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Best TVs under $1,000

These TVs prove you don't need a fortune for amazing quality

It’s finally happened: the 4K Ultra HD revolution has left the star-studded homes of the video elite and landed right here in Everytown, U.S.A.

Named for a pixel density that’s around four times higher than 1080p HD, 4K has been champing at the bit since way back in 2013. But this year, TVs bearing the technology finally crossed the $1,000 line en masse — and that means it’s time to seriously consider betting on one for yourself.

While it’s true that 4K content hasn’t kept pace with the hardware, it’s coming soon and from all directions. And even if you’re not all that impressed with 4K’s resolution, the TVs have some real advantages over current 1080p sets, boasting better future-proofing, the latest processing and motion technologies, and more. As such, our updated list of the Best TVs under a grand is flush with awesome picks from the 4K landscape, as well as a few humongous HD TVs — because in TV land you can never go too big. Follow along here to find the 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 the year. Also, if $1,000 is too rich for your budget, you can check out our picks for the Best TVs under $500. )

The Best

Samsung UN50JS7000FXZA SUHD TV ($998)

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At CES 2015 last year Samsung pulled the veil off its latest and greatest TV innovation: SUHD. We don’t know what the “S” stands for, but we do know it’s not short for Super Ultra HD TV. We got our first glimpse of these vibrant new displays at a posh poolside event that showcased some of the most vivid colors ever produced from an LED TV. The secret to SUHD is a brighter, 10-bit panel coated with a nano-crystal layer, which Samsung says helps to improve the color accuracy.

Along with a better, brighter panel, the JS7000 comes loaded with 4 HDMI and 3 USB inputs, processing extras like local dimming to improve contrast, and Samsung’s decked-out Tizen Smart Hub with all the streaming apps you’ll need to keep you glued to your couch long into next year. Settled on the lowest rung of the SUHD lineup, the TV’s performance will suffer just a bit — especially since the native refresh rate is only 60Hz, meaning high-speed content may lag without motion processing help. Still, this is Samsung’s big new thing, and the fact that you can get one of these babies for under a grand is actually pretty damned surprising. In other words: grab one.

Screen size 50 in
Display technology LED
Backlighting Full Array
Refresh rate 60 Hz

Buy it now from:

Amazon

The Rest

Sony XBR55X810C ($998)

While it’s hard to match our top pick from Samsung, this brilliant 55-inch set from Sony is an excellent contender, offering a 120 Hz native refresh rate, Sony’s XR960 motion flow (a handy feature for fast-paced sports), and direct backlighting for excellent contrast. While off-angled viewing is less than stellar, this is a whole lot of TV from Sony for a great price — and Sony’s brilliant color processing may just make up for any shortcomings the set may have from the side view. Add in Google’s Android TV smart OS and 4 HDMI inputs, and this set has plenty to crow about.

Screen size 55 in
Display technology LED
Backlighting Full Array
Refresh rate 120 Hz

Buy it now from:

Amazon

Vizio M55-C2 4K Ultra HD TV ($900)

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Vizio has been muscling its way into flat screen prominence for years now with an aggressive price-to-performance ratio, and the M-series is a prime example. Offering an impressive combination of features and picture quality at an extremely manageable price point, this 55-inch display brings full-array local dimming with 32 independent zones for excellent contrast, a six-core processor for snappy performance, and a native 120Hz panel for excellent motion response. Add in 4 HDMI inputs and a loaded smart interface, and it’s easy to see how this once-budget brand has punched its way into the big leagues.

Screen size 55 in
Display technology LED
Backlighting Full Array
Refresh rate 120 Hz

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Sony XBR49X830C 4K Ultra HD TV ($800)

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Sony TVs may be pricier than others for their size, but there’s a reason for that: The company’s processing is still some of the finest in the business, allowing Sony TVs to squeeze out excellent performance and extremely accurate colors from an average LED panel. While the X830C may be a hair smaller than its 4K Ultra HD competitors on our list — and therefore less likely to allow your eyes to see the full effect of its dense pixels — it still offers impressive color accuracy and motion performance, and above average contrast. Plus Sony sets come with a few other perks, including the capable Android TV smart platform, as well as the ability to stream PS3 games straight to your TV.

Screen size 49 in
Display technology LED
Backlighting Edge-lit
Refresh rate 120 Hz

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Amazon Best Buy Walmart

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