With so many big, bold and high-performing TVs out there to choose from, picking the best model for your budget can be a real headache. That’s why we’ve put together this shortlist of the very best TVs under £1,000 – so you can bring the warm glow of a television screen to your living room without breaking four-figure sums.
While smart TVs have been commonplace for some time, their feature set is also rapidly expanding, with voice control integration and a host of firmware updates able to improve your user experience over your home Wi-Fi.
But being smart about your purchase isn’t just a case of waiting for sales and retail promotions – though the onset of Black Friday and Cyber Monday may certainly have some tempting discounts for you. If you’re buying principally to watch sports, how good is a set’s motion handling? As you move up and down the price scale, image processing is usually the first aspect of a screen to be compromised.
Similarly, not every mid- or lower-range screen offers the same level of HDR performance, and there could be huge discrepancies in audio performance. A slick narrow bezel design may look fashionably minimalist, but if TV’s sound system sucks, maybe your cash is better spent elsewhere?
The good news is you don’t have to wade through reams of tech specs to come to a conclusion – we’ve done the leg-work for you by finding the best TVs available for under £1,000. If you want the best budget TVs, you’ve come to the right place!
What you need to know about Black Friday 2019
There’s no question that Black Friday TV deals are going to be massive ahead of the November 29 start date, continuing on through Cyber Monday in early December. Whatever size, price, and functionality you’re looking for in a new TV, make sure you bookmark our best Black Friday TV deals page for the latest updates in the run up to the sales extravaganza.
What is the best TV under £1,000?
1. Panasonic GX800 LED TV
This 2019 Panasonic TV offers staggering HDR format support
Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support
Only three HDMI
Don’t want to break £1,000? The Panasonic GX800 has plenty of the high-end format support you’d expect from its OLED range, but packed into a regular LED panel instead.
You’ll find HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and even HLG (hybrid log gamma), meaning you’ll never find yourself unable to play your favorite movies, 4K Blu-rays or news broadcasts in the highest quality format available. Of course, the panel isn’t quite as impressive as, say, the Panasonic GZ2000, but the matched functionality makes the GX800 a great choice for the price.
The GX800 is a 4K HDR television available in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 58-inch sizes for under £1,000 – with an additional 65-inch sizing for those willing to pay a four-figure sum (£1,300 RRP).
Read our full Panasonic GX800 TV review
2. Samsung Q60R QLED TV
A 43-inch QLED panel, with some compromises
Most affordable QLED
Great for gamers
No OneConnect Box
When it comes to the best Samsung TVs, it’s all about QLED. The super-bright QLED displays offer hundred more nits brightness than most LEDs, with a quantum dot filter to enhance contrast across a 4K display.
The Q60R isn’t quite as accomplished as its premium siblings, being the entry-level QLED and therefore the one with the lowest specs. The edge-lighting can be inconsistent, and you won’t get the tidy One Connect box of other premium Samsung TVs either.
However, this is the cheapest QLED from Samsung this year, and offers a neat compromise for those on a mid-range budget wanting a taste of premium functionality. Its low input lag and responsive smart platform make it a great choice for gamers wanting a zippy experience, too – or just anyone feeling impatient.
Read our full Samsung Q60R QLED TV review
3. Hisense U8B ULED TV
Serious big-screen value from Hisense
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
Easy to use smart platform
Not HDR10+ HDR compatible
Slapdash local dimming
You don’t get much more value than Hisense. The budget TV manufacturer consistently offers great prices on high-spec televisions, and the U8B ULED is great example of this.
The smart platform is fast and responsive, while the inclusion of Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Vision HDR means you’re not losing out on the premium formats usually saved for more expensive sets. After a price cut from the original RRP, too, you’ve getting both the 55-inch and 65-inch models at a lot less than £1,000.
There are corners cut, of course, to get such competitive pricing – mainly the basic local dimming that tends to turn any black areas of the screen into a uniform grey, and generally struggles with light/dark contrast, even if the high brightness can be a boon to HDR and ensuring rich colors with Dolby Vision. This is a TV, however, that makes up for its flaws with its strong pricing, format support, and smart platform, and is very much worth your consideration.
Read our full review: Hisense U8B ULED
4. LG B9 OLED TV
LG’s cheapest OLED
Incredible color contrast
Less advanced processing
Some video noise in dark scenes
Ok, so this TV technically isn’t under £1,000 – but recent price drops have put the LG B9 at only £1,100, which is astonishing value for an OLED TV.
We’ll be waiting some time to see OLEDs get any cheaper, at least while maintaining some baseline of quality. And if you’re after a compromise of price and performance on a mid-range budget, the LG is a brilliant choice.
If you think you can scrape that extra £100, it uses the same OLED panel as more premium sets like the LG C9 and E9 OLED. The relatively lower price is down to its lower-spec processor, the a7 gen 2, which does let a bit of video noise creep into dark scenes, but the flaws are minor and won’t be noticeable for many.
You’ll be getting the expected 4K resolution, HDR support, and brilliant webOS smart platform of the best LG TVs too.
Read the full review: LG B9 OLED
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Original contributions to this article were also made by Steve May.