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 90 TVs during the last two years that can display HDR content, and below are our recommendations for the best HDR TVs you can buy. See our recommendations for the best 4k gaming TVs, the best TVs, and the best HDR gaming TVs.
The best HDR TV we've tested so far is the LG CX. It's an excellent overall TV and with its OLED technology, it's able to turn off individual pixels, producing perfect blacks. It has an outstanding style and it's also an extremely well-built TV with a premium feel.
This TV displays an extremely wide color gamut with near-perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most content. It also has decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, and out-of-the-box, it has great color accuracy. It's a good choice to use in bright rooms as it has outstanding reflection handling. If you want to use it for HDR gaming, it has a really low input lag, a near-instant response time, and it has support for FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. The built-in speakers are also good if you don't want to buy an external setup, but if you do, it supports eARC, allowing you to send high-quality audio over an HDMI connection.
Unfortunately, like all OLED TVs, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, but this shouldn't be a problem for most people who watch varied content. Still, it doesn't get very bright, so it doesn't make highlights pop the way they're supposed to in HDR. On the upside, it has wide viewing angles, ideal for a wide seating arrangement. Overall, this is an excellent choice for any use, making it the best 4k HDR TV we've tested so far.
If you're worried about the permanent burn-in risk and want an LED TV, then the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 is also a great alternative. The VA panel doesn't produce the same deep blacks as the LG CX OLED, but its contrast ratio is still excellent, and it's one of the brightest TVs we've seen so far. Its outstanding HDR peak brightness really displays HDR content as it should, and it has a fantastic color gamut, displaying a wide range of colors in HDR. It's also a great gaming TV with excellent response time and low input lag. Unfortunately, it has disappointing viewing angles, and it doesn't upscale lower-resolution content very well, but it performs well in bright rooms due to its fantastic SDR peak brightness and amazing reflection handling.
If you want the best 4k HDR TV, the LG is an excellent choice, but for an LED TV at a cheaper cost, the Vizio is a great TV.
The best HDR TV for color accuracy that we've tested so far is the Sony X950H. It's Sony's flagship 4k LED TV and it has a sleek and modern design you'd expect to see on a high-end TV. It's a great overall TV that most people should be happy with.
It's a great choice for watching HDR movies because it displays a great wide color gamut, with outstanding coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space. It also has excellent peak brightness in HDR, making highlights pop the way they're supposed to. You likely won't need to get this TV calibrated as it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you can enjoy HDR content as soon as you set it up. With its VA panel, it displays deep blacks and it has a full-array local dimming feature. It has Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology, which improves the viewing angles a bit at the cost of its contrast, but it's still not ideal for a really wide seating arrangement.
Sadly, this isn't a great TV for gaming. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, but it doesn't support any VRR technology and its input lag is too high for competitive gaming. Still, it has a great response time, so fast-moving content looks smooth. It has built-in Android TV, with a great selection of apps available to download, and you can watch YouTube and Netflix in HDR. All in all, this is the best HDR TV for color accuracy available for purchase that we've tested.
If you're a gamer and want a TV that provides a great HDR gaming experience, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Q80T QLED. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony X950H, but it has an even better out-of-the-box color accuracy and it has some gaming goodies. It has FreeSync support, a 120Hz refresh rate, an extremely fast response time, and a really low input lag, everything you need for gaming. It also displays a great wide color gamut for HDR content. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues, but this could change from unit to unit. On the upside, it's a decent choice for co-op gaming as it has fairly wide viewing angles thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology added to the VA panel, and it has a full-array local dimming feature, making it ideal for dark-room gaming.
Overall, if you need an excellent TV to watch HDR movies, the Sony is an excellent choice, but if you prefer a TV for HDR gaming, you can't go wrong with the Samsung.
The best 4k HDR TV in the budget category we've tested so far is the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. It's one of the TCL's most popular models, and even though the TCL 8 Series 2019/Q825 QLED is better overall, the 6 Series has a more budget-friendly price.
This TV has impressive HDR performance as it displays an extremely wide color gamut. It has remarkable coverage of the DCI P3 color space and decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. It gets bright enough to bring out highlights and it has an excellent contrast ratio with a full-array local dimming feature that produces extremely deep blacks. It has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you should get it calibrated to enjoy this TV to the fullest. It's also a good TV for HDR gaming as it has a low input lag, but its response time is slow, so motion looks blurry.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, and it has uniformity issues, but this could vary from unit to unit. On the upside, it has built-in Roku TV, so you won't need to get an external box to get a great selection of apps available to download. Overall, this is a TV that won't cost you much and it provides an impressive HDR experience.
If you're a fan of Android TV and its excellent selection of apps that you can download, then check out the Hisense H8G. Sadly, this TV doesn't get as bright as the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019, so highlights don't pop in HDR the way they're supposed to. However, it displays a great wide color gamut, and it's a better gaming TV than the TCL as it has a really low input lag, a good response time, and a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. Sadly, like most VA panel TVs, it has narrow viewing angles, so you have to sit directly in front of it to get the best image possible. On the upside, it also has an excellent contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, so it performs really well when you're watching movies in the dark.
Overall, if you're on a budget, the TCL is the best HDR TV we've tested, but if you're a fan of Android TV, the Hisense is a good choice too.
07/17/2020: 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.
05/19/2020: 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.
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.