The Best 4K TVs: 2017 Edition

The Best 4K TVs: 2017 Edition

You probably already know a little bit about 4K, the wave of the future in high-definition television (and if you don’t, just head over to our explanation of the technology). But if you’re like most consumers, you probably don’t yet own a television that’s capable of providing a 4K HD picture. Now that streaming boxes like the Roku 4 and Amazon Fire TV offer 4K picture, though, it may be time to change that. With 4K TV prices dropping, 2017 is shaking up to be the year of 4K.

But which TV should you get? Doing all the necessarymresearch is a drag – which is why we did it for you. We’ve checked major review and recommendation sites like CNET and The Wirecutter and combed through Amazon and Best Buy consumer reviews in order to create this hybrid list of the most impressive and popular 4K TVs.

By the way, we’ve picked the 60” model (or closest to it) for each TV, in order to keep price comparisons fair. All of these models come in various sizes, though, so you can choose the right fit for your own living room.

 

LG OLED65B6P

LG OLED65B6P

Price: $3,497.00

Screen size: 65”

Specs:
– 4K Ultra HD (UHD), 3840 x 2160 pixels
– OLED (organic LED) backlit
– 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports
– Built-in Wi-Fi
– Quad-core processor
– 120Hz refresh rate

Reviews and user feedback

The LG OLED65B6P is taking the spot that the 65EF9500 occupied last year: the spot reserved for the gold standard in HD TVs. It offers unparalleled picture quality, it’s insanely thin, and it’s the favorite of the reviewers that we trust the most. It’s also super expensive. To enjoy all of the advantages, you’ll have to plunk down about $3,500. For that, you’ll get the nicest model on CNET’s 2017 list. For those who can afford it, this is the clear choice.

 

TCL US5800 series

TCL 65US5800

Price: $924.99

Screen size: 65″

Specs:
– 4K Ultra HD (UHD), 3840 x 2160 pixels
– LED backlit
– 4 HDMI ports, 1 USB port
– Built-in Wi-Fi
– Quad-core processor
– 60Hz (native) / 120Hz (effective) refresh rate

Reviews and user feedback

A newcomer to our list this year, the TCL US5800 is one of Roku’s smart TV collaborations. The presence of the Roku operating system is a huge bonus here – in our opinion, there’s no better smart TV operating system than Roku’s. Roku has a fair number of smart TV partners these days, but this 4K TCL model is arguably the best TV Roku’s been able to collaborate on. CNET liked this model enough to put it on their 2017 list.

 

Vizio M-Series

Vizio M60-C3

Price: $1,158.63 (M60-C3 model)

Screen size: 60”

Specs:
– 4K Ultra HD (UHD), 3840 x 2160 pixels
– LED backlit
– 5 HDMI ports, 1 USB port
– Built-in Wi-Fi
– V6 Six-core processor with quad-core GPU and dual-core CPU
– Clear Action 720 w/ 240Hz Effective Refresh Rate

Reviews and user feedback

The VIZIO M-series, and the M60-C3 in paticular, is a favorite of several trusted tech sites, including The Wirecutter and CNET. The selling point of this Vizio model is that it offers a lot of bang for your buck – at less than $1,500, it offers high-quality picture that matches that of some really high-priced models. CNET says it hits the “sweet spot” between low price and high quality picture. The M series made CNET’s 2017 list, too.

 

Vizio P-Series 2016

Vizio P-Series 2016

Price: $1,798

Screen size: 65″

Specs:
– 4K Ultra HD (UHD), 3840 x 2160 pixels
– LED backlit
– 5 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports
– Built-in Wi-Fi
– 120Hz / 480Hz refresh rate

Reviews and user feedback

In their own 2016 rankings, CNET calls the P-series the “best mid-price 4K picture for the money.” They kept the P-series on their list this year, too. Amazon reviewers are also quite enamored with it – the TV has earned an average of 4.0 out of 5 stars in its many Amazon user reviews. The Wirecutter is in on this one, too, having named the P-series the overall best TV in 2017. The P-Series is a touch smaller than some of the other TVs on this list, so be sure to take that into account.

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About the Author

Stephen Lovely
Stephen Lovely

Stephen Lovely is a freelance writer and a longtime cord cutter with a passion for technology and entertainment. You can find his work on Cordcutting.com and his tweets at @stephenlovely.

1 Comment on "The Best 4K TVs: 2017 Edition"

  1. This author completely overlooks all the 32″-65″ 4K 60Hz DP 1.2a capable Monitors and TV’s being exported from Korea, and how nobody wants to overpay for “smart” in their TV’s anymore – they’d rather buy a dedicated streaming box.

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