The Best 4K TVs of 2019

We looked through the top 4K TVs on the market to find the best image quality and built-in tech for the lowest price.

You deserve one of the best 4K TVs

Have you ever squinted to see the score while watching the game? Or did you just get a new video game, and it doesn’t look quite as good as the trailers made it look? If you’ve had one of these moments recently, maybe it’s time for an upgrade.

Besides, have you ever met someone who said, “Man, I’m sad that I bought such a great 4K TV”? Nope, because people love these TVs, and you’d love one too. You just may not know it yet.

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What is a 4K TV?

4K means that TV has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. The whole thing totals more than 8.3 million pixels. The more pixels you have, the more clear your TV picture comes across. In other words, 4K means your TV looks real good.

Best 4k TVs on Amazon

ModelScreen sizeScreen technologyHDMI portsPrice*Learn more
LG Electronics OLED65E8PUA65”OLED4$2,596.99View on Amazon
TCL 43S42543” LED3$259.99View on Amazon
Samsung QN55Q8F 55”QLED 4$1,697.99View on Amazon
Samsung 65NU730065”UHD3$897.99View on Amazon
Sony XBR75X850F75”LED4$1,998.00View on Amazon

*Price at time of writing

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#1: Best overall—LG OLED 65E8PU

It isn’t the cheapest 4K TV in the world, but it just might be the best.

Tech specs

  • Price: View price
  • Size: 55″
  • Type: LED
  • # HDMI ports: 3
  • # USB ports: 1
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR: Yes
  • WCG: Yes
  • Local dimming: Yes

What we like

The best 4K display around

Before you freak out about the price, just know that this is basically as good as 4K TVs get. The “OLED” in the name stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, which just means the picture is super crisp and clear.

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What does an OLED display do so well?

Good question! What sets OLED displays apart is their contrast: they totally nail the color black. Other displays can’t quite capture a deep, dark black—it’s more of a really dark gray.

We’ll spare you the technical jargon, but OLED is as good as displays get right now. Combine that with this model’s

  • Sleek design
  • Magic Remote (it’s like a wand)
  • High color fidelity
  • Sharp built-in audio
  • Low input lag

. . . and that’s why it’s worth paying so much for an LG 4K TV.

What we don’t like

This one is easy . . . we don’t like paying over $2,000 for a TV. Buying a TV this nice will hurt your wallet—but on the other hand, LG TVs are built to last, so you’ll have a great TV for the next decade. Just think of it as an investment.

#2: Best budget 4K TV—TCL 43S425

Here’s a budget-friendly TV that doesn’t feel like a super-cheap TV.

Tech specs

  • 4K resolution
  • LED display
  • Built-in Roku
  • 3 HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate of 120 Hz
  • Pixel-level dimming

What we like

Without a doubt, our favorite thing about the 4K TCL TV is that the price tag only contains three digits. Actually, that’s not even the best part—the first digit in the price tag happens to be a two (currently on Amazon).

So the price is extremely low for a 4K TV, but TCL doesn’t skimp out too much on the features. The two coolest features are the built-in Roku and 120 Hz refresh rate. You can stream favorite shows directly through your TV and enjoy a surprisingly clear picture while you do it. We expected a 4K TV this cheap to feel cheaper, but the TCL

What we don’t like

As you could probably tell, the tech specs list isn’t nearly as long as the LG 4K TV mentioned previously. You’re missing out on lots of features like pixel-level dimming, enhanced audio, and an improved display, but you’re still getting a solid 4K for a cheap price.

#3: Best 4K TV for gaming—Samsung QN55Q8F

Forza Horizon and Red Dead Redemption have never looked better.

Tech specs

  • QLED display
  • Refresh rate of 240 Hz
  • 4K resolution
  • 4 HDMI ports
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Elite
  • Smart-home compatible
  • Auto Game Switching

What we like

When you’re gaming, the most important number is 240—meaning a 240-hertz (Hz) refresh rate. Such a high refresh rate means your games will look crisp and feel more immersive. You might actually get scared when a giant dinosaur or monster comes charging because it looks so real. (Speaking from experience.)

The QLED display doesn’t have quite as vibrant of contrast as an OLED, but it’s really close. It’s like two horses racing neck and neck with OLED barely winning out. And it’s a worthy sacrifice to get such a high refresh rate at the cost of some color contrast.

Besides, QLED displays are hundreds of dollars cheaper than OLED displays right now. You can use that money to buy more games.

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What is Auto Game Switching?

Your Samsung 4K TV will know when it’s displaying a video game and will automatically go into Video Game mode, which brings out the optimal picture for your gaming. Thanks, TV.

What we don’t like

Though this Samsung 4K TV gets almost everything right, there are a few things we wish it had:

  • Color and contrast look weird if you game at an angle, so you might need to pause your game instead of playing in the kitchen while snacking.
  • There’s no support for Dolby Vision HDR.
  • Dark moments aren’t quite as pretty as they can look with an OLED 4K TV.

#4: Best curved TV—Samsung 65NU7300

Get a much wider field of view.

Tech specs

  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • 65 inches
  • PurColor
  • 4K UHD display
  • 3 HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate of 120 Hz

What we like

Do you feel immersed in the picture with a curved TV, or does it just feel like any other TV? If you don’t know, then go to Best Buy or Target and check out the curved TVs on display. If you feel something magical in your heart as you watch, then curved TVs are for you.

We speak the curved TV love language, and the sense of depth those TVs provide makes a world of difference. It almost feels like the movie wraps around you (which makes the “clever girl” scene in Jurassic Park that much scarier).

What we don’t like

It’s a give-and-take relationship with curved TVs, and sadly, you’ll be giving up display fidelity at the cost of a curved screen. Yes, your TV will still offer up 4K and HDR, but a UHD display isn’t quite as clear as an OLED or QLED display.

You might barely notice the difference if you loved the curved screen, but for those of you looking for the clearest display should probably steer clear.

#5: Best big-screen 4K TV—Sony XBR85X850F

Insert “size matters” joke here.

Tech specs

  • HDR
  • LED display
  • 85 inches
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
  • 4 HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate of 120 Hz

What we like

The fact that this TV can take up an entire wall is probably our favorite thing about it. Coming from someone who recently bought a 55-inch 4K TV, I am incredibly jealous of you if you’re about to buy this. My TV is huge, and I still have buyer’s remorse that I didn’t get a bigger TV.

This honestly feels like having a movie theater inside your house. Every movie, every game, and every episode of Jeopardy! will be larger than life.

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You can go a little smaller if you want

This particular model of Sony 4K TV comes in a couple of different sizes. You can opt for a 75-inch or 65-inch 4K TV as opposed to the 85-inch one and save yourself a few hundred dollars.

What we don’t like

Just like with the curved TV, you’re giving up some display fidelity by going with such a massive screen. It’s basically a quantity vs. quality thing: do you care more about the quality of your screen or the sheer, vast quantity of your screen? This TV obviously leans more toward quantity, but the picture still looks pretty crisp.

One day we’ll be able to get an 85-inch 4K TV with an OLED display, but not today.

Best 4K TV runner-up—Samsung QN65Q9FN

This TV will get you an amazing picture (with an expensive price tag).

Tech specs

  • QLED display
  • 64.5 inches
  • Smart-home compatible
  • 4 HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 240 Hz

What we like

This TV basically has everything you want from a 4K TV in 2018. Allow us to make a list:

  • An exquisite picture with the QLED display
  • Tons of smart TV features with Samsung’s platform
  • Sleek design
  • Size variety (55 inches or 65 inches)

It’s the type of TV you turn on and immediately know it’s better than pretty much every other TV. You can see every bit of detail in whatever you’re watching.

What we don’t like

It all boils down to price. Currently, it’s a few hundred more dollars than the LG 4K TV but doesn’t really offer anything to justify the price. We tend to lean toward LG over Samsung (it’s a heavy lean) and in this case, LG is even cheaper. But if you’re a Samsung fan, maybe the extra hundred bucks will be worth it to you.

Best cheap 4K TV runner-up—Hisense 55EU6070

It’s a very cheap 4K TV but prepare for some less-than-great color.

Tech specs

  • LED display
  • 4K UHD
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • 3 HDMI ports
  • HDR
  • Motion Rate technology

What we like

Last we checked, this Hisense TV at Best Buy which is dirt-cheap for a 4K TV. Sure, you’re missing out better display and audio quality, but if you can live with that stuff being less than great, you’re getting a 4K TV for less than $350.

This Hisense 4K TV is a perfect fit for a guest bedroom, or to appease a teenager who really wants a 4K TV to play Fortnite on.

What we don’t like

There’s no getting around it: this TV just doesn’t look nearly as clear as a more expensive TV. The colors look opaque and don’t pop the way you’d want, and you’ll probably want a sound bar to compensate for the poor audio.

But maybe none of this stuff is a deal breaker for you—and if you’re replacing an old cathode-ray tube (CRT) TV, this will definitely be a step up. But if you’re used to higher-end TVs, then this will feel like a downgrade.

Runner-up best TV for gaming—LG 49UK6300PUE

Get ready for very little lag time. Aw yeah.

Tech specs

  • LED display
  • 49-inch display
  • 4K UHD display
  • Quad-core processor
  • Smart-home compatible
  • Ultra Surround 2 audio
  • 3 HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

What we like

Everyone has something that they hate. Maybe that’s traffic or loud eaters, but for some, it’s long lag times on TVs. If you’re one of these people, this TV will likely lower your blood pressure. Out of all the TVs we’ve tested, this LG model was the most responsive. And that’s saying something.

What sweetens the deal even more is that this is a bargain for an LG 4K TV. Currently, on Amazon, this LG model costs $369.99 for the 49-inch version. Considering you’re getting a responsive TV with a high refresh rate from one of the best brands . . . you should really think about this one.

What we don’t like

One big thing: the display. If there was an “O” or a “Q” in front of that “LED,” then everything would change. If you want a gaming 4K TV, this LG unit checks all the boxes except that. Trust us, there’s a big difference between playing Uncharted 4 on an LED screen vs. an OLED or QLED screen. On the other hand, LED screens are cheaper, so if you’re looking for a bargain, this is it.

Best curved TV runner-up—Samsung UN78JS9500

Probably the best 4K curved TV—but it’s expensive.

Tech specs

  • HDR
  • LED display
  • Dimming technology
  • Peak illuminator Ultimate
  • PurColor
  • 3D support
  • 78 inches
  • 4 HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 240 Hz

What we like

This TV has more bells and whistles than any other 4K TV we’ve seen. It’s only missing literal bells and whistles. (Oh no, Dad jokes! Let’s move on.)

As far as curved TVs go, this model is currently about as good as it gets. At least until curved 4K TVs support OLED displays. In the meantime, this TV offers an amazing refresh rate, lots of automatic features that give you a crystal-clear picture, and not to mention, it’s a massively huge TV.

What we don’t like

The price difference between our top-recommended 4K TV (which is 65 inches) and this 78-inch 4K TV is about $4,000. That’s a lot of money for a 13-inch difference . . . probably too much.

Our advice would be to wait for a deal to come along. You never know when Amazon will suddenly drop its prices—but when it happens, this curved TV is the best money can buy.

Best big screen runner-up: Vizio E70-E3

Here’s an even cheaper way to get your big-screen 4K TV.

Tech specs

  • LED display
  • HDR
  • 70 inches
  • 4 HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

What we like

With this Vizio 4K model, size is basically the only thing that matters. The main reason it’s cheaper is that it’s missing some cool features like contrast enhancing and a higher refresh rate.

So it may not look as vibrant as a more expensive big-screen TV, but hey, it’s still massive and pretty inexpensive.

What we don’t like

If you put this Vizio TV right beside the Samsung model mentioned above, you’d notice that the color contrast and picture of the Vizio aren’t quite up to par. But otherwise, you probably won’t notice the difference.

The low refresh rate makes this TV a hard sell for gamers, but if you just want a ginormous TV that looks good enough for a fair price, go with the Vizio model.

Bottom line? 4K TVs are not all created equal.

The most important thing to understand is that there’s a difference between a great 4K TV and a less-than-great 4K TV. Just as a quick reminder for you, here are our rankings of the best displays from best to worst:

  • OLED
  • QLED
  • LED

And, as you might have guessed, the better the display, the more expensive the TV will be. So if you can, enjoy watching your favorite shows with the best TV displays out there.

Also, if you’re getting a new TV, you might want to think about signing up for a satellite or streaming service too. (After all, what good is a 4K TV without something cool to watch on it?)

  • Jillxz

    I don’t care about a 4K TV . I can’t tell a real difference anyway. I just want a nice big LCD and I’m happy. I do want at least a 120 refresh rate. These kind of TVs don’t last long , so I’m not interested in putting a lot of money in them. Old CRT TVs would last 15-20 years and theTVs Today last less than 10. Nope no expensive TV for me

    • Bill Waddle

      You get what you pay for… buy a high end LCD TV and it will far outlast an older CRT model. If you got less than 10 years out of your old TV, you must have purchased a ‘budget’ model.

      • Jillxz

        I purchased a Vizio

        • ProDigit

          Vizios are the worst kind; that break fastest. You would have been better off with TCL, or even LG. Yup, you get what you pay for.
          Right now is a great time to buy a LED 4k TV under 65″, as the new standard of 8k and 75+” TV’s are being introduced!

  • ProDigit

    I was streaming a ‘4k’ documentary at 2160 pix vertical resolution from my netflix, and it was only using 9Mbits of the 25 available. I bet if I halved my plan to 12mbit, it would still have played back the video effortlessly.

    Also, the HDR picture for comparison to regular tv, is done pretty poorly. It looks worse than the regular picture. For reference, you should take the left pic, and post it right, and reduce the contrast dynamics on the left picture to like 80% or so (so the dark and light is a bit more washed out).

    Also, 4k and UHD isn’t the same thing.
    4k is 4096 x 2160 and UHD is 3840 x 2160 pix.
    There’s also additional debate that ‘4k’ actually is 2.1k, following the same protocol of CGA,QVGA, VGA, PAL/DVD, QHD,HD, and FULL HD, and many others that all use the VERTICAL resolution to display their screen size. Calling it ‘4k’ has been the worst marketing decision made ever!
    and 8k technically should be called 4k, as:
    1- the horizontal resolution is not even close to 8k, but 7680 pixels,
    And
    2- THe vertical resolution is 4320 pixels.