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 CX. Like any OLED TV, it doesn't have a backlight as it turns off individual pixels, producing perfect blacks. This is ideal for watching movies in a dark room, and it also has very wide viewing angles, great for when you want to watch TV with the entire family.
It's an outstanding choice for gaming. It has a near-instant response time, resulting in fast-moving content that has minimal motion blur. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology that can match its refresh rate to the frame rate of your game, reducing screen tearing. The TV has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, making it future-proof, and even though the inputs don't support full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, this shouldn't make much of a difference. The built-in operating system is LG's WebOS, which is easy to use and the app store has a great selection of apps available to download. The TV has good built-in speakers, so if you're not looking to add a soundbar, you're still going to hear sound well straight from the TV.
Unfortunately, like any OLED, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, which is only a real problem with constant static elements, like if you watch the news all day. Due to this issue, it doesn't get very bright. Still, it has outstanding reflection handling and HDR content looks great due to its excellent wide color gamut. Overall, it produces an outstanding picture quality, making it the best 4k TV we've tested so far.
If you're worried about the permanent burn-in risk and want an LED TV instead, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the LG CX OLED, and it can't produce perfect blacks, but it still has an excellent contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. The Vizio gets much brighter than the LG, it's able to display a very wide color gamut, great for HDR content, and it has excellent reflection handling. Unfortunately, it doesn't upscale 480p and 720p content very well, as there are some artifacts. Luckily, gamers should appreciate the excellent response time, the black frame insertion feature to reduce motion blur, and the low input lag.
Overall, if you want the best 4k TV we've tested, look into the LG, but if you want an LED alternative to avoid the burn-in risk, consider the Vizio.
The best 4k TV for color accuracy we've tested so far is the Sony X950H. It's Sony's flagship 4k TV and it's the replacement to the Sony X950G, which has the best out-of-the-box color accuracy we've seen. Even though it doesn't have as good pre-calibration color accuracy, it's still excellent, and most people won't notice a difference between the two. Overall, it's also a pleasant upgrade over its predecessor.
It has a VA panel, which displays deep blacks, and it has an 'X-Wide Angle' layer added, slightly improving the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast ratio. Still, its viewing angles aren't the best, so it's not ideal for a really wide seating arrangement. It also has excellent black uniformity and a full-array local dimming feature to improve the contrast ratio. It's an excellent choice for watching in bright rooms as it gets really bright and it has outstanding reflection handling. HDR content looks great because of its wide color gamut and it gets bright enough to make highlights pop. It's able to remove judder from any source and it can interpolate motion up to 120Hz, known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'.
Unfortunately, for a high-end TV, it's not ideal for gaming. Its input lag is a bit too high for competitive gaming and it doesn't support any VRR technologies. However, if you don't want to buy an external box to watch content, it has built-in Android TV, which offers a ton of apps available to download through the Google Play Store. All in all, despite some flaws, most people should be happy with it.
If you want a better gaming TV with excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, the Samsung Q80T is an excellent choice. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony X950H, but it still gets bright enough to combat glare and it has outstanding reflection handling. It's an excellent gaming TV due to its FreeSync VRR support, extremely low input lag, and excellent response time, with minimal motion blur with fast-moving objects. HDR games look great since it gets bright enough to bring out highlights and it displays a wide color gamut. Unfortunately, it has a fairly low native contrast for a VA panel due to its 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that improves the viewing angles, but luckily, it has a full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast. It also has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy and some nice extra features like motion interpolation and the ability to remove judder from any source.
If you want the best 4k TV with accurate colors out-of-the-box, you can't go wrong with the Sony, but if you also want to game on this TV, the Samsung is a great alternative.
The best budget 4k TV we've tested so far is the Hisense H8G. It's a very good overall TV that competes with higher-end models available at a budget-friendly price. It has built-in Android TV as its interface, which is fairly easy to use, and you get a ton of apps available to download.
It offers good overall picture quality. It delivers deep blacks thanks to its VA panel and it has a decent full-array local dimming feature that helps darken any blacks. It gets bright enough to easily combat glare and it has decent reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. It upscales lower resolution content, like from DVDs or cable boxes, without any issues, and it can remove judder from native 24p content, such as from Blu-rays or native apps. Despite having a 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support, it's still a great gaming TV due to its extremely low input lag, good response time, and BFI feature to help reduce motion blur.
Unfortunately, its HDR experience is a bit limiting. It displays a wide color gamut but it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in that mode. It also has just okay out-of-the-box color accuracy and narrow viewing angles. Regardless of these issues, most people should be pleased with its performance, making it the best 4k budget TV we've tested so far.
If you're a fan of the Roku operating system that's easier to use than Android TV, then the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 is a good alternative. It doesn't handle reflections as well as the Hisense H8G, but it delivers a much better HDR experience. It displays an excellent wide color gamut with near-perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in HDR content, and it gets bright enough to make highlights pop. With a VA panel, it displays deep blacks, black uniformity is outstanding, and it has a good full-array local dimming feature. Unfortunately, it has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, narrow viewing angles, and it has visible dirty screen effect, which could be distracting if you watch sports. On the upside, it's able to remove judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz TV.
If you want the best budget 4k TV so far, you should be happy with the Hisense, but if you prefer using the Roku operating system, the TCL is a good alternative.
07/09/2020: Replaced the LG B9 with the LG CX; replaced the Sony X950G with the X950H; replaced the Hisense H9F with the H8G and added the TCL 6 Series as Roku Alternative; removed the Q80R from the picks.
05/29/2020: 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.