The 11 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 2016, 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.

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Most Cutting Edge: LG OLEDE6P Series 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs

LG E6P Series 4K ULtra HD OLED TV
LG E6P Series 4K ULtra HD OLED TV. Image provided by LG Electronics

If you are looking for one of the best TVs out there, then you might consider an LG OLEDE6P series Ultra HD Premium OLED TV. What make this series of TVs different (besides a higher price that than an equivalent size LED/LCD TV) is that they combine 4K Ultra HD display resolution capability with OLED display technology - This enables the TV to display the deepest black levels possible (if you are upgrading from a Plasma TV - you will be happy).

Also, as another bonus, the LG OLEDE6P series incorporates Dolby Vision and HDR10 High Dynamic Range Technology, that in conjunction with properly-encoded Ultra HD Blu-ray or Streaming (such as select offerings by Netflix and Vudu), provide viewers with 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 incorporating LG's WebOS 3.0 operating system, which combines a colorful, easy-to-use interface, with easy navigation.

The sets include both Ethernet port and built-in Wifi for network/internet connectivity, 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.

Another connectivity/content access function includes Miracast which allows content sharing between compatible smartphones and the TV.

Of course, standard AV connections are provided, including 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 available in the 55 and 65-inch screen sizes.

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Best Curved Screen: Samsung KS8500 Series SUHD LED/LCD TVs

Samsung KS8500 Series SUHD TV
Samsung KS8500 Series SUHD TV. Image provided by Samsung

If you are looking for a high-performance TV then check out the Samsung KS8500 SUHD Series 4k Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs.

This series features a very slim, bezeless, curved screen design and LED Edge Lighting. To provide the best possible picture quality available on an LED/LCD TV, the KS8500 series incorporates Quantum Dots, HDR (with compatible content), Peak Illuminator, and Precision Black, which enhances both contrast and color performance.

The KS8500 series also provides all needed connectivity for today's sources, including 4 HDMI inputs that are compatible with all video format signals currently in use.

There are also 3 USB ports provided for access to digital media stored on USB flash drives, as well the ability to accommodate compatible keyboards, mouse, gamepad, or Samsung's USB Extend Dongle that allows the TV be used a controller for additional devices around the house (lamps, security cameras, and more...)

Ethernet and Wifi are built-in, which supports Samsung's latest (2016) ​SmartHub interface in providing the ability to access ​and organize all your content, whether physically connected, from your network, or streamed from the internet.

The Samsung KS8500 Series TVs come in three screen sizes: 49-inches, ($1,699), 55-inches ($1,999), and 65-inches ($2,999) -

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Best For PlayStation Users: Sony XBR-75X940D 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR

Sony X930D/940D Series 4K Ultra HD TV
Sony X930D/940D Series 4K Ultra HD TV. Image provided by Sony Electronics

The Sony XBR-75X940D is one of Sony's high-end TV entries for 2016. The set has a large 75-inch screen, and is fully equipped with Triluminos Color enhancement technology, is HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 compliant, Ethernet/LAN and built-in Wifi for network/internet connection convenience featuring the Google's Android internet streaming platform, as well as Google Cast, and is also Miracast enabled (allows, direct streaming from compatible portable devices).

However, there are some additional features that really make this TV standout from the rest of the 4K TV crowd, including built-in access to PlayStaton Now (game controller required) and even more significant, the incorporation of Extended Dynamic Range capability (Sony's application of HDR).

As a final note here, the Sony XBR-75X940D also provides both 2D and 3D viewing options.

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Best For Cord Cutters: Vizio P-Series Home Theater Displays

Vizio P50-C1 4K Ultra HD TV with Dolby Vision and SmartCast
Vizio P50-C1 4K Ultra HD TV with Dolby Vision and SmartCast. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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 your attention.

The first twist is that all Vizio P-Series TVs are Tuner Free, which means that, according to FCC regulations, they can't be promoted as "TVs". To get around this issue, 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 is 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. 

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Widest Viewing Angle: LG UH6500 Series 4K Ultra HD TVs

LG UH6500 Series 4K Ultra HD TV
LG UH6500 Series 4K Ultra HD TV. Image provided by LG Electronics

Some of those 4K Ultra HD TVs come in really large screen sizes, but not everyone has room for a 65-inch or larger TV, so LG is offering up their UH6500 Series sets which come in 43 (43UH6500) and 49-inch (49UH6500) screen sizes.

However, just because the screen sizes is smaller does mean that it is sacrificing a lot of features (However, 3D capability is not included).

All three sets incorporate LG's, 4K Ultra HD IPS LCD panels, which provide a wide viewing angle. Also, in addition to native 4K resolution display capability, the sets also feature built-in 4K upscaling for lower resolution sources (your 1080p Blu-ray discs will look great!). As an added bonus, the UH6500 Series TVs are HDR compatible (content dependent).

In addition to good picture quality, all three sets provide all the HDMI and analog AV inputs you need, as well as both ethernet and wifi connectivity for connection to your home network and the internet. LG's WebOS 3.0 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, an updated Ultra Surround Sound audio system has been incorporated into the TV's frame for those that do not have an external audio system (although, with any TV these days, I always recommend an external sound bar or home theater receiver/speaker system for the best listening experience). 

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Most Affordable HDR: Vizio M-Series 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Displays

Vizio 2016 M-Series Home Theater Display Example
Vizio 2016 M-Series Home Theater Display Example. Image provided by Vizio

Just like the Vizio P-Series, the M-Series sets are technically not classified as TVs, since they do not have built-in tuners. So, 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. No matter which screen size you opt for, here is what you get:

  • 4K (3840x2160) Native Pixel Display resolution - plus built-in upscaling for non-4K sources.
  • Full Array LED Backlight which provides even black levels across the entire screen surface, with addition brightness/contrast control in precise zones. The 50-inch set provides 32-Active dimming zones, while the rest of the sets provide 64 active dimming zones.
  • Dolby Vision and HDR10 capability when compatible content is present - although peak brightness is not as high and ​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.
  • There 4 HDMI inputs on the 50/55-inch sets and 5 HDMI inputs on the rest.
  • There are built-in decoders that allow for 4K internet streaming - including Netflix (Amazon Instant Video and UltraFlix3 4k Streaming).
  • Both standard and Tablet Remote are controls provided. The Tablet Remote incorporates Vizio's SmartCast platform with includes GoogleCast functionality (same a P-Series outlined earlier in this article).
  • For audio, each set incorporates a two-channel 10-watt audio system with DTS Studio Sound and TruVolume (TruVolume stabilize volume peaks so you don't have to keep raising and lowering the volume to hear voices or diminish loud effects). However, for the best audio listening experience, I suggest using the provided analog and digital optical audio outputs for connection to an external audio system.

NOTE: The M-Series Sets are not 3D-Compatible.

The 2016 Vizio M-Series comes in 6 screen sizes: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, and 80-inches -

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Best Bang For The Buck: Samsung UNKU6300 Series UHD TVs

Samsung UN-KU6300 Series 4K UHD TV
Samsung UN-KU6300 Series 4K UHD TV. Image provided by Amazon

If you are looking for an inexpensive 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TV that still provides practical features, then check out the Samsung KU6300 series.

With flat screen sizes ranging from 40 to 70-inches, and in the same price range as some equivalent sized 1080p TVs, all the sets in KU6300series provide the same feature complement.

To start, all the sets have a very slim bezel cabinet design and easy-to-attach stand, that makes them both thin and light.

In terms of picture quality, not only is color and contrast very good but the black levels, although not as deep as you would find on a high-end set, are deeper and more even across the screen surface that you might expect. In addition, Samsung's "UHD Dimming" make bright objects stand out against dark backgrounds with minimal white leakage around the edges.

Additional picture enhancement features include 4K upscaling for lower resolution content, as well as HDR display capability with compatible content.

Of course, just as with all Samsung UHD TVs, these are also Smart, providing access to a selection of internet streaming services, as well as access to content stored on PCs and smartphones. You can even play online games!

The Samsung KU6300 series TVs some in 7 screen sizes: 40 (UN40KU6300), 43 (UN43KU6300), 50 (UN50KU6300), 55 (UN55KU6300), 60 (UN60KU6300), 65 (UN65KU6300), and 70-inches (UN70KU6300) -

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Best for Internet Streaming: TCL UP130 Series 4K Ultra HD Roku TVs

TCL UP130 Series 4K Roku TV
TCL UP130 Series 4K Roku TV. Image provided by TCL

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

Offered in 43, 50, and 55-inch screen sizes, and very reasonably priced, these sets offer quite a bit.

First off, with the Roku operating 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 your internet speed).

Many channels are free, (such as YouTube), but there are also many that 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 is built-in 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.

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Brand Newcomer: LeEco Super4 X55 (L554UCNN)

LeEco Super4 X55 - L554UCNN 4K Ultra HD TV
LeEco Super4 X55 - L554UCNN 4K Ultra HD TV. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

With the exit, in recent years, of Pioneer, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and more from the U.S. TV market, other brands have entered to try their luck, and one company that is hoping to attract U.S. consumers is China-based LeEco. LeEco purchased controlling interest in popular brand Vizio in late 2016, but in addition to continuing the Vizio brand name under its umbrella, they are also making TVs available under their own brand name. One entry is the 55-inch Super4 X55 (L554UCNN) 4K Ultra HD TV.

Starting with a stylish aluminum frame and stand, the Super4 X55 features native 4K resolution display capability, 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 which provides extensive streaming content offerings, from traditional services, such as 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 provides the connectivity you would expect, including both HDMI and analog AV (via 3.5mm adapter), as well as a PC monitor input, and 3 USB ports, but does not provide component video inputs.

For audio, LeECO has teamed up 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. TV market, 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. In addition to the 55-incher, there are also 43 and 65-inch versions available.

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Solid Basics: Hisense H8C Series 4K Ultra HD TVs

Hisense H8C Series 4K Ultra HD TV
Hisense H8C Series 4K Ultra HD TV. Image provided by Amazon.com

Hisense isn't a brand name that is as familiar to U.S. consumers as Samsung, Vizio, Sony, and LG - but the fact is that they are one of largest TV makers worldwide.

The Hisense H8C series Ultra HD TVs are definitely affordable examples worth considering.

In addition to a flat screen and native 4K display resolution, the Hisense H8C Series also offers additional practical features, such as full array LED backlighting with local dimming and 60Hz screen refresh rate with additional motion processing for smooth-looking fast moving images. In addition, the H8C incorporates HDR technology, which delivers enhanced brightness and contrast with compatible content from Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs and select streaming services.

The H8C series provides 4 HDMI, 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports for access to content stored on compatible flash drives and devices. The USB ports can also be used for installing firmware updates if that option is needed.

The H8C series provides Ethernet/LAN and WiFi options that provide access to content stored on DLNA compatible devices, as well as from over 30 Internet Streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, VUDU, Pandora, and more... A full web browser is also included.

To top it off, Hisense H8C series TVs come with a 4-year warranty.

The H8C series is offered in 50 and 55-inch screen sizes.

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Most Expensive and Largest Screen: The Vizio R-Series 4K Ultra HD TVs

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Vizio Reference Series RS65 4K Ultra HD TV with Sound System. Image provided by Vizio

Vizio is well-known for its inexpensive 1080p and 4K Ultra HD TV product lines, but in 2015 they announced a strategic move into the high-end TV market with its RS65-B2 and RS120-B3 Ulltra HD TVs.

What makes these sets different is that they sport the latest image display technology including Full Array LED Backlighting, with 384 Active Local Dimming LED Zones, which means more precise control of object brightness, consistent black and white levels across the entire screen surface, as well as Ultra-Color Spectrum color processing, which delivers a wider color gamut.

Also, both sets feature compatibility with Dolby Vision's High Dynamic Range format.

The RS65-B2 is a 65-inch model that also incorporates Quantum Dot technology to further enhance color performance, as well as incorporation a full onboard, 5.1 channel audio system with external surround speakers and a wireless subwoofer.

The RS120-B3 is a 120-inch monster that has the distinction (as of 2016) of being the largest LED/LCD TV ever sold to consumers. but it doesn't have an aboard audio system (if you can afford this TV, you can afford an audio system to go with it.

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More TV Product Picks

Samsung UN32J6300 32-inch LED/LCD TV
Samsung UN32J6300 32-inch LED/LCD TV. Image provided by Samsung

If you aren't ready to make the jump into 4K UltraHD TV, 1080p LED/LCD TVs will be here for many years to come. Check out my current selections:

1080p LED/LCD and LCD TVs 40-inches and Larger

LED/LCD and LCD TVs 32 to 39-inches

26 to 29-inch LED/LCD and LCD TVs

LED/LCD and LCD TVs 24-inches and Smaller

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