The 7 Best 4K Ultra HD TVs of 2020

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

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA 43-Inch 7 Series at Amazon

"This TV is built around Samsung's UHD processor for superior picture rendering and speed."

Best QLED: Samsung QN55Q6F 55" Smart TV at Amazon

"Contrast for a result that’s downright stellar with deeper blacks and colors that pop."

Best Budget: Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43" Fire TV at Amazon

"An excellent budget option for those who don’t want to break the bank to get great picture quality."

Best Budget HDR: Toshiba 43LF711U20 43" 4K Fire TV at Amazon

"The TV delivers vivid visuals with deep contrast and competitive levels of brightness."

Best Smart Features: TCL 65-Inch 5 Series at Amazon

"This model is built around the Roku streaming platform to keep all your favorite apps in one place."

Best Curved Screen: Samsung Q7C 55" 4K Smart TV at Amazon

"Send audio to compatible Bluetooth-equipped soundbars and headsets."

Best OLED: LG B9 Series 55-Inch at Amazon

"With Dolby Vision HDR/HDR10/HLG support, this TV can produce over a billion colors."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA 43-Inch 7 Series

What We Like
  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

  • Plenty of inputs

What We Don't Like
  • No Chromecast or AirPlay 2 support

Televisions with 4K UHD resolution are quickly becoming the new standard in home entertainment, and the Samsung RU7100 is the top choice. This TV is built around Samsung's UHD processor for superior picture rendering and speed, and also provides upscaling of standard HD content to 4K without distorting the image. It features HDR support and Samsung's Purcolor programming for better color saturation, contrast, and detail. With a refresh rate of 60Hz and Motion Rate 120 technology, you'll get buttery smooth action scenes whether you're watching sports or the latest movies and TV dramas. 

The universal guide and OneRemote make it easy to find your favorite apps so you can pick up where you left off or find new movies and shows to add to family movie night and binge-watch parties. You can connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices for hands-free voice controls and to integrate your TV into your smart home network. This TV has three HDMI inputs, two USB ports, a component video connection, and Bluetooth connectivity, making it super easy to set up your home theater or game consoles.

Best QLED: Samsung QN55Q6F 55" Smart TV

What We Like
  • Great design

  • Built-in cable management

  • Bixby voice controls

What We Don't Like
  • No USB ports

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 Budget: Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43" Fire TV

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What We Like
  • Fire TV built in

  • Amazon Alexa enabled

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

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 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, soundbar, cable box, etc.

Best Budget HDR: Toshiba 43LF711U20 43" 4K Fire TV

What We Like
  • Fire TV built in

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

Finding a solid 4K HDR TV doesn’t always have to be a significant investment, at least as far as the Toshiba 4K HDR Fire TV is concerned. A collaboration between Toshiba and Amazon’s Fire TV technology, the Fire delivers vivid visuals with deep contrast and competitive levels of brightness thanks to its eight million pixels, along with dual 10-watt speakers with DTS sound. While the audio can fill a room, it does lack a subwoofer, so the stand-alone low end may disappoint audiophiles.  

While one of the TV’s main draws might be its price point—even the largest, 55-inch model doesn’t crack $500—the cost differential does become apparent in the hardware. Loading times can be slow, and the app store can be difficult to navigate and isn't as user-friendly as its rivals. However, if your main concern is finding a reasonably priced 4K HDR TV that gives you access to your favorite streaming services, this Amazon-branded TV is a strong contender.

Best Smart Features: TCL 65-Inch 5 Series

What We Like
  • Roku built in

  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

  • Plenty of inputs

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

Having a TV with smart functionality is essential these days, and the TCL 65-inch 5 Series is the best smart 4K TV you can get. This model is built around the Roku streaming platform to keep all your favorite apps in one place for easy browsing. The all-in-one hub menu also allows you to choose an over-air antenna, cable or satellite box, or game console without having to switch inputs or flip through confusing menus. 

With the Roku mobile app, you can turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote control with voice commands. You can even use it for private listening with headphones so you won't disturb others. The TV is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices for expanded voice command support. There are four HDMI inputs, including one that doubles as an HDMI ARC port for easy soundbar set-up. It also features a USB port for media playback, an RF input, composite video, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. With so many inputs, putting together the ultimate home theatre is quick and easy.

Best Curved Screen: Samsung Q7C 55" 4K Smart TV

Samsung Q7C Series Curved Screen QLED Ultra HD TV
Samsung Q7C Series Curved Screen QLED Ultra HD TV. Image provided by Amazon
What We Like
  • Two sizes available

  • HDR/HDR10/HDR+ support

What We Don't Like
  • Limited viewing angle

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 most of the same features as the above listed Q7C flatscreen set, including Quantum Dot-supported color display, and HDR10/HDR10+/HDR+ capability with highlight output.

The Q7C series also includes voice control functionality and the ability to send audio to compatible Bluetooth-equipped soundbars and headsets. However, just as with Samsung's other QLED series TVs, a stand or wall mount is not provided, so add that cost to 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 people, as sitting within the curve provides the best viewing experience. If you have a large family, it's best to opt for a flatscreen TV.

Best OLED: LG B9 Series 55-Inch

What We Like
  • Nvidia G Sync

  • 5.1 CH audio support

  • HDR/HDR10/HLG support

What We Don't Like
  • No Chromecast support

Televisions that use OLED panels produce some of the best colors and contrast ratios due to their layers of light-emitting film. The LG B9 Series offers the best 4K OLED on the market. This model is built around LG's second-generation a7 processor to give you superior UHD processing and upscaling as well as low input latency. It also utilizes NVIDIA's G-Sync technology to give you an input response time as low as 6ms as well as near-perfect blacks to give you the best viewing and 4K gaming experience. 

With Dolby Vision HDR/HDR10/HLG support, this TV can produce over a billion colors, providing a more lifelike image no matter what you're watching. The built-in speakers use Dolby Atmos audio technology for a virtual surround sound experience. They also support 5.1 channel WISA speakers to help you quickly and easily set up a home theater audio system. With LG'S ThinQ AI programming, you can connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices for hands-free voice commands as well as enhanced machine learning. The ThinQ AI listens to your commands and learns from your viewing or browsing history to suggest movies and shows for you to watch as well as new smart TV or smart home integration apps.

Our Process

Our writers spent 59 hours researching and testing the most popular 4K Ultra-HD TVs on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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.