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 39 TVs available under $1000 and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.
The Vizio P Series 2018 P55-F1 is the best TV we've tested under $1,000. 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.
Overall, it is 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 find that the Vizio P Series 2018 costs more than what you want to spend, get the TCL 6 Series 55R617 (also known as the 55R613 or 55R615). You will not have the great local dimming performance or the excellent response time. On the upside, the TCL will do great in most uses. The picture quality is very good both in a dark room and in a bright room. Blacks look deep in a dark room due to the high contrast ratio and the TV can fight glare due to its high brightness levels. Finally, the R617 is great for gaming as the TV is very responsive due to the low input lag.
If you want to get the most for your money, the TCL 65S517 offers the best value for size, for under $1000. This 65" model is larger and cheaper than the Vizio P Series 2018. It delivers decent performance for most people, with an excellent native contrast ratio, great wide color gamut and better gradient handling than the P55-F1.
It isn't without compromise though, as the 65S517 lacks a local dimming feature, it can't adjust the backlight flicker to improve motion clarity, and it isn't as bright as the Vizio P Series.
Overall, it is a decent TV for most uses and it should please most people.
If you want an even larger TV than the TCL S517 for under $1000, get the Vizio D Series D70-F3. The extra 5" diagonal translates to nearly 16% greater screen area on the Vizio D Series. It delivers a very similar overall performance to the S517, but it lacks motion interpolation. The Vizio has a faster response time, great for gaming, and the backlight flickers at a higher rate, which should be less noticeable to most people.
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.