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60 inch TV Reviews – Best Guide for 60 inch 4k Smart TV for Sale – Buy a 60″ LED, Flat Screen Television with Confidence!

 

Overview

The 60 inch 4K UHD TVs included in this list represent something just short of the optimal 4K TV size for maximum enjoyment of the resolution. On the one hand, they’re not so large that even 4K graphics become evident in their pixelation at longer ranges but on the other hand, the following 60 inch TV models are sizeable enough to create a genuinely immersive experience. As we’ll see, 65 inch is an even better size for a 4K TV display but 60 is definitely a winner in many cases for those who don’t want a more conservative 55 inch display but don’t have the budget or space for a hefty 65 inch TV screen.

That said, 60 inches is certainly not a common TV display size and as such, it means a rather limited selection of truly high quality 4K TV models on offer. Thus, while the TVs we’re about to cover shortly are definitely the best in their class at this size range, they certainly don’t represent many of the best 4K TVs on the market right now, which are commonly found in the 55″ and then 65″ or larger size ranges.

A Note on Viewing Distance

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Viewing distance in a 4K UHD TV is a bit of a controversial subject because it also plays into the fact that 4K really can’t easily be distinguished from high quality Full HD at larger distances on smaller TV screens. However, when it comes to 60 inch 4K UHD TVs, this becomes less of a problem since the sizeable display space starts to let the much larger resolution show off its superiority in terms of display quality. In fact, it is between the 55 and 65 inch size ranges where this truly becomes possible at normal 7 to 15 foot viewing distances.

With these general parameters in mind, it should be  noted that the ideal viewing distance for maximum appreciation of the native 4K content and upscaled non-4K content on a 60 inch 4K TV is about 8.5 to 9 feet, or just over 2.6 meters. This is the golden zone in which the 4K looks great while the TVs size still feels immersive.

Now, before we move onto our Top 5 60 inch 4K ultra HD TVs themselves, we should note that after these listings we review a number of crucial points to keep in mind about buying a 4K TV. These are all covered in detail right after the following 4K TVs and are worth reading, particularly if you’re a newbie to this technology.

 

The Best 60 inch 4K TVs of 2018

Now, without further ado, let’s get down to the meat of this guide. The following are the best 60 inch 4K TVs across the board on the current market. This list will also undergo updates as newer and possibly better 69 inch models emerge. All of the following TVs come with a native 120Hz refresh rate unless otherwise stated in a description.

Note that Samsung models predominate here. This is not out of a specific bias in favor of Samsung but simply because, as with 48-50 inch models, Samsung is the most prolific at catering to the less commonly sized 4K TV market.

 

Connectivity

All newer 4K UHD TV models will offer generally the same basic and core connectivity essentials, regardless of their dimensions. Some brands vary the number of key ports or fail to include a certain spec in select connection ports. Thus for example, a given 4K TV may include an extra USB port or fail to include the newer, HDR-ready HDMI 2.0a instead of the older HDMI 2.0. However, for viewing of most 4K content in existence today, the following are the core essentials you need:

Samsung's One Connect box, which is compatible with most Samsung 4K UHD TVs

Samsung’s One Connect box, which is compatible with most Samsung 4K UHD TVs

HDMI: HDMI is the most important single connectivity option in any 4K TV. It’s the de facto lead connectivity port in the televisions we’re covering and it’s through HDMI that virtually all of your content from external devices will reach your TV screen. For 4K content from an external box, HDMI 2.0 such as that found in all modern 4K televisions is the only means of delivering content from external media players, 4K Blu-ray players and 4K-capable set-top boxes to the TV itself. HDMI 2.0 offers up 4K movies at a smooth 60 frames per second and its new HDMI 2.0a version takes this further by also allowing high dynamic range coding in select HDR content to reach the TV (assuming it’s HDR-capable). HDMI 2.0a is now included in the majority of Sony and Samsung 4K TVs from 2015, thanks to new firmware updates from both companies. It’s also found in numerous other models.

USB: USB is the standard issue connectivity spec for attaching external devices like smartphones, tablets, external memory units and other low-intensity peripherals to your 4K TV. This connectivity option cannot yet be used for transmitting 4K UHD content in a functional way and the USB 2.0 ports found in most modern 4K TVs are mainly good for transferring photos, small video files and for charging external devices through your TV.

Internet Connectivity/WiFi: Internet connectivity to your TV via hardline Ethernet cable connection is the most important connection your TV can have right after HDMI. This is how the entire spectrum of smart TV web apps and browsing technologies in your TV will work and it’s also the only means by which streaming content in 4K resolution from sources like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant video will reach your TV at an effective, smooth bitrate. In other words, Ethernet is absolutely crucial for effective access to the full content and smart functionality power of your typical 4K smart TV, like all of the models we’re about to cover.

However, for 4K video over Ethernet to be effective, your home or office web connection has to deliver at least 15Mbps at an extreme minimum and more practically should deliver at least 20Mbps for smooth streaming of the many ultra HD video entertainment options your TV will offer through its apps ecosystem.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that any 4K TV worth its salt should also offer compatibility with video compression technologies like HEVC (H.265) and VP9 in order for most 4K content from a streaming source to be accessible. HDCP 2.2 content copy protection is also crucial for streamed 4K content support. Luckily, all of the TVs we’re covering here and most 4K TVs on sale today offer all of these technologies, or at least HEVC and HDCP 2.2.

On a quick side note, we should also mention WiFi. This is built into virtually all modern 4K TVs but cannot be used for sharing 4K content to other devices in a home, since most current WiFi connections don’t support the necessary bandwidth. However, sharing non-4K content between your TV and devices like smartphones is a great use of your TV’s WiFi connectivity. Thus, you can mirror a home HD video from your phone to the TV screen and enjoy it with an upscaled resolution on the native 4K screen.

Smart TV Platforms

Smart TV functionality is the backbone of modern 4K TVs of any quality and all major models offer this technology. It’s one of the oldest UHD TV features in existence and is also crucial for access to a whole world of streaming media apps like those we mentioned above. Smart TV also offers thorough adjustability of TV controls, access to external device content and in many cases also we browsing features.

Sony’s 4K UHD TVs come with their highly intuitive Android TV smart OS, Samsung’s 4K TVs now offer their Tizen OS with “Smart Hub” and LG’s 4K TVs offer either WebOS 2.0 or the newer and even better WebOS 3.0, which are both widely considered to be the best smart TV platforms in existence today. Then there is Firefox TV for Panasonic 4K Television models and Vizio’s new SmartCast mobile device-based smart TV platform, which is a complete game changer in smart OS functionality. It’s however only available for 2016 4K TVs from Vizio though we’re deeply impressed with the nature of its performance from what we’ve seen so far..

LG's WebOS 2.O platform

LG’s WebOS 2.O platform

While there are numerous differences between the assorted smart TV platforms among the major brands, all of them will at least feature: access to media apps, a main user interface with a home menu, built-in WiFi, streaming content navigation and navigation of content from external media devices.

Some of the best 4K smart TV platforms also offer features like voice or gesture control, full web browsing and the inclusion of a smart remote for doing many of the above. A lot of smart TV platforms also allow their users to set up individual profiles with their tailored preferences on them which can be activated through passwords, voice recognition and even more exotic technologies in some cases.

Upscaling and Native 4K viewing

While all 4K ultra HD TVs obviously offer the ability to view native 4K ultra HD content in its original resolution, the quality at which this content is displayed can vary widely depending on source and on the quality of the TV display itself. Hard media 4K movies from 4K Blu-ray players and external media devices usually offer the best and sharpest grade of 4K resolution while streamed 4K media sources can be somewhat inferior, and in some cases even inferior to upscaled Full HD video from a disc or media player. Furthermore, among brands of TV and different models, quality of displayed 4K videos can vary depending on the quality of a TVs contrast, whether it offers HDR and on how good the TV is at displaying vibrant realistic colors. Thus, don’t be fooled simply by seeing the phrase “4K resolution”. Pixel count is far from the only metric of native content quality.

As for upscaling, it’s another crucial feature of all 4K TVs worth their salt and algorithmic upscaling engines exist in the processing cores of all major TV models. The importance of upscaling technology lies in the simple fact that most content today isn’t native 4K and an upscaler engine reprocesses lower resolutions so that they look sharper and more “4K-like” on an ultra HD screen. The best upscaling engines, such as those found in the TVs we’re covering, do a great job of upscaling and are a crucial part of what makes 4K TVs superior even if you don’t use them to watch 4K videos of any kind.

Other Display Features

The best 4K TVs on the market and all of the models we’re covering here offer other display enhancement technologies besides just ultra HD resolution and resolution upscaling.

These display technologies often include high dynamic range, superior contrast, enhanced color gamut through special filters and high speed native refresh rates of 120Hz or more. There are also backlighting technologies in place which play a crucial role in how local dimming and contrast are delivered.

Quantum dot color enhancement technology

Quantum dot color enhancement technology

These extra display technologies without a doubt add a lot of extra value to buying  a 4K TV over an HD model since many of them are only available un ultra HD TVs.

HDR

HDR is very noticeable in the 4K TVs that have the technology in their displays

HDR is very noticeable in the 4K TVs that have the technology in their displays

HDR technology is also a crucial feature of the leading 2016 4K TVs in the 60 inch range which have it. With high dynamic range, display quality takes a major leap upward and the 2016 standards for HDR that the top four 4K TVs in this list have adopted are considerably better than what we saw of this technology in 2015. For an even more detailed breakdown of how the HDR in 4K UHD OLED and LCD TVs works, check out our guide to high dynamic range for a complete overview.

Backlighting

Backlighting in 4K ultra HD televisions can basically be divided into two different technologies: OLED and LCD/LED. For a highly comprehensive review of how these differ from each other and which is best, check out our OLED vs. LCD page here.

However, in basic terms, OLED is the superior lighting technology by which pixels in the screen itself provide their own light for visual elements on the display, and LCD, the slightly to highly inferior technology, generates illumination and contrast by activating arrays of LEDs behind an LCD display in the TV screen. These LED arrays can be of the best kind, called full-array LED backlighting and involve dozens or even hundreds of specific dimming and brightness zones or they can be designed so that lines of LEDs are places only along the edges of a 4K TVs screen, with rather imprecise “local” dimming delivering darkness or light horizontally from the TV bezel inwards.

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None of the 60 inch models we’re covering here offer OLED technology (which currently belongs only to select premium LG and Panasonic 4K TVs) but some of them do offer full-array LED backlighting and others only edge-lit LED arrays.


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  • Edward
    November 3, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    If you have a tv that can utilize the x1 4K Netflix, wont it have the 4K Netflix app built into the tv?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 7, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Hi Edward, yes it will. Pretty much all current 4K TVs come with Netflix built right in as a basic inclusion. Even the X1 device had Netflix as an accessible app before this update. The difference now with what they’ve just done is that the X1 main interface includes the full available selection of Netflix content and 4K content alongside its other content sources in a single central searchable place as far as we know.

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