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Best 4K TVs to Buy Right Now

Consumer Reports has tested hundreds of 4K TVs. These are our top picks.

With prices falling, 4K content options expanding, and features such as high-dynamic range (HDR) becoming more widespread, now might be the time you decide to buy a 4K TV.

Several of the top performers from Consumer Reports' TV ratings are listed below, along with one highly rated 55-inch set you can buy for less than $1,000.

There are two basic technologies for 4K TVs: LED LCD and OLED. We find that OLED TVs deliver a truly stunning picture, in part because they do a great job of displaying the blackest parts of an image. Most are from LG, but the first OLED TVs from Sony are now available, as well. We're waiting to see if more TV brands enter the OLED market in 2018. 

You'll find OLED sets leading our ratings. However, OLEDs remain relatively pricey compared with most LCD-based sets of the same size. And the overwhelming majority of 4K TVs on the market, and in people's living rooms, are LCD models.

You'll find some highly rated LCDs for less than $1,000 in the largest screen sizes. The better LCD sets do a good job with black levels and also tend to be brighter than OLEDs, which is good if you often watch television in a well-lit room. Before you decide on an LCD-based model, check out the viewing angle. On many sets, the picture looks best only when viewed head-on.

All of the more than 250 models in our ratings go through a battery of both objective measurements and subjective evaluations designed to push a TV to its limits. In our ratings you’ll see separate scores for high-definition picture quality, UHD performance (for 4K models), viewing angle, motion blur, and sound quality. We also consider ease of use and versatility.

Like all the products that Consumer Reports tests, every TV we evaluate is purchased at retail. We don’t accept freebies or hand-picked models from manufacturers—so every tested model is just like the one you might take home.

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