When nothing but the best will do.
4K content is finally everywhere. Between streaming services, discs, and games on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, you can finally find lots of gorgeous, high-resolution HDR content. You told yourself you wouldn’t upgrade to a 4K TV until there’s lots of content out there, so now you’re all out of excuses. It’s time to kick that old 1080p TV to the curb.
If you’re a typical consumer, you want to find a really good deal. The best bang for the buck. TVs that deliver great quality at a great price. For you, we suggest you check out our regular 4K TV buying guide – it’s full of great sets at great prices.
But maybe you don’t care about bang for your buck; you just want the best. You and your family spend a lot of time in front of the TV, and you’re willing to pay top-dollar for top-quality. These are the 4K TVs you should consider if you’re willing and able to go high-end.
The best 4K TVs available at any price:
- LG ThinQ OLED TV OLED77C8PUA
- Sony Bravia XBR55A8F
- Vizio P-Series P65-E1
- LG Electronics OLED55C7P
- Sony XBR65X900F
Best High-End 4K TV
The best picture quality you can get comes from a quality OLED panel. With perfect blacks, vivid colors, and an unbeatable contrast ratio (not to mention no pixel blur), OLED TVs are considered by many to be the ideal technology for our 4K, HDR world. LG’s latest OLED TVs have consistently earned fantastic scores from reviewers for their picture quality.
But this…this is something else. This is the newest version of LG’s ridiculously thin OLED set. This TV is thinner than your phone. It weighs 82 pounds, which is the same as a 13-inch black and white CRT from the 1970s.
Of course it also has amazing picture quality, including support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. This latest version adds voice control and a few other tweaks from earlier models to improve on what’s already the best possible picture on a massive screen. And it’s as expensive as it is enormous.
You can definitively claim to have the coolest TV in the entire neighborhood. Even better, you can get the 65-inch LG ThinQ OLED model for a few thousand less. It’s still incredibly expensive, but you’re worth it. You can also get it on Walmart in the US.
Best High-End 4K TV Runner-Up
LG’s not the only manufacturer with a killer high-end OLED TV. Sony delivers some of the best picture quality of any 4K TVs on the market. No, this Bravia isn’t thinner than a phone, but it is quite thin, with a clever stand to hold it in place.
It’s got fantastic color reproduction and amazing contrast, along with nearly non-existent motion blur. And it’s a little bit more affordable than the LG, and comes in 55-inch and 65-inch. Sorry if you’re hoping for a 77-inch.
One caveat for heavy gamers: The input lag is tolerable in game mode at 4K, with or without HDR, but it gets worse at 1080p. Most 4K-capable consoles upscale their output to 4K before sending it to the TV, regardless of the game’s native resolution, so it shouldn’t be much of a bother. But this TV isn’t a good fit for older consoles that don’t output 4K resolution.
Best LED 4K TV
If you don’t want an OLED panel, or don’t have the budget for one, you can still get stellar picture quality out of a really good LED-lit LCD like the Vizio P Series. The off-axis viewing angles aren’t the best, but it’s got great color reproduction, contrast, and uniformity. Plus, the input latency is pretty low (and is exceptionally low on non-HDR content), so it’s great for gaming.
It’s built-in smart TV features aren’t quite as robust as some of its competitors, but it does have built-in Chromecast for streaming from your phone. And besides, you’re probably going to use a game console or streaming box to watch streaming content, right?
This is also a very reasonably-priced TV for its size, which is just plain gigantic. And Vizio is bringing out a new line, the P-Series Quantum, which should hopefully further drive down the price on these already low-cost high quality televisions.
Best Cheaper High-End 4K TV
LG OLED55C7P is an absolute bargain compared to LG’s insanely cool wallpaper TV (also above). It probably won’t blow your friends’ minds with its paper-thin profile, but that’s okay. It delivers where it counts: awesome picture quality. And while it’s a 2017 model, the price makes the indignity of having to own last-year’s television worth it.
In fact, the picture quality on the C7 is almost as good as the wallpaper TV. You get perfect motion with no ghosting or smearing, Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, excellent peak brightness and killer contrast ratio, wide color gamut, the works. LG’s own smart TV platform is pretty good, too. It’s also at Walmart with free shipping.
Gamers will love the super-low input latency in game mode, even when displaying 4K HDR with 4:4:4 input.
Best Super Bright 4K TV
A really bright 4K TV is great for two reasons: First, it makes HDR content shine (literally!), with extreme variance between the darkest areas of a scene and the brightest highlights. Second, if you use the TV in a room that gets a lot of light, especially sunlight through windows, you’re going to need a really bright TV or the image quality will suffer.
Sony’s X930E LED TV is one of the brightest 4K TVs on the market, with peak brightness well in excess of 1,500 nits. Thanks to a really good local dimming feature, the contrast ratio is still fantastic. It’s no slouch in other areas either, with excellent color accuracy and uniformity. It also handles gaming wonderfully, includes the smart features you want, and is just a gorgeous television.
We pointed it out above, but just a reminder that these are a collection of the Best 4K TVs period – at any price. However, you don’t need to save two months’ salary to make the jump to 4K. Our 4K TV Buying Guide has fantastic options for $600 or less. But if you’re in a position to drop more on a high-end display, you can’t go wrong with any of the above selections.