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A thousand bucks can get you a lot these days, from a trip across the country to that designer bag you’ve been seeing around town, but if you’re going to spend that grand on something really worthwhile, consider using it on a new TV for your home or apartment.
While a top-of-the-line television used to run you well into the four figures, a number of well-known brands are now releasing comparable sets that deliver the same picture quality, immersive sound and smart TV functions for less than $1000.
Look for a television with features that will support your viewing habits and preferences, whether you’re an avid gamer, a sports fan, or a casual viewer who just needs a reliable TV to catch up on your favorite shows and movies.
Whether you’re outfitting your man cave or looking for a slimmer unit to replace that big box TV in your family room, we’ve found five well-reviewed options that combine the latest audio visual technology with thoughtful, forward-thinking design to upgrade your space — and your TV viewing experience.
1. TCL 65″ Class 6-Series 4K UHD Smart TV
This is one of the best deals you’ll find online right now for a reliable 4K high-definition TV. For under $900, you get a bright, 65-inch screen with QLED color technology (which delivers a full palette of colors), with optimized settings for light and dark tones. Dolby Vision delivers cinema-like HDR (High Dynamic Range), which means more detailed, accurate images and less blurring.
The TV is easy to set up, and runs Roku’s operating system, which is extremely user friendly. You can get to any popular streaming service in a couple of button presses, or by speaking into the microphone on the remote.
You can adjust settings like brightness and contrast yourself, but we found TCL’s presets did a good job balancing these things for us. We’re especially impressed by the 6-Series’ gaming mode, which reduces latency (lag).
TCL’s 6-series has been the best TV you can get under $1,000 for quite some time, and this new version keeps that streak going.
2. Hisense 65 Inch H9 Quantum Series 4K TV
The H9 Quantum Series is Hisense’s most premium line of TVs, and this 65 inch model is the one to get.
It supports HDR and features Quantum Dot technology, which guarantees vivid, consistent colors. The TV is powered by Hisense’s Hi-View Engine, an AI that makes micro-adjustments to your picture and sound ton ensure the best possible experience. This is true regardless of which TV settings you use.
Hisense partnered with Google on its H9 Quantum TV series, which all run the powerful Android operating system. You can get to streaming apps streaming apps in seconds, or ask the Google Assistant to open them for you. There’s a Google Assistant button right on the remote for easy access. If you’re a gamer, you’ll appreciate this TV’s “game mode,” which lowers the latency to offer a smoother experience.
The H9G is the only TV in this guide to support Dolby Atmos, a new audio technology that provides a more immersive experience than traditional multi-channel surround sound. The audio coming out of this TV won’t be the same as a full home theater setup, but you’ll get a lot closer.
A combination of useful smart features and excellent picture quality make Hisense’s 65 inch H9 Quantum Series TV a bargain at its price.
3. VIZIO M-Series Quantum 65″ Class 4K HDR Smart TV
Vizio’s latest M-Series TV uses a combination of technologies that actually have an impact on picture quality, color accuracy, and ease of use.
The 55-inch screen uses fully array backlighting with 90 distinct dimming zones for better contrast between light areas and shadows, and a version of HDR that it says allows it to display 85% more color than a standard set. The M-Series can display one billion hues of different colors.
Like all of Vizio’s TVs the M-Series runs its SmartCast operating system, which allows you to stream videos and music without a media streamer. It has a Chromecast built-in and support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, so you can stream media wirelessly from your phone, tablet, or computer.
Vizio’s M-Series TV is a versatile and reliable set that’ll quickly become the focal point of your bedroom, living space, or den.
4. Samsung 65″ Class Q60T QLED 4K UHD HDR Smart TV
Samsung has really stepped up its game in recent years with its premium TV offerings and this 2020 model is no exception. For under $1000 you get a crystal clear QLED display with four times the resolution of full HD, plus more than a billion shades of deep, rich color. Pictures pop on screen and images are consistent from edge to edge, with no washing out.
Samsung’s “Quantum HDR” optimizes every scene with a wider range of brightness and contrasts. Dark backgrounds are darker and bright colors are more vivid, so images really pop out of the screen. It’s especially great for gaming, where every tiny detail needs to stand out.
Sports fans will appreciate the TV’s minimal lag time and ultra fast refresh rates, making it a no-brainer for fast-moving action. The TV also features Bixby, Samsung’s intelligent voice assistant, which recognizes your voice to let you search for content, change channels, or check the weather on command. It’ll learn your habits to suggest things you might want to watch too.
This is one of the best-reviewed units in the marketplace, with users praising the slim profile, powerful processing and theater-quality projection and audio.
5. LG 70″ 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
It’s hard to believe, but LG is offering a high quality 75-inch 4K TV for under $1,000.
The TV came out in February of 2021, making it the newest model in our guide. It’s full of the latest technology, like an upscaler that makes 1080P video look better on a 4K set, a game mode that automatically reduces latency, a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother video, and a custom processor that optimizes video on the fly. TV speakers are traditionally hit or miss, but LG’s features “Ultra Surround,” which simulates the experience of a multi-speaker system.
All of this technology is built into a TV running the advanced WebOS operating system originally developed for smartphones. You can start streaming videos using built-in apps within minutes with no additional hardware necessary.
The TV even has Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant built into it, so you can use it as a smart-home hub to control accessories. These assistants also allow you to control the TV totally hands free.
If you want a giant, technically advanced 4K TV packed with great features, LG’s is the one.