The 10 Best 4K TVs Under $1000

Updated April 04, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. If you're looking for a 4K viewing experience, but you aren't exactly in the Scrooge McDuck income bracket, check out these ultra HD TVs priced at under $1,000. They deliver stunning picture quality and intuitive features, without requiring a second mortgage on your home, so you can finally invite your friends over for movie night. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 4k tv under $1000 on Amazon.

10. LG SJ8500

The LG SJ8500 is a suitable choice for high-speed programming, such as live sports or action movies, and it's a good way to show off the graphics of HDR-ready Blu-rays or video games, although its low contrast ratio isn't ideal for some home theater applications.
  • wider-than-average viewing angle
  • super-low response time
  • rather poor and inconsistent blacks
Brand LG
Model 55SJ8500
Weight 43 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Vizio E50

This older-model Vizio E50 is a worthwhile marriage of picture and price, offering over 4 diagonal feet of bright whites and darker-than-average blacks, making for a better movie-watching experience than most options at around the same cost.
  • beats many others in viewing tests
  • displays only standard dynamic range
  • has a lot of motion blur
Model E50-E3
Weight 34 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. TCL S405

Highly functional, integrated streaming apps make the TCL S405 the perfect all-in-one solution for the home on a tight budget, as it delivers HD content straight from the web without any additional hardware or network setup.
  • uses dual-band mu-mimo wireless-ac
  • one of the most affordable choices
  • not particularly bright
Brand TCL
Model 49S405
Weight 34 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Samsung MU7500

The signature curve of the Samsung MU7500 helps to maximize your home theater experience, while providing the bold colors and ultra-fast response time for which the company is known, along with enough brightness to support HDR 10 video.
  • uniform grays and blacks
  • attractive even when turned off
  • poor viewing angle
Brand Samsung
Model UN55MU7500FXZA
Weight 57 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Samsung NU8000

The newest in a popular line of cutting-edge TVs, the Samsung NU8000 offers incredibly immersive visuals, with inky blacks, ultra-sharp contrast, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and an impressive 500 sustained nits providing an excellent dynamic range.
  • fantastic for video gaming
  • makes the very most of hdr sources
  • 49-inch model is just under a grand
Brand Samsung
Model UN49NU8000FXZA
Weight 45.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. Hisense H6

The Hisense H6 is about the cheapest way to upgrade to 4K video, and it offers a surprisingly good viewing experience for such a low price, including smooth Motion Rate 120 processing, and deceptively high-quality dbx-tv sound.
  • upscales older content to 4k
  • great companion to a gaming console
  • limited to 60 hz native refresh rate
Brand Hisense
Model 55DU6500
Weight 49.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Sony X900E

The Sony X900E is one of the best-looking options you'll find, as it's brighter, has deeper blacks, and eliminates motion blur better than most of the competition. However, its great performance comes in at the very top of the price range.
  • ideal for almost any use
  • huge selection of ports
  • slim sub-one-inch bezel
Brand Sony
Model XBR55X900E
Weight 53 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. TCL C Series

Less than three inches at its thickest point, the TCL C Series is among the thinnest five-foot-plus displays you can hang on your wall, and its easy-to-use, built-in streaming apps help take full advantage of its UHD resolution.
  • affordable 55- and 65-in models
  • true 120 hz refresh rate
  • reliable smart connectivity
Brand TCL
Model 65C807
Weight 77.4 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. Vizio M Series

The latest Vizio M Series offers clarity and contrast nearly on a par with the most expensive models, able to display peaks of 750 nits, while its full-array backlight improves color for both standard and high-dynamic-range content.
  • exceptional contrast ratio
  • dolby vision compatible
  • mid-range price point
Model M50-E1
Weight 30.9 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Samsung Q6F

For the best possible picture, look to the Samsung Q6F, the only way to get the proprietary QLED panel that's so well known for its industry-leading contrast levels, smooth motion, minimal blur, and impressively deep blacks.
  • great in dim or bright surroundings
  • stronger hdr support than the rest
  • sleek and high-end appearance
Brand Samsung
Weight 44.3 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

What Exactly Is 4K?

Whether you're watching vlogs on YouTube, streaming TV shows on Netflix, enjoying your Blu-ray collection, or recording home videos with a camcorder, 1080p has been the go-to standard for high definition among videophiles worldwide for the better part of a decade. Now, thanks to a veritable quantum leap from 1080p to video four times the resolution, high definition (HD) is stepping aside to make room for ultra high definition (UHD) and its slightly more sophisticated counterpart, 4K.

Although the two terms, UHD and 4K, have become synonymous over the years, UHD remains the highest resolution currently available for household use. With a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, UHD displays do not, in fact, exceed the 4,000 horizontal pixels that 4K displays do with a resolution of 4,096 x 2,160. Despite being four times the resolution of a 1080p display, and despite being marketed as 4K, UHD falls just shy of true 4K.

Rather than constantly remind people that UHD and 4K are separated by 256 horizontal pixels for each of the 2,160 vertical pixels (a difference of a mere 552,960 pixels in total), manufacturers decided it's easier to market their products as "4K UHD", instead. Which begs the question: If you're going to lump the two terms together, why not manufacture the display with the higher resolution? One word: broadcasting.

So long as the standard aspect ratio for television broadcasting worldwide remains 16:9, or 1.78:1, manufacturers will continue to meet that standard, even if it means sacrificing over half a million pixels in the process. This is because most consumers, even avid movie buffs, watch more television programming on average than they do feature films. Not only that, but due to director and studio preferences, the aspect ratios of feature films are ever-changing, from 1.89:1 to 2.76:1. As a result, the black bars we see at the top and the bottom of the screen are unavoidable regardless of whether or not its aspect ratio meets U.S. broadcasting standards or Quentin Tarantino's standards.

At the end of the day, most people watch more TV than anything else, and there's no sense suffering with the blacks bars at the top and bottom more often than not when Hollywood, much less the entire global film industry, continues to set no universal standard aspect ratio that manufacturers can meet.

How Do I Upscale My Movie Collection?

Imagine you have a single slice of bread and you want to make a triple-decker sandwich. You'd have to cut that single slice in four and what you'd get would be a very small but very tall half-sandwich. Now imagine you have a device that can clone your slice of bread three times. One slice becomes four and now you have enough to make a genuine triple-decker.

This is what HD upscaling does.

Rather than try to force one pixel to do what four pixels can, 4K UHD TVs have built-in HD upscaling engines that produce additional pixels based on the pixels that surround them. One gray pixel flanked by black and white pixels becomes four gray pixels, each one darker or lighter than the next depending on its proximity to the black or white surrounding the original.

Not only that, but HD upscaling also sharpens the edges where light and shadow meet in order to maintain, or in some cases enhance, the depth of the original image.

However, a 1080p image upscaled to 4K UHD is still the same 1080p image. It's just bigger. HD upscaling does not add or reveal any new or previously unseen content. It simply allows you to view HD content on a 4K UHD screen without having to stare at a thick, black frame the whole time and without the image looking grainy as if each pixel is four times bigger than it should be.

Where Can I Find 4K Content?

While being able to enhance HD TV on the fly is most certainly a welcome bonus, the real reason behind owning a massive 50" 4K TV is so you can watch original 4K content in all its eye-popping glory.

Unfortunately, as with most new media technology, 4K TVs are still in a state of limbo, a kind of tech-gadget catch-22: because there's limited content, there's limited demand, and because there's limited demand, there's limited content. And round and round we go until manufacturers phase out older models and force everyone to buy 4K, or certain media moguls produce content despite having a limited audience.

However, thanks to media alternatives, by which I mean alternative to Hollywood and MSNBC, there is actually quite a bit more 4K content than one might expect.

Showing no signs of ever slowing down and with full intent to remain in the lead, both Netflix and Amazon are not only streaming, but producing original series in 4K resolution. And both companies' current libraries of 4K feature-length films are only going to get larger by the month.

For those not interested in big-budget TV shows, YouTube allows for 4K streaming. And with 4K becoming a growing trending in both the photography and cinematography communities, you can create and upload your own 4K content, assuming you have all the right equipment, of course.

Lastly, 4K gaming is quickly becoming reasonably affordable. While the number of games designed to support 4K resolution is limited, you can definitely expect to see more and more as the prices of leading graphics cards drop.

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Last updated on April 04, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

A traveling chef, musician, and student of the English language, Chris can be found promoting facts and perfect copy around the globe, from dense urban centers to remote mountaintops. In his free time he revels in dispelling pseudoscience, while at night he dreams of modern technology, world peace, and the Oxford comma.

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