Almost every new TV launched comes with basic support of HDR. Unfortunately, basic support simply means that the TV can accept HDR metadata and not necessarily that it will display the HDR content as intended. To reproduce HDR content accurately, TVs must be able to get brighter and display more saturated colors than before (check out our HDR vs SDR article to find out more about the differences with HDR).
We've tested more than 70 TVs during the last two years that can display HDR content, and below are our recommendations for the best HDR TVs you can buy in 2020.
The LG B9 OLED is the best 4k TV for watching HDR movies or playing HDR games. Just like the LG C9 OLED, which is very similar but slightly more expensive, this TV delivers an outstanding dark room performance thanks to its OLED panel that can switch off individual pixels, resulting in perfect blacks. Just like all OLEDs, this TV has excellent viewing angles and an outstanding wide color gamut that can display a multitude of colors.
OLED TVs, however, have the risk of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. This is more likely to happen with cumulative long exposure to static images. With normal varied usage, though, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people. OLEDs also tend to vary their brightness levels significantly with different content, so large bright scenes can't get too bright due to the Automatic Brightness Limiter feature.
Overall, this is an exceptional TV for HDR content and supports HDMI 2.1 which currently doesn't add much, but makes the TV more future-proof.
If you're too concerned about the risk of burn-in on OLED TVs, then the best LED alternative for watching HDR content is the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. You won't get the same perfect blacks as you will on the OLEDs, and the image can't retain its accuracy at as wide an angle as on the LG B9 OLED. On the upside, this is an excellent TV with great picture quality and deep blacks in a dark room. It can get significantly brighter than an OLED and has a wide color gamut. In HDR, it delivers rich colors and highlights that pop.
If you want the best HDR experience, go with an the LG; otherwise, the Samsung will do a great job without the risk of permanent burn-in.
If you'd still like an LED TV instead of the LG B9 OLED and find the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED expensive, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. You won't get the Samsung's wide viewing angles, and if you're a gamer you might miss its extra gaming features. On the upside, this is an excellent TV, with an impressive overall picture quality that can get very bright. It has a wide color gamut, and in HDR it delivers vivid colors and highlights that pop. It has deep blacks in a dark room and the overall HDR experience is remarkable.
For the best HDR experience, the LG is the best HDR 4k TV, but if you want a less expensive LED TV, the Vizio is a great alternative and is still among the best HDR TVs in the market.
HDR is all about color and highlights, so for those who want the TV with the best color accuracy out-of-the-box, the Sony X950G is the best HDR TV for color accuracy. It's the successor to the Sony X900F, which delivers similar overall performance and a very accurate image but is becoming harder to find since it's last year's model. The newer model has a wide color gamut and can get very bright, so it delivers an impressive HDR performance full of vivid colors and bright highlights. This is a great TV overall, with deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. Motion handling is excellent, and fast-moving content has only minimal blur thanks to the very fast response time. The input lag is low, good for most people, but not low enough for competitive gamers and there's no support for advanced gaming features.
Just like most TVs with a VA panel, the image deteriorates at an angle, so it isn't a great choice if you have a wide seating arrangement. However, the larger variants (75" and 85") incorporate the new 'X-Wide Angle' technology, which improves viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio.
Overall, this is among the best 4k HDR TVs and delivers the best pre-calibration color accuracy.
If you like to play HDR games on your TV and you find that the Sony X950G's gaming performance isn't good enough, then get the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. You won't get the same exceptional color accuracy out of the box, and it doesn't support Dolby Vision like the Sony does. This TV does, however, support HDR 10+. It's an outstanding TV for watching HDR movies and even better when it comes to HDR gaming. It has a very low input lag and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate. It also has a low input lag with motion interpolation to smooth out the gameplay of older, low frame rate games.
If out of the box accuracy is your priority, the Sony is unbeatable, but if HDR gaming means more to you, then the Samsung is a better choice and is slightly cheaper.
The best budget HDR TV we've tested so far is the Hisense H9F. This TV offers much more than what its price suggests. It has a VA panel with outstanding contrast ratio, decent black uniformity, and an exceptional response time. The full array local dimming feature performs reasonably well, but best of all, its HDR performance is truly impressive, with great peak brightness and color gamut. It has an optional black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, and a remarkably low input lag that will satisfy even hardcore gamers. The only downside being that it doesn't support FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and the panel is limited to 60Hz.
This TV runs on Android, so you get the benefit of having an incredible selection of apps through the Google Play Store, and you can also control the TV through voice commands with the Google Assistant. Unfortunately, its narrow viewing angles make it less ideal for wide seating arrangements, but that's to be expected of most VA panels.
All in all, Hisense proves that you can get a TV with great HDR performance without having to spend a fortune, and you should definitely check out this TV.
If the Hisense H9F is still out of your budget, consider its cheaper little brother, the Hisense H8F. It has similar features to its sibling, but it can't get as bright, and the response time is slightly slower. On the bright side, it has significantly better black uniformity, which is great for dark room viewing, better color accuracy out of the box, and its black frame insertion feature is much more effective at reducing motion blur. Input lag is slightly lower as well, but like its big brother, there's no support for any variable refresh rate technology.
The H9F has better overall performance, but if cost is a concern, the H8F is a good alternative with very few compromises.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 4k high dynamic range 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.
01/20/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/21/2019: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, and made small changes to text for clarity.