We’ve bought more than 20 Hisense TVs and tried them out. Hisense has become more popular over time, and even though it started out as a cheaper brand, it now competes with bigger names. Most Hisense TVs are a good deal for what they cost, so buying one won’t break the bank. They just recently started adding gaming features like support for variable refresh rate (VRR), so they can now compete with other brands. But their TVs can also have problems with things like uniformity and movement.
Hisense’s top line of ULED TVs is made up of a few different models. The Hisense U9DG is the most expensive and best Hisense TV we’ve tried. It’s a unique LED TV with two separate LCD layers—one for color and one for grayscale—that work together to make blacks that are much deeper than those of single-panel TVs. This makes blacks that are almost as dark as an OLED and are nearly as uniform, with no blooming around bright objects. With this TV, you get the best of both worlds, since it also has a wide viewing angle. This makes it a great choice for a large room with lots of seats, since everyone can see the same image from wherever they sit.
Even though it’s the best TV that Hisense makes, it has some problems. It only comes in a 75-inch size, and since this is the only TV from Hisense that uses this dual-panel technology, you can’t get a smaller one if you want to. Even in HDR, it doesn’t get very bright, so bright highlights aren’t as bright as they should be. However, they still stand out well because the contrast ratio is so high. This is also an older model, and it’s getting harder and harder to find. All of Hisense’s new TVs have Mini LED backlights instead of the dual-layer technology that this one has.
If you don’t need the high-end Hisense U9DG and prefer something from their upper mid-range price range, you won’t lose much because they still make great TVs. The Hisense U8H is one of the best 4k TVs that Hisense makes. Even though it doesn’t get as dark as the U9DG, the Mini LED backlight and great local dimming feature make it just as impressive. It comes in sizes ranging from 55 to 75 inches, and the experience is almost the same on all three. This means you can find the right size for your needs. HDR content looks great because it has a wide color gamut and a great HDR color volume. This gives a great range of colors so that your favorite content looks its best. It also has great peak brightness in HDR, and its local dimming is very good. In a dark room, blacks look black and uniform, and bright highlights stand out very well.
If you’re a gamer, it’s also one of the best Hisense TVs for gaming because it handles motion much better than the U9DG. This means that fast-moving objects don’t get blurry behind them, but some games have trouble with red ghosting. It has two HDMI ports with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. This means that the Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles can use all of their features, including 4k @ 120Hz. Lastly, it has a low input lag and works with the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which makes gaming responsive and almost tear-free.
The Hisense U7H is the best mid-range Hisense TV we’ve tried. It’s a middle-of-the-road TV that came out in 2022 and has great picture quality. It has a lot of the same features as the Hisense U8H, but it isn’t as good. It has great contrast and a good full array local dimming feature, but the Mini LED backlight on the U8H is better. Still, it has good peak brightness, which helps make the HDR experience very good.
It’s great for gaming because it has a low input lag and a lot of great features for gaming. In this way, it’s better than the Hisense U6H because it has a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. This means you can play 4k @ 120Hz games on the Xbox Series S|X or PS5 with a 120Hz panel. It also has FreeSync, which is a technology that lets the refresh rate change. This helps reduce tearing in games.
If you’re on a tighter budget, Hisense has great low-cost TVs like the Hisense U6H that are a great deal compared to similar-priced models from other brands. You don’t get the same high-end features and performance as with the Hisense U7H and the Hisense U8H, but it’s still a very good TV. It uses the same quantum dot technology, which means it can show a wide range of colors and is very accurate right out of the box, so you won’t have to get it calibrated to get accurate colors.
Like other Hisense TVs, it has a VA panel with deep blacks, but its local dimming is just okay. Its HDR peak brightness is also just okay, so HDR highlights don’t stand out as much, but that’s to be expected from a cheap model. Since it’s a 2022 TV, it comes with the updated Google TV platform, which is an improved version of Android TV. If you don’t like that, the Hisense U6GR is a similar model with Roku TV instead, but it’s harder to find.
Hisense’s ULED line has the best price-to-value ratio compared to other brands. However, they also have a cheaper entry-level line called “UHD TV,” which includes the Hisense A6H. It’s different from the other TVs because it doesn’t use quantum dot technology to show a wide range of colors. This means that in HDR, it can only show a limited number of colors, but in SDR, it’s very accurate right out of the box. Another difference is that most of its sizes use an IPS panel, which has a wider viewing angle but less contrast than the VA panels on the ULED models. This makes it better for wide seating areas but not as good for dark rooms.
It uses Google TV as its smart platform and has the same features as more expensive TVs, like a remote with a microphone for voice control so you can ask it to search for content or open apps. It also works with eARC, which lets you connect a soundbar or receiver to improve the sound quality. It has no trouble with upscaling content with a lower resolution, which is good if you watch DVDs or cable TV.
Both Hisense and TCL make high-quality TVs that cost a lot less than other brands. With 4K screen resolution, however, a Hisense TV will usually have a better picture, better sound, and more options. TCL TVs are good for people who want smaller screens with lower resolutions.