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HDR, much like 4k, is nowadays a commodity. Just about every TV recently launched comes with basic support of it, as it is quite simple for manufacturers to implement its essentials. Unfortunately, basic support does not mean the TV will provide a satisfactory HDR experience. To accurately reproduce HDR content, TVs have to be able to get brighter and display more saturated colors than before (check out our HDR vs SDR article to find out more about the differences with HDR).

We've tested 49 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best HDR TVs to buy in the spring of 2018.

Best HDR TV: LG B7A

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
9.3
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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Type : OLED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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WRGB
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

The best TV for HDR viewing currently on the market is the LG B7A. It can display true blacks as well as a wide color gamut, helping it to produce an exceptional picture quality.

HDR is typically dimmer than SDR content, so it is even more important for the TV to be bright in order to display details properly. The B7A, while not the brightest TV we have tested, is bright enough to fully enjoy HDR content. While LCD TVs like the Samsung Q9FN display colors with a higher level of saturation, LCD TVs still can't compete with the infinite blacks and perfect local dimming of an OLED TV.

While any of the OLED TVs would be great for HDR movies or gaming, the LG B7A currently offers the best value on the market. Depending on availability and local deals, the C7 might be cheaper, in which case it is a better buy.

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Larger Alternative: Sony X940E

Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 75"

If you're looking for something available in sizes not typically available with OLEDs, the Sony X940E is an excellent larger alternative. It is one of the brightest TVs we have ever reviewed, and has excellent dark room performance, although it does have a limited viewing angle. While there are OLED TVs available in large sizes like the Sony A1E or the LG C8, they are prohibitively expensive.

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Best Mid-Range HDR TV: Sony X900E

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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.2
Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.3
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.2
TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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8.0
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
8.3
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.2
HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
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PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75"

The best mid-range HDR TV is the Sony X900E 4k Android TV. It is a versatile 4k TV with great HDR capabilities, unmatched by more expensive models like the Samsung MU9000 or the NU8000.

It doesn't have the infinite contrast of the OLED panels or the excellent viewing angles, but for most rooms, the X900E offers great picture quality at an affordable price. Local dimming is essential for good HDR viewing, and while not as advanced as some other LED TVs, the X900E is able to effectively dim areas to help small bright highlights stand out. The X900E is available in a variety of sizes, and the 75" is a great alternative to the X940E.

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Dark Room Alternative: Vizio P Series 2017

Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA (except 55")
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

For viewing in a very dark room, the Vizio P Series 2017 is a better choice than the Sony X900E. The Vizio has better black uniformity and more advanced local dimming, great for watching in a pitch-black room. They are also similarly priced, although the Vizio can be found even cheaper on sale. 

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Best Budget HDR TV: Vizio M Series 2017

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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
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HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The best budget HDR TV is the Vizio M Series 2017 4k SmartCast TV. It has similar picture quality to the 2017 Vizio P-Series but lacks some of the more advanced options.

It is nearly as bright as the P-Series and has a similar contrast ratio, but dark scene performance isn't as good as the local dimming feature is not as efficient. It is able to effectively dim zones, but it darkens moving highlights too much, so it is not as good for fast-paced movies with HDR. It does not have any motion interpolation options.

See our review

Alternative for Gaming: TCL R617

Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

If you are looking for a budget HDR-capable TV for gaming, get the TCL R617. The 2018 model has been upgraded from the P607 with better motion handling and much better brightness, especially in HDR. The color gamut isn't as wide as more expensive models, but it should still please most people. The excellent low input lag and great motion handling make it a great choice for gamers, but there are some issues with gray uniformity depending on your specific panel.

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Notable Mentions

  • Sony X930E. Excellent LED TV for HDR, but the OLED LG B7 isn't much more. See our review
  • Sony Z9D. One of the best HDR TVs available, but tough to justify the price over the X940E. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Exceptional HDR TV, but the LG C7 offers the same HDR performance for cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung Q9FN. Excellent HDR performance, but the X940E and LG B7 are even better for less money. See our review
  • Samsung Q7F. The Q7F performs very well with HDR movies, but the similarly priced Sony X930E offers better value. See our review
  • LG SJ8500. Good HDR TV, but unless you need a wide viewing angle, the Sony X900E is better. See our review
  • Samsung MU6300. Decent entry level 4k TV, but the cheaper TCL P607 offers much better HDR capability. See our review
  • Samsung MU9000. Good HDR TV with great handling of reflections, but budget models offer much better value for money. See our review
  • LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the similarly priced B7. See our review

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best HDR TVs to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of 4k TVs that support HDR. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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Your website is very helpful. Will Rtings be reviewing the Sony XBR65Z9D, it's supposed be the best the LED on the market; also I would be interested in knowing how its picture quality/contrast stacks up against the OLED E6. As far as I know, it doesn't have Dolby Vision, is that liability?
At the moment we don't have plans to review the Z9D due to time constraints, and so we don't know how it would perform. Although it is better to have support for both HDR formats, this is unlikely to be a big issue with the range of HDR10 available now and into the future.
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I read somewhere that the KU6300 has been updated to now support HDR10, which is what PS4 requires for HDR if I understood correctly. My TV updated yesterday. Do I need to turn any settings on to enable "HDR mode" as you mention above for the KU6300? Or does it detect HDR content automatically? Thanks.
It will detect it automatically and you will see a pop-up telling that an HDR signal was detected.
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Just curious, are there any TVs that are: 1) Good for 3D 2) Good for 4k and HDR 3) Good for gaming with HDR enabled. Looking for 60 inches.
At the moment, there is no TV that we did review that is good in all your desired specifications. The closest would be the LG UH8500, but it is far from perfect for HDR gaming since it got 62.4ms of input lag with a resolution of 4k @ 60Hz with HDR. If you can live without 3D, your best choice would be the Samsung KS8000.
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May you please review Philips 65xx series?
We have nothing plan for Philips TVs at the moment. Maybe in the future is there is a lot of demand for it.
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Is there a reason that you do not rate Sharp or Panasonic brands?
We are limited with our throughput of TV reviews and have to prioritize for models and brands which will help the most people. Unfortunately, we don't get too much demand for Sharp and Panasonic TVs.
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Which 75" do you recommend for a living room area? Sony X850D ($2000), Sony X940D ($2700), Samsung JU7100 ($2100) or LG UH8500 ($2250)? Main viewing is sports, cable TV and Netflix. Seating on the sides will be at 40-50 degrees off of zero being perpendicular to the center of TV. All seats are 8'-11' from TV. Room has natural daylight during day and table lamps at night. Saw a noticeable difference in the blacks and whites with the two Sony side by side in the store with the X940D being better. The other 2 were not available in the same store. Saw them each alone in different stores so I'm not able to compare them together. Is the X940D worth the premium? Thanks.
Which TV is best depends on how often those side seats will be used. The Sony X850D is much better when viewed from the side seats because of its better viewing angle, but the X940D is better when viewed from the front because of its better black levels, as you saw. You're better off with the X850D, the X940D is only better if the TV will almost always be viewed from straight in front.

Reasoning: The Sony X850D and the LG UH8500 are IPS TVs with good viewing angles but poor contrast ratios. The X850D is the better of the two for your usage because of the better viewing angle and better gray uniformity for sports.
The Sony X940D and the Samsung JU7100 are VA TVs with good contrast ratios but poor viewing angles. The X940D is the better of the two in nearly every way.

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