Best 4K TVs under $1000

Best 4K TVs under $1000

There are few things more overwhelming when it comes to home renovation than purchasing a new TV. There are a lot of options to choose from, but the most talked about TVs on the market at the moment are 4K TVs. Despite 8K TVs being on the near horizon, 4K TVs will be the present and future luxury TV of choice for most consumers for quite some time.

4K TVs exist in both high-end and low-end variants, but the more exorbitantly priced 4K TVs, aren’t necessarily worth the price. Each TV has pros and cons, but when it comes to core functionality, there’s not too much of a difference between expensive 4K TVs and “cheap” 4K TVs. So don’t worry about breaking your bank. 

Here are our picks for best 4K TVs under $1000.

Features

  • Dimensions (w x H x D): TV without stand: 57.1″ x 32.9″ x 3″, TV with stand: 57.1″ x 35.7″ x10.7″
  • Smart Functionality offers access to thousands of streaming channels featuring more than 500, 000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture

Overall rating: 4.0 out of  5 

Coming in at first place, is the TCL 6 Series 65-Inch Roku TV.

TCL is the self-proclaimed fastest growing TV brand in North America. And given the quality of the TCL 6 Series 65-Inch Roku TV, I have no reason not to believe them.

To put it simply, the 6 Series possess picture quality that cannot be matched by any other TV in this price range. In addition, the picture quality of the 6 Series is even comparable to that of 4K TVs that cost twice as much. I don’t know how TCL pulled it off, but it is quite the achievement.

The Roku TV in my opinion, is the best TV option for the non-technologically savvy consumers out there. Roku’s Interface is very simple and easy to navigate, and everything is laid out quite well. Your inputs and apps are all in the same place, so you never need to go looking for anything.

TCL 6 Series 65-Inch Roku TV.

Another good thing about Roku TV, is the inclusion of 4K Spotlight and 4K Apps. Although more and more content is being put out with 4K capability, it can be a bit annoying searching for particular TV shows and or movies, only to find out that you cannot view them in 4K. With Roku TV’s 4K Spotlight and 4K Apps, a ton of 4K content is right at your fingertips.

The Roku TV is an excellent option for any gamers out there. It experiences little to no input lag, and titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Far Cry 5, and Horizon Zero Dawn, look amazing here.

This stellar cheap option is not without flaws however, and the biggest one, would have to be quality control. Issues with vertical banding and vignetting, are not uncommon with the 6 Series. Making this more annoying, is the fact that it varies from unit to unit. You might experience none of these issues, or you may have to exchange your unit several times.

Another problem, is that sporting events such as ice hockey and football, may can fall victim to dirty screen effect, so if you are looking for a TV to primarily watch sports on, you may want to purchase another TV on this list. The HDR and UHD Blu-Ray experience is also not the greatest and may be a bit underwhelming.

A few more minor issues are the remote’s lack of a headphone jack (A problem that can be circumvented with the Roku App and a smartphone) and the disappointing voice functionality of the Roku remote which is very rudimentary compared to the competition. But all in all, the 6 Series is a fantastic low-price 4K TV and has earned the top spot on this list.

Pros

  • Top tier picture quality for the price or otherwise
  • Deep black levels
  • Roku TV UI is simple and easy to navigate
  • 4K Apps and 4K Spotlight make finding 4K content a lot easier
  • Excellent for gaming; no latency
  • Live TV pause feature

Cons

  • Vignetting
  • Vertical Banding
  • Light Bleeding
  • No headphone jack on remote
  • Shaky HDR visual quality

Features

  • BEYOND HIGH DEFINITION: 4K HDTV picture offers stunning clarity & high dynamic range color & detail. Display resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • ENHANCED QUALITY: With the X1 Extreme Processor enjoy controlled contrast & wide range of brightness
  • PREMIUM DISPLAY: Enjoy vibrant colors with TRILUMINOS & clear on-screen action with X-Motion Clarity
  • VOICE COMPATIBILITY: 55in tv is compatible with Amazon Alexa & Google Home to change channels & more

Overall rating: 4.2 out of  5 

Previously going for around $1500, where it was considered overpriced, the X900 F from Sony has dropped to under $1000, which earned it the number two spot on our list.

The picture quality isn’t as good at the TCL 6 Series, but it comes close. The HDR viewing experience on the X900 F is superior when compared to the TCL 6 Series. It has great deep black levels and bright highlights.

Sony X900F

The X900 F is a superb 4K TV for gaming, with little to no input lag, and it has great motion handling. Android TV has more options that a lot of its’ competitors and gives you access to the very useful Google Assistance as well as the entire Google Play Store.

The X900 F has a few notable issues. The biggest being that the viewing experience when watching TV from an angle drops off considerably. So much so, that you might find yourself only being able to fully enjoy yourself when you are plopped right in front of the TV.

The X900F has some issues with cluttering; particularly the remote and Android TV. Sony’s remote is painfully antiquated, cluttered with buttons, and looks like something from the early 2000s. Android TV, despite offering up some significant benefits, is a love or hate Interface. Like the remote, it is pretty cluttered, and much harder to navigate than say Roku TV. It may have a lot of apps, but this also seems to slow down navigation considerably and lag is not uncommon. If you’re a technology neophyte, then Android TV alone might be a deal breaker for you.

Sound quality on the X900F is a tad bit underwhelming and inferior to the completion, and it also experiences some minor, but very apparent blooming issues from time to time.

Pros

  • 4 HDMI Inputs
  • Great HDR viewing experience
  • Tons of apps and the very helpful Google Assistant
  • Great motion handling and low input lag for gaming

Cons

  • Visual quality drops dramatically at an angle
  • Remoted is very cluttered and antiquated
  • Blooming issues
  • Android TV is a love or hate feature; Cluttered and hard to navigate
  • Sound quality is underwhelming compared to competition

Features

  • Progressive ScanMedia Player

 

 

Overall rating: 4.2 out of  5 

It was tricky deciding whether to put Vizio’s M Series or P Series at number 3, but we ultimately went with the M Series. Although not the very best, it has great image quality (When viewing at it directly). The deep black levels are very good, and the M Series also supports Dolby Vision.

Although the M Series does not have its’ own built-in assistant, it can work with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant; both of whom are preferable over Roku TV’s assistant. Gaming on the M Series is very enjoyable, as there’s very low input lag.

Vizio M-Series

Vizio’s remote isn’t as cluttered as Sony’s but it is still quite outdated and visually unappealing. The Smart TV on hand is very disappointing as well, and in need of a serious rework. There’s only 18 apps to choose from, and in order to make the most out of Vizio’s Chromecast system, then you will need to keep a smart phone handy at all times. Vizio’s on-screen options, are pretty paltry. It’s not a huge deal, but some people may not like having to always use their phone, especially when the competition has far superior on-screen capabilities.

Overall image quality is top notch, but the local dimming for the M Series is terrible. HDR Brightness is underwhelming, and when viewing from an angle, the image quality drops off a cliff.

The M Series was once the best bargain option but has since been surpassed by a few rivals, but it is still a top choice for those on a budget.

Pros

  • Top tier image quality
  • Deep black
  • Low input lag
  • Works with Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant

Cons

  • Visual quality drops dramatically at an angle
  • Remoted is very cluttered and antiquated
  • Blooming issues
  • Android TV is a love or hate feature; Cluttered and hard to navigate
  • Sound quality is underwhelming compared to competition

Features

  • Ultra Slim Array
  • Dynamic Crystal Color
  • Motion Rate 240
  • Smart TV with Bixby Voice
  • HDR Plus

Overall rating: 4.1 out of  5 

Samsung’s NU8000 offers up a lot of benefits for a good price. An argument can be made for the NU8000 being the best gaming TV on this list, thanks to the Game Motion Plus Settings and Auto-Game Mode which automatically optimizes image settings when playing games. There’s very little input lag, and the motion interpolation feature helps a lot with framerate drops.

Samsung’s Tizen Smart Things Smart TV is pretty good, and there is a lot on offer here. TV Plus Mode makes things easier, and it comes with a built-in smart assistant Bixby to help you out. Although Samsung’s Smart TV is pretty easy to navigate, it can be a lot to take in. Bixby does help, but Bixby isn’t as good as other assistants such as Google Assistant or Alexa.

Samsung-NU8000

As far as picture quality goes, the NU8000 is above average, although not as good as the entries ahead of it. SDR looks great, but when in HDR, there are some noticeable flaws, such as somewhat mediocre brightness.

Where the NU8000 falls off the most, is in sound quality and angle viewing. The sound quality here just scraps by as average, and angle viewing is pretty terrible. Picture quality drops off considerably, and the colors tend to wash out as well.

Clearly inferior in most general viewing categories when compared to the competition, the NU8000 is still arguably the top pick for gamers looking for a budget 4K TV for next-gen gaming.

Pros

  • Game Motion Plus Settings
  • Easy to navigate smart system
  • Very low input lag
  • Deep black levels
  • Motion handling is fantastic

Cons

  • Terrible local dimming
  • Sound Quality is average
  • HDR brightness is weak
  • Image quality deteriorates and colors wash when angle viewing
  • Bixby needs work

Features

  • Xtreme Black Engine Pro With 126 local dimming zones, dynamically adapts the backlight brightness to the on-screen image to achieve extremely deep black levels & bright whites without compromise.
  • Ultra HD Picture Enjoy every scene in breathtaking detail and clarity with over 8 million pixels, 4x the resolution of 1080p Full HD.
  • Smart Cast TV Use the included remote to browse and launch top apps directly from the big screen

Overall rating: 3.2 out of  5 

Rounding out our list is the Vizio P Series. Similar in many ways to the M Series, the P Series does make some noticeable improvements. Local dimming has gone way up, as has HDR performance. HDR on the M Series is somewhat disappointing but with the P Series both HDR viewing and gaming is pretty good. The Ultra Color Spectrum gives the P Series a wider color gamut.

Input lag is very low, and the P Series has a new Game Low Latency option which can lower lag but still put out at your preferred picture quality. Speaking of picture quality, it’s very good, although not the best on this list.

Vizio P Series 2018

Unfortunately the P Series has some serious issues which put it at the bottom of our list. It uses the same clunky smart interface as the M Series. It’s slow and not the greatest to navigate and is in need of a top to bottom rework. Also just like the M Series, the remote is sub-par, and you will need to use a smart phone to get the most out of your TV.

Angle viewing is still terrible, and the sound quality for the P Series is very mediocre. For a TV costing $1000-$1200, below-average sound quality just isn’t acceptable.

Overall, the P Series isn’t worth a purchase at full price, as it simply doesn’t perform better to a significant enough degree when compared to the lower cost competition. But if it’s on sale, it does do a few things better than the M Series that may warrant a purchase.

Pros

  • Great picture quality
  • Improved local dimming over the M Series
  • Low input lag
  • Good HDR performance
  • Ultra Color Spectrum is great
  • Deep black levels

Cons

  • Not worth the money when better TVs can be bought for less
  • Awful audio
  • Has same clunky SmartCast smart interface as the M Series
  • Angle viewing still terrible

FAQs

Q. What does 4K mean exactly?

A. 4K stands for 4K resolution. 4K provides a minimum resolution of 3840 x 2160. 4K images will have roughly four times the amount of pixels that an HDTV can put out.

Q. Is it better to purchase a high-end HDTV over a low-end 4K TV?

A.No. 4K is superior to HDTV in almost every way. Think of it as video game console generations. The Xbox 360 is a great console and had its’ time, but the Xbox One is simply far better.

Q. Is $1000 the lowest I should go for purchasing a 4K TV before the quality drops significantly?

A.No. There are great 4K TVs for $300-500. The market is fierce and prices have dropped a lot since 4K first appeared on the market. Even a bargain bin 4K TV will serve you well.

Q. Are the most expensive 4K TVs worth buying?

A. Unless you want your living room TV to look like a monitor for the Starship Enterprise, that’s a hard no. Some 4K TVs can cost anywhere from $20,000-$50,000 and they are complete overkill. Think of them as luxury cars. They are for people with more money on their hands than they know what to do with.

Q. What size TV should I buy?

A. It depends on the room, but generally speaking, living room TVs should be 65 inches, although you can get away with 55 inches as well. You shouldn’t go any lower than that. For bedrooms, you can go as small as 40 inches, but in 2018, there’s really no need to go that small and with a 4K TV, you’re selling yourself short at that point.

Anything higher than 65 inches is usually a luxury buy. 75 inch low-end 4K TVs aren’t as good as small high-end 4K TVs, and high end 75 inch 4K TVs are expensive.

Q. Should I wait for 8K TVs before I upgrade?

A. No. For most people, 8K TVs are at least a couple years off. The few that are currently on the market cost upwards of $10,000. There’s no reason to even think about 8K TVs right now. Wait for the market to be flooded with them so the price drops into reasonable territory.

Buyer’s Tips

Wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Thanksgiving isn’t the only good part about the end of November. There’s also Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Those wonderful days where ordinary expensive items go for dirt cheap. If you can wait a month, you’ll be able to score yourself a great deal. In fact, wait for one of these holidays, and 4K TVs above $1,000 may very well fall within your budget range.

Know what you want out of your TV and shop accordingly

Keep in mind that this was a general buying guide. If you are looking for a 4K TV specifically for home theatre or gaming purposes, then you will need to broaden your search. Just like computers and laptops, some 4K TVs excel and specialize in certain areas. The TVs we listed are more jack-of-all-trade options.

Streaming Devices are your friends

Streaming services seem to be the way of the future and cable looks like it is on its’ way out, so you might do good to invest in a streaming device. These will make your life a lot easier and open up lots of possibilities in terms of what you can watch on your 4K TV. Amazon Fire TV, Google Cast, and Roku all have great streaming device options, and the best of the best aren’t too expensive either, which is always a plus.

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