1080p TVs are no longer the norm and are becoming hard to find. 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 more than 70 TVs in the last two years 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.
The best 1080p TV we've tested is the TCL 3 Series/40S325, and it's available in 40, 43, and 49 inch sizes. There is also a 32" variant that is limited to a 720p resolution. This TV is the replacement of the TCL S305 in TCL lineup and has a few improvements, although it remains very similar. It has a mediocre picture quality but can display deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio. It has an excellent low input lag, great for gaming on older 1080p consoles. It runs the full Roku TV smart platform, which gives you access to a large number of streaming channels and apps that you can download.
Unfortunately, this TV can't get very bright, so it's not great for a bright room, and due to its VA panel the image deteriorates quickly when you watch from the side.
Overall, this is a mediocre TV better suited for rooms where picture quality isn't the primary concern.
If you're looking for something simpler and don't care for a smart platform, then get the TCL 1 Series/40D100. 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, as you'll save some cash. The picture quality is mediocre but can display deep blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio. As expected from such a budget TV, you won't find any advanced features, and although the input lag is low, the motion performance is sub-par. The 32" model is a 720p TV.
If you already have a TV box and don't need a smart platform, get the TCL D100; otherwise, the TCL S325 is a better choice.
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 on the LG makes it more suitable for wide seating arrangements, as the image remains accurate when viewed from the side.
Overall, the TCL S325 is a better TV, but if wide angles are important and you don't need as good picture quality, then the LG LJ5500 is the way to go.
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 UN32N5300. 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, 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.
if you want a cheaper TV than the Samsung N5300, then get the Vizio D32F-E1. This TV can't get as bright or 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.
If you want the better TV and need the reflection handling, get the Samsung; otherwise, if you want something cheaper, get the Vizio D Series 1080p 2017.
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.