Almost every new TV that’s been released this year has a 4k resolution. Here is a list of the best 4k cvs to buy in various categories mentioned.
Best 4k TV: LG B9 OLED
The best 4k TV we’ve tested so far is the LG B9 OLED. This TV can deliver a stunning picture quality due to OLED’s infinite contrast ratio, perfect black level, and near-instantaneous response time. Not only is it a great TV for dark room viewing, but it also has excellent reflection handling and impressive peak brightness that make it suitable for bright rooms. Viewing angles are outstanding, which is great for large rooms with wide seating arrangements, and it has exceptional gray uniformity, with barely any dirty screen effect to distract you when watching sports.
If you’re looking to game on this TV, it has remarkably low input lag and supports variable refresh rate for a nearly tear-free gaming experience; however, it may not be the best choice for long gaming sessions, as there is a risk of temporary image retention or permanent burn-in, mainly due to video games’ user interface being always in the same place. That said, this shouldn’t be an issue if you watch varied content or play different games. Lastly, LG’s WebOS has a user-friendly interface that’s easy to navigate, and its app store has most of the popular streaming apps available at the press of a button.
Overall, it may not be perfect, but it’s the best 4k TV that you can get if you don’t mind the small risk of burn-in.
CHEAPER LED ALTERNATIVE: VIZIO P SERIES QUANTUM X 2019
If the risk of burn-in is a concern to you, then you should check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It uses a VA panel that’s virtually immune from such issues but still manages to provide an outstanding contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity to produce deep, inky blacks. Unfortunately, it does come at a cost, as VA panels tend to have poor viewing angles, causing images to appear washed out when viewed from the side. Images look crisp thanks to the TV’s excellent response time, and there’s also an optional black frame insertion feature to further reduce the appearance of motion blur. Another feature worth mentioning is this TV’s great local dimming, as it helps to bring out bright objects in dark scenes with minimal blooming, and the TV’s superb peak brightness combined with its remarkable wide color gamut provide an incredible HDR experience, producing vivid, saturated colors and highlights that pop.
If the risk of burn-in doesn’t bother you, the LG is still a better choice overall; otherwise, the Vizio is an excellent LED alternative and will save you a few bucks as well.
Best 4k TV For Color Accuracy: Sony X950G
The TV with the best color accuracy out of the box is the Sony X950G. This TV has a great picture quality and a host of features to please most people. It has outstanding contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity, making it a good choice for dark room viewing. It even has a full array local dimming feature, though the performance is somewhat mediocre. If you have a wide seating arrangement, the VA panel can cause colors to shift when viewed from the side, but the larger variants of this TV has Sony’s ‘X-Wide Angle’ feature to improve viewing angles, albeit at the expense of contrast ratio.
For gamers, this TV has excellent low input lag and response time; however, there’s no support for any variable refresh rate technology. As this is an Android TV, you have access to the Google Play Store, where you can find almost anything you need. The interface is clean and user-friendly, and you can even interact with the TV through the Google Assistant. As for HDR performance, this TV supports wide color gamut and has an exceptional peak brightness, producing images with vibrant colors and highlights that pop.
Overall, if you want the best color accuracy without the need for a costly calibration, this TV is worth checking out.
WIDE VIEWING ANGLE ALTERNATIVE: LG SM9000
If you want a TV with better viewing angles, take a look at the LG SM9000. The IPS panel can’t quite match the Sony X950G’s contrast ratio, but the image does remain accurate, even when viewed from the side. Although this TV can produce a good picture with excellent motion handling, its HDR performance suffers a bit from the low peak brightness. It does, however, have outstanding low input lag and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. LG’s WebOS is easy to use and you can also cast content from a mobile device.
All in all, the Sony has a better picture quality, especially for HDR content; if you have a wide seating arrangement, the LG is a better choice.
ALTERNATIVE FOR GAMING: SAMSUNG Q70/Q70R QLED
If gaming performance is important to you, check out the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. It has even lower input lag than the Sony X950G, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate. This TV also uses a VA panel with outstanding contrast ratio and black uniformity, but it doesn’t have the Sony’s color accuracy and doesn’t get as bright. It has exceptional motion handling, and the optional black frame insertion feature helps to further reduce motion blur during fast-moving scenes. Also, Samsung makes it easier for gamers to jump right into the action with the ‘Auto Low Latency’ mode, which is triggered when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible gaming console.
For the best color accuracy, the Sony comes out ahead, but if you want the best gaming experience possible, the Samsung is a better choice.
Best Budget 4k TV: Hisense H9F
The Hisense H9F is the best budget 4k TV we’ve tested so far. This TV doesn’t have a whole lot of extra features, but its sheer performance is enough to satisfy most people looking for a budget option. It delivers a stunning picture quality with rich, saturated colors and smooth, fluid motion. It performs well in dark rooms due to its outstanding contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, and it can handle bright rooms just as well with its impressive peak brightness and excellent reflection handling. Its low response time makes fast-moving scenes look crisp, with almost no blur-trail, and there’s also an optional black frame insertion feature to further reduce motion blur.
Unfortunately, this TV isn’t ideal for large rooms due to its poor viewing angles, though that’s expected of most VA panels. It has incredibly low input lag for those who want to game on this TV, however, it doesn’t support any variable refresh rate technology or an ‘Auto Low Latency Mode’. With Android TV, it has Google Assistant integration so you can interact with the TV using your voice. You can control the TV, ask for information such as the weather or time, but sadly, you can’t perform searches for specific content within an app like Netflix or Hulu.
On the whole, if you’re looking for the best TV while staying within budget, go with this one.
CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE: HISENSE H8F
If you find the Hisense H9F still a bit pricey, then check out the Hisense H8F. Although this TV is significantly cheaper, you won’t be losing much in terms of performance. You still get a VA panel with excellent contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, as well as a full-array local dimming feature, resulting in blacks that look deep and inky when viewed in the dark. Unfortunately, viewing angles are poor and its response time isn’t as good, so you may see slightly more motion blur behind fast-moving objects. HDR peak brightness is decent, but it won’t be able to bring out bright highlights in some scenes. Just like its big brother, it runs on Android, which means that you have access to the Google Play Store’s immense library of apps and the Google Assistant’s convenient voice controls.
If you can stretch your budget, the H9F is a better TV overall; otherwise, the H8F is also a good choice if you want to save some money, as long as you’re okay with a few compromises.
Other 4K TVs that are worth the buy:
- LG B8 OLED: The LG B8 OLED is an excellent TV. Get this over the LG B9 if you can still find it and don’t care about HDMI 2.1. LG C9 OLED:
- The LG C9 is an excellent OLED TV, very similar to the LG B9; get this if the price is right.
- Sony A9F OLED: The Sony A9F is an excellent OLED TV, but very expensive and not really worth it over the LG B9.
- Sony Z9F: The Sony Z9F is a great 4k TV, but the Vizio P Series Quantum is better and cheaper.
- Vizio P Series Quantum 2018: The Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 is an excellent TV. Get this if you can find it over the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019.
- Sony X900F: The Sony X900F is a great TV. Get this over the X950G if you find it for less.
- Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED: The Samsung Q80R QLED is an excellent TV. Slightly better than the Vizio. Get this if money isn’t an issue.
- Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED: The Samsung Q90R QLED is the best 4k LCD/LED TV we’ve tested so far. Still very expensive.
- Samsung RU8000: The Samsung RU8000 is a very good TV. Get this over the Samsung Q70R if gaming is your sole concern.
- Vizio P Series Quantum 2018: The Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 is an excellent TV. Get this over the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 if you can find it for less.