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 2019. 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 beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
The Vizio P Series 2018 P55-F1 is the best 55 inch 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 great TV for gaming under $1000, check out the Samsung NU8000. The NU8000 supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, great for Xbox One S/X owners or if you have an AMD graphics card. It also supports a 120 Hz input with 1080p and 1440p sources, great if you prefer smooth motion over higher resolutions.
Unfortunately, the NU8000 doesn't perform as well as the P Series in a dark room, as it has a limited edge-lit local dimming feature. It also has a slightly slower response time, so there is a slightly longer blur trail behind fast moving objects.
If you want the absolute best 4k TV under $1000, and size doesn't matter, check out the Sony XBR49X900F. The Sony X900F is a great 4k TV with outstanding peak brightness, deep blacks, and a great wide color gamut. It has slightly better reflection handling than the P Series, so it is a better choice if you have a bright room. The X900F also has great smart features with a huge selection of apps from the Android Play Store, which is a welcome improvement over the Vizio P Series.
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 uses. 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. 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's 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 TCL 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.