Almost every new TV that has been released this year has a 4k resolution. Unless there is a 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 74 TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best 4k TVs you can buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best smart TVs.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year. Since the beginning of the year, most manufacturers have started releasing replacements for their TV lines. Usually, these TVs tend to launch at very high prices and it is unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year, thus keeping the 2018 models in our recommendations for a few more months.
The LG B8 is the best 4k TV that we have reviewed so far. It has the same excellent picture quality as the more expensive LG C8 and LG E8. It can display perfect blacks due to its emissive technology that allows it to switch off individual pixels. It has a wide color gamut that produces rich and vivid colors in HDR content. It has very good viewing angles and is suitable for rooms with wide seating arrangements. Motion handling is superb with an almost instantaneous response time that displays fast-moving content with very little blur. In older, low-fps content, this might cause some stutter that can be easily fixed with the excellent motion interpolation feature. The input lag is low and the TV is very responsive, which is great if you are a gamer or want to use it as a PC monitor.
Overall, the LG B8 is the best UHD TV we've tested and is an excellent TV for almost any usage.
If the possibility of burn-in with the LG B8 concerns you, the Vizio P Series Quantum is the best LED alternative that we've tested so far. The P Series Quantum delivers great overall picture quality, thanks to the excellent native contrast and outstanding peak brightness. It delivers exceptionally bright highlights when watching HDR, and in SDR it gets bright enough for even the brightest of viewing conditions.
Unfortunately, the P Series Quantum doesn't have the excellent wide viewing angles of the B8, and it doesn't handle gradients as well, so some banding can be seen in areas of similar color. Overall, though, this is an outstanding TV that should please the majority of people.
If you find the LG B8 too expensive and would rather get something more economical, then get the Sony X900F. It is the best mid-range 4k TV that we've tested so far. You will not have the true blacks of the LG B8 or the wide viewing angles that the OLEDs offer. On the upside, the picture quality is great, and the TV can display deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. The X900F can easily fight glare of a bright room and motion handling is excellent due to the fast response time and the image is crisp with very little blur and a nearly flicker-free backlight. If you are a casual gamer, you will enjoy the low input lag, which, however, might not be low enough for competitive gaming.
Just like most VA panel TVs, the X900F has narrow viewing angles and is not well-suited for a wide room where people will be watching from the side. Also, it does not have any extra gaming goodies like FreeSync support or auto low latency, which some gamers consider important.
Overall, however, the Sony X900F is a very good 4k TV which will keep those who choose it happy.
If the Sony X900F costs more than you're willing to spend, but you still want a great mid-range 4k TV, then check out the Vizio P Series 2018. You might find that reflections on the Vizio are a little more distracting, as the brightness levels cannot reach those of the Sony X900F. On the upside, the Vizio has a great picture quality and a high native contrast ratio with local dimming support that allows it to deliver deep blacks in a dark room, greatly enhancing your movie watching experience. The Vizio will do well in almost any usage and it is very responsive due to its low input lag. Gamers will also find the effective BFI feature that can make the image look crisper useful.
If you find the Sony's input lag too high and are looking for a mid-range TV with better gaming characteristics than the X900F, then get the Samsung NU8000 UHD 4k TV. Its local dimming feature is not as good as the Sony X900F's and the response time is slightly slower and leaves a longer trail blur.
However, the NU8000 incorporates better gaming features, such as support for FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate that prevents tearing in graphics demanding games. It has a lower input lag and it automatically enables game mode when it detects a game being played on an Xbox One or PS4, ensuring you enjoy the lowest possible input lag.
If the Sony X900F is outside of your budget, the best budget 4k 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 the best value 4k TV.
If you find the TCL 6-Series R617 expensive and want a cheaper alternative in the budget category, then get the TCL S405. The S405 is being gradually replaced by the S425, which has some cosmetic improvements. The S402/S425 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 UHD 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 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.