In a few short years 4K TVs have gone from incredibly niche high-end technology to more or less mainstream. At the budget end of the spectrum 1080p panels still rule the roost, but even at mid-range prices the 4K options are affordable.

We’re also finally seeing native 4K content become available. Both Netflix and Amazon have updated their services to stream in 4K, and the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players are starting to hit the market. Completely native 4K content continues to be the exception rather than the rule however, with many of the first batch of 4K titles having been upconverted from 2K masters.

Until things settle down, 4K will remain the domain of the clued-up early adopter, and if that sounds like you then read on for our pick of the best 4K TVs available today.

1. Panasonic TX-65DX902B

Astoundingly vibrant 4K HDR TV

Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview Play | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LCD | Smart TV: Firefox TV OS | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1,457 x 888 x 334mm

Fantastic HDR
Firefox Smart OS
Local dimming isn’t perfect
Still expensive

At over £3,000 the Panasonic TX-65DC902B’s price is still firmly in enthusiast territory, but a Ultra HD Premium specification combined with a simple yet effective Smart TV interface means this set is a solid choice for more than just the initiated.

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2. LG 65EF950V

“OLED screen technology is quite simply the future of television.”

Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: webOS 2.0 | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1450 x 883 x 236 mm

Despite a couple of strange lighting flaws, there are times – lots of them, in fact – where the 65EF950V’s pictures look pretty much perfect. Certainly the amount of contrast and shadow detail on show will be a dream come true to home cinema fans still mourning the death of plasma TVs. The set is gorgeously designed too, and LG’s webOS interface is on hand to make sure it’s never hard to find something to watch.

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3. Samsung UE55KS9000

“This Samsung dazzler shoots for the HDR stars”

Screen size: 55-inch | Tuner: Twin Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 |Panel technology: LED Edgelit | Smart TV: Tizen | Curved: Yes | Dimensions:713 x 1226 x 52mm

Despite a couple of strange lighting flaws, there are times – lots of them, in fact – where the 65EF950V’s pictures look pretty much perfect. Certainly the amount of contrast and shadow detail on show will be a dream come true to home cinema fans still mourning the death of plasma TVs. The set is gorgeously designed too, and LG’s webOS interface is on hand to make sure it’s never hard to find something to watch.

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4. LG 65EC970V

“The first 4K OLED TV is finally here.”

Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: UHD 4K | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: LG webOS | Curved: Yes | Dimensions: 880 x 1447 x 257mm

For many home cinema fans the LG 65EC970V is a dream come true. There are many, many occasions where its combination of a native 4K UHD resolution and OLED screen technology delivers pictures more beautiful and natural than any we’ve ever seen before on any television.

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5. Sony KD-75XD9405

“The best picture quality of any TV I’ve tested so far this year”

Screen size: 75-inches | Tuner: FreeView and FreeSat | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: Triluminos direct LED | Smart TV: Android TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1672 x 960 x 52mm

With its huge screen, lengthy feature list and surprisingly attractive (considering how massive it is) design, the 75XD9405 does a pretty good job of justifying its price even before you turn it on – and when you do switch it on you just fall for it all the harder, as it produces the single best picture quality of any TV I’ve tested so far this year, regardless of whether you’re feeding it an HDR or SDR diet.

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6. Hisense LTDN50K321UWT

“Hisense’s UK debut is far better than you’ve any right to expect for the money.”

Screen size: 50-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Hisense | Curved: No | Dimensions: 702 x 1124 x 247mm

Hisense is clearly keen to arrive on the UK TV scene with a bang. At £499 the 50K321 is groundbreakingly cheap for a 50-inch 4K TV, yet despite its extreme affordability it offers a pretty impressive set of features.

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7. Panasonic TX-50CX802B

“Far and away Panasonic’s best LCD TV to date.”

Screen size: 50-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Firefox OS | Curved: No | Dimensions: 687mm x 1121mm x 211mm

While there’s room for improvement with its backlight and motion handling, the 50CX802 is far and away Panasonic’s best LCD TV to date.

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8. Sony KD-XD9305

4K UHD streaming backed by Sony’s X1 processor

Screen size: 55-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LCD | Smart TV: Android TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1,239 x 769 x 261mm

Whichever way you look at it, Sony’s KD-XD9305 is a fantastic-looking telly. The frame is sleek, minimalist and thin, and the cable management options are great for reducing clutter. More importantly, picture quality is impressive across both HD and UHD content.

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9. Samsung UE48JS8500

“Superb colour, awesome 4K detail and sublime depth make this one special TV.”

Screen size: 48-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD and Freesat HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Tizen | Curved: Yes | Dimensions:689 x 1083 x 308mm

If you’re in the market for a Samsung SUHD, the 48-inch model is well worth a long, lingering look. It’s considerably cheaper than the step-up UE48JS9000 and UE65JS9500T models and has great image quality to boot.

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