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. See our recommendations for the best 4k gaming TVs, the best TVs, and the best HDR gaming TVs.
The best 4k HDR TV we've tested so far is the LG B9. With its perfect blacks, it delivers exceptional picture quality, has wide viewing angles, and has outstanding reflection handling if you need to place it in a bright room.
This TV has an exceptional color gamut with near-perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, so it's able to display the colors needed in that mode. Unfortunately, it only has decent HDR peak brightness, so certain highlights don't pop as they should. It's also a fantastic HDR gaming TV due to its near-instant response time, resulting in clear motion, low input lag, and support for HDMI Forum's variable refresh rate technology, although this is only supported on new Xbox One consoles or NVIDIA graphics cards for G-SYNC compatibility.
Unfortunately, like all OLED TVs, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, but this shouldn't be a problem under normal use. It also has poor out-of-the-box color accuracy; however, it can remove judder from all sources and it can interpolate lower frame rate content to improve the appearance of motion. Overall, this is an excellent TV, and it's the best 4k HDR TV we've tested so far.
If you're worried about the risk for permanent burn-in and would rather get an LED TV, the Samsung Q80/Q80R is an excellent choice. Although it can't produce the same perfect blacks as the LG B9 OLED, it can get much brighter. VA panel TVs like this one usually don't have good viewing angles, but Samsung added an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer to improve the viewing angles at the cost of its native contrast. It has an impressive color gamut, displaying a wide range of colors, and the excellent HDR peak brightness helps highlights pop as they should. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen are darker, but it has good out-of-the-box color accuracy and the Tizen interface is easy-to-use with a ton of apps available.
If you want the best 4k HDR TV, consider the LG, but if you want an LED TV, look into the Samsung.
If you want to save some money, then the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 is also a great alternative. The VA panel doesn't produce the same deep blacks as the LG B9 OLED, but its contrast ratio is still excellent, and it's one of the brightest TVs we've seen so far. Its outstanding HDR peak brightness really displays HDR content as it should, and it has a fantastic color gamut, displaying a wide range of colors in HDR. It's also a great gaming TV with superb response time and low input lag. Unfortunately, it has disappointing viewing angles, and it doesn't upscale lower-resolution content very well, but it performs well in bright rooms due to its fantastic SDR peak brightness and amazing reflection handling.
If you want the best 4k HDR TV, the LG is an excellent choice, but for a cheaper price, the Vizio is a great TV too.
The best 4k HDR TV for color accuracy we've tested so far is the Sony X950G. It has outstanding out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you won't need to get your TV calibrated, and it can produce a very wide color gamut for HDR content.
This TV has excellent HDR peak brightness, and its SDR peak brightness is also fantastic, so it can combat glare in most bright rooms. This TV is also great for dark room viewing thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio, displaying deep blacks. There's a local dimming feature to further darken any blacks, and it has great black uniformity. Unfortunately, like most VA panel TVs, its viewing angles are poor, so it's not suggested for a room with a wide seating arrangement. However, gamers will appreciate the amazing response time, resulting in clear motion, and the incredibly low input lag.
Sadly, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, but this shouldn't be a problem for more casual gamers. This TV can remove judder from all sources, so lower frame rate content, such as from a cable box, looks great. Overall, it delivers an amazing picture quality with a wide range of colors, making it the best 4k HDR TV for color accuracy we've tested so far.
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 look into the Samsung Q70/Q70R. 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 its price suggests. It has a VA panel with outstanding contrast ratio, decent black uniformity, and 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 a wide 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 is 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, it proves that you can get a TV with great HDR performance without having to spend a fortune; you should definitely check out this TV.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Hisense H8F is a good choice. It lacks some of the gaming features that the Hisense H9F has, as it has a much slower response time and slightly higher input lag, but it's still a great overall TV. It has a fantastic contrast ratio that gets even better with local dimming, and the black uniformity is one of the best on an LED TV we've tested so far, so it's amazing for dark room viewing. Unfortunately, like most VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles, so the image loses color accuracy when viewed from the side. However, this TV supports a wide color gamut and it has decent HDR peak brightness to bring out highlights and vivid colors.
If you're looking for the best budget 4k HDR TV we've tested so far, look into the H9F, but if you want something a bit cheaper, consider the 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 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.