2018 is a great year to invest in a new TV. A couple years ago, 4K TVs were scarce and pretty exorbitantly priced, but now, the market is heavily saturated with options. Couple that with the release of 8K TVs well on the way, and prices for 4K TVs have dropped dramatically. So now, you can get yourself a great 4K TV without breaking the bank.
When it comes to TVs, there are some general guidelines when it comes to size, and the recommended size depends on the room. The living room, is the main viewing area for most consumers. It’s where you’ll have family movie night, or invite the bros over to watch the game. You can get away with 50-inch TVs here, but ideally, you should aim for at least 65 inches. And that’s what we will be talking about today.
Here are the best 65-inch TVs under $1000.
- 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
Take it from me, or purchase one and see for yourself, but the TCL 6 Series Roku TV is hands down the best TV $1000 can buy. The highlight of the 6 Series is the picture quality; it’s unmatched at this price range and can compete with competitors twice the cost. That’s value that can’t be beat. The 6 Series is also a great option for gamers out there. Next-gen titles look amazing, and there’s pretty much no latency issues here.
Roku TV is also arguably the best Smart TV out there, especially to the non-technologically savvy consumers out there. Roku’s Interface is easy to navigate, has simplistic but compact design, and all of your apps and inputs are all in the same place. You’ll never have to go cyber spelunking to find your favorites.
Roku TV also contains 4K Apps and 4K Spotlight which makes finding 4K content a lot easier. 4K compatible content is being rolled out more commonly than ever before, but there are still plenty of TV shows and movies lacking this functionality. With 4K Apps and 4K Spotlight, you can circumvent that search entirely.
The biggest issue with our number one pick, is quality control. You may experience vignetting and or notice some vertical banding, but it all depends on the unit. Some consumers get their TV and it works flawlessly. Others have to replace it several times before they get a good one.
Sporting events may fall victim to “dirty screen effect”, and HDR viewing can definitely be improved. The lack of a headphone jack on the Roku remote can be worked around via a smart phone and the Roku app but it may still annoy some consumers. Roku’s voice assistant is also a bit rudimentary and far from the best out there. But make no mistake; the 6 Series is the best there is for $1000.
- Best in class picture quality; comparable to TVs 2X the price
- Excellent deep black levels
- Roku TV UI is simple and easy to navigate
- 4K Apps and 4K Spotlight make finding 4K content much easier
- Great for gaming; no latency issues
- Can pause live TV for up to 90 minutes
- Vertical Banding
- Light Bleeding
- No headphone jack on Roku remote
- HDR visuals could be better
- Roku voice assistant needs work
- Progressive ScanMedia Player
Overall rating: 2.6 out of 5
Although the 6 Series has dethroned our number two pick for best in class, Vizio’s M-Series is still an excellent 4K TV; for the cost and otherwise. The image quality here is great, and sports very good deep black levels. The M-Series also supports Dolby Vision.
The M-Series’ lack of a built-in assistant is offset by its’ ability to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant; both of which are superior to Roku’s built-in assistant. Input lag is low which makes this a good TV for gamers.
Vizio advantage of being able to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assitant is heavily held back by Vizio’s poor Smart TV. There are very few apps, and the on-screen functionality is quite low. To get the most out of Vizio’s Chromecast system, you will need to utilize a smart phone pretty much whenever you watch TV. It’s not too big of a deal, but some may find it to be a hassle. Vizio’s remote is also somewhat cluttered and outdated.
Local dimming on the M Series is terrible, HDR brightness is sub-par at times, and angle viewing is bad. Poor angle viewing is very common at this price range however. Despite a few flaws, the M series is a top option.
- Top of the line image quality
- Great deep black levels
- Low input lag
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Terrible local dimming
- Clunky remote
- Poor Smart TV system; Only 18 apps
- Angle view is pretty bad
- Underwhelming HDR brightness
- Hisense-patented Ultra LED ( ULED) 4K resolution for lifelike and vibrant images
- Large screen to turn family or bonus room to a home cinema
- Amazon Alexa enabled to control your TV or areas of your home from the comfort of your couch
- Wide Color Gamut technology that expands the range of colors for a true-to-life picture
Overall rating: 5.0 out of 5
Chinese manufacturer Hisense, has quietly been making noise amongst casual consumers and TV enthusiasts alike. They’ve set out on carving a nice, little niche for themselves as a manufacturer of quality mid-level 4K TVs. And if the H9E Plus is any indication, they’re doing a good job.
Picture quality is not as good as that of the competition, but it’s good enough. Keep in mind that this is a $700 4K TV, with the price being one of, if not the biggest benefit of it. Contrast ratio on the H9E Plus is very good, and it also supports Wide Color Gamut.
The H9E Plus serves as a pretty good gaming TV, as it has great motion handling and input lag. Another thing of note, is that Hisense’s Android TV smart interface, feels a lot better than Sony’s implementation of it.
Moving on to the flaws, we have the local dimming, which is probably the worst I have ever seen. As with almost all TVs at this price range, angle viewing is pretty terrible. HDR viewing also isn’t as enjoyable as it should be, because the H9E Plus can’t put out the brightness to really make the viewing experience pop. Adding on to that, is the fact that sound quality is pretty average here.
Although Hisense’s Android TV is better than Sony’s version, it is not without problems. Android TV is still an acquired choice, as it is cluttered and at times laggy. Hisense’s remote control is pretty rudimentary and has 6 dedicated app buttons that cannot be changed. Considering the fact that we are in the Smart TV era, that’s a very antiquated design choice. The remote leaves a lot to be desired.
Hisense has an assistant app, but for some reason it doesn’t work so an opinion of its’ functionality, can’t really be given. Luckily, the H9E Plus works with Google Assistant so this isn’t much of an issue. You can also use Amazon Alexa, but it is pretty tricky to set up on an Android TV so you are better off sticking with Google Assistant.
- Supports Dolby Vision
- Great motion handling
- Low input lag
- Great implementation of Android TV smart interface
- Very cheap for a 65-inch 4K TV
- Worst in class local dimming
- Remote is disappointing; no customizable buttons
- Poor angle viewing
- HDR brightness isn’t up to bar
- Hisense companion app doesn’t work
- Screen Size : 64.5 in
- Backlight Type: LED
- Resolution: 2160p
- Effective Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Overall rating: 2.6 out of 5
Full disclosure, the part about the Vizio E Series, is the price as you can pick one up for $700. Given the price range, the E series has good picture quality, although it is completely outclassed by competitors like the 6 Series Roku TV or Vizio’s own M Series.
You can expect low input lag here, which makes this pretty good for gaming, although it is not the best option for that on this list. Black uniformity is surprisingly excellent given the price, and the E Series can also work with Google Home and Alexa which can make your life easier.
The E Series shares many problems with its higher tier brother, the M Series. Local dimming is terrible, angle viewing is just as bad, and it has the same awful smart system that is in dire need of a massive overhaul and rework.
This also isn’t the prettiest TV to look at design wise, so if that’s something you care about you will probably want to give this one a pass. As with the M Series, in order to get the most out of the Chromecast system, you will need to use a smart phone, as the Vizio remote leaves a lot to be desired.
The E Series definitely delves performs as what you would expect from a $700 TV. It’s not bad, but it is far outclassed by other TVs for just a couple hundred bucks more. But if you are on a strict budget, this is a good option.
- Good picture quality
- Low input lag
- Can work with Google Home and Alexa
- Very low price
- Great black uniformity
- Unappealing design
- Terrible local dimming
- Poor angle viewing
- Disappointing motion handling
- Clunky Smart system
- The multi-format 4K high dynamic range support includes HDR10 and HLG, both with LG’s advanced tone mapping technology that provides scene-by-scene optimization.
- Quad-core processor that minimizes video noise and enhances sharpness.
- Inputs: 4 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 RF, 1 Composite in, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical and Audio Return Channel Support via HDMI.
Overall rating: 3.8 out of 5
Coming in at number five is the LG UK7700. When it comes to higher-end 4K TVs, LG is a household name. When it comes to mid-priced 4K TVs, LG still manages to perform well.
Picture quality here is good, and surprisingly, the UK7700 has the best angle viewing in this price range despite not having the best overall picture quality. It also has low input lag and is suitable enough for next-gen gaming.
LG’s smart system, WebOS, is quite good and better than some of the competition such as the Vizio. Navigation is easy, and it feels very responsive. The remote is also very good, as is expected of LG. It has some of its own built-in voice functions, and can also work with Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
The UK7700 has poor contrast ratio and is the weakest on this list in that specific category. Local dimming on this unit is terrible, and the brightness levels of both SDR and HDR is average at the very best. Sub-par HDR brightness is to be expected given the price, but lacking SDR brightness as well is pretty disappointing. LG’s smart system is general is prety good, but the LG store is definitely significantly inferior to the Google Store.
The UK7700 is middle of the road down to the letter. Despite superior angle viewing to the other picks on this list, it falls short in other categories. It’s not bad, but it’s not the best either.
- Best in class angle viewing
- Low input lag
- Good Smart System
- Great Remote with a lot of functionality
- Awful local dimming
- Subpar contrast ratio
- SDR and HDR Brightness could be better
- Sound quality is mediocre
- PurColor: Enjoy millions of shades of color, fine tuned to create an incredibly vibrant picture
- Motion Rate 120: Smooth action on fast-moving content
- HDR: View stunning high dynamic range content with a TV designed to support HDR10+
- Curved Slim Design: Get drawn into the action on a curved screen with a surprisingly slim bezel
Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5
Finishing off our list, is the Samsung NU7300. One of Samsung’s middle of the road 4K TVs, the NU7300 sports Samsung’s trademark appealing design, although the build quality could be better. Picture quality and SDR Brightness are decent, and low input lag makes this a good TV for gaming. It also has a great contrast ratio; better than some of the other choices on this list. Samsung’s smart system is easy to navigate and feels very responsive. And of course, there is the price, which will definitely attract those on a tight budget.
The NU7300 is a pretty solid all-around 4K TV, being at least average is most categories, but it has some issues. No local dimming at all and the smart system here offers no voice command functionality which may or may not be a deal breaker.
Angle viewing is terrible, HDR brightness leaves a lot to be desired, and motion handling is subpar at best.
The NU7300 is the very definition of middle of the road. It is decent at almost everything, but does not excellent at anything. Whilst other TVs may have one or two qualities about them that separate them from the pack, the NU7300 is simply a clear budget choice.
- Low input lag
- Great design
- Easy to navigate smart system
- good response time
- Great contrast ratio
- No local dimming
- Smart system has no voice command functionality
- Poor angle viewing
- Subpar motion handling
- Poor HDR Brightness
Q. Why are there no HDTVs on this list?
A. TVs are like video game consoles. They have generations. For TVs, HD is last-gen. They aren’t bad, but 4K TVs are simply far better and for the same price as an HDTV, you can get a 4KTV.
Q. Why are 4K TVs so much better than HDTVs?
A. It’s all in the resolution. 4K TVs are able to put out 4 times the number of pixels that an HDTV can put out, which makes the viewing experience a lot more enjoyable.
Q. Why do none of these TVs have excellent HDR Brightness?
A. Keep in mind the Under $1000 part of this buying guide. In order to sell quality 4K TVs for this low of a price, compromises have to be made somewhere. You shouldn’t expect top of the line HDR brightness in any sub-$1000 priced 4K TV.
Q. Should I avoid 4K TVs that don’t offer voice command functionality?
A. It depends on the consumer. Voice Commands are a luxury add-on, that a lot of people don’t even bother with. Think of it as smartphone; when using your phone, do you do most of the work manually, or do you use voice commands? If your answer is the former, then no voice command functionality or shoddy voice command functionality shouldn’t be too big of a deal for you.
Wait for sales/Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Unless your current TV is flat out unusable, you should ideally wait for a sale before making technology purchases. Specifically, Black Friday and or Cyber Monday, as that is when prices are best. With a bit of patience, you can score great deals on 4K TVs, and may even be able to “purchase up” as prices outside your price range, may drop to within your budget.
Remember the price tag: A great price means a compromise elsewhere
The TCL 6 Series possess picture quality that competes with televisions above its price range, but aside from that all of the TVs in this guide are limited by their price range. They range from good to great but are outperformed in all areas by TVs that are more expensive. If you are looking for a top of the line 4K TV for gaming, home theatre viewing or anything of that nature, you won’t find it in a $1000 TV. These TVs will serve you well until you can afford higher tier options.
Invest in a streaming device
Streaming devices can not only make your life easier but also open up a lot of content options. Not only do streaming services generally have a lot more content available to you (That you don’t have to pay for), but they also have exclusive movies and TV shows that you won’t be able to watch on cable. Some of these, are some of the best television and cinema of any given year, and you don’t want to miss out.
On top of that, streaming devices aren’t expensive, and the higher end ones will still cost you less than $200, so you have little reason not to invest in one. They will give you, the kids, your friends, and your dog a lot more enjoyment in the long run.