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The 5 Best 1080p TVs - Summer 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's a very specific reason you're 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.



  1. Best 1080p TV: TCL 3 Series/S325 2019

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    6.4
    Mixed Usage
    5.6
    Movies
    6.9
    TV Shows
    7.2
    Sports
    7.6
    Video Games
    4.5
    HDR Movies
    4.3
    HDR Gaming
    7.3
    PC Monitor
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 1080p (except 32")
    Sizes : 32" 32" 40" 43" 49"

    The TCL 3 Series S325 is the best 1080p TV we’ve tested, available in 40, 42, and 49 inch sizes. This TV is also available in a 32" size, but it is, however, limited to a 720p resolution. The S325 is gradually replacing the S305 in TCL lineup. It's very similar, with a few improvements. The picture quality is mediocre, and thanks to the high native contrast ratio the TV displays deep blacks in a dark room. If you like gaming on older 1080p consoles, then you'll appreciate the TV's very low input lag.  Just like most TCL TVs, it runs the Roku TV smart platform, which has a great interface and gives you access to a very large number of streaming channels and apps that you can download.

    Unfortunately, it can't get very bright and can't overcome the glare of a bright room. It has a VA panel and the image deteriorates quickly when you look from the side, and the TV lacks any advanced motion processing features.

    Overall, this is a mediocre TV that does well in places where picture quality is not the primary concern.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: TCL 1 Series/D100

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 1080p
    Sizes : 32" 40" 49"

    If you're looking to save some cash by getting something very plain and don't care for a smart platform, then get the TCL 1 Series D100. The TV has a TV tuner and can only display the Free To Air channels. It's a good choice if you already have a TV box. The picture quality is mediocre, but it has a high contrast ratio and displays deep blacks. As expected from such a budget TV, there are no advanced features and although the input lag is low, the motion performance is sub-par. The 32" model is a 720p TV.

    See our review

  3. Alternative With Better Viewing Angles: LG LJ5500

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    IPS
    Resolution : 1080p
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55"

    If you need a TV with wider viewing angles than the ones found on the TCL 3 Series S325 2019, then get the LG LJ5500, if you can still find it. It doesn't have the deep blacks of the TCL, and the picture quality is worse. On the upside, the IPS panel of the LG makes it more suitable for wide seating arrangements, as 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
    6.3
    Mixed Usage
    4.8
    Movies
    7.4
    TV Shows
    7.6
    Sports
    6.4
    Video Games
    4.4
    HDR Movies
    4.5
    HDR Gaming
    6.9
    PC Monitor
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    :
    IPS
    Resolution : 1080p
    Sizes : 32" 43"

    If you're looking for a smaller TV than the TCL 3 Series S325, the best 32 inch 1080p TV that is widely available is the Samsung N5300. It's slightly better than last year's Samsung M5300, which is very hard to find. This TV doesn't have the deep blacks or the very low input lag of the TCL S325, 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 this TV supports HDR, you won't benefit from using it in this mode since it doesn't have a wide color gamut. It also can't get bright enough to display bright highlights.

    Overall, this 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
    :
    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. This TV can't get as bright, nor can it handle reflections as well as the Samsung. On the upside, this TV 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

  • TCL S Series/S305 2018: Mediocre TV, very similar to the S325; get whichever one is cheaper. See our review
  • 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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