You can find a wide selection of TVs below $1,000. Generally, there are two big categories: TVs with the best possible picture quality for the money, or larger budget TVs with the biggest screen that you can get for your buck.
We've tested more than 80 TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000 to purchase. Check our recommendations for the best TVs, the best cheap TVs, and the best TVs under $1,500 for more options.
The best TV under $1,000 we've tested so far is the Hisense 65H9F. This is a great TV for almost any use. It has a VA panel with outstanding contrast ratio, wide color gamut support, and very good peak brightness, making HDR content a truly enjoyable experience. With the help of full array local dimming, it can produce deep inky blacks, which is great for those who like to watch in a dark room.
As it runs on Android TV, you have access to the Google Play Store for almost anything you need. The interface is clean and easy to use, and you can even control the TV using the Google Assistant or Alexa. Additionally, its low input lag should satisfy most gamers; however, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and there's no support for any variable refresh rate technology.
Unfortunately, this TV does suffer from bad viewing angles, as images appear washed out when viewed from the side. Overall, if you're on the market for an all-around great TV, this is the best 65 inch TV we've tested so far.
If the Hisense H9F lacks the advanced gaming features that you're looking for, check out the Samsung UN65RU8000FXZA. Though it can only support 4k gaming at 60Hz, this TV can run at a 120Hz refresh rate when playing at a lower resolution, making motion look much smoother. Along with its low input lag and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate, it provides an amazingly responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, the peak brightness is mediocre and it lacks local dimming, but on the upside, contrast ratio and motion handling are outstanding.
If you need the best picture quality, especially for HDR content, look into the Hisense; if gaming features are a must, then consider the Samsung.
If you want a TV with better viewing angles for a wide seating arrangement, the LG 55SM9000PUA is a good choice. Since it has an IPS panel, it can't produce the same deep blacks as the VA panel on the Hisense H9F, but you'll get the same image accuracy when viewing from the side. This is a good overall TV with fantastic gaming features such as excellent response time, a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion, and incredibly low input lag. Unfortunately, the screen is darker around the edges and it doesn't get very bright in HDR to make highlights pop. However, it has great reflection handling, and you should be able to place it in a bright room without any problems.
If you're looking for the best TV under $1,000, the Hisense is a great choice, but if you prefer an IPS panel TV for better viewing angles, then consider the LG.
The best Roku TV under $1,000 is the TCL 6 Series/65R625 2019. This TV can deliver great picture quality that's suitable for both bright and dark rooms. With its full-array local dimming enabled, it has an outstanding contrast ratio to produce deep, inky blacks. It also has an excellent peak brightness to combat glare in bright rooms, though its reflection handling is only mediocre.
Response time is good; however, there's some ghosting in dark scenes. Fortunately, it has an optional black frame insertion feature to help clear up the image, but the backlight's flickering can cause some artifacts and duplication of the image. For gamers, the TV's input lag is exceptionally low, but the panel is limited to 60Hz and there's no support for any variable refresh rate technology. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly, which is good for text clarity if you want to use the TV as a computer monitor, and Roku's interface is easy to navigate, with tons of streaming services available through the app store.
Unfortunately, like most VA panels, the viewing angles are sub-par, so it's not ideal for large rooms or wide seating arrangements. On the whole, this is the best Roku TV under $1,000 we've tested so far.
The TCL 75S425 is the best value-for-size TV for under $1,000 that we've tested so far. It's available as a 43 inch model all the way up to 75 inches, and each variant offers acceptable performance for its value.
This is a lower-end version of the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019, so it still has the same great Roku features and easy-to-use interface. With a VA panel, it has an outstanding contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, resulting in good dark room performance. That comes at the cost of its viewing angles, which are bad, and you lose image accuracy when viewing from an angle. It's an impressive gaming TV, especially for console gamers with its 60Hz refresh rate, as motion looks extremely clear and the input lag is incredibly low, giving you a responsive gaming experience.
Unfortunately, this TV has some flaws you would expect on a budget TV. It doesn't get bright and might even struggle in rooms with too much light, and it doesn't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. The gray uniformity is also a bit sub-par as the corners of the screen are visibly darker and there's some dirty screen effect in the center. Overall, it offers acceptable performance for a budget TV, making it the best value-for-size TV under $1,000 we've seen so far.
05/04/2020: Minor updates to text for clarity, added notable mentions to reflect current market.
11/05/2019: Replaced the LG 65SM8600 with the LG 55SM9000 and the TCL 6 Series 2018 (65R617) with the TCL 6 Series 2019/ 65R625. Made small changes to text for clarity.
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.