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The 5 Best 4k HDR TVs - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best HDR TVs

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 able to get 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 100 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 4k gaming TVs, the best TVs, and the best 65 inch TVs.

  1. Best 4k HDR OLED TV: Sony A90J OLED

    The best 4k HDR TV with an OLED panel that we've tested is the Sony A90J OLED. It's a high-end TV with stunning picture quality, especially when watching movies in HDR. It's amazing for watching HDR content, and it's available in a few different sizes, so you can get the one that suits your setup the most, and they all perform like the 55 inch version we tested.

    What makes OLEDs like this one stand out versus traditional LED-backlit TVs is that it doesn't have a backlight and instead can turn each pixel on and off individually. It means that it has a near-infinite contrast ratio and doesn't have any blooming around bright objects. HDR content looks vivid because it displays a wide range of colors, has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't need to calibrate it, and has decent HDR peak brightness. While the HDR peak brightness isn't the highest, it's better than other OLEDs, and it's enough to make highlights pop.

    While it's a versatile TV with great gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR) support, it's not the best TV for HDR gaming. It doesn't have the lowest input lag, and its VRR support has some limitations. Also, it supports Dolby Vision but not HDR10+, meaning some streaming content will be limited to the basic HDR10 format instead of HDR10+. Besides that, it's the best OLED TV we've tested for watching HDR movies.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: LG C1 OLED

    If you want something cheaper or if you want a TV with better gaming performance, then look into the LG C1 OLED. You won't get the same remarkable picture quality as the Sony A90J OLED because it has lower peak brightness, worse gradient handling, and worse upscaling. However, it still delivers the same fantastic dark room performance thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It's also incredible for HDR gaming as gaming feels responsive with its low input lag, and it has FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing with AMD graphics cards. Sadly, its out-of-the-box accuracy is poor, so you might need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest.

    If you want the best OLED for watching HDR movies, the Sony is a fantastic choice, but if you prefer something with better gaming performance that costs less, check out the LG.

    See our review

  3. Best 4k HDR LED TV: Hisense U9DG

    The best HDR LED TV we've tested is the Hisense U9DG. It's an amazing TV for watching content in HDR as it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and it has exceptional picture quality that's better than most LED TVs. It makes highlights pop while delivering dark room performance that rivals OLED TVs. However, it's only available in a 75 inch size, which is disappointing if you don't have the space for such a large TV.

    It's different from other LED TVs because it uses dual-panel technology with two LCD panels stacked on top of each other. It allows the TV to achieve deep blacks as it has the best contrast ratio we've seen on any LED TV with the local dimming feature enabled, rivaling even OLEDs. The black uniformity is also remarkable, as you won't see any blooming around bright objects. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR and gets bright with small highlights, enough to make them stand out, but it loses its brightness with large areas of bright colors.

    Unfortunately, its gradient handling is only decent, and it has signs of banding in areas of similar color. Also, while it's amazing for watching HDR movies, it's a bit limited for HDR gaming because it has a slow response time, and its input lag is higher than most TVs. If that isn't an issue for you, it's one of the best HDR TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Brighter Alternative: Samsung QN90A QLED

    If you care about peak brightness, then look into the Samsung QN90A QLED. It doesn't use the same dual-panel technology as the Hisense U9DG, so you won't get black levels that rival those on an OLED. However, the Samsung TV uses Mini LED backlighting that lets it get much brighter, so highlights stand out the way the creator intended, and colors look vivid. It also displays a wide color gamut thanks to its quantum dot technology, and it has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy. Although its native contrast is lower than most TVs, the full-array local dimming helps it improve the contrast. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, which is disappointing if you stream your favorite HDR movies and shows.

    If you're in the market for the best 4k HDR TV with an LED panel, the Hisense is unique and offers outstanding picture quality. However, if you want something that gets brighter or something available in smaller sizes, check out the Samsung TV.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k HDR TV: Hisense U6G

    If you're looking for something on a budget, then the Hisense U6G is the best HDR TV we've tested. It's great for watching HDR movies, and it delivers excellent picture quality that rivals some more expensive options. Its built-in smart interface is Android TV, which has a ton of apps available to download, making it easy to stream your favorite HDR movies, and it supports HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision formats.

    Our unit 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 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, and there's minimal blooming. Its HDR brightness is okay, but some highlights don't pop the way they should.

    If you're looking for something for gaming, this one doesn't have any extra gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or variable refresh rate support. Still, if you're a casual gamer, you'll enjoy the low input lag and quick response time for a responsive gaming experience. It also has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice if you have a wide seating arrangement. Regardless, it's the best HDR TV we've tested in the budget category.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony X95J: The Sony X95J is great for watching HDR content as it gets bright and has accurate colors, but its native contrast is worse than the Samsung QN90A, and it has worse black uniformity, so it's not worth getting. See our review
  • LG G1 OLED: The LG G1 is higher-end than the LG C1 and comes with the new evo panel allowing it to get brighter in HDR, but it doesn't come with a stand, and for the cost it's worth getting the C1. See our review
  • LG QNED90: The LG QNED90 has Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A, but it has an IPS panel with worse black uniformity and contrast, so it's not as good for watching HDR content as blacks look gray. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J has excellent color accuracy like the Samsung QN90A, and it costs less, but it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, so it doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • Hisense U8G: The U8G is even cheaper than the QN90A and is available in 55 and 65 inch sizes, but it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, so it doesn't get as bright in HDR. See our review
  • Sony A80J OLED: The Sony A80J is similar to the LG C1 because they each use OLED panels, but it also costs more, and the LG is more versatile when it comes to gaming, so it's worth getting that instead. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is impressive for watching HDR content, and it also uses Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A QLED, but its local dimming feature isn't as good. See our review
  • Samsung QN85A QLED: The Samsung QN85A has Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A, but because it uses a different panel type, it has a worse contrast ratio at the cost of viewing angles. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED is a budget TV like the Hisense U6G, and it has more gaming features like VRR support, but it's not as good for watching HDR content because it has worse local dimming. See our review
  • LG A1 OLED: The LG A1 is even cheaper than the LG C1 with the same near-infinite contrast, but it doesn't get as bright and doesn't have any gaming features, so for a bit more, it's worth getting the C1. See our review
  • Vizio P Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 is an impressive HDR TV, but it doesn't get as bright as the Samsung QN90A, and the interface has more bugs. See our review
  • Hisense U6GR: The Hisense U6GR is similar to the Hisense U6G and has better gradient handling. It also has more gaming features, but sadly it's hard to find. See our review
  • LG C2 OLED: The LG C2 OLED is a slight improvement over its predecessor, the LG C1 OLED, but it's currently significantly more expensive. If you can find the C2 for less than the C1, get the new model. See our review
  • Samsung QN90B QLED: The Samsung QN90B QLED is a bit brighter than the Samsung QN90A QLED in some scenes, but the QN90A is slightly better overall. The QN90B isn't worth spending more on over the QN90A. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 17, 2022: Renamed the Samsung QN90A to 'Brighter Alternative' to reflect user needs; added the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Jul 15, 2021: Replaced the Sony X90J with the Samsung QN90A because it has Mini LED backlighting; replaced the Hisense H9G and Hisense H8G with the newer Hisense U8G and Hisense U6G; moved the TCL 5 Series to Notable Mentions because it's not as bright as the U6G.

All Reviews

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 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.