There is a wide selection of TVs you can find below $1,000. Generally, there are two big categories: the TVs with the best possible picture quality for the money, or larger budget TVs with the biggest screen that you can get for the buck.
We've tested 206 TVs 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.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The Vizio P Series 2018 P65-F1 is the best 65 inch TV under $1,000 we've tested. It has a very good picture quality, with deep blacks that look great in a dark room due to the excellent contrast ratio and full-array local dimming support. This TV has a very fast pixel response time, and only a small blur trail is seen in fast-moving content. It has an optional black frame insertion feature that can help make the image even crisper. It also has a low input lag that makes it very responsive for gaming.
Unfortunately, the gray uniformity might disappoint sports fans, and the image quality degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's not suitable for wide seating arrangements.
Overall, it is the best TV under $1,000 you can get and will keep most people happy.
If you want a great TV for gaming under $1,000, check out the Samsung NU8000. This TV supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which is great for Xbox One owners or if you have an AMD graphics card. It also supports a 120Hz input with 1080p and 1440p sources; this is great if you prefer smooth motion over higher resolutions.
Unfortunately, this TV doesn't perform as well as the Vizio P Series 2018 in a dark room, as it has a limited edge-lit local dimming feature. It also has a slightly slower response time, so there is a slightly longer blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
If you want the absolute best 4k TV under $1,000, and size doesn't matter, check out the Sony X900F. This is a great 4k TV with outstanding peak brightness, deep blacks, and a great wide color gamut. It has slightly better reflection handling than the Vizio P Series 2018, so it is a better choice if you have a bright room. It also has great smart features with a huge selection of apps from the Android Play Store, which is a welcome improvement over the Vizio.
If you are looking for the best Roku TV under $1,000, get the TCL 6 Series R617. This is a very good 4k TV for a wide range of usages. 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 deliver 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, this is a TV that will keep you happy with your choice.
If you want the best value for size for under $1,000, then get the Vizio E Series 2018. It does not have the great dark room performance of the Vizio P Series 2018, but it's a very good 70" 4K TV that's less than $1,000. It has a very good picture quality and a high contrast ratio that can deliver deep blacks in a dark room. It supports a local dimming feature which, however, doesn't add much. The TV can get bright enough in SDR, suitable for average lit rooms.
Unfortunately, it can't get very bright in HDR and it doesn't have a wide color gamut so it can't deliver HDR content the way its creator intended. It has a very low input lag, and is a good choice for playing video games as it reacts immediately to your actions.
Just like most VA panel TVs, this one has poor viewing angles and it is not the best choice if you have a room with a wide seating arrangement. Overall, this is a very good TV and a good value for your money.
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.