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The Vizio V-Series displaying 4K content in a living room setting Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Best Big Screen TVs Under $1,000 of 2022

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The Vizio V-Series displaying 4K content in a living room setting Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

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Editor's Choice Product image of Vizio M70Q6-J03
Best Overall

Vizio M70Q6-J03

The Vizio M-Series is a great mid-range 4K TV if all you're looking for is solid performance and a handful of extra features. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent color
  • Future-facing gaming features

Cons

  • Doesn't get very bright
  • Smart platform is limited
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Editor's Choice Product image of TCL 65S535

TCL 65S535

The TCL 5-Series is a dependable TV across all types of content, though it's not as bright as one might expect given its inclusion of quantum dots. Still, the TV's sensational price and built-in Roku smart platform will satisfy most bargain hunters. Read More

Pros

  • Dependable performance
  • Built-in Roku smart platform
  • Sensational value

Cons

  • Doesn't get very bright
  • Limited viewing angles
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Editor's Choice Product image of Hisense 65U8G

Hisense 65U8G

The Hisense U8G is one of the best TVs Hisense has ever made, thanks to its incredibly bright picture, an array of future-facing features, and a price tag that emphasizes value. Read More

Pros

  • Incredibly bright
  • Excellent color
  • Future-facing features

Cons

  • Light bloom during off-angle viewing
  • So-so smart platform
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Samsung UN75AU8000FXZA

If you’re a Samsung loyalist who’s after an affordable 4K TV with a decent smart platform, this is the TV for you. But it comes with some compromises. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent black levels
  • Attractive design
  • Reliable smart platform

Cons

  • Not bright enough for HDR
  • No local dimming
  • Motion judder
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Editor's Choice Product image of TCL 55R635

TCL 55R635

The TCL 6-Series is one of the most value-packed TVs, offering a bright, colorful picture, a built-in smart platform, and a host of gaming-centric features. Read More

Pros

  • Quantum-dot brightness and color
  • Built-in Roku
  • Great choice for next-gen gaming

Cons

  • Garden-variety design
  • Lackluster internal speakers

It used to be that a 50-inch TV was considered huge. These days, the average living-room TV size—in America, anyway—is closer to 55 inches. As big TVs continue to get more affordable, the average TV size just keeps going up. In other words, it's easier than ever to land a really big TV without spending oodles of cash.

Case in point? Our favorite big screen TV under a grand, the 70-inch Vizio M-Series (available at Amazon). What the M-Series lacks in bells and whistles it makes up for in its sensationally low price. It’s a great 4K smart TV for folks who covet a big screen but don’t want to spend too much for the privilege. Whatever your style and preferred size, here are some of the best big-screen TVs you can get for under $1,000.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

The Vizio M-Series MQ6 displaying 4K/HDR content in a living room setting
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The Vizio M-Series is our pick for the best big screen TV under $1,000.

Best Overall
Vizio M-Series

The Vizio M-Series (MQ6) is an impressive mid-range TV with a solid larder of useful features and enhancements. It’s a great choice for people who are shopping on a budget but still want to get some extras included in the deal, and it comes in some mondo sizes, such as the 70-inch model we've chosen for this list.

This particular variant of the Vizio M-Series—dubbed the MQ6—features a quantum dot display, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support (including Dolby Vision), Auto Low-Latency Mode, Variable Refresh Rate, and Vizio’s Chromecast-based smart platform, Smartcast, which allows you to stream directly from the TV or "cast" content from your phone over Wi-Fi.

Although the M-Series doesn’t get nearly as bright as some pricier options, its picture is reliably bright in normal lighting, especially dimmer rooms. While you'll have to look elsewhere for truly impressive HDR performance that really pops with added brightness, you'll also have to spend a heckuva lot more money.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the M-Series is its out-of-the-box color calibration. In Vizio’s “Calibrated” picture mode, colors on the M-Series are rich and true-to-life—no doubt a benefit of the TV’s quantum dots, tiny crystals designed to enhance color when lit up by the TV's LED backlight.

The inclusion of Auto Low-Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate makes the M-Series a great choice for gamers, provided you’re okay settling for a native refresh rate of 60Hz (a maximum of 60 fps for gaming).

The Vizio M-Series is a great value given its cost, performance, and feature set. As long as you’re not planning on putting your new TV in a brightly lit room, the 70-inch M-Series offers impressive 4K performance, a handful of useful features to hang your hat on, and a screen big enough to bring some movie theater atmosphere to your living room.

Pros

  • Excellent color

  • Future-facing gaming features

Cons

  • Doesn't get very bright

  • Smart platform is limited

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TCL 5-Series

The 65-inch TCL 5-Series isn’t the most robust 4K TV on the shelf, but what it lacks in performance it makes up for in value: This is a budget-friendly quantum dot TV, with commendable picture quality, that won’t break the bank.

While not nearly as bright and colorful as the rest of the mid-range and high-end QLED TVs we reviewed this year, the TCL 5-Series is nevertheless brighter and more colorful than most of the slightly cheaper, entry-level TVs that occupy the same store shelf. And at this price point, it’s a steal of a deal that most bargain shoppers will appreciate.

Its motion handling and viewing angles aren’t particularly impressive, and it won’t net you any up-and-coming gaming features like VRR and ALLM, but the 5-Series is a better performer than you might expect given its price. Plus, being a Roku TV, it features a terrific, easy-to-use smart platform built right in.

If you’re looking for a bargain but you want to avoid scraping the bottom of the barrel for the cheapest possible TV, the 65-inch TCL 5-Series is worth the minor price hike over the lowest-tier options. It's an especially great TV for folks who are upgrading to 4K for the first time.

Pros

  • Dependable performance

  • Built-in Roku smart platform

  • Sensational value

Cons

  • Doesn't get very bright

  • Limited viewing angles

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Hisense U8G

The U8G is one of the best TVs Hisense has ever released. It blends top-shelf performance and future-facing features at a far friendlier price than most of its direct competitors. If you’re in the market for a premium gaming TV but blush at some of the prices, the U8G might be the perfect compromise.

The U8G is a hardware heavyweight. It’s equipped with full-array local dimming, quantum dots, and HDMI 2.1 ports. It also supports 4K/120Hz gaming, Auto Low-Latency Mode, and Variable Refresh Rate. That makes it great for folks who own (or plan on buying) an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5.

It’s one of the brightest TVs we’ve ever tested, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is incredible. SDR content (cable TV and most streaming) looks terrific on the U8G. But HDR content like 4K Blu-rays and movies mastered for Dolby Vision) is its bread and butter.

Simply put, if you want your next TV to showcase all that HDR has to offer, the U8G is one of your best options, even a year after its release. The 65-inch version can be yours for under a thousand bucks.

Pros

  • Incredibly bright

  • Excellent color

  • Future-facing features

Cons

  • Light bloom during off-angle viewing

  • So-so smart platform

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Samsung UN75AU8000FXZA

A 75-inch 4K TV for under $1,000—sound good enough? Samsung’s got that. The AU8000 LED TV features deep, steady black levels, a handsome design, and a smart platform that’s flexible and easy enough for folks who are upgrading to a 4K smart TV for the first time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get bright and colorful enough for even halfway-decent HDR, and its panel lacks any sort of dimming software, which impacts screen uniformity in a pretty bad way.

If you’re a Samsung brand loyalist who’s after an affordable 4K TV with a decent smart platform, this is the TV for you. That said, if you don’t mind spending up a bit to get more bang for your buck, there are a handful of competitively priced TVs out there that offer a lot of bang for a very reasonable amount of buck, and I highly recommend checking them out.

Pros

  • Excellent black levels

  • Attractive design

  • Reliable smart platform

Cons

  • Not bright enough for HDR

  • No local dimming

  • Motion judder

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TCL 6-Series with Roku

Packed with a robust array of gaming features and picture quality that punches well above its weight, the 2020 TCL 6-Series (available in 55-, 65-, and 75-inch variants) is a great value pick. The 6-Series performs better than just about every TV in its price range, making it perfect for folks looking to maximize their dollar.

The TCL 6-Series produces a bright, colorful 4K picture for both SDR and HDR content, thanks in part to the TV’s quantum dots. Our lab testing consistently clocked the 6-Series at around 800-900 nits of brightness while receiving an HDR signal. This makes it a great option for rooms with a fair amount of ambient light. The inclusion of quantum dots also makes for rich, well-saturated colors, particularly for HDR content.

Gamers will be thrilled with the 6-Series’ native 120Hz refresh rate (up to 1440p at 120Hz). They’ll also love the addition of “THX Certified Game Mode.” This is a suite of enhancements that includes VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) support and ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode) to adjust to gaming frame rates.

Being a Roku TV, the TCL 6-Series comes equipped with our favorite streaming platform right out of the box. Its software is sleek, easy to use, and offers access to a vast library of apps.

The TCL 6-Series isn’t as impressive as the top TVs on our list. Still, its performance and features are highly commendable given its price tag. In short, it’s one of the best deals in the industry at the moment.

Pros

  • Quantum-dot brightness and color

  • Built-in Roku

  • Great choice for next-gen gaming

Cons

  • Garden-variety design

  • Lackluster internal speakers

What You Should Know About Buying a Television

While everyone has different eyes, generally, our vision all functions the same way: we prioritize dynamic information and bright, compelling colors over subtler hues and resolution (sharpness). Generally, a TV can be considered a good TV when we forget that we're watching a TV. We don't see pixels creating mixes of red, green, and blue to simulate colors; we see the real world, lit and colored as it is, in fluid motion.

In simpler terms, this means a TV that can get very bright and dark without obscuring details; produces accurate colors (compared to various color standards designated by the International Telecommunication Union); possesses proper bit-mapping and the right codecs and decoders for video processing; and can properly play the various types of content thrown at it without judder, blurring, and so on.

Note that specs alone (pixel count, measured brightness) aren't automatic indicators of quality, much like intense speed is not automatically an indicator of a good car.

What TV Terms Do I Need To Know?

When it comes to knowing what you're paying for, almost no category is rifer with subterfuge and tomfoolery than TVs. While knowing the specs of the TV you're shopping for is only half the battle, it's the bigger half. Here are the key bits of jargon you'll want to know while browsing:

LED/LCD: This refers to Light Emitting Diode and Liquid Crystal Display. LEDs are the backlights used in LCD TVs, also sometimes called a LED TV for this reason. The LED backlight shines through a layer of a semi-solid substance called "liquid crystal," so named for its ability to morph in reaction to tiny electrical volts and allow light to pass through.

OLED: This means Organic Light Emitting Diode. This is an altogether different panel technology than LED/LCD. Rather than an LED backlight element shining through an LCD panel element, OLED TVs essentially combine the backlight and crystal array, using sub-pixel strata that produce light and color individually.

4K/UHD: Usually 4K refers to resolution—specifically, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. This is the current standard/mainstream resolution for most TVs. UHD means Ultra High Definition, and actually refers to a suite of picture improvements like 4K resolution and Wide Color Gamut, which can display many more shades than HD TVs.

High Dynamic Range: Like "UHD," High Dynamic Range (or HDR) refers to both a type of TV and a type of content that expands on the typical range of brightness (luminance) and color that a TV will produce. HDR TVs are newer and usually a bit more expensive, but can have many times the brightness and 30% more color production than non-HDR TVs. Current top HDR formats include HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.

60Hz/120Hz: These numbers refer to what is called a "refresh rate," with Hz (hertz) representing "times per second." So if a TV's refresh rate is 60Hz, this means it re-scans and updates for picture information 60 times per second; with 120Hz, it's 120 times per second. Currently, TVs only come in 60 or 120Hz. A higher refresh rate is always better, but not always necessary.

Smart TV: The term "smart TV" has evolved a lot over the years, but all it really means is that the TV connects to the internet. Most smart TVs these days are just a way to watch streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video on your TV. Some smart TVs have browsers, calendars, or even Roku or Android functions. All smart TVs have ethernet or WiFi built-in.

Quantum Dots: Quantum dots are used in LED/LCD TVs only. These are microscopic nanocrystals that produce intensely colored light when illuminated. Quantum dots can be used to vastly improve the red and green saturation of a TV, and are one way that LED/LCD TVs can match the color spectrum of OLED.

Local Dimming: OLED panels look great because each pixel can operate independently. LED/LCD TVs can imitate this functioning via a process called local dimming, where localized clusters of LEDs dim or boost depending on whether the screen needs to be darker or brighter, sometimes vastly improving their performance and worth.

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Michael Desjardin

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Michael Desjardin graduated from Emerson College after having studied media production and screenwriting. He specializes in tech for Reviewed, but also loves film criticism, weird ambient music, cooking, and food in general.

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Lee Neikirk

Lee Neikirk

Editor, Home Theater

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Lee has been Reviewed's point person for most television and home theater products since 2012. Lee received Level II certification in TV calibration from the Imaging Science Foundation in 2013. As Editor of the Home Theater vertical, Lee oversees reviews of TVs, monitors, soundbars, and Bluetooth speakers. He also reviews headphones, and has a background in music performance.

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John Higgins

John Higgins

Editor, Electronics & Audio/Video

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John is the A/V Editor for Reviewed. He is an ISF Level III-certified calibrator with bylines at ProjectorCentral, Wirecutter, IGN, Home Theater Review, T3, Sound & Vision, and Home Theater Magazine. When away from the Reviewed office, he is a sound editor for film and musician, and loves to play games with his son.

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Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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