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. Make sure to check out our recommendations for the best 4k gaming TVs, the best TVs, and the best HDR gaming TVs.
The best HDR TV that we've tested is the LG CX OLED. It's an excellent overall TV, and with its OLED technology, it's able to turn off individual pixels, producing perfect blacks. It has an outstanding style, and it's also extremely well-built with a premium feel.
It displays an extremely wide color gamut with near-perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most content. It also has decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, and out-of-the-box, it has great color accuracy. It's a good choice to use in bright rooms as it has outstanding reflection handling. If you want to use it for HDR gaming, it has a really low input lag, a near-instant response time, and it has support for FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. The built-in speakers are also good if you don't want to buy an external setup, but if you do, it supports eARC, allowing you to send high-quality audio over an HDMI connection.
Unfortunately, like all OLED TVs, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, but this shouldn't be a problem for most people who watch varied content. Still, it doesn't get very bright, so it doesn't make highlights pop the way they're supposed to in HDR. On the upside, it has wide viewing angles, ideal for a wide seating arrangement. Overall, this is an excellent choice for any use, making it the best 4k HDR TV that we've tested.
If you don't want to worry about the long-term permanent burn-in risk, then the Samsung Q80T/Q80T QLED is a great choice. It doesn't display perfect blacks like the LG CX OLED, but it still displays deep blacks and has a local dimming feature. The Samsung also gets much brighter than the LG, so highlights pop the way they should in HDR, and it displays a great wide color gamut. Thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, the viewing angles are fairly wide, which is good for wide seating arrangements. It's great for gaming too because it has an excellent response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, low input lag, and FreeSync support. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues, but this may vary between units. If you want to use it in bright rooms, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has outstanding reflection handling.
Overall, the LG is the best 4k HDR we've seen, but if you want a brighter TV without the risk of burn-in, check out the Samsung.
The best HDR TV for color accuracy that we've tested is the Sony X950H. It's Sony's flagship 4k LED TV and has the sleek, modern design that you'd expect to see on a high-end TV. It's a great overall model that most people should be happy with.
It's a great choice for watching HDR movies because it displays a great wide color gamut, with outstanding coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space. It also has excellent peak brightness in HDR, making highlights pop the way they're supposed to. You likely won't need to get this TV calibrated as it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you can enjoy HDR content as soon as you set it up. With its VA panel, it displays deep blacks and has a full-array local dimming feature. It has Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology, which improves the viewing angles a bit at the cost of its contrast, but it's still not ideal for a really wide seating arrangement.
Sadly, this isn't a great option for gaming. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, but it doesn't support any VRR technology, and its input lag is too high for competitive gaming. Still, it has a great response time, so fast-moving content looks smooth. It has built-in Android TV, with a great selection of apps available to download, and you can watch YouTube and Netflix in HDR. All in all, this is the best HDR TV for color accuracy that we've tested.
The best HDR TV in the budget category that we've tested is the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. Being a QLED TV, it's able to display a really wide color gamut for HDR content. However, it doesn't get very bright in that mode, so highlights may not pop the way they should. Still, most people on a budget should appreciate this TV.
It has a VA panel, delivering an exceptional contrast ratio, and despite its budget-friendly price, it has a decent full-array local dimming feature. It's limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't have any VRR support, but it's still a good choice for gaming because it has a good response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and low input lag in HDR. The built-in Roku TV is easy to use and very smooth to navigate, and YouTube and Netflix are available in HDR. It upscales lower-resolution content well and removes 24p judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz TV.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is typical of a VA panel. It's also not the best choice for well-lit environments because it doesn't get very bright and has just decent reflection handling. Fortunately, our unit has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may not need to pay extra to get it calibrated. All in all, for its price, this is the best 4k HDR TV that we've tested.
If you're a fan of Android TV and its excellent selection of apps that you can download, then check out the Hisense H8G. Sadly, this TV doesn't display as wide of a color gamut as the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, but the Hisense gets brighter in HDR. It's a great gaming TV as it has a really low input lag, a good response time, and a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. Sadly, like most VA panel TVs, it has narrow viewing angles, so you have to sit directly in front of it to get the best image possible. On the upside, it also has an excellent contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, so it performs really well when you're watching movies in the dark.
Overall, if you're on a budget, the TCL is the best HDR TV we've tested, but if you're a fan of Android TV, the Hisense is a good choice too.
09/24/2020: Replaced the TCL 6 Series 2019 with the 5 Series 2020; removed the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 and moved the Samsung Q80T QLED to its spot.
07/17/2020: Added the LG CX, Sony X950H, Samsung Q80T, TCL 6 Series, and Hisense H8G; removed the LG B9, Sony X950G, Samsung Q70R, Hisense H9F, and H8F.
05/19/2020: 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.
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. 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.