Review 4k tv: The 7 Best 4k TVs – Summer 2023: Reviews

The 7 Best 4k TVs – Summer 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best TV

    1. Best Home Theater

      1. Best Upper Mid-Range

        1. Best Mid-Range

          1. Best Lower Mid-Range

            1. Best Budget

              1. Best Cheap

                1. Notable Mentions
                2. Recent Updates
                3. All Reviews
                4. Discussions

                Updated Jun 21, 2023 at 02:59 pm

                By Pierre-Olivier Jourdenais

                Most TVs sold these days have a 4k resolution, except for a handful of 8k options and a few 720p or 1080p TVs. Since a lot of streaming content is in 4k, it’s beneficial to have a 4k TV because it doesn’t have to upscale anything. You have to consider many factors when looking for the best TV with a 4k resolution, including where you’ll watch it. OLED models are ideal for watching content in dark rooms, while LEDs get much brighter if you want to use them in a well-lit room. Choosing one TV over the next can come down to personal preference, and there’s no perfect choice.

                We’ve bought and tested more than 390 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs you can buy with a 4k resolution. Also, check out our picks for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs. Brands are currently releasing their 2023 lineups, so vote on which ones you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.

                1. Best 4k TV

                  Samsung S95B OLED

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                  TV Shows

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                  Sports

                  8.9

                  Video Games

                  9. 4

                  HDR Movies

                  8.9

                  HDR Gaming

                  9.3

                  PC Monitor

                  9.5

                  Type

                  OLED

                  Sub-Type

                  QD-OLED

                  Resolution

                  4k

                  Sizes
                  55″ 65″

                  See all our test results

                  The best 4k TV we’ve tested is the Samsung S95B OLED. It’s an incredible 4k TV that looks amazing in a dark room, as bright highlights in HDR content stand out incredibly well, with no distracting blooming or haloing around bright areas of the scene. Its QD-OLED panel has much brighter and vibrant colors than the WOLED panels found on TVs like the LG C2 OLED or LG C3 OLED. It runs Samsung’s Tizen OS smart interface, which is easy to use and has a great selection of streaming apps and games.

                  The TV is also great for gaming thanks to its near-instantaneous response time, so there’s no noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects. Its input lag is extremely low, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience, and it has a few great gaming features, including FreeSync variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing. Finally, it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI ports, meaning you can take full advantage of the Xbox Series X and PS5, including 4k @ 120Hz support. It’s been replaced by the Samsung S95C OLED, but the new model is a marginal improvement, and it’s more expensive, so it’s better to get the 2022 model while it’s still readily available.

                  See our review

                2. Best 4k TV For Home Theaters

                  Sony A95K OLED

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                  TV Shows

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                  Sports

                  8.9

                  Video Games

                  9.2

                  HDR Movies

                  9.1

                  HDR Gaming

                  9.0

                  PC Monitor

                  9.2

                  Type

                  OLED

                  Sub-Type

                  QD-OLED

                  Resolution

                  4k

                  Sizes
                  55″ 65″

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                  If you want the absolute best TV for a basement home theater, get the Sony A95K OLED. It’s significantly more expensive than the Samsung S95B OLED, but it’s better for a home theater setup as it has wider format support than the Samsung and delivers a more accurate image overall, especially in HDR. It supports Dolby Vision HDR, which is more widely supported than Samsung’s competing HDR10+ format, ensuring you’ll enjoy the best HDR experience possible.

                  It also supports more advanced audio formats than the S95B, like Dolby DTS:X passthrough over eARC, so you don’t have to worry about what audio formats are used on your favorite movies. It displays an incredibly wide HDR color gamut, and its tone mapping is nearly perfect, meaning images look the way the content creator intended. It also gets very bright, so HDR content stands out, and colors are bright and vibrant.

                  See our review

                3. Best Upper Mid-Range 4k TV

                  Samsung QN90B QLED

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                  Video Games

                  8.7

                  HDR Movies

                  8.1

                  HDR Gaming

                  8.8

                  PC Monitor

                  9.0

                  Type

                  LED

                  Sub-Type

                  VA

                  Resolution

                  4k

                  Sizes
                  43″ 50″ 55″ 65″ 75″ 85″

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                  If you’re not in a completely dark room, the benefits of the Samsung S95B OLED are less noticeable, so an upper mid-range 4k TV like the Samsung QN90B QLED might be a better choice. This TV delivers excellent picture quality, with deep blacks and very bright highlights that stand out the way the content creator intended. It’s a fantastic choice for a bright living room thanks to its high peak brightness and superb reflection handling, so glare isn’t an issue. It looks good in a dark room, but it relies on a Mini LED backlight to produce deep blacks, so there’s more noticeable blooming around bright objects than on the Samsung.

                  It’s a great TV for any use. It has a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI inputs, meaning you can enjoy 4k @ 120Hz gaming from recent consoles or a recent PC GPU. It also supports Xbox Cloud Gaming, so you can enjoy some of the latest Xbox hits without investing in an expensive console.

                  See our review

                4. Best Mid-Range 4k TV

                  LG C2 OLED

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                  Video Games

                  9.3

                  HDR Movies

                  8.8

                  HDR Gaming

                  9.0

                  PC Monitor

                  9.3

                  Type

                  OLED

                  Sub-Type

                  WOLED

                  Resolution

                  4k

                  Sizes
                  42″ 48″ 55″ 65″ 77″ 83″

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                  If you want something cheaper than the Samsung S95B OLED, the best mid-range TV we’ve tested is the LG C2 OLED. It’s an incredible TV that delivers similar picture quality to the Samsung model. It uses a different type of OLED panel that delivers the same perfect blacks in a dark room, but its colors aren’t as bright and vibrant as those found on QD-OLED TVs, and HDR content doesn’t stand out as well due to the LG’s lower peak brightness.

                  Still, it’s a fantastic choice for gamers, thanks to its wide range of gaming features. Like the Samsung TV, all four of its HDMI ports have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, as well as support for FreeSync, HDMI Forum VRR, and G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from any VRR-compatible source. It’s not as good as the S95B or the Samsung QN90B QLED in a bright room, but that’s expected when dropping a price point. The LG C3 OLED is now out, but it’s a marginal improvement over the C2 and isn’t worth the price difference, except perhaps if you want DTS audio format support.

                  See our review

                5. Best Lower Mid-Range 4k TV

                  Hisense U8H

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                  Sports

                  8.2

                  Video Games

                  9.0

                  HDR Movies

                  8.3

                  HDR Gaming

                  9.0

                  PC Monitor

                  8.7

                  Type

                  LED

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                  VA

                  Resolution

                  4k

                  Sizes
                  55″ 65″ 75″

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                  A cheaper mid-range option like the Hisense U8H is great if you want a TV that offers excellent value. It’s a great TV with impressive picture quality in dark and bright rooms. It comes with the easy-to-use Google TV as its smart platform, and you can either watch apps directly on the TV or cast content from your phone. While it doesn’t deliver the same perfect black levels and perfect black uniformity as the LG C2 OLED or the Samsung S95B OLED, it displays deep blacks with an impressive Mini LED local dimming feature, with almost no blooming around bright objects.

                  Unlike the top two TVs on this list, this one supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR formats, so you can take full advantage of the content you’re watching, no matter which format it’s in. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR and gets bright enough to make highlights pop and colors look vivid. It also has a great selection of gaming features, including FreeSync support to reduce tearing, and it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but only on two of its four HDMI ports.

                  See our review

                6. Best Budget 4k TV

                  TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED

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                  TV Shows

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                  Sports

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                  Video Games

                  8.1

                  HDR Movies

                  7.8

                  HDR Gaming

                  8.2

                  PC Monitor

                  8.1

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                  LED

                  Sub-Type

                  VA

                  Resolution

                  4k

                  Sizes
                  50″ 55″ 65″ 75″

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                  The best budget 4k TV we’ve tested is the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. It’s a good budget TV with surprisingly good picture quality and a wide selection of additional features. It’s impressive for watching movies in a dark room thanks to its superb contrast ratio, fantastic black uniformity, and decent local dimming feature, meaning blacks appear deep and uniform in a dark room. It also has impressive peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so it’s an acceptable choice for a bright room.

                  It’s available in a wide range of sizes, and even the largest model is available at a budget price, so you can get the size that fits your needs. It runs the Roku OS interface, which is basic but easy to use and has a good selection of streaming apps. By going with a budget model like this one over the Hisense U8H, you’re sacrificing a bit on picture quality, but the biggest difference is for gamers, as it’s limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s still great for gaming but can’t take full advantage of an Xbox Series X, PS5, or powerful gaming PC.

                  See our review

                7. Best Cheap 4k TV

                  Hisense A6H

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                  Video Games

                  6.2

                  HDR Movies

                  5.6

                  HDR Gaming

                  6.6

                  PC Monitor

                  7.4

                  Type

                  LED

                  Sub-Type

                  IPS

                  Resolution

                  4k

                  Sizes
                  43″ 50″ 55″ 65″ 70″ 75″

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                  If you want something cheap that gets the job done, the Hisense A6H is the best cheap 4k TV we’ve tested. It’s an okay entry-level 4k TV that delivers okay overall picture quality. It runs the Google TV interface, with a huge selection of streaming apps available. It makes it a great choice for an office or guest bedroom, as you don’t have to worry about buying an extra streaming stick to watch your favorite shows. It has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you like watching TV while walking around, as the image remains consistent from the sides.

                  Unfortunately, unlike the other TVs on this list, it’s not a good choice for a dark room. It has a low contrast ratio, and by going with a cheap TV, you’re losing out on advanced features like local dimming to improve the appearance of dark scenes. It also can’t display a wide color gamut, so although it supports Dolby Vision HDR, this adds very little overall.

                  See our review

                Notable Mentions

                • TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED:
                  The TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED is an impressive TV overall, but it’s not as good as the Hisense U8H for most users. The Hisense is better if you can stretch your budget a bit.
                  See our review
                • Insignia F50 QLED:
                  The Insignia F50 QLED is a decent 4k TV with better picture quality than the Hisense A6H. However, it’s been discontinued by the manufacturer and is difficult to find, although it routinely comes back in stock on Amazon. You can get very good deals if you can find a store offering it on clearance.
                  See our review
                • Hisense U6H:
                  The Hisense U6H is a good alternative to the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, but the TCL is a bit better and about the same price.
                  See our review
                • Samsung S90C OLED:
                  The Samsung S90C OLED is basically a repackaged Samsung S95B OLED but with official 4k @ 144Hz support, the 2023 version of Tizen OS, and is available in a 77-inch model. The S95B is sold for less, so it’s the better value, so unless you’re shopping for a 77-inch model, get the cheapest of the two.
                  See our review
                • LG G3 OLED:
                  The LG G3 is a very bright OLED meant to be wall-mounted thanks to its very thin, uniform profile and included slim wall mount. It’s great as a home theater TV due to its advanced audio and video format support, but its processing capabilities are sub-par when compared to the Sony A95K OLED, although the LG comes in bigger sizes. Overall, its high peak brightness isn’t noticeable enough in actual usage to warrant the price increase over the LG C3 OLED.
                  See our review

                Recent Updates

                1. Jun 21, 2023:
                  Added the LG G3 OLED and Samsung S90C OLED to the Notable Mentions and refreshed the text for accuracy and consistency.

                2. Mar 27, 2023:
                  Replaced the Hisense U6H with the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, as it performs slightly better for around the same price.

                3. Jan 18, 2023:
                  Replaced the Insignia F50 QLED with the Hisense A6H, as the Insignia is on final clearance and is very hard to find. Added the Sony A95K OLED as the ‘Best Home Theater’ pick.

                4. Dec 02, 2022:
                  Added the Samsung QN90B QLED as the ‘Best Upper Mid-Range 4k TV’, and added the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED to the Notable Mentions.

                5. Oct 03, 2022:
                  Restructured the article for consistency with our other recommendation articles, and to make it easier for readers to find the best product for their needs.

                All Reviews

                Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 4k TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn’t worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

                If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our 4k TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

                Best 4K TVs for 2023, Tested and Reviewed

                Buying a new TV can be a daunting task, especially with so many options out there. In the end, most people make a decision based on the price of the TV and the features it offers. One feature that’s nearly become standard is 4K resolution support. It offers a better picture quality than HD TVs and is now the predominant resolution of most TVs released in recent years, so you’ll be able find it on a variety of models these days — even the best TVs under $500.  

                What are the best 4K TVs for all budgets?

                The best 4K TV options run the gamut, encompassing a wide variety of models at budget and premium prices. One of our favorite affordable models is the TCL 4-Series, which starts at less than $300 for a 43-inch model. For a more premium pick, we love the LG OLED C2 — just keep in mind that it can get pricey. 

                4K resolution just means the TV has a certain number of pixels, 3,840×2,160 to be exact, along with the ability to display 4K TV shows, movies and games from streaming services, devices and game consoles like the Xbox Series X and PS5. There’s a lot more to picture quality than resolution, so you can’t ignore things like contrast, dynamic range, HDR performance and peak brightness. The best-performing TVs in our reviews excel in these areas. Additionally, if you’re looking for a gaming TV, you’ll also want to consider factors like input lag.

                The list below represents the best 4K TVs (which are, let’s face it, the best TVs, period) that I’ve reviewed in CNET’s test lab, where I compare them side by side. 

                Read more: Change These TV Settings for the Optimal Picture

                Best 4K TVs

                How CNET tests 4K TVs

                Our TV reviews follow a rigorous, unbiased evaluation process honed over nearly two decades of TV reviews. Our primary TV test lab has specialized equipment for measuring light and color, including a Konica Minolta CS-2000 spectroradiometer, a Murideo Sig-G 4K HDR signal generator and an AVPro Connect 8×8 4K HDR distribution matrix. We use Portrait Displays CalMan Ultimate software to evaluate every TV we review. In every CNET TV review, three or more similar TVs are compared side by side in various lighting conditions playing different media, including movies, TV shows and games, across a variety of test categories, from color to video processing to gaming to HDR. Our reviews also account for design, features, smart TV performance, HDMI input and gaming compatibility and other factors.

                Read more: How We Test TVs

                4K TV FAQs

                I’ll post the answers to commonly asked TV questions below. If you have any others, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@dkatzmaier), or by clicking the little envelope icon on my CNET profile page. Doing so will let you send a message straight to my inbox.

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                Best 55-inch 4K TVs of 2018

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                Time to upgrade your TV! 4K is becoming more and more firmly established as an inevitable format of modernity, prices are falling, specifications are improving with the release of each new model. We chose for you the 4 best 55-inch TV models that are worth buying in 2019.

                Whether it’s compact kitchen TVs or huge wall-mounted panels, the 55-inch models are the sweet spot when it comes to choosing between practicality and spectacular picture. It will be a decent option for watching movies, series, video games, cable TV or Youtube. On such a TV panel, you will fully experience all the delights of a 4K picture, from a viewing distance of 2 meters, which is standard for many.

                What else is important to have in a modern 4K TV? When buying, the most significant evaluation criteria, in addition to the diagonal, are usually the type of screen, viewing angle, brightness and contrast, power consumption, availability of additional functions and price. Nowhere without HDR support – a new TV runs the risk of becoming obsolete in a couple of years – especially for games. Support for this format enables images to be transmitted with a higher level of contrast between dark and light areas. It is these criteria that we took into account in our review.

                See also: What is HDR in TVs and what are its types

                B8 series TVs offer high quality images with deep blacks, improved visualization, shadow detail and high color definition with the widest viewing angles for relatively little money . There is also a great image enhancement feature for HDR content without Dolby Vision.

                OLED55B8 manages to reproduce not only a high-quality image, but also a pretty cool sound. Even though most of the TV’s body is thin, its speakers deliver clear and detailed sound without distortion.

                Samsung’s flagship model with a high-tech QLED quantum dot display. An important innovation in the 2018 models is the placement of Direct LED-backlight directly below the screen matrix, which allows for more efficient brightness control. For example, a TV can simultaneously illuminate some areas of the panel, while turning off the backlight on others.

                To improve the picture, Ultra Black Elite anti-reflective coating was used, which absorbs and redirects light instead of reflecting it. This is achieved by microscopic bulges on the surface of the display. The device is running a fairly fast Tizen OS.

                The OLED C8 line (there are also 65 and 75-inch models) has received a new processor, due to which the image has become even more detailed and saturated than last year’s C7 series and the aforementioned B8. 4K Cinema HDR means working with 4 formats (previously 3) of a wide dynamic range.