Almost every new TV that has been released this year has a 4k resolution. Unless there is specific reason that you are 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 64 4k TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.
The best 4k TV that we have reviewed is the LG B8. The B8 is an OLED TV that delivers exceptional picture quality thanks to the infinite contrast ratio, perfect blacks, excellent wide viewing angles, and perfect black uniformity. It has great motion handling thanks to the nearly instantaneous response time, although this introduces stutter that may bother some people. It also has excellent low input lag, perfect for gaming or for use as a PC monitor.
The LG B8 is nearly identical to the LG C8. The C8 features a more advanced processor that can slightly improve some of the processing filters, but we don't expect most people to notice any difference between the two.
If the possibility of burn-in with our top-pick, the LG B8, is a concern for you, the Vizio P Series Quantum is the best LED 4k TV. The P Series Quantum has an excellent contrast ratio and a very good local dimming feature that delivers excellent dark room performance.
Unfortunately, the P Series Quantum doesn't display gradients very well. It doesn't have the wide viewing angles of the LG B8 and has a slower response time, but it is much brighter and is better suited for a bright room. It is currently very difficult to find and it is unknown if/when this will change.
If the LG B8 is too expensive for you, the Sony X900F is the best mid-range 4k TV that we have reviewed. The X900F is a versatile 4k TV that delivers great picture quality, with deep blacks, a wide color gamut, and excellent gradient handling. The response time is nearly as fast as the OLEDs, and motion looks crisp and smooth. It has great low input lag for gaming.
Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver the wide viewing angles found on the OLED LG B8, and it has worse uniformity. It is a lot brighter than the B8 but has slightly worse reflection handling.
Overall, it is a great mid-range 4k UHD TV that should please most people.
If the Sony X900F is outside of your budget, but you still want a good mid-range 4k TV, the Vizio P Series 2018 is a cheaper alternative. The P Series 2018 has a more advanced local dimming feature and a more versatile black frame insertion feature. Unfortunately, it has slightly worse input lag. Overall, it delivers similar picture quality but is not as bright.
If you want a great mid-range TV for gaming, check out the Samsung NU8000 UHD 4k TV. The NU8000 has some great new gaming features, including support for a variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing. It also automatically enables game mode when it detects that a game is being played on an Xbox One or PS4, making sure you always get the lowest input lag possible.
The local dimming feature isn't as powerful as the one on the Sony X900F, and the response time is a bit slower, so motion doesn't look quite as crisp. However, it does have much lower input lag, which is especially great for gaming.
If the Sony X900F is outside of your budget, the best budget 4k UHD TV we've tested is the TCL R617. The TCL 6-Series is the successor to the extremely popular TCL P607 and is also known as the R613 or R615, depending on where you buy it. It has mediocre gray uniformity that could be disappointing to sports fans.
On the upside, the 6 Series delivers very good picture quality and is just as bright as the X900F. The smart features aren't as advanced as those found on the more expensive TVs, but they are good enough for most people.
Overall, it is a very good 4k TV available at a budget price.
If you find the TCL 6-Series R617 expensive and want a cheaper alternative in the budget category, then get the TCL S405. It still delivers decent picture quality but lacks some of the more advanced features found on the R617, like local dimming and motion interpolation. If you just want a decent 4k TV and don't care about things like HDR, then the TCL 4 Series is a great choice.
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 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.