4K UHD TVs to suit different budgets
The latest 4K UHD TV-technology delivers super-sharp picture quality. And it needn’t break the bank. Here’s our guide to the best TVs for your budget…
29 Jan 2018
Falling prices, more screen sizes and 4K content from most of the big players – think Netflix and Sky – mean there has never been a better time to buy a 4K Ultra HD TV.
What’s so great about 4K?
It’s four times sharper than full HD – more detail, punchier colours and great picture depths are just some of the perks.
Throw HDR into the mix and your senses are in for a treat. Found on Netflix and Amazon Prime this new video format provides mind-blowing picture quality.
Now we know what you’re thinking – it sounds expensive. But it’s really not. Sure, you could spank thousands on the latest model – if you’re feeling flush – but there are some great options out there for those with tighter purse strings.
We’ve got 4K TVs to suit every budget. What’s more, they can all:
- Stream 4K from Netflix with HEVC/H.265 compression format
- Upscale regular movies and TV programmes to near-4K quality – all thanks to clever processing engines
- Work with Ultra HD Blu-ray players thanks to HDMI 2.0 ports
- Stream catch-up TV and apps via web-enabled Smart TV capabilities
1. Budget topper – with 4K HDR and OLED technology
In a nutshell: Real-life picture quality, cinematic-style sound and all the smart features you could need
Recommended TV: LG C7V 55” Smart 4K ultra HD HDR OLED TV
Budget: Under £1,500
If picture quality is more important than budget then this could be the 4K UHD TV for you.
Its premium 55” OLED screen creates true blacks for deeper, richer picture quality than a standard screen. It does this by turning each pixel off when needed for incredible contrast and tone – clever, huh?
It renders every colour with stunning accuracy and responds 1000 times faster than LED pixels, eliminating blur from fast-paced content. Perfect for gamers, action movie lovers and sports fans.
The LG OLED55C7V supports most HDR formats too – HDR 10, HLG, Dolby Vision and Technicolor HDR – so no matter what content you stream you’ll always view it at its best.
Built in webOS – LG’s award-winning smart TV platform – lets you watch catch-up TV and stream content from the likes of BBC, ITV, Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.
And you can do all of this handsfree thanks to its voice-activated Magic Remote.
Dolby Atmos tops it all off by immersing you in a 3D sound field that travels at you from all directions.
2. Exciting new tech that won't break the bank - QLED technology
In a nutshell: All the benefits of 4K UHD, smart technology and a stunning picture – without the OLED price tag
Recommended TV: Samsung Q7 49” Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR QLED
Budget: Under £1300
With Samsung’s Q7 you can enjoy UHD Blu-ray movies, streamed box sets and HDR games at their very best thanks to Q HDR 1500. Featuring Quantum Dot Technology it provides incredible levels of detail, stunning brightness and depth to dark tones.
Entertainment feels bigger with its Q Processing Engine – superfast multitasking enables the TV to deliver smooth streaming and consistently stunning pictures.
While QLED can’t shut off individual pixels like an OLED screen, it gives you a better picture than a standard set by not reflecting as much light. Combine this with Q Colour and Q Contrast and you experience a picture that’s as close as you can get to the real thing.
You can browse the web, check social media and access gaming apps through its smart TV services and wirelessly connect to a Samsung sound bar through Soundconnect for cinematic audio.
Fed up of trying to find the right remote? Well Samsung’s Q7 comes with a Premium One remote control – allowing you to control all your content and compatible devices from one handy place.
Don't want to break the £1,000 mark? Then look at the Samsung QE55Q6FAMT 55” Smart 4K UHD HDR QLED TV.
It comes with a lot of the Q7’s great features – a QLED screen, Quantum Dot Technology, UHD, HDR, smart services and a smart remote. Plus a bigger screen size.
So why the difference in price tag? The picture quality processing rate is a little slower than the Q7 – this might bug some cinephiles, but for the rest of us it’ll be outweighed by its other great features and reasonable price.
3. Excellent entry level 4K HDR
In a nutshell: Great UHD and HDR picture quality without breaking the bank
Recommended TV: Sony Bravia KD55XE8569 55” Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV
Budget: Under £900
Those who wanted the top tech had to fork out thousands for the privilege when the first 4K UHD HDR TVs arrived on the scene.
A couple of years down the line and we get to enjoy the same great technology for a lot, lot less.
Sony’s Bravia range is renowned for brilliant picture quality. Its HDR Processor X1 enhances the realism of every scene and Triluminos Display offers a wider colour palette, so each tone and hue are recreated with spectacular clarity.
Through this Smart Android TV you can tailor your TV viewing experience by downloading the apps that you want via Google Play. Browse the web through Sony Opera or catch-up on your favourite shows from the past seven days with Youview.
And the icing on the cake? Its stylish aluminium bezel not only cuts a stylish figure in your living room but also ensures you see more picture than frame.
4. An impressive entry level 4K TV
In a nutshell: A good, solid 4K TV with a no-frills price tagRecommended TV: JVC LT-49C870 49” Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV
Price range: Under £400
You can expect bright, punchy colours from its 49-inch 4K TV. Plus, you can hook up an Ultra HD Blu-ray player with the HDMI 2.0 connections.
Freeview Play brings live TV and on-demand together, so you can go from BBC 1 to iPlayer within the same EPG (electronic program guide). Scroll back over the past week’s TV and watch catch-up in style.