You can get great picture quality under $1000 nowadays, with a great set of features including decent HDR support. At this time of the year, we don't really recommend 2016 models anymore since they're a bit hard to find and their prices don't really have much of an advantage over 2017 models.
Best TV under $1,000
The best TV under $1000 we've tested is the Samsung UN49MU8000 4k LED TV. It has deep and even blacks essential to great picture quality, but it also has very little motion blur and input lag, making it a great choice for gamers.
It gets quite bright, about as bright as the very popular Samsung KS8000 from last year, and it can display a wide range of colors without gradation, making it quite capable with HDR. It doesn't have the best local dimming, but it's overall quite a good TV that offers decent value for money.
If you're looking for a cheaper option and a larger size, get the TCL P607 4k Roku TV. It offers even better gaming performance thanks to its impressively low input lag and good motion blur performance. It also has full-array local dimming which the Samsung lacks. It's a little more shabby of a design and is a little less versatile than the Samsung MU8000, but it's still a good cheaper alternative.
Best Value for Size under $1,000
At this point in the year, it can be a bit difficult to find good deals on larger TVs. The best prices are usually found on Black Friday, and the TVs that dropped to great prices at that time are now more expensive prior to discontinuation.
If you want the largest TV you can find under $1000 while not compromising on picture quality too much, we recommend the Vizio E65-E1. It has better than average picture quality for the money, and it can be found as large as 65 inches under $1000.
It has limited support of fancy features such as HDR, but that's a minor shortcoming. It's overall a versatile TV that performs well enough to suit most people's needs. Its only real issue is its narrow viewing angle, which is only a problem if you need to watch your TV from the side such as in a wide living room.
- Vizio P55-E1. This size has a different LCD type with worse contrast. See our review
- Hisense 65H8C. Good TV, but very hard to find nowadays. See our review
- Samsung UN55MU6300. Decent TV overall, but a bit overpriced. See our review
- Vizio M55-E0. Great choice under 1000$, 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.