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Update, 01/25/2023: We’ve updated this buying guide with the latest and greatest 4K TVs. Take a look!

What to Look For in a 4K TV in 2023

When it comes to enjoying 4K content, the television must be up to the task. Ideally, your TV will be viewable from just about any angle and offer great contrast. You want the blacks to be deep and rich without losing clarity of important details in a dark-lit scene.

Some of the best TV models use full-array local dimming to dim parts of the screen that are supposed to be dark. This can vastly improve the contrast ratio, giving you a vivid, color-rich picture.

An excellent 4K TV will also provide a fast response time, so you don’t see lag or stuttering in your video. It will also offer you enough HDMI and USB ports to plug in your cable or satellite box, gaming console, and whatever other media devices you might want to enjoy. The “top of the line” models will provide the latest HDMI 2.1 ports, along with 120Hz refresh rate.

In our guide to choosing the best TV overall, we explain two leading display technologies available. Many models, especially budget TVs, use LED-lit LCD TVs. These can provide an excellent picture but suffer from contrast issues if they don’t use the latest technology.

Then there are self-emissive OLED displays, where each pixel creates its own light. An OLED display can “switch off” individual pixels, providing almost infinite contrast ratios but risk burn-in. These different screen types have their benefits and drawbacks. Make sure you fully understand how they differ before you make your purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does 4K mean?

4K refers to the horizontal resolution of a display, and it’s approximately 4,000 pixels. “K” in 4K stands for “kilo” (thousand). TVs featuring a 4K display are known as 4K TVs.

How many pixels are in a 4K TV?

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4K TVs have a resolution of 3840 x 2160, which is 82,94,400 pixels. It’s exactly four times the pixel count of full-HD TVs (1920 x 1080).

How do you clean a 4K TV?

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You can clean your 4K TV with a microfiber cloth. Unfortunately, any abrasive materials or alcohol-based cleaner can damage the coating on the TV screen. But you can spray a little distilled water on the microfiber cloth for help if you encounter smudges or tough stains.

Do you need a 4K TV for a PS5 or Xbox Series X?

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Although you don’t necessarily need a 4K TV to use a PS5 or Xbox Series X console, a 4K TV will allow you to enjoy video games in much crisper detail.

How can I tell if my TV is 4K?

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You can check the TV manual or original packaging, which will mention if your TV is 4K. But if you cannot find both, you can look up the model number on the internet. The model number is typically mentioned on a sticker on the back of your TV.

Best 4K TV Overall: Samsung S95B

Samsung S95B on purple background
Samsung

Pros

  • Fantastic picture quality
  • Four HDMI 2.1 ports and a 120Hz panel
  • Tizen is easy to use

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Only available in 55-inch and 65-inch models
  • No DTS audio support

The S95B is Samsung’s first OLED TV in a long time, but the company has pulled all the stops to ensure it delivers a top-notch experience. Its innovative QD-OLED panel combines traditional OLED technology with quantum dots, resulting in outstanding picture quality and brightness levels that surpass most other OLED TVs.

The TV’s near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect blacks make it ideal for watching HDR content. However, it should be noted that it doesn’t support Dolby Vision, which limits the full potential of some HDR content.

Gaming enthusiasts will appreciate the S95B’s performance, thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and support for all major variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies, including NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync. The TV also has four HDMI 2.1 ports, allowing you to get the most out of your gaming console or high-end gaming PC. Moreover, the TV packs native support for Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service.

In other highlights, Tizen is responsible for S95B’s software, and it’s easy to use. You will also get all popular streaming apps on its app store.

Unfortunately, Samsung only offers S95B in two sizes, which will disappoint those seeking a larger screen. But you can find the LG’s C2 OLED TV in 77-inch and 83-inch sizes. It offers comparable performance and has Dolby Vision support. But it doesn’t get as bright as the S95B.

Best 4K TV Overall

Samsung S95B

It's hard to go wrong with the Samsung S95B if you want a TV with the best all-around performance. It has stunning picture quality, advanced gaming features, and a beautiful design.

Best Budget 4K TV: Hisense U6H

Hisense U6H on green and blue background
Hisense

Pros

  • Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support
  • Quantum dot technology for lifelike colors
  • Full-array local dimming improves the contrast ratio

Cons

  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • No advanced gaming features

The Hisense U6H is a great value-for-money option for those looking for an affordable 4K television that still packs a punch. One of its standout features is quantum dot technology, which helps it produce vivid and lifelike colors. As a result, everything from movies and TV shows to sports and video games looks great on the U6H screen. TV’s picture quality is also helped by the display panel’s excellent native contrast ratio and the inclusion of full-array local dimming.

While the Hisense TV’s brightness levels don’t match much pricier TVs, it gets sufficiently bright to deliver a respectable HDR performance and includes support for all major HDR formats, including HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.

Another positive of the U6H is the eARC support for passing high-resolution and uncompressed audio to a connected soundbar or AV receiver.

Unlike Hisense’s older TVs, the U6H runs on the upgraded Google TV platform. It puts content front and center and has a vast app library. You can also cast content from your mobile device or use Google Assistant.

Furthermore, the U6H is suitable for casual gaming with features such as AMD FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR support. However, it may not be the best option for hardcore gamers as it lacks advanced features like HDMI 2.1 ports and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. Therefore, those looking for a more advanced gaming experience on a budget may want to consider the Hisense U7H model, which offers HDMI 2.1 ports, better local dimming performance, and a native 120Hz refresh rate.

You can buy the U6H in 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch models.

Best Budget 4K TV

Hisense U6H

The Hisense U6H punches way above its weight class with quantum dot technology, full-array local dimming, and VRR support.

Best 4K TV for Gaming: LG C2

LG C2 in living room
LG

Pros

  • 120Hz native refresh rate
  • Four HDMI 2.1 ports
  • VRR and ALLM support
  • Dolby Vision and HDR10 support

Cons

  • Burn-in is a concern

The C2 is our pick for the best 4K TV for gaming for to its fantastic selection of gaming features and impressive picture quality. The television has everything you need to get a top-notch gaming experience on a console or PC.

For example, the C2 features a native 120Hz panel for high-refresh-rate gaming, and there is support for all common VRR technologies to stop screen tearing. You’ll also be happy to know that VRR works across various refresh rates.

There are four HDMI 2.1 ports, all of which support the full 48Gbps bandwidth. So you won’t have a shortage of high-speed ports even if you connect PS5, Xbox Series X, and a gaming PC. Another advantage of buying the C2 is its low input lag in Game Mode, which results in a responsive gaming experience.

The presence of an OLED evo panel ensures excellent picture quality with great viewing angles, perfect blacks, near-infinite contrast ratio, and good HDR performance. Speaking of HDR, you get both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Beyond gaming, the LG television is also a solid option for watching movies, TV shows, and sports. The company’s webOS platform runs the software and has a packed app library.

Unfortunately, burn-in remains a concern for the LG C2, particularly if you use it as a gaming monitor. However, LG packs a list of features to reduce the chances of uneven pixel degradation.

You can buy the LG C2 in a wide range of sizes, including 42 inches, which is most suited for PC gaming.

Best 4K TV for Gaming

LG C2

Part of LG's 2022 lineup, the C2 is a solid TV for gaming, whether you own a console or PC. It also delivers excellent picture quality and has great viewing angles.

Best 4K TV for Movies: Sony A95K

Sony A95K on purple background
Sony

Pros

  • Impressive picture processing and motion handling
  • Fantastic picture quality and color accuracy
  • Dolby Vision support

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Burn-in can be a problem

The A95K is arguably the best 4K TV in Sony’s lineup. It houses the same QD-OLED panel as the Samsung S95B. So it offers perfect blacks, bright and lifelike colors, and a near-infinite contrast ratio. But the company’s impressive picture processing and motion handling make it our top pick for watching movies.

The Sony television also has impressive color accuracy, full coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, and excellent tone mapping. As a result, it can produce an image that matches the creator’s intent. Moreover, the included Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode ensures you get all Netflix Originals as they are intended on your TV screen.

In other features, the A95K is the only TV in our recommendations, apart from the Hisense U6H, which has no trouble decoding or passing DTS audio data. So you’ll be able to enjoy both Dolby and DTS audio without issues. Plus, there is Dolby Vision and HDR10 support to enjoy high dynamic range content.

Besides watching movies, the TV is also excellent for gaming and comes with VRR support, a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 ports, and a low input lag.

The only issue with the A95K is that it only comes in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. If you need a bigger TV to enjoy movies, you can opt for the company A80K, which has a W-OLED panel instead of QD-OLED but features the same fantastic image processing and motion handling.

Best 4K TV for Movies

Sony A95K

Enjoy movies and TV shows as their creators intended with Sony's fantastic picture processing, motion handling, and color accuracy on the A95K.

Best 75-Inch 4K TV: LG C2

LG C2 on pink background
LG

Pros

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Advanced gaming features
  • Dolby Vision support
  • Wide viewing angles

Cons

  • Burn-in is a concern
  • Expensive

Besides being the best 4K TV for gaming, LG’s C2 is your best bet for a 75-inch 4K TV, as the Samsung S95B, our best overall pick, isn’t available in sizes over 65 inches. Technically the C2 also doesn’t come in a 75-inch size, but its 77-inch model is close-enough, and two extra inches never hurt anybody.

The C2 uses the OLED evo panel brighter than the traditional OLED displays. So you get inky blacks, and the TV gets bright enough to counter glare and deliver a respectable HDR performance. As for supported HDR formats, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG are present.

The OLED technology also helps the TV provide wide viewing angles, which is great if you frequently watch TV with family or friends.

Elsewhere, the C2 has a sleek and modern design that is quite lightweight and has slimmer bezels than its predecessors. It’s also full of connection options, including four HDMI 2.1 ports, three USB ports, and Ethernet.

In other highlights, the LG TV is excellent at upscaling lower-resolution content and features an eARC port to pass uncompressed audio to the soundbar or AV receiver. However, while the C2 has no trouble sending Dolby audio, including Atmos, it can’t process or pass DTS audio.

Moreover, if you want LED alternatives to the C2, the Hisense 75U8H and the Samsung QN90B are excellent. Both TVs get significantly brighter than the C2 but can’t match its perfect blacks. The Hisense TV is also much cheaper.

Best 75-Inch 4K TV

LG C2

The 77-inch LG C2 is perfect for anyone looking to buy the best 75-inch TV. It delivers impressive picture quality and has a sleek design.

The Best QLED TVs of 2022

Samsung QN90A
Best QLED TV Overall
Samsung QN90A
Hisense U6G
Best Budget QLED TV
Hisense U6G
Hisense U8G
Best QLED TV for Gaming
Hisense U8G
Hisense H9G
Best QLED TV for Movies
Hisense H9G
Samsung QN90A
Best 65-inch QLED TV
Samsung QN90A
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