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 2020. Check our recommendations for the best cheap TVs and the best TVs under $1,500 for more options.
The best 65 inch 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. Unfortunately, this TV does suffer from bad viewing angles, as images appear washed out when viewed from the side.
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.
Overall, if you're on the market for an all-around great TV, this should be at the top of your list.
If the Hisense H9F lacks the advanced gaming features that you're looking for, then 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, go with the Hisense; if gaming features are a must, then get the Samsung.
If you often watch TV while doing house chores and find that the Hisense H9F's viewing angles are inadequate, then check out the LG 55SM9000PUA, one of the best 4k TVs under $1,000. The 65 inch model is above the $1,000 mark, but the 55" model is a great alternative for those whose primary need is a great TV with wide viewing angles. This TV can get bright enough to fight the glare of almost any room and delivers a good overall picture quality. Unfortunately, blacks tend to look more like gray in a dark room due to the disappointing native contrast ratio and the ineffective local dimming support. When not in a dark room, this TV delivers an impressive performance in almost any use.
If you primarily watch in a dark room and from straight in front of the TV, the Hisense is the better choice, but for a wide room, you should consider the LG instead, the best 55 inch TV under $1,000.
The best Roku TV under $1,000 is the TCL 6 Series/65R625 2019. This TV can deliver a 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 on this TV 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.
Like most VA panels, the viewing angles are sub-par, so it's not ideal for large rooms or wide seating arrangements. 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 large monitor, and Roku's interface is easy to navigate, with tons of streaming services available through the app store. On the whole, this is a great TV that most Roku fans will be satisfied with.
If you're looking for the best value for size TV under $1000, check out the TCL 4 Series 2019/75S425. Like the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019, this TV also runs on the Roku platform, which is great for those who just want a simple, user-friendly interface with a wide selection of apps. This is a TV that's better suited for dark rooms, as it has a high contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, but its peak brightness is rather low and may struggle to overcome glare in bright rooms.
Sadly, it lacks some high-end features such as local dimming, black frame insertion, and variable refresh rate technology. On the upside, response time and input lag are both outstanding, and you can also use this TV as a monitor without having to worry about image retention or permanent burn-in. If you game on a console like the Xbox One, the TV has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode', which will save you the trouble of having to manually switch picture mode each time you want to game.
Overall, if you want a large TV under $1000, go with this one.
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.
03/09/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.