$1,000 can get you excellent TVs. However, 2017 models are coming out with fairly poor pricing, and 2016 models are starting to become very hard to find. Nevertheless, here are the best TVs under $1,000.
Best TV under $1,000
The best TV you can buy under 1000$ today 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 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 can find it, the Vizio M55-D0 LED TV is an excellent 4k TV under $1,000 in terms of picture quality. It has an excellent contrast ratio and very good local dimming, so it can produce deep and uniform blacks that are paramount for picture quality.
That isn't its only quality either. It has excellent motion, and its input lag is the lowest we've tested, so it's one of the best gaming TVs in stores today.
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, the Vizio E65-E1 is a good choice. 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. It's 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.
If you're not a fan of Vizio or their SmartCast smart platform, the Samsung UN55MU6300 is a great alternative. It's overall a very similar TV that offers the same performance, but it usually isn't priced as well as the E series, so you can't get quite as big of a size for the same money.
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).
A few examples of TVs under $1,000 that didn't make the cut:
- Vizio P55-D0. 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
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.