The best 8K TVs in 2024: Prepare for the future with these top Ultra-HD models

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The best 8K TVs aren't as overkill as they once were. Despite there being very little native 8K content out there, these screens come with the best picture processors, the highest HDR standards, the best panels and the best specs. 

Boasting four times the resolution of 4K TVs and the best upscaling tech, 8K TVs promise a definite visual upgrade to your current 4K TV, and could futureproof your home cinema setup in the process. You'll need a larger-size screen to really see all the differences (above 75- or 85-inches), but the wow-factor here is undeniable.

Their increasingly lower price points make them a nice alternative to large 4K TVs — especially when they're on sale. Our top choice, the Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K, is easily the best 8K TV on the market and can be had for reasonably cheap as long as you don't mind buying the 65-inch model and not the 85-inch behemoth. Want the 2024 version? Don't miss the Samsung QN900D Neo QLED 8K, available now! 

Why trust us to help? We've scrutinized every model we could get our eyes on, poring over the test results and product specs, and compared the numbers to help you know which 8K TVs are best. 

The quick list

The full list: Best 8K TVs in detail

Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K TV with Q-Series Q990C soundbar

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The brightness bar has been raised for 8K TVs


Available Screen Sizes: 65, 75, 85 inches
Screen Type: LCD with Quantum Dot and Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 3 USB
Size: 56.4 x 32.3 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 49.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

Unrivaled brightness
One Connect box
Full HDMI 2.1 support on all ports
Excellent gaming features

Reasons to avoid

No Dolby Vision
Some black clipping

Samsung's flagship 8K QLED TV is easily the best 8K TV right now. It's stacked with all the latest and greatest futures and it looks like a dream. While other manufacturers have shied away from 8K, Samsung's flagship TV leans into it and delivers a TV that is eye-catchingly beautiful and, while expensive, delivers incredible performance.

According to our reviewer, Stephen Lambrechts, the Samsung QN900C uses a killer specs sheet to power the 8K experience. There's a full battery of HDMI 2.1 ports that can accept 8K/60 or 4K/120 signal from consoles like the Xbox Series X and PS5, and a highly immersive 6.2.4-channel speaker system with Samsung's Object Tracking Sound Pro tech in tow.

In our lab tests, the Samsung QN900C recorded a 9.2ms of input lag (better than most of the competition) and a Delta E of 2.8686 right out of the box. You'll need to do a bit of tweaking to get perfect color accuracy, but few TVs come out of the box as calibrated as Samsung's QN900C. Brightness and color saturation measured in at 2,433.6 nits and 93.04% of the UHDA-P3 color gamut, respectively, cementing the QN900C as one of the top performers in the category.

It will soon be superceded by the new Samsung QN900D, but until we can put that through our rigorous testing process, the QN900C will remain our top choice.

Read our full Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K TV review.

Find out about the Samsung 2024 TV lineup.

Best LG 8K TV

LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV

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LG's hottest 8K TV


Available Screen Sizes: 88 inches
Screen Type: Quantum Dot/NanoCell + Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 65.6 x 37.7 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 82 pounds

Reasons to buy

Eye-popping 8K video quality
Excellent brightness, color reproduction
Good sound quality, with lots of additional options available

Reasons to avoid

Requires significant viewing space for full 8K effect
Inconsistent upscaling
Sluggish controls
Limited 8K content

The LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV boasts an awesome feature set, from the inclusion of mini-LED backlight to the union of NanoCell and QLED technologies. We were impressed by the brightness and great color accuracy, and the screen size options are ideal for the higher resolution. With webOS 6.0 offering the best smart features available for LG TVs and 8K upscaling allowing 4K and even 1080p content to be enjoyed on the ultra HD screen, it's one of the first 8K TVs we've seen that we recommend… sort of.

For everything the LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV offers, it’s still a tough sell, largely because 8K content is still pretty much non-existent. That, more than anything else — like the sluggish controls or inconsistencies in upscaling quality — gives us pause in recommending the set, even if it's one of the most affordable 8K sets we've seen.

Read our full LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV review.

Cheapest 8K TV

Best 8K TVs: Samsung QN800A Neo QLED 8K TV

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Samsung QN800A Neo QLED 8K TV

The most affordable 8K TV


Available Screen Sizes: 65, 75, 85 inches
Screen Type: LCD with Quantum Dot and Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 3 USB
Size: 56.8 x 32.6 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 50 pounds

Reasons to buy

QLED and mini-LED display
Relatively affordable price and size options
HDMI 2.1 support

Reasons to avoid

No Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos support
Less refined design than more expensive Samsung 8K sets

The Samsung QN800A is a step down from the more premium QN900A series, making it one of the most approachable 8K models on the market, but it drops a couple of features in order to come in at a more affordable price. Samsung uses a very thin (but more visible) bezel around the 8K panel, steps down to Object Tracking Sound+ instead of Pro and uses Quantum HDR 32x. This still uses dynamic tone-mapping for improved HDR performance, but not at the same level as you'd see on the more expensive QN900A Neo QLED sets.

Despite these differences, the QN800A is still a premium 8K TV, complete with Neo QLED combining quantum-dot color with mini-LED backlights, and offering a handful of AI-driven features like upscaling, audio tuning and HDR tone mapping.

Read more about Samsung's Neo QLED TVs.


What is 8K resolution?

8K resolution is shorthand for 7680 x 4320 resolution. That's equivalent to four 4K panels, tiled in a 2x2 formation.

But the real magic of 8K is hard to convey in words or pictures online. The jump in resolution from 4K to 8K is magnified by the fact that 8K screens are significantly larger than a standard 4K TV. So you not only get incredible lifelike levels of detail, but often at life-like sizes.

That combination of detail and size does deliver some astonishingly realistic images, and the potential for truly immersive 8K entertainment is undeniable. On top of this, TV manufacturers aren't pulling their punches when it comes to 8K TVs. Even the less expensive 8K models are packed with premium features, so you can expect 8K TVs to boast the best audio options and smart capabilities available.

How much do 8K TVs cost?

The price of 8K TVs is coming down rapidly, especially in screen sizes that will fit in the average home. Affordable 65-inch models can now be found for under $2,000, making them more affordable than some premium 4K sets. But larger sizes cost more, between $3,000 and $5,000, and the higher end models still sell for tens of thousands of dollars for giant OLED displays and other premium features.

Are 8K TVs worth buying?

It depends on what you want from them. If you want native 8K content, then no. There are no 8K movies being released, no shows streaming in 8K, there is no 8K version of Blu-ray, and there is very little on the horizon that will use the 8K format because there are still almost no 8K cameras or production tools made to handle the higher resolution.

If you want very well-upscaled 4K content that looks incredibly on a larger, crisper screen, then absolutely you should

How to choose the best 8K TV for you

While the above list can tell which TV is the best based on empirical data, that TV might not be right for you because of the screen size, the screen brightness, the sound output, the resolution and/or the supported HDR formats. 

We have extensive shopping advice, like our TV buying guide and figuring out what size TV you should buy. And if you still have questions about smart TV features and capabilities, check out Smart TVs: Everything you need to know.

Need a quick tutorial on TV technology? Here's a short primer.

Screen sizes: This is probably the best place to start when buying a TV. If you plan on wall-mounting the TV, measure the dimensions of the wall space you want to fill. Having the length, width and diagonal measurement will quickly and easily eliminate 80% of the TVs on the market. If you plan on putting it in a cabinet or on a stand, measure the width of where the TV will sit, and use that to start shopping.  

Brightness: The common wisdom for buying a TV is that, the brighter the room is, the brighter of a TV you'll want to buy. Why? Well, ambient light can wash out color saturation or, worse, lead to glare on the screen. Ultimately the amount of glare will depend on what type of TV you buy (OLED TVs with a glass screen are more reflective than, say, QLED TVs with an anti-glare screen), but a good rule of thumb is that OLED TVs are usually better in light-controlled rooms while bright LED-LCD TVs work better in brighter rooms with more ambient light.

Refresh Rate: If you've ever looked at a TV box, you'll probably see some weird marketing terms like Motion Rate 240 or 480, or something ridiculous. These don't mean anything. Well, they do, sort of - but it's purposely obfuscated. All TVs available right now have one of two native panel refresh rates: 60Hz or 120Hz. These numbers tell you how quickly a TV scans and replaces each pixel in a second. 60Hz is 60 times in one second. 120Hz is 120 times in one second.  You want a higher number if you want smoother motion (i.e. you plan on watching sports or playing games).  

Ports: We generally recommend opting for more ports, so that you never have to manually unplug and re-plug HDMI cables to switch from your streaming device or Blu-ray player to your game console or other device. Three ports is common, but nicer TVs usually have 4 HDMI ports. You'll also want make sure at least one is HDMI 2.1; our guide to the best HDMI 2.1 TVs can help here. (Still confused? Check out TV ports explained: What all those HDMI, USB and other connections are for?)

Smart software: Almost all TVs are smart TVs these days. That means they come stocked with some sort of smart platform, whether it's Roku TV, Google TV, WebOS, Tizen or something else. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to familiarize yourself with them before you buy. Some of the TVs are among the best Alexa compatible devices and best Google Home compatible devices you can own, so pay attention to which smart home platform the sets offer before choosing. 

Price: Lastly, you'll need to factor price into the equation. For the most part, unfortunately, better TVs do cost more. Just like PCs, TVs that are more expensive come with better specs and more features, so typically paying less for a TV means making some sort of sacrifice. (See: Samsung QN800A.)

How we test the best 8K TVs

How we test TVs

Why you can trust Tom's Guide Our writers and editors spend hours analyzing and reviewing products, services, and apps to help find what's best for you. Find out more about how we test, analyze, and rate.

Evaluating TVs is about more than just kicking back to watch a movie. We lab test every TV, measuring color gamut, color accuracy and brightness to objectively see which sets are the best for these key indicators. We also test for lag time – a key detail for gaming – measuring to the millisecond how long it takes for content to travel from the original source to the screen. We use these results to make numbers-based comparisons about color and display quality.

We also spend time with each set for real-world evaluation and see how our lab results translate into more subjective performance. We also compare sets side by side and view samples from the latest movies, specialized test patterns that highlight strengths and weaknesses of each display, and a range of content across several sources. With that information, we can tell you which TVs look best, sound best and offer the best viewing experience.

Finally, we evaluate the smart TV functions and apps for each TV, looking at everything from the remote control design to the voice interaction. 

We put all of that data together with our real-world testing and stack it against the price of the TV. The result is a score that we feel best represents the totality of that model, and how well it stands up against its contemporary rivals. A TV that scored highly five years ago may not score as highly against a newer model, but we do our best to update reviews when newer models become available.

If you've narrowed down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.

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Nick Pino
Managing Editor, TV and AV

Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.