In 2017, finding a TV that doesn't support some form of HDR is almost impossible. But while it isn't very complicated to support HDR, not every TV can take full advantage of it. Indeed, only higher-end TVs will see the benefit of HDR. To find out more about the differences with HDR, check out our HDR vs SDR article.
Fortunately, finding content to enjoy these high-end TVs is becoming a non-issue as almost every new release is in HDR. Services such as Amazon Prime video, Netflix, and Youtube all provide a compelling HDR lineup that is continually expanding. Games are also starting to support it (see our HDR gaming TVs recommendations) and soon enough, every content will be HDR, including broadcast television. With that said, here are the best HDR TVs you can buy today.
Best HDR TV
HDR is unfortunately still somewhat of a high-end affair. Most TVs today support it, but only the brighter premium models will have a big impact on picture quality.
When it comes to HDR TVs, nothing beats the LG OLED TVs, and particularly the LG B6.
OLED TVs have by far the best picture quality available, bar none, and the B6 is no exception. Thanks to their ability to turn pixels on and off individually, they can produce deep and pure blacks that no LED TV can match. While they aren't the brightest TVs available, they are far from dim and will be able to reproduce the bright highlights of HDR content well. It also produces one of the widest color volumes we've tested, so bright and saturated colors pop.
Even though we don't think there's a valuable difference between both formats, the LG B6 is one of the rare TVs that supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Higher end models such as the E6 and G6 will have the same picture quality as the B6, but they have a nicer design and audio. In our eyes, though, the extra money spent on those models is better spent on an external sound system.
If your TV is going to be set in a dark room, there isn't any better LED 4k TV than the Vizio P Series 2016. Thanks to its excellent local dimming feature, it can produce better blacks than the average LED TV. It does also have a wider color gamut and gets fairly bright, so all bases are covered for a good HDR performance. If you can't afford the LG B6, the Vizio P is the HDR TV to get.
Best budget HDR TV
There aren't any real budget HDR TVs, but some of the mid-range TVs can still provide a compelling experience and cover most of the requirements to make good use of the different formats.
If you're looking for a smaller TV or if the premium HDR TVs are simply out of your budget, look for the Sony X800D LED TV.
Unlike other mid-range and budget TVs, the X800D has a wide color gamut and 10 bits of color depth. HDR content is mastered using much wider color spaces, so having a wide color gamut helps reproduce the very saturated colors found in these new movies.
Where it falls short of the more expensive options, however, is when comparing their brightness levels. Picture quality in HDR greatly benefits from the TV being able to produce very bright highlights. The Sony X800D doesn't get quite as bright as high-end models, but it should still be able to get bright enough to be used in well-lit environments. However, it's still the best choice for an HDR TV if you're on a tighter budget.
If you're looking to get the best picture quality for the money and are willing to trade HDR related features in exchange, the Vizio M Series 2016 4k TV has a very similar local dimming feature to the more expensive Vizio P of the same year. It supports both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats and has excellent contrast. It doesn't have the 10 bits of color depth and the wide color gamut of the Sony X800D, but the great local dimming and uniform blacks give it the edge when it comes to watching movies in a dark room. If you're looking for a less HDR focused TV available in a much larger set of sizes, the Vizio M series 2016 is a great alternative to the Sony X800D.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best HDR TVs to buy for most people. 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).
A few examples of HDR TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Sony X930D. Very good TV, but doesn't perform much better than the Vizio P. See our review
- Sony X900E. Great TV, but the Vizio P get the recommendation because of the price advantage. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of 4k TVs that support HDR. 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.