At this time of the year, manufacturers are putting the TVs back to their Black Friday prices and discontinuing most of the TVs to make space for the new models.
Best picture quality under $1,000
Nothing beats the Samsung UN55KS8000 under $1,000. It's an exceptionally versatile TV that fits almost every use case. Image quality is excellent, with some of the highest contrast we've ever seen with very uniform blacks. It's back to this price for the Super Bowl sales making it a lot more attractive.
Best value for size under $1,000
There is a lot more choice under $1,000 at this time of the year. 65-inch models would be exclusively budget ones in this bracket earlier in the year. Now you can find very competent Mid-range TVs.
The Sony XBR65X750D Is an excellent TV at a great price-point for the size. It has wide viewing angles and gets quite bright, so it's best suited for wide, well-lit rooms. It doesn't have the best contrast, though, so it suffers a bit when watching movies in a dark room. For sports, though, this is our top pick.
For better dark room performance, get the Samsung UN65KU6300 instead. It's another very versatile TV that we recommend often. It trades the Sony's wide viewing angles for better contrast and more uniform blacks. It's great for movies in a dark room. Motion isn't as good, though, so sports watchers should get the X750D instead.
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 P55-D0. This size has a different LCD type with worse contrast. We don't recommend it over the KS8000 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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