We started testing the new 2017 4k UHD TVs. However, the new models are currently priced too high, so we still recommend most people to opt for cheaper 2016 4k TVs instead, especially since they can be found heavily discounted. Here are our top recommendations if you are looking to buy a 4k TV.
Best 4k UHD TV
The best 4k TV for most people is the LG B6 OLED TV. It’s matched by its OLED siblings, the C6 and E6, but without any perceivable difference in picture quality between them. Because it’s an entirely different technology, it comes with an expensive price tag – usually about twice as much as our second place recommendation.
OLED takes care of most downfalls that LCD type displays would have. Blacks are pure, and contrast is virtually infinite, without wide viewing angles coming at a cost. There is also no motion blur, so it’s also great for sports. LG also has our favorite smart platform this year, so that aspect shouldn’t disappoint either.
If money is no object, this is the best 4k TV for most people available today.
If you're going to be watching movies in a dim environment and OLED is out of your budget, the Vizio P Series 2016 is a great alternative. It has a full array local dimming backlight, which produces even better blacks in the dark.
Unfortunately, the Vizio P 2016 cannot get as bright as competing TVs, especially with HDR content. Cable TV also looks a little bit softer. In the living room, the Vizio P 2016 produces more reflections than average, and its picture deteriorates faster when viewed at an angle. While the Vizio P does have great input lag for gaming, it cannot be used in conjunction with HDR, so it isn't a good choice for HDR gaming.
Best mid-range 4k UHD TV
Mid-range 4k Ultra HD TVs are close to the high-end ones, except they don't perform as well for HDR content. For normal content, though, they will look great.
If you’re looking for a TV to watch movies in a dark room, the Vizio M series 2016 is essentially the same as the Vizio P but without the HDR related features. You get excellent contrast and local dimming. It doesn’t have a TV tuner, and it doesn’t display lower resolution images like a cable TV signal as sharp as its competition. It doesn’t have much input lag (as long as you’re not planning to play with HDR), so it’s quite good for gaming.
The Sony X800D is a very capable 4k UHD TV that excels at HDR compared to competing TVs in this price range. It has good picture quality, handles motion well and doesn’t have much input lag, even with HDR. It upscales lower resolution content like live TV better than the Vizio and gets a bit brighter, so it works well for daytime television.
It's a versatile TV that doesn’t have many flaws. However, it’s quite limited in its sizes and is only available in smaller 43 and 49 inches.
If you’re looking for different sizes, the Samsung KU6300 covers almost all of them available. It gets quite bright and upscaling is good unlike the Vizio M 2016. If you need something to put in a bright living room, this is a good choice. It also does quite good in games, and the input lag isn’t affected much with HDR.
While it is not the best at anything, it performs evenly across a wide range of usages. It is a good versatile 4k television, especially considering the price.
Best budget 4k UHD TV
There is a drop in overall picture quality when opting for a budget UHD LED TV. Nonetheless, some are great value for the money, and even though they are not the best, you will still be satisfied with them if your budget is limited.
The best budget 4k TV is the Hisense H8C. It performs similarly to the Samsung KU6300 but is quite a bit cheaper.
It has similar contrast and blacks, and gray uniformity on our unit was a bit better. It doesn't have as good input lag, but response time is a bit better on the Hisense. It also recently received an update that enabled it to support HDR10, which helps make it a bit more versatile.
For even better smart features, the TCL US5800 is a superior option. It offers one of the best smart platforms around with tons of available apps. Low-resolution content even looks sharper than on the Vizio D 4k 2016.
Unfortunately, the TCL US5800 isn't as bright, has a little more blur on action scenes (like for sports) and has an average high input lag of 46.3 ms. For smart features, though, there is no better option for the price.
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).
A few examples of 4k TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Samsung KS8000. Very good value, but difficult to find nowadays. See our review
- LG UH8500. Great TV and an improvement over the equivalent model from last year, but priced too high for what it is. See our review
- Sony X930E. Excellent LED TV, but a lot more expensive than the Vizio P for not much more. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that have 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.