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 UN65RU8000. 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 55SM9000, 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 TV under $1,000 with Roku is the TCL 6 Series/65R625 2019. It's an impressive TV with great picture quality. It delivers deep uniform blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio, good local dimming support, and outstanding black uniformity. It has good motion handling and an exceptionally low input lag, which makes the TV a great choice for gaming. It can get very bright in SDR and will easily fight bright room glare. The fans of HDR movies will enjoy the latest HDR content with vivid colors and bright highlights thanks to its wide color gamut and high HDR peak brightness. Finally, it runs the latest version of the Roku TV smart platform that has an outstanding number of streaming channels that will cover any need.
Unfortunately, there are a few motion artifacts in some scenes and some noticeable dirty screen effect that might bother sports fans. Also, just like most TVs with VA panels, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side.
Overall, however, if you're a fan of the Roku TV platform, this TV will keep you happy.
If you want the best value for size for under $1,000, then get the TCL 4 Series 2019/75S425. It doesn't have the great overall performance of the Hisense H9F, but it's a decent 75 inch 4k TV that's usually around or 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 6 Series/R625 2019, 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.
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.
01/03/2020: 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.