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.
The best 4k TV we've tested so far is the LG B9 OLED. This TV can deliver a stunning picture quality due to OLED's infinite contrast ratio, perfect black level, and near instantaneous response time. Not only is it a great TV for dark room viewing, it also has excellent reflection handling and impressive peak brightness that make it suitable for bright rooms. Viewing angles are outstanding, which is great for large rooms with wide seating arrangements, and it has exceptional gray uniformity, with barely any dirty screen effect to distract you when watching sports.
If you're looking to game on this TV, it has remarkably low input lag and supports variable refresh rate for a nearly tear-free gaming experience; however, it may not be the best choice for long gaming sessions, as there is a risk of temporary image retention or permanent burn-in, mainly due to video games' user interface being always in the same place. That said, this shouldn't be an issue if you watch a varied content or play different games. Lastly, LG's WebOS has a user-friendly interface that's easy to navigate, and its app store has most of the popular streaming apps available at the press of a button.
Overall, it may not be perfect, but it's the best 4k TV that you can get if you don't mind the small risk of burn-in.
If the risk of burn-in is a concern to you, then you should check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It uses a VA panel that's virtually immune from such issues, but still manages to provide an outstanding contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity to produce deep, inky blacks. Unfortunately, it does come at a cost, as VA panels tend to have poor viewing angles, causing images to appear washed out when viewed from the side. Images look crisp thanks to the TV's excellent response time, and there's also an optional black frame insertion feature to further reduce the appearance of motion blur. Another feature worth mentioning is this TV's great local dimming, as it helps to bring out bright objects in dark scenes with minimal blooming, and the TV's superb peak brightness combined with its remarkable wide color gamut provide an incredible HDR experience, producing vivid, saturated colors and highlights that pop.
If the risk of burn-in doesn't bother you, the LG is still a better choice overall; otherwise, the Vizio is an excellent LED alternative and will save you a few bucks as well.
The TV with the best color accuracy out of the box is the Sony X950G. This TV has a great picture quality and a host of features to please most people. It has outstanding contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity, making it a good choice for dark room viewing. It even has a full array local dimming feature, though the performance is somewhat mediocre. If you have a wide seating arrangement, the VA panel can cause colors to shift when viewed from the side, but the larger variants of this TV has Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' feature to improve viewing angles, albeit at the expense of contrast ratio.
For gamers, this TV has excellent low input lag and response time; however, there's no support for any variable refresh rate technology. As this is an Android TV, you have access to the Google Play Store, where you can find almost anything you need. The interface is clean and user-friendly, and you can even interact with the TV through the Google Assistant. As for HDR performance, this TV supports wide color gamut and has an exceptional peak brightness, producing images with vibrant colors and highlights that pop.
Overall, if you want the best color accuracy without the need for a costly calibration, this TV is worth checking out.
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 can produce 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.
All in all, 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 gaming performance is important to you, check out the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. It has even lower input lag than the Sony X950G, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate. This TV also uses a VA panel with outstanding contrast ratio and black uniformity, but it doesn't have the Sony's color accuracy and doesn't get as bright. It has exceptional motion handling, and the optional black frame insertion feature helps to further reduce motion blur during fast-moving scenes. Also, Samsung makes it easier for gamers to jump right into the action with the 'Auto Low Latency' mode, which is triggered when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible gaming console.
For the best color accuracy, the Sony comes out ahead, but if you want the best gaming experience possible, the Samsung is a better choice.
The best budget 4k TV we've tested is the Hisense H9F. You won't get the Sony's excellent reflection handling, but on the upside, this TV offers a great picture quality with deep blacks, excellent peak brightness, and a great color gamut which helps HDR content stand out. It has an excellent motion handling and delivers crisp motion thanks to the extremely fast response time. Surprisingly, it only supports 60Hz input formats, despite the 120Hz panel.
Just like all VA panel TVs, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side and its gray uniformity is just decent, which might worry some demanding sports fans but will be good enough for most people.
Overall, this is an impressive TV and certainly the best 4k TV for the money.
If you want an even cheaper TV than the Hisense H9F, then check out its sister, the Hisense H8F. This TV doesn't have as fast a response time as the other Hisense and motion has more blur, which might bother demanding sports fans or PC gamers. On the upside, it's cheaper and has better black uniformity, which looks great in a dark room. Overall, this is a great TV with impressive picture quality that can deliver a great movie experience.
If you care about crisp motion and picture quality, buy the H9F; otherwise, if you can compromise a bit on picture quality and motion handling to save some cash, then the H8F is a great alternative.
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.
02/07/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/06/2019: Updated picks to reflect recent market changes, in availability and price, and made changes to text for clarity.