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The best viewing experience demands the best 4K Ultra HD TVs. Televisions with 4K ultra high definition resolution have become the new standard for home theaters and media. If you're looking to buy your first 4K UHD television or just want to upgrade, we've gathered a list of our top picks. We have choices from brands like Samsung, LG, and TCL at different price points and with extra features. So no matter your budget or needs, we can help you find the right TV for your home and family.
While resolution is definitely important, there are other factors to consider as well. Modern 4K HDTVs come equipped with Bluetooth and automation hub connectivity. Some even come equipped with streaming services like Chromecast or Roku built-in, allowing you to cut down on the amount of clutter in your media center.
If you're wondering exactly what 4K is and what it can do for your viewing experience, make sure to check out our overview and perspective of Ultra HD.
Pricey at larger sizes
No AirPlay2 or Chromecast support
The TU8000 series is the newest model line from Samsung, and boasts some impressive features. This model has an updated crystal display that produces crisp, clean 4K UHD resolution; and with HDR support, you'll get enhanced contrast and sharpness for an even better picture. The upgraded Crystal Processor gives you faster picture rendering and better upscaling of non-UHD content so you always have a great viewing experience.
Like with all newer Samsung televisions, this model has Bixby voice controls built-in for hands-free commands; it also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. With the new Tizen operating system, you get support for thousands of streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and Spotify. If you're a console gamer, this TV has an automatic game mode that optimizes the refresh rate and picture settings for smooth action and virtually lag-free gameplay. The bezel-free QLED screen comes in sizes ranging from 43 to 85 inches, so you'll be able to find one that perfectly fits your space.
You might need to use your smartphone to activate or change some of the advanced settings or enable new Alexa skills. On the other hand, you typically only need to use your smartphone for Alexa functions if you are away from home, out of vocal range of your home-based Alexa-enabled device, provided you have set the Alexa app with the Amazon Mobile Shopping or Alexa Reverb apps. - Robert Silva, Product Expert
Updated Tizen smart TV platform
Dual LED backlighting
Updated 4K processor
The Q60T smart TV is the latest model from Samsung. It features an updated Tizen platform for enhanced browsing and searching. It's built around a new 4K UHD lite processor for faster picture rendering and more powerful HDR support. The LED panel has both warm and cool colored LEDs so you have more control over the color tone and can experience your favorite shows and movies the way they were meant to be seen.
With Bixby, Google Assistant, and Alexa voice controls built in, it's easy to choose the right hands-free assistant for your smart home network. With the new multiview feature, you can mirror your smartphone or tablet screen side-by-side with live TV or streaming content. This is perfect for checking stock market info, sports stats, or your fantasy football standings while still enjoying your favorite content. This TV has Bluetooth connectivity, three HDMI inputs, two USB ports, RF, and composite video so you can connect all your media devices, game consoles, and audio equipment without any extra switchers or boxes.
Fire TV platform built in
Plenty of inputs
No Google Assistant support
No Bluetooth connectivity
No screen mirroring support
The Insignia 50-Inch Fire TV has a price point that sits comfortably under $300, so it will fit all but the tightest of budgets. This model is built on the Amazon Fire TV platform to give you access to hundreds of thousands of shows, movies, and songs with pre-loaded apps like Prime Video, HBO, YouTube, and Disney+. The TV packs 8million pixels into its direct-backlit LED display to produce tons of detail in 4K UHD, and HDR support gives you better sharpness and contrast.
The remote has a built-in microphone for using Alexa voice controls to search for movies and shows, control your TV, or switch apps. The dual speakers use DTS TruSurround technology to produce rich, room-filling sound for a more immersive listening experience. The TV has three HDMI inputs (including one with ARC for connecting soundbars), a USB port, composite video, and an RF input for cable, satellite, or over-air antennas.
Since there is a wide range from white to black, details not normally visible in both the bright and dark areas of a standard TV image are more easily seen on HDR-enabled TVs, which provides a more satisfying viewing experience. - Robert Silva, Product Expert
Nvidia G Sync
No Chromecast support
Danger of burn-in
When it comes to picture quality, OLED screens are the best-of-the-best, and the LG C9 series is the best OLED model you can buy. The display uses special technology to produce over one billion colors as well as deep blacks and bright whites to give you the best picture possible. This model is built with LG's second generation a9 processor and powered by the ThinQ AI programming that integrates both Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free voice controls. The processor has a quad-step noise reduction process when upscaling non-4K UHD media to give you a clean, clear picture no matter what you're watching.
The dual 20 watt speakers use Dolby Atmos technology to produce virtual surround sound for a more cinematic listening experience. If you're a serious gamer, this TV also boasts Nvidia G Sync technology for smoother motion, better contrast, and lower input lag to give you that extra edge you need to win. With AirPlay2 support, you can share videos and images from your iOS or macOS devices for more streaming options. With both Bluetooth and HDMI ARC connectivity, you can set up the ultimate home theater audio system quickly and easily.
Plenty of connectivity options
HDR10 and HLG support
For shoppers who are willing to spend more to get an excellent TV, but are turned off by the danger of burn-in damage of OLED screens, LG's Nano 8 series is a great alternative. This TV still offers great upscaling with the second generation a7 processor powered by ThinQ AI with a quad-step noise reduction process. The display uses LG's Nano Cell technology which uses extremely small particles to produce over one billion colors as well as superior contrast. With Dolby Vision HDR10 and HLG support, that contrast is enhanced even further for better sharpness and detailing. Like its OLED cousin, this TV integrates both Alexa and Google Assistant to give you hands-free voice controls right out of the box.
The 40 watt speaker system utilizes Dolby Atmos technology to create room-filling virtual surround sound. With AirPlay2 support, you can mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to share videos and pictures you have saved to your mobile devices. Also like its cousin the C9, the Nano 8 has a low latency gaming mode that gives you a 14.5ms input time for near real-time reactions. If you want to set up the perfect home theater audio system, this TV is WISA speaker compatible so you can connect wireless subwoofers, sound bars, and satellite speakers for a custom setup.
Roku TV built in
No screen mirroring
TCL has established itself as a reliable brand with televisions that can rival models offered by the likes of Sony, Samsung, and LG. The new 6 Series continues to impress with its use of QLED panels to produce over one billion colors, HDR support, and Dolby Atmos compatibility. Like all TCL models, the 6 Series features the Roku TV streaming platform built in to give you access to over 500,000 shows and movies with apps like Hulu, Netflix, and Disney+. The simplified hub menu lets you choose your favorite apps, cable or satellite box, over-air antenna, or game console from one convenient place rather than cycling through confusing input lists. The display uses contrast control zones that provide enhanced contrast for deeper blacks and brighter whites to give you greater detailing. The bezel-free screen gives you an edge-to-edge picture for a more immersive viewing experience.
With Alexa and Google Assistant support, you can connect your smart speakers to the TV for hands-free controls. You can also use the Roku TV app to turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote. With parental controls, you can set up restrictions to make sure little ones aren't watching movies and shows that are inappropriate. You can also set up closed captioning for the hard of hearing or those who prefer subtitles as well as on-screen languages in English, French, Spanish, and German so everyone can enjoy family movie night.
The LG C9 series uses an OLED display to produce a truly superior picture with enhanced detailing and color. If you're a film buff, you can't do much better than an OLED screen to see your favorite films as they were meant to be viewed. If you're looking for a great 4K UHD television, but don't want to spend a fortune, the Insigina Fire TV is an excellent choice. With a price point that comfortably accommodates most budgets, you get a bevy of streaming apps pre-loaded onto the TV so you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies right out of the box.
We haven't been able to try any of our top picks for 4K UHD TVs yet, but once we do we'll be testing them to their limits with physical media, streaming, and console gaming. Besides to quality of the user experience, they'll also be looking at the specifications of particular models, checking for compatibility, color accuracy, and potential input lag.
Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management, so she has the knowledge of what makes a solid TV for home entertainment.
Robert Silva has been reporting on consumer electronics since 1998. He has experience with consumer electronics and home theater product sales with major retailers like Fry's Electronics and Best Buy.
LED/OLED - Depending on the television you're looking to purchase, it may advertise that it either uses LED or OLED technology. The two offerings are different ways of lighting the screen, and LED has served as a reliable way to produce a great picture. However, if you want to take your viewing to the next level, OLED televisions do offer much higher contrast ratios with stunningly vibrant colors.
HDR - High Dynamic Range (HDR) isn’t exclusive to 4K televisions, but many manufacturers are beginning to integrate the technology as standard. TVs that advertise HDR compatibility can showcase brighter, more vivid imagery that isn’t possible on standard sets.
Smart features - Don’t have a streaming box such as an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Roku? If you intend on streaming online video services, make sure that you either pick up one of the available media boxes or ensure that your new television offers the features built-in.