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The Best 4K TVs for 2023

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TV manufacturers have their best technology going into 4K, so there’s a surplus of options. You can find budget 4K TVs and even 4K TVs for gaming, but if you want a TV that holds nothing back, you need to investigate the premium segment of the market for the best 4K options available. There, you'll find OLED displays with rich contrast ratios and capable QLED displays delivering staggering brightness levels and ample local dimming zones. These quality TVs offer the best refresh rates and adaptive sync technology, guaranteeing an enjoyable, tear-free gaming experience on next-gen consoles or PC.

We've rounded up the best offerings on the market. These exceptional TVs let you sit back, relax, and enjoy their stunning picture for years to come. They’ll dominate your walls with their enormity. But the staggering size also ensures you get all the benefits from a stunningly crisp and clear 4K resolution. However, many of the models we recommend come in smaller, more wallet-friendly sizes without sacrificing specs and other features. Also, if you want to stay at the forefront of new technology, check out our best 8K TVs.

You can also check out our list of the best TV deals right now for discounts.

TL;DR – These are the best 4K TVs for 2023:

LG 77" Class C3 Series OLED Evo

Best 4K TV

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The LG Class C3 Series OLED Evo hits the sweet spot thanks to the brilliance of its OLED display, along with a host of quality features that don't quite push it to the point of an excessively high price. This model brings better contrast and clarity than last year's already luminous LG C2. It’s a sight to behold, especially when you add in the deep blacks and well-balanced colors on the crisp 4K 77-inch screen.

For the ultimate movie and TV viewing experience, Dolby Vision and HDR10 are baked in, while an a9 Gen6 AI Processor upscales the sound and picture of whatever you’re watching. When you’re ready to game, the LG C3 hangs with the best gaming TVs, as it features a 120Hz refresh rate, VRR, and ALLM on all four HDMI 2.1 ports, so you’ll never see any screen tearing or stuttering. There’s even a new multiview feature letting you display two different HDMI inputs simultaneously, so as you’re playing PS5, you’re roommate can watch TV.

Vizio 75" Class P-Series Quantum LED UHD Smart TV

Best Budget 4K TV

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An extra-large TV often means a high price tag will follow, but with Vizio's P-Series Quantum, you get an excellent display at a massive 75 inches for half the competition’s price. At just $1,500, it’s even ready to game, with HDMI 2.1 connections that support 4K/120Hz and variable refresh rates for silky smooth frames. Vizio's ProGaming Engine also automatically detects gameplay, delivering low input lag and quick response times.

As for the 4K LED display, it’s backed by full-array local dimming in 210 zones for a high contrast ratio that brings deep blacks, though, in dark scenes, bright objects may have some haloing. Add in the high peak brightness, and this TV lets you bask in all your HDR content, whether it’s Dolby Vision or HDR10+. All the while, you’ll find vibrant, accurate colors brought to the table with Quantum Color technology for TV that shines when watching movies, streaming shows, or gaming.

Sony 65" Class A95K Series Bravia XR OLED 4K TV

Best OLED 4K TV

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Sony continues to outdo itself with the 65" Class A95K Series Bravia XR OLED 4K TV, which combines OLED and Quantum Dots technology for a brighter and more colorful image than traditional OLEDs. At the full 800 nits of brightness, you still won’t see any color cast while blacks remain truly black. Of course, it also delivers the most accurate, vibrant colors with coverage in the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts for lifelike graphics in both SDR and HDR.

The 65" Class A95K Series Bravia XR OLED 4K TV includes two HDMI 2.1 ports that support 4K at up to 120Hz with VRR and ALLM, letting you get your game on while enjoying butter-smooth frames. When you hook up your PS5 to the display, the console adds more convenient functionality with Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode. Those allow the TV to optimize HDR settings automatically and recognize what you’re viewing, switching to game mode to minimize input lag.

Samsung 85" Class QN90C Neo QLED

Best QLED 4K TV

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Samsung's Neo QLEDs are giving OLED panels a run for their money, as these smaller, finely-tunable Quantum Mini LED backlights can be packed into the display at much higher numbers for a staggering amount of local dimming zones. One TV that makes the most of this technology is Samsung’s Class QN90C, the predecessor of the Class QN90B. You’ll find more control over the contrast ratio for incredible highlights, and blooming is basically nonexistent in dark scenes. The color performance is also next level for a more immersive viewing experience.

That’s just the beginning, as the massive 85-inch display supports various HDR formats to enjoy all your favorite TV shows, movies, and games in all their detailed, nuanced glory. Though, Dolby Vision isn’t supported. When it comes to gaming, the Samsung Class QN90C is ready to take on even the most graphics-heavy games thanks to a 120Hz refresh rate alongside VRR and ALLM support for ultimate motion clarity. You can access all of these features on any of the four HDMI 2.1, while a gaming hub offers Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now for access to games without plugging in a console.

Sony 85" Class Bravia X90K Smart 4K TV

Best LED 4K TV

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Sony’s 85" Class Bravia X90K Smart 4K TV shows you there’s still plenty to love about a traditional LED display. For under $2,000, you can snag a massive 85-inch screen that puts a 10-bit panel in front of a full-array LED backlighting system, delivering precise control over local dimming zones and a high contrast ratio for deep blacks. You also get a wide color gamut with bold colors, and content should remain smooth with few pixelated artifacts or visible graduated lines in even the brightest skies.

Sony didn't miss the memo on gaming, which is good considering it makes the PS5. You’ll be tearing through the action at 120Hz in 4K with little worry, as ALLM and VRR are built-in. If you’re planning to use the PS5 with this TV, Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Switch ensures optimal settings for the content you’re viewing without you ever lifting a finger. Other handy features include a top-notch 4K upscaler, film modes, and the use of the Google TV OS.

LG 83" Class G3 Series OLED Evo

Best 4K TV for Show-offs

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For a TV you can show off thanks to the next-level picture quality, grab the LG G3 Series. Its new OLED Evo panel uses Micro Lens Array (MLA) technology to deliver wildly bright images without using additional power. That ensures excellent contrast for luminous highlights, deep blacks, and vibrant colors. Somehow, the mammoth 83-inch display still manages a low profile ideal for wall mounting, while a unique feature turns the TV into stunning artwork for a gallery-like feel in your space.

Given the size and visual quality of the LG G3 Series, it’s ideal for a home theater setup, while Dolby Vision and HDR10 support will further amp up your viewing experience. A new AI processor also automatically selects the best picture and sound settings based on what you’re watching. For gaming, you get a 4K/120Hz refresh rate, VRR, and ALLM on all four HDMI 2.1 ports, and a 0.1ms response time ensures an edge over opponents.

Samsung 85" Class QN900C Smart Neo QLED 8K TV

Best 8K TV

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Samsung's Class Neo QLED QN900C Series TV delivers an experience similar to the QN90C, except it's offering four times as many pixels with its future-proof 8K display. The virtually invisible bezel 85-inch model lets you take full advantage of the punchy colors, supreme brightness, and insane clarity. Its Neo QLED panel also allows for loads of Quantum Mini LEDs, delivering extremely precise local dimming for flashy highlights and deep, dark shadow details.

This TV stuns in SDR, but its HDR performance brings even brighter and bolder images to elevate your viewing experience, which includes HDR gaming. Speaking of gaming, this TV is a gaming beast, as the four HDMI 2.1 ports support not only 4K/120Hz but also 8K/60Hz video signals along with ALLM and VRR for the smoothest action, making it a perfect partner to the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. PC gamers even get the option game at 144Hz.

Which 4K TV Should You Buy?

There are a lot of different factors when it comes to buying a big and expensive 4K TV. One of the first things you should consider is size, followed by what you'll be using it for. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when shopping around for a new TV.

What Size Do You Need?

The size of the TV is almost always directly related to the price. The bigger you go, the more it's likely going to cost you. Because of this, it's important to know what size of TV you actually need. If you're buying a television for a smaller space, you will probably be fine with a 55-inch TV rather than a monster 85-inch behemoth.

What Are You Using the TV For?

Another important thing to keep in mind is what kind of use you're expecting to get out of your 4K TV. If you're planning on using it strictly for gaming, you will defintely need something with enough HDMI ports and a decent refresh rate. You may even want to consider buying a gaming monitor vs. a TV.

OLED vs. QLED

Another classic dillemma when buying a 4K TV is which kind you should buy. There are are a lot of different TV terms that mean different things and can affect your viewing experience. For more on this, you can take a look at our explainer about the different TV technologies.


Kevin Lee is IGN's Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

Danielle Abraham is a freelance writer and unpaid music historian.

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