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. There are a few different HDR formats available, like Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and HLG, and not every TV supports all formats. 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). Good contrast and a full-array local dimming feature are also important for HDR.
We've tested more than 80 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 LG CX OLED is the best HDR TV that we've tested with an OLED panel. It's an amazing TV from LG's 2020 lineup that feels premium and well-built. Its OLED panel has an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity due to its ability to turn off pixels individually, making it exceptionally well-suited to watching movies or other content in a dark room. While OLEDs typically don't get as bright as LED TVs, they're still great for HDR content because of their perfect black levels.
It has decent HDR brightness, so highlights will still pop a bit, especially in contrast to darker details. It also has a wide color gamut for HDR, with near-full coverage of the DCI P3 color space and fairly good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. Its gradient handling is excellent as well, and it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you might not need to calibrate it to get the most out of your TV. Gamers should also be happy with its near-instantaneous response time, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and low input lag.
Unfortunately, it comes with a risk of permanent burn-in, but we don't expect this to be an issue for people who watch varied content. On the upside, it has wide viewing angles to suit wider seating arrangements and remarkable reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue either. LG's webOS interface is smooth and easy to use, and the TV supports HDMI 2.1 and eARC. All things considered, this is among the best 4k HDR TVs you can get with an OLED panel.
The best 4k HDR TV with an LED panel is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. This premium TV offers an excellent HDR experience, and you won't have to worry about the long-term burn-in risk associated with OLED TVs. Its smart system isn't as good as some other brands, so you may have to buy an external box or a 4k Blu-ray player to enjoy HDR content to its fullest.
It has a VA panel with an outstanding contrast ratio, and its great full-array local dimming feature helps it display some of the deepest blacks we've ever tested on a LED TV. It has excellent gradient handling, displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content, and gets amazingly bright in that mode, easily enough to bring out highlights. It also supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ formats, which is great. It's also excellent for HDR gaming because it has a great response time, low input lag, and FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. Lastly, it has eARC support, allowing you to send high-quality audio to a compatible receiver through a single HDMI connection.
Sadly, our unit has a reddish tint, but we don't know if this is a common issue or a problem with our unit alone. It also has trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, but this isn't a problem if you just watch 1080p or native 4k content. It also has narrow viewing angles, so you get the most accurate image only when viewing from directly in front. Regardless of these small issues, this is the best HDR TV if you're in the market for a LED option.
If you want something cheaper, check out the Hisense H9G. It doesn't display as wide of a color gamut as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, but it's still considered a wide color gamut needed for HDR content, and it has great HDR peak brightness. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast, remarkable black uniformity, and the full-array local dimming feature does a great job of improving the picture quality in dark scenes. It also gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room. The built-in Android TV has a ton of apps available, but it may not be the easiest to use. It doesn't have many gaming features like VRR support, but it still has an amazing response time and low input lag. Also, it upscales lower-resolution content without any issues.
If you simply want the best 4k HDR TV out there, you can't go wrong with the Vizio, but if you want to save some money, check out the Hisense.
If you don't plan on calibrating your TV, we recommend the Sony X950H, which is one of the best HDR TVs we've tested when it comes to color accuracy. Its accuracy is excellent right out of the box, so you don't necessarily need to worry about calibration. It's also a great all-around TV and rightfully sits as the flagship model of Sony's 2020 lineup.
On top of having accurate colors, it also delivers a stunning HDR experience thanks to its high HDR brightness and wide color gamut. It has fantastic coverage of the DCI P3 color space and decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020. Most importantly, it gets very bright, enough to really make highlights pop. It also has a great contrast ratio that results in deep, inky blacks, although it's not quite as high as other VA panels because of Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' layer, which gives it slightly wider viewing angles at the expense of contrast.
Unfortunately, it's not the best TV for gaming. It lacks VRR support, and it doesn't have an HDMI 2.1 port to take full advantage of the newest gaming consoles. On the upside, it has a great response time that results in minimal motion blur and a low input lag that makes gaming feel responsive. The built-in speakers are also better-sounding than most built-in TV speakers, and Android TV interface offers a ton of apps. Overall, most people should be pleased with it.
The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is the best 4k HDR TV that we've tested in the budget category. It's an upper-midrange TV in TCL's 2020 lineup that performs well overall and provides very good HDR performance. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but it doesn't support HDR10+, which may be disappointing to some whose favorite movies are in this format.
Thanks to its quantum dot technology, it displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content with outstanding coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020. It has impressive gradient handling, so you shouldn't notice much banding in most content. It performs very well in dark rooms due to its outstanding native contrast ratio, good black uniformity, and decent local dimming feature that improves the picture quality in dark scenes.
Sadly, the major downside of this TV is how it doesn't get very bright. This means that HDR content doesn't stand out the way the creator intended in HDR, which is disappointing. Its reflection handling is only decent, so it's not a good choice to use in well-lit rooms either. On the upside, the built-in Roku TV is easy-to-use and has a ton of apps you can download. All things considered, if you're on a budget, this is the best HDR TV we've tested.
If you want something that gets brighter in HDR, check out the Hisense H8G. It doesn't display as wide of a color gamut as the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, but it's still good enough for HDR content. Although its HDR peak brightness is just okay, it should be enough to deliver a somewhat satisfying HDR experience, but it still won't make highlights pop like some premium LED options. Like the TCL, it has an excellent contrast ratio and a decent full-array local dimming feature that helps further deepen any blacks. It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and the built-in Android TV has a massive selection of apps available, making it easy to stream your favorite HDR movies. Sadly, the gradient handling is just decent, and you may notice some banding in HDR content, like when there's a sunset.
If you want the best HDR TV that you can get for a low cost, you should be happy with the TCL, but if peak brightness is important to you, then check out the Hisense.
Mar 18, 2021: Reviewed picks for accuracy; no change to recommendations.
Jan 22, 2021: Renamed the Hisense H8G to 'Brighter Alternative' from 'Android TV Alternative' to better reflect user needs; no changes to picks.
Nov 23, 2020: Removed the Samsung Q80T as 'LED Alternative' and put the Vizio P Series Quantum X as 'Best LED' with the Hisense H9G as a cheaper alternate; renamed the CX to 'Best OLED'.
Sep 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.
Jul 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.
May 19, 2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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, sorted by their HDR movies rating. 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.