Why wouldn’t you want the best 4K TV? Ultra-HD TVs do more than just cram pixels into the same screen real estate – they actively enhance the color saturation, brightness and contrast by employing cutting-edge technology, too.
So what’s been stopping folks from upgrading? A few years back, the price of a 4K TV was through the roof, making them unobtainable unless you bought one from some no-name manufacturer. But these days? You can find 4K TVs for well under $500.
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 the next five years – 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 2020, at a glance
- LG CX OLED Series (2020)
- Sony A8H OLED (2020)
- Samsung Q80T QLED TV (2020)
- LG GX Gallery Series OLED TV (2020)
- Sony X900H LED TV (2020)
- Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)
- LG B9 OLED Series (2019)
- TCL 6-Series R625 (2019)
- Hisense H8G Series (2020)
- Samsung Q70T QLED TV (2020)
What are the best 4K TVs in 2020?
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
By combining Sony’s premium OLED picture performance with a powerful and direct sound system, the Sony A8H OLED TV manages to be a stunningly compelling TV option for serious home cinema fans.
It carries Sony’s top-line X1 Ultimate processor, Sony’s Pixel Contrast Booster (for more intense image highlights), and a new OLED version of the X-Motion Clarity feature Sony initially developed for its FALD LCD TVs.
On the audio side, meanwhile, Sony’s customary Acoustic Surface Audio system (where the TV’s screen is actually ‘excited’ into producing sound) is joined by a two-subwoofer bass system, and an Acoustic Auto Calibration system that can optimize the TV’s sound to your room with just a couple of quick test pulses.
The results are nothing short of gorgeous.
Read the full review: Sony A8H OLED TV
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
For those who can afford it, the LG Gallery Series GX OLED is a home cinema lover’s dream come true – an exemplary flatscreen that uses all the latest specs and standards, from Dolby Vision and Atmos to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, from Chromecast Built-in to AirPlay 2.0.
While the outside is a marvel of engineering and industrial design, inside you’ve got the all-new LG Alpha a9 Gen. 3 processor that adds better facial recognition and multi-step noise reduction to LG’s already-great HD-to-4K upscaling and much-improved motion processing technology.
But if you’re looking for pitch-perfect audio, you won’t find it on the LG Gallery Series – the built-in speakers are kind of a soft spot in an otherwise great design. Due to design constraints, the TV only sports thin, low-powered speakers that just don’t match the premium performance of the OLED panel.
That said, chances are if you’re buying a $3,000 TV you’ve got a sound system at home ready to go and outside of a few other nitpicks, this is a fantastic TV.
Read the full review: LG GX Gallery Series OLED
Sony’s X900H Series does everything it sets out to do, and in some style. Its picture quality is quite startling in the right circumstances, its sound is more than adequate by prevailing standards, it’s simple to use and it doesn’t turn its nose up at content of inferior resolution.
The panel itself is a VA-type LCD, which in broad terms has to be considered an upgrade on the IPS edge-lit panel Sony deployed on last year’s equivalent model. The higher brightness, greater color volume and improved screen uniformity promised by a full array VA panel ought to more than make up for the rather more restricted viewing angle when compared to IPS. It’s noting, too, the X900H doesn’t feature the X-Wide viewing angle technology Sony’s flagship X950H range is toting.
In short, there’s more than enough going on here to make you overlook the lack of HDR10+ and forgive Android TV its overconfidence. If you’ve this sort of money to spend on a TV of this sort of size, you absolutely have to audition it.
Read the full review: Sony X900H Series
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)
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)
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)
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.
Hisense’s latest H8G range of smart televisions have all of the features of the other brands without the high price. You can debate the finer points of OLED versus ULED all day, but in the end, the main decision when considering the Hisense H8G Quantum is whether you want features like 8K, HDMI 2.1 and eARC, or if you can live with a gorgeous screen without next-gen features.
At just $700 for the 65-inch version of the Hisense H8G, it’s an outstanding value, the apps are easy to find and use, Google Assistant support is handy, and the technical specs rival much pricier models.
Read the full review: Hisense H8G Quantum
The all-new Samsung Q70T QLED TV boasts much of the feature armory found in Samsung’s more expensive QLED 4K screens, but doesn’t come with such a punishing price tag – making it a great buy for folks who can’t reasonably spend a couple thousand on the flagship Samsung Q95T 8K TV.
The reason it doesn’t score higher on our list is that it’s an edge-lit TV and doesn’t produce the same contrast of comparable full array models, especially in light-controlled rooms like downstairs home cinemas.
Still, Samsung’s Q70T is a darn good 4K TV all the same. Ideal for light room viewing, it offers superb detail and color performance, has a comprehensive connected platform and boasts excellent image interpolation.
For gamers, the Q70T is a formidable proposition. Not only is image lag low, both with and without processing, there’s a 4K 120fps HDMI just waiting for your next games console. It also confounds when it comes to black level performance and screen uniformity… provided you keep the lights on.
Read the full review: Samsung Q70T QLED TV
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