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The 5 Best 4k TVs Under $1,000 - Fall 2019
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Best TVs Under $1,000
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There is a wide selection of TVs you can find 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 70 TV in the last two years 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.


  1. Best TV Under $1,000: Hisense 65H9F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    8.0
    TV Shows
    7.9
    Sports
    8.9
    Video Games
    8.3
    HDR Movies
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    8.5
    PC Monitor
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    The Hisense 65H9F is the best 65 inch TV under $1,000 we've tested. It's an impressive TV for almost any use, with great picture quality, excellent motion handling, and remarkably low input lag, which is great for gaming or use as a PC monitor. It can display a wide color gamut and supports most common input formats, but only at 60Hz, despite the 120Hz panel.

    This TV has an impressive dark room performance, thanks to the excellent contrast ratio and local dimming support. It can get very bright and can easily fight the glare of any room. When in HDR, it displays vivid colors and bright highlights thanks to its great HDR peak brightness levels. It runs the Android TV 8.0 interface that gives access to Google Play Store where you'll find any app you need. Unfortunately, the image deteriorates when viewed from the side, just like most VA panel TVs, and gray uniformity is just decent.

    Overall, the Hisense H9F is a great TV that deserves a place on your shortlist of TVs to check out.

    See our review

  2. Alternative For Gaming: Samsung UN65RU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want the best gaming experience possible for under $1,000, check out the Samsung UN65RU8000 instead. You won't get the dark room performance of the Hisense H9F, and this TV can't get as bright. On the upside, this TV has a great response time, excellent low input lag, and has a 120Hz refresh rate. It has some great gaming goodies like FreeSync variable refresh rate support, low input lag with motion interpolation, and an Auto Low Latency mode.

    If you want the best overall quality for under $1,000, get the Hisense H9F; otherwise, if gaming is more important to you and you don't need the dark room performance, the Samsung RU8000 is a better choice.

    See our review

  3. Alternative With Wide Viewing Angles: LG 65SM8600

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    IPS
    Resolution : 4k

    If you have a wide room and find the viewing angles of the Hisense H9F limiting, then get the LG 65SM8600. You won't get the deep blacks of the Hisense when you're in a dark room, but overall this is a good TV. It has decent SDR peak brightness and is more suitable for average-lit rooms where blacks don't matter as much. The good reflection handling minimizes distracting reflections. It has wide viewing angles and it's a good fit with wide seating arrangements.

    Get the Hisense for the best picture quality in a dark room, but if you don't need the deep blacks and viewing angles are important to you, get the LG.

    See our review

  4. Best Roku TV Under $1,000: TCL 65R617

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Movies
    7.7
    TV Shows
    7.6
    Sports
    8.6
    Video Games
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    8.4
    HDR Gaming
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you're looking for the best Roku TV under $1,000, get the TCL 6 Series/65R617. This is a very good 4k TV for a wide range of uses. It has a very good picture quality and a good dark scene performance, thanks to the full-array local dimming and the high native contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks in a dark room. It has a wide color gamut and can get very bright both in SDR and in HDR. It can display HDR content with saturated colors and highlights that pop.

    Motion handling is very good, and the input lag is very low, so this TV is an excellent choice for gamers. It runs the latest version of the Roku Smart TV platform. It's easy to navigate and has one of the largest collections of apps, so you're sure to find what you need. Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side.

    Overall, if you like the Roku TV platform, this is a TV that'll keep you happy.

    See our review

  5. Best Value For Size: TCL 75S425

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    6.4
    Movies
    7.0
    TV Shows
    7.1
    Sports
    8.4
    Video Games
    6.6
    HDR Movies
    7.9
    HDR Gaming
    8.1
    PC Monitor
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want the best value for size for under $1,000, then get the TCL 4 Series/75S425. It doesn't have the great overall performance of the Hisense H9F, but it's a decent 75 inch 4K TV that's less than $1,000. It has a decent picture quality and a high contrast ratio that can deliver deep blacks in a dark room, but lacks the support from a local dimming feature. It has a very low input lag and feels very responsive when used for gaming or as a PC monitor, but can't get very bright, so it's more suitable for average lit rooms.

    It runs the same Roku TV smart platform like higher-end models like the TCL R617, but just like most VA panel TVs, the image deteriorates fast when viewed from the side, so it's not the best choice if you have a room with a wide seating arrangement.

    Overall, this is a decent TV that delivers good value for the size. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Vizio P65-F1: A great TV, but the Hisense H9F is easier to find. Get this if you find it. See our review
  • Sony XBR49X900F: Great TV with the best out of the box color accuracy, but the H9F delivers more real estate for the same money. See our review
  • Samsung QN49Q70R: Great TV, but the 49" model lacks a few important features found on the larger models. See our review
  • Samsung UN65RU7100: Good TV, but the RU8000 is better. See our review
  • Hisense 65H8F: Very good TV with great smart features. Good value for your money. See our review
  • Vizio E70-F3: Good TV, better than the TCL S425 but very hard to find. See our review
  • Vizio M658-G1: Very good TV, but the Hisense H9F is a better choice. If you choose the Vizio, look out for the proper SKU. See our review

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 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.

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