The Best 4K TVs for Every Budget
There's nothing like sitting on the couch after a long day and enjoying your favorite show or movie on television. Televisions have come a long way over the years, offering always improving viewing experiences. It probably wasn't that long ago that you invested in an HD TV. Remember how excited everyone was when those hit the market? Well, HD televisions are already making way for the next new and improved option. 4K TVs, also called ultra HD TVs, pack four times as many pixels into their display as traditional HD TVs. Traditional HD televisions are limited to 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution, whereas 4K TVs have a 3840 by 2160 pixel resolution. The result is sharper images and a better viewing experience.
To review and recommend the best 4K TVs, we took a variety of factors into consideration. Obviously, image quality in terms of sharpness and contrast is important. We also looked at setup, warranty, size, price, number of HDMI inputs, and any additional features each television may offer that could set it apart. When choosing a television for yourself, of course you will want to consider the space you have available as well as your budget. Keep in mind that not all content is available in 4K yet, though of course there is a growing list of what you can watch in 4K. A number of streaming services (such as Netflix and Amazon Prime) offer at least some 4K titles, as does Blu-ray.
Our Winner: LG C7 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV
This 4K television by LG is highly rated by reviewers. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. With OLED televisions, instead of the TV relying on a backlight, each sub-pixel creates its own illumination. This results in a higher quality picture. As such, reviewers found the images produced by LG OLED televisions to be the best by far out of the TVs tested. This TV also supports Dolby Vision. This television comes with LG's Magic Remote Control and has natural voice recognition. It features Dolby Atmos and would produce the best audio with a good soundbar. Some reviewers do note a problem with burn-in over the long-term, which can be problematic with OLED televisions. While this TV is more expensive than other models we are recommending, reviewers agree that the picture quality makes it worth it.
Runner Up: TCL 55C807
The TCL 55-inch TV is a 4K TV at a more budget-friendly price than our other picks. It measures 48.5 inches by 29.6 inches by 2.3 inches without the stand and weighs 40 pounds. HDR10 and Dolby Vision provide bright, crisp, clear imaging with deep blacks and over a billion colors. This TV features 3 HDMI inputs, a USB input, ethernet, RF input, and AV input. You can also use your smartphone or tablet as a remote or to plug in your headphones to listen privately. There is a Dolby Audio option if you connect to a sound bar or digital amplifier. Prefer to watch TV via an antenna? That is also possible with the TCL 55C807. One feature that reviewers appreciated in addition to the price, Roku interface, and display is the "Find Remote" feature to locate that remote control lost deep between the cushions of the couch. TCL offers a 1-year limited warranty.
Also Great: Vizio M65-E0 SmartCast
Vizio's M65-E0 SmartCast TV is a 65-inch 4K television with Wide Color Gamut. Without the stand, this TV measures 57.59 inches by 33.14 inches by 2.51 inches and weighs 55.33 pounds. It uses XLED Plus backlight and features 4 HDMI ports. Additional inputs include component, ethernet, and USB. It does not have a built-in tuner for regular network television, so technically this Vizio isn't a TV, though a tuner can be bought separately. Some reviewers note disappointment with the Google Chromecast interface as compared to Roku in terms of offerings. If you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Home smart speakers, you can use voice commands with your virtual assistant of choice to operate your Vizio by starting a show, adjusting the volume, pausing, and more. Setup can be done with the SmartCast App or IR remote. Reviewers found this TV to exhibit the type of vibrant images and contrast as can be found in higher priced televisions. Vizio offers a 1-year warranty.
It comes as no surprise that the TV with the top price tag also scored highest in our review. It simply offers very impressive images with stark contrasts, deep blacks, rich colors, and crisp, clear images. What is surprising is that our most economical choice was a close runner up. Reviewers love TCL's image quality in addition to its Roku interface that was a pleasure to use and the budget-friendly price. Reviewers felt like this TV really offered a lot, especially considering the $649 price tag at the time of this writing. Finally, Vizio's M65-E0 SmartCast conveniently can be controlled via Google Home and Amazon Alexa, though does not have a built-in tuner and reviewers weren't in love with the Google Chromecast interface.