Confused which smart tv is best ? We’ve done the hard work for you, running the rule over all the major flatscreen televisions we’ve tested to bring you the best 4k ultra hd smart led lcd tv in UK of the best. If a TV is on this list it’s a real belter, so you know you’re getting top report for your buck.
These TVs are the very best options for all the Ultra HD content that’s now available – the likes of Amazon, Netflix, Google Play Movies, Apple TV and Sky Q are jam-packed with 4K at this point. Plus you can buy 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays. Basically, there’s never been a better time to take the jump.
Below you’ll find TVs of various sizes, budgets and technologies, from 55 inch TVs to OLED TVs, small TVs to cheap TVs, and even 8K TVs.
1. LG OLED55C9PLA TV
Screen Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions: 86 x 145 x 25cm
- Lovely, subtle design
- Rich but natural pictures
- Fabulous contrast
- Strong sound
- Samsung Q90 is brighter
- Missing some dark detail
- Can be beaten for motion
- Some confusing menus
The TV of LG OLED55C9PLA (also available and equally good in 65-inch guise) is a surprisingly big improvement on its precutsor despite OLED panel technology having more or less peaked.
The key is extra processing power and AI smarts, which bring unexpected improvements to contrast, colours and detail. This is a simply amazing, near-perfect picture performance.
And considering it’s around the bottom of the current range in terms of its speaker system, it sounds pretty good, too – although we would, as ever, recommend buying a quality sound system to do justice to the fantastic picture.
2. Sony KD-65XF9005 TV
Screen type: LED |Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10 | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions: 90 x 145 x 30cm
- Excellent detail across the board
- Stunning but natural colours
- Clear sound
- Minor backlight blooming
- Can be beaten for viewing angles
- Android OS is frustratingly sluggish
It can be hard to create excitement around midrange TVs. But there are odd occasions when they throw up something rather special – a television that combines some of the best features of the top-end with a price that’s reasonable to more people. That’s what we’ve got on our hands here. Strong colours, smooth motion processing, excellent black levels. This Sony LCD set is a great all-round option. And look at that price for a 65-inch screen.
3. LG OLED55B8PLA TV
Screen Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10 | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions: 75 x 123 x 22cm
- Rich, refined colour palette
- ‘Lights-out’ black levels
- Vast HDR format support – including Dolby Vision
- Peak brightness can be bettered
It is great deal to buy in a best budget . This LG 4K OLED TV can now be yours for just under – a very attractive price for a television that’s capable of delivering such a excellent good picture. The 55 inch C8 in this list boasts a more powerful processing engine and does deliver a good picture, but if you’re running to a tight budget, this B8 model is attractive.
4. Sony KD-85ZG9 TV
Screen Type: LCD | Resolution: 8K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (with stand): 123 x 191 x 43cm
- 8K is utterly stunning
- Punchy, vibrant and natural
- Excellent motion
- Very good sound
- No 8K content
- Hugely expensive
- Blacks could be deeper
There’s not many 8K TVs around just now and that’s partly because 8K content is in extremely short supply. Nonetheless, what Sony has produced with the ZG9 points to a bright future.
The extra resolution comes at little-to-no cost in performance compared to the 4K members of the Sony family. The picture is brillant balanced and the sound quality is right up there too. Of course, £14k is a lot to pay for a whole load of resolution that’s largely unavailable right now but, with the 2020 Olympics coming up in Japan, it’s only a matter of time.
5. LG OLED55C8PLA TV
Screen Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 76 x 123 x 23cm
- Bright, punchy and sharp picture
- Fantastically natural images
- Amazing upscaling
- Great value
- Motion could be better
- Some menus are confusing
- So-so sound
Our favourite TV of 2018 is still great and still available. This 55inch model started out life at £3000, but can now be yours for well under £1500. The new C9 is better, but the C8 still produces an image that’s wonderfully bright, punchy and detailed, and manages to maintain that black depth and naturalism we’ve come to love from OLED. At this price, it’s an amazing buy.
6. Panasonic TX-50GX800B TV
Screen Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (with stand): 65 x 112 x 6.2cm
- HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
- Smooth, natural performance
- Lots of detail
- Weak viewing angles
- Others are punchier
- Average sound
The GX800 range is one of the first we’ve tested that supports both of the two competing dynamic metadata-based HDR formats, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and this 50in set comes at a bargain price. Panasonic (and other brands) claim that HDR formats with dynamic metadata are of more use to lower-end sets than flagship models, as they tailor the image to the specific capabilities of the set. It’s a compelling argument, and while this TV can’t match the premium TVs, this is an clear great budget TV for the money.
Still, despite typically lightweight sound from a flat TV (even with ‘Atmos’ mode on board) we still think the performance here is good enough to make it a great deal at this price. A simple but effective 50 inch 4K TV and its 58in sibling is just as amazing.
7. Samsung QE49Q70R TV
Screen Type: QLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 71 x 110 x 25cm
- Textured & detailed blacks
- Huge breadth of colour
- Vast app selection
- No Dolby Vision support
- Slightly exaggerated reds
A 49in premium TV is something of a rarity. OLEDs don’t currently go below 55in, and neither does Samsung’s flagship Q90R (or the Q85R and Q80R, for that matter).
With the Q70R series, though, Smart tv of Samsung has opened up the options and is offering a 49inch version. In other words, this is the best (or, at least, most advanced) TV that Samsung will sell you if you can’t squeeze in a 55incher or the excellent QE65Q70R.
Thankfully, this is more than just a great on-paper proposition. Punchy and vibrant QLED colours, great detail and sharpness, and a great operating system bursting with apps (including Apple TV) make this an brillant option if 49in is as big as you’re willing or able to go.
8. Panasonic TX-55GZ950B TV
Screen Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions ( with stand): 77 x 123 x 30cm
- Impressive sound for a TV
- Balanced, natural picture
- Dolby Vision and HDR10+
- Some rivals are punchier
- Bland operating system
- Lacks some apps
Let’s get this out of the way: the Panasonic GZ950 OLED is not quite as good as the LG C9 in terms of picture quality. It’s just that little bit less punchy and eye-popping.
That said, it is a fair bit more reasonable than the C9, it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and it sounds significantly better.
In its own right, it also produces a great picture, with excellent natural colours and perfectly deep blacks, plus a very accomplished upscaler. In other words, this is a great option when choosing your next TV.