There is a wide selection of TVs you can find below $1000. Generally, there are two big categories: the TVs with the best possible picture quality for the money, or larger budget TVs with the biggest screen that you can get for the buck.
We've tested 206 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000 to purchase in 2018. Check our recommendations for the best cheap TVs and the best TVs under $1,500 for more options.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.
The Vizio P Series 2018 P55-F1 is the best TV under $1,000 we've tested. It has a very good picture quality with deep blacks that look great in a dark room due to the excellent contrast ratio and full-array local dimming support. The Vizio P Series 2018 has a very fast pixel response time and only a small blur trail is seen in fast-moving content. The TV has an optional black frame insertion feature that can help make the image even crisper. It has a low input lag that makes it very responsive for gaming.
Unfortunately, the gray uniformity might disappoint sports fans, and the image quality degrades when viewed at an angle, so it is not suitable for wide seating arrangements. Also, this TV may be hard to find in stock.
Overall, it is the best 55 inch under $1,000 you can get and a great mixed-use TV that will keep most people happy.
If you want a TV with great gaming features, check out the Samsung UN55NU8000 instead of the Vizio P Series 2018. The NU8000 supports new gaming technologies, including a variable refresh rate to reduce tearing, and automatic game mode to make sure you are always getting the lowest input lag possible. It doesn't have the full-array backlight of the P55-F1, so dark room performance isn't quite as good, and motion has a bit more blur due to the slower response time, but overall it is an excellent TV for gaming.
If you want the best 4k TV under $1,000 regardless of size, then get the Sony XBR49X900F. It is not as large as the Vizio P Series 2018 P55-F1 and has a higher input lag. However, it is a great TV that performs slightly better than the Vizio in bright rooms thanks to the better anti-reflective coating. It can get very bright so as to overcome glare and it performs very well in almost all uses. So if you are ok with the smaller size, the Sony X900F is the best TV in this category.
If you are looking for the best 65 inch TV under $1,000, get the Vizio M series 2018 M65-F0. It is a very good TV for a wide range of usages. The picture quality is good with blacks that look deep in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. The M65-F0 can get bright enough to fight the glare of a bright room and it has a very low input lag that will please most gamers and those who will use it as a PC monitor for presentations. There is only a little motion blur trailing fast-moving content as the response time is very fast and its excellent BFI feature gives you the option to make the image even crisper.
Unfortunately, the TV lacks a motion interpolation feature to please the soap opera effect fans, and the viewing angles are bad so it is not a good choice for rooms with wide seating arrangements.
Overall the Vizio M65-F0 is will perform very well in most uses.
If you find the Vizio M series 2018 expensive, then get the TCL 5 Series (S515/S517) 65S517. You will not have the local dimming support or the brightness levels found on the Vizio. On the upside, the S517 is a 65" 4K TV with decent picture quality, a wide color gamut and deep blacks due to the very high native contrast ratio. It has a low input lag that makes it very responsive so you can use it for playing video games or as a PC monitor.
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 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.