The best TVs under £1,000

Get yourself a grand viewing experience with our list of the best new TVs under £1,000

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Buying a decent TV on a budget? We’ve rounded up the most highly-rated and recommended models for under £1,000... Since you're basing your choice around budget rather than size, we’ve listed the size of each of our TVs to help you figure out which is best suited to your space. Find out more about buying the best TV with our tips below.

What to consider when choosing a TV

Even if you have a smaller living room, you may well be able to physically squeeze a 50+ inch TV against the back wall, but if it’s not a 4K TV, you might find you lose definition, so ensure you have the right sized TV for your space.

Speaking of 4K, all of our picks feature ultra high-definition, or 4K, displays. It’s a huge improvement on the standard HD your current TV likely has, and it makes sense to invest in the latest tech, as more terrestrial channels are experimenting with the ultra-crisp new format, and streaming services like Netflix are already offering it. If you’re not fussed about seeing Blue Planet II in eye-bogglingly realistic high-def, then you can probably plump for regular HD at an even lower price-point.

Finally, don’t be scared of the lower-ticket names among the bunch, because they might just surprise you. Sure, a Samsung or a Sony is always going to serve you well, but if you’re not looking for the biggest flagship offerings with all the bells and whistles, relative unknowns like Hisense still have a lot to offer.

1. Sony Bravia KD55XE8596

A smart offering from Sony to those who love their streaming

Specifications
Best for: Smart TV
Screen size: 55in
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+ Lots of smart features + Slim and unfussy 
Reasons to avoid
- Basic remote control 

Offering 4K definition for under a grand is this Sony Bravia model, proving that no matter your brand loyalty, you can get in on the latest tech for less than you might think. It looks great: sleek, minimal, with a handy cable management system and a beautifully slim beveled screen. Users were stunned by the sharpness of the picture, and found it an especially good TV for gaming. Others commented on the ease of Alexa integration, and we think the huge range of features, including the ability to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and all the apps your heart could desire, make it a really smart choice for anyone looking to upgrade a non-smart set. 

2. LG 55UJ750V

Simply sumptuous colours and awesome contrast

Specifications
Best for: A cinematic look
Screen size: 55in
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+ Fantastic 4K picture + Simple to set up 
Reasons to avoid
- Instruction booklet a bit rubbish 

With this LG TV, it really is all about the screen – as the originators of OLED TVs, it makes sense that LG gets this right. This 4K ultra-HD TV has reviewers commenting on the exceptional quality of the picture – specifically the sumptuously deep, dark blacks – and sound, an especially pleasant surprise for such a thin model. While some were left cold by the confusing instruction booklet, it transpired that most didn’t need it, citing easy set up and an intuitive interface, even for the self-confessed non-techy.  

3. Panasonic 58DX802B

With arty stand and integrated soundbar, this TV looks as good as it sounds

Specifications
Best for: Style
Screen size: 58in
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+ Great look + Quality sound 
Reasons to avoid
- Instructions aren’t the best 

For those of us a little bit obsessed with interior design (raise your hands, don’t be shy!), a big, bulky TV is usually something that comes attached with a little resentment, a practicality rather than a covetable piece – but why can’t it be both? This Panasonic television not only comes equipped with a heart-stoppingly gorgeous combination of HDR and 4K approved by TV senseis THX, but is a rather beautiful package even before you turn it on. Its freestanding design sees it stay put courtesy of an easel-like stand, which comes with an integrated soundbar to eliminate the problem many such slim TVs have creating punchy sound. A really excellent value bundle, and a good-looking alternative to many hulking TVs on the market. 

4. SAMSUNG UE49MU7000

A great one for gaming or kicking back and watching the match

Specifications
Best for: Unmissable action
Screen size: 55in
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+ Supreme Motion + Easy to pair with devices  
Reasons to avoid
- Some noticed speaker rattle on Optimised mode 

This Samsung model is arguably our best TV for gamers and anyone who loves to watch sport. It comes complete with what Samsung like to call ‘Supreme Motion’. Essentially, it’s intended to refresh the screen at super-fast rates and render every frame with pin-sharp clarity, so you won’t miss a trick – whether that’s a trick shot on FIFA or a hat-trick in real life is up to you. Non-sports fans needn’t despair: the 4K display is designed for smooth motion and touchable realism whatever you’re watching, and the smart TV capabilities and easy-pairing interface mean that there are tons of options for that, too. 

5. Hisense H55N6800

Oh-so clever lighting and dimming for an equally clever price

Specifications
Best for: Visual depth
Screen size: 55in
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+ Clever Local Dimming + Picture quality comparable to more expensive models 
Reasons to avoid
- Sound may not be the best 

They might not have some of the patented tech that giants Samsung, Sony and LG do, but Hisense have a few tricks of their own up their sleeve in this budget-friendly 4K TV. It might sound like a small thing, but the ‘Local Dimming’ backlight is proving a hit for its ability to improve the depth of the image, and reviewers have commented that the picture stands up to offerings from much more expensive brands. Operationally and on the sound front, it may not perform quite as well as our other picks, but for simple set up and 4K definition at a purse-friendly price, it comes highly recommended. 

6. Philips 55PUS6272

Unbeatable value with a pleasant surprise included

Specifications
Best for: Affordability
Screen size: 55in
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+ Ambilight is amazing + Inexpensive UHD TV 
Reasons to avoid
- Remote control buttons are a bit small 

This TV is far from a consolation prize for those without room in the budget for Samsung and Sony’s big-ticket buys; in fact, it has some wonderful features of its own that pit it pretty fairly against the big players. With 4K capabilities, it’s a given that it offers four times the definition of a standard HD TV, so it’s proof positive that upgrading needn’t cost the earth, but it also boasts the very high-end Philips-specific tech Ambilight. Courtesy of LEDs on the rear of the screen, the system responds to the action on your screen, picking out colours to beam softly against the wall, which not only lends a gorgeously ambient cinematic effect, but makes the TV look bigger, too. 

 LG 65UJ634V

(Image: © LG)

7. LG 65UJ634V

Specifications
Best for: Affordability
Screen size: 55in
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+LG webOS smart platform 
Reasons to avoid
-Very average sound quality -Limited HDMI inputs 

Built around an IPS panel, the 65UJ634V offers a wide viewing angle and produces bright, colourful images with stunning clarity and high levels of detail thanks to its built-in active HDR. It's not quite on par with OLEDs but still produces a good picture quality. When it comes to smart connectivity, you have LG’s webOS and Freeview Play. You’ll have access to all key catch-up TV services, plus Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Plus its very low input lag makes it a great TV for gaming. 

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