If you’re buying a television in 2019, it’s almost certainly a 4K TV. The market is now flooded with sets boasting ultra HD resolution panels, with the increased detail and pixel count creating sharper images than ever before, alongside more nuanced tone mapping that can pin down changes in color even more precisely than before. (HDR doesn’t hurt, either!)
Over 70% of American households now own a 4K TV, with that number only set to increase in 2020 – so why would you want to lag behind with a piddly HD screen, especially when there’s barely any saving to be had with them these days?
Not all 4K TVs are created equal, of course – which is why this guide to the best 4K Ultra HD TV is just what you need to separate the wheat from the chaff.
We’ve viewed the vast majority of the 4K TVs on the market, and have narrowed them down to a list of the top 4K TVs on the market for 2019 with screens from Samsung, Sony and LG leading the pack, and lower-cost options like Vizio, Hisense and TCL following just behind.
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. 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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What are the best 4K TVs in 2019?
1. Samsung Q90R QLED TV (2019)
The best 4K TV of 2019… so far
Superb picture quality
Incredible HDR performance
Wider viewing angles
Comprehensive smart platform
Attractive design and well built
No Dolby Vision support
Last year, the Samsung Q9FN was the TV to beat. It won award-after-award for its features and image quality, not to mention its excellent, improved smart platform that came with Bixby support and Samsung SmartThings. However it wasn’t perfect and there were legitimate complaints about viewing angles and an over-aggressive local dimming system that crushed black detail.
Samsung has clearly taken these criticisms to heart, and directly addressed them in the Q90. The new model has a visibly superior viewing angle that holds its own against OLED, and the local dimming delivers deep blacks without losing shadow detail. To that end, the new Ultra Black Elite filter is nothing short of a revelation, rejecting ambient light in a way that just staggers belief.
The Q90 is able to deliver images that can directly compete with an OLED, with natural colors, bright highlights, deep blacks, and well defined shadows. It can also surpass any OLED when it comes to HDR, with images that are often breathtaking in their detail and dynamic range.
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 C9 OLED Series (2019)
The smartest 4K TV on the planet in 2019
Superb picture quality
Highly effective smart platform
Limited peak brightness for HDR
No HDR10+ support
If smart features are the most important criteria for you when picking out a new 4K TV, then you can’t do any better than the new LG C9 OLED. The 2nd generation Alpha9 processor, which uses AI enhancements to deliver stellar SDR and HDR images, helps make the upscaling and processing second-to-none with incredible levels of detail and image fidelity.
Add to that a robust smart platform and new AI sound options that analyze and improve sound quality in real time, and you have one of the smartest – and, in our opinion – one of the best 4K TVs on the market. Not to mention one of the best OLED TVs too.
Read the full review: LG C9 OLED (OLED55C9, OLED65C9, OLED77C9)
3. Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)
This is Vizio’s best and brightest TV
65-inch: Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX65-G1
Full array backlight
Quantum dot technology
3,000-nit peak brightness
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 in the absence of a six-figure salary, the $2,199 Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX-65G1 is clearly an excellent option for those that want quantum dot tech in a smart TV at Vizio-level prices.
Read the full review: Vizio P-Series Quantum (PQ65-F1)
4. Sony A9G Master Series OLED (2019)
An OLED screen every 4K enthusiast will be lusting after
Luscious 4K HDR images
Best-in-class HD upscaling
Acoustic Surface+ audio
Android TV is clunky
No support for HDR10+
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
5. LG B9 OLED Series (2019)
LG’s entry-level OLED is an amazing deal
55-inch: LG OLED55B9 | 65-inch: LG OLED65B9
LG’s cheapest 2019 OLED
Rich colors and sharp detail
webOS smart platform
Not the latest processing
Some noise in dark scenes
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)
6. Vizio P-Series Quantum (2018)
Vizio’s best and brightest TV from 2018 is an incredible value
Full array backlight
HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG
2,000 nits peak brightness
SmartCast OS isn’t enticing
Weak 10W speakers
While it’s not as impressive as this year’s Vizio P-Series Quantum X, last year’s Vizio P-Series Quantum still offers an incredible deal for those who can find one.
It’s a big, bold and affordable screen that supports most forms of HDR and has the ability to light up the room with its 2,000 nits of peak brightness. It might not be able to hit the inky black levels of OLED, and suffers from slow startup, but it is by far the best value quantum dot TV on the market.
That being said, if there’s anything substantial holding the Vizio P-Series Quantum back, it’s Vizio’s smart platform: In just a few words, SmartCast is one of the least robust platforms and one of the slowest, too. Startup from a complete shutdown takes a seriously long time, and navigating around the interface isn’t nearly as snappy as LG’s WebOS or Samsung’s Tizen platform.
Still, if you don’t mind a slow OS, this is a great budget big-screen TV.
Read the full review: Vizio P-Series Quantum (PQ65-F1)
7. 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
Extremely bright HDR pictures
Good smart TV system
Limited viewing angle
Some mild backlight blooming
No Dolby Vision
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
8. Sony Bravia X950G Series (2019)
A beautiful 4K HDR TV that desperately needs an attached soundbar
X1 Ultimate Processor
Netflix Calibrated Mode
Motion handling, 4K upscaling
Poor sound quality
Mediocre 4K/HDR black levels
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)
9. TCL 6-Series (R615, R617) (2018)
The best budget 4K TV for those of us with shallow pockets
Bright, colorful HDR
Supports Dolby Vision
Roku TV is amazing
Loss of darker details
Limited motion settings
If you have deep pockets and a checkbook filled with blank checks, we’d tell you to reach deep and shell out for only the best 4K TVs on the market – LG’s crazy-thin OLED W8 or Samsung’s ultra-bright Q9FN QLED. But that’s not always realistic: for the vast, vast majority of us, our budget to spend on a 4K UHD TV is limited to somewhere under $1,000 – and often it’s even less than that.
To that end, it’s absolutely fair to say that the TCL 6-Series is the best TV you can possibly get in this price range. Its performance per dollar is unmatched and its picture quality – despite a few minor flaws – will truly impress you.
Said simply, if there’s a better value 4K TV on the market, we’ve yet to see it.
Read the full review: TCL 6-Series (R615, R617)
10. Hisense H8F Series (2019)
A surprisingly good 4K TV from the burgeoning budget brand
Excellent image quality
Great value for the money
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