The Best 4K HDR Smart TVs

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Whether it’s your living room, basement, or even your bedroom, a top-quality TV creates a powerful focal point — especially when it’s in ultra high definition. If you’re looking to bring something vibrant and breath-taking to your home, then look no further than one of these 4K HDR Smart TVs. With four times as many pixels as other HD TVs, with screens ranging from a casual 43” to a truly immersive 85”, and with Smart technology that allows you to easily watch any of your favourite streaming services without any additional gadgets and cords, these aren’t your parents’ TV sets. But they don’t stop there: some of our selections also allow you to cast directly from your phone, or have a virtual assistant like Alexa help you easily navigate to the next season of that show you love.

Are you hoping to have a bark as big as the bite? With our choice of Sony TVs, you can easily add on soundbars that will amplify and accentuate even the subtlest sounds for a truly cinematic experience. No matter your budget, you can soon be seeing the world in 4K clarity.

When compiling a list of the five best anything, it’s rare that the category will be dominated by just two brands, but that is the case this time around. It’ll be no surprise to any TV buff that Sony appears three times on this list with TCL taking the final two spots. While Sony has been a household name for years, TCL has only been in the North American market since 2013 but has grown so popular since 2016 that it has surpassed giants like Samsung and Panasonic and is now giving Sony a run for its money as well. Sony still has impeccable products in the higher price ranges, but TCL offers less expensive but still impressive models.

Check out the best 4K HDR Smart TVs below.

1. Editor's Pick: Sony X950H 4K HDR Full Array LED Smart Android TV with Dolby Vision

1. Editor's Pick: Sony X950H 4K HDR Full Array LED Smart Android TV with Dolby Vision
  • Easy setup
  • Compatible with your Google Assistant, Siri, and/or Alexa
  • Wirelessly cast from your Apple devices
  • Does not have HDMI 2.1 ports for optimal Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X experience

Key Specs

Screen Size: 49” / 55” / 65” / 75” / 85”
Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 4K - 3 840 x 2 160 Pixels

Sony is usually synonymous with “quality” and the X950H is just that: a quality investment. While it does come out as the second highest price on this list, it’s for good reason: Using their Picture Processor X1 Ultimate in tandem with TRILUMINOS Display and Full Array LEDs, the sheer scope of light this TV has at its disposal sculpts contrast so nuanced that with the astounding colour capabilities to match you’ll be convinced you’ve entered the TV itself.

What really sets this model apart from the competition is its X-Wide Angle technology. No matter where in the room you’re watching from, the colour maintains true-to-life vividness.

2. Runner Up: TCL 50S425-CA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

2. Runner Up: TCL 50S425-CA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
  • Incredible value
  • Roku App allows you to navigate your TV from your Smartphone
  • Cast from your Android or Windows devices
  • 4K display comparable to TVs that cost twice as much
  • Potential backlight bleed around perimeters of screen
  • Not Bluetooth compatible
  • Does not have HDMI 2.1 ports for optimal Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X experience

Key Specs

Screen Size: 43” / 50” / 55” / 65” / 75”
Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Connections: USB, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Supported Services: Roku offers hundreds of streaming channels including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, YouTube, etc.

If you’re looking for a TV that won’t break the bank but still delivers a great picture and sound, the TCL 50S425 is the answer to your prayers. Coming in $200 under other TCL models, and $300+ under the least expensive Sony on this list (comparing all models at 65” screen size), the value of this model is unparalleled. TCL’s partnership with Roku TV means an interface that is easy to use; add all your favourite streaming channels to one convenient homescreen, as well as hundreds of free channels only available with Roku. Once you turn it on, you’ll be wondering how on Earth they can charge so little for such a great product.

3. Best for Streaming: Sony X800H 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV

3. Best for Streaming: Sony X800H 4K HDR LED Android Smart TV
  • Compatible with your Google Assistant, Siri, and/or Alexa
  • Wirelessly cast from your Apple devices
  • Does not have HDMI 2.1 ports for optimal Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X experience
  • Bluetooth capabilities are limited to wireless keyboards and remotes, not audio equipment

Key Specs

Screen Size: 43” / 49” / 55” / 65” / 75” / 85”
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0
Supported Services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube

The younger sibling of the Sony X950H, the X800H costs $1000 less (comparing models at 65” screen sizes) and is powered by the 4K HDR Processor X1, TRILUMINOS Display, and Dolby Vision. This superb mid-range model also features Dolby Atmos on models 55” or larger. What does this mean? Sound comes from above and either side of the TV, allowing sound to move seamlessly around you, heightening the immersive viewing experience.

4. Best QLED: TCL 5-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED Roku Smart TV

4. Best QLED: TCL 5-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED Roku Smart TV
  • Roku App allows you to navigate your TV from your Smartphone
  • ‘Game Mode’ automatically detects when video games are being played and optimizes the display for the best gaming experience
  • Cast from your Android or Windows devices
  • Not Bluetooth compatible

Key Specs

Screen Size: 50” / 55” / 65” / 75”
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Resolution: 4K
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Connections: Wireless, Ethernet, HDMI

This TCL model is the only TV on our list that does something different: it uses QLEDs instead of traditional LEDs. What does that ‘Q’ mean and what is the difference? The Q stands for Quantum Dots, which is a relatively new and efficient way of producing stunning colour. While normal LEDs are all white (able to produce an array of colour using a lot of light), QLEDs rely on dots of individual colours that blend to build deeply saturated colour with impeccable contrast even at dim light levels. Not only is this model cool new tech, it’s also more energy efficient and has a shockingly low price tag.

5. Also Consider: Sony Z8H 8K HDR Full Array LED Smart Android TV with Dolby Vision

5. Also Consider: Sony Z8H 8K HDR Full Array LED Smart Android TV with Dolby Vision
  • Compatible with your Google Assistant, Siri, and/or Alexa
  • Wirelessly cast from your Apple devices
  • Perfect for the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X
  • No modest sizing options

Key Specs

Screen Size: 75” / 85”
Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Resolution: 8K - 7 680 x 4 320 Pixels
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Connections: Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, HDMI

The Sony Z8H has been saved for last, so let’s take a deep breath before we dive in. Ready? The starting price is $6,999.99 for a 75” screen, with the 85” coming in at $10,999.99. Has your heart rate returned to normal? Great, let’s continue: the clarity is four times sharper than on the best 4K model, making this an incredibly stunning TV.

It uses the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate (which is the best of the best) and, like other Sony models, utilizes TRILUMINOS, Full Array LED, and Dolby Visions. If money isn’t an issue, why not put the whole world in your living room?

Before Buying, Think About What Kind of TV User You Are

It’s important to keep in mind that while the only TVs really on the market anymore have a resolution of 4K or higher, you should consider what content you use your TV for most. If you’re rewatching your favourite sitcom for the umpteenth time, remember that that TV show was probably not shot in 4K. If that’s the case, you may go with a wallet-friendly option then when the occasion arises that you watch something in 4K it will be a nice treat. If this sounds like you, TCL is probably a great fit. Do you live for nature documentaries or the newest video games? Then odds are you’ll put lots of weight into contrast, depth of colour, and things like refresh rate. For you, a higher-end Sony makes much more sense.

Let’s say you live in a household with an assortment of viewing habits; focus on what your budget allows for. Any mid-range product — TCL or Sony — will surely make everyone happy. Features like casting from devices, using virtual assistants, or connecting Bluetooth gadgets aren’t uniform across all makes and models. Nothing is more satisfying than easily throwing up some vacation pictures from your phone to the TV to show family and friends, or being able to ask Alexa to pause the movie while you run for more popcorn (butter and remotes don’t mix), so make sure your TV has the abilities to allow you to be entertained as efficiently as possible.

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