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The 5 Best 1080p TVs - Spring 2019
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Best 1080p TVs
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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 83 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 and the best TVs under $300.

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, the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

  1. Best 1080p TV: TCL 3 Series 325 / S Series S305

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    6.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    5.8
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    6.9
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    7.0
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    4.6
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    4.1
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    6.6
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 1080p (except 28", 32")
    Sizes : 28" 32" 40" 43" 49"

    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.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: TCL 1 Series/D100

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 1080p
    Sizes : 32" 40" 49"

    If you don't care for the Roku TV smart platform and would like to get something less expensive, then get the TCL D100. It is a plain TV with no smart features and is a good choice if you already have a TV box or only care for Free To Air channels. The D100 has a mediocre picture quality but can display deep blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio. Unfortunately, the D100 doesn't have any advanced features that can help improve picture quality. The input lag is low but motion performance is sub-par. The 32" model of the TV only has 720p resolution.

    See our review

  3. Alternative With Better Viewing Angles: LG LJ5500

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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    IPS
    Resolution : 1080p
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55"

    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 not as 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.

    See our review

  4. Best 32 Inch 1080p TV: Samsung N5300

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    6.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    4.8
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.4
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.6
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    6.4
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    4.4
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    4.5
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    6.9
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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    IPS
    Resolution : 1080p
    Sizes : 32" 43"

    The best 32" 1080p TV that is widely available is the Samsung N5300. It is slightly better than last year's M5300 which is very hard to find. The N5300 does not have the deep blacks or the very low input lag of the TCL 32S305 but has a higher 1080p resolution and wider viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. It has a decent picture quality with good gray uniformity which is great if you watch sports often.

    Although the N5300 supports HDR, you will not benefit from using it in this mode since it doesn't have a wide color gamut. It also can't bright enough to display bright highlights.

    Overall, the Samsung N5300 is a basic 1080p TV suitable for smaller rooms that aren't too bright.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio D Series 1080p 2017

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    IPS (except 50")
    Resolution : 1080p
    Sizes : 24" 32" 39" 40" 43" 48" 50" 55"

    if you want a cheaper TV than the Samsung N5300, then get the Vizio D Series 1080p 2017. The Vizio can not get as bright, nor can it handle reflections as well as the Samsung. On the upside, the Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 can remove 24p judder from older content and has a low input lag, which makes it a decent choice for those who enjoy video games.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung M5300: Almost as good as the Samsung N5300 and very hard to find. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendation above is what we think is currently the best 1080p TVs 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.

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