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 55-inch models for this price if you want the best performance, there are a few good 65-inch models available. Companies like TCL or Hisense make low-cost TVs with good value, so getting one of their TVs is usually a safe bet. Also, TVs tend to drop in price a few months after they're released, so getting an older model is a great way to find a TV in this price range.
We've bought and tested more than 375 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000. See our picks for the best TVs, the best TVs under $500, and the best TVs under $1,500 for more options. Most brands will start releasing their 2023 lineups soon, so make sure to vote on which ones you want us to buy and test first. If you want to find out more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.
The best TV we've tested that you can get for under $1,000 is the LG C2 OLED. It's a remarkable TV that delivers by far the best picture quality you can get for around $1,000. It's an excellent TV that looks incredible in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio. It means it has perfect black levels without any blooming around bright objects, making it an ideal choice for watching movies in a dark room.
It's also a fantastic TV for gaming thanks to its near-instantaneous response time, resulting in crystal clear motion with no motion blur around fast-moving objects. It has low input lag and a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can game at 4k @ 120Hz with the latest consoles or PCs.
Unfortunately, it's a bit pricy, so you can only get the 42-inch or 48-inch models within this price range. If you want something a bit bigger, the step-down LG B2 OLED is the best 55-inch TV under $1,000 and it delivers very similar picture quality. The downside here is that the B2 only has two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports, so if you plan on using both an Xbox Series X and a PS5, you'll lose the eARC feature, as the eARC port is one of the two high bandwidth ports.
The best mid-range TV and the best 65-inch TV under $1,000 is the Hisense U8H. It's a surprisingly great TV for the price, with impressive picture quality overall. It gets very bright, making it an ideal choice for use in bright rooms, and it makes highlights pop. Although it doesn't look as good as the LG C2 OLED in a dark room, it still has a high native contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature is great, improving the picture quality in dark scenes and making it an excellent choice for watching movies in SDR or HDR.
It runs the Google TV interface, which is user-friendly, and the mic built into the remote gives you access to Google Assistant to work with other smart devices in your house. It's available in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes for less than $1,000, so it's a better choice than the LG C2 OLED if you have a large living room.
If you're on a tighter budget or want something even bigger than the 65-inch Hisense U8H, check out the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED instead. This budget model delivers great performance overall, and it's available in a wide range of sizes, from a 50-inch model that's perfect for a guest bedroom or office up to a 75-inch model that's perfect for a large home theater setup and all sizes are available for less than $1,000.
It has superb contrast and a decent full array local dimming feature, making it a great choice for watching movies in a dark room. It also gets bright enough to fight glare in a bright room, and bright highlights in HDR content stand out well. It's also an impressive TV for gaming thanks to its low input lag and quick response time, and it even supports a variable refresh rate to reduce glare.
If you want the biggest size you can get for under $1,000, look into the Samsung AU8000. You don't get any of the high-end features of the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED or the Hisense U8H, like the full-array local dimming feature and high peak brightness, but it's still a decent TV that looks good in dark rooms as it displays deep blacks with excellent black uniformity. Like the 5 Series, it's available in a wide range of sizes, and if you can stretch your budget just a bit, you can get the 85-inch model for just over $1,000.
It comes with Samsung's proprietary Tizen smart platform, which is also user-friendly, and navigating through the menus feels smooth. The voice assistant feature gives you access to Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant, so you can choose your preferred system to complement other devices at home. If you watch content from cable boxes, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower resolution, including with 480p content, which is ideal for watching DVDs.
Feb 16, 2023: Restructured the article with a greater focus on performance categories instead of recommending a specific size of each model.
Dec 20, 2022: Replaced the LG C1 OLED with the LG C2 OLED and refreshed the text. Verified our other picks for accuracy and consistency.
Oct 13, 2022: Restructured article to focus on sizes to be consistent with other articles; renamed the LG C1 to 'Best 48-Inch TV Under $1,000'; removed the Sony A80J and the Hisense U6G because there are better options close to $1,000; added the Hisense U8H as the 'Best 55-Inch TV'; replaced the Hisense U8G and the TCL 5 Series/S546 with the TCL 6 Series/R646 and the Samsung AU8000 in the 65-inch and 75-inch categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Aug 01, 2022: Restructured the article to better match how users search for TVs. Removed the LG A1 OLED, as the C1 is significantly better for about the same price.
Apr 14, 2022: Restructured article to match user needs: moved the LG C1 to its own category as the 'Best OLED Gaming TV', renamed the Hisense U6G to 'Best 65 Inch TV', and moved the TCL 5 Series/S546 to its own category as 'Best 75 Inch TV'; moved the TCL 6 Series/R646 to Notable Mentions.
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 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.