The 12 Best 4K Ultra HD TVs to Buy in 2017

Ready to jump into 4K Ultra HD TV? Here are some great choices

4K Ultra HD TVs are now in the mainstream with a wide variety of screen sizes and prices. Although, as of 2017, 4K TV broadcasting is still pending, native 4K resolution content can be accessed via several streaming services, such as Netflix and Vudu, as well as through the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format, and on a limited basis via DirecTV.

Most 4K UltraHD TVs available are LED/LCD technology based, although OLED-based units are sneaking in. There are no Plasma TVs on the list as that technology was discontinued in late 2014 for consumer availability.

NOTE: The following list is updated periodically as newer models are introduced that are worthy of consideration.

In addition to the mid-range and high-end models spotlighted on this list, also check out more choices on our companion list of 4K Ultra HD TVs available for less than $1,000.

If you are longing for the best of the best in a TV  (and price is no object), then the LG G7P Signature Series TVs may be your ticket. The G7P Series combines 4K Ultra HD display resolution, OLED display tech, and a built-in sound bar system.

4K resolution provides the detail, OLED provides excellent color and the deepest deepest black levels possible - OLED is the only TV tech so far that can display absolute black.

The LG G7 series incorporates comprehensive HDR (High Dynamic Range) Technology including Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma, that, with properly-encoded Ultra HD Blu-ray, Streaming, and future 4K TV broadcasts, provides viewers with enhanced bright, wide contrast images. LG also provides HDR-like enhancement for non-HDR encoded content.

A sound bar is also included on the bottom of the TV. The meat of the "sound bar" is a 4.2 channel speaker system - two speakers send sound directly to the listening position, two woofers for low frequencies, and two speakers on the each end to provide the Dolby Atmos height effect.

However, unlike a true Dolby Atmos sound system, the G7 kind of cheats. Instead of actually bouncing sound off the ceiling, sound processing algorithms create a "virtual" height sound field that provides a more immersive sound experience than a traditional sound bar-type system. The method is effective given the physical restraints - definitely better than any other "built-in" TV sound system available.

Beyond core video/audio, the G7 also provides features LG's WebOS 3.5 operating system, combining a colorful, easy-to-use interface, with easy navigation.

Ethernet port and Wifi for network/internet content access is provided, as well as built-in HEVC (H.265) and VP9 decoding, which allows access to 4K Neflix and 4K Vudu Streaming. A full Web Browser is also included, and the set can also access content stored on other compatible devices (such as a PC) on your home network.

The inclusion of Miracast allows content sharing between compatible smartphones and the TV.

The LG G7 Series OLED TVs come in the 65 and 77-inch screen sizes.

If you can't afford the G7 listed above, then consider the LG OLEDE6P series Ultra HD Premium OLED TV. Combining 4K Ultra HD display resolution capability with OLED display technology - the E6P displays deep black levels (if you are upgrading from a Plasma TV - you will be happy).

Another bonus is Dolby Vision and HDR10 High Dynamic Range Technology, which provide the brightest and widest contrast images possible on a TV platform.

The LG OLED65E6P series sets are also 3D compatible via LG Cinema 3D technology (dubbed as 4K 3D+), which uses comfortable to wear and less expensive battery-free passive polarized glasses (2 Pairs Included).

The OLEDE6P series provides extensive Smart TV features via LG's WebOS 3.0 operating system, which combines a colorful, easy-to-use interface, with easy navigation.

The sets include Ethernet and Wifi for network/internet connectivity, as well as built-in decoding for access to 4K Neflix and 4K Vudu Streaming. A full Web Browser is included, and the set can also access content stored on other compatible devices (such as a PC) on your home network.

Miracast wireless screen mirroring allows content sharing between compatible smartphones and the TV.

Standard AV connections are provided, such as an RF input, 4 HDMI inputs, 1 Shared Component/Composite video input, 3 USB ports, and a digital optical output for connection to an external audio system.

The LG OLEDE6P Series is offered in 55 and 65-inch screen sizes.

If you are looking for a great TV, check out the Samsung Q7F Series 4k Ultra HD QLED TVs.

This series features a very slim, bezeless, flat screen design. To provide the best possible picture quality available on an LED/LCD TV, the Q7F Series combines LED lighting with Quantum Dots (that is where the term QLED comes from), HDR (HDR10 and HDR10+ with compatible content) and HDR+ (enhanced brightness for non-HDR-encoded content), along with  4K Color Drive Elite and Elite Black which enhances both contrast and color further.

However, in terms of black levels, although Samsung's QLED sets raise the bar for LED/LCD TVs, LG's OLEDs still have a slight edge.

On the other hand, Samsung's QLED TVs are able to display some of the brightest images yet (over 1000 Nits for compatible HDR content). In layman's terms, this means that daylight scenes will look almost as bright as real daylight, while still retaining proper color saturation.

The Samsung Q7F Series series offers 4 HDMI inputs. There are also 3 USB ports playing digital media stored on USB flash drives, as well the ability to accommodate compatible keyboards, mouse, gamepad, and more.

To limit cable clutter, especially for wall mounting, an "invisible cable" is included that connects the TV to a central "one connect" box.

Ethernet and Wifi are built-in, supporting Samsung's SmartHub, which allows you to access and organize all your content, whether physically connected or streamed wirelessly.

NOTE: The TV does not come packaged with a stand or wall mount, you pay extra for either option.

The Samsung Q7F Series Series TVs come in three sizes: 55, 65, and 75-inches.

Curved Screen TVs were getting a lot of hype a few years ago, but consumers haven't warmed to them as much as was anticipated. However, there is still some demand, and Samsung is happy to oblige, at a high price. One example is their Q7C series.

The sets in this series provide the same feature set as the above listed Q7C flat screen set, including Quantum Dot supported color display, and HDR10/HDR10+/HDR+ capability with high light output.

The Samsung Q7C Series also provides 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports housed in an external "one connect" box that attached to the TV via Samsung's "invisible cable".

Ethernet and Wifi are built-in, which supports Samsung's latest (2017) SmartHub interface in providing the ability to access and organize all your content, whether physically connected, from your network, or streamed from the internet. You can even share content wirelessly from your Smartphone.

The Q7C series also includes control via Voice Interaction, as well as the ability to send audio to compatible Bluetooth-equipped sound bars and headsets.

However, just as with Samsung's other QLED series TVs, a stand or wall mount is not provided, so add that cost your budget.

The Samsung Q7C Series Series TVs come in the 55 and 65-inch screen sizes.

Keep in mind that curved screen TVs in the two available screen sizes are best for 1-to-3 person viewing, as sitting within the curve provides the best viewing experience. If you have a large family, it is best to opt for a flat screen TV.

The XBR-930E series is one of Sony's high-end TV series for 2017. Sets are being offered in the 49,55,65, and 75-inch screen sizes, and are fully equipped with advanced features and connectivity.

The 930E series starts with a slim profile aluminum frame which holds Sony's Full-Array LED Backlit 4K LCD panel. For added image quality support this series starts with Triluminos Color enhancement technology, an adds enhancements, such as HDR (compliant with HDR10 standards, Dolby Vision compatibility forthcoming via future firmware update).

Sony claims that their 900E series sets can output more light that their "D" series models, and up to 5x times more light output than most non-HDR LCD TVs (up to 1,000 Nits). These sets definitely deliver bright images while maintaining good color saturation - even when viewing non-HDR content.

Physical connectivity includes 4 HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 compliant inputs, a set of shared analog/component video inputs, and a USB port for access to content stored on Flash Drive.

Speaking of connectivity, Sony reduces cable clutter by allowing out route your connection cables right though the TVs leg/stands.

The XBR-900E is also ready for both internet and local network streaming, offering both a physical Ethernet/LAN connector and built-in Wifi.

Just as with most Sony Smart TVs offered in the past couple of years, Google's Android internet streaming platform, as well as Google Cast and PlayStation Vue included, which provides access to hundreds of streaming channels.

For added flexibility, the 900E series also incorporates TV SideView, Miracast and Bluetooth, which allows control, content sharing, and direct streaming from compatible portable devices.

While LG G7 Series takes the best overall 4K Ultra HD TV crown, the Sony XBRA1E Series OLED TVs are closing in.

To start, this series features a very stylish lean-back stand that allows easy placement.

In terms of picture quality, the XBRA1E is stellar, with OLED tech that provides the blackest blacks, surprisingly bright whites, and brilliant color. This set is also HDR compatible and incorporates Sony's Android TV operating system for access to abundant internet streaming content.

However, what really makes this TV innovative is the use of its screen to not only produce great-looking images, but to also produce sound. Yes, that 's right, the screen is also the "speaker".

The way it works is that Sony has incorporated two slim actuators (one behind the left side of the screen and one on the right) that actually vibrate the screen to produce sound. However, even though the screen vibrates, you cannot see the vibrations - you have to actually touch the screen to feel them. The amazing thing is that the vibrating screen does not affect the quality of the image in any way. Sony refers to this type of sound system as an "acoustic surface".

However, to supplement the two actuators, there is a small downfiring speaker at the bottom of the TV to produce the lower frequencies, as those vibrations would put more stress on the screen.

The Sony XBRA1E Series OLED TVs come the 55, 65, and 77-inch screen sizes, and, yes, they are expensive, but if you looking for something that looks and sounds great, and have the extra cash to dip in, definitely check these sets out.

4K Ultra HD TVs are definitely in the mainstream, and competition is tough. As a result, TV brands now have to come up with new twists to attract consumers.

Vizio's 2016 P-Series 4K Ultra HD "TV" line offers new twists that definitely deserve attention.

The first twist is that all Vizio P-Series TVs are Tuner Free. This means that, according to FCC regulations, they can't be promoted as "TVs". To get around this, Vizio is marketing these sets as "Home Theater Displays". As a result of this strategy, in order to receive over-the-air, or cable/satellite channels, you have to connect an external tuner or set-top box via one of the P-Series displays' HDMI inputs.

The second twist that Vizio has incorporated into the P-Series has enhanced color processing (Ultra-Color Spectrum), which delivers a color gamut that is wider than current Rec709 HD color standards, in combination with High Dynamic Range display capability via Dolby Vision.

However, probably the most interesting twist being offered is the incorporation of the GoogleCast, which Vizio is referring to as SmartCast.

The core of SmartCast is a new App that can not only be downloaded to any compatible iOS or Android phone or tablet, but Vizio does one better - All the P-Series displays actually come packaged with a 6-inch Android Tablet with the SmartCast App built-in.

The Vizio P-Series comes in four screen sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75-inches. 

One problem with LED/LCD TVs is their relatively narrow effective viewing angles. To counter that problem LG has incorporates what is referred to an IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD panel into many of its TVs. This tech is specifically designed to provide viewers with wider viewing angles with less loss of color and contrast. This is great for family and group viewing. LG carries this tradition into its 2017 SJ8500 series Super UHD TVs.

To further bolster picture quality, the SJ8500 also includes Nano Cell technology that results in deeper black levels and improves color accuracy in a similar manner as Quantum Dots.

Of course, these are Super UHD TVs, and that means 4K native resolution and 4K upscaling for lower resolution sources. As an added bonus, the SJ8500 Series TVs are HDR compatible (HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma - content dependent).

In addition, to picture quality, the SJ8500 series provides the HDMI and analog AV inputs you need, as well as both ethernet and Wifi for connection to a home network and the internet. LG's WebOS 3.5 operating system allows easy control of TV functions as well as content access and management of online streaming services, including 4K streaming from Netflix.

For audio, a 2.2 channel sound system, developed in partnership with Harman Kardon, is housed in the TV's frame (although an external sound system is always a better option).

The LG SJ8500 Series is available in 55 and 65-inch screen sizes.

If you are looking for a high-end TV, but don't want to pay a high-end price, then check out the Samsung MU8000 Series 4K UHD HD LED/LCD TVs.

Featuring a very slim, bezeless, very attractive flat screen design with stable end feet, the MU8000 series integrates well into any room decor. The Native 4K display resolution panel is supported by LED Edge Lighting and fast motion processing that aids in providing excellent picture quality with bright, high-contrast, colorful images for both standard and HDR-encoded content.

The MU98000 series also includes a separate one-connect mini-box that makes plugging-in all your sources easy. This way, you only need one cable actually going directly to the TV (in addition to the power cord). The cable and power cord can routed through the TV stand, further reducing visible clutter. The one connect mini box includes 4 HDMI (ver 2.0a) inputs, which means that they are compatible with all HDMI signal sources.

3 USB are ports provided for access to audio, video, and still image content stored on compatible USB devices. In addition, you can also plug-in other USB devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, gamepad, or Samsung's USB Extend Dongle that allows the TV be used a controller for additional devices around the house, such as compatible lamps, security cameras, and more...

Ethernet and Wifi support Samsung's latest (2017) SmartHub interface in providing the ability to access and organize all your content, whether physically connected, from your network, or streamed from the internet. Samsung also provides its compact, near-button-less OneRemote that not only controls the TV functions, but the functions of any compatible connected devices.

Another added perk is the ability to pair Bluetooth headphones for wireless private listening. Pairing is also possible with compatible Bluetooth-enabled sound sound bars, further decreasing cable clutter (although a physical cable connection between the TV and a sound bar or external audio system would provide a better result.

The Samsung MU8000 Series 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs come in the 49, 55, 65, and 75-inch screen sizes.

Just like the Vizio P-Series, the M-Series sets are technically not classified as TVs, since they do not have built-in tuners. In order to receive over-the-air TV broadcasts, an external tuner set-top box is required.

However, even with no tuners, the M-Series offers quite a bit for the price. Screen sizes range from 50 to 80-inches. Here is what you get:

  • 4K native display resolution, plus upscaling for non-4K sources.
  • Full Array LED Backlight for even black levels across the entire screen surface, with additional brightness/contrast control in precise zones. The 50-inch set provides 32 dimming zones, while the other sets provide 64 dimming zones.
  • Dolby Vision and HDR10 capability for compatible content - although peak brightness is not as high and the color range is not as wide as in the P-Series sets.
  • 120Hz (50 and 55-inch sets) or 240Hz (60 to 80-inch sets) screen refresh rate for fast motion response.
  •  4 HDMI inputs on the 50/55-inch sets and 5 HDMI inputs on the rest.
  • Built-in decoders for 4K internet streaming - including Netflix, Amazon, and UltraFlix3 4K.
  • Standard and Tablet Remote controls provided. The Tablet Remote incorporates Vizio's SmartCast platform which includes GoogleCast (same a P-Series outlined earlier in this article).
  • Each set incorporates a two-channel 10-watt audio system with DTS Studio Sound and TruVolume (TruVolume stabilizes volume peaks so you don't have to keep adjusting the volume to hear voices or diminish loud effects). However, for the best audio listening experience, use the provided analog and digital optical audio outputs for connection to an external audio system.

If you are looking for an affordable 4K TV, consider TCL's 4K TVs with the Roku system built-in.

Offered in 43, 50, and 55-inch screen sizes, at very reasonable prices, these sets offer quite a bit.

With the Roku system, you don't need to connect any external stick or box to get access to up to 3,500 internet streaming channels (actual number depends on location) - and that includes the ability to stream any content that is available in 4K (depends on your internet speed).

Many channels are free, (such as YouTube), but many also require monthly subscriptions, (including Netflix, Hulu) or pay-per-view fees (Vudu). Instead of scrolling through all the channels to find what you want to watch, Roku also provides a search function, as well as its Roku Feed, which can remind you when a specific show or event is coming, and if there is a fee to watch it.

A second great feature of the sets is the incorporation of Miracast, which allows wireless sharing (mirroring) of videos, photos, and music from compatible smartphones.

Third, this TV series also has the ability to access content stored on your PC or Laptop via several apps if both are connected to your internet router.

Of course, the UP130 provides connectivity for your other components, including 4 HDMI inputs.

Finally, if you want real control convenience, there is also a compatible remote control app available for iOS and Android devices.

With the exit of Pioneer, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and more from the U.S. TV market, other brands have entered to try their luck. One company that is hoping to attract U.S. consumers is China-based LeEco. The 55-inch Super4 X55 (L554UCNN) 4K Ultra HD TV is one entry in their U.S. TV product line..

Starting with a stylish aluminum frame and stand, the Super4 X55 features native 4K resolution display and is also HDR (HDR10) compatible. Color quality is very good, although the HDR effect is not as dramatic as I have seen on some Samsung and LG sets. Also, contrast is not as vibrant and 4K upscaling does not improve DVD and 720p/1080p sources as significantly as some competitors.

In addition, the TV sometimes has delayed recognition of HDR signals when present. What I found useful is if you are using an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc or HDR-compatible media streamer player, set your video output from those devices to 4K and/or HDR instead of Auto.

The Super4 X55 incorporates the Android Smart TV/Google Cast platform providing extensive streaming content offerings, from Netflix, Vudu, and Crackle, as well as access to services offered by Google Play.

LeECo also has its own home-grown on-demand streaming offerings via its onscreen interface (EcoTV), which can be accessed via the provided remote (which includes Google Voice Search), or smartphone/tablet. The SuperX4 55 provides 32GB of built-in storage for apps and related functions.

The Super4 X55 also has both HDMI and analog AV (via 3.5mm adapter) connections, as well as a PC monitor input, and 3 USB ports, but does not provide component video inputs.

LeECO has teamed with Harman Kardon, offering a built-in audio system that sounds pretty good for a TV, but both digital optical and Audio Return Channel output is provided for connection to an external audio system.

Although there is room for improvement, as a first entry into the U.S., LeEco is off to a good start with the Super4 X55 (L554UCNN). It is easy to set up and use, offers decent picture quality, smart features, and has an affordable price tag. 55 and 65-inch versions are offered.


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