Best 4K TVs for 2018


Last modified on September 8th, 2018 at 12:32 am

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TCL 6 series (2018 Roku TV)

Best TV for the price

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
No TV we’ve ever tested offers this much picture quality for this little cash, and its Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite. The TCL 6 series wins the 2018 TV value race at 55- and 65-inches.



LG OLEDC7P

Best high-end TV for the money

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
OLED TVs are the picture quality kings, and this is our top pick. Yes it’s a 2017 model, but the C7 is almost as good as the C8 below, and costs a lot less.



LG OLEDC8P

The king of 2018 TVs, for now

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
In our comparison tests this TV beat the 2017 OLED TVs, but just barely. And the differences aren’t worth the sky-high price. But when the C8 gets cheaper later in the year, it will likely earn the crown.



Vizio M-Series (2018)

Second-best picture for the money

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
Aside from the TCL above, no TV offers this much picture for this little cash. Vizio’s affordable M is high-performance and well-equipped, and if you want a 70-inch size (which TCL doesn’t offer), it’s the best value this list.



Sony XBR-A1E series

Best TV if you have money to burn

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
With basically the same picture quality as the C7 OLED TV above, The Sony A1E only makes sense for the few lucky TV shoppers who really like its styling, the Sony name, and have an extra grand or so to spend.



Samsung Q8 series (2018)

Best and brightest non-OLED picture

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
With searing light output and superb local dimming performance, the Samsung Q8F delivers awesome image quality in light and dark rooms alike, as well as potent HDR. And for videophiles afraid of OLED burn-in, it’s a great choice.



Vizio P-Series (2018)

Best picture for the money at 75 inches

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
The Vizio P-Series isn’t worth the extra money over the TCL 6 series and Vizio’s own M-Series at the 55- and 65-inch size. But if you want a wall-busting 75-inch set with an excellent image, it’s our favorite of the year.



Sony XBR-X900F series

Best 2018 alternative to TCL and Vizio

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
Sony’s most affordable entry in the full-array local dimming race can’t match the value of those brands, but it does cost less than the Samsung Q8 and offers almost the same level of style and brand cachet.



Vizio E series 2017 (60- to 80-inch)

Best budget TV picture quality

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
We like Roku TVs better thanks to their superior conveniences, Smart TV and feature set, but if you prioritize picture over that stuff and have a tight budget, get an E. Just make sure it’s at least 60 inches.



TCL S405 series Roku TV (2017)

Best built-in smart TV system

Editors’ Rating : 8.7
Design : 7Features : 9Performance : 8Value : 10
Roku is our favorite platform for streaming apps like Netflix, and it’s even better baked into the TV. Image quality on this 4K TCL won’t blow you away, but it’s perfectly fine for most, especially at this price.



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