You can find a wide selection of TVs 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 90 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 best TV under $1,000 that we've tested so far is the Hisense 65H8G. It's a very good overall budget TV that's available in a wide range of sizes, and most of those models are available under $1,000. It delivers good overall picture quality and it competes with other high-end TVs.
This TV is a great choice for watching movies as it delivers deep blacks thanks to its VA panel. It also has a full-array local dimming feature that does a decent job of improving the contrast ratio. If you watch TV in bright rooms, it has decent reflection handling and it easily gets bright enough to combat glare. It's also a great gaming TV, as it has a low input lag and good response time, but it's limited to 60Hz and doesn't have any variable refresh rate support. It runs on Android TV, which is fairly easy to use and has an excellent selection of apps available to download.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected of a VA panel. Also, its HDR experience is a bit limiting as it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in that mode, but it does display a wide color gamut. Overall, this is a good TV that won't break the bank, making it the best 4k TV under $1,000 that we've tested so far.
If you want a TV with better viewing angles for a wide seating arrangement, the LG 55SM9000PUA is a good choice. Since it has an IPS panel, it can't produce the same deep blacks as the VA panel on the Hisense H8G, but you get an accurate image when viewing from the side. This is a good overall TV with fantastic gaming features such as a good response time, a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion, and excellent low input lag. Unfortunately, the screen is darker around the edges and it doesn't get very bright in HDR to make highlights pop. However, it has impressive reflection handling, and you should be able to place it in a bright room without any problems.
If you're looking for the best TV under $1,000, the Hisense is a great choice, but if you prefer an IPS panel TV for better viewing angles, the LG is the best 55 inch TV with wide viewing angles that we've seen.
The best gaming TV under $1,000 is the Samsung UN65RU8000FXZA. It's a decent overall TV with impressive gaming performance. The 49 inch, 55 inch, and 65 inch variants of this TV are all available for under $1,000, so you're getting a good size for its price.
Like some other high-end Samsung TVs, it has a 120Hz refresh rate and it has support for FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR. The VRR drops the refresh rate as low as 20Hz, which helps reduce screen tearing. It has an impressive response time, resulting in clear motion, and it has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. It has a really low input lag, although it's higher than normal at 120Hz. It has a good overall picture quality as it has a low contrast ratio, excellent black uniformity, a wide color gamut, and decent out-of-the-box color accuracy.
Unfortunately, with a VA panel, it's not ideal for co-op gaming as it has narrow viewing angles. It's not the best for HDR gaming either as it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in that mode. On the upside, it has some extra features like motion interpolation and the ability to remove judder from any source. Overall, most gamers should be happy with this TV for under $1,000.
The best Roku TV under $1,000 is the TCL 6 Series/65R625 2019. This TV can deliver 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.
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 in 4k, which is good for text clarity if you want to use the TV as a computer monitor, and Roku's interface is easy to navigate, with tons of streaming services available through the app store. It also has an excellent peak brightness to combat glare in bright rooms, though its reflection handling is mediocre.
Unfortunately, like most VA panels, the viewing angles are sub-par, so it's not ideal for large rooms or wide seating arrangements. Its response time is a bit slow, as 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. On the whole, this is the best Roku TV under $1,000 we've tested so far.
The best 65 inch TV for under $1,000 is the Vizio M658-G1. It offers great value for its price as it's a very good overall TV with excellent dark room performance. It's only available in 55 and 65 inch models, which is a bit limiting, but either variant won't take a huge chunk out of your wallet.
It has one of the best contrast ratios we've seen on a LED TV so far and the full-array local dimming feature really improves the contrast. It also has near-perfect black uniformity, so watching movies in a dark room is amazing on this TV. It has good out-of-the-box color accuracy and and one of the best color gamuts we've seen so far, so it produces a wide range of colors for HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights the way they're supposed to at times. It's a good choice to use in bright rooms, too, as it gets bright enough to combat glare and it has good reflection handling.
Unfortunately, it doesn't upscale lower resolution content, like from cable boxes or DVDs, well, which is a common problem for Vizio TVs. Its smart platform also isn't as good as some other operating systems, such as Android TV or Roku, and you can't download any extra apps besides the ones it comes with. Regardless, it delivers great overall picture quality, making it the best value for size TV that we've seen so far.
07/03/2020: Replaced the Hisense H9F with the H8G; moved the Samsung RU8000 from an alternative to a main pick; replaced the TCL 4 Series 2019 with the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019.
05/04/2020: Minor updates to text for clarity, added notable mentions to reflect the current market.
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.
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.