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The 7 Best 4k TVs - Fall 2018
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Almost every new TV that has been released this year has a 4k resolution. Unless there is a specific reason that you are looking for a 1080p TV, you should be able to cover your needs with one of the 4k models that are available on the market.

We've tested 71 4k TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018. See also our recommendations for the best smart TVs and the best TVs on the market.

Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.

  1. Best 4k TV: LG B8

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    9.3
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.4
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.6
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    9.0
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    9.0
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    The LG B8 is the best 4k TV that we have reviewed so far. It has the same excellent picture quality as the more expensive models LG C8 and LG E8. The B8 can display perfect blacks due to its emissive technology that allows it to switch off individual pixels. It has a wide color gamut that produces rich and vivid colors in HDR content. It has very good viewing angles and is suitable for rooms with wide seating arrangements. Motion handling is superb with an almost instantaneous response time that displays fast-moving content with very little blur. In older, low-fps content this might cause some stutter that can be easily fixed with the excellent motion interpolation feature. The input lag is low, and the TV is very responsive which is great if you are a gamer or want to use it as a PC monitor.

    Unfortunately, just like all OLED TVs, the LG B8 runs the risk of temporary image retention and the risk of permanent burn-in. We do not expect most people to experience this.

    Overall, the LG B8 is the best UHD TV we've tested and an excellent TV for almost any usage.

    See our review

  2. LED Alternative: Vizio P Series Quantum

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 65"

    If the possibility of burn-in with our top-pick, the LG B8, is a concern for you, the Vizio P Series Quantum is the best LED 4k TV. The P Series Quantum has an excellent contrast ratio and a very good local dimming feature that delivers excellent dark room performance.

    Unfortunately, the P Series Quantum doesn't display gradients very well. It doesn't have the wide viewing angles of the LG B8 and has a slower response time, but it is much brighter and is better suited for a bright room. It is currently very difficult to find and it is unknown if/when this will change.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 4k TV: Sony X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.5
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.2
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    If the LG B8 is too expensive for you, the Sony X900F is the best 4k UHD TV in the mid-range category that we have reviewed. The X900F is a versatile TV that delivers great picture quality, with deep blacks, a wide color gamut, and excellent gradient handling. The response time is nearly as fast as the OLEDs, and motion looks crisp and smooth. It has great low input lag for gaming.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver the wide viewing angles found on the OLED LG B8, and it has worse uniformity. It is a lot brighter than the B8 but has slightly worse reflection handling.

    Overall, it is a great mid-range 4k TV that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio P Series 2018

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

    If you find the Sony X900F too expensive, but still want to get a very good mid-range 4k TV, then get the Vizio P Series 2018. The Vizio does not have the excellent reflection handling and cannot get as bright as the Sony X900F. On the upside, the Vizio has a very good picture quality and will perform very well in almost any use. It has a very low input lag and a very effective BFI feature to keep gamers happy.

    See our review

  5. Alternative for Gaming: Samsung NU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

    If you find the Sony's input lag too high and are looking for a mid-range TV with better gaming characteristics than the X900F, then get the Samsung NU8000 UHD 4k TV. Its local dimming feature is not as good as the Sony's X900F and the response time is slightly slower and leaves a longer trail blur.

    However, the NU8000 incorporates better gaming features such as support for FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate that prevents tearing in graphics demanding games. It has a lower input lag and it automatically enables game mode when it detects a game being played on an Xbox One or PS4, ensuring you enjoy the lowest possible input lag.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget 4k TV: TCL R617

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.0
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.6
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.4
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.1
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If the Sony X900F is outside of your budget, the best budget 4k TV we've tested is the TCL R617. The TCL 6-Series is the successor to the extremely popular TCL P607 and is also known as the R613 or R615, depending on where you buy it. It has mediocre gray uniformity that could be disappointing to sports fans.

    On the upside, the 6 Series delivers very good picture quality and is just as bright as the X900F. The smart features aren't as advanced as those found on the more expensive TVs, but they are good enough for most people.

    Overall, it is the best value 4k TV.

    See our review

  7. Cheaper Alternative: TCL S405

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

    If you find the TCL 6-Series R617 expensive and want a cheaper alternative in the budget category, then get the TCL S405. It still delivers decent picture quality but lacks some of the more advanced features found on the R617, like local dimming and motion interpolation. If you just want a decent 4k UHD TV and don't care about things like HDR, then the TCL 4 Series is a great choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony Z9F. A great 4k TV, but the Vizio P Series Quantum is better and cheaper. See our review
  • Sony Z9D. Excellent LED TV, but a lot more expensive than the Sony X900F for not much more. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Excellent OLED TV, but doesn't offer much over the LG B8 for the higher price. See our review
  • Sony A9F. Excellent OLED TV, more expensive but not much improvement over the LG B8. See our review
  • Samsung Q8FN. Very good TV. Great performance but not as good as the Vizio P Quantum. See our review
  • Sony A8F. Excellent OLED TV, but very expensive not worth it over the LG B8. See our review
  • Sony X900E. Very good performance only slightly worse than the X900F. Hard to find. See our review
  • TCL S517. Decent versatile 4k TV, but more expensive than the S405 for similar performance. See our review
  • LG E8. Excellent OLED TV, with a dedicated soundbar, but more expensive than the B8 for similar picture quality. See our review
  • LG C8. Excellent OLED TV, but doesn't offer much more than the B8. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 4k TVs to buy for most people in each price range. 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 TVs that have UHD screen. 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. 

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