$1000 is a good budget to buy a TV nowadays. As we're getting closer to Black Friday sales, prices of 2017 have now dropped to more reasonable levels. You can get well-rounded mid-range 4k LED TV with excellent picture quality and proper HDR capabilities, or more entry-level 4k TVs up to 65 inches up in size if you're looking for something as large as you can get.
So far, we've tested 18 TVs available under $1,000 in 2017 and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can purchase this fall.
Best TV under $1,000
The best TV under $1000 we've tested is the Sony XBR49X900E 4k LED TV. It offers excellent picture quality for the money and an HDR image close in performance to models multiple times more expensive.
Thanks in part to its better than average local dimming, the X900E produces deep and uniform blacks and a high contrast ratio, which are the most important aspects of picture quality. It gets brighter and produces a larger color volume than the competing LG UJ7700 and Samsung MU8000, making it a clear leader for HDR in this price range. Its versatility doesn't end there; its great motion and low input lag are a boon for both sports and video games.
It doesn't have a wide viewing angle, so it might be an issue for those with wide living rooms where you might be watching the TV from the sides, but the Sony XBR49X900E's versatility makes it the best pick in this price range for most people.
If 49 inches is just a little too small for you, the TCL 55P607 4k Roku TV is a good alternative to the Sony X900E. It doesn't have as nice of a design and isn't quite as versatile, but it offers even better gaming performance due to its impressively low input lag. It's also a bit cheaper, which is a plus.
Best Value for Size under $1,000
While you still can't get a 70 inch TV under 1000$, prices have dropped low enough that a decent selection of 60 and 65" TVs is available. They won't be as versatile or have much in form of HDR related features, but they'll still offer good picture quality.
If you don't mind sacrificing HDR performance or a bit of versatility to get as large a TV you can buy under $1000, we recommend the Vizio E65-E1 4k LED TV. Its high contrast give it a better image than other entry-level 4k TVs available.
It produces little motion blur, so content like sports with lots of fast moving objects won't have distracting trailing effects. It's not the lowest, but its reasonably low input lag of 38 ms makes it quick enough to suit most gamers. It lacks a wide color gamut or the high brightness necessary to give a good effect from HDR content, but that's expected of TVs in this price range. Overall, it's hard to find a better large TV than the Vizio E Series 2017 under $1000.
Alternative for Gamers
If you don't mind sacrificing a little bit of size for a faster input lag, go for the Sony KD60X690E 4k LED TV. It has a similar picture quality to the Vizio E Series, but its input lag is one of the lowest we've tested making it more responsive and better fitting for more demanding gamers looking to get the edge against their opponents.
- Vizio P55-E1. This size has a different LCD type with worse contrast. See our review
- Samsung UN49MU8000. Good mid-range 4k TV, but the slightly more expensive Sony X900E offers better value. See our review
- Samsung UN55MU6300. Decent TV overall, but a bit overpriced. See our review
- Vizio M55-E0. Great choice under 1000$, but most people will probably find the TCL a little more versatile. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs under $1,000 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that are less than $1,000. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.