The 8 Best 1080p TVs to Buy in 2018

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TV manufacturers are moving full steam ahead to 4K, but you may not feel the need to make the jump into the new high-resolution standard. If you don’t plan on upgrading your Blu-ray player, game consoles, or streaming devices, you may do just as well to buy a Full HD (1080p) TV, especially if it can save you a few bucks in the process.

We’ll take a look at the best 1080p TVs still on the market, and go over what they give you in terms of screen technology, extra features, key input ports, size options, and more. You’ll be able to see what the big names like Samsung, LG, and Sony have to offer, as well as what the best picks are from smaller TV manufacturers that focus on keeping the price down.

As some manufacturers are really committing to 4K, though, don’t be surprised if some of these 1080p TVs are from earlier model years. If you find one you like, you may want to check to see if the series has been updated to 4K without a big bump in price. Or, you can just check out the best 4K TVs we’ve picked out.

Our Top Picks

Best from Samsung: Samsung UN50M5300

Samsung UNM5300 Series 1080p LED/LCD TV
Samsung UNM5300 Series 1080p LED/LCD TV. Image provided by Samsung

The Samsung UN50M5300 LED/LCD TV features a 50-inch size LED-edge-lit panel (supported by micro-dimming), 1080p native display resolution, and 60Hz screen refresh rate additionally supported Samsung's wide color enhancer for great looking images. All needed connectivity is provided (including two HDMI, one USB input, one shared component/composite video, and an RF connection) for you to access content from DVD, Blu-ray, and cable/satellite boxes, antenna, as well as flash drives.

Using either Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the UN50M5300 provides access to lots of popular Internet streaming channels such as Netflix, Hulu, and Your, as well as additional streaming services via Samsung's Smart Hub/Smart Apps. The UN49M5300 also provides apps that allow you to access photos, music, or video files stored on your PC or compatible media server.

For flexible installation, the M5300 can be table- or wall-mounted. It included center stand allows placement on top of a sound base and is also high enough to be used with a low-profile soundbar. If you are looking for a 1080p TV in a 50-inch screen size that offers up both good image quality and practical features, check out the Samsung UN50M5300.

Best from LG: LG 49LK5700PUA

LG 49LK5700PUA

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LG is another trusted brand when it comes to making an excellent TV. The LK5700PUA series is our top pick, and it comes in 43-inch and 49-inch models. We’ve considered the 49-inch model here. One thing that sets this Full HD TV apart from a lot of the competition is that LG advertises its support for HDR (specifically HDR10 and HLG), which is mostly seen on 4K Ultra HD TVs.

The LG 49LK5700PUA’s support for HDR and dynamic color will help you get a great image when you’re watching TV and movies. And, since this is a Smart TV running LG’s WebOS, you’ll have easy access to streaming content like that from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and more. If you have a Google Home or Amazon Alexa device, you’ll even be able to control your TV with them.

This TV has built-in Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port, two HDMI ports, and has one USB port. For audio, it has two 10W speakers and features simulated surround, though it can easily be set up with LG’s soundbars for an improved audio experience.

Best from Sony: Sony W650D

Sony’s W650D isn’t just a good-looker because it has a big, Full HD display. The design of the TV makes it worthy of its place in your living room or den. The Sony W650D comes in either a 40-inch or 48-inch model, and we’ll consider the larger version (Sony KDL-48W650D) here.

The Sony W650D has narrow bezels, a slim build, and a minimalistic stand, so the TV’s picture can really stand out. Plus, with cable routing on the back, you can even hide the various HDMI, USB, and other cables that will be running into the back of the TV. And, with two HDMI ports, two USB ports, an ethernet port, and more, you’ll probably want to take advantage of that cable routing.

Though it is a somewhat older model, with Sony focusing more on 4K, the W650D does have smart features, including support for streaming apps, screen mirror using Miracast, and built-in Wi-Fi. You can even plug a USB storage drive into the TV and use it as a digital recorder for your favorite shows.

Best from Vizio: Vizio D48f-F0

Vizio D48f-F0

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Vizio has a nice offering with the flat-panel TVs in its D-Series lineup. The D-Series runs all the way from 24-inch up to 70-inch TVs, including 4K models. For Full HD, we’ve selected the 48-inch D48f-F0, which blends a big screen with an affordable price.

Beyond its Full HD display, it uses Full-Array LED lighting to give you an evenly lit image and improved contrast. Any new TV worth its salt also comes with some form of smarts, and the Vizio D48f-F0 has it. Google Chromecast is built in, and SmartCast OS will let you watch content from your favorite streaming apps. Plus, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support will let you control your TV with your digital assistants.

This model includes three HDMI ports, one USB port, and multiple options for audio output. It has two 10W speakers and supports DTS StudioSurround audio. And despite being a budget pick, it even has thin bezels and the option for mounting it on a wall, leaving you with far more screen to look at than anything else.

Best from TCL: TCL 49S305

TCL is another brand putting a lot of effort into turning out high-value TVs, and that’s seen clearly in the 3 Series of Smart TVs, which range from 28 inches to 49 inches in size. We’ve picked out the large TCL 49S305 for consideration.

The 49-inch TCL 49S305 is a Roku Smart TV, which means that without adding on extra hardware, you’ll be able to use a wireless Internet connection to stream video from a huge selection of Roku’s supported streaming channels, including popular ones such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and a whole lot more. With dual-band Wi-Fi, you can count on a fast and steady wireless connection for your streaming as well.

You’ll also be able to use a compatible smartphone as the TV's remote control​ and can plug headphones into the phone for a private listening experience. The TCL 49S305 has three HDMI ports, and one USB port for video input options. This model has thin bezels, low-profile legs, and the option to mount it on a wall using a standardized VESA mount.

Best from Hisense: Hisense 40H5080E

Hisense is another budget TV maker, and the cost in savings are showing up in its latest line of H5 series TVs. Our pick right now is the 40-inch Hisense 40H5080E, though the series ranges from 32 inches to 50 inches. These are Full HD Smart TVs, supporting streaming channels such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, and more.

This flat panel TV includes two 7W speakers and has built-in dual-band Wi-Fi. On top of a screen that’s just 3.4 inches thick, the 40H5080E model weighs under 16 pounds. That will make it much easier to set up at your house without help, and especially easy if you plan to mount it to a wall using the VESA mount support.

You’ll be able to connect the Hisense 40H5080E to plenty of devices with three HDMI ports and one USB port, though the Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connections might keep you from even needing to. As a bonus, since this one is a bit smaller than a lot of the other picks, its price is also fairly low.

1080p Projector: Epson Home Cinema 1060 projector

You don’t have to get an actual TV to get the 1080p TV experience. In fact, if you’re limited on space or don’t feel like having a giant TV as the centerpiece of your living room, but you still want to have a big, Full HD screen experience from time to time, a 1080p projector can be a great substitute to a 1080p TV. We’ve picked the Epson Home Cinema 1060 projector to fit that bill.

While it’s much smaller and lighter than many Full HD TVs, this Epson projector can readily offer a substantially bigger viewing experience, giving you up to a 120-inch image when positioned just nine feet from the projection surface, or an 80-inch image from six feet away. If you have the space, you can even get a 300-inch image without having to sacrifice that much space when you’re not watching.

The Epson Home Cinema 1060 projector has two HDMI ports for connecting a streaming device, Blu-ray player, or even a gaming console. Or, you can connect your satellite or cable box using the MHL connection. Plus, with built-in speakers, you don’t even need to worry about an external audio setup. While a TV might be great, a projector can offer a whole new level of viewing experience.

Best 4K TV priced Like a Full HD TV: TCL 49S405

There’s really getting to be little reason to shy away from the newer 4K panels, with budget manufacturers making large 4K TVs at prices that can compete with 1080p screens. We’ve picked one out that falls into the price range of these competing 1080p TVs so you can see what the options are and decide for yourself whether you still want to stick with Full HD. Our pick is the TCL 49S405.

This 49-inch model offers a large screen, Roku Smart TV features so you can stream quality content from popular streaming channels, and most importantly, it serves up a 4K HDR display. This means you’ll get crisp imagery with high-quality colors and a high contrast ratio. That translates to a good picture for TV shows, movies, and video games alike.

This model remains thin, includes three HMDI ports, one USB port, and has both Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi connections. If you like watching sports, you may also enjoy the 120Hz refresh rate that can smooth out the fast action. While some of the features may seem like more than you need, when you see the price and compare it to a similarly sized 1080p TV, you may not see much reason to skip out on 4K.


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