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Best picture quality 1080p TVs - Summer 2017
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1080p TVs have become increasingly rare. New models - if they do release any, will be budget models. Anything on the high end is going to be 4K (see our 4k vs. 1080p TV comparison). You can find some well-featured 1080p TV, but don't expect a very good picture quality.

Best 1080p TV

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
6.1Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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5.9Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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6.6TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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6.6Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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7.1Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
4.2HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
4.1HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
6.1PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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The best 1080p TV we've reviewed this year is the TCL S305 Roku LED TV. It's a simple and cheap TV with decent picture quality and great smart features.

Roku offers some of the best smart features available. It's snappy, intuitive, and it covers all of the streaming services that most people need. Its picture quality is nothing to write home about, but the TCL S305 is still a good choice if you're looking for a cheap smart TV to watch Netflix or other streaming services on.

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Notable Mentions

  • Samsung J6300. Out of stock pretty much everywhere now. See our review
  • Sony W650D. Overall performance is poor. See our review
  • TCL FS3750. Has been replaced by the S305, decent performer overall but discontinued now. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendation above is what we think is currently the best 1080p TV to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't really 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 have a 1080p screen. 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.

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Questions & Answers

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Sharp television name is being licensed by the Chinese TV maker Hisense, will you be carrying Hisense in Sharp's place?
When doing reviews I noticed that 1080p overall review number is always lower than a 4K is that because you are comparing 4K to 1080p? I am not here to criticize the reviewing I am just kind of curious. I am here to go with the flow it's nice that you do what you do.
Maybe next year we will start covering Hisense, but it depends if we get enough requests for it.
Indeed, 4k TVs score higher in our tests for 2 reasons:
1) There are no high end 1080p TVs anymore, so even the best 1080p TV (like the Samsung J6300 or Vizio E Series) have a worse picture quality overall for 1080p content than the best 4k TVs.
2) Just the fact that a TV is 4k gets a boost of 2.3% in the overall score (via Movies->Resolution->4k, see our score formula). The resolution is a component of picture quality (assuming you have native content of course), which is why it is part of our scores.
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In your opinion, do 4K televisions have superior picture quality to 1080p televisions for content from DVDs? Though we use a Blu-ray player, the majority of movies we play are DVDs, and based on customer comments I am concerned that the picture quality on a 4k television will not be as good as a 1080p TV. Any difference in viewing angles between 4k and non-4k sets? Thanks.
It's down to the hardware and software in the TV. Some 1080p TVs will be better at upscaling than some 4k TVs, and the reverse is also true.
The viewing angle does not depend on the resolution of the TV, but rather on the type of panel used. Of the three main kinds of panel, OLED panels have the widest viewing angles, followed by IPS LED panels, and then VA LED panels.
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When you are done testing/reviewing the televisions, do you put them up for sale locally or online? By the way great site- very informative.
We sell them locally, and we're based in Montreal, Canada.
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Are the support legs on a 43d43-c1 on the Visio tv adjustable.
No, they are fixed.
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What about the 7150?
Assuming you are referring to the Samsung H7150, it is discontinued and out of stock almost everywhere now.
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