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.

Best Overall: LG Signature OLED 65W7P 4K Ultra HD TV

LG Signature OLED W7P Series 4K Ultra HD Wallpaper TV
LG Signature OLED W7P Series 4K Ultra HD Wallpaper TV. Image provided by Best Buy

If you are long for the best of the best in a TV  (and the price is no object), then the ultra-thin (.15-in) 65-inch LG Signature 65W7P is your ticket. The W7 combines 4K Ultra HD display resolution, OLED display tech, and a Dolby Atmos sound 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 W7 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 bright, wide contrast images. LG also provides HDR-like enhancement for non-HDR encoded content.

With a sound bar-like appearance, the sound system is detached from the TV but connects to the TV via a ribbon cable. The sound system also serves as the W7's AV connection/control hub.

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 that are raised from the top surface to provide the Dolby Atmos height effect.

However, unlike a true Dolby Atmos sound system, the W7 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 W7 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 are 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.

Having both seen and heard this TV, I can definitely say it is worth consideration - but it does carry a high price.

Runner-Up Best Overall: 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 can't afford the W7 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.

Brightest Image - Samsung Q7F Series QLED TVs

Samsung Q7F Series Flat QLED Ultra HD TV Example
Samsung Q7F Series Flat QLED Ultra HD TV Example. Image courtesy of Amazon

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 (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 the brightest images yet, up to 2,000 Nits. 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.

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, 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 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 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 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 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 sizes: 49, 55, and 65-inches.

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 stand out from the rest of the 4K TV crowd, including built-in access to PlayStation 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.

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

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. 

Widest Viewing Angle: LG SJ8500 Series 4K Super UHD TVs

LG SJ8500 Series 4K Super UHD TV
LG SJ8500 Series 4K Super UHD TV. Image courtesy of Amazon

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.

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. 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.

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, check out Samsung's 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 KU6300 series provide the same features.

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

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 includes 4K upscaling for lower resolution content, as well as HDR display capability with compatible content.

These sets also provide access to a selection of internet streaming services, as well as access to content stored on PCs and smartphones. You can also play online games!

The Samsung KU6300 series comes in 40, 43, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70-inches.

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 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.

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

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. LeEco purchased a 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 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 provides 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.

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.

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

Hisense isn't a brand that is as familiar to U.S. consumers as Samsung, Vizio, Sony, and LG - but 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 4K display resolution, the H8C Series also offers full array LED backlighting with local dimming and 60Hz screen refresh rate with additional motion processing for smooth-looking fast moving images. 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, or firmware updates, stored on compatible flash drives and devices.

The H8C series provides Ethernet/LAN and WiFi options that provide access to content stored on compatible network-connected 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.

The Hisense H8C series TVs come with a 4-year warranty. and is offered in 50 and 55-inch screen sizes.


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