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Best TVs under $1,000 - Winter 2017
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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

Vizio P50-C1
Vizio P Series 2016 Design
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8.0Mixed 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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8.7Movies
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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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7.2TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a 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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7.4Sports
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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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8.5Video 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.
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8.3HDR 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.
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7.9HDR 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.
7.1PC 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 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.

Sony XBR49X800D
Sony X800D Design
Usage Ratings
7.5Mixed 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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6.9Movies
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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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7.1TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a 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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7.5Sports
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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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8.5Video 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.
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7.6HDR 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.
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8.0HDR 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.
7.5PC 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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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

Samsung UN60KU6300
Samsung KU6300 Design
Usage Ratings
7.3Mixed 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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6.9Movies
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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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7.0TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a 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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7.1Sports
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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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8.3Video 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.
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7.0HDR 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.
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7.9HDR 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.
7.2PC 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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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.

TCL 65US5800
TCL US5800 Design
Usage Ratings
6.9Mixed 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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7.0Movies
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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 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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6.9Sports
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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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7.6Video 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.
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6.6HDR 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.
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5.3HDR 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.
5.8PC 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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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.

All Reviews

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. 

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I don't care about 4k and I'm looking for a 50-60" smart TV primarily for sports and video streaming. I've heard Samsung\Sony are top picks for quality\longevity. Any thoughts\suggestions on specific models?
The Samsung J6300 is the best 1080p LED TV we tested this year, and should be good for your needs.
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I was reading the recommendations by size for $1,000 and saw that the models for a few of the TVs were out of date. I'm probably looking at getting a Vizio M-series or E-series. Would you recommend a 60" E series for roughly $800 or a 55" M-series for $1,000? I'm not sure the M Series with 4K is worth a trade-off of 5" and $200 over the entry E-series.
If you don't care about 4k, the E is a better deal. The M has slightly better uniformity, but it also has more motion blur. It's not worth paying more for a smaller M TV, so go for the larger E.
We're also in the process of updating our various recommendations, so we should have a new list up sometime in the near future.
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What is the major difference between LG 50LB6300 and the LG 50LF6100? Which would you recommend?
The main difference between them is that the LF6100 is a VA TV (good contrast, poor viewing angle) with no smart features, and the LB6300 is an IPS TV (poor contrast, good viewing angle) that has WebOS.
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.
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What about the Sharp Aquous?
Unfortunately, we did not review any Sharp TVs last year, and so we did not include them in our selections for best TV.
Update: We started reviewing a few sharp TVs.
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I am looking to buy a 50 or 55 in screen TV and will be using it to watch sports and movies on it. The room I am in will have seating spread out so some might be watching from a larger angle. Seating will be around 11 fT to 14 ft away. Can you recommend a TV who price range will be around $1000 or less?
The Samsung 55" JU6400 is one of the best TV we have reviewed that have a wide viewing angle. It fits well within your budget but it may be a little small for your room. Unfortunately, any bigger TV that we have reviewed and that have a wide viewing angle would fall off your budget (like the Sony 65" x810c).
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Hi! I am not a TV junkie. Just use it occasionally and want it to last. I am looking for the best deal on a 50"-60" TV for around $700 with good smart tv capabilities. It's not for gaming and don't need 4k. Just want a good quality dependable TV. What would you recommend? In addition...can you include any notable deals for Black Friday that might fit the bill? Really appreciate any guidance you can give!
Get the Samsung UN55J6200. It fits your budget and should be great for your needs.
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Do you have any opinions on the Proscan 4k tvs? The price is really low - is the quality also really low? HH Gregg has this 65" 4k model PLDED6535A on sale for $699 right now.
We don't have any plans to review the Proscan TVs at the moment, and so cannot comment on the quality.
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I am currently in the market for a TV mainly for gaming, but that will also be used once in a while for sports and Netflix/Hulu. I'm trying to stay under $800. Would you be able to give me some recommendations? I know input lag is a big one and the best option I've seen is the W600B, but I'm just not sure if I'm sold on it yet.
If you want really low input lag and don't mind upscaling features that aren't great (for you, mostly a concern for sports), get a Vizio E-series TV. It has good contrast and little motion blur, and its uniformity is pretty good, too.
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.
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I'm going to be sitting about 14 feet from my TV due to the size of the room. I'm currently considering the Vizio E65-C3 against the Vizio M60-C3. I will be mostly watching shows, whether through Netflix or other app. I'm interested in the M-series because of the better refresh rate and upscaling for the future, but I'm not sure if it is worth the price difference. What do you guys think?
If you don't plan on watching 4k material, there's no real point to getting a 4k TV, and since the refresh rate doesn't matter that much (especially for what you're looking to do), the Vizio E65-C3 is the better buy. Netflix and other streaming video will look great, and you'll appreciate the bigger screen.
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I'm interested in either the Vizio E65-C3 or M55-C2. Thoughts?
How far away do you sit? If farther than 10 feet, you will appreciate the bigger size of the E65-C3 more than the 4k resolution of the M55-C2.
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I am looking for a gaming tv, my budget is about $1,000. I have already returned a Samsung UN60H6350 & Sony KDL55W800C due to very bad backlight bleed & vertical banding. Screen uniformity, Gaming & Contrast are most important to me. I don't care about smart features or 4K but not opposed to 4K. I would like a 50" to 60" screen. What do you recommend?
The two TVs you have tried aren't bad for your needs but you may have been unlucky with screen uniformity. An exchange for the same models may have got you a better luck. Keep in mind though, that most LED TVs have problems with grey uniformity. If you want to try a different model, the Vizio E will get you better contrast, better input lag for gaming and our unit didn't had banding although screen uniformity was about the same as the other two models. Since the Vizio E is also cheaper, you can get the 60" or even the 65" for your budget.
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For streaming Netflix and Blu Ray, Samsung un60j6200 or Vizio M55-C2?
The J6200 is a 1080p TV and the Vizio M is 4k. If 4k is something you are looking forward to and you sit no farther than about 8 feet away from the TV, then the Vizio M is the better choice. If you are sitting farther then that the bigger J6200 would be best.
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Hi there. Do any LED TVs in in the 43-48" range have decent sound? I just bought the Sony Bravia 48W600B, and while it has excellent picture quality, the sound is pretty tinny & awful. Not a surprise, given the super-thin design. It was replacing a Sony Grand Vega LCD Projection TV, whose sound was easily five times as good. Am I pretty much doomed/resigned to having to buy a sound bar or similar? Thanks.
Unfortunately, we haven't encountered any in that size range that have good sound. A separate sound system would be best.
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Hi, I can't decide myself between the Vizio M55-C2 and the Samsung UN55JU6500 ? My main interest will be for games and movies. Furthermore, after looking at your website which is impressive by the way I do not know if it is worth it to go for a 4K as there is not much 4K content. Would not be better to go for the E65-C3 which is for the same price? Or could you recommend me another TV for this price range? thank you.
The Vizio E may be cheaper than the others but it would also fit your needs well. The picture quality is good for movies, it handles motion very well and it has low input lag for gaming. Although it is a good 4k TV, the Vizio M doesn't have as good motion handling and the JU6500 has judder on 24p sources like blurays.
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After overloading myself with tons of days, I went and got a Vizio M55-C2. For some reason I didn't like the picture on it, specifically when it came to upscaling. I also feel that I got a bad set, because I would see a lot of pixelation in the menus when watching over-the-air content.
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.
Get the Samsung UN55J6300. It has good picture quality for everything you want to do, and falls well within your price range.
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What are the practical differences between Vizio's P-series and the M-series? Why don't manufacturers for 4K HDTVs display refresh rates anymore?
The P-series has worse 720p upscaling, but it also has more LED zones, so its local dimming is better.
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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Looking to buy an Insignia LED 1080p. Is this an OK TV?
Unfortunately we haven't reviewed any of the Insignia TVs, and so cannot compare them.
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I'm so stuck on what I want to purchase. My needs seem to pretty specific in comparison to so many other people. I'm looking for something under a thousand dollars, around the 40-50 inch range. I'll be sitting less than 10 feet away. I don't need any smart features, as I intend to use my computer to view a lot of my content ; alongside my HDR gaming console.
Your best option is the Sony XBR49X800D. It performs very well with HDR gaming, with low input lag and good motion blur. The next step up is the 50" KS8000, it provides better movie performance especially with dark scenes but is a little over your budget.
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