HDR, much like 4k, is nowadays a commodity. Just about every TV recently launched comes with basic support of it, as it is quite simple for manufacturers to implement its essentials. Unfortunately, basic support does not mean the TV will provide a satisfactory HDR experience. To accurately reproduce HDR content, TVs have to be able to get brighter and display more saturated colors than before.To find out more about the differences with HDR, check out our HDR vs SDR article.
Of the 42 TVs we've tested in 2017, here are the best TVs we've found for HDR available in the winter of 2018.
Best HDR TV: LG B7A
If you want to get as good an HDR experience as currently possible, you'll have to get a high-end TV. Premium models get significantly brighter, and usually can display very saturated colors necessary to properly reproduce the vibrant scenes of HDR movies.
Of the 42 TVs we've tested in 2017, the LG B7 OLED TV is the best HDR TV for most people. Its ability to display very vibrant and saturated colors, as well as exceptionally deep blacks, help it produce an impressive picture.
It's important for HDR TVs to be able to display detail in highlights, and with a peak brightness of about 670 cd/m2, the B7A can do so very effectively. While LCD TVs like the Samsung Q9F can display colors with a higher level of saturation, its fairly basic local dimming feature limits its HDR abilities in comparison to the LG B7.
Some TVs like the Sony Z9D do get brighter while also offering a very effective local dimming feature, but it falls short when it comes to motion and viewing angles, which the LG OLED does better. Overall, it's hard to go wrong with the LG B7 if you're looking to get the best HDR TV around.
Larger Alternative: Sony X940E
Those looking for a larger TV than what is reasonably available with OLEDs, go for the Sony X940E 4k LED TV. While it uses traditional LCD technology, it comes with one of the best local dimming systems we've reviewed. Combined with its impressive 75-inch size, this makes for a very immersive HDR experience. Being a large high-end LED TV, it also gets significantly brighter than OLED TVs, but it does have the trade-off of having a narrow viewing angle.
Best Mid-Range HDR TV: Sony X900E
As HDR is now starting to become very common, even mid-range TVs come equipped with the technology to provide a good experience.
The best mid-range HDR TV is the Sony X900E 4k Android TV. It's an LED/LCD TV with performance that comes close to more expensive models and offers versatility unmatched by competing models like the Samsung MU9000 and LG SJ8500.
Its picture quality is great. While its local dimming system isn't to the level of what is found on the X940E above, it is still effective enough to significantly enhance the picture quality of movies and other content when viewed in a dark room. With a decently high peak brightness and its ability to display very saturated colors, the X900E covers the essential bases for HDR.
Unless you plan on watching your TV from the sides, the versatile X900E is hard to beat as a mid-range HDR TV. For most people, this is the TV to get in its price range, and the larger 75" variant is a good alternative to the Sony X940E.
Cheaper Alternative: Vizio P Series 2017
For a little less money, you can also get the Vizio P Series 2017. Its HDR capabilities are about as good as the Sony X900E, but it isn't quite as versatile. It's still a very good TV though, and its local dimming is quite effective in a dark room.
Best Budget HDR TV: Vizio M Series 2017
Even budget models are quite capable for HDR today. Their build quality is quite a bit worse than more expensive models, and they can't get as bright, but they can still display a wider range of colors than SDR TVs.
The best budget HDR TV is the Vizio M Series 2017 4k SmartCast TV. It has very good picture quality in a dark room and offers a feature set similar to its more expensive cousin the Vizio P.
It's not quite as bright as our mid-range picks, but at 407 cd/m2 of peak brightness, it's a bit better than alternatives like the Samsung MU7000. Much like the Vizio P, it packs an effective local dimming system that does a great job at enhancing the contrast of the picture as well effectively turning the black bars of movies completely black. It is also quite vibrant thanks to its wide color gamut, but like other LCD TVs in our recommendations, it's better viewed from directly in front to avoid seeing the artifacts that can often come up when viewing TVs from the side.
Alternative for Gaming: TCL P607
If you'd like more sophisticated smart features, or if you're a gamer than plan on using their TVs to play HDR games often, go for the TCL P607 4k Roku TV instead. The Roku TV platform is a lot more intuitive than Vizio's SmartCast, and the P607's input lag is a lot lower than the Vizio's when receiving an HDR input. Otherwise, they are quite similar TVs.
- Sony X930E. Excellent LED TV for HDR, but the OLED LG B7 isn't much more. See our review
- Sony Z9D. One of the best HDR TVs available, but tough to justify the price over the X940E. See our review
- Sony A1E. Exceptional HDR TV, but the LG C7 offers the same HDR performance for cheaper. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Very good HDR performance, but the X930E and LG B7 are even better for less money. See our review
- Samsung Q7F. The Q7F performs very well with HDR movies, but the similarly priced Sony X930E offers better value. See our review
- LG SJ8500. Good HDR TV, but unless you need a wide viewing angle, the Sony X900E is better. See our review
- Samsung MU6300. Decent entry level 4k TV, but the cheaper TCL P607 offers much better HDR capability. See our review
- Samsung MU9000. Good HDR TV with great handling of reflections, but budget models offer much better value for money. See our review
- LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best HDR 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.