Most TVs sold these days have a 4k resolution, but 8k TVs are slowly growing in popularity. Before considering an 8k TV, it's important to know that there's very little 8k content available, so the vast majority of the content you'll be watching will be upscaled. If you mainly watch high-quality sources like 4k UHD Blu-Rays, this doesn't matter much, but if you still watch a lot of 480p or 720p content, like DVDs or even cable TV, then you're probably better off with a 4k TV, as TVs with a lower resolution don't have to work as hard to make the content fit your screen, and they'll look a bit better overall. As long as most of your content is high-quality, it's a great way to future-proof your home theater setup for years to come.
We've bought and tested more than 370 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs you can buy with an 8k resolution. Also, check out our picks for the best TVs, and the best movie TVs, and if you want a 4k TV instead, check out our list of the best 4k TVs.
The best 8k TV we've tested is the Samsung QN800A 8k QLED. It's an impressive TV with fantastic peak brightness in both SDR and HDR, so bright highlights stand out incredibly well. It's a great choice for a bright room thanks to its amazing reflection handling, so it easily overcomes glare in a bright room. It also has a decent viewing angle, making it an okay choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the side.
It's also a great TV for gaming with the Xbox Series X or PS5. It has low input lag and an excellent response time, so there's just a bit of ghosting around fast-moving objects. It also supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four inputs, making it a great choice for gamers with a new 40-Series NVIDIA card who want to experience 8k @ 60Hz gaming.
The best mid-range 8k TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED. It's not quite as bright as the Samsung QN800A 8k QLED, but it still delivers great picture quality overall. Its Mini LED backlight delivers excellent contrast, with deep blacks in dark scenes and very little blooming around bright objects. It has an excellent HDR color gamut and good color volume, so the latest HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It also upscales 4k and 1080p content well, like Blu-rays, but the image is a bit softer than the Samsung and doesn't handle low-resolution content, like DVDs, well.
Like the Samsung TV, it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 8k @ 60Hz and 4k @ 120Hz gaming, but only on two ports. It's a bit limiting for some users, as you can only take full advantage of two high-bandwidth devices. It runs the Roku smart interface, which is easy to use and has a great selection of streaming apps, but it's not as polished as the Samsung TV's Tizen OS, and some streaming services aren't available.
Although the cheapest 8k TVs aren't priced at a point most people consider budget, some cheaper options are available. The best budget 8k TV we've tested is the Hisense U800GR 8k. It's a pretty similar TV to the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED, running the same Roku TV smart interface and with similar extra features. It has worse picture quality, though, as it can't get as bright as the TCL or the Samsung, so bright highlights in HDR don't stand out as well.
Like the TCL, it has an excellent response time, with very little ghosting around fast-moving objects. It also supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two of its HDMI ports, meaning you can take full advantage of the Xbox Series X, PS5, or recent graphics cards like the new 40-series NVIDIA GPUs. Unfortunately, it has much higher input lag with 8k @ 60Hz signals, so overall, it's not as good as the TCL for gaming.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 8k TVs to buy for most people with different tastes. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), 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 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.