The 8 Best 4K Ultra HD TVs of 2019

Here are some great choices from LG, Samsung, TCL and more

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: LG OLED65G7P Signature Series 4K Ultra HD TVs

LG OLED G7P Signature Series 4K Ultra HD TV
LG OLED G7P Signature Series 4K Ultra HD TV. Image provided by Amazon

If you are longing for the best of the best in a TV (and the 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 soundbar system.

The 4k resolution provides the detail, OLED provides excellent color and the 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 provide viewers with enhanced brightness, 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 each end to provide the Dolby Atmos height effect.

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

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

Ethernet port and Wi-Fi for network/internet content access are provided, as well as built-in HEVC (H.265) and VP9 decoding, which allows access to 4K Netflix 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.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: LG C9 TV

For those who want superlative picture quality and the ultimate entertainment experience, OLED is the way to go. With the technology improving year after year, displays are only getting sharper, more dynamic, and more lifelike, and the LG C9 is the perfect example. The slim, sleek, all-metal TV has no bezels, maximizing the use of the 8.3 million individually lit pixels that can support content in HDR10 (high dynamic range), Dolby Vision (a format that constantly optimizes how the TV delivers the HDR), and Hybrid Log Gamma (an alternate HDR type).

The C9 creeps a little higher in price than its predecessor the C8, but the expense is well earned. Along with ThinQ AI that integrates Alexa and Google Assistant, the AI also powers the Alpha9 image processor to optimize video and sound for whatever your show or movie of choice. Its user interface WebOS has also been streamlined from previous versions: the menu is customizable and easier to use, and you’ll have access to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, among around one hundred other apps. 

Best Budget: Insignia Fire TV Edition

The Insignia Fire TV is the least expensive item on our list and an excellent budget option for those who don’t want to break the bank to get great picture quality. This TV produces beautiful, vivid colors and boasts eight million pixels across the screen for crisp visual detail. Similar to our other picks, this smart TV supports HDR, meaning its visual quality is on par with that of its high-end competitors, producing true-to-life colors on a 43-, 50-, or 55-inch screen.

The Insignia Fire offers access to thousands of channels, apps, and subscription services including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Prime Video, and more, all alongside your live TV experience. The hardware runs on a quad-core CPU/multi-core GPU processor, promising high-speed search results and a reliable connection for streaming. Additionally, the Insignia Fire comes equipped with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to browse movie titles, play music, and control other smart-home devices without having to lift a finger. On the back of the device, you’ll find three HDMI ports, an antenna input, and an Ethernet port, allowing you to connect your gaming console, sound bar, cable box, etc.

Best for Streaming: TCL S405 Series 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TVs

TCL S405 Series 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV Example
TCL S405 Series 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV Example. Image provided by Amazon

TCL has a line of the 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs that offer a little something extra that is great for cord-cutters or those that get most of their TV program via the internet: The Roku operating system is built-in (no extra plug-in box or stick required). One example is TCL's S405 Series.

The Roku system offers access to over 4,500 internet streaming channel offerings, including the usual selections, such as Netflix, but also includes additional services, such as SlingTV. Via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, users can access an abundance of online TV, movie, and music streaming content without connection to an external media streaming box, plug-in media streaming Stick, antenna, cable, or satellite service (although connections are provided for those content access options as well).

However, keep in mind that even though the TV will allow you access to a lot of channels - not all of the channels are free, some may require a pay-per-view fee or a prepaid monthly subscription.

Additional connectivity includes HDMI and other inputs and you need to connect your Blu-ray Disc, DVD player, or other video source device, a well as audio output options for connecting to your home theater audio system.

A USB port is also included for access to digital media content on flash drives or other compatible devices.

For added convenience, you can share audio, video, or still image content on your smartphone and see/hear it on the big TV screen.

In addition to Roku and other features, the S405 also delivers good image quality with Direct LED backlighting, HDR, and 120HZ screen refresh rate.

TCL's S405 Series Roku TVs come in several sizes (43, 49, 55, and 65-inches.

Best Smart Features: Sony XBR55A9F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Master Series TV

When it comes to purchasing a premium 4K TV, there's more to these devices than just picture quality. The Sony XBR55A9F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV not only has stunning picture and sound, but also a wealth of smart features that will satisfy any techie you know. These features include built-in Google Chromecast, Google Assistant on the TV to help you find things, voice controls with Amazon’s Alexa, Sony SideView connectivity so you can control the TV from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and screen mirroring with Miracast-compatible devices. On the back of the unit, you’ll find four HDMI inputs, three USB ports, and one composite video port, so you can connect all your smart devices. If those features aren’t enough, you’ll also love that the XBR55A9F has fantastic sound with Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology, which pushes sound out from the direct center of the screen. While this TV is certainly a splurge, the price tag will be worth it to those who want to future-proof their TVs with all the best features.

Best QLED: Samsung QN55Q6F 55-inch QLED 4K TV

With picture quality that is unrivaled at this price point, the Samsung QN55Q6F 55-inch QLD 4K UHD 6 series Smart TV is a must-own. The real highlight is the QLED technology, which introduces over a billion shades of “Q” color, heightening color and contrast for a result that’s downright stellar with deeper blacks and colors that pop. Q HDR adds an almost theater-like experience that does even more to enhance the colors onscreen.

Beyond its advanced display, the rest of this TV is just as well-designed. The cables have been run through the stand for a cleaner look, resolving the problem of unsightly hanging wires. Q Smart also introduces a nearly-seamless navigation interface for discovering new shows or existing programming. With a large number of included options like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video, Samsung’s OneRemote makes program discovery easy. You can also use voice control with Bixby Voice to help flip channels or search for new programs. 

Best Curved Screen: Samsung Q7C Series QLED Ultra HD TVs

Samsung Q7C Series Curved Screen QLED Ultra HD TV
Samsung Q7C Series Curved Screen QLED Ultra HD TV. Image provided by Amazon

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 highlight 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 Wi-Fi 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.

Best Design: The Samsung Frame

Samsung Frame TV - TV Viewing Mode
Samsung Frame TV - TV Viewing Mode. Image provided by Samsung

Wall mounting a TV is definitely a popular option, but one of the main problems is that even though it looks great when you have it on when you turn it off, it just becomes a big, black, rectangle. However, Samsung has a solution: Frame TV.

What makes the Frame TV different is that in addition to its traditional TV features (LED lighting, 4K resolution, HDR, and built-in smart features via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, it provides two added bonuses.

The first bonus is that its frame is customizable so that it blends in with any decor. You can frame the TV screen with wood, metal, or traditional black or white plastic. In addition, no matter which frame option you select the TV is so thin it can be mounted flush with the wall. To accommodate additional components, a thin white optical cable (which can also be painted to match your wall color), attaches the TV to an external connection hub that can be hidden out of sight.

The second bonus is that in addition to the decor-friendly design, Samsung also includes access to an online art gallery that turns your TV into a display for great art when you aren't watching TV. You can also display your own photos as well.

With the Samsung Frame TV, you can say goodbye to that big black rectangle hanging on your wall.

What to Look for in a 4K Ultra HD TV

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.