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The 2 Best 1080p TVs - Winter 2018
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Best 1080p TVs

If you're shopping for TVs today, you're unlikely to find many 1080p models. 4k TVs have become very common, to the point that even budget models of reasonable size will usually come with the more modern resolution (see our 4k vs. 1080p TV comparison). That's not to say that you won't be able to find decent 1080p TVs, just that that they'll be limited to very affordable entry-level models.

Best 1080p TV: TCL S305

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
6.1
Mixed Usage
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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.
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5.9
Movies
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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.
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6.6
TV Shows
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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.
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6.6
Sports
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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.
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7.1
Video Games
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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.
4.2
HDR Movies
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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.
4.1
HDR Gaming
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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.
6.1
PC Monitor
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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.
28" 32" 40" 43" 49"

The best 1080p TV released in 2017 is the TCL S305 Roku LED TV. It's a basic TV, but it does produce a decent picture and comes with advanced smart features that make it a complete system on its own.

Roku is very intuitive, which combined with its variety of apps make it one of the best smart platforms available. The S305's picture quality is nothing impressive, but it still does the job well for most usages thanks to its high native contrast. It's not good at an angle, but that's a fairly common downside for standard LCD TVs.

People looking for an inexpensive all-in-one solution for a TV where they can easily access content from Netflix and other popular services will be hard pressed to find a better choice than the TCL S305. Do note however that only the 40" and larger variants of the S305 come with a 1080p resolution, as smaller sizes drop down to 720p.

See our review

Basic Alternative: TCL D100

32" 40" 49"

If you don't need the fancy smart features, go for the TCL D100. It is essentially the same TV as the TCL S305, but it lacks any form of smart features and also comes with a traditionally designed remote (as opposed to the very small and minimalistic Roku remote).

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung M5300. Decent budget TV, but the TCL S305 offers similar performance for way less money. See our review
  • LG LJ5500. Very poor value for money, bad picture quality and limited features at a higher price than the S305. See our review
  • TCL FS3750. Has been replaced by the TCL S305, decent performer overall but discontinued now. See our review

All Reviews

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.

 

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5 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Sharp television name is being licensed by the Chinese TV maker Hisense, will you be carrying Hisense in Sharp's place?
When doing reviews I noticed that 1080p overall review number is always lower than a 4K is that because you are comparing 4K to 1080p? I am not here to criticize the reviewing I am just kind of curious. I am here to go with the flow it's nice that you do what you do.
Maybe next year we will start covering Hisense, but it depends if we get enough requests for it.
Indeed, 4k TVs score higher in our tests for 2 reasons:
1) There are no high end 1080p TVs anymore, so even the best 1080p TV (like the Samsung J6300 or Vizio E Series) have a worse picture quality overall for 1080p content than the best 4k TVs.
2) Just the fact that a TV is 4k gets a boost of 2.3% in the overall score (via Movies->Resolution->4k, see our score formula). The resolution is a component of picture quality (assuming you have native content of course), which is why it is part of our scores.
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In your opinion, do 4K televisions have superior picture quality to 1080p televisions for content from DVDs? Though we use a Blu-ray player, the majority of movies we play are DVDs, and based on customer comments I am concerned that the picture quality on a 4k television will not be as good as a 1080p TV. Any difference in viewing angles between 4k and non-4k sets? Thanks.
It's down to the hardware and software in the TV. Some 1080p TVs will be better at upscaling than some 4k TVs, and the reverse is also true.
The viewing angle does not depend on the resolution of the TV, but rather on the type of panel used. Of the three main kinds of panel, OLED panels have the widest viewing angles, followed by IPS LED panels, and then VA LED panels.
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When you are done testing/reviewing the televisions, do you put them up for sale locally or online? By the way great site- very informative.
We sell them locally, and we're based in Montreal, Canada.
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What about the 7150?
Assuming you are referring to the Samsung H7150, it is discontinued and out of stock almost everywhere now.
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Are the support legs on a 43d43-c1 on the Visio tv adjustable.
No, they are fixed.
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