You can find some genuinely great TVs in the sub-$1,000 range, and you can even get larger sizes that still have good picture quality. Here are all the best TVs for the price that we reviewed, updated for the winter of 2017:
Best picture quality under $1,000
The Vizio P50-C1 is the best choice for a TV under $1000. If you’re looking for something to watch movies or play non-HDR games, nothing beats it at this price.
It renders blacks very well and thus has very good contrast. It isn't the best for live TV or other lower resolution content, and its panel is only 60hz, so it won’t have a great interpolation for the fans of that feature. If you put the Vizio P in a dark room, however, you will be rewarded with picture quality defeated only by the prohibitively expensive OLED TVs.
For something a little bit more multi-purpose, the Sony XBR49X800D is hard to beat. As usual with Sony TVs, the XBR49X800D has the best upscaling available, which, in addition to the great motion makes this TV especially good at both evening TV and live sports watching. It doesn’t have much input lag either so gaming even in HDR is great.
If your TV going to be used less for movie watching and more for gaming and live TV, the Sony XBR49X800D is a great buy in this price range.
Best value for size under $1,000
If you're looking for something a bit bigger, or if you'd like something on the cheaper side, you should get the Samsung UN60KU6300. It’s one of the most popular TVs this year; it has good picture quality, good handling of motion and low input lag. So while it doesn’t excel in any particular aspect, it does well in most of them.
It doesn't have a wide color gamut, nor does it have 10 bit of color depth, so its HDR performance is somewhat hindered. In spite of that, it's difficult to beat the value this TV offers in this price range.
If you want those extra 5 inches, the TCL 65US5800 is pretty much your only option. It does pretty well watching movies thanks to its good contrast. Overall, though, it’s a step down in quality compared to the Samsung and isn’t recommended if you’re planning to have a gaming heavy load for example.
Our recommendations above are what we think is currently the best TV 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:
- Samsung UN55KU7000. Better design but not much else different from the KU6300. See our review
- Vizio M55-D0. Great TV, but the Vizio P50-C1 is slightly superior. See our review
- Hisense H8C. Good TV, but the X800D and KU6300 are better for a little more. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here are 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.
Questions & Answers
We're also in the process of updating our various recommendations, so we should have a new list up sometime in the near future.
If you want the best overall picture quality and don't care about smart features, take the LF6100. If you want a good viewing angle or good smart features, take the LB6300.
Update: We started reviewing a few sharp TVs.
If you don't mind a bit more input lag in exchange for better picture, get the Samsung UN50J6300. It has great contrast and uniformity, very little blur, and good upscaling. Its input lag is average, but still playable.
The TV will primarily be used for PS4 gaming and streaming, plus casting tabs from my PC. Having a 4K TV, it was tempting to hook up my PC for some 4K media, but I returned the TV before trying my PC.
Anyways, what is the best TV for someone like me who wants to stay below $1,000? 4K would be nice, but I don't mind 1080p as long as the image quality is great for the majority of my use.
It's because of perception. People associate higher refresh rate numbers with better TVs, (which can be true, but they're not that reliable of indicators), and so they find ways to inflate their refresh rate numbers and make their TVs seem better.
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