The best TVs under £1,000

Get yourself a grand viewing experience without the extra 0s with our list of the best new affordable TVs

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When it comes to kitting out our living rooms, a great majority of us are looking for something in particular, and it shouldn’t be as hard as it can sometimes seem. You just want to find a great TV, without going to great effort or expense, but the sheer number of models out there (not to mention the endless model numbers themselves), and the ever-increasing list of techy acronyms make it a minefield.

That’s why we’ve put together our list of the best TVs under £1,000. We’ve rounded up the most highly-rated and recommended models from across the shops to help you come to a decision without having to set foot onto the blaring tech floor of your local department store, overloaded by the sensation of hundreds of Sonos speakers and daytime TV channels firing at once, while somehow trying to figure out what’s better: HD or 4K? 40 inch or 60 inch?

It might seem like a no-brainer, but we’ve listed the size of each of our picks to help you figure out which is best suited to your space. If your living room is on the smaller side, you may well be able to physically squeeze a 50+ inch TV against the back wall, but if it’s not 4K, you might lose definition for having to sit closer to the screen, not to mention the neckache!

Speaking of 4K, it’s basically a matter of timing. All of our picks feature ultra high-definition, or 4K, displays, and for one very simple reason. It’s a huge improvement on the standard HD your current TV likely has, and if you won’t be too happy about having to upgrade a few years down the line, 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. SAMSUNG QE55Q6FAMT

This high-tech QLED TV gives you the very best picture from all angles

Specifications
Best for: Picture quality
Screen size: 55”
Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Reasons to buy
+ Incredible picture quality + No fighting over where to sit 
Reasons to avoid
- Still quite pricey 

Okay, okay, so it’s only just under £1,000, but hear us out. For the absolute latest technology in the form of a QLED screen and incredible 4K capabilities, this Samsung TV is quite the steal, and not forgetting the fact that it makes quality ultra high-definition relatively accessible, it earns our first place spot. Boasting ‘Q Viewing Angle’, Samsung promises that with this TV, every seat is the best seat in the house. Translation: the colour volume is consistent wherever you view it from, so it’s a good one for smaller rooms or bigger households. Users couldn’t believe the picture, or the colours, they were greeted with when they turned it on, and loved the sleek look of the single, near-invisible optical cable. Simply great all round. 

2. Sony Bravia KD55XE8596

A smart offering from Sony to those who love their streaming

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

Also 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. Like our first choice, it looks great: sleek, minimal, with a handy cable management system and a beautifully slim beveled screen. Again, 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. 

3. LG 55UJ750V

Simply sumptuous colours and awesome contrast

Specifications
Best for: A cinematic look
Screen size: 55”
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, it makes sense that LG know how to do a display properly. This 4K ultra-HD TV is no exception, with 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 setup and an intuitive interface, even for the self-confessedly untechy.  

4. Panasonic 58DX802B

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

Specifications
Best for: Style
Screen size: 58”
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 art 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. 

5. SAMSUNG UE49MU7000

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

Specifications
Best for: Unmissable action
Screen size: 55”
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 

The second Samsung model on our list, this is arguably our best TV for gamers and anyone who loves to watch sport. Looking to upgrade just in time for the World Cup? You’ll no doubt want a TV like this, which 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. 

6. Hisense H55N6800

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

Specifications
Best for: Visual depth
Screen size: 55”
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, particularly for those dramatically lit scenes in your favourite period drama, and reviewers have commented that the picture stands up to offerings from much more expensive brands. In a few operational regards, and on the sound front, it may not perform quite as well as our other picks, but for simple setup and 4K definition at a purse-friendly price, it comes highly recommended. 

7. Philips 55PUS6272

Unbeatable value with a pleasant surprise included

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

The most inexpensive TV on our list 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.