The 9 Best 4K TVs to Buy in 2018 for Under $1,000

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When the 4K TV first went on sale in 2012, there were just two models on the market that exceeded 84 inches in size and were both over $20,000 in price. The introduction of four times the standard HD TV pixel count (3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080) helped produce a picture that was clearer and more beautiful than anything else available on the consumer market. Fast forward to 2018 and now every major television manufacturer produces 4K TV in all shapes, sizes and price tags. The good news is that you no longer have to break the bank to get a high quality TV. Here are our choices for the best 4K TVs under $1,000.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Sony XBR49X800E 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

Upgrading from the 2016 model, the Sony X800E is a solid 4K smart TV with stellar picture quality. Colors are crisp and vivid, thanks to the Triluminos Display, which produces vast shades of reds, greens and blues. It also features Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, which Sony claims produces “brighter highlights, deeper blacks, and more natural tonal gradation.” One thing is for sure: You won’t be able to peel your eyes away from the picture.

While some TV buffs won’t settle for its 49-inch screen, it makes a great buy for someone who doesn’t prioritize size. It has a wide viewing angle and displays a wide range of colors with super smooth gradients. It also has a 60Hz native refresh rate, plus Motionflow XR, so it's a good pick for gamers. Smart functionality via Android TV gives you access to other neat features such as voice search in 42 languages and Google Cast, which lets you use your phone as a remote.

Check out our other reviews of the best Sony TVs available on the market today.

Best Budget: LG Electronics 43-inch 43UJ6300 4K Ultra HD smart LED

The LG Electronics 43-inch 43UJ6300 4K Ultra HD smart LED is an ideal choice for shoppers on a budget who don’t want to sacrifice performance or functionality. All of LG’s best television features are on-board, including Web OS 3.5 Smart TV, active high dynamic range and True Color Accuracy for a lifelike color experience. As with most smart LG TVs, the webOS 3.5 smart functionality is a navigation-friendly experience that helps you quickly discover streaming video apps, including Netflix and YouTube. Access to more than 70 premium channels is included and discoverable via the LG Channel Plus app available on mobile platforms.

The availability of HDR helps optimize every scene, so bright colors look even brighter and dark colors look even darker for real-world authenticity. The IPS flat panel supported by LG utilizes in-plane switching technology delivering richer colors and wider viewing angles, so every seat in the house is the best seat in the house.

Best Value: Samsung Electronics UN43MU6300 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD (2017 Model)

Samsung’s 43-inch MU6300 strikes the perfect balance between price and performance. For around $550, you get a Smart 4K LED TV that’s not quite a show-stopper, but a decent appliance with good picture quality nonetheless. With vibrant colors, a great native contrast ratio and low input lag, it’s great for both both watching movies and recreational gaming. There’s also an Eco setting, which adjusts the brightness of the TV based on ambient lighting.

Reviewers on Amazon appreciate the quality of its built-in speakers and simplified remote with a built-in microphone for voice commands. The remote is certainly a departure from standard designs, which might take getting used to, but once you do, it’ll save you some hassle. On the downside, picture quality of the MU6300 degrades pretty quickly at an angle, but that’s not a terrible tradeoff for all the other advantages.

Best Smart TV: LG Electronics 60UJ7700 4K Ultra HD smart LED television

Featuring webOS 3.5 smart functionality, the 60-inch LG Electronics 60UJ7700 4K Ultra HD smart LED television is so much more than just a regular 4K television. With webOS on board, the LG adds some of the most popular streaming apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime and more across 70 premium Internet channels through LG’s Channel Plus mobile application. Extras such as Sports Illustrated, Time and People are integrated directly into the television for a premium smart experience across sports, lifestyle and news that’s available anytime at the press of a button.

Watching all this smart programming requires a great picture and, fortunately, LG does not disappoint. The UHD TV offers high dynamic range and Dolby Vision which optimizes pictures scene-by-scene for superb performance, as well as the backward-compatible HLG HDR standard that upscales standard content for higher quality. Additionally, LG includes True Color Accuracy for a vibrant and lifelike color experience that is among the best in the industry alongside in-plane switching for delivering the richest of colors.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best smart TVs can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Screen: Samsung QN49Q6F Flat 49-inch QLED 4K TV

The Samsung QN49Q6F 49-inch QLED 4K UHD 6 series Smart TV represents a combination of excellent hardware and beautiful screen technology. Packed inside the 49-inch hardware is some of the most advanced technology Samsung has ever produced. QLED and Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Dot technology deliver some of the most vibrant and eye-popping colors in this size television. Blacks look as sharp as ever with Q contrast and high dynamic range (Q HDR) provides movie-theater-like color.

All of this display technology supports the Q Smart interface, which provides two different ways to discover programming. The use of Samsung's OneRemote makes navigation simple and easy without adding unnecessary buttons. Bixby Voice assistant also allows you to verbally find content and flip between channels. Connect to Samsung’s SmartThings App to find another method of controlling the television and other connected Samsung devices.

Best Curved: Samsung UN49MU7600

While curved displays never achieved the same level of adoption as flat-screens, their functionality and viewing angles cannot be ignored. And Samsung’s UN49MU7600 is no exception. The 49-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED display adds nearly all of Samsung’s excellent color features such as Color Drive Pro, which helps create a more lifelike color experience. Additionally, Samsung’s widely applauded OneRemote is included.

As for the curved aspect, the addition of features such as Auto Depth Enhancer helps improve contrast and draws you directly into the action in a way that a flat-panel can only dream of. With an expanded field of view (thanks to the curved nature of the display), there’s a new level of immersion into the picture that’s aided by reduced image distortion. The curvature of the hardware is both beautiful and natural. Beyond display and curves, Samsung’s Smart functionality is on-board and offers access to dozens of premium channels and streaming services.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best curved TVs can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Connectivity: TCL 55P607

TCL’s 55P607 adds yet another outstanding television to the company’s lineup for budget-friendly and high-performing models with 4K Ultra HD performance on its 55-inch display. As with all TCL models, the inclusion of built-in Roku dominates the menu and options with more than 4,000 streaming channels and 450,000 movies and TV episodes on Roku TV. Watching those programs is an entirely different matter as the TCL offers an outstanding 4K Ultra HD picture with lifelike color clarity and details, thanks to Dolby’s HDR (high dynamic range).

The full-array of backlighting allows for deeper blacks than ever before, while the 120Hz refresh rate adds nearly zero motion blur too fast action sports or movie scenes. Compatible with Roku’s mobile apps, it’s easy to control the entire television straight from your smartphone or tablet (you can even plug headphones directly into a compatible device for private listening or searching via voice or keyboard).

Best for Small Rooms: Samsung UN40MU7000

If you’re limited to a smaller room, fret not as televisions like the Samsung Electronics UN40MU7000 add a lifelike picture in 4K Ultra HD quality all in a 40-inch display. Optimized for streaming Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, the MU7000 adds 4K Color Drive Pro to help create a more lifelike and authentic color experience with a wide range of colors and contrast. Smoothing out fast-paced action or sports content is a 120MHz motion rate that helps minimize distortion, which allows for the best possible picture and not missing a single touchdown.

Like most Samsung models, the MU7000 adds the brand’s incredible OneRemote, which reduces the need for button clutter while controlling all of your compatible devices without the need for manual programming. Samsung’s SmartHub is a lesson in simplification since it’s easy to navigate and master and get you online with streaming services in less than a few minutes. The inclusion of 3 HDMI ports adds easy compatibility with video game systems such as Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4, a DVD player or streaming sticks (think Google’s Chromecast or Fire Stick TV) for additional streaming options.

Best for Multiple Viewing Angles: Sony XBR55X800E 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD (2017 Model)

Sony’s X850E 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV delivers an impressive picture quality, a user-friendly functionality and a modern design. On top of that, you’ll get some of the best viewing angles considering its price tag, which can’t be said of all other TVs on this list. Factor in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a Triluminos display with accurate color reproduction and you’ll suddenly be the house people invite themselves over to to watch the big game.

Like other Sony TVs, its Motionflow technology smooths over action scenes and intense sports plays. Meanwhile, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer pumps up highlights and deepens blacks. And thanks to an integration of Android TV, you’ll get apps from Google’s Play Store (YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and Hulu), Google Voice and Google Cast.