Best 4K TVs for 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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With so many TVs in the marketplace, shopping for a brand new one generally is a daunting activity. The choice virtually all the time comes down to cost and the options you worth most. One function you will discover on most trendy TVs is 4K decision help, which has change into the predominant decision in recent times — even the finest TVs underneath $500 supply it. 

What are the most effective 4K TVs for all budgets?

The most effective 4K TVs embody all kinds of fashions at price range and premium costs. Certainly one of our favourite inexpensive fashions is the TCL 4-Sequence, which begins at lower than $300 for a 43-inch model. For a more premium pick, we love the LG OLED C2 — just keep in mind that it can get pricey. 

4K resolution just means the TV has a certain number of pixels, 3,840×2,160 to be exact, along with the ability to display 4K TV shows, movies and games from streaming services, devices and game consoles like the Xbox Series X and PS5. There’s a lot more to picture quality than resolution, so you can’t ignore things like contrast, dynamic range, HDR performance and peak brightness. The best-performing TVs in our reviews excel in these areas. Additionally, if you’re looking for a gaming TV, you’ll also want to consider factors like input lag.

The list below represents the best 4K TVs (which are, let’s face it, the best TVs, period) that I’ve reviewed in CNET’s test lab, where I compare them side by side. 

Read more: Change These TV Settings for the Optimal Picture

Best 4K TVs

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The C2 represents the pinnacle of picture quality at a price that’s admittedly high, but not too ridiculous. It beats any non-OLED TV on this list, including the Samsung QN90B below, with its perfect black levels, unbeatable contrast and superb off-angle viewing. It also has superb gaming features, making it the perfect companion to an Xbox Series X or S, PlayStation 5 or both. The C2 comes in a variety of sizes as well, although the bigger models are expensive.

Improvements over the C1 from the previous year include carbon-fiber construction for up to 47% lighter weight — the 65-inch version we reviewed weighs just 37 pounds with its stand, compared to 72 pounds for the 65-inch C1 — as well as some additional tweaks to game mode and a new “always ready” feature.

The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.

Read our LG C2 series OLED TV review.


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Looking for a high-end TV with spectacular image quality, but don’t want an OLED? The Samsung QN90B is your best bet. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in our side-by-side tests, but the QN90B QLED screen comes closer than ever.

The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.

Read our Samsung QN90B review.


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The picture quality of the TCL 4-Series Roku TV was a step behind the Vizio V-Series in our budget TV test, but the differences between the two are slight enough that you’d really have to have them set up side by side to notice anything at all. The 4-Series lacks Dolby Vision, Bluetooth connectivity and AMD FreeSync with a variable refresh rate, all of which the Vizio offers. 

The 4-Series’ advantage over the Vizio is that it comes with the excellent Roku Smart TV system built in. That makes it a great choice for those looking for a one-stop smart TV, without having to add an external streaming device.

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TV Technology

LED with local dimming

Smart TV

Yes (SmartCast)



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The Vizio MQX is one of the least expensive TVs to feature full-array local dimming, which lets it reproduce TV shows, movies and games with enough contrast and pop to do HDR justice. The MQX has fewer dimming zones than more expensive TVs like the TCL 6-Series and Hisense U8H, but it offers 16 zones on the 50-inch, 30 on the 65-inch and 42 on the 75-inch, which is more than enough for excellent overall picture quality, with bright highlights, dark black levels, punchy contrast and accurate color.

Unlike the M7 from 2021, the MQX has a true 120Hz refresh rate, which allows compatibility with 4K/120Hz signals from game consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, and worked well in our tests. Vizio supports both major HDR formats, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, in the M-Series. If you can’t save up for the TCL or the Hisense, but want a better picture than the TCL 4-Series or Vizio V-Series, the Vizio MQX is an excellent happy medium.

The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.

Read our Vizio MQX review.


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Among midpriced models we liked the TCL 6-Series just a little better in our side-by-side comparison, but this Hisense is a strong contender. Its excellent image quality is anchored by best-in-class brightness that improves its bright-room picture quality and makes HDR TV movies, shows and games really pop. It’s actually brighter than the TCL with better contrast, but the TCL’s slightly more accurate image gave it the edge overall. The Hisense uses Google TV instead of Roku, and unlike the TCL, the U8H includes an ATSC 3.0 tuner. Frankly, you can’t go wrong with either one.

The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.

Read our Hisense U8H review.


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Samsung is the brand that sells more TVs than anyone, and one of its most popular is the Q60 series. Its sleek QLED screen design stands out compared with the other TVs on this list — even though the ultrathin OLED models are sleeker — and it offers better features, image quality and more sizes than models like the TCL 4-Series and Sony X80K. The TVs listed in this article are all superior values, but if you want a Samsung TV and can’t afford the QN90B, this is a great choice.

The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.

Read our Samsung Q60B review.


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When we compared the best budget TVs side-by-side, the picture quality of Vizio’s V-Series clearly emerged as the leader of the pack. The Vizio offered the most balanced and accurate picture during our comparisons, and it comes with some useful extras such as Dolby Vision support, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth compatibility and variable refresh rate for potentially smoother gaming. The biggest downside of the Vizio is its smart TV platform, Vizio SmartCast. It’s crowded, slow and littered with ads for platforms such as Tubi and Kidoodle TV. Even when you factor in the cost of adding a new streaming device, however, the V-Series remains the best overall entry-level TV that we tested. 

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How CNET tests 4K TVs

Our TV reviews follow a rigorous, unbiased evaluation process honed over nearly two decades of TV reviews. Our primary TV test lab has specialized equipment for measuring light and color, including a Konica Minolta CS-2000 spectroradiometer, a Murideo Sig-G 4K HDR signal generator and an AVPro Connect 8×8 4K HDR distribution matrix. We use Portrait Displays CalMan Ultimate software to evaluate every TV we review. In every CNET TV review, three or more similar TVs are compared side by side in various lighting conditions playing different media, including movies, TV shows and games, across a variety of test categories, from color to video processing to gaming to HDR. Our reviews also account for design, features, smart TV performance, HDMI input and gaming compatibility and other factors.

Read more: How We Test TVs


I’ll post the answers to commonly asked TV questions below. If you have any others, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@dkatzmaier), or by clicking the little envelope icon on my CNET profile web page. Doing so will allow you to ship a message straight to my inbox.

How huge a TV ought to I get?

In my view greater is best, and your cash is finest spent on giant display screen sizes slightly than a slight improve in picture high quality. The reply additionally is dependent upon room measurement and seating distance: When you’ve got a giant room and sit farther away, you will need a greater TV. The reply additionally is dependent upon room measurement and seating distance.

Burn-in is when a part of a picture — for instance a channel brand, information ticker or a scoreboard on a TV — persists as a ghostly background it doesn’t matter what else seems onscreen. Burn-in is feasible with any OLED TV, however it’s not going with regular use. The easiest way to stop burn-in is to fluctuate what you watch.

What’s the finest sensible TV system for streaming?

At CNET our favourite is Roku for its simplicity, however completely different methods like Google TV, Amazon Fireplace TV, Samsung and LG have completely different strengths, specifically for voice instructions. In any case we do not think about the built-in sensible TV system that essential as a result of you’ll be able to all the time join a streaming machine to any TV.

How do I get the most effective TV sound?

Most TVs sound horrible as a result of their skinny cupboards haven’t got room for decent-size audio system or bass. If you wish to get good sound you should purchase an exterior audio system. Even a cheap soundbar will ship a lot better audio high quality than a TV’s built-in audio system.

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