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 5 TVs available in 1080p and below are our recommendations for the best 1080p TVs you can buy in 2018. See also our recommendations for the best cheap TVs.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.
The best TV we’ve tested that is available in 1080p is the TCL S Series (S305). The S305 has decent picture quality, with great dark room performance thanks to a very good native contrast ratio. It has excellent low input lag for gaming on older 1080p consoles. The S305 is available in a variety of sizes, although the 28" and 32" models are limited to a 720p resolution.
Unfortunately, it isn't very bright and can't overcome glare in a bright room. Motion handling is mediocre; it has a decent response time but lacks any advanced motion processing including motion interpolation.
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 are looking for an alternative with better viewing angles than the TCL S305, then get the LG LJ5500. Blacks of the IPS panel of the LG are not as good as the TCL S305 and neither is the picture quality. On the other hand, the LG LJ5500 has wider viewing angles than the TCL, making it a better choice for large rooms where people might be watching 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 years 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.