The search for the best HDMI cable might not be a flashy or exciting adventure, but it’s worth putting in a bit of effort to get the best results from your TV or monitor. Things to consider are how long of a cord you need and which devices you are connecting. Most devices can use a standard high-speed HDMI cable, but there are some that will benefit from one that supports 4k, or Dolby TrueHD. Portable video devices like Go Pros, and projectors need a mini HDMI cable.
Compatible with most devices
The Monoprice HDMI High Speed cable is an all-around winner. This offers decent 4K quality streaming at 60Hz with HDR support thanks to the 18GB capacity meaning it'll handle the top end signals of most new TVs. It's also an active cable meaning it draws power from the device to boost the signal over longer distances. From gaming to TV to audio and monitor use, this cable can handle it all.
Affordable and reliable
The Amazon Basics High-Speed HDMI cable is affordable but still capable of 18GB meaning 4K image support as well as 60Hz refresh rates. This doesn't have an official HDMI certification but it is CL3 rated meaning it's made with low smoke materials to resist fire. The gold plated connectors ensure the best connectivity and long life too.
For gaming setups and AV devices
When it comes to gaming, the Belkin Ultra high-speed cable gives you the fastest possible transmission of the most information. offers a hefty 48GB of data meaning full 4K at 120Hz and even future-proofed 8K at 60Hz support. The braided cable makes this tough enough to be moved between consoles regularly without sustaining damage.
Build to last
The Onyx High-Speed HDMI cable is built for speed and longevity. It features a super-strong braided shielding that gives the cable a resilience that makes it ideal for anyone that needs a cable that will be moving about and bending a lot. It is officially HDMI Certified and supports 4K, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby DTS-HD.
Compatible with portable devices
The BlueRigger Micro HDMI to HDMI cable is ideal for connecting portable video devices like cameras, Go Pros, and projectors. It isn't a microUSB, so won't work with phones or tablets using that port. But it does transmit data up to 4K at 60Hz and is DTS-HD compliant. It has gold plated connectors, and it uses a 32 gauge premium grade cable that's fully shielded.
Do you need a new HDMI cable?
If you recently invested in a shiny new 4K TV you may not need to buy new HDMI cables for 4K content. If you think you need new cables just because you’ve upgraded other aspects of your home entertainment system, we encourage you to try your cables first with the new tech. There’s a good chance that they work. If your data needs are a little more intensive or if you need brand-new cables for another reason, here’s a look at what to consider when buying a new HDMI.
Types of HDMI cables
There are several different classifications and certifications for HDMI cables. The main difference between cable types is how much data they are proven to handle. A standard HDMI 2.0 cable in 2020 can handle 4K content at 60Hz. Some high-speed HDMI 2.1 cables will carry 8K content up to 120Hz. Most people need a high-speed HDMI 2.0 or 2.1 cable to cover their needs, but there are definitely options available for every type of media connection.
Standard, high-speed, premium high-speed and ultra high speed cables can all also carry a dedicated HDMI Ethernet channel, which allows the cable to make network connections with compatible devices. This is rare, though, as most devices use other ways of connecting to networks.