Best TVs under £1000: 4K, HDR and budget TVs

Best TVs under £1000 Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s guide to the best TVs under £1000 that you can buy in 2019.

After somewhere to live and a car, a TV could be one of the biggest purchases of your life. And seeing as you'll be stuck with it for at least a few years, you don't want to make the wrong decision.

That's where we come in. We've previously rounded up the best TVs money can buy, as well as the best options at 55 inch and 65 inch sizes, small TVs, plus our pick of the best Samsung TVs and LG TVs. Now it's the turn of TVs under £1000.

There's plenty to choose from. Whether you want a big screen TV, smaller model for a second room, or just want a good all-rounder, there's something for you.

When buying, look out for which formats of HDR your set supports. Extras like Ambilight (which projects screen-matching lights onto the wall behind the TV, making it more immersive) are a real plus, as are plenty of HDMI sockets to plug in all your sources (set-top box, games console, Blu-ray player etc).

The TVs below are a varied bunch, but they've all got one thing in common: they all come recommended after extensive use in our testing room. So which is right for you? Let's find out...

Best TVs under £1000: 4K, HDR, big screen and budget options

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1. Panasonic TX-50GX800B

Dolby Vision meets HDR10+ in a very appealing package.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 70.8 x 112 x 23.6cm

Reasons to Buy
HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
Natural images
Tons of detail
Reasons to Avoid
Narrow viewing angles
Could be punchier
So-so audio

This set offers both of the main HDR formats (HDR10+ and Dolby Vision) and yet costs under £800. That's phenomenal value, especially considering sets twice that price can't match its HDR skillset. Design-wise, we like the cut of its jib - it's almost as slim as an OLED, which is again very impressive given its price. The picture is no slouch either, proving wonderfully natural and balanced, with colour accuracy a particular highlight. The best TV for under £800, bar none.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-50GX800B

Best TVs under £1000: 4K, HDR, big screen and budget options

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2. Philips 50PUS6703

Plenty of pop and punch are the order of the day for this 50 incher.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 69.5 x 112.8 x 23.1cm

Reasons to Buy
Image pops
Brilliant detail
Healthy app selection
Reasons to Avoid
Boring UI
Dull remote
Tricky set up

At £600, this TV was great value for money. Now it's dropped to £330, it's an obscenely good bargain.  A 50-inch 4K HDR set with Ambilight thrown in? Yes please. While you might have to work to get the best possible image - those menus don't make it easy - it's definitely time well spent. The picture has the kind of pop and punch that makes viewing a joy, but skin tones remain natural-looking throughout. There's also an impressive amount of detail on show, bringing bags of texture to play. Buy it now.

Read the full review: Philips 50PUS6703

Best TVs under £1000: 4K, HDR, big screen and budget options

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3. Philips 43PUS6703

It might be small, but this 43 incher has it where it counts.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 60.5 x 97.1 x 21.3cm

Reasons to Buy
Natural images
Ambilight
Healthy app roster
Reasons to Avoid
HDR could be stronger
Fiddly to use
Issues with motion

At 43 inches, this telly is on the smaller side. It feels a little plasticky, but then for less than £400 we can't really complain. But it has Ambilight onboard to draw you into the picture, which is a real boon at this price. There are plenty of apps to choose from, including all of the big hitters, and the HDR picture is natural, with well balanced colours, sharp edges and plenty of depth. And while there's not a huge amount of detail in the darker parts of the picture, black levels are certainly impressive. Bargain hunters, look no further.

Read the full review: Philips 43PUS6703

Best TVs under £1000: 4K, HDR, big screen and budget options

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4. Philips 55POS9002

A stellar OLED panel with the added extra of Ambilight.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 76.8 x 123 x 22.8cm

Reasons to Buy
Amazing HDR
Very good sound
Ambilight
Reasons to Avoid
Major apps missing
Bettered for motion

A thousand pounds off is nothing to be sniffed at, and that's exactly what you'll get if you buy this set - it's currently available for half its original £2,000 asking price. Ker-ching. So what does your grand get you? Not only does this 55-inch OLED have HDR, it also boasts Philips' Ambilight technology to make the picture more immersive. It all adds up to a stunning viewing experience - characters pop from the screen, colours are lush and vibrant and the contrast shows a yawning gulf between the light and dark parts of the picture. In a word, amazing.

Read the full review: Philips 55POS9002

Best TVs under £1000: 4K, HDR, big screen and budget options

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5. Hisense H43AE6100UK

Very cheap, very cheerful and a very good option for those on a tight budget.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 60.8 x 97 x 21.3cm

Reasons to Buy
Amazing price
Good feature set
Lots of detail
Reasons to Avoid
Weak HDR
Lacklustre blacks
Tinny sound

4K and HDR for a little over £300? Where do we sign? Admittedly this isn't the sleekest of sets design-wise, but given the price we're not complaining. And the HDR performance isn't going to win any awards. But the colours are decent, there's a good amount of detail and the sharpness isn't half bad either. Plus the motion processing can hold its own with far pricier TVs. Most crucially, the price is right. If that's your main consideration, this is a very good proposition indeed.

Read the full review: Hisense H43AE6100UK

Best TVs under £1000: 4K, HDR, big screen and budget options

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6. Hisense H65AE6100UK

Big screen on a budget.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 91.6 x 146 x 31.1cm

Reasons to Buy
Supports 4K and HDR
Cheap
Good detail
Reasons to Avoid
Blacks lacking
Picture could use more punch

This TV is proof that a big screen doesn't have to mean big budget. Its 65-inch size will be more than enough for most, as will its app selection: Amazon and Netflix come complete with their HDR skills intact, plus it supports Freeview Play, and the HLG and HDR 10 formats of HDR. As you'd expect at this price, the picture quality doesn't set any new standards, but it's mighty impressive all the same: colours are rich, contrast is stark, and the picture is generally pretty stable and steady. For this money, that's no mean feat.

Read the full review: Hisense H65AE6100UK