The best 4K TVs in any price range (2018)

There are a ton of 4K TVs out there. You walk into your local electronics store or log into Amazon and they’re everywhere. It is absolutely difficult to find one that you like that also fits perfectly in your living room. We can’t make the decision for you, but we can most certainly help! Here are the best 4K TVs in almost every price range. We also have dedicated lists for under $1000 and under $2000 if you’d like to see even more options! Or if you’re really on a tight budget, check out our best cheap 4K TV guide.


Of course, you’re all busy folks and we don’t want to keep you here all day. Those looking for the short version can find it just below. Anyone wanting more information on these 4K TVs can continue reading for our justifications and reasons for listing the TVs that we did. Here we go!

  • Best 4K TV for under $1000 – Vizio M-Series 2018
  • Best 4K TV for under $1500 – Sony X900F (55-inch)
  • Best 4K TV for under $2000 – LG B7 (55-inch)
  • The best bang for your buck – TCL 6-Series Roku TV
  • Third best overall – Samsung Q6FN, Q7FN, Q8FN, Q9FN
  • Second best overall – LG 8-series OLED TVs
  • The best overall 4K TV – Sony A8F

You may notice that some prominent manufacturers aren’t on our list. That doesn’t mean that they don’t make good TVs. We prefer FALD and OLED displays to edge-lit panels. Sometimes manufacturers just hit that sweet spot as well. There are plenty of excellent 4K TVs that we’re not listing here today. That doesn’t mean they’re not good. It just means that these TVs are something a little more special.

Do you really need 4K? To answer that question, check out our 1080p vs 4K guide.

Vizio M-Series 2017 - best 4K TVs under $1000

Best 4K TV for under $1000 – Vizio M-Series 2018

Price: $699.99 (55-inch) / $999.99 (65-inch)
The Vizio M-Series stands against a lot of competition. There are tons of great 4K TVs in the sub-$1000 space. In fact, its lead is tenuous at best. The TCL 6-Series also makes an outstanding case for the best in this category. There are also a few Samsung and Sony TVs that squeak into the sub-$1000 price during sales that are competitive as well, but you usually have to wait until the end of the year for those.

We chose the Vizio M-Series 2018 for a variety of reasons. It has a wide color gamut, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. It comes with a FALD display (32 lighting zones) as well as Google Chromecast Ultra built-in. That gives it support for high quality video streaming out of the box without any additional hardware. The picture quality is outstanding for its price, it does reasonably well with gaming, and it even supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It also includes four HDMI 2.0 ports, an upgrade from the single HDMI 2.0 port (and three HDMI 1.0 ports) on the 2017 model. 

The improvements to the 2018 Vizio M-Series TVs put it right toward the top of the list for sub-$1000 TVs. This and the TCL 6-Series are basically interchangeable. It really depends on your needs. The Vizio M-Series provides slightly better picture quality and Chromecast built-in. TCL’s Roku platform is still really good, though, and its picture quality is still outstanding. We recommend looking at both in a store to see which one speaks to you more. You can’t go wrong either way. The 55-inch goes for an extremely reasonable $699.99. The 65-inch goes for an even more reasonable $999.99. Both are under $1000. 

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Best 4K TV for under $1500: Sony X900F

Price: $1299.99 (55-inch)
The Sony X900F is a master in its very small price range window. Fortunately for it, though, there isn’t a whole lot of competition in the $1000-$1500 space. Samsung’s newer QLED TVs have lower spec models in this price range and some other TVs (like Vizio’s M-series and TCL’s 6-Series) have larger TVs in this price range. It’s kind of a weird spot to be, though. At this point, most people just pony up and go for the best under $2000. Still, the Sony X900F is no laughing matter.

It actually features many of the same things as most competitors on this list. That includes a FALD display, support for HDR10, and Android TV. Android TV also means that a Chromecast is built-in. That gives it support for tons of high quality streaming apps out of the box from both your phone and the TV itself. Sony’s TVs in general also have excellent image processing although that does cut into the TV’s input lag a little bit. This one is definitely better for watching TV and movies rather than gaming. However, the input lag is still low enough for casual gaming. It improves on the 2017’s X900E by including four HDMI 2.0 ports instead of just two. That shores up basically all of the complaints we had with last year’s model. 

Like we said, the $1000-$1500 range is a little bit bare. There isn’t a ton of competition here. The X900F is a better TV than the TCL 6-Series and the Vizio M-Series in terms of picture quality and built-in functionality via Android TV. However, both of those TVs are about half of the price of this beast. All three TVs feature four HDMI 2.0 ports (for HDR), full-array local dimming, HDR support, 4K, and streaming services. That means you’re really just paying a premium for Sony’s outstanding image processing and full Android TV support. If you really want that, this is the TV for you. Otherwise, you may be happier saving a few hundred bucks on the Vizio M-Series or TCL 6-Series.

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Best 4K TV under $2000: LG B7

Price: $1599.99 (55-inch)
The best TV under $2000 is basically a no brainer. LG’s OLED panels are among the best in the market and its 2017 panels were among the top two best TVs in the whole world. It’s 2018 and LG’s 2018 OLED lineup is better than its 2017 lineup. However, you can’t get its 2018 lineup for under $2000 yet. Thankfully, LG still sells its 2017 lineup on sites like Amazon for a fairly hefty discount.

So what does the LG B7 do well? Everything. Okay, on to the next TV! Just kidding. The TV supports a wide color gamut, HDR10, Dobly Vision, and a few other types of HDR. It also has four HDMI 2.0 ports, a scary thin design, and even decent sound quality. It has a 20ms input lag. That makes it excellent for gaming as well. OLED TVs in general also have much wider viewing angles than LED/LCD. That makes them great center pieces for your living room no matter where you’re sitting.

We recommend the B7 over other members of the 2017 line-up mostly for its price. It has the same panel as any other member of the 2017 lineup at a fraction of the cost. At the time of this writing, This TV goes for $1599.99 on Amazon. That’s down from well over $2000 when it first launched. FALD displays are nice, but OLED for under $2000 is still extremely rare and if you have to go back a year to get it, we highly recommend it. If your wallet can stretch it, though, 2018’s B8 is only about $700 more right now.  

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Best bang for your buck: TCL 6-series Roku TVs

Price: $599.99
There are some TVs that just don’t make sense. TCL’s 6-Series TVs are among them. These TVs have a bargain basement price of $599.99, but the feature set of a much more expensive TV. This one fights above its weight class in a way that makes it a shoe-in for this category. This comes off of the heels of the widely popular and powerful P605/607 models that took the Internet by storm in 2017. The 2018 models haven’t lost their touch, their ridiculous price point, or their excellent set of features.

This TV features a FALD display (with 96 lighting zones), wide color gamut, and support for HDR10 as well as Dolbly Vision. It carries a sub-20ms input lag. That makes it top tier for gamers. The TV also comes with three HDMI 2.0 ports and a Roku smart TV platform with most streaming services. That makes it excellent for living rooms with a ton of HDR-capable devices like multiple gaming systems or a UHD Blu-Ray player. The Roku functionality is also excellent for streaming things on popular services like Netflix, Hulu, and even some live TV services like Sling TV. 

Really, the Vizio M-Series 2018 and the TCL 6-Series are interchangeable on this list. The Vizio is also an amazing bang for your buck. Meanwhile, the TCL 6-Series may very well be the best TV under $1000. The question is what you need. The Vizio M-Series has slightly better picture quality, but a slightly higher input lag along with the ubiquitous Chromecast. The TCL 6-Series has lower input lag (better for gaming) and the Roku experience gives the TV an all-in-one flavor. Like we said above, we recommend looking at both physically in a store before making a decision.

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Third best overall: Samsung Q6FN, Q7FN, Q8FN, Q9FN

Price: Ranges from $1099.99 to $5999.99
Samsung’s 2018 lineup of QLED TVs are weird cases. They are absolutely excellent TVs. However, they are also very expensive for what looks like old technology. Probably more expensive than they should be. That makes it a little difficult to recommend them unless you find them on sale or they happen to fit what you need in a TV. That’s a larger audience than you’d think, but it’s still not that big.

These TVs do a lot right. They can do movies, games, TV shows, sports, and whatever else you need it to do. The black levels and uniformity are reasonably good for an edge-lit LCD TV. They also have excellent input lag numbers for gamers, support for most types of HDR, and a wide color gamut. There isn’t a lot that these TVs do wrong. They even get ridiculously bright and that’s great for proper HDR content. As you can expect, the Q6FN isn’t as good as the Q9FN and the prices indicate that. You may need to look at the feature list before purchasing to make sure the TV has all of the features you want. 

Samsung’s prices for these TVs are lower than they were last year (comparatively speaking). We still recommend waiting for a sale, perhaps in the autumn during Black Friday or some other sales event from stores like Best Buy. Each TV in the line-up comes in multiple sizes, from 55-inches all the way up to 82-inches. 

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Second best overall: LG 8-series OLED

Price: Ranges from $2099.99 to $8999.99
The LG 8-series OLED TVs are their 2018 lineup of TVs. They all include the same basic OLED panel. Thus, you get the same picture quality on a B8 that you would on any other model. In fact, their core features are basically the same through the entire lineup, including input lag, HDMI 2.0 ports, wide color gamut, various types of HDR support, and all of that. Their picture quality is absurdly good in virtually all situations across the entire lineup. It doesn’t matter what you want to do, these TVs can get it done.

The differences in model come down to included accessories and design. The more expensive models come with Dolby Atmos-compatible sound bars. Additionally, they get thinner and thinner. Their W8 model is basically just a screen that you can hang on the wall with a separate box for all the inputs.

Admittedly, the price for the upper echelon of these TVs probably isn’t worth it. The W8 “wallpaper TV” is a neat invention, but it also costs far more than the lower models. In reality, we’d recommend the B8 or C8. They’re cheaper and a bit thicker overall, but come with the same features that make the entire lineup truly amazing. You really can’t wrong with any of these. It all depends on your wallet, your living room, and your needs. Plus, they’re available in box stores like Best Buy so you can check it out in stores before you buy it. If you don’t mind a slight dip in picture quality, the 2017 7-series line-up is still an excellent selection of TVs.

Sony Bravia A1E - best 4K TVs

The best 4K TV overall: Sony A8F

Price: $2799.99 (55-inch) / $3799.99 (65-inch)
This was a tougher decision than it looks. The LG 8-series OLEDs and the Sony A8F are basically a wash. Both OLED panels perform superbly under virtually any viewing circumstances. If cost was taken into consideration, the LG OLEDs would win out overall. However, if money is no object, we think the Sony A8F squeaks by as the best out there right now.

Like the LG OLED, the Sony Bravia A1E is really good at everything, including movies, TV shows, sports, and gaming. The input lag is sufficient for most gamers. It includes four HDMI 2.0 ports, a wide color gamut, support for most types of HDR, and excellent color reproduction. The motion blur control is phenomenal. It’s pretty much the complete package.

There really isn’t any reasonable gap between LG’s OLED and Sony’s OLED offerings. Both the LG 8-series OLED and Sony A8F are pretty much both as top of the line as it gets. The A8F has slightly better picture quality, but the LG OLEDs are slightly more versatile overall. We’re talking very minimal differences between the two in practical, every day use. For a 55-inch TV, we’d still recommend a B8 over this because it’s vastly cheaper and we don’t believe that the Sony A8F is worth the extra money. This is simply answering the question of what the best 4K TV is right now. It’s the A8F, but you’re going to pay for that extra 2-3% increase.

Wrap up

We took a bit of a different approach to this article than most other websites. We wanted to find the best value for your money, but also show you what the best was as well. Perspective is a powerful thing. In reality, all of these TVs are more similar than they are different. All of them make for excellent centerpieces in your living room set up. They all support wide color gamut, HDR, and HDMI 2.0. They all do great for games.

There are other TVs that would’ve done fine on this list as well. Some honorable mentions include basically every Samsung TV from the MU8000 on up, the Sony X930E, and we ignored pretty much every curved TV available. We also kept the sizing consistent at 55-inches to show you the price differences fairly. However, the Vizio E-series 75-inch at $1899.99 is the only 75-inch 4K TV worth getting in that price range. There are a variety of niche use cases that we didn’t include. This list should work for most people, but certainly not everybody.

So with that in mind, if there’s a TV that works extremely well that we didn’t mention, tell us about it in the comments! The more ideas out there, better our perspective gets. Good luck shopping for your next 4K TV!

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