LOOKING for a cheap 4K TV for the World Cup 2018? Or have you got money to burn and want a top model? We’ve hand-picked the best Ultra HD televisions for any budget.
It’s a great time to buy a new TV too: there’s loads of 4K content available to watch these days, and it’s cheaper than ever to pick up a high-spec television.
4K TVs – what you need to know
Before we dive into our recommended models, here are some key terms you need to know about first:
4K / Ultra HD / UHD – These terms all mean the same thing. They mean that a TV screen has four times the number of pixels as a regular Full HD television.
So if you’ve got a TV show or movie that’s been filmed in 4K (from Netflix or Amazon Video, for instance), then you’ll be able to watch it in its “native” resolution i.e. the high quality it was originally filmed at.
HDR – This stands for High Dynamic Range, and it simply means that a piece of video has improved contrast (so better lights and darks) and a wider range of colours.
Netflix and Amazon both offer lots of HDR content, but you’ll need to make sure you have a HDR TV to watch it – otherwise you won’t see any difference.
OLED – This is a type of display that generally only appears on high-end televisions. Unlike traditional LED-backlit LCD screens, an OLED display has pixels that produce their own light. This means an OLED screen doesn’t need a backlight.
For a start, it means the screen can be much more power-efficient (and potentially reduce your energy bills). But it also means that individual pixels can be turned off, so you can show “true” blacks.
Hisense H43N5300 – 43 inches, 4K
Hisense has built a name for itself on making very decent, budget-friendly 4K televisions, and this is one of the best bargains we’ve tracked down.
This 43-inch 4K TV is just £299, which is incredibly good value for money – but you’ll miss out on HDR, which is why it’s not extremely expensive.
But it’s got a host of solid features, including a 178-degree viewing angle, two USB ports, three HDMI sockets, and built-in Wi-Fi.
Samsung UE40MU6120 – 40 inches, 4K
At £346, Samsung’s 40-inch 4K smart TV is a fantastic buy. You’re getting a model from a well-known and trusted brand, and the design is decent too.
Again, you’ll miss out on HDR with this model, but if you’re just looking for something to plug your new PS4 Pro or Xbox One X into, this is a cheap way to make the 4K jump.
You can also upgrade to the 50-inch model for about £100 more, if you’re looking for increased screen real estate.
Samsung UEMU6400 – 49 inches, 4K, HDR
This is one of our favourite 4K TVs of all time, because it’s so ruddy good at such a cheap price.
It originally retailed at £829, but it’s since been price-slashed to £599, which is a great price for a 49-inch 4K tele. It also comes with a remote that supports voice-control commands.
But the real advantage is that this TV supports HDR content, making this a ludicrously good buy. We’ve had zero issues during our testing of this TV, and so we’re happy to list this as our recommend cheap 4K TV.
Toshiba 65U6763DB – 65 inches, 4K
This TV is a solid buy at its original R.R.P of £1,199.99, so it’s an absolute steal at its discounted price tag.
The big advantage here is that you’re getting a very large 65-inch screen; it’s hard to find big 4K panels at this price from reputable TV makers.
It’s made cheaper by the fact that it doesn’t support HDR content, but that’s only an issue for die-hard TV fans.
Sony Bravia XE9005 – 49 inches, 4K, HDR
Sony’s XE9005 doesn’t have an OLED screen, but you could be fooled into thinking it did.
It’s incredible that Sony has managed to build such a vibrant and sharp screen that comes in at under £1,000, so if you can afford the high price then you’ll be rewarded with glorious visuals.
It’s also a HDR TV, which is pretty much expected at this price point.
Samsung QE55Q7 QLED – 55 inches, 4K, HDR
Samsung QLED televisions don’t use OLED panels, but a custom-built display tech that’s basically as good.
This is one of the entry-level QLED models, and is seriously good value at £1,299 (discounted from £1,499).
It’s got an incredibly clear picture, and supports 4K and HDR content. It’s also got a generous four HDMI ports, and runs on Samsung’s impressive Tizen software.
Sony Bravia XF90 – 49 inches, 4K, HDR
If you want the absolute latest model, you’ll want to look at Sony’s XF series – which denotes a 4K screen from 2018.
This means you’re getting the latest specs, screen tech and software, all packed into a glorious 49-inch 4K display.
You also get support for HDR TV shows and movies with this model, and YouView and Freeview HD built-in.
Sony has fitted the XF90 series with its 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, which processes images on your screen in real-time, upscaling them, to near 4K HDR quality. That means even standard Full HD video will look better on this telly.
Sony also incorporates its X-Motion Clarity tech into the XF90 too, which specifically focuses on keeping action scenes smooth. That means reduced blur without loss in brightness – great for fast-paced movies or live sports (like the World Cup 2018).
It runs on Google’s Android TV software, so you’ll get the typically broad access to a host of games and on-demand and catch-up apps – including Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Google Play Movies.
LG Signature G7 – 65 inches, 4K, HDR, OLED
This is basically the 4K TV to end all 4K TVs (without costing you the price of a house). Part of LG’s swanky Signature range, the LG G7 has basically nothing wrong with it.
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It’s got a huge 65-inch OLED display with a 4K resolution and HDR support. There’s a bundled LG Magic Remote that has a pointer-wand function, and also supports voice control.
It’s enormous and will dominate any room, which is what you’d want from a £7,000 television. It’s perfect for gaming on a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, and has class-leading sound to boot. This is our recommended 4K TV if money is no object.
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