What are the best 4K TV?
Best 4K TV: There are plenty of very good 4K TVs in the market, but which ones can give the 4K HDR performance that warrants a purchase? We’ve curated this list to options that cost no more than £2000, picking the best TVs that offer an excellent set of features and overall performance.
From OLEDs to QLEDs, to just plain simple LCD LED sets, you’ll find in this list some of our favourite buys from a range of brands. Whether you’re looking to step-up from a cheaper set, need a TV that can support the next-gen gaming consoles or want excellent picture quality for just the right side of affordable, this list will have you covered.
Below is a shortlist of our current favourite 4K HDR TVs. For more detail, check out our summary and refer to our reviews in the links below.
- Best overall 4K TV: LG CX OLED
- Best 4K QLED TV: Samsung Q90T
- Best 4K HDR TV: Panasonic HZ1500
- Best 4K Ambilight TV: Philips OLED805
- Best 4K gaming TV: Samsung Q80T
- Best TV for motion: Sony XH95
- Best entry level 4K OLED: LG B9
- Best mid-range 4K TV: Panasonic TX-58HX800
- Best cheap 4K TV: Hisense Roku TV
- Best value 4K OLED TV: Philips 65OLED754
- Best affordable 65-inch 4K TV: LG Nano 90
LG CX OLED
Another feature-packed OLED
- Excellent picture quality
- Great design
- Plenty of smarts, features and customisation
- Excellent upscaling
- Still missing a few UK catch-up apps
- Just a small leap over the C9
LG’s new mid-range CX makes the top of the list not just because it offers fantastic picture quality, but that it does so for a lot less than 2019 C9 sold for when it was released. While performance isn’t a huge leap over the C9, the lower price makes it less daunting to jump into the OLED market.
The design is elegant and attractive, ensuring the CX looks good in any room. The feature set is robust with plenty of streaming apps, smart features and HDMI 2.1 for gaming, with the slick webOS interface tying everything together. Disappointingly, there aren’t any UK catch-up apps yet.
Still, both native 4K and upscaled images fare excellently with the CX, with bold, natural colours and expressive contrast. Added customisation means you can tweak the picture further to find a look you like.
A high-performance TV
- Corking picture quality from any standard of content
- Excellent for gamers
- Class-leading user interface
- Sound is nothing special
- No Dolby Vision
The Samsung Q90T is exactly like the Q95T, the only difference being that you don’t get the One Connect box, with the connections built into the rear of the speaker.
Otherwise this is an outstandingly talented TV. Upscaling is a big strength, viewing angles are excellent, and colour and detail levels are rich and precise in equal measure. Factor in a low input lag for games and this is a pretty fantastic all-round set.
Superb picture and accomplished audio
- Detailed, stable, entirely natural and believable images
- Bigger, better-realised sound than most TVs
- Every HDR base covered
- Decent ergonomics
- Good upscaling
- Expensive for a 55in TV
- One or two missing apps
- Sound can be bettered by a half-decent soundbar
Replacing the GZ1500, the HZ1500 and offers a few upgrades, which include the upfiring Atmos speakers and a screen that can swivel, handy if you want to avoid the glare of sunlight on your screen.
The picture quality, as we’ve come to expect from Panasonic, is sumptuous. With support for Dolby Vision (including the IQ version) and HDR10+, it delivers exceptional pictures with epic black levels, bright whites, excellent contrast and great detail.
While audio is given more space with the upfiring speakers, don’t expect the type of Atmos presentation where sounds are being pinged around the room. Nevertheless, it’s the type of excellent AV presentation that we take for granted from Panasonic.
A 4K Ambilight delight
- Multi-HDR support with HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG Freeview Play
- Play-Fi compatibility
- No support for 4K/120fps
- No Dolby Vision IQ
Impressive as Philips’ 2019 OLEDs were, their latest efforts have taken performance even further. Part of that is down to the new Philips AI-enhanced P5 picture engine, which delivers impressive images by adjusting picture quality to suit the content watched.
It’s a TV capable of delivering images with almost three-dimensional depth and detail, as well as an impressive HDR performance.
And there’s Ambilight, which adds a reflective glow to whatever you watch. For gamers looking to the next-gen consoles this isn’t the best choice with no 4K/120fps support and a relatively sluggish latency. Still, for home cinema lovers, it’s a stunning set.
A big screen for gamers
- FALD backlight
- Impactful OTS audio
- Lightning fast gaming performance
- No Dolby Vision support
- No Freeview Play
The QE65Q80T is not Samsung’s top-range QLED for 2020, but is an ambitious flatscreen with punchy HDR, gorgeous colour and good black level performance thanks to its full array local dimming backlight.
Upscaling is hugely impressive, the Tizen interface features a massive amount of apps and the Q80T shines as a gaming display with Samsung’s QLEDs delivering class-leading performance. With Samsung’s price cuts bringing this TV below £2000, it’ll make a great choice for those who want a big-screen performance.
Turns HDR up to 11
- Fantastically bright, colourful HDR pictures
- Excellent sound quality
- Strong upscaling and motion handling
- Some backlight blooming with high-contrast content
- Minor clipping in the most extreme brightness areas
- No 4K/120Hz HDR gaming support
The XH95 is a compelling 4K HDR TV from Sony, with a fantastically bright picture performance and aggressive colour application that really unlocks the potential of HDR images, making this a great choice for those with bright rooms.
Upscaling of sub-4K sources and motion handling is strong, and sound quality – not always something TVs do well – is excellent. The big disappointment though, is the lack of 4K/120Hz gaming support, which may become a factor when the next-gen consoles launch.
An excellent entry-level OLED
- Great, contrast-rich picture quality
- Gorgeous high-end design
- Good smart system
- Some slight black crush
- Pictures not as detailed or finely coloured as the C9 pictures
- Potential for screen burn
The hit the B9’s low price, a few nips and tucks have been made, The picture processor as advanced as the one in the C9 and E9, and the feature set has been trimmed. Nonetheless, for an OLED on a budget, it’s an excellent TV.
You get a lot for your money, including great gaming and smart features. It looks great, the picture offers great contrast and rich colours, and the sound is very fine. The B9 is an outstanding TV.
Cinematic quality on a budget
- Multi-HDR support with Dolby Vision and HLG
- Versatile Panasonic smart TV platform
- Low input lag
- Limited deep black performance
- No Disney+
The HX800 is another excellent mid-range TV from Panasonic. It ticks the boxes when it comes to features, with Dolby Vision/Atmos/HDR10+ all onboard.
The smart platform is smoother despite a few notable absences in terms of apps, and its upscaling performance is competent, but it really sings with 4K images, producing an image with lots of detail and lush colours.
Hisense Roku TV B7120
An strong 4K budget TV
- Satisfying 4K and HD picture
- Decent sound
- Speedy Game Mode
- Lots of apps/channels
- Limited HDR performance
- SD performance not great
- Limited viewing angles
For less that £400, the Hisense Roku TV is an excellent purchase. Picture quality is satisfying, Roku’s platform agnostic approach to streaming means there are plenty of video and music apps available, and sound quality is better than we’d expect from a flatscreen TV.
It’s not as feature-packed as other efforts on this list – it’s missing Dolby Vision or HDR10+ HDR – but at this price, it’s a corker of a TV.
- Great value for what’s on offer
- Gorgeous design for its money
- Impressive and flexible video processing
- Buggy and occasionally sluggish operating system
- Some noise with certain streamed sources
- Complicated menus and requires regular visits to the menus to get the best from it
The Philips 65OLED754 is a serious home cinema bargain. Despite the thickness of OLED panels, the build is both minimal and sturdy.
It carries Philips’ Ambilight technology, which makes watching any content on the TV quite a treat, and while the picture processor isn’t as advanced as Philips’ more expensive sets, the OLED754’s knack for vivid and punchy HDR images means its capable of a beautiful image. With a built-in soundbar offering good sound, this offers superb value.
Perfectly suited for gamers
- Looks good with native 4K content
- As future-proofed, games-wise, as they come
- Half-decent sound
- Good OS
- Some backlighting issues
- Not the most capable upscaler
- Still missing some UK catch-up apps
- Looks deep if wall-mounted
The NANO 90 is another feature-packed TV on this list, and at 65-inches it’s a relatively affordable set, considering the specs it has.
It looks great with 4K content, displaying pretty impressive detail levels, alongside a wide-ranging colour palette that offers an assortment of colours to assault the eyes with. If you’re looking forward to next-gen gaming, this TV has you sorted with 4K/120Hz compatibility and a sub-13ms latency.
One thing to take into account though, is that LG’s 2020 TVs don’t feature Freeview Play and there are still a few UK catch-up apps missing.
How we test the Best 4K TV
Every TV that passes through our doors gets put through a series of tests and naked eye checks to gauge its overall picture quality and optimal settings. Key things we look out for are screen uniformity, black level, maximum brightness and colour vibrancy/accuracy. We also check input lag to make sure gamers won’t lose their edge when playing online.
A variety of test footage is used to cover every type of scene, so we can assess a 4K TV’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how it performs against the competition.
Sound quality isn’t forgotten, either – we give the built-in speakers a thorough listen to determine whether you’ll need to invest in a soundbar or speaker system to beef things up.
If you’re interested in checking out TVs at different price models, models and brands. Look through our main best ofs below models for everything from cheap 4K HDR TVs, to the latest from LG, Samsung and Panasonic.