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9 Best 4K TVs That Guarantee a Great Viewing Experience

Stream, game, or chill with stunning resolution.

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These days, 4K TVs are the norm rather than the exception (remember when they were considered high-end luxury models just a few years back?). In fact, retail stores almost exclusively carry 4K TVs, with older 1080p and 720p models nearly extinct. Because the market is now flooded with 4K TVs, their price point has come way down — particularly QLED models — which is good news for consumers. It'll also be a while before 8K TVs are affordable enough for most people.

Aside from providing amazing resolution, 4K TVs have other modern conveniences, such as built-in streaming platforms, voice control, and more. And if you're a movie buff or gamer, you can bet on getting your money’s worth with a quality 4K screen. The same holds true if you watch a ton of high-action sports.

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The Best 4K TVs

      What to Consider

      Even only looking at 4K TVs leaves you with a lot of options to choose from. 4K TVs can vary dramatically in quality and price. Here are the most important things to keep in mind while browsing:

      Size

      According to Joel Worthington, president of Mr. Electric, a company that does home TV installation, you should choose a screen size based on room size and seating distance. “A good rule of thumb is that you should sit at a distance from the TV that is 1.5 times the screen height for 4K Ultra HD,” he says. He also suggests buying the next size up if you plan to wall-mount your TV and to consider installing a whole-house surge protector.

      Picture Quality

      4K only denotes the resolution of your screen. There are plenty of other technologies that help create a stunning image. Nearly all of the TVs we recommend are also equipped with High-Dynamic Range or HDR. This helps contribute to punchier, higher-contrast colors.

      Another detail to keep in mind is OLED vs. QLED. QLED, or quantum dot LED, is an advanced form of LCD-LED technology that has existed for decades. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diodes and is a much newer technology that produces superior color contrast and overall brightness. As such, OLED TVs tend to be more expensive.

      Speed

      Most important for gamers, a TV’s speed is measured by its refresh rate, in Hz. If you play tons of video games on your 4K TV, you’ll want a screen that has a refresh rate of at least 120Hz.

      Sound

      4K TVs may have excellent picture quality, but most do not have amazing sound. With the move toward thinner displays, built-in speakers are becoming smaller. As such, you may want to pair your 4K TV with a soundbar or bookshelf speakers.

          How We Selected

          Many of these recommendations come from hundreds of hours of in-house use. For the products we couldn’t test ourselves, we performed intensive research, reviewing content from expert sources like Rtings, CNET, Tom’s Guide, DigitalTrends, and others, as well as thousands of consumer reviews from online storefronts like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. As for the products themselves, we evaluated them on performance, design, build quality, and price.

          With an overwhelming variety of models to choose from, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites to help ease the decision-making process. Read on for our recommendations, plus everything you need to consider before buying.

          For more great ways to upgrade your viewing experience, check out our picks for the best OLED TVs, the best soundbars, the best TV wall mounts, and the best LED strip lights.

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          Best Overall
          LG
          C2 Series 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, and 83 inches
          Screen Type OLED
          Refresh Rate 120Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.1 (4), USB (3), Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Premium LED
          Samsung
          QN90B QLED 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches
          Scree Type OLED
          Refresh Rate 120Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.1 (4), USB (2), Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Best Premium OLED
          Sony
          A95K OLED 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 55 and 65 inches
          Screen Type OLED
          Refresh Rate 120Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.1 (2), HDMI 2.0 (2), USB 3.0, USB, Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Best Value
          Hisense
          65-Inch U6H 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 55, 65, and 75 inches
          Screen Type QLED
          Refresh Rate 60Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.0 (4), USB (2), Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Best Budget QLED
          TCL
          5-Series S546 QLED 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 50, 55, 65, and 75 inches
          Screen Type QLED
          Refresh Rate 60Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.0 (3), USB, Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Best Budget OLED
          Vizio
          OLED H1 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 55 and 65 inches
          Screen Type OLED
          Refresh Rate 120Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.1 (2), HDMI 2.0 (2), USB, Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Most Discreet
          LG
          G2 OLED 4K TV
          Now 19% off

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 55, 65, 77, 83, and 97 inches
          Screen Type OLED
          Refresh Rate 120Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.1 (4), USB (3), Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Great For Gamers
          Samsung
          Q70A Series 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches
          Screen Type QLED VA HDR
          Refresh Rate 120Hz VRR
          Ports HDMI 2.1, HDMI 2.0 (3), USB (2), Optical, Cable, Ethernet
          Best Outdoor
          Samsung
          The Terrace Series 4K TV

          Key Specs

          Screen Sizes 55, 65, and 75 inches
          Screen Type QLED
          Refresh Rate 120Hz
          Ports HDMI 2.0 (4), USB (2), Optical, Cable, Ethernet
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