Are you looking for the best 4K TV but not totally convinced about the hype? If you're coming from an old HD flatscreen then you should absolutely believe every word about 4K TVs. That's because the latest batch from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL and others present huge visual improvements like Wide Color Gamut, HDR and better upscaling processors that TVs made 10 years ago just didn't have.
While a new 8K standard is poised to pick up the baton eventually, 4K is still the go-go resolution for a new TV in 2020 – with an intoxicating blend of crisp visual detail, more nuanced tone mapping, and the possibility of HDR (high dynamic range) improving the picture quality tenfold over our older HD displays, and barely any price markup for cheaper 4K sets.
With so many 4K sets to choose from, we thought we'd bring together the very best 4K Ultra HD TVs in one handy guide.
What we're looking for are 4K TVs that obviously look good, with great contrast and high peak brightness, but also support for multiple types of HDR formats, a strong stable of smart apps and, of course, an affordable price tag.
If you recently bought something from another manufacturer that you love and you don't see it on this list, it doesn't mean we've intentionally snubbed it. Unfortunately, best-of lists are tiny and we can only squeeze so many screens on here. That said, we're always adding more screens to this list, so be sure to check back in a few weeks to see the latest additions to this TV hall of fame.
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Best 4K TV at a glance:
- Samsung Q90R QLED TV (2019)
- LG C9 OLED Series (2019)
- Sony A9G Master Series OLED (2019)
- LG B9 OLED Series (2019)
- TCL 6-Series R625
- Samsung Q70R QLED TV (2019)
- Hisense H8F Series (2019)
What are the best 4K TVs in 2020?
1. Samsung Q90R QLED TV (2019)
The best 4K TV of 2019... so far
Last year, the Samsung Q9FN was the TV to beat. It won award-after-award for its features and image quality, not to mention its excellent, improved smart platform that came with Bixby support and Samsung SmartThings. However it wasn’t perfect and there were legitimate complaints about viewing angles and an over-aggressive local dimming system that crushed black detail.
Samsung has clearly taken these criticisms to heart, and directly addressed them in the Q90. The new model has a visibly superior viewing angle that holds its own against OLED, and the local dimming delivers deep blacks without losing shadow detail. To that end, the new Ultra Black Elite filter is nothing short of a revelation, rejecting ambient light in a way that just staggers belief.
The Q90 is able to deliver images that can directly compete with an OLED, with natural colors, bright highlights, deep blacks, and well defined shadows. It can also surpass any OLED when it comes to HDR, with images that are often breathtaking in their detail and dynamic range.
In fact our only real criticism would be that, unlike some of the competition, the Q90 doesn’t support Dolby Vision. However in all other respects the Samsung Q90 is an absolutely stellar TV that takes QLED to another level.
Read the full review: Samsung Q90R QLED TV
2. LG C9 OLED Series (2019)
The smartest 4K TV on the planet in 2019
If smart features are the most important criteria for you when picking out a new 4K TV, then you can't do any better than the new LG C9 OLED. The 2nd generation Alpha9 processor, which uses AI enhancements to deliver stellar SDR and HDR images, helps make the upscaling and processing second-to-none with incredible levels of detail and image fidelity.
Add to that a robust smart platform and new AI sound options that analyze and improve sound quality in real time, and you have one of the smartest – and, in our opinion – one of the best 4K TVs on the market. Not to mention one of the best OLED TVs too.
Read the full review: LG C9 OLED (OLED55C9, OLED65C9, OLED77C9)
3. Sony A9G Master Series OLED (2019)
An OLED screen every 4K enthusiast will be lusting after
A direct replacement for last year's Sony A9F/AF9 OLED, the Sony A9G/AG9 Master Series OLED is the new flagship of Sony’s TV fleet. It embraces a characteristically minimalist design that disguises a host of cutting-edge features like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, plus Netflix Calibrated Mode (of interest to many), and IMAX Enhanced certification (of interest to few).
This is a screen that looks premium, and has a spec on the right side of righteous. The Android platform is easy to live with, that vibrating sound system entertaining and picture quality top notch. Offering Dolby Vision is a welcome refinement, but the caveat is a lack of support for HDR10+. That said, it does a fabulous job up-scaling HD/SDR so it's easy to overlook the lack of at least one HDR format.
It's undoubtedly expensive but, all things considered, this glass is class.
Read the full review: Sony A9G Master Series OLED
4. LG B9 OLED Series (2019)
LG's entry-level OLED is an amazing deal
55-inch: LG OLED55B9 | 65-inch: LG OLED65B9
The LG B9 OLED is possibly the most fascinating OLED set in LG’s 2019 TV range – in that it’s the cheapest one. Acting as the successor to last year’s LG B8, the 2019 version of LG's entry-level OLED again offers a beautiful OLED panel housed in cheaper casing and powered by older processors in order to keep the price below that of its more premium siblings, the LG C9, LG E9, and LG W9 OLED.
Inevitably there are some corners cut to get there, and you’re not getting the excellent experience of the C9 or E9 – but if the B9 is all your budget allows for, it’s a solid purchase, and one we'd recommend to just about everyone.
Read the full review: LG B9 OLED (OLED55B9, OLED65B9)
5. TCL 6-Series R625 (2019)
The TCL 6-Series QLED is a beacon of hope for budget TV buyers
Few TVs have changed the home entertainment space in the same way that the TCL 6-Series has - it’s made high-end features like Dolby Vision support, full-array panels and Wide Color Gamut available to consumers at a third of the cost of the high-end TVs you see above. And yet, for most folks, the new TCL 6-Series R625 QLED will look nearly as good thanks to its vibrant color saturation.
Why doesn't it rank a bit higher then? Well, the 6-Series uses a 60Hz panel which means that its motion handling leaves a little to be desired and its built-in speakers aren't quite as beefy as some of the ones found on TVs from Samsung.
That said, if there’s a better value 4K TV on the market, we’ve yet to see it.
Read the full review: TCL 6-Series (R625)
6. Samsung Q70R QLED TV (2019)
The Q70R is a solid mid-range model that has most of the flagship's shine
55-inch: Samsung QN55Q70R | 65-inch: Samsung QN65Q70R
Samsung’s flagship Q90R QLED TV blew us away recently with its wider viewing angles, deeper blacks, and superior HDR images - sadly, however, not everyone can afford the flagship model. So what can Samsung offer for those wanting to experience QLED picture quality on a budget?
Despite sitting lower down in the QLED line-up, the Q70R includes the same comprehensive smart platform, extensive connections, and cutting-edge features found further up the range. This isn’t the flashiest-looking TV that Samsung has ever made, but if your funds are limited the Q70 is a cracking QLED all-rounder that’s worth checking out.
Read the full review: Samsung Q70R QLED TV
7. Sony Bravia X950G Series (2019)
A beautiful 4K HDR TV that desperately needs an attached soundbar
Sporting the upgraded X1 Ultimate processor, Netflix Calibrated Mode and the latest version of Android TV, Sony’s mid-range X950G has a lot going for it.
Right out of the box, the best way to describe the image quality of the X950G is… well, natural. It’s not flashy. It’s not overly bright. Colors aren’t oversaturated. It’s just a really natural picture with subdued colors and great black levels perfect for HD/SDR content. That said, if you’re the kind of person that wants a bit more pop to your images all you need to do is turn on Live Color in the picture settings. This mode works on HD/SDR content to add a bit more color saturation to the image and helps to make the image ‘pop’ in a way that really grabs your attention.
It’s a shame that poor sound quality ruined such a great 4K/HDR TV, however, taken by itself, the Sony X950G is an immaculate screen with a ton of potential.
Read the full review: Sony BRAVIA X950G (XBR-65X950G)
8. Hisense H8F Series (2019)
A surprisingly good 4K TV from the burgeoning budget brand
Hisense's H8 Series has long offered high quality at a very reasonable price, but these days it's getting harder and harder to make waves in the budget TV market.
But the H8F is a little different than previous-gen H8 series TVs. It's the company's best value TV yet and offers both Android TV and the company's proprietary ULED TV tech that it claims offers better contrast and performance than rival LED TVs.
Sure, it's not going to compete with LG's OLEDs or Samsung high-end QLED models, but this affordable 4K screen is one of the best in its price range, and the only sub-$500 model we feel comfortable recommending to our readers.
Read the full review: Hisense H8F (55H8F) review
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