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).
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year. Most manufacturers have started releasing replacements for their TV lines since the beginning of the year. Usually, these TVs tend to launch at very high prices and it is unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year, thus keeping the 2018 models in our recommendations for a few more months.
The LG B8 is the best 4k HDR TV we've tested so far. It has an excellent picture quality with perfect blacks due to the OLED technology (the LG C8 is just as good, but more expensive). The LG B8 has a wide color gamut, and when it displays HDR content in a cinema-like dark room, the picture is full of rich saturated colors and highlights that pop. It has a remarkably fast response time and the moving image looks crisp with just a minimal blur. If you want to play video games, the LG B8 won't let you down as it has a low input lag and responds quickly to your actions. Finally, the viewing angles, just like on most OLEDs, are good, so you do not have to worry if you do grab the best seat on the couch.
Overall, the LG B8 is a TV that will make watching HDR movies a memorable experience.
If you want a larger TV than the LG B8, get the Sony X940E. It is a large 75" TV that is an excellent choice for watching HDR content in a dark room, and will also perform very well in most other usages. You will not have the perfect blacks of the B8 and the image loses accuracy when you view it from the side. On the upside, the Sony X940E has no burn-in risk, can display deep blacks, can get very bright, and, in HDR, it displays vivid and saturated colors with highlights that pop.
If you find the LG B8 expensive and want a cheaper and brighter TV, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum. The PQ65-F1 does not have the excellent picture quality of the LG B8 and the image deteriorates when viewed at an angle. It is also hard to find in stock. On the other hand, the P Series Quantum is among the TVs with 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.
If you prefer a TV that is less expensive than the LG B8, the Sony X900F is the best 4k HDR TV we’ve tested in the mid-range category. Unfortunately, you will not be getting the wide viewing angles or the true blacks found on the LG.
On the upside, the X900F is a great TV that will keep you happy with your choice. It has a very good picture quality with deep blacks and rich colors, thanks to the high native contrast ratio and wide color gamut. It can get very bright, and when you watch HDR content in a dark room you will enjoy a vibrant image with highlights that pop. It has an excellent motion handling that allows it to display a crisp image with very little blur behind fast moving objects, and a low input lag to satisfy those game console owners.
Overall, the X900F will deliver a great HDR experience that will please most.
If you still find the Sony X900F expensive but do not want to compromise too much in performance, then get the Vizio P series 2018. The Vizio cannot reach the brightness levels of the Sony, nor does it have such good reflection handling. Nonetheless, it is a great TV for watching HDR. It can display deep blacks in a dark room, has a wide color gamut, and good brightness that delivers vibrant HDR content with rich colors and bright highlights.
If you find the Sony X900F too expensive, the best budget HDR TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series 2018 R617. You will not get the perfect blacks or the wide viewing angles of the OLEDs.
On the other hand, the TCL R617 is a very good TV for almost every usage. It has a good picture quality and an effective local dimming that helps display deep blacks that look great in dark rooms. The TV has a wide color gamut and can get brighter than more expensive models like the LG B7A; this is great for HDR watching, as colors are rich and highlights pop. It also has a low input lag that will please gamers, and very good motion handling to please sports fans.
Overall, the TCL R617 is a very good TV that will please most of those who wish to use it for watching HDR content.
If the TCL R617 is still above your budget and you want a TV that will do well in HDR, then get the TCL 5 Series 2018 S517. You will not have features like local dimming, and motion handling is not as good as the R617. On the upside, the TCL S517 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It has a high native contrast ratio and a wide color gamut and can produce great vivid colors, but the highlights are not as bright. Finally, it has a very low input lag that will please gamers.
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.