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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 a house 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. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, it's a good time to be keeping an eye out for bargains. 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 HDR formats your set supports. Extras such as 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 and budget TVs

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1. Sony KD-49XG9005

Sony’s effort has been rewarded – this is the best 49in TV we've tested.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 70 x 109 x 27.4 cm

Reasons to Buy

Crisp and punchy picture
Brilliant colours
Excellent motion
Solid sound

Reasons to Avoid

Blacks could be deeper

The Sony KD-49XG9005 has recently had a discount that brings it just below £1000, and means it can go straight in at the top of this list.

Brilliantly balanced, natural colours, lots of detail and super-sharp edges combine to deliver a picture that's both authentic and enticing, not to mention consistent across all sources. And it requires almost no tweaking to get the TV performing at its best.

The Android TV operating system, while still a bit behind the Samsung and LG alternatives, is steadily improving and boasts all of the apps you're likely to need. Sony has also added YouView to ensure all of the usual UK catch-up services are on board.

Read the full Sony KD-49XG9005 review

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

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2. Samsung UE43RU7470

The best 'small' TV around right now - and it's great value

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDMI inputs: 3 | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 56 x 97 x 5.8cm

Reasons to Buy

Budget price
Excellent 1080p upscaling
Impressive HDR performance

Reasons to Avoid

Panel could be brighter

The Samsung UE43RU7470 seems like impossibly good value. It ticks all the right tech boxes – 4K, HDR (including HDR10+), and peerless selection of streaming apps that includes the brilliant Apple TV and arguably the best user experience in the business. All of this wrapped up into a lifestyle-friendly 43 inches and with a wallet-friendly price.

To top it all off, the performance is excellent. A more premium (and therefore almost certainly bigger) TV will go even brighter than this, but the RU7470 is punchy in its own right and takes a much more sophisticated and subtle approach to colours and definition than you might expect. All told, it's a lovely TV to watch and to live with.

It’s worth noting that UE43RU7470 is a Currys exclusive, but that Samsung says its performance is identical to that of the UE43RU7400 and UE43RU7410, with the only differences between the three models being aesthetics. Having not tested all variants we can't vouch for that, but there's little reason to doubt Samsung's claim.

Read the full review: Samsung UE43RU7470

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

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3. Panasonic TX-58GX800B

A big, budget TV with excellent features and an impressive, natural picture performance. What’s not to like?

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDMI inputs: 3 | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 76 x 130 x 6.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Detailed, subtle and natural
HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
Superb value

Reasons to Avoid

Rivals go brighter
Imperfect viewing angles
Average sound

Looking to go big for relatively little money? Then you simply have to check out the TX-58GX800B. The 50in version of this TV is already good value, but for just a little extra cash you can add an extra 8in of screen, turning an engaging viewing experience into something really cinematic.

Not that size and price are the only things that this Panasonic has going for it. It also boasts both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, an operating system that looks a bit basic but is very simple to use and contains all of the vital apps, and a performance that's effortlessly natural and detailed.

The viewing angles aren't amazing and you really need to add a soundbar to get an audio performance worthy of the picture, but for the money this is an absolute belter.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-58GX800B

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

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4. Samsung UE49RU8000

The Samsung RU8000 is an excellent performance-per-pound proposition

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDMI inputs: 4 | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 64 x 110 x 5.9cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliantly sharp and detailed
Nicely balanced colours
Intuitive OS packed with apps

Reasons to Avoid

Could go blacker
More premium models go brighter

The Samsung UE49RU8000 is an example of the mid-range at its very best. This is a TV that offers most of the performance of the company’s excellent flagship 49in set with a significant discount. It is, in other words, a great buy.

In many ways, it has the look and connectivity of a flagship TV, with four HDMIs (one of which is ARC-enabled), two USBs, an optical output, aerial and satellite inputs, and an ethernet socket for those who prefer a wired connection to the built-in wi-fi. There's Bluetooth, too. The streaming library includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies & TV and Rakuten in 4K and HDR; BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5 for all of your catch-up needs; Plex and VLC for local streaming; and Spotify, Tidal and Deezer for music. Last but not least, there's the Apple TV app.

The picture delivers detailed, sharp and clearly defined edges that render each scene with excellent depth and solidity. Colours are vibrant but realistic, and there's plenty of punch in the colours, even if it can't match the flagship models (as you'd expect). For an affordable TV that still delivers great performance, this is a bit of a bargain.

Read the full review: Samsung UE49RU8000

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

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5. 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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6. Samsung QE49Q70R

Stunning colours, intricate blacks and surprisingly good sound from this 49in QLED.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 71 x 110 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Textured & detailed blacks
Huge breadth of colour
Vast app selection

Reasons to Avoid

No Dolby Vision support
Slightly exaggerated reds

A 49in premium TV is something of a rarity. OLEDs don't currently go below 55in, and neither does Samsung's flagship Q90R (or the Q85R and Q80R, for that matter).

With the Q70R series, though, Samsung has opened up the options and is offering a 49in version. In other words, this is the best (or, at least, most advanced) TV that Samsung will sell you if you can't squeeze in a 55incher. That alone makes it a tasty proposition.

Thankfully, this is more than just a great on-paper proposition. Punchy and vibrant QLED colours, great detail and sharpness, and a great operating system bursting with apps (including Apple TV) make this an excellent option if 49in is as big as you're willing or able to go.

Read the full Samsung QE49Q70R review

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

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7. 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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8. Panasonic TX-40GX800

A little pricey for its size, but the 40-inch GX800 is still a string choice

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 52 x 90 x 6.3cm

Reasons to Buy

Vibrant, punchy picture
Superb colour credentials
Comprehensive HDR support

Reasons to Avoid

Image lacks nuance
SDR detail can drift
Basic audio performance

The 40in version of the GX800 isn't that much more affordable than its bigger siblings, above, making it less good value overall, but if you simply don't want to go bigger than 40in yet still want a strong performance and plenty of bells and whistles, it's still a strong contender.

The big news is support for all of the major HDR formats, including both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and the basic but easy-to-use operating system gives you access to all of the most important apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and the usual catch-up services.

The picture is a touch less sophisticated than that offered by its bigger brothers, but this is still a bright and punchy performance in its own right, with a nice, natural colour balance.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-40GX800

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

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9. 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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10. 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

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

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11. Polaroid P49UPA2029A

This supermarket special Polaroid 4K TV is much better than you might expect

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3

Reasons to Buy

Bright, sharp and detailed
Good selection of apps
Surprisingly decent audio

Reasons to Avoid

Lack of black depth
Colours could be more nuanced
More premium TVs are punchier

Even the most optimistic of tech buyers would have limited expectations of a TV costing just £349, particularly one branded Polaroid and exclusively available through Asda supermarkets.

But the Polaroid P49UPA2029A smashes those expectations. It’s a 49in TV that crams in 4K, a healthy smart TV platform and support for HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, yet costs more or less a third as much as the Sony KD-49XG9005 at the top of this list.

Clearly this Polaroid isn't up there with the Sony in terms of performance, but you might be surprised at just how accomplished it is for the money. Bright, sharp and detailed, and more than capable of making the most of 4K HDR signals, it really is worth a trip to Asda.