If you’re buying a new TV, 4K is obviously the way to go (4 times the clarity of regular HD). Especially now that prices have become affordable for the Average Joe. In this article I’ve put together a list of the best 4K TVs for the average household to help simplify and expedite your new TV purchase. In other words, I’ve done all the hard work of researching and comparison shopping for you so you don’t have to. And if you’re not only look for a great 4K TV but also the best deal on the best 4K TV — I’ve been sure to include some incredible 4K TV deals here as well.
But what do I mean by average household? For the purposes of this article I mean middle class folks who aren’t looking for a luxury or bargain basement TV. That effectively translates into a list of the best 4K TVs under $1,000 (probably in-between $600-1,000). The TVs in this range are going to be perfect for watching your favorite streaming content (Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Starz and the like) and will be excellent for gaming.
And since TVs are so different — and because every person has different needs, preferences and setups — I’ve made sure to include a nice variety of options. Here I’ve simply included my top 5 4K TVs but if you want to see everything that’s out there for comparison purposes, just click here.
Sony XBR55X810C 55-Inch 4K TV
Price: $898 (savings of $501.99)
This stylish Sony TV is powered by Android and automatically upscales non-4K content to Ultra-High Definition. Thanks to the Android smart features you’ll be able to use Google’s Cast function to send content from your phone or tablet to the screen and you’ll be able to use voice search to avoid typing letter by letter. Finally, with this smart TV you’ll have access to a huge selection of apps. I mentioned already that this TV upscales non-4K content, which is awesome, but it also analyzes and improves streaming content to make sure it looks are crispy and pristine as possible. Of course action will looks great with a 120Hz refresh rate and the general picture will look great thanks to Sony’s X1 engine which maximizes color, clarity and contrast. One final thing I love about Sony TVs: you can stream PS3 games on them (no console required).
Hisense 55H7B2 55-Inch 4K TV
Price: $649.99 (savings of $150)
If you’ve never heard of Hisense before, don’t worry: this is one of the highest-rated 55-inch 4K TVs on Amazon (at an astonishing price, nonetheless). This TV features an Ultra Smooth Motion feature which goes a long way toward reducing the potential blur from fast action sequences (like chase scenes in movies or live sports). You’ll find some of your favorite apps on this set including Facebook and Pandora and you’ll even be able to surf the internet using the built-in Opera browser. If you don’t yet have a home theater sound system (and don’t plan on getting one anytime soon), you’ll appreciate the dbx-tv Total Technology feature which enhances bass and and volume to provide a wider sound. Plus, I just like the look of this set — it’s simple and attractive.
Samsung UN50JS7000 50-Inch 4K TV
Price: $798.47 (savings of $501.52)
This Samsung might be 5 inches smaller than the two TVs listed above, but it’s worth checking out for several reasons. First, Samsung has earned a reputation in the TV business as having some of the best TVs in terms of overall customer satisfaction — a feat not easily achieved. And if design matters to you at all you’ll appreciate this TVs cool stand and much thinner profile. I really love that this screen can absorb ambient light and reduce glare: those two factors alone can make a big difference on how enjoyable your picture is. It also has a very wide angle of view and a quad-core processor (trust me: a slow TV is the last thing you want in your life). You’ll find that this TV also has better color and contrast than those listed above and has the capability to dim the screen dynamically to make images pop (think blacker blacks). It’s a smart TV so you’ll get lots of apps and you’ll be able to enjoy an effective 120Hz refresh rate (60 native, but 120 interlaced).
VIZIO D50u-D1 50-Inch 4K TV
If you’re really budget-conscious, meet your new favorite 4K TV. Vizio is known for somehow cramming mind-blowing features into mind-blowing price points and this TV is no exception. With 8.3 million pixels and 12 active LED zones, there’s a lot to like about this TV that you won’t find on others in this list (even at much higher price points). For instance? Dual-band WiFi for the fastest possible streaming experience. Aside from a great picture you’ll also find a great user experience with this TV thanks to the full-screen app launcher and it’s simple 7-position app setup. A well-designed interface can make all the difference in the world when it comes to how much a person enjoys their TV and here is another area where Vizio blows the competition out of the water.
LG Electronics 40UB8000 40-Inch 4K TV
Price: $667 (savings of 532.99)
Last but not least, here’s an excellent LG TV that’s a bit smaller than the other TVs I’ve listed here at just 40-inches. And when I say smaller, I don’t just mean in terms of screen size… this thing is FAR thinner than the other TVs listed here. True, it’s only got a 60Hz refresh rate, but you’ll still get lots of apps, Ultra-HD upscaling and the ability to use LG Smart Share which displays content from your mobile devices on the big screen.