Unless there's a specific reason that you're looking for a 1080p TV, you should be able to cover your needs with one of the many 4k models that are available on the market. There are many factors you have to consider when looking for the best 4k TV, including the environment in which you're going to watch TV. OLED models are ideal for watching content in dark rooms, while LEDs get much brighter. Choosing one TV over the next can really come down to personal preference, and there's no perfect choice.
We've tested more than 80 TVs in the last two years, and below are our recommendations for the best 4k TVs you can buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best TVs for PS5, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X.
The best 4k TV that we've tested with an OLED panel is the LG CX. It's a high-end TV packed with features, and it performs well for most uses. It delivers stunning picture quality thanks to its OLED panel. It can individually turn off pixels, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, making it a fantastic choice for dark room viewing.
It's an excellent choice for watching HDR content because of its perfect black level, but also because it displays a wide color gamut and has great gradient handling. It has decent HDR peak brightness, but it may not be enough to deliver a true HDR experience like other LED options. It also has outstanding reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Gamers should appreciate its 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 support, allowing you to play games in 4k @ 120Hz. It has low input lag, a near-instant response time, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing.
Unfortunately, OLED panels suffer from the risk of long-term burn-in. This could be a problem if you constantly watch the same content with static elements, like leaving it on the news all day. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for those who watch varied content. On the plus side, this TV has wide viewing angles, making it an ideal choice for wide seating arrangement as the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. All in all, it's one of the best 4k TVs that we've tested.
The best 4k TV we've tested with an LED panel is the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. This is a fantastic option if you're worried about the risks of permanent burn-in on OLEDs. It can produce deep blacks thanks to its VA panel's great contrast ratio, and it has full-array local dimming to further improve black level, making it well-suited for dark room viewing. It's also a good choice for bright rooms, as it has exceptional reflection handling and high peak brightness. Build quality is excellent, and there's even built-in cable management to help you keep a clean setup.
It delivers amazing picture quality. It upscales lower resolution content well, and its color accuracy is excellent out of the box. It has a wide color gamut for HDR and gets pretty bright, enough to make some highlights pop. It has a quick response time that delivers clear images in fast-moving scenes, a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce motion blur, and it can interpolate low frame rate content up to 120Hz for fans of the 'Soap Opera' effect. Input lag is incredibly low, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing when gaming.
There's an HDMI 2.1 port, which is great for those with next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X or PS5. However, it can't display a 4k @ 120Hz signal in HDR on the PS5, which might disappoint some gamers. Note that the 49 and 50 inch models have a 60Hz panel and no VRR support, and their viewing angles are narrower because they lack the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer. On the upside, its Tizen OS interface is user-friendly, and the built-in speakers sound pretty decent. Overall, it's a great TV that should satisfy most people.
The Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 is the best 4k TV for watching HDR content we've tested. It's mainly available in larger sizes, so it's a good choice for rooms where you sit far from the TV. It's well-built and should look nice in any setup. Its SmartCast interface isn't the best, and you can't download any extra apps, but you can cast nearly anything you want from your device.
It displays one of the widest color gamuts that we've tested, with near-perfect coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and great coverage of the wider Rec. 2020. It gets incredibly bright in HDR, so small highlights really pop the way they should. With its VA panel, it has an outstanding contrast ratio, remarkable black uniformity, and its full-array local dimming feature further deepens any blacks, so it's great for watching HDR movies in dark rooms. If you also watch content in bright rooms, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling.
Sadly, it has trouble upscaling 480p and 720p content, so it's not suggested for watching DVDs or content from cable boxes, but you shouldn't have issues with Blu-rays or native 4k content. Our unit has mediocre out-of-the-box color accuracy and a reddish tint that stays even after calibration, although this may be an issue with our unit alone. Regardless of these small problems, this is one of the best 4k TVs for watching HDR content.
If you want a cheaper option, then 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 still delivers an excellent HDR experience. It has an outstanding contrast ratio, incredible black uniformity, and a great local dimming feature, making blacks appear deep when viewed in the dark. It has great peak brightness in HDR, so highlights pop the way the creator intended. It upscales lower-resolution content well, and it can remove 24p judder from any source. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles that make it less ideal for wide seating areas, and the lack of VRR support might disappoint some gamers. If you want to use it in a well-lit environment, it has excellent reflection handling and amazing peak brightness to combat glare.
If you simply want the best 4k TV for watching HDR content, the Vizio delivers an excellent HDR experience, but if you want to save some money, then you can't go wrong with the Hisense.
If you're on a budget, we recommend the Hisense H8G. It's a very good 4k TV that can compete with more expensive, higher-end models. It sits below the Hisense H9G in Hisense's 2020 lineup but still delivers the picture quality and many of the features you might expect from a more premium TV.
It's great for watching movies in the dark thanks to its high contrast ratio and full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast further. It's also suited to well-lit rooms because it has decent reflection handling and gets bright enough to combat glare. HDR content looks good, and the TV has a wide color gamut, but it just doesn't get quite bright enough to make highlights in HDR content pop.
As with most VA panels, it has narrow viewing angles that make the image look washed out when viewed from the side, so it's not the best option for a wide seating arrangement. It also lacks VRR support to reduce screen tearing in games. That said, it has a good response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce motion blur further, and a low input lag, which should satisfy casual gamers. Overall, this is one of the best 4k TVs to get if you're on a budget.
If you prefer something with Roku TV as its operating system, then look into the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. Roku TV is easier to use than Android TV, the menu navigation feels smoother, and you still get a great selection of apps you can download. The TCL doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H8G, but it displays a wider color gamut for HDR content. Similar to the Hisense, this TCL has a VA panel with an incredible contrast ratio, good black uniformity, and a decent local dimming feature. It's also limited to a 60Hz panel, but the response time is still quick, and the input lag is low. Sadly, it's best to avoid using it in well-lit rooms because of its low peak brightness and only decent reflection handling. It's available in a wide range of sizes, and if you want to use it as a PC monitor, it displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is great.
If you're on a budget and want one of the best 4k TVs that we've tested, then you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if you're a fan of Roku TV, you should enjoy the TCL as well.
Apr 07, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
Mar 08, 2021: Reviewed accuracy of picks with minor updates to text.
Feb 18, 2021: Updated text for clarity; no changes to picks.
Jan 21, 2021: Verified picks and updated text for accuracy.
Dec 22, 2020: Moved the Samsung Q80T QLED to its own 'Best LED' category; replaced the Vizio M7 Series with the TCL 5 Series.
Nov 26, 2020: Replaced TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED with Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020.
Oct 01, 2020: Removed the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 and moved the Samsung Q80T in its spot; replaced the Sony X950H with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 and added the Hisense H9G; replaced the TCL 6 Series 2019 with the 5 Series 2020.
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 4k TV reviews. 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.