The 5 Best 4K TVs for Under $1,000 in 2019

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Most Popular: TCL 50S425 50" 4K Roku TV

If you’re on the hunt for a 4K smart television but don't want to spend a ton of cash, the TCL 50S425 offers a lot of the latest tech for a great price. Beyond the dazzling 4K resolution, added HDR and HDR10 help the screen pop with vibrant, true-to-life colors and image quality that rivals much more expensive TVs. The TCL is also a solid gaming screen with low input lag that keeps up with fast graphics. With three HDMI inputs on the rear along with a single USB port, it’s easy to connect third-party devices like consoles or additional streaming devices.

While the price may be the main attraction, the inclusion of the Roku interface is what seals the deal. Get on-screen access to all of your favorite streaming apps — that's more than 500,000 TV shows and movies at your fingertips. Search for new content using the included remote or the downloadable app, which lets you use your phone or tablet to control the TV. It also has voice control features, so you can skip navigating menus altogether and just ask it to play your show of choice.

Best Overall: Insignia NS-55DF710NA19 55" 4K Fire TV

The Insignia Fire TV wants to usher in a new era of smart televisions. Similar to its competitors, the Insignia Fire plays live TV and also includes access to all of your favorite streaming subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more. It also boasts remarkable picture quality, delivering striking images in 4K ultra-HD resolution with eight million pixels.

All televisions that boast a UHD label should deliver stunning visuals. But this Fire TV is the first Insignia-brand TV to also support HDR (high dynamic range), which generates even more vivid colors and deeper contrast than your average monitor. Additionally, the Insignia Fire comes with Amazon’s Alexa, essentially transforming your TV into a smart-home hub.

The Fire TV is available in a 43-, 50-, or 55-inch screen, and includes three HDMI inputs on the back of the unit for connecting all your third-party cable boxes or home theater systems. 

Best for Small Rooms: Toshiba 43" 4K Fire TV

With this Amazon-branded TV, you can have your 4K HDR TV and a happy wallet, too — so long as you don’t mind some persistent Amazon banner ads. In terms of streaming quality, you won't notice that the TV falls on the budget end: It packs two 10-watt speakers with DTS sound that can get loud without losing clarity, and Dolby Vision HDR produces rich color and deep contrasts. An accompanying remote gives you access to Alexa so you can control your shows or your Alexa-compatible smart home devices without lifting a finger.

Keep in mind that you’ll encounter many Amazon ads, including for merchandise, and slow loading times in the app store, which may come across as cluttered and difficult to navigate for apps, other than the most popular ones. (You’ll find favorites like Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and Spotify, along with Prime Video.)

Best Smart Features: Sony XBR49X900F 49" 4K Smart TV

Sony’s legendary televisions need little introduction. Models like the XBR49X900F 49 inch Ultra HD TV combine top-of-the-line picture quality with excellent smart TV functionality. Running Google’s Android TV platform, Sony stands out from the pack. With Chromecast built right into the hardware, it’s easy to beam content from your phone, tablet, or computer directly to the television. There are also tons of programs and apps available including Netflix and YouTube, as well as direct access to 4K movies and TV shows through Google Play. Sony has also added Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa capabilities for complete voice control.

A smart TV is only as good as the picture it puts out, and fortunately, that’s one of Sony’s strong suits. 4K programming looks amazing on the 49-inch display, and there’s terrific motion handling for sports and fast-moving action with a 120Hz refresh rate. The included HDR10 and Dolby Vision make for vivid, beautiful colors. Sony’s X-tended Dynamic Range also works to make dark scenes even darker and bright scenes brighter for more accurate color representation. 

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best smart TVs can help you find what you're looking for.

Best for Large Rooms: Vizio E70-F3 70" 4K Smart TV

Vizio E70-F3 E-Series 4K UHD TV

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Finding the right balance between size and quality, Vizio’s E-Series E70-F3 4K UHD TV is a great choice for larger rooms. What’s Vizio’s secret to a good picture? It starts with full-array local dimming (FALD) which gives you a strong contrast ratio (most noticeable when you’re watching it in a dark room). The viewing angles are good, too, which is critical when you’re considering placement in a large room with multiple seating options. Dolby Vision HDR is a 4K TV staple and only adds to the Vizio’s excellent colors and brightness levels. As an additional bonus, this TV has built-in Chromecast, which means you can stream what’s on your computer or mobile device directly to the TV.

Vizio’s all-black design doesn’t offer the same flare as more modern looking televisions, but at this size, you’re unlikely to focus on a few extra millimeters of bezel. It doesn’t take away from the TV’s overall value. Vizio also offers a downloadable application that doubles as a touch-screen remote.

What to Look for in a 4K TV Under $1,000

Image quality - It’s not difficult to guess that the most crucial aspect of a television is its picture quality, but it can be a bit challenging to purchase a TV and judge its image quality based on a website’s description. Look for technologies such as LED backlighting and HDR (high dynamic range), but check out the TV in a local shop first, if possible, before purchasing online.

Smart connectivity - Do you love watching online content such as YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu? Many televisions come with online video service apps built-in. If you don’t have an external media box such as an Apple TV, Fire TV, or Roku, you might want to keep an eye out for this feature.

Size - The bigger the television, the better—right? In many cases, you might want to grab the largest TV you can afford, but remember that it needs to fit in the space you are using it. Too large a television could also prove to be an uncomfortable viewing experience.