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, you will have a wider selection to choose from if you don’t restrict yourself to the 1080p.
We've tested 5 TVs available in 1080p and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.
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 want a cheaper alternative than the TCL S305, then get the TCL D100. Overall performance between the two is very similar, but the D100 is a much simpler TV. It lacks any advanced smart features and has very basic motion processing, but still manages to deliver a good response time with little motion blur.
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.
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.