Are you ready to replace your old television screen with the best 4K TV?
If you're coming from an old HD flatscreen then you should absolutely believe every word about 4K TVs. That's because the latest batch from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL and others present huge visual improvements like Wide Color Gamut, HDR and better upscaling processors that TVs made 10 years ago just didn't have.
While a new 8K standard is poised to pick up the baton eventually, 4K is still the go-go resolution for a new TV in 2020 – with an intoxicating blend of crisp visual detail, more nuanced tone mapping, and the possibility of HDR (high dynamic range) improving the picture quality tenfold over our older HD displays, and barely any price markup for cheaper 4K sets.
As it stands, over 70% of American households now own a 4K TV, with that number only set to increase in 2020 – but with so many sets to choose from, we thought we'd bring together the very best 4K Ultra HD TVs in one handy guide.
What we're looking for are 4K TVs that obviously look good, with great contrast and high peak brightness, but also support for multiple types of HDR formats, a strong stable of smart apps and, of course, an affordable price tag.
If you recently bought something from another manufacturer that you love and you don't see it on this list, it doesn't mean we've intentionally snubbed it. Unfortunately, best-of lists are tiny and we can only squeeze so many screens on here – and there's a whole other round-up for the best TVs overall. That said, we're always adding more screens to this list, so be sure to check back in a few weeks to see the latest additions to this TV hall of fame.
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Best 4K TV at a glance:
- Samsung Q90R QLED TV (2019)
- LG CX OLED Series (2020)
- Samsung Q80T QLED TV (2020)
- Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)
- Sony A9G Master Series OLED (2019)
- LG B9 OLED Series (2019)
- TCL 6-Series R625 (2019)
- Samsung Q70R QLED TV (2019)
- Sony Bravia X950G Series (2019)
- Hisense H8F Series (2019)
What are the best 4K TVs in 2020?
1. Samsung Q90R QLED TV (2019)
The best 4K TV of 2019 – and possibly 2020
We've entered 2020 and seen a fair few new Samsung TVs, but it's hard not to recommend the Q90R from 2019 above the new sets.
It's cheaper than all these brand-new TVs, for one, and its 2020 successor – the Samsung Q95T – isn't actually as highly specified, given Samsung is now saving its best parts and processors for its 8K TV range.
The Q90R fixed a lot of issues with its 2018 predecessor, improving viewing angles and enhancing the local dimming system (with the Ultra Black Elite filter) to reject ambient light and prevent black crushing in darker scenes. The result is nothing but remarkable, meaning that the Q90R is one of very few sets that can take on and surpass even the best OLED TVs.
In fact our only real criticism would be that, unlike some of the competition, the Q90 doesn’t support Dolby Vision. However in all other respects the Samsung Q90 is an absolutely stellar TV that takes QLED to another level.
Read the full review: Samsung Q90R QLED TV
2. LG CX OLED Series
The smartest OLED TV out there?
48-inch: LG OLED48CX | 55-inch: LG OLED55CX | 65-inch: LG OLED65CX | 77-inch: LG OLED77CX
The LG CX OLED is a no-brainer 4K TV. With the best smart TV platform (webOS) out there, an incredible contrast-rich and detailed OLED panel, with a host of premium formats and features, it's an excellent replacement to any older 4K TV.
The LG C9 from last year is now a lot cheaper, but the new 48-inch size for the CX – which comes in at just $1,499 – means there's little reason not to opt for the newer model.
There aren't huge differences with last year's model, but the addition of the 3rd Gen a9 processor means the picture processing is truly top-notch, with a vibrant picture full able to reach the deep blacks and rich colors that OLED panels are known for.
You also get Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support (premium video and audio technologies) though not the competing HDR10+ video standard. There's a slight misstep with the lack of Freeview Play catchup services, though, which has prevented CX from taking the top spot in this UK guide, but overall you're getting one of the very best 4K TVs out there.
It's worth keeping an eye on last year's LG B9 – or the LG BX, which is set to release later this year – if you're happy with a drop in processing quality in order to save some cash, too.
Read the full review: LG CX OLED
3. Samsung Q80T QLED TV (2020)
Vibrant HDR makes this a killer mid-range model for gamers and cinephiles
Strategically positioned just below the Q90T, with which it shares a number of advanced features, and above the edge-lit Q70T, the Q80T is the very definition of middle ground, but its performance is far from middling.
Normally, it’s 4K HDR performance that steals all the headlines, but that’s not entirely the case here. Thanks to the set’s UHD Quantum image processor, which has trickled down from Samsung’s 8K flagships, and some new AI smarts, the Q80T’s performance with HD SDR content is a real showstopper. And that's not even mentioning its excellent 4K HDR performance that rivals the best LCD has to offer.
Overall, good contrast and vibrant color, coupled to sensational upscaling and advanced smart features, ensure the Q80T warrants its frontrunner status in 2020.
Read the full review: Samsung Q80T QLED TV
4. Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)
This is Vizio’s best and brightest TV
65-inch: Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX65-G1
The Vizio P-Series Quantum X is a home run for Vizio. Sure, the SmartCast interface isn’t all the great, and the speakers are worth bypassing, but the TV is packed with awesome features and backed up by an excellent image quality. We’re looking forward to AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, but even without those features the TV is still one of the best options in its price range.
If you truly have deep pockets and want the best image quality out there, then it’s still worth going for LG's OLED or Samsung's QLED TVs - but if not, the $1,499 Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX-65G1 is an excellent option for those that want quantum dot tech in a smart TV at an actually affordable price.
Read the full review: Vizio P-Series Quantum (PQ65-F1)
5. Sony A9G Master Series OLED (2019)
An OLED screen every 4K enthusiast will be lusting after
A direct replacement for last year's Sony A9F/AF9 OLED, the Sony A9G/AG9 Master Series OLED is the new flagship of Sony’s TV fleet. It embraces a characteristically minimalist design that disguises a host of cutting-edge features like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, plus Netflix Calibrated Mode (of interest to many), and IMAX Enhanced certification (of interest to few).
This is a screen that looks premium, and has a spec on the right side of righteous. The Android platform is easy to live with, that vibrating sound system entertaining and picture quality top notch. Offering Dolby Vision is a welcome refinement, but the caveat is a lack of support for HDR10+. That said, it does a fabulous job up-scaling HD/SDR so it's easy to overlook the lack of at least one HDR format.
It's undoubtedly expensive but, all things considered, this glass is class.
Read the full review: Sony A9G Master Series OLED
6. LG B9 OLED Series (2019)
LG's entry-level OLED is an amazing deal
55-inch: LG OLED55B9 | 65-inch: LG OLED65B9
The LG B9 OLED is possibly the most fascinating OLED set in LG’s 2019 TV range – in that it’s the cheapest one. Acting as the successor to last year’s LG B8, the 2019 version of LG's entry-level OLED again offers a beautiful OLED panel housed in cheaper casing and powered by older processors in order to keep the price below that of its more premium siblings, the LG C9, LG E9, and LG W9 OLED.
Inevitably there are some corners cut to get there, and you’re not getting the excellent experience of the C9 or E9 – but if the B9 is all your budget allows for, it’s a solid purchase, and one we'd recommend to just about everyone.
Read the full review: LG B9 OLED (OLED55B9, OLED65B9)
7. TCL 6-Series R625 (2019)
The TCL 6-Series QLED is a beacon of hope for budget TV buyers
Few TVs have changed the home entertainment space in the same way that the TCL 6-Series has - it’s made high-end features like Dolby Vision support, full-array panels and Wide Color Gamut available to consumers at a third of the cost of the high-end TVs you see above. And yet, for most folks, the new TCL 6-Series R625 QLED will look nearly as good thanks to its vibrant color saturation.
Why doesn't it rank a bit higher then? Well, the 6-Series uses a 60Hz panel which means that its motion handling leaves a little to be desired and its built-in speakers aren't quite as beefy as some of the ones found on TVs from Samsung.
That said, if there’s a better value 4K TV on the market, we’ve yet to see it.
Read the full review: TCL 6-Series (R625)
8. Samsung Q70R QLED TV (2019)
The Q70R is a solid mid-range model that has most of the flagship's shine
55-inch: Samsung QN55Q70R | 65-inch: Samsung QN65Q70R
Samsung’s flagship Q90R QLED TV blew us away recently with its wider viewing angles, deeper blacks, and superior HDR images - sadly, however, not everyone can afford the flagship model. So what can Samsung offer for those wanting to experience QLED picture quality on a budget?
Despite sitting lower down in the QLED line-up, the Q70R includes the same comprehensive smart platform, extensive connections, and cutting-edge features found further up the range. This isn’t the flashiest-looking TV that Samsung has ever made, but if your funds are limited the Q70 is a cracking QLED all-rounder that’s worth checking out.
Read the full review: Samsung Q70R QLED TV
9. Sony Bravia X950G Series (2019)
A beautiful 4K HDR TV that desperately needs an attached soundbar
Sporting the upgraded X1 Ultimate processor, Netflix Calibrated Mode and the latest version of Android TV, Sony’s mid-range X950G has a lot going for it.
Right out of the box, the best way to describe the image quality of the X950G is… well, natural. It’s not flashy. It’s not overly bright. Colors aren’t oversaturated. It’s just a really natural picture with subdued colors and great black levels perfect for HD/SDR content. That said, if you’re the kind of person that wants a bit more pop to your images all you need to do is turn on Live Color in the picture settings. This mode works on HD/SDR content to add a bit more color saturation to the image and helps to make the image ‘pop’ in a way that really grabs your attention.
It’s a shame that poor sound quality ruined such a great 4K/HDR TV, however, taken by itself, the Sony X950G is an immaculate screen with a ton of potential.
Read the full review: Sony BRAVIA X950G (XBR-65X950G)
10. Hisense H8F Series (2019)
A surprisingly good 4K TV from the burgeoning budget brand
Hisense's H8 Series has long offered high quality at a very reasonable price, but these days it's getting harder and harder to make waves in the budget TV market - Samsung and LG now offer plenty of great 4K HDR TVs well under the $1,000 mark, while TCL has been making headlines with its $600 TCL 6-Series.
But the H8F is a little different than previous-gen H8 series TVs. It's the company's best value TV yet and offers both Android TV and the company's proprietary ULED TV tech that it claims offers better contrast and performance than rival LED TVs.
Sure, it's not going to compete with LG's OLEDs or Samsung high-end QLED models, but this affordable 4K screen is one of the best in its price range, and the only sub-$500 model we feel comfortable recommending to our readers.
Read the full review: Hisense H8F (55H8F) review
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