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 TV with a 4k resolution, 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 them 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 bought and tested more than 350 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs you can buy with a 4k resolution. Also, check out our picks for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.
The LG C1 OLED is the best 4k TV we've tested. It's an excellent overall TV, delivering a massive selection of additional features. Like all LG TVs, it runs their proprietary webOS smart interface. It's easy to use, with a huge selection of streaming apps available to download. It comes with LG's Magic Remote, which makes navigating through the menus a breeze, as you can just point the remote where you want to go. It supports eARC, and its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, greatly simplifying your home theater setup as you can just connect all your favorite consoles to your TV and have one cable sending high-quality audio to your soundbar or receiver.
It delivers incredible picture quality thanks to its self-emissive OLED pixels. It results in a near-infinite contrast ratio that preserves shadow detail in dark scenes without any blooming around bright objects and provides remarkable dark room performance. While it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of bright glare, it still has fantastic reflection handling, even in well-lit environments.
If you want a TV that offers excellent value, then a mid-range option like the Hisense U8G is the best TV that we've tested. It's a great TV with impressive picture quality in dark and bright rooms. It comes with the easy-to-use Android TV as its smart platform, and you can either watch apps directly on the TV or cast content from your phone. While it doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels and perfect black uniformity as the LG C1 OLED, it still displays deep blacks with a great local dimming feature and minimal blooming around bright objects.
It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR formats, which is important if you tend to stream HDR content and you can display the content properly on the TV no matter the format it's in. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR and gets bright enough to make highlights pop and colors look vivid. Overall, it's a great 4k TV that offers excellent value as a mid-range option.
Should you be on a tighter budget, then the best budget 4k TV we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It's a great overall TV that's a step-down from the Hisense U8G, and as expected from a budget-friendly model, you won't get some of the extra gaming features you'll find on higher-end models. It's a great choice for both well-lit and dark rooms. It has great peak brightness, enough to fight glare in bright rooms, and has decent reflection handling. Even in a dark room, its VA panel displays deep blacks with fantastic black uniformity, and the full-array local dimming feature helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes, but the local dimming isn't as good.
It still comes with the same Android TV interface that allows you to easily stream your favorite content, and the remote has a built-in mic that lets you search for movies and shows, open apps, and switch inputs. The TV is also available in a wide range of sizes, so you can get the one that suits your setup the most.
If you have a home theater setup, the Sony A90J OLED is the best 4k display for that environment. Although most OLEDs are similar, this one is just a bit better than the LG C1 OLED when watching movies. It gets brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more, and it has better gradient handling that results in less banding with shades of similar colors. Sony TVs are also known for their great image processing with upscaling and motion interpolation, both of which are important for watching lower-resolution and lower-frame-rate movies.
It supports Dolby Vision but not HDR10+, meaning some streaming content will be limited to HDR10 instead. If you want to enhance your setup, it supports passthrough for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X signals, so you can connect a compatible receiver with the TV and only have one wire going to it, with all your devices connected to the TV. Overall, if you want a 4k TV for your home theater setup, you'll be happy with this one.
The best 4k display for viewing content in bright rooms that we've tested is the Samsung QN90A QLED. This TV uses a Mini LED backlight system, which offers higher peak brightness than other LED TVs. It means it easily gets bright enough to fight glare and, combined with its fantastic reflection handling, it doesn't have any issues in bright rooms, even if you place it opposite a window with direct sunlight.
It's also excellent for watching TV shows or sports in bright rooms as the Tizen OS smart interface is easy to use with many apps you can download, and it has a few handy features. Even if you watch your content from cable boxes, it doesn't have trouble upscaling lower-resolution signals either. You won't have to worry about getting the TV calibrated as it has remarkable out-of-the-box accuracy, meaning colors look accurate and life-like without changing many settings. If you want a TV for a bright room, this TV is an excellent choice.
If you have a wide seating area, it's beneficial to get a TV that suits your environment. You'll want something with a wide viewing angle so that the image remains consistent as you move off-center and people viewing from the sides see the same thing as if they were viewing from directly in front of the TV. If that's the case, the Samsung QN85A QLED is the best TV with a 4k resolution. It's similar to the Samsung QN90A QLED, with the main difference being that it has a different panel type with a wider viewing angle. It's also a great choice to use in well-lit rooms as it has the same Mini LED backlighting that allows it to get very bright and has excellent reflection handling.
It upscales lower-resolution content well, which is ideal for watching cable TV. It also has a motion interpolation feature to interpolate lower-frame-rate content and removes 24p judder from any source, which is important if you want to watch movies with the entire family. It's an excellent choice no matter the content you watch in your wide seating area.
Jul 08, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs and for consistency; renamed the LG C1 to 'Best 4k TV', the Hisense U8G to 'Best Mid-Range', the Sony A90J to 'Best For Home Theaters', and the Samsung QN90A as 'Best For Bright Rooms'; added the Samsung QN85A.
Mar 16, 2022: Updated text for clarity and added the Sony X85J to Notable Mentions.
Feb 18, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
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.
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.