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 2 years that can display HDR content, and below are our recommendations for the best HDR TVs you can buy in 2019.
The LG B9 is the best 4k TV for watching HDR movies or playing HDR games. Just like the LG C9 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, the B9 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, the B9 is an exceptional TV for HDR content and supports HDMI 2.1 which, although currently doesn't add much but makes the TV more future proof.
If you're too concerned for the risk of burn-in of the OLEDs, then the best LED alternative for watching HDR content is the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. You won't get the perfect blacks of the OLEDs and the images can't retain its accuracy for such wide angles as the B9. 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 the OLEDs and has a wide color gamut. When in HDR it delivers rich colors and highlights that pop.
Overall if you want the best HDR experience go with an OLED like the B9, otherwise the Samsung Q80R will do a great job without the risk of permanent burn-in.
If you find the LG B9 expensive and want a cheaper and brighter TV, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018. This TV doesn't have the excellent picture quality of the LG, and the image deteriorates when viewed at an angle. On the upside, it has among the highest levels of brightness we've measured so far, and due to its wide color gamut, great local dimming, and native contrast ratio, it delivers a remarkable performance in HDR.
Overall, if you want the best HDR experience, OLEDs, like the B9, is the way to go. But for a great experience without breaking the bank, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 is an excellent choice.
If you value color accuracy and want the TV with the best color accuracy out of the box, check out the Sony X950G. It has an exceptional accuracy with just a few settings changes, which can save you the money and time of having your unit professionally calibrated for an accurate image. The X950G has a very good picture quality and a great dark room performance with deep, uniform blacks. It can get very bright in HDR, brighter than the OLEDs, and delivers HDR content full of rich colors and highlights that pop.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panels, the image degrades quickly when viewed from the side, although the larger variances, the 75" and the 85", have the 'X-Wide Angle' technology that improves viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio.
Overall, this is a great TV with exceptional out of the box accuracy that should please most people.
If you like to play HDR games on your TV and you find that gaming performance of the Sony X950G is not good enough, then get the Samsung Q70/Q70R. You won't get the exceptional color accuracy out of the box, and it doesn't support Dolby Vision as the Sony does. The Q70R, however, supports HDR 10+ and 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.
Overall if out of the box accuracy is your priority the X950G is unbeatable, but if HDR gaming means more to you then the Samsung Q70 is a better choice and slightly cheaper.
The best budget HDR TV we've tested so far is the Hisense H9F. it can't deliver the perfect blacks or the excellent viewing angles of the OLEDs, and the accuracy out of the box isn't exceptional as in the X950G
On the upside, this is a great TV for almost every use. It has a good picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. The H9F can get very bright in HDR and thanks to its wide color gamut can display HDR content with vivid colors and highlights that pop. It also has a very fast response time and a remarkably low input lag that will please gamers.
Overall, this is a great TV for use in HDR mode and won't empty your wallet.
If the Hisense H9F is still more expensive than what you wish to spend and you want a TV that will do well in HDR, then get the Hisense H8F. You won't the extremely fast response time of the H9F so fast-moving content will have a little more blur trail. On the upside, it's a great TV for most uses and can deliver HDR content almost as good as the H9F, and can produce great vivid colors and bright high lights. Finally, it has a very low input lag in HDR and this will please gamers.
Overall if you can afford the H9F, it's a better choice as it delivers crisper motion, but if you don't mind a little motion blur, the H8F will save you save cash with many compromises in quality.
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.