1080p TVs are no longer the norm. Almost every new model that comes to market is a 4k one, even for budget models (see our 4k vs. 1080p TV comparison). So, unless there is a very specific reason you are looking for a 1080p model, upgrading to a 4k model will allow you to choose from a wider selection of TVs.
We've tested 80 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p TVs you can buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best cheap TVs.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
The TCL S Series S305/S325 is the best 1080p TV we’ve tested. The S305 is being gradually replaced by the S325, which is the same TV with minor cosmetic improvements. The S305/325 has mediocre picture quality with a high native contrast ratio that allows it to display deep blacks in a dark room. It has a very low input lag, which is great if you are a gamer on an older 1080p console. It is also available in smaller sizes that are, however, limited to a 720p resolution. It runs the Roku TV smart platform which gives you access to many streaming channels and a multitude of apps that you can download.
Unfortunately, it is not suitable for a very bright room as it cannot get bright enough to overcome glare. It has narrow viewing angles and lacks any advanced motion processing features.
Overall, the S305/325 is a mediocre TV and could serve you well as a smaller, secondary TV.
If you find the TCL S305 expensive and do not care for the Roku TV smart platform, then get the TCL D100. It has a very similar performance to the S305 and it is cheaper. It has a mediocre picture quality with a high contrast ratio and it displays deep blacks in a dark room. It does not have any advanced features to improve the picture quality. The D100 does not have a smart platform and can be a good choice for those who already have a TV box or only care for Free To Air channels. Note that the 32'' model is limited to a 720p resolution.
If you find that the viewing angles of the TCL S305/325 are not good for your wide room, then get the LG LJ5500. You will not get the deep blacks of the TCL, and the picture quality is less good. On the upside, the LG LJ5500 has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles and the image remains accurate when viewed from the side.
If you want a 32 inch TV and find that the 720p resolution of the TCL S305 is not enough, then get the Samsung N5300 (or last year's Samsung M5300 if you can still find it). The Samsung N5300 is a decent TV with decent picture quality. It has a native resolution of 1080p and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. The gray uniformity is good and you will hardly notice any dirty screen effect when watching sports.
Unfortunately, the Samsung UN32N5300 cannot display deep blacks due to the low contrast ratio and dark room performance is lacking.
Overall, this TV is suitable for smaller rooms like a kitchen or garage.
Our recommendation above is what we think is currently the best 1080p TV to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't really 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 have a 1080p screen. 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.