Almost every new TV that's been released this year has a 4k resolution. 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 4k models that are available on the market.
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. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, the best flat screen TVs, and the best smart TVs.
The best 4k TV we've tested so far is the LG B9 OLED. With OLED technology, you get an amazing picture quality that's suitable for almost any type of setting.
This TV has exceptional dark room performance due to its infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, and its excellent reflection handling and good peak brightness make it a good choice for bright rooms too. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy is a bit disappointing, but on the bright side, it supports a wide color gamut to produce rich and vibrant colors in HDR content. Viewing angles are superb, so images look great even if you're not sitting directly in front of the screen, and the TV comes with some forward-thinking features such as eARC, allowing you to send uncompressed high-quality audio formats like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD over an HDMI connection.
As with most OLED panels, there are risks of permanent burn-in, although we don't expect this to be an issue for most people who watch varied content. Using the TV as a monitor or for very long gaming sessions may not be the most ideal, as they often involve static elements being displayed for an extended period of time. Overall, if you're looking for the best 4k TV that's available right now, you can't go wrong with this one.
If you're worried about the risk of permanent burn-in, the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 is the best LED 4k TV we've tested so far. It can't produce the same perfect blacks as the LG B9 OLED, but with a VA panel, it still has an outstanding contrast ratio and great black uniformity, pleasing the biggest movie enthusiasts. It displays a very wide color gamut and the superb peak brightness means HDR content looks fantastic on this TV. Gamers will appreciate the incredibly low input lag, excellent response time, and the black frame insertion feature to help reduce any motion blur. Unfortunately, as is the case with VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles, so it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement.
If you're looking for the best 4k TV that we've tested so far, the LG is an excellent choice, but if you prefer an LED TV and want to save some money, the Vizio is a great alternative.
The best 4k TV for color accuracy we've tested so far is the Sony X950G. It's an impressive overall TV and you won't need to get it calibrated since the out-of-box color accuracy is one of the best we've seen so far.
Its VA panel gives it great dark room performance with its excellent contrast ratio and great black uniformity. Unfortunately, that means the viewing angles are poor and you lose image accuracy unless you're directly facing it. In bright rooms, it has amazing peak brightness and great reflection handling, so you can place it even in the brightest of rooms. HDR content looks great on this TV since it can display a wide color gamut and can get really bright in HDR, bringing out highlights as they should be. Motion also looks fantastic thanks to its excellent response time, but that may cause some content to stutter.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen are noticeably darker. Regardless, this is a great TV that will please most people, making it the best 4k TV for color accuracy.
If you want a TV with better viewing angles, take a look at the LG SM9000. The IPS panel can't quite match the Sony X950G's contrast ratio, but the image does remain accurate even when viewed from the side. Although this TV produces a good picture with excellent motion handling, its HDR performance suffers a bit from the low peak brightness. It does, however, have outstanding low input lag and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. LG's WebOS is easy to use and you can also cast content from a mobile device.
Overall, the Sony has a better picture quality, especially for HDR content, but if you have a wide seating arrangement, the LG is a better choice.
If you're looking for a gaming 4k TV with good color accuracy, the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED is packed with gaming features. It performs very similarly to the Sony X950G, but not as well in bright rooms. However, it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to match the refresh rate of the screen to that of your game. It can go as high as 120Hz and as low as 20Hz. It also has an incredibly low input lag, responding to your actions quickly, and it has an amazing response time, resulting in clear motion, plus there's a black frame insertion feature to reduce any motion blur. Unfortunately, like the Sony, the viewing angles are poor and the edges of the screen are noticeably darker.
If you're looking for the best 4k TV for color accuracy, you can't go wrong with the Sony, but if you want a TV with better gaming performance, then look into the Samsung.
The Hisense H9F is the best budget 4k TV we've tested so far. This TV doesn't have a whole lot of extra features, but its sheer performance is enough to satisfy most people looking for a budget option.
This TV delivers a stunning picture quality with rich, saturated colors and smooth, fluid motion, and there's also an optional black frame insertion feature to further reduce motion blur. It performs well in dark rooms due to its outstanding contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, and it can handle bright rooms just as well with its impressive peak brightness and excellent reflection handling. With Android TV, it has Google Assistant integration so you can interact with the TV using your voice.
Unfortunately, this TV isn't ideal for large rooms due to its poor viewing angles, though that's expected of most VA panels. On the whole, if you're looking for the best TV while staying within budget, this one provides great performance.
If you find the Hisense H9F still a bit pricey, then check out the Hisense H8F. Although this TV is significantly cheaper, you won't be losing much in terms of performance. You still get a VA panel with excellent contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, as well as a full-array local dimming feature, resulting in blacks that look deep when viewed in the dark. Unfortunately, viewing angles are poor and response time isn't as good, so you may see slightly more motion blur behind fast-moving objects. HDR peak brightness is decent, but it won't be able to bring out bright highlights in some scenes.
If you can stretch your budget, the H9F is a better TV overall; otherwise, the H8F is also a good choice if you want to save some money, as long as you're okay with a few compromises.
05/01/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity; no changes to recommendations.
12/06/2019: Updated picks to reflect recent market changes in availability and price.
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 a 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.