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The 4 Best TVs Under $1,000 - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best TVs Under $1,000

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 some smaller models for this price if you want the best performance, a few good larger models are available with worse picture quality. Some companies make low-cost TVs with good value, so getting one is usually a safe bet. Also, TVs tend to drop in price a few months after release, so getting an older model is a great way to find a TV in this price range.

We've bought and tested more than 425 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000. See our picks for the best TVs, the best TVs under $500, and the best TVs under $1,500 for more options. You can also vote on which ones you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the upcoming 2024 models, check out our 2024 TV lineup page.

  1. Best TV Under $1,000

    The best 4k TV under $1,000 we've tested is the LG OLED42C3PUA. It's a remarkable TV that delivers incredible picture quality, much better than any other TV in this price range. It looks remarkable in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio. It has perfect black levels without any blooming around bright objects, making it an ideal choice for watching movies in a dark environment. It gets bright enough to fight glare even in moderately lit rooms, and the reflection handling is incredible. It's a versatile TV with very good image processing, Dolby Vision HDR support with Dolby Vision gaming at 120Hz, and advanced DTS audio formats passthrough.

    It's also a fantastic TV for gaming thanks to its near-instantaneous response time, resulting in crystal clear motion with no motion blur around fast-moving objects. It has low input lag and a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can game at 4k @ 120Hz with the latest consoles or PCs. It has native FreeSync, HDMI Forum VRR support, and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Its built-in webOS system is easy to use if you stream your favorite shows and movies. Unfortunately, it's a bit pricey, so you can only get the 42-inch or 48-inch models for around $1,000, but it's the best TV you can get at that price point.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range TV Under $1,000

    If you prefer something cheaper or don't need the best of the best, consider the Hisense U8K. It doesn't deliver the same perfect blacks as the LG C3 OLED, but it's available in bigger sizes in this price range, and it's the best 55-inch TV under $1,000. Its 65-inch model even dips below $1,000 when on sale, making it the best 65-inch TV under $1,000. Blacks aren't as deep as they are on the C3, but its fantastic contrast ratio and great Mini LED local dimming feature still deliver deep, uniform blacks with very little blooming around bright objects. It has surprisingly good image processing capabilities, so movies and shows look good regardless of source. Unfortunately, its viewing angle is narrower than on the OLED. Still, it displays a wide range of colors and has excellent pre-calibration accuracy, so colors are accurate and lifelike no matter the content you're watching. It also supports HDR10+, Dolby Vision HDR, and advanced DTS audio formats, making it a good home entertainment option.

    It runs the user-friendly Google TV interface, and the mic built into the remote gives you access to Google Assistant to work with other smart devices in your house. It's also a fully featured gaming TV capable of up to 4k @ 144Hz on two of its HDMI 2.1 ports and supporting every VRR technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. You could get the cheaper Hisense U7K if you want to save money. It's a fantastic TV with the same features as the U8K, although it's significantly dimmer. The U7K is also a great choice if you want a 75-inch TV, as it's available for a bit more than $1,000 in that size and dips below that when on sale.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget TV Under $1,000

    If you're on a tighter budget or want something even bigger than the 55 or 65-inch Hisense U8/U8K, check out the Hisense U6K instead, which is available up to 75 inches for well under $1,000. As it's a budget TV, its overall picture quality isn't as good as its higher-end sibling because there's more blooming around bright objects, but it's still a good TV that displays deep blacks in dark rooms. It also gets bright enough to fight glare if you want to use it in a bright room and has decent reflection handling. It's bright enough in HDR for a pleasant viewing experience, and just like the more expensive Hisense, it supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR, although it doesn't support advanced DTS audio formats.

    TVs in the budget category tend to have fewer features than higher-end models, and that's the case here. Its image processing is significantly worse than on the U8K, so there's visible digital noise when watching low-bitrate content from streaming platforms. It doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth like the U8K, meaning it can't take full advantage of gaming consoles, but it still has variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. If your budget allows, you could opt for the more expensive Hisense U7K, which offers much more than the U6K, like HDMI 2.1 support, advanced DTS audio formats, and a much brighter and more colorful image.

    See our review

  4. Best Large Cheap TV Under $1,000

    If you're looking for a cheap TV for under $1,000 and want the biggest TV for the lowest possible cost, consider the TCL S4/S450G. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 85 inches. The 75-inch model is significantly cheaper than $1,000, and its 85-inch model is sold for exactly that amount and is even cheaper when on sale. However, it doesn't deliver the same good dark room performance as the Hisense U6K due to its lack of local dimming, and it also doesn't get nearly as bright or as colorful. Of course, by going with a cheap TV, you're losing out on gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR, but it does have extremely low input lag for fast and responsive inputs.

    Still, it comes with Google TV built-in, which is a great smart platform that makes it easy to stream your favorite content, and its excellent remote features a mic that you can use with Google Assistant to search stuff easily. It also supports Dolby Vision, although it can't take advantage of it due to its low HDR peak brightness and narrow color gamut. Nevertheless, it's a solid TV for a very low price, and an 85-inch TV will surely be a standout piece in any room. If you're a Costco member, you'll instead want to opt for the much better Hisense A65K. The Hisense is much more colorful due to its PFS Phosphor panel, higher peak brightness, and better image processing, although it doesn't have an 85-inch model like the TCL.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TCL 65QM850G: The TCL QM8/QM850G QLED is an extremely bright TV with an excellent contrast ratio for deep inky blacks. Still, the Hisense U8/U8K is cheaper, better overall, and the best pick for most people. See our review
  • TCL Q5/Q550G QLED: The TCL Q5/Q550G QLED is a decent TV that competes with the Hisense U6/U6K but can regularly be found for much cheaper. The Hisense is a slightly better product overall, but the 55-inch and 65-inch models of the TCL are interesting for gamers, as they can do 1080p @ 120Hz and 1440p @ 120Hz with VRR through their resolution-halving feature. See our review
  • Roku Select Series: The Roku Select Series is a decent alternative to the TCL S4/S450G. The Roku is better than the TCL, but unfortunately, it's not available in an 85-inch format, and in the smaller sizes, the Hisense U6K is a bit better for just a bit more money. Still, the Roku is a great option if you're specifically looking for sizes smaller than 55 inches, which is the smallest size available on the Hisense. See our review
  • Roku Plus Series QLED: The Roku Plus Series QLED is a decent alternative to the Hisense U6/U6K. The Hisense gets a slight edge due to more features, like VRR and 24p judder removal, and better image processing. See our review
  • Sony X85K: The Sony X85K is a good TV and is surprisingly affordable for a Sony TV. It's also available in a wide range of sizes, so there's something for everyone. Price-wise, however, it's a tough value proposition as you can get the much better Hisense U8/U8K for a bit more and the almost as good Hisense U6/U6K for much less. See our review
  • LG OLED48A2PUA: If you want an OLED but don't need modern gaming features and are okay with a 60Hz panel, the LG OLED48A2PUA can still be found for much cheaper than any other OLED on the market. This TV doesn't get as bright as other OLEDs in both SDR and HDR, but it's a good choice if you're looking for a TV to watch content in a dark room. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 25, 2024: Added the LG OLED48A2PUA to the Notable Mentions list and swapped the TCL Q6/Q650G QLED for the TCL Q5/Q550G QLED.

  2. Nov 29, 2023: Added more information about our picks and expanded our list of Notable Mentions.

  3. Oct 03, 2023: Due to older models being discontinued, we swapped the LG C2 OLED, Hisense U8H, TCL Series 5/S555 2022 QLED, and Hisense A6H for the LG C3 OLED, Hisense U8K, Hisense U6K, and TCL S4/S450G respectively. Also added the TCL Q6/Q650G QLED to the Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 18, 2023: Added the TCL QM8/QM850G QLED to the Notable Mentions and refreshed the text for consistency and accuracy.

  5. May 16, 2023: Verified that the TVs are still available to buy for under $1,000; replaced the Samsung AU8000 with the Hisense A6H for consistency with other articles.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs you can get for under $1,000, including the best 65-inch TV under $1,000. 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.