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're on a tighter budget, then the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 is a great choice. It doesn't have a perfect contrast ratio like the LG B9 OLED, but the VA panel on the Vizio still has an amazing contrast ratio with a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks and it has much better HDR peak brightness. Unfortunately, the Vizio has poor viewing angles so the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, but with fantastic reflection handling, it still performs well in really bright rooms. Gamers will love the excellent response time for clear motion and the extremely low input lag thanks to its 'Low Latency' setting. Overall, the Vizio is a great TV for its value.
If you're looking for the best 4k HDR TV there is, then look into the LG, but if you want something cheaper, then the Vizio is a fantastic choice.
The best 4k HDR TV for color accuracy we've tested so far is the Sony X950G. It has outstanding out-of-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. It has one of the best HDR peak brightness we've tested so far, bringing out highlights and vivid colors, and its SDR peak brightness is also fantastic, so it can combat glare in most bright rooms.
This TV is also a great TV 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, this TV 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 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 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.
03/20/2020: 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.
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.