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The best 4K TVs for 2021

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The best 4K TVs deliver everything you need for streaming shows and movies, gaming, or sharing the latest funny video. But finding a great 4K TV is about more than picture quality and advanced smart features. You want a TV that offers quality performance and plenty of capability without costing an arm and a leg, that looks great whether you're watching a 4K movie or catching up on YouTube videos, and that is easy to use.

We've spent hundreds of hours testing and reviewing the latest TVs to find the best 4K sets on the market. Whether it's major brands like LG, Samsung and Sony, or budget friendly models from Hisense, TCL and Vizio, we've run the tests, researched the specs and watched the movies to help you find the best 4K TV for your money.

Our mission is to provide real-world advice that cuts through the jargon and explains the features in a way that makes it easy to know what you're getting when you buy a new TV. We'll let you know about the specs and the test results, but more importantly we'll help you know what sets look the best, what features are worth paying for, and how to get the best bang for your buck while you look for your next TV.

What are the best 4K TVs?

Our favorite of the best 4K TVs is the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV, offering Neo QLED, which has a killer combination of QLED color and mini-LED backlight. Pair that with a stylish design, rich smart features and fantastic sound, and it's easily the best 4K TV we've reviewed this year.

A close second is the LG C1 OLED, which not only boasts a gorgeous OLED display and a full complement of HDMI 2.1 connections, it's also the best gaming TV we've ever seen, with superb performance and several exclusive gaming-oriented features.

If you're on a budget, the TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) is the best affordable 4K TV around, and the best 4K TV we've reviewed that sells for under $1,000. The TV's quantum dot display and mini-LED backlight combine to offer 4K picture that rivals more premium sets, and the Roku interface is easy to use without missing any must-have apps. Throw in gaming performance and features and a great design, and it's the budget 4K TV to beat.

The best 4K TVs you can buy in 2021

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review

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1. Best 4K quality: Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV

The new QLED leader

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 56.9 x 32.6 x 1 inches
Weight: 53.8 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful, thin design+Neo QLED delivers incredible brightness+Impressive anti-glare abilities+New solar-chargeable remote
Reasons to avoid
-Visible blooming at times-Just one HDMI 2.1 port-No Dolby Vision support

The Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV combines Samsung's highly refined quantum dot technology with the tight control of mini-LED backlighting, resulting in one of the best TV displays you'll ever see. Brilliant color and unmatched brightness make for superb performance, and Samsung pairs that with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features, like a solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries – delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.

The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we've ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes standard, along with gamer-friendly features and impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time for an unparalleled gaming experience. It's the best TV we've seen this year, and the winner of the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for Best TV, and a second award as the best gaming TV of the year.

Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review.

LG C1 OLED TV

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2. Best 4K OLED TV: LG C1 OLED

A killer OLED and the best gaming TV you can get

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 41.7 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic picture quality that demonstrates why OLED is superior+Future-proof HDMI 2.1 connectivity+Best-in-class gaming performance with additional gaming features
Reasons to avoid
-LG's webOS is missing some apps-Sound quality is good – after some tweaking

The LG C1 OLED is a fantastic value among premium TVs, offering an amazing OLED display, a full complement of HDMI 2.1 ports, and the best gaming performance and features you can get. The display offers rich picture quality with impeccable contrast and sharpness, superb HDR support and gaming performance that beats everything else we've seen. Combine all of that with a stunning design and better-than-average sound, and you've got one of the best TVs you can buy.

LG's webOS faces stiffer competition on app selection and features, but smart options, like your choice of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants, AI-driven sports alerts, and gaming features like the game optimizer menu and support for Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Cloud keep it in the mix for the best smart TVs. All in all, it delivers incredible quality and solid value for the admittedly premium price, making it one of the best TVs we've seen all year.

Read our full LG C1 OLED TV review

TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635)

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3. Best 4K TV value: TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635)

The best budget 4K smart TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB
Size: 48.3 x 28.1 x 2.8 inches
Weight: 41.9 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Excellent QLED and mini-LED display+Great gaming performance+Roku TV offers a huge app selection and easy interface+Improved Roku remote
Reasons to avoid
-Sound is a little weak-Roku is missing some of the latest apps

The TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) offers big value for its budget-friendly price, delivering premium picture quality and a great smart TV experience for much less than the competition. As TCL's best mainstream smart TV, the R635 ups the ante with mini-LED backlighting in addition to QLED. The result is impressive color and brightness, with some of the best HDR performance we've seen on anything this side of an OLED display.

But TCL doesn't stop there. THX Certified Game Mode makes the 6-Series one of the best gaming TVs available, even for new consoles like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. From the design's smart touches, like cable management in the stand, to the reliably great Roku TV platform, the TCL 6-Series R635 is the best budget 4k TV, and it's not even close.

Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) review

LG G1 OLED review

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4. Best home theater OLED: LG G1 OLED

A premium OLED with stunning design

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 56.9 x 32.7 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 63.9 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Exclusive OLED evo panel delivers brighter picture+More affordable than last year’s Gallery Series+Same stunningly-thin design+New remote is a major improvement
Reasons to avoid
-OLED evo offers minimal improvement-WebOS 6.0 is disappointing

The LG G1 OLED TV is the updated version of LG's superb Gallery OLED, boasting a premium 20 millimeter-thick design and sleek flush-to-the-wall mounting setup. It's still the best 4K OLED TV made by LG, but as the first TV with LG's second-gen OLED evo technology, it falls short of some claimed performance improvements we were pretty excited for.

That said, the LG G1 OLED is still an impressive OLED set, and LG has even knocked the price down a bit, while updating almost everything else about the set. The slim OLED features more comfortable remote control, enhanced gaming features, and the latest version of webOS, all while delivering the same excellent picture quality and impeccable sound that we expect from LG's best OLED models. The LG G1 OLED TV stands as a reminder of just how far modern TV technology has come — we just hope it hasn’t plateaued.

Read our full LG G1 OLED TV review.

TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546)Editor's Choice

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5. TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546)

A killer QLED value with Google TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 5, 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 3 HDMI (1 eARC)
Size: 57 x 32.7 x 3 inches
Weight: 70.1 pounds
Reasons to buy
+QLED display with local dimming for excellent HDR performance+Great color quality and smooth motion+Google TV is a serious upgrade from Roku+Affordably priced
Reasons to avoid
-Limited viewing angles-Audio is good, but not great

The TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) wowed us with its combination of smart TV features, solid performance and great  value for your dollar. Building on the foundation of the already-good 5-Series, the move to Google TV gives the affordable 4K smart TV a more premium smart TV platform, one that offers personalized and customizable suggestions, a huge assortment of smart features, and deep Google Assistant integration that makes it a viable center for the entire home of connected gadgets.

But it also offers a step up in other aspects of the TV. From color quality to lag times, the 5-Series Google TV is a more polished version of the 5-Series TV, delivering an excellent QLED 4K display, a slick remote control, and a surprisingly wide array of gaming features for a 60Hz TV. For a smart TV that sells for under $1,000 for most size options, it's easily one of the best TVs on the market.

Read our full TCL 5-Series Google TV (S546) review. 

Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1) review

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6. Best 4K OLED TV value: Vizio OLED TV

A killer price for OLED quality

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB
Size: 48.3 x 30.6 x 2.2 inches
Weight: 44.9 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-low price for OLED+Strong picture and audio quality+SmartCast provides plenty of smart features and free content
Reasons to avoid
-Gaming performance could be better-Cumbersome stand

Affordable OLED TV may sound like an oxymoron, but the Vizio QLED TV is the first to offer the unbeatable quality of OLED for less money than premium models from LG and Sony. The Vizio OLED delivers premium picture quality for hundreds of dollars less than the competition, and pairs it with great sound that has better-than-average bass.

Vizio's SmartCast smart TV platform has also expanded its app selection significantly, and all of the major apps you might want -- from Netflix to Disney+ -- are available right on the TV. The few that aren't offered on the home screen (HBO Max is the most glaring omission) can still be enjoyed through the TV's built-in Google Cast and AirPlay 2 support. It's one of the best 4K TV values of the year, and the easy pick for affordable OLED TVs.

Read our full Vizio OLED TV review

Sony Bravia A80J OLEDEditor's Choice

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7. Best Sony OLED: Sony Bravia XR A80J

An excellent OLED with next-gen tech

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 57.1 x 33 x 2.1 inches
Weight: 49.2 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Outstanding picture, audio quality+Lots of dynamic and smart features that really work+Powerful Google TV interface
Reasons to avoid
-Dynamic adjustments needed for best picture-Not all HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1-Bravia Core streaming service doesn’t dazzle

The Sony Bravia XR A80J is absolutely packed with futuristic technologies: this 4K OLED TV has HDR, a 120 Hz refresh rate, ATSC 3.0 tuner, Google TV streaming and Sony's own Bravia Core service, Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology… the list goes on. Sure, not everyone will need everything here, but it's nice to have the option.

Just as importantly, it also excels at the basics — contrast is superb, colors are rich and varied, viewing angles are impressive and it handles upscaling well. Sound is also excellent and Google TV is a big upgrade on the older Android TV. Against that, the XR A80J requires a little more tweaking in order to look its best; it's fine out of the box, but to really reach its full potential, you'll want to play around with various modes. It's not the cheapest and other sets beat it purely based on picture quality, but as an all-round package the A80J is a great choice.   

Read our full Sony Bravia XR A80J review.

Samsung Q80T QLED TV

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8. Best 4K quantum dot: Samsung Q80T QLED TV

The 4K OLED alternative of choice

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75, 85 inches
Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4
Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 2.1 inches
Weight: 39.5 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Rich colors and contrast+Object Tracking Sound works well+Impressive 4K upscaling+Tizen TV is as smart as it gets
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision support

The Samsung Q80T QLED 4K TV is as impressive as ever, thanks to quantum-dot enhanced picture, clever smart features and impressive Object Tracking Sound. We love the excellent color quality and HDR performance, though you will have to accept that Samsung TVs don't offer Dolby Vision support. Powered by Samsung's latest powerful Quantum processor, the Q80t is also formidable on the smart TV features, with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant in addition to Samsung's Bixby voice assistant.

And while it's not Samsung's most premium 4K smart TV, it's really, really close. The only real differences between the Q80T and the more expensive Samsung Q90T QLED TV is that the Q80T has it's ports on the TV, instead of a separate box – well, that and a couple hundred dollars in the purchase price.

Read our full Samsung Q80t QLED TV review

TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535) review

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9. Best budget 4K QLED: TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535)

Affordable quantum dot enhancement

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 48.4 x 28.1 x 3.0 inches
Weight: 32.6 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Faithful colors+Built-in Roku smarts+Excellent price
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre sound-Modest brightness

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV does what TCL does best, delivering a surprisingly great mix of features and performance at an excellent affordable price. With even the largest model selling for less than $1000, you get the superb color and brightness of QLED, as well as Roku's user-friendly smart TV interface, which puts thousands of apps right at your fingertips.

In addition to the excellent color accuracy and full color gamut offered by the QLED display, it offers top-of-the-line HDR support, with Dolby Vision in addition to basic HDR10 and HLG formats. With input lag clocking in at 13.1 milliseconds, it's also one of the best affordable gaming TVs you can buy. And it's roughly half the price of Samsung's equivalent QLED TV, making it one of the best values in smart TVs.

Read our full TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535) review. 

Toshiba C350 Fire TV review

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10. Best Amazon Fire TV: Toshiba C350 Fire TV (2021 model)

The best Amazon Fire TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 43, 50, 55 inches
Screen Type: LCD
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 ARC)
Size: 37.9 x 22.0 x 2.9 inches
Weight: 15.0 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Responsive Fire TV+Good color in standard mode+Low lag time
Reasons to avoid
-Flat HDR-Inconsistent backlighting

The Toshiba C350 Fire TV is the 2021 addition to the small family of Amazon-powered smart TVs, offering good features and decent performance for its extremely affordable price. It's a decent example of the Fire TV template, combining good-enough 4K picture quality, impressively short lag times, and Amazon's great Fire TV smart features, like built-in Alexa voice control, a pretty big app store and (of course) an interface that puts Amazon's Prime Video service front and center. With even the largest 55-inch model selling for less than $500 (and likely much less during sales events), it's one of the smartest affordable TVs you can get.

The C350 doesn’t come with the latest bells and whistles, such as HDMI 2.1 or Dolby Atmos support, but it does Dolby Vision and HDR10 — though not very well. But with excellent color accuracy, low lag time and a good looking design, it's still a solid TV for the price, and better than many Fire TV models we've seen in the past.

Read our full Toshiba C350 Fire TV review.

Hisense U8G Android TV (65U8G) review

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11. Best Hisense 4K TV: Hisense U8G Android TV

A great Android TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches
Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0)
Size: 57.1 x 33.1 x 4.1 inches
Weight: 53.4 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Very bright+Excellent sharpness, color and contrast+Low lag time
Reasons to avoid
-Overactive motion smoothing-Mediocre viewing angles

The Hisense U8G Android TV is our favorite 4K smart TV from Hisense, and one of the best Android TVs around. With a quantum dot color and integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant, it's a full-featured smart TV that offers great quality for a reasonable price. With support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, it also offers the best HDR format support you can find, along with excellent Dolby Atmos sound. It has room-listening microphones for built-in voice control, effectively letting you use the TV as a smart speaker, and offering the sort of smart home integration and control that would normally cost much more.

In our review, we were especially impressed by the U8G's 700+ nits of peak brightness and how it combines with the better-than-average HDR support for great performance that brings out highlights and shadows. With few complaints and lots of great perks, the Hisense U8G Android TV is easily our new favorite Hisense model.

Read our full Hisense U8G Android TV (65U8G) review.

SunBriteTV Pro 2 Outdoor TV review

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12. Best outdoor TV: SunBriteTV Pro 2

Best outdoor TV for all conditions

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 49, 55, 65 inches
Screen Type: LCD
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 2
Size: 45.1 x 26.9 x 4.8 inches
Weight: 84 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Solid 4K picture with basic HDR+Rugged outdoor design with internal climate control
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-No built in audio or smart functions

The average TV isn't made to handle rain, snow, dust or heat. But the SunBriteTV Pro 2 outdoor TV is built for those conditions, with a rugged design that can withstand the elements. Whether it's in a cold garage or out on an open porch, the weather-sealed chassis fends off precipitation, dirt and bugs, and even has a sealed compartment for HDMI hookups. The screen is made to be viewed in full sunlight conditions where even other outdoor sets would falter.

With basic HDR capability and strong overall performance, the SunBriteTV  is great for any outdoor setting. And with optional weatherproof soundbar or speakers you can enjoy sound that's just as tough. If you want a great set for your yard, this is the best TV to get for outdoor viewing.

Read our full SunBriteTV Pro 2 outdoor TV review.

How to choose the best 4K TV for you

When it comes to finding a great TV, the best advice is to find the TV that meets your budget, and has the features you want. From smart functions to port selection, we offer plenty of advice in our TV buying guide, which explains the ins and outs of features like HDR, different types of display, and even extended warranties. And if you still have questions about smart TV features and capabilities, check out Smart TVs: Everything you need to know.

For the best picture, we recommend getting a set that offers high dynamic range (HDR) support. HDR10 is the base standard, while Dolby Vision is a higher-caliber format, and we recommend opting for Dolby Vision support when you have the choice.

Port selection is another chief concern. More HDMI ports will let you connect more devices, like game consoles and satellite boxes. And if you have a soundbar, you'll want to connect it using an HDMI port with eARC.

Finally, you'll want to find a smart TV platform that you like. Companies like Samsung and LG use their own proprietary software, but many use more broadly available software, like Android or Roku TV.

According to our guide What size TV should you buy?, you'll want to position the TV roughly the same distance from the TV as the diagonal measurement of the screen size – 50 inches from a 50-inch TV, 65 inches from a 65-inch TV, and so on.

You can expect to pay about $500 for a good budget 55-inch 4K TV. And at least $900 for a 65-inch model. Models with better picture, speakers and features will cost more, and premium 65-inch TVs often cost $2,000 or more.

How we test 4K TVs

Evaluating TVs is about more than just kicking back to watch a movie. That's why every TV we review is put through a rigorous testing process that measures key standards of picture quality and performance.

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 and app store selection. This gives us a good feel for the navigation and ease of use on the TV, and lets us meaningfully discuss which smart TVs may be better or worse than others.

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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Brian Westover
Brian Westover is an Editor at Tom's Guide, covering everything from TVs to the latest PCs. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he wrote for TopTenReviews and PCMag.