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, 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.
The Hisense H9G is the best TV under $1,000 that we've tested. It's available in both 55 and 65 inch models, and you can find either size for under this price tag. It delivers impressive overall performance that rivals more expensive models. It's a bit limited on extra gaming features, but if you just need it to watch your favorite shows or movies, you should really appreciate it.
It performs equally as well in bright rooms as in dark rooms. It gets bright enough to fight even the most intense glare and has excellent reflection handling. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio and incredible black uniformity, and the great full-array local dimming feature helps improve the contrast even more, so blacks appear deep and inky. HDR content looks amazing because of its wide color gamut, great gradient handling, and high HDR peak brightness that makes highlights stand out. It doesn't have any variable refresh rate (VRR) or HDMI 2.1 support for gaming, but it still has an excellent response time and low input lag.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, so it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. Despite having a 120Hz panel, it doesn't accept any 120Hz signal, so you're limited to 60Hz content. The built-in Android TV has an excellent selection of apps available to download, but it may not feel user-friendly at times. Besides these small issues, this is the best 4k TV under $1,000 that you can buy.
If you'd prefer a TV with wider viewing angles, check out the LG 55NANO90UNA. While its contrast is much lower and it doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H9G, its IPS panel delivers fairly wide viewing angles, so you don't lose as much image accuracy when viewing from the side. Despite not being very bright, the TV has impressive reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in moderately-lit rooms. Unlike the Hisense, the LG has VRR and supports a 4k @ 120Hz signal, so it pairs well with the PS5 or Xbox Series X, which require an HDMI 2.1 connection to reach their full potential. It has a low input lag and a great response time as well, making for a smooth and responsive gaming experience.
Get the Hisense if you prefer a VA panel with high contrast and don't mind narrow viewing angles, but consider the LG if you're looking to accommodate a wider seating arrangement.
The best TV under $1,000 for gaming that we've tested is the Vizio M65Q7-H1. With an amazing contrast ratio, the Vizio delivers great picture quality and gaming performance, but it's also quite versatile if you want to watch movies on it or use it as a PC monitor. It comes in 50, 55, and 65 inch models, all of which are available in this price range.
Its high contrast ratio and decent black uniformity deliver good dark room performance, but the TV also performs well in bright rooms thanks to its decent brightness and good reflection handling. The TV is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but it has a good response time, resulting in minimal motion blur in fast-moving games, and it includes a Black Frame Insertion feature to further reduce blur. It also has a remarkably low input lag, making for a responsive gaming experience, and supports VRR to reduce screen tearing.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal for co-op gaming since the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. It also doesn't get nearly bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR, despite having a wide color gamut. While it has a local dimming feature, it tends to crush blacks and make small highlights disappear. Despite these issues, this is still one of the best gaming TVs under $1,000 that we've tested, and it should satisfy most gamers without breaking the bank.
The TCL 55R635 is the best TV under $1,000 with Roku that we've tested. It has a simple design that fits into nearly any setting, it's well-built, and it delivers great picture quality. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio that allows it to produce deep blacks, and it has a full-array local dimming feature that further improves the black level, making it a fantastic choice for dark room viewing.
The Roku platform is great. It has an easy-to-use interface, it runs very smoothly, and there are tons of apps available. The remote control doesn't have a lot of buttons, but it does include a built-in microphone for voice control. Unfortunately, you have to put up with some ads and suggested content on the home screen, and there's no way to opt-out of them. If you plan on gaming on this TV, it has a great response time, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity. It has an impressive HDR color gamut and gets bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should.
It has decent reflection handling and gets more than bright enough to combat glare. It doesn't have the best viewing angles, though, so it isn't ideal for rooms with wide seating areas. On the plus side, it can interpolate lower frame rate content for fans of the 'Soap Opera' effect, and it can remove judder from all sources. Overall, most people should be happy with this TV.
The Hisense 65H8G is the best value for size TV under $1,000 that we've tested. Like its bigger variant, the Hisense H9G, it has a VA panel that produces inky blacks. It fights glare easily, which is great for watching daytime TV, but it has narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal if you like watching while walking around doing chores. It upscales lower resolution content from cable TV well, and you can safely leave it on the same news channel all day without any risk of permanent burn-in.
It has a good response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce motion blur. It can also interpolate lower frame rate content to make motion look more fluid, but only up to 60fps since its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. Unfortunately, while it has an extremely low input lag to provide a responsive gaming experience, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to minimize screen tearing. As for HDR, it has a very good color gamut to produce a wide range of colors and gets reasonably bright to bring out small highlights.
If you get most of your content through streaming services, the Google Play Store has a huge app library. The Google Assistant is also on-board, allowing you to use your voice to control the TV or other compatible smart devices that you have. The internal speakers are just okay, but they lack bass extension to produce that deep, rumbling sound. On the bright side, its budget-friendly price allows you to save some money for a soundbar. All things considered, this is the best 65 inch TV under $1,000 that we've tested.
01/20/2021: Checked picks for accuracy and updated text for clarity.
12/21/2020: Added Notable Mentions to reflect the current market.
11/30/2020: Replaced LG SM9000 with LG NANO90, replaced TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 with TCL 6 Series/R635 2020.
10/30/2020: Replaced Samsung UN65RU8000 with Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020.
09/01/2020: Replaced Hisense H8G with Hisense H9G, replaced Vizio M658-G1 with Hisense H8G.
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.