The 4K Ultra HD revolution has left the star-studded homes of the video elite and landed in Everytown, USA. Now just about anyone can get a TV equipped not only with 4K Ultra HD resolution, but also high dynamic range (HDR) for enhanced contrast and color shading. The best news is, you don’t even have to compromise on screen size anymore to save a buck — you can now get a new, large-and-in-charge ambassador of epic imaging without emptying your savings.
While it’s true that 4K content hasn’t kept pace with the hardware, it’s now coming in from multiple directions, and the latest TVs also boast better future-proofing, the latest processing and motion technologies, and more. Follow along below for a close look at the very best TVs under $1,000.
(Note: TV prices fluctuate often, and some of our picks may rise or fall in price over the course of time. Also, if you’re looking for even more affordable choices, check out our picks for the Best TVs under $500.)
At a glance
|TCL 65-inch 6-Series 4K HDR TV||Best TV overall||4 out of 5|
|Sony 49-inch X900F series||Best picture quality||Not yet rated|
|Samsung 55-inch NU8000||Brightest and sexiest TV||Not yet rated|
|TCL 55-inch 6-Series 4K HDR TV||Budget videophile’s dream TV||4 out of 5|
TCL 65-inch 6-Series 4K HDR TV
Why you should buy this: It’s the only way you’ll get a 65-inch screen for anywhere near $1,000.
Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a big screen on a budget.
How much it will cost: $1,000
Why we picked the TCL 65-inch 6-Series 4K HDR TV:
Yes, we know this TV fluctuates above the $1,000 line from time to time (though at the time of publication, it could be nabbed for less than that number), but this one is worth it. TCL has been making great strides in recent years and its 6-Series Roku TVs show just how far the company has come. If you’re looking for a 65-inch TV for around $1,000, this is your best bet, and you won’t be skimping on features or performance to get that extra size. This TV features both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats, as well as support for Wide Color Gamut for increased color accuracy and vibrancy, and 120 individual local dimming zones to allow for impressively deep blacks and excellent contrast.
The 6-series also has impressive smarts thanks to the integrated Roku platform, which provides all the features of a stand-alone Roku baked right into the interface. You can even pause live TV when you’re using an HD antenna. Despite only being released in May, this TV is already incredibly affordable, and the price will only come down moving forward.
Read our TCL 6-Series Roku TV review
Sony 49-inch X900F series
The best picture quality
Why you should buy this: This TV packs the best picture quality in its price range.
Who it’s for: Anyone willing to swap sheer size for a better-looking picture.
How much it will cost: $1,098
Why we picked the Sony 49-inch X900F series:
This TV also creeps a little above the $1,000 line depending on where you shop, but that’s partly because it’s another recent release. TV prices gradually fall over the course of the year, and it won’t be long before you’ll be able to snap this up at a cheaper price. At that point, it will arguably be the best picture quality for the price, mainly thanks to Sony’s top-notch processing. The X900F series boasts fantastic black levels, brilliant colors, and eye-popping brightness thanks to impressive HDR technology that includes support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log Gamma, a relatively new kid on the block intended for broadcast TV.
The X900F runs on Google’s Android TV platform, which not only means you get Chromecast built-in to beam a massive variety of content from your phone or tablet, but you can also easily buy and rent movies from Google Play Movies & TV and watch them in all of their 4K HDR glory. You’ll also have onboard access to a ton of services like Netflix, YouTube, and others for even more shows and movies. Plus, the TV packs in both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for all the voice control you could possibly want. Currently, the 49-inch model may be the closest to $1,000, but even the 55-inch model could go for less than that in the near future.
Samsung 55-inch NU8000
The brightest and sexiest TV
Why you should buy this: It’s the brightest TV on this list and it happens to look fantastic as well.
Who it’s for: Anyone who often watches a lot of daytime TV or just wants a cool design.
How much it will cost: $897
Why we picked the Samsung 55-inch NU8000:
While it might not offer the spectacle of Samsung’s 2018 QLED lineup, the NU8000 is still plenty impressive and will cost you far less. The TV combines excellent brightness, deep black levels, and quality HDR for a great picture no matter the lighting. You won’t find Dolby Vision here, but you do get the open-standard HDR formats HDR10 and HDR10+, which are widely supported. The TV also runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS interface, which is among the best platforms in TV land.
Samsung’s TVs also have some handy features for everyday use, including the ability to recognize just about any HDMI inputs you plug into them, label them on the screen, and automatically set up your remote to control them for serious convenience as you move through content sources. Speaking of the remote, it’s the same One Remote you’ll find bundled with Samsung’s QLED models. At just under $1,000, the NU8000 is a steal of a deal that will bring your TV-viewing habits into the future.
TCL 55-inch 6-Series 4K HDR TV
The budget videophile’s dream
Why you should buy this: A 55-inch 4K HDR screen and the Roku platform make a great team, especially at this price.
Who it’s for: Those looking for a great TV at a crazy-low price.
How much it will cost: $649
Why we picked the TCL 55-inch 6-Series 4K HDR TV:
A smaller version of the 6-Series TV above, this keeps virtually all of that TV’s great features while shrinking the size down to something many might find more manageable. The number of local dimming zones drops from 120 to 96, but with the smaller screen size, that’s still plenty enough to allow for deep blacks and great contrast. Dolby Vision and HDR10 are also still supported, and the Roku features are exactly the same as the model above. This might be the cheapest option on our list, but that doesn’t mean it’s a “cheap TV.” Not by a long shot.
Read our TCL 6-Series Roku TV review