You can find a wide selection of TVs below $1,000. More and more high-end TVs are available for under $1,000, and even though you can usually only find the 55-inch models for this price if you want the best performance, there are a few good 65-inch models available. Companies like TCL or Hisense make low-cost TVs with good value, so getting one of their TVs is usually a safe bet. Also, TVs tend to drop in price a few months after they're released, so getting an older model is a great way to find a TV in this price range.
We've bought and tested more than 370 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000. Also see our recommendations for the best TVs, the best TVs under $500, and the best TVs under $1,500 for more options.
The best TV we've tested in a 48-inch size that you can get for under $1,000 is the LG OLED48C1PUB. While you might find this size small, it's a remarkable TV, and all the bigger sizes are over $1,000, so if you want the best performance for this price range, go for this one. It's an excellent TV that looks incredible in dark rooms because its individual pixels can turn themselves on and off, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio. It means it has perfect black levels without any blooming around bright objects, making it an ideal choice for watching movies.
If you watch movies in HDR, it displays a wide range of colors, and its HDR peak brightness is okay, but not all large highlights pop the way they should. Even if you want to use the TV in a well-lit room, it has fantastic reflection handling to reduce glare from a few lights around, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare, so it's better to use in a dim or moderately-lit room.
If you want something bigger for around the same cost, check out the Hisense 55U8H. It's different from the LG C1 OLED because it has a different panel type with strengths and weaknesses. Instead of having a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black levels, this TV gets very bright, making it an ideal choice for use in bright rooms, and it makes highlights pop. It still has a high native contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature is great, improving the picture quality in dark scenes and making it an excellent choice for watching movies in SDR or HDR.
The out-of-the-box accuracy is excellent, so you won't have to get it calibrated for a life-like image, and it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, making it ideal for watching DVDs or cable TV. If you stream your favorite content, the Google TV interface is user-friendly, and the mic built into the remote gives you access to Google Assistant to work with other smart devices in your house.
If you're looking for something even bigger then the TCL 65R646 is the best 65-inch TV under $1,000. It's very similar to the Hisense U8H in terms of features, but the trade-off of getting a larger TV for the same price is that it has worse overall performance. For example, it has a high native contrast ratio like the Hisense, and it has a full-array local dimming feature. However, the local dimming is worse on the TCL because it doesn't improve the picture quality as much, but the overall performance is still decent. It also gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflect handling is excellent, so visibility isn't a problem.
Like the Hisense, it comes with Google TV as its built-in smart platform, so you get all the same great apps, a user-friendly smart interface, a mic in the remote, and another mic inside the TV to access the voice assistant features. If you watch movies, it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, meaning you can watch HDR content at their full capabilities, and it displays native 4k content without any problems.
If you want the biggest size you can get for under $1,000, look into the Samsung UN75AU8000FXZA. As you move up in size and maintain the same price, you lose out on a lot of features and performances, and that's the case here as it's an entry-level TV available in a large size. You don't get any of the high-end features of the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED or the Hisense U8H, like the full-array local dimming feature and high peak brightness, but it's still a decent TV that looks good in dark rooms as it displays deep blacks with excellent black uniformity.
It comes with Samsung's proprietary Tizen smart platform, which is also user-friendly, and navigating through the menus feels smooth. The voice assistant feature gives you access to Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant, so you can choose your preferred system to complement other devices you have at home. If you watch content from cable boxes, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower resolution, including with 480p content, which is ideal for watching DVDs.
Oct 13, 2022: Restructured article to focus on sizes to be consistent with other articles; renamed the LG C1 to 'Best 48-Inch TV Under $1,000'; removed the Sony A80J and the Hisense U6G because there are better options close to $1,000; added the Hisense U8H as the 'Best 55-Inch TV'; replaced the Hisense U8G and the TCL 5 Series/S546 with the TCL 6 Series/R646 and the Samsung AU8000 in the 65-inch and 75-inch categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Aug 01, 2022: Restructured the article to better match how users search for TVs. Removed the LG A1 OLED, as the C1 is significantly better for about the same price.
Apr 14, 2022: Restructured article to match user needs: moved the LG C1 to its own category as the 'Best OLED Gaming TV', renamed the Hisense U6G to 'Best 65 Inch TV', and moved the TCL 5 Series/S546 to its own category as 'Best 75 Inch TV'; moved the TCL 6 Series/R646 to Notable Mentions.
Feb 14, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U7G with the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 because it's better overall; removed the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 as the 'Best Gaming' because there are other TVs that are better for gaming; added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 as an alternative to the Hisense U6G; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Dec 16, 2021: Added the LG C1 OLED as a gaming alternative to the LG A1.
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).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all TVs under $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.