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 60 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 that we've tested 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 supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology that can match its refresh rate to your game's frame rate, reducing screen tearing. It has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, making it future-proof, and 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. It has good built-in speakers, so you won't necessarily need to add a soundbar.
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 that we've tested.
If you don't want to worry about the permanent long-term burn-in risk, then check out the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. It doesn't produce perfect blacks like the LG CX OLED, but with its VA panel, it still has a great contrast ratio, great black uniformity, and a decent full-array local dimming feature. It has Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' that improves the viewing angles, so it's suggested for fairly wide seating arrangements. It's one of the best gaming TVs we've tested because it has FreeSync support, a 120Hz refresh rate, an excellent response time, and incredibly low input lag. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues, but this may vary between units. It gets bright enough to combat glare or to make highlights pop in HDR, it has outstanding reflection handling, and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is excellent.
If you're a fan of watching 4k movies in dark rooms and want an infinite contrast ratio with an OLED panel, then you can't go wrong the LG. However, if you want an LED TV that gets brighter, then check out the Samsung.
The best 4k TV for watching HDR content is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. It's great overall with excellent HDR performance. It's mainly available in larger sizes, from 65 to 75 inches, and an 85 inch model will be released eventually.
It displays one of the widest color gamuts that we've seen, 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, and it has excellent gradient handling. With its VA panel, it has an excellent 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, but this may be an issue with our unit alone. Regardless of these small problems, if you want to watch HDR content, this is one of the best 4k TVs for doing so.
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 performance. The Hisense has an outstanding contrast ratio, incredible black uniformity, and a great local dimming feature, making blacks appear as they should when viewed in the dark. It has great peak brightness in HDR, making highlights pop the way the creator intended. It upscales lower-resolution content well and it removes 24p judder from any source. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, and some may be disappointed to know it doesn't support any VRR for gaming. It has excellent reflection handling and amazing peak brightness in HDR if you also want to use it in a well-lit environment.
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.
The best 4k TV in the budget category is the Hisense H8G. It's an inexpensive entry in the higher end of their lineup, and it's a big improvement over its predecessor, the Hisense H8F. It has a very good overall performance and can compete with more expensive TVs.
It has a VA panel that displays really deep blacks when viewed in the dark and has a full-array local dimming feature to improve the contrast ratio a bit. It performs equally as well in bright rooms as it gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has decent reflection handling. Even though it's limited to 60Hz, casual gamers should appreciate it since it has a quick response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion, and the input lag is extremely low. It also supports HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, and even though it doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in HDR, it displays a very good wide color gamut.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel TV. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy is also just okay, so you may notice some color inaccuracies if you don't calibrate it. The built-in Android TV is fairly easy-to-use and offers a ton of apps available to download. It upscales lower-resolution content without any issues, so it's ideal for watching DVDs or cable. All in all, this is the best 4k TV in the budget category.
If you're a fan of Roku TV, which is easier to use than Android TV, check out the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H8G, but it has better color accuracy and displays a wider color gamut for HDR content. The TCL offers many of the same features and performance as the Hisense. It has a remarkable contrast ratio, good black uniformity, and a decent full-array local dimming feature that helps delivers deep blacks. It upscales lower-resolution content well and removes judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz. Sadly, it doesn't get very bright, and it has just decent reflection handling, so it's not the best choice for well-lit environments. Fortunately, it's great for gaming because it has a quick response time, low input lag, and a Black Frame Insertion feature.
The Hisense is better overall, and it's one of the best 4k TVs that we've tested, but if you're set on getting a Roku TV, then the TCL is a good choice too.
10/01/2020: 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.
09/04/2020: Minor updates to text for clarity; no changes to picks.
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.
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. 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.