High Dynamic Range (HDR) is on the rise. Support for it from new TVs is getting better and with the Xbox One S, PS4 Pro (see the best TVs for HDR gaming) and services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix making 4K HDR content far more accessible, it is quickly becoming commonplace. It’s important to consider the differences in the way the standards are implemented as it isn’t very consistent across manufacturers. Take a look at our article to learn more about HDR and see the differences with SDR.
Best high-end HDR TVs
The LG B6 OLED is the best 4k HDR TV and offers the best picture quality on the market, bar none.
While it doesn’t get as bright as some LED TVs, OLED TVs can get incredibly dark which allows for exceptional contrast, much more than a brighter LED display (see our article about OLED vs LED).
The B6 is our top recommendation since it offers the best picture quality on the market and fully supports both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.
If you mostly use your TV to watch movies in a darker room, the Vizio P Series 2016 is the best LED TV we've reviewed when it comes to HDR. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision and our unit had excellent contrast with deep even blacks and was able to sustain a bright image, all very important for HDR. It also covers a wide color gamut and displays 10 bit of color depth, so all bases are covered.
For video games, however, the HDMI port with the lowest input lag, HDMI 5, does not support an HDR input. It’s a shame since the Vizio’s input lag on game mode is the best we’ve tested. This isn’t an issue if you weren’t interested in HDR gaming, though, so the Vizio P Series 2016 is still the best alternative to OLED for HDR movies.
The Samsung KS8000 is one of the best 4K HDR TVs available right now. It’s versatile, does great in brighter rooms and is the best alternative to the Vizio P Series if you often use your TV for gaming.
It has a wide color gamut, a great output of a 10-bit HDR signal and has some of the best blacks and contrast found on an LED TV. It’s also excellent for playing games using one of the new consoles since it has one of the lowest input lag we’ve tested and next to no motion blur. The input lag is not affected by having HDR on either. It reaches impressive peaks of brightness, some of the highest we’ve tested at 1472 cd/m2.
If you planned to use your TV for a large variety of content other than HDR and didn't want to shell out for OLED, the KS8000 is the best buy.
Best budget HDR TVs
While there aren't any real budget 4k HDR TVs, these are lower end models that support the signal and pass most of the needed requirements to apply the different standards.
If you’d like to spend a bit less on your TV than what the high-end models demand – or if you’d prefer something smaller: the Sony X800D is the best budget HDR TV.
It sports a wide color gamut with 10 bit of color depth and therefore produces vivid colors with smooth gradients. It’s not the brightest, but it’s not bad either. If you plan to use an Xbox one S or the PS4 Pro, they should work nicely without any input lag issues. While it doesn’t have any fancier features like local dimming, it’s still a great TV and is the best alternative to high-end models.
The Vizio M Series 2016 LED TV is a great alternative to the Sony if you plan to watch movies in a dark room and play non-HDR games.
It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, has a good contrast and even has a very good local dimming feature. Thanks to this the Vizio M is the best for watching movies in a dark room. However, it doesn’t support 10 bit of color depth which stops it from being as good at HDR as the X800D. The M Series doesn't have much input lag while in game mode but unfortunately, suffers from the same issue as the Vizio P series, so you can’t have both low input lag and HDR.
Overall, this is the lower-end 4k HDR TV to buy if you’re planning to watch a lot of movies and only plan to play games in SDR mode.
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:
- LG UH7700. Priced higher than the Sony X800D but doesn't perform any better with HDR. See our review
- Sony X930D. Great TV but doesn't offer more than either the Samsung KS8000 or Vizio P Series 2016 for the premium it demands. See our review
- Samsung KS9000. Essentially the same picture quality as the KS8000, but with a better design and higher price tag. See our review
- Samsung KU7000. Same picture quality as the KU6300 but supports a wide color gamut. Not worth the extra money in our opinion. 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.