Most TVs sold these days have a 4k resolution, except for a handful of 8k options and a few 720p or 1080p TVs. Since a lot of streaming content is in 4k, it's beneficial to have a 4k TV because it doesn't have to upscale anything. There are many factors you have to consider when looking for the best 4k TV, including where you're going to watch TV. OLED models are ideal for watching content in dark rooms, while LEDs get much brighter if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Choosing one TV over the next can come down to personal preference, and there's no perfect choice.
We've tested more than 100 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best 4k TVs you can buy. Also, check out our picks for the best TVs, the best TVs for PS5, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X.
The LG C1 OLED is the best 4k OLED TV we've tested. While most OLEDs deliver similar picture quality thanks to their self-emissive pixels and their near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels without any blooming, this one is our top recommended TV because it offers great value. It has many gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, variable refresh rate (VRR), and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
It comes with LG's webOS smart platform built-in, which is easy-to-use, and navigating through the menu to open your favorite apps is easy. It also comes with the Magic Remote, which has a point-and-press feature like a Wii remote, so you can easily access those apps. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is great for watching cable TV, and native 1080p and 4k content also looks amazing. Lastly, it has eARC support that allows you to connect a compatible receiver and pass Dolby Atmos signals to it via a single HDMI cable.
Unfortunately, its HDR peak brightness is just okay, so some highlights don't pop as they should, and there's some banding in gradients, which is a bit disappointing for watching HDR content. Its out-of-the-box accuracy is poor, but this can vary between units. Also, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in, but we don't expect this to be an issue for those who watch varied content. Overall, it's one of the best 4k TVs we've tested.
If you only tend to watch movies, especially those in HDR, then check out the Sony A90J OLED. It doesn't have the same gaming features as the LG C1 OLED, meaning it's not as versatile, but if you don't use it for gaming, then it's an amazing TV. What sets this apart from the LG is that the A90J uses a different processor with much better gradient handling, and it also gets brighter in HDR, so combined with its much better out-of-the-box accuracy, colors pop more and are more vivid. It has eARC support for Dolby Atmos signals, and it also supports passthrough for DTS:X audio formats. Its SDR peak brightness isn't as bright as in HDR, so it's not ideal for really bright rooms, but it has fantastic reflection handling.
If you want the best OLED TV we've tested, the C1 is a great choice, but if you prefer something with better performance for watching movies in SDR or HDR, then look into the Sony.
The best 4k TV we've tested with an LED panel is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's an excellent all-around TV, and the picture quality looks amazing for most uses. The main advantage of getting an LED TV over an OLED is that it doesn't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in, so you won't have to worry about damaging the screen after long-term exposure to static elements.
Although LED TVs don't display perfect blacks like on OLEDs, this one has Mini LED backlighting that provides greater control over its local dimming feature. It has a great local dimming feature that produces deep blacks with minimal blooming, making it an excellent choice for watching movies in the dark. If you watch HDR movies, you should be happy to know it displays a wide color gamut and gets bright enough to make highlights stand out the way the creator intended. It supports both HDR10 and HDR10+ formats, but not Dolby Vision, which is disappointing if your favorite streaming content is in that format.
Like any other TV, this one isn't perfect, as there are unfortunately some issues. The local dimming feature performs worse in Game Mode than outside because it raises the black levels more, so they don't look as deep as outside of Game Mode. Also, some users have reported issues with the local dimming setting staying in one setting until you restart the TV, but we didn't notice that issue. Besides these small problems, it's one of the best 4k TVs we've tested.
If you want to spend less money on a high-end TV, the Hisense U8G is a great alternative. Although it lacks Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A QLED, it still gets bright in HDR and has a great local dimming feature for deep blacks. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ formats, and the built-in Android TV has a ton of apps available through the app store, so you can easily stream your favorite HDR content. Visibility won't be an issue in bright rooms either because of its excellent reflection handling and high peak brightness. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, and there are issues with its motion handling. There are noticeable red ghosting and motion artifacts, but this is more of an issue in Game Mode.
If you want the best 4k TV with an LED panel, you can't go wrong with the Samsung model, thanks to its Mini LED backlighting. However, if you prefer something cheaper, then check out the Hisense.
If you're on a budget, then the Hisense U6G is the best 4k TV we've tested. It's a great all-around TV with a user-friendly Android TV interface, which is fairly easy to use. You get a massive selection of apps available through the Google Play Store, and the remote has a mic that gives you access to Google Assistant.
It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, like cable boxes or DVDs, making it a great choice to watch shows. Visibility won't be an issue even in rooms with a few lights around because it has excellent reflection handling, and it gets bright enough to fight glare. If you enjoy watching movies, it displays native 4k content perfectly, and the VA panel displays deep blacks, thanks to the high contrast. Its full-array local dimming feature is also decent at improving the picture quality in dark scenes, and even though there's a bit of blooming, it's not too noticeable.
Sadly, it's not a good choice for wide seating arrangements because, like other VA panel TVs, it has narrow viewing angles, and the image looks inaccurate as you move off-center. Also, while it displays a wide color gamut and supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR formats, its HDR peak brightness is just okay, so some highlights don't pop the way they should. All things considered, if you don't want to spend too much money on a TV and don't mind only a few compromises, then the U6G is the best 4k TV we've tested.
Jan 20, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the Sony X91J to Notable Mentions.
Dec 17, 2021: Updated text for clarity and checked picks for availability; added the Hisense U9DG and the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.
Nov 19, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability; added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 to Notable Mentions.
Oct 21, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021, TCL 5 Series/S535 2020, Hisense U7G, LG QNED90, Vizio P Series 2021, and TCL R745 to Notable Mentions.
Sep 23, 2021: Added the Sony X95J to the Notable Mentions, and removed the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, as it's starting to become hard to find. Verified the other picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
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.