The 5 Best 4k TVs Under $1,000 - Summer 2021 Reviews

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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 good performance, there are some good 65 inch models available as well. There are a few companies aimed at making budget-friendly options, like TCL or Hisense, so getting one of their TVs is usually a safe bet. OLED TVs are generally more than $1,000, so if you have this budget, you'll likely have to get an LED model.

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.


  1. Best TV Under $1,000: Hisense 55U8G

    8.4
    Mixed Usage
    8.6
    Movies
    8.2
    TV Shows
    8.0
    Sports
    8.8
    Video Games
    8.5
    HDR Movies
    8.7
    HDR Gaming
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The Hisense 55U8G is the best TV under $1,000 that you can get. It's an impressive all-around option, and its performance rivals other high-end options that cost more from competing companies. It offers something great for most people, including gaming perks. We tested the 55 inch model, which is in this price range, but the 65 inch model is over $1,000.

    It's excellent for watching movies in dark environments, both in SDR and HDR. Its VA panel has a high native contrast ratio to display deep blacks with amazing uniformity, and the great full-array local dimming feature helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes. It displays a wide color gamut, has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, and gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR. It even supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, so you don't have to worry about which format your content is in before watching.

    It has gaming features like HDMI 2.1 inputs and variable refresh rate (VRR) support for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Sadly, there are reports of red ghosting and motion artifacts, particularly in Game Mode with 4k games at 120 fps that could get distracting. It's not always noticeable and it depends on the content, but it's still one of the few downsides to this TV. If that doesn't bother you, it's the best 55 inch TV under $1,000 that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Larger Alternative: Hisense 65U7G

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    If you need something bigger, then look into the Hisense 65U7G. It's a lower-end version of the Hisense U8G, so its all-around performance isn't as good, but that means you can find the larger sizes for cheaper. It has the same 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 inputs, a quick response time, and low input lag for responsive gaming. It displays a wide color gamut, and even though its HDR peak brightness and full-array local dimming feature aren't as good, it still delivers a great HDR experience. It has excellent SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling if you want to use it in a bright room. Unfortunately, it experiences the same red ghosting issues, but it's just not as noticeable.

    If you want the best 55 inch TV under $1,000, you can't go wrong with the U8G, but if you prefer the best 65 inch TV under $1,000, then the U7G is a good alternative.

    See our review

  3. Best Gaming TV Under $1,000: Vizio M55Q7-J01

    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Movies
    7.3
    TV Shows
    7.3
    Sports
    8.0
    Video Games
    7.8
    HDR Movies
    7.9
    HDR Gaming
    7.7
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The Vizio M55Q7-J01 is the best 4k TV under $1,000 for gaming that we've tested. It's a good overall mid-range option with a few extra gaming features to satisfy most people. You can find the 55 inch model that we tested for well under $1,000, and if you need something bigger and don't mind spending a bit more, the 70 inch model is available for just over $1,000.

    Even though it's limited to a 60Hz panel, and you can't take full advantage of the next-gen gaming consoles, it still has FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Motion looks good for the most part as it has a good response time, but you may notice some black smearing, which is typical of VA panels. Input lag is also really low for a responsive gaming experience. It has a fantastic native contrast ratio for deep blacks and great black uniformity, but since the local dimming feature is mediocre, it doesn't improve the contrast all that much.

    Its reflection handling and SDR peak brightness are both decent for rooms with a few lights around, but it doesn't perform well if you have direct sunlight on it. This TV supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and displays a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get bright enough to really make highlights stand out. All things considered, it's the best 4k TV under $1,000 for gaming.

    See our review

  4. Best Roku TV Under $1,000: TCL 55R635

    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Movies
    7.7
    TV Shows
    7.7
    Sports
    8.0
    Video Games
    8.0
    HDR Movies
    8.0
    HDR Gaming
    7.7
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The best TV under $1,000 with Roku TV is the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. It's the flagship TV in TCL's 2020 lineup, and only the 55 inch model that we tested is available in this price range. The Roku smart interface is very smooth and easy to use, with a ton of apps to choose from. It feels well-built and has a sleek design that should satisfy most people.

    It has a VA panel with a remarkable contrast ratio, producing deep blacks that look as they should in the dark, which is ideal for watching movies. It also performs well in bright environments, thanks to its excellent peak brightness. Its brightness is also impressive for HDR content, so highlights pop just as creators intended, and it can display vivid, saturated colors thanks to its wide color gamut and QLED technology. Gamers should also be pleased with its fast response time and low input lag. It also supports FreeSync VRR to reduce screen tearing.

    Like most VA panels, it has poor viewing angles, making the image look washed out when viewed from the side. That means it's not ideal for watching TV or sports with a large group. Also, its local dimming is mediocre, causing visible blooming around bright objects and crushing highlights in dark scenes. That said, this is still a very good option overall and the best Roku TV that we've tested for under $1,000.

    See our review

  5. Best Value For Size: Hisense 65U6G

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    8.0
    TV Shows
    8.0
    Sports
    8.3
    Video Games
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    8.2
    HDR Gaming
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The best 65 inch TV under $1,000 that you can get in terms of value and size is the Hisense 65U6G. It's lower-end than the Hisense U7G, so you don't get as many features like HDMI 2.1 support, but in terms of pure picture quality and its price, it offers better value. We tested the 65 inch model, which is under $1,000, but if you don't mind stretching out your budget a bit, the 75 inch model is a good choice too.

    Although it's limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't support VRR, gamers should still appreciate its quick response time and low input lag. The built-in Android TV interface is user-friendly and offers a ton of apps so you can easily stream your favorite content. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is great for watching cable TV shows or sports. Visibility shouldn't be an issue in bright rooms either as it gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling.

    Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel TV, so the image looks washed out when viewing from the sides. Its HDR brightness is just okay; it should be fine enough for most people, but some highlights may not stand out like the way the creator intended them to. Besides these small problems, it's one of the best TVs under $1,000 that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TCL 65S535: The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is a good budget TV, but it doesn't get as bright as the TCL 6 Series. See our review
  • Samsung QN65Q60AAFXZA: The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED is a decent 65 inch TV, but it's not as good as the Hisense U7G, which has a higher refresh rate and a faster response time. See our review
  • Sony KD-55X85J: The Sony X85J is a good TV that gets bright, but it doesn't have VRR support currently available like the Hisense U8G. See our review
  • Vizio V5 Series 2021: The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is a basic TV that won't cost you much and you can find it in the larger sizes, but it doesn't get as bright as the Hisense U6G. See our review
  • Samsung AU8000: The Samsung AU8000 is a decent mid-range TV, but for the value and cost, it's worth getting the TCL 6 Series or Hisense U6G instead. See our review
  • Sony KD-65X80J: The Sony X80J has wide viewing angles and is also available in smaller sizes, but it doesn't have gaming features and doesn't get bright. See our review
  • Hisense A6G: The Hisense A6G is a basic entry-level TV that isn't nearly as good as the other Hisense TVs in this recommendation, but some of its sizes have an IPS panel with wide angles and low contrast. See our review
  • LG UP7000: The LG UP7000 has wide viewing if that's what you need and the 75 inch model is under $1,000, but it's not nearly as good as the Hisense U6G. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 13, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG UP7000 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Aug 04, 2021: Removed the LG NANO90 2020 with the Hisense U7G and renamed it to 'Larger Alternative' because it's easier to find; replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 with the 2021 version; updated Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 05, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Hisense H9G with Hisense U8G. Replaced Hisense H8G with Hisense U6G.

  4. May 06, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.

  5. Apr 08, 2021: Checked that picks were still accurate; no changes to recommendations.

All Reviews

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 reviews of 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.

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