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Best TVs under $1,000 - Spring 2017
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$1,000 can get you excellent TVs. However, 2017 models are coming out with fairly poor pricing, and 2016 models are starting to become very hard to find. Nevertheless, here are the best TVs under $1,000.

Best TV under $1,000

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7.9Mixed 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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8.2Movies
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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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7.1TV 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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7.4Sports
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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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8.8Video 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.
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7.8HDR 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.
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8.1HDR 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.
7.9PC 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.
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The Vizio M55-D0 4k LED TV is the best TV under $1,000 in terms of picture quality. It has an excellent contrast ratio and very good local dimming, so it can produce deep and uniform blacks that are paramount for picture quality. 

That isn't its only quality either. It has excellent motion, and its input lag is the lowest we've tested, so it's one of the best gaming TVs in stores today. It does support HDR, but with limited capabilities. It can't get very bright and cannot display 10bits of color or a wide color gamut, so don't expect too much from that feature. It also does lose picture quality at an angle, but that is par for the course for VA type televisions.

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Best value for size under $1,000

At this point in the year, it can be a bit difficult to find good deals on larger TVs. The best prices are usually found on Black Friday, and the TVs that dropped to great prices at that time are now more expensive prior to discontinuation.

Usage Ratings
7.2Mixed 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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6.7Movies
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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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7.4TV 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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7.2Sports
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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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7.6Video 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.
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7.2HDR 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.
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6.9HDR 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.
7.1PC 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.
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The LG 65UH6550 is not a top recommendation, but it offers some nice value for its size and it provides a good advantage of maintaining its picture quality at an angle.

It's hard to find a larger than 55" TV under $1,000 at this time of the year and the LG 65UH6550 should fit the bill for those looking to get a simpler TV for daytime or evening watching of TV shows. It won't do great in the dark, but its low input lag will please gamers. 

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs under $1,000 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of TVs under $1,000 that didn't make the cut:

  • Vizio P55-D0. This size has a different LCD type with worse contrast. See our review
  • Hisense 65H8C. Good TV, but very hard to find nowadays. See our review

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that are less than $1,000. 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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I don't care about 4k and I'm looking for a 50-60" smart TV primarily for sports and video streaming. I've heard Samsung\Sony are top picks for quality\longevity. Any thoughts\suggestions on specific models?
The Samsung J6300 is the best 1080p LED TV we tested this year, and should be good for your needs.
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I was reading the recommendations by size for $1,000 and saw that the models for a few of the TVs were out of date. I'm probably looking at getting a Vizio M-series or E-series. Would you recommend a 60" E series for roughly $800 or a 55" M-series for $1,000? I'm not sure the M Series with 4K is worth a trade-off of 5" and $200 over the entry E-series.
If you don't care about 4k, the E is a better deal. The M has slightly better uniformity, but it also has more motion blur. It's not worth paying more for a smaller M TV, so go for the larger E.
We're also in the process of updating our various recommendations, so we should have a new list up sometime in the near future.
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What is the major difference between LG 50LB6300 and the LG 50LF6100? Which would you recommend?
The main difference between them is that the LF6100 is a VA TV (good contrast, poor viewing angle) with no smart features, and the LB6300 is an IPS TV (poor contrast, good viewing angle) that has WebOS.
If you want the best overall picture quality and don't care about smart features, take the LF6100. If you want a good viewing angle or good smart features, take the LB6300.
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What about the Sharp Aquous?
Unfortunately, we did not review any Sharp TVs last year, and so we did not include them in our selections for best TV.
Update: We started reviewing a few sharp TVs.
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I am looking to buy a 50 or 55 in screen TV and will be using it to watch sports and movies on it. The room I am in will have seating spread out so some might be watching from a larger angle. Seating will be around 11 fT to 14 ft away. Can you recommend a TV who price range will be around $1000 or less?
The Samsung 55" JU6400 is one of the best TV we have reviewed that have a wide viewing angle. It fits well within your budget but it may be a little small for your room. Unfortunately, any bigger TV that we have reviewed and that have a wide viewing angle would fall off your budget (like the Sony 65" x810c).
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Hi! I am not a TV junkie. Just use it occasionally and want it to last. I am looking for the best deal on a 50"-60" TV for around $700 with good smart tv capabilities. It's not for gaming and don't need 4k. Just want a good quality dependable TV. What would you recommend? In addition...can you include any notable deals for Black Friday that might fit the bill? Really appreciate any guidance you can give!
Get the Samsung UN55J6200. It fits your budget and should be great for your needs.
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Do you have any opinions on the Proscan 4k tvs? The price is really low - is the quality also really low? HH Gregg has this 65" 4k model PLDED6535A on sale for $699 right now.
We don't have any plans to review the Proscan TVs at the moment, and so cannot comment on the quality.
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I am currently in the market for a TV mainly for gaming, but that will also be used once in a while for sports and Netflix/Hulu. I'm trying to stay under $800. Would you be able to give me some recommendations? I know input lag is a big one and the best option I've seen is the W600B, but I'm just not sure if I'm sold on it yet.
If you want really low input lag and don't mind upscaling features that aren't great (for you, mostly a concern for sports), get a Vizio E-series TV. It has good contrast and little motion blur, and its uniformity is pretty good, too.
If you don't mind a bit more input lag in exchange for better picture, get the Samsung UN50J6300. It has great contrast and uniformity, very little blur, and good upscaling. Its input lag is average, but still playable.
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I'm going to be sitting about 14 feet from my TV due to the size of the room. I'm currently considering the Vizio E65-C3 against the Vizio M60-C3. I will be mostly watching shows, whether through Netflix or other app. I'm interested in the M-series because of the better refresh rate and upscaling for the future, but I'm not sure if it is worth the price difference. What do you guys think?
If you don't plan on watching 4k material, there's no real point to getting a 4k TV, and since the refresh rate doesn't matter that much (especially for what you're looking to do), the Vizio E65-C3 is the better buy. Netflix and other streaming video will look great, and you'll appreciate the bigger screen.
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I'm interested in either the Vizio E65-C3 or M55-C2. Thoughts?
How far away do you sit? If farther than 10 feet, you will appreciate the bigger size of the E65-C3 more than the 4k resolution of the M55-C2.
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I am looking for a gaming tv, my budget is about $1,000. I have already returned a Samsung UN60H6350 & Sony KDL55W800C due to very bad backlight bleed & vertical banding. Screen uniformity, Gaming & Contrast are most important to me. I don't care about smart features or 4K but not opposed to 4K. I would like a 50" to 60" screen. What do you recommend?
The two TVs you have tried aren't bad for your needs but you may have been unlucky with screen uniformity. An exchange for the same models may have got you a better luck. Keep in mind though, that most LED TVs have problems with grey uniformity. If you want to try a different model, the Vizio E will get you better contrast, better input lag for gaming and our unit didn't had banding although screen uniformity was about the same as the other two models. Since the Vizio E is also cheaper, you can get the 60" or even the 65" for your budget.
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For streaming Netflix and Blu Ray, Samsung un60j6200 or Vizio M55-C2?
The J6200 is a 1080p TV and the Vizio M is 4k. If 4k is something you are looking forward to and you sit no farther than about 8 feet away from the TV, then the Vizio M is the better choice. If you are sitting farther then that the bigger J6200 would be best.
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Hi there. Do any LED TVs in in the 43-48" range have decent sound? I just bought the Sony Bravia 48W600B, and while it has excellent picture quality, the sound is pretty tinny & awful. Not a surprise, given the super-thin design. It was replacing a Sony Grand Vega LCD Projection TV, whose sound was easily five times as good. Am I pretty much doomed/resigned to having to buy a sound bar or similar? Thanks.
Unfortunately, we haven't encountered any in that size range that have good sound. A separate sound system would be best.
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Hi, I can't decide myself between the Vizio M55-C2 and the Samsung UN55JU6500 ? My main interest will be for games and movies. Furthermore, after looking at your website which is impressive by the way I do not know if it is worth it to go for a 4K as there is not much 4K content. Would not be better to go for the E65-C3 which is for the same price? Or could you recommend me another TV for this price range? thank you.
The Vizio E may be cheaper than the others but it would also fit your needs well. The picture quality is good for movies, it handles motion very well and it has low input lag for gaming. Although it is a good 4k TV, the Vizio M doesn't have as good motion handling and the JU6500 has judder on 24p sources like blurays.
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After overloading myself with tons of days, I went and got a Vizio M55-C2. For some reason I didn't like the picture on it, specifically when it came to upscaling. I also feel that I got a bad set, because I would see a lot of pixelation in the menus when watching over-the-air content.
The TV will primarily be used for PS4 gaming and streaming, plus casting tabs from my PC. Having a 4K TV, it was tempting to hook up my PC for some 4K media, but I returned the TV before trying my PC.
Anyways, what is the best TV for someone like me who wants to stay below $1,000? 4K would be nice, but I don't mind 1080p as long as the image quality is great for the majority of my use.
Get the Samsung UN55J6300. It has good picture quality for everything you want to do, and falls well within your price range.
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What are the practical differences between Vizio's P-series and the M-series? Why don't manufacturers for 4K HDTVs display refresh rates anymore?
The P-series has worse 720p upscaling, but it also has more LED zones, so its local dimming is better.
It's because of perception. People associate higher refresh rate numbers with better TVs, (which can be true, but they're not that reliable of indicators), and so they find ways to inflate their refresh rate numbers and make their TVs seem better.
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Looking to buy an Insignia LED 1080p. Is this an OK TV?
Unfortunately we haven't reviewed any of the Insignia TVs, and so cannot compare them.
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I'm so stuck on what I want to purchase. My needs seem to pretty specific in comparison to so many other people. I'm looking for something under a thousand dollars, around the 40-50 inch range. I'll be sitting less than 10 feet away. I don't need any smart features, as I intend to use my computer to view a lot of my content ; alongside my HDR gaming console.
Your best option is the Sony XBR49X800D. It performs very well with HDR gaming, with low input lag and good motion blur. The next step up is the 50" KS8000, it provides better movie performance especially with dark scenes but is a little over your budget.
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Looking for a TV for mainly Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, etc. and movies. I'm sitting about 12'-14' away from the TV, also the room is bright to semi bright. Can you recommend a TV for me please? Also it needs to be between 50"-55" and less than 1000$. Thank you.
The 55" Samsung KS8000 is best if you can find it for under 1000$, if not the 55" Sony X700D is a good alternative; it doesn't have as deep blacks as the KS8000 but in a bright room that won't be an issue. Note that at a 12' viewing distance we usually recommend 60" or larger TVs.
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