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 LG B9 OLED is the best 4k TV we've tested. It's an OLED TV that delivers perfect, uniform blacks in a dark room thanks to its emissive technology that allows it to switch off individual pixels. It has an excellent overall picture quality and delivers a remarkable performance in most uses. In HDR, the TV displays vivid color with highlights that pop, while when watching sports fast-moving content is crisp with almost no blur thanks to the almost instantaneous response time. It has a very low input lag and supports the HDMI Forum variable refresh rate for nearly tear-free gaming. It supports HDMI 2.1 which currently doesn't add much but makes the TV more future-proof.
Overall, this is the best 4k TV that's widely available to buy.
If you want a cheaper alternative to the LG B9 OLED that doesn't have the risk of burn-in thanks to its LED panel, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. You won't get the LG's perfect blacks or wide viewing angles, but this is still an excellent TV overall. This is just like its predecessor, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018, which is just as good if not slightly better but has become hard to find. This TV delivers an impressive picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room, good motion handling, and an excellent low input lag, which is great for gaming. Overall, this is an excellent TV that will cover most people's needs.
If you want a 4k LED TV that won't break the bank, then get the Vizio; otherwise, if the best picture quality on a 4k TV is non-negotiable, then the LG should be your choice.
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 contrast ratio of the Sony X950G, 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 color accuracy of the Sony 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.
01/09/2020: 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.
11/08/2019: Updated picks to reflect recent market changes, in availability and price, and made changes to text for clarity.