different formats. It also removes 24p judder from any source, including streaming apps, helping with the appearance of motion in movies.
The Hisense U6G is the best HDR TV we've tested in the budget category. It's great for watching HDR movies, and it delivers excellent picture quality that rivals some more expensive options. It displays deep blacks in dark rooms thanks to the VA panel's high native contrast ratio, and the full-array local dimming feature does a decent job at improving the contrast in dark scenes. Its HDR brightness is okay, but some highlights don't pop much, which is the downside of watching HDR content on a budget-friendly model.
It has decent out-of-the-box accuracy and displays a wide color gamut with fantastic coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used in most HDR content. It has great gradient handling, but there's some banding with darker shades that you'll notice in scenes like sunsets. It has settings to reduce banding, but they don't actually improve anything.
The best HDR TV for watching Dolby Vision content is the Sony A90J OLED. It's an excellent choice if you tend to stream movies that are in Dolby Vision, meaning you can take full advantage of that content, but it doesn't support HDR10+ like the Samsung S95B OLED. It has great image processing features like motion interpolation that smooths out movement in low frame rate movies. It removes 24p judder from any source, and it doesn't have any issues displaying native 4k content.
The A90J has higher HDR peak brightness than most other OLEDs as it makes small highlights stand out. It also has remarkable gradient handling, meaning you won't see any banding in scenes with shades of similar color, like a sunset, and it has an excellent color gamut. The color volume is decent too, but some colors aren't as bright as pure white.
The Samsung QN90A QLED is the best HDR TV we've tested with an LED panel. If you prefer something brighter than an OLED and still want premium performance, this is a great choice. It features Mini LED backlighting, resulting in an incredibly high contrast ratio for deep blacks in dark rooms. It also has a great local dimming feature with minimal blooming around bright objects, and small highlights stand out against the rest, thanks to the high HDR brightness. The TV's quantum dot layer helps it display a wide range of colors, and the fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy means you won't have to get it calibrated.
If you want to enhance your movie-watching experience with a receiver or soundbar, the TV supports eARC, allowing you to pass high-quality audio. However, it doesn't pass DTS:X signals to other devices, which is an audio format that many Blu-rays use.
Jun 06, 2022: Restructured the article to reflect user needs; added the Samsung S95B as the 'Best HDR TV' and renamed the Sony A90J as 'Best For Dolby Vision'; added the Hisense U8G as 'Best Mid-Range TV' and renamed the Samsung QN90A as the 'Best LED TV For HDR'; moved the Hisense U9DG to Notable Mentions.
Mar 17, 2022: Renamed the Samsung QN90A to 'Brighter Alternative' to reflect user needs; added the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.
Jan 18, 2022: Added the Hisense U9DG as the Best LED TV to be consistent with other recommendations, moved the Samsung QN90A to Smaller Alternative, moved the Hisense U8G to Notable Mentions.
Nov 12, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021, TCL 5 Series/S546 2021, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 to Notable Mentions.
Sep 13, 2021: Added the Sony A90J OLED as Best OLED for consistency with other articles and moved the LG C1 to 'Cheaper Alternative'; moved the Vizio P Series Quantum X to Notable Mentions because it's hard to find and moved the Samsung QN90A to Best LED; added the LG QNED90, Vizio M7 2021, LG G1, LG A1, and Sony X95J to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 4k TVs to buy for watching HDR 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 TV reviews, sorted by their HDR movies rating. 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.