The 9 Best 4K TVs to Buy in 2017 for Under $1,000

Take watching TV to a whole new level

When the 4K TV first went on sale in 2012, there were just two models on the market that exceeded 84 inches in size and were both over $20,000 in price. The introduction of four times the standard HD TV pixel count (3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080) helped produce a picture that was clearer and more beautiful than anything else available on the consumer market. Fast forward to 2017 and now every major television manufacturer produces 4K TV in all shapes, sizes and price tags. The good news is that you no longer have to break the bank to get a high quality TV. Here are our choices for the best 4K TVs under $1,000.

Upgrading from the 2016 model, the Sony X800E is a solid 4K smart TV with stellar picture quality. Colors are crisp and vivid, thanks to the Triluminos Display, which produces vast shades of reds, greens and blues. It also features Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, which Sony claims produces “brighter highlights, deeper blacks, and more natural tonal gradation.” One thing is for sure: You won’t be able to peel your eyes away from the picture.

While some TV buffs won’t settle for its 49-inch screen, it makes a great buy for someone who doesn’t prioritize size. It has a wide viewing angle and displays a wide range of colors with super smooth gradients. It also has a 60Hz native refresh rate, plus Motionflow XR, so it's a good pick for gamers. Smart functionality via Android TV gives you access to other neat features such as voice search in 42 languages and Google Cast, which lets you use your phone as a remote.

While its 49-inch size won’t please most large screen 4K lovers, the Sony XBR49X800D offers a great picture for its class that makes the price tag worth every penny. The Sony offers a premium spec and feature set, including High Dynamic Range that combines with 4K Ultra HD resolution for remarkable detail, color and contrast. The result is a lifelike experience that’s finely detailed and immerses you right into the frame. Despite its native refresh rate of only 60Hz, the Sony handles motion blur with a 13-millisecond response time and even has 24p content playback for movies and other video sources.

Design wise, this Sony continues its years of excellent-looking hardware and an ultra-thin bezel that’s perfect on a wall or standing on an entertainment center. Add in Android TV and Google search and you’ll find content across different services almost hassle-free. Additionally, Google Cast is included to help stream content directly from your smartphone or tablet right onto the television. Taking things even further is the smart home automation feature that allows the Sony TV to control lights, thermostats and security cameras through the separately purchased Logitech Harmony Hub.

Samsung’s 43-inch MU6300 strikes the perfect balance between price and performance. For around $550, you get a Smart 4K LED TV that’s not quite a show-stopper, but a decent appliance with good picture quality nonetheless. With vibrant colors, a great native contrast ratio and low input lag, it’s great for both both watching movies and recreational gaming. There’s also an Eco setting, which adjusts the brightness of the TV based on ambient lighting.

Reviewers on Amazon appreciate the quality of its built-in speakers and simplified remote with a built-in microphone for voice commands. The remote is certainly a departure from standard designs, which might take getting used to, but once you do, it’ll save you some hassle. On the downside, picture quality of the MU6300 degrades pretty quickly at an angle, but that’s not a terrible tradeoff for all the other advantages.

While TCL is still on its way to becoming a household name in the television world, the inclusion of Roku’s streaming platform right out of the box is a very good place to start. The 50-inch TCL 50UP130 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV won’t blow you out of your seat with image quality, but it still offers a good viewing experience for the price tag. Featuring TCL’s Creative Pro 4k UHD upscaling that allows any HD content to appear as near-4K quality, the 28-pound TCL also offers access to the complete Roku experience (there are more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes available through a personalized home screen).

The 3,000-streaming channel experience connects via WiFi alongside cable TV, gaming consoles and other devices. You can forget challenging and overpowering menus, the Roku integration puts all your favorites right at your fingertips. You can also use the Roku smartphone app for browsing and discovering new content on your device, as well as Roku’s P130 series simplified remote control with headphones for private listening.

The LeEco L55UCNN 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is supported by some of the best-sounding Harmon Kardon speakers available in a sub-$1000 4K television. With fluid motion control at 120Hz, motion blur is barely noticeable even during high-action sequences and full-motion sports broadcasts. The internal multi-core GPU and processor help push the LeEco to over 60fps for richness and clarity in gaming that’s a step above the competition.

At 44.5 pounds, the ultra-slim and premium design are paired with 32GB of flash storage for your favorite content and Android apps. Essentially, loading games faster with enough room for songs, movies or your own content is easy with the LeEco model. The focus on smart options continues with a simplified user interface or LeEco’s signature ecosystem user interface (eui) that offers a non-traditional menu navigation for discovering and experiencing movies, shows and TV channels like never before.

For less than $500, you can buy a 55-inch 4K smart TV that will meet nearly all of your viewing needs. This TCL LED TV pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with High Dynamic Range (HDR) to produce an intensely clear picture and has a 120Hz refresh rate to keep up with the action. Perhaps the best part? This TV has an intuitive user interface that even a toddler could navigate, putting your favorite shows and apps front and center. It also has several inputs, including three HDMI (one with ARC) and one USB.

Its remote has just 20 buttons, half that of a standard remote, including shortcut buttons to four popular apps: Netflix, Amazon Instant, Rdio and Vudu. You can also flip channels by downloading the mobile app and turning your phone into the clicker.

Featuring Sony’s High Dynamic Range and Triluminos technology, the company says this 43-inch display is “closer than ever” to real-world colors. With more red, green and blue than ever before, Sony’s take on authentic imagery does offer noticeably realistic colors. It offers all-star support for motion control specs, even if the native refresh rate is only 60Hz. Sony’s 13-millisecond response time and 24p content playback offer an excellent all-around experience that’s sure to please people placing this TV in small rooms (and even large rooms). Sony’s design weighs 34.7 pounds for easy wall mounting, and it has an included stand for use on top of a dresser or small entertainment center. Also included: “Smart TV” features such as Android TV, Google voice search and Google Cast.

Sony’s X850E 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV delivers an impressive picture quality, a user-friendly functionality and a modern design. On top of that, you’ll get some of the best viewing angles considering its price tag, which can’t be said of all other TVs on this list. Factor in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a Triluminos display with accurate color reproduction and you’ll suddenly be the house people invite themselves over to to watch the big game.

Like other Sony TVs, its Motionflow technology smooths over action scenes and intense sports plays. Meanwhile, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer pumps up highlights and deepens blacks. And thanks to an integration of Android TV, you’ll get apps from Google’s Play Store (YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and Hulu), Google Voice and Google Cast.

Samsung’s UN55KU7500 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV adds one new feature that the rest of the televisions on the list don’t have – a curved display. Although this immersive design is still catching on with shoppers, it offers a fantastic a sleek look and high picture quality. The usual Samsung feature set is included (UHD upscaling and a smart remote with navigational pad). There’s nothing particularly jaw-dropping about the motion control specs, but with 120Hz on board, you can expect immediate reduction in judder during action sequences and Sunday football.

The inclusion of UHD dimming technology offers optimized contrast and color making for a more lifelike image, and the Auto Depth Enhancer adds more depth to different parts of the display. Weighing 41.7 pounds, the Curved display isn’t any lighter than a more traditional “flat” screen, but the real draw here is how easily your eye moves back to the display from anywhere in the room, which makes for vastly improved viewing angles over more traditional TVs.


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