Best 4K TV 2021: 10 Ultra TVs worth buying this year

Are you looking for the best 4K TVs of 2021? If you need a new TV, you absolutely need to look at the best 4K TVs. 4K TVs are quickly becoming the standard when it comes to flat-screen home TVs and for good reason. 4K TVs offer 4x the resolution of standard HD TVs and over 8 million pixels packed into their displays. Of course, 8K TVs are a premium right now and don’t fit into most people’s budgets but 4K TVs are more affordable than ever and they offer an outstanding experience for a fraction of the price.

So, ditch your old standard HD TV and read on to find out which 4K TV is right for you.

Samsung QN95A Neo QLED

Samsung QN55QN90AA 55" Neo QLED QN90AA Series 4K Smart TV with an Additional 1 Year Coverage by Epic Protect (2021)

Size55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch
Smart  TVTizen
Panel technologyNeo QLED

Pros: Crisp picture and deep sound system

Cons: No Dolby Vision support

The Samsung QN95A is Samsung’s latest flagship TV with the inclusion of quantum dot technology which pushes all the UHS boundaries. Due to this technology, you’ll get the brightest whites and the darkest blacks without losing any picture quality. The quantum dots that sit behind the display, giving the TV more control over highlights and shadows. The Samsung QN95A has up to 2,000 nits in brightness so there’ll never be a dull moment when you’re watching your favorite film.

The 4K TV doesn’t just look good but it also benefits from Object Tracking Sound which works with the 4.2.2 sound system that is squeezed into the slim shell of the TV. If you want to experience the mini LED technology for yourself, look no further than Samsung’s new pride of the pack.

LG C1 OLED Series

LG OLED55C1PUB Alexa Built-in C1 Series 55" 4K Smart OLED TV (2021)

Size48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch
Smart  TVwebOS
Panel technologyOLED
HDRHDR, HLG, Dolby Vision

Pros: Beautiful picture, 4x 2.1 HDMI ports

Cons: No HDR10+

The C1 Series from LG start off at a very reasonable price but they do get pricer when you go up in size. The mini LED panels to produce beautiful colors with outstanding contrast levels. This makes it a great 4K TV for casual watchers but it’s also great for gamers thanks to the many HDMI ports that it comes with. Do you have an Xbox and a PlayStation? No problem! All your devices can connect at once because this TV features 4x HDMI 2.1 ports. The C1 series also features a Game Optimiser menu which allows you to easily adjust brightness, contrast, and VRR settings as you go.

The LG C1 Series does suffer from a bit of screen glare in bright environments but it’s still a fantastically crisp 4K TV for gaming and cinematics so it deserves a spot on our best 4K TVs of 2021.

Sony X90J 4K TV

Sony XR75X90J 75-inch X90J 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV (2021 Model) Bundle with Deco Home 60W 2.0 Channel Soundbar, 37"-100" TV Wall Mount Bracket Bundle and 6-Outlet Surge Adapter

Size50, 55, 65, 75-inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Smart  TVHDR, HLG, Dolby Vision
Panel technologyLCD
HDRHDR, HLG, Dolby Vision

Pros: Good all-in-one 4K TV

Cons: Slight screen glare

The Sony X90J 4K TV features the new Cognitive XR Processor which has rolled out in all of Sony’s new 2021 TVs. The TV also features the new Google TV smart platform that supports a vast array of Google apps including Chromecast. The X90J has a 120Hz panel with 4K resolution and two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports for your Xbox Series X and PS5, with VRR. There’s low latency and a variable frame rate so your gaming experience will be flawless and packed with color.

The Sony X90J 4K TV deserves a place on our best 4K TVs because it is a great all-rounder for cinematics and gaming and at the same time, it won’t break the bank. If you have a Google phone that you enjoy, you’ll fall in love with this TV.

Hisense 75U7G ULED

Hisense ULED Premium 75-Inch U7G Quantum Dot QLED Series Android 4K Smart TV with Alexa Compatibility (75U7G)

Size55, 65, 75-inch
Smart  TVAndroid
Panel technologyLCD
HDRHDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Pros: beautiful contrast

Cons: slight screen glare

The 75U7G is a brilliant budget 4K TV from Hisense. If you’re looking to buy a 4K TV with a limited budget, Hisense has proved itself to be a serious competitor with competitive prices over the last few years. This TV is great for watching films and TV shows with its Quantum Dot tech but it comes to life when it’s used for gaming. That’s because it has a built-in Game Mode Pro which makes controller commands instant. It has very low latency which means less lag during the action of gameplay. It also comes with 4x HDMI 2.0 ports and 4x HDMI 2.1 ports so you’ll connect with ease.

This 4K TV also sounds great thanks to the built-in Dolby Atmos and IMAX Enhanced sound systems. Because this is an Android TV, you’ll also find all of your favorite apps in the Google Play store so you can think of the 75U7G as one big entertainment system.

It doesn’t come without its faults though. Even though the screen is as sharp as any on our list of best 4K TVs, it does suffer from slight screen glare in bright environments and its black depth leaves a bit to be desired but for the price, it’s a bargain.

Sony A90

Sony A90J 65 Inch TV: BRAVIA XR OLED 4K Ultra HD Smart Google TV with Dolby Vision HDR and Alexa Compatibility XR65A90J- 2021 Model

Size55-inch, 65-inch, 83-inch
Smart  TVGoogle TV
Panel technologyOLED
HDRHDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Missing key features

The Sony A90J sits on the higher end of our best 4K TV list. Although it holds a heavy price tag, we think that the price is justified. In fact, the Sony A90J does everything right. It has brilliant detail, contrast, brightness, and black depth to boot. It also has a very clean UI thanks to its Google TV layout. The menus are simple and easy to navigate and you also get a neat little remote that is a joy to use. 4K looks stunning on this TV but if you’re watching standard HD films, the Sony A90J will do a brilliant job of up-scaling the quality of the picture. Sony also does a great job of cramming in a wonderful sound system so you’ll think you’re sat in the cinema as you e watch your favorite films.

There is however no VRR support with this TV but your games will still look fantastic with low latency and bright colors.

Sony A8H/A8 OLED

Sony A8H 65-inch TV: BRAVIA OLED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility - 2020 Model

Size55-inch, 65-inch,
Smart  TVAndroid TV
Panel technologyOLED
HDRHDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Pros: Ultra-wide viewing angles

Cons: No HDR10+

The Sony AH is another Sony TV worth paying attention to. In fact, the AH blows the 2019 A9 from Sony out of the water. No longer will you be paying silly money to get your hands on one of the most powerful and reliable 4K TVs. The AH packs Sony’s top-line processor, the X1 Ultimate processor. You also get Sony’s Pixel Contrast Booster which makes highlights even more intense and a new version of the X-Motion Clarity feature that was originally developed for Sony’s FALD LCD TVs.

There’s also a two-subwoofer system included for cinematic sound so whether you’re gaming or watching a film, you’ll feel all the vibrations of the action.

If you’re not bothered about having HDR10+, the Sony AH is the perfect TV for all your 4K needs.

TCL 6-Series 2020 QLED (R635)

TCL 55-inch 6-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED Roku Smart TV - 55R635, 2021 Model

Size55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch
Smart  TVAndroid TV
Panel technologyQLED
HDRHDR, Dolby Vision

Pros: Low latency for gaming

Cons: Sharpness could be better

2020 6 Series from TCL are great TVs if you’re strapped for cash but you want a decent 4K TV. The 6 series comes with Quantum Dot technology which gives your display a reliable brightness and for such a cheap price you get a 4K picture, which you’ll be happy with. At the same time, TCL’s AiPQ Engine optimizes color, contrast, and stunning clarity for an unrivaled 4K HDR experience. If you’re a lover of voice-control you’ll be pleased to know this 4K TV works with Siri, Alexa, and Hey Google.

Gaming is also fun with the TCL 6 Series. The THX Game Mode reduces image smear, improves frame rates and overall response time. Whilst the 6 Series TVs from TCL are impressive for the price, the sharpness can sometimes fall off and the viewing angles could be improved a lot. Still, for the price, you’ll be laughing.

Samsung Q80T QLED

SAMSUNG 75-inch Class QLED Q80T Series - 4K UHD Direct Full Array 12X Quantum HDR 12X Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (QN75Q80TAFXZA, 2020 Model)

Size50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
Smart  TVTizen
Panel technologyQLED

Pros: Superior OTS sound

Cons: No Dolby Vision

The Q80T is another great mid-tier 4K TV that won’t break the bank if you go for smaller screen size. It looks good too. With ultra-slim bezels, this is one of the smartest TVs available. The Q80T runs on the Tizen system so you’ll always be connected to your favorite apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and more. Thanks to the set’s UHD Quantum image processor, which has trickled down from Samsung’s 8K flagships, and some new AI smarts, the Q80T’s performance with HD SDR content is a real showstopper.

SDR picture modes comprise Standard, Dynamic, Natural, and Movie. Standard and Natural work with most content types, with the latter having the edge in brighter viewing rooms, where its tendency to crush black level detail in order to enhance contrast is less obvious.

Object Tracking Sound adds an element of directionality which enhances the built-in sound system making movie nights above average. It’s not quite Dolby Atmos but it’ll be good enough for most people. The addition of two speakers at the top right of the screen gives this 4K TV something different too.

LG 43UP8000PUA

LG 43UP8000PUA Alexa Built-in 43" 4K Smart UHD TV (2021)

Size43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 86-inch
Smart  TVwebOS
Panel technologyIPS

Pros: Reasonable price for a 4K TV

Cons: Low contrast

The LG 43UP8000PUA is powered by IPS panels so it’s great for viewing from all angles which makes it perfect for family film nights. It’s a powerful 4K TV for the starting price but it does come with its drawbacks. This 4K TV has rather low contrast levels which can often make the blacks seem a little grey. It does also suffer from low brightness compared to many of the 4K TVs on our list so if you’re in a bright room you may experience some screen glare.

It’s obviously not the most powerful LG 4K TV but it does do a decent enough job at a reasonable starting price. You’ll get all your usual apps like Netflix and Disney+ and you can even integrate Alexa if you want to.

Hisense A6G

Hisense 50A6G 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with Alexa Compatibility (2021 Model)

Size43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch,
Smart  TVAndroid TV
Panel technologyLED

Pros: Decent sound system

Cons: Poor viewing angles

The Hisense A6G is the cheapest 4K TV on our list but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst. In fact, it’s a great option if you’re on a budget or you want a 4K TV for your child’s bedroom. It’s great for gaming too. With Low Latency mode, you’ll get a smooth gaming experience with limited lag. You’ll also get all the same apps as the other TVs on our list which means you won’t miss out on Youtube, Netflix, and more. Don’t forget about Google Assistant that will also help you search the web through voice.

It also has a surprisingly immersive sound system by virtualizing height content so both films and games will boom.

The LED backlights are good enough but this TV does suffer from average viewing angles which means it’s not great for groups watching films from different angles. If you don’t have a load of cash to spend, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this TV.

Our choice

All of these 4K TVs are worth buying for different reasons in 2021. If we were to recommend one though, it would have to be the Samsung QN95A Neo QLED. Samsung makes some of the best 4K TVs around. It has almost everything you need in a great 4K TV with bright whites and deep blacks. This makes it brilliant for gaming and general watching. The contrast levels are on point and it’s a reasonable price. If all that isn’t enough it has one of the best sound systems built-in so it’s an all-around cinematic experience.

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