Best Big Screen TVs Under $1,000 of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

In the land of televisions, we hear a lot of hubbub about the latest fancy TV tech: 4K resolution, HDR, new smart features—but whatever happened to getting excited about how BIG a TV was?

There's a common misconception that to get a relatively "huge" TV (55+ inches), you have to spend a bunch of money, thousands of dollars. Or you buy a whopper of a TV, but the picture is ho-hum and the features are non-existent. But that's not true anymore—there are lots of great big-screen TVs for under $1,000.

We test dozens of TVs every year, and getting huge TVs in is one of our favorite activities. If you just want to grab the best performing TV for under $1,000, check out the 2018 Vizio P-Series. (available at Amazon for $799.99) But we've tested lots of other big boys this year, and found the best big screen sets for some of the smallest prices. These are the best right now.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated November 01, 2018

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55-inch Vizio P-Series (2018)

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55-inch Vizio P-Series (2018)

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Year after year, Vizio's P-Series is one of the best performing TVs for the money. While the 55-inch isn't the biggest TV on the list, it's the best performer you can get for under $1,000, and 55 inches is definitely big enough for most living rooms.

For $800, you're getting 4K resolution, solid HDR performance (benchmarked around 1,000 nits, the brightest in this list), wider color saturation than many other affordable LED/LCD TVs, a 120Hz refresh rate, and—perhaps most importantly for picture quality—56 local dimming zones, which control the P-Series' full-array LED backlight. Read full review.

How We Test

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I've been testing and reviewing TVs at Reviewed since 2012. In our TV testing lab, we have the latest CalMan calibration software, a QuantumData signal generator, and individual light/color measuring meters—not to mention about 200 Blu-rays and sundry AV equipment.

We use industry-backed and scientifically sound tests to determine things like a TV's HDR peak brightness of what percentage of the DCI-P3 color standard it achieves. We also watch an awful lot of Netflix. Our top priority is to discover what the consumer will actually experience at home—regardless of what the meters say.

I personally tested and reviewed almost every TV on this list myself, and for those I didn't, it was still tested via the methodology and human vision-related weighting metrics I designed in conjunction with Reviewed's staff scientists and tech experts.


Other Big Screen TVs Under $1,000 We Recommend

Okay, maybe $800 is too much for you. Maybe 55 inches isn't quite big enough. Not to worry, there are other great big screen TVs for under $1,000 out there. Check these out.


65-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

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65-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

If you've been following 2018's crop of TVs, you're probably aware of the TCL 6 Series. The 65-inch 6 Series, though it just barely makes the cut here at $999, is the best 65-inch TV you can get in that price range.

Offering 4K resolution, great HDR performance (though it's not as bright as the 2018 Vizio P-Series), 120 Hz refresh rates, and—maybe the strongest "extra feature" amongst 2018 TV extra features, built-in Roku—the 6 Series is almost the definition of 65-inch value. Read full review.

55-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

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55-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

This is the 55-inch version of the TCL 6 Series above.

It offers the same great picture quality and features as the 65-inch version, but costs quite a bit less ($650 versus $999). Read full review.

70-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

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70-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

Finally, let's get into some true big boys. The 70-inch E-Series can be found for under $1,000, and it's probably the best 70-inch TV you're going to find without spending way more money.

Like every year, Vizio's E-Series offers the latest TV tech—4K resolution, HDR compatibility, smart features, full-array local dimming—for prices that massively undercut the competition. You're not getting a fancy design (or 120 Hz refresh rates) here, but for what you're paying, this is still a great TV for most folks. Read the review.

65-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

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65-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

The next step down in the 2018 E-Series, the 65-inch is the size we actually tested.

It's got all the same fancy amenities of the big 70-inch model, it's just a little smaller (and, naturally, a little more affordable). Read the review.

55-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

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55-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

This is the 55-inch version of the 70-inch Vizio E-Series detailed above.

Once again, same spec set: 4K, HDR, 60 Hz, full-array local dimming. The 55-inch has less local dimming zones than the 70-inch, but all of the E-Series' zones are scaled to bolster picture quality similarly relative to screen size. Read the review.

65-inch Vizio M-Series (2018)

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65-inch Vizio M-Series (2018)

A step up from the E-Series in terms of brightness (specifically HDR benchmarks), the M-Series sits between that model and our top-rated P-Series.

While the M-Series isn't perfect, it does offer some very big TVs for much more affordable prices than a lot of the competition. You're still getting 4K resolution, HDR, smart features, and full-array local dimming, but still aren't getting 120 Hz. Read the review.

55-inch Vizio M-Series (2018)

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55-inch Vizio M-Series (2018)

This is the 55-inch version of the 65-inch M-Series detailed above.

This is the size we actually tested. We found benchmarks around 800 nits (compared to 600 on the E-Series, and 1,000+ on the TCL 6 Series and Vizio P-Series). Read the review.

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