The best TVs under £1000 of 2022, with OLED TVs, QLED TVs and more

The best TVs for under £1000 include cheap OLED and bargain QLED and LED sets – but all deliver world-class images and do big-screen blockbusters justice

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The best TVs under £1000 give you the best viewing experience on a budget. You don’t have to go super premium in order to get crisp, clear picture and sound, and this list we’ve curated here proves that!

Most TVs are 4K as standard these days, meaning you’re not going to get anything less than a super HD display, and you can get many of the main brand names for a lot less these days, as the newer models are always coming out.

While OLED TVs do tend to range above the £1000 mark, the cheaper TVs don’t have too many differences except from a slightly different panel technology, which means you won’t compromise on quality whilst compromising on the price. We recommend checking out QD-LED or QLED TV’s, which are not far off OLED technology, but they’re priced much lower – it’s a win-win.  

If you know you don’t want to compromise on quality, then you can still check out our guides to the best OLED TVs and the best 8K TVs, to see which ones take your fancy.

However, in this list, you’ll find a great selection of 4K smart TVs well under the £1000 price mark that won’t break the bank, but will still provide a fantastic viewing experience.

If you know the specifics of what you want, then we have dedicated guides to the best best 55-inch TVs, best 65-inch and 75-inch TVs under £1000. And, if you want to find something even cheaper, check out our guide to the best TVs under £500.

All of the TVs we review have been tested by us here at T3. Want to know how we do this? Check out our article on how we test at T3.

The best TVs under £1,000 in order

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1. LG OLED48A1

The best OLED TV under £1000

Specifications

Screen size: 48 inches
Other sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches
Inputs: HDMI x3, USB x2
Dimensions: 1071x618x46.9mm

Reasons to buy

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Impressive OLED HDR images
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Dolby Vision & Atmos support
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Great smart TV software

Reasons to avoid

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Weaker in bright light
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Average audio
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No HDMI 2.1

OLED TVs have self-lighting pixels, rather than using a backlight to generate their brightness – this means they offer unmatched precision for colour and contrast control. An OLED pixel can individually shine brightly, or dim itself right down the deepest black tone. It gives OLED TVs a realism that mid-range LCD TVs (like all the others here) just can't hope to match, and gives them a large contrast range that really makes the most HDR. The downside is that they don't go as bright overall, so are better in rooms where the light levels are easily controlled. Perfect for movie nights.

The LG A1 isn't as bright as more elite OLED TVs such as the Sony A90J, but then it costs just a fraction of the price. More importantly, it still gives you the incredible rich HDR performance. And LG's excellent and easy-to-understand smart TV platform is a real bonus.

The downsides of it being so well-priced are that it uses less advanced image processing than the LG C1 (though it's still very strong in that regard), and also doesn't feature the future-proofing of HDMI 2.1 that the LG B1 does. It also doesn't have very impressive audio – we'd recommend adding one of the best soundbars.

If you should see the 55-inch LG B1 dip under the £1,000 mark during sales, that would be our pick over the LG A1, because the image quality is the same, but you get HDMI 2.1 connections. But right now, that's above our price ceiling, and this gives you the same image quality, and both this size and the 55-inch model fit within out price ceiling, so you've got the choice. Here's our LG A1 vs LG C1 comparison guide.

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2. Samsung QE55Q80A

The best TV under £1000 for most people

Specifications

Screen size: 55 inches
Other sizes: 50, 65, 75, 85 inches
Inputs: HDMI x4, USB x2, ethernet
Dimensions: 1227.6x706.7x54.7 mm

Reasons to buy

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Bright HDR image quality
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Great value for money
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Next-gen HDMI 2.1 features

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't handle dark areas as well as OLED

Having received some impressive price drops since its launch this well-specced 55-inch set from Samsung is the overall best bang-for-buck TV at the time of writing, balancing image quality as well as features. And you get a nice bit of change from our price limit. There are TVs below that beat it in specific areas, but as a total package, this is such good value.

It's a QLED TV with a direct backlight and local dimming, which means it's both impressively bright and really colourful. It can go brighter than any OLED TV that's even close in price, which is ideal for watching in brighter rooms. You get so much dazzle and realism thanks to the bold screen – but it can also makes black areas look deep and richly dark. OLED TVs are still the king of nuance in dark areas, but this TV still acquits itself excellently.

The image processing is fantastic too – Samsung's Quantum Processor 4K is as advanced as anything else in a 4K TV, and upscales images to look good at 4K superbly, while also making motion look natural.

And the sound is provided by a series of speakers around the edge, with the TV analysing the picture and positioning sounds in the right direction, to add real dynamic action.

You've got Samsung's Tizen system to provide smart TV features, which means it's packed with useful streaming apps and services, and it's really easy to navigate and figure out.

And you get HDMI 2.1 connectivity on one of the HDMI ports, which means 4K 120Hz gaming and VRR are supported for next-gen consoles. Samsung's Game Bar also makes it easy to optimise your gaming setup – this is one of the best TVs for gaming right now.

Note that the 50-inch version of this doesn't have as bright a screen or as advanced speakers, which is why we like the 55-inch version. Also note that the 65-inch version only just breaks our price barrier, so you might want to consider stretching to that, if you got big-screen ambitions in mind.

Browse our Samsung discount codes to pick up a saving. 

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3. Samsung 43QN90A

The 43-inch TV under £1000 for image quality

Specifications

Screen size: 43 inches
Other sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75, 98 inches
Inputs: HDMI x4, USB x2
Dimensions: 961 x 560 x 27mm

Reasons to buy

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High-end Neo QLED images
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Great smart TV software
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HDMI 2.1 support

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision or Atmos

The Samsung QN90A is the only TV with the company's next-gen 'Neo QLED' panel tech that comes within our budget. Neo QLED uses a 'mini-LED' to create images that are much brighter than the competition, while at the same being able to create deeper black levels in precise areas of the screen. It's the same screen tech used in the fantastic Samsung QN95A – this smaller model features a few cut-back features, but still delivers the most cinematic images you can currently get from a 43-inch TV.

Samsung's Quantum Processor is excellent at making sure that 4K images look their best, and does a fantastic job of upscaling HD to fill the higher-resolution screen. It also handles motion really well, to ensure that action or sports look clear, but films don't have that artificial effect.

It also has an HDMI 2.1 port, and supports 4K 120Hz and VRR, so is ready for next-gen gaming on the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

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4. Samsung 65AU9000

The best 65-inch TV under £1,000

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Other sizes available: 43, 50, 55, 75 inches
Inputs: HDMI x3, USB x2, composite video, ethernet
Dimensions: 1451.7x832.2x25.7mm

Reasons to buy

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Bold colours
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Strong HD upscaling and 4K detail
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Great smart TV software

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision or Atmos
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Sound is mediocre

This is Samsung's highest-end TV from 2021 that isn't a QLED, which means that it doesn't feature quite the same punchy colours and brightness that those sets are known for… but it also means the TV costs a lot less, enabling this huge 65-inch model to squeeze into our sub-£1,000 budget.

And you won't feel like you buying a budget TV at all. The image quality is still really strong, and in particular the handling of 4K detail and the upscaling of HD mean that things look fantastic at the 65-inch size we're recommending (obviously, you can go smaller and save some cash). It's also really nice made, and certainly doesn't look like a more affordable model.

As we said in our full Samsung AU9000 review, this TV has "real and unarguable strengths when it comes to picture-making". We highlighted that contrast is much richer than you'd expect for the level of brightness, and the colour palette is still natural and vibrant despite not being powered by QLED.

The smart TV platform is the same system you get on Samsung's 8K super-TVs, so is easy to use and packed with useful features and streaming service support. And there's a great gaming mode, making this a strong choice for console lovers, despite its lack of HDMI 2.1.

The sound quality is the only notable weak spot – if you're going for images this big, you should budget for adding one of the best soundbars for Samsung TVs soon.

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5. Sony XR-50X90J

The best Sony TV under £1,000 for future-proofing

Specifications

Screen size: 50 inches
Other sizes available: 55, 65, 75 inches
Inputs: HDMI 2.0 x3, USB x2, ethernet
Dimensions: 1119x649x70mm

Reasons to buy

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Excellent colour and HDR
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Fantastic upscaling
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Two HDMI 2.0 ports

Reasons to avoid

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Average sound
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A bit reflective

This is Sony's mid-range blockbuster from its 2021 range, mixing the company's latest and greatest image processing with a really bright and impressive 4K LCD panel. Detail in 4K, and upscaling from HD, is all as good as any TV of any price offers really. It's the same story for handling motion, which is made more clear and crisp, but never becomes artificial.

Colour and contrast are handled expertly too, resulting in seriously impressive HDR performance – everything is super-sumptuous, but remains realistic. Dolby Vision support helps with that, and really gets the most from the X90J can handle when it comes to brightness and local dimming.

The Google TV smart software is much more use-friendly than the Android TV software that Sony used to use, and it makes it easy to find what you want from the big array of apps and streaming services.

It's equipped with two HDMI 2.1 ports for next-gen gaming, and is actually part of Sony's 'Perfect for PlayStation' brand, which means it not only supports 4K 120Hz gaming, but also offers more precise HDR reproduction from the PS5 than other TVs. Here's our full Sony X90J review.

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6. Samsung 55Q60A

The best budget QLED TV

Specifications

Screen size: 55 inches
Other sizes available: 43, 50, 65, 75 inches
Inputs: HDMI x3, USB x2, ethernet
Dimensions: 1232x709x26mm

Reasons to buy

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Lovely 4K images
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Great upscaling
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Splendid OS

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision HDR
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Sound is mediocre

Samsung's entry-level QLED of 2021 pushes a real sweet-spot in Samsung’s extensive range of 4K TVs. Pictures from 4K sources are outstanding: vivid-yet-natural colours, strong contrasts, lavish detail levels and smooth motion. Upscaling from lesser resolutions is accomplished too, with super-low picture noise and a fine colour balance. 

Add in a Tizen-based operating system/user interface that’s a match for the best around – responsive, logical and not too in-yer-face – plus an incredibly rapid sub-10ms response time when in ‘Game’ mode and the Q60A starts to look compelling. Then there’s the customary Samsung quality of build and finish – nothing about the way this TV presents itself suggests it’s built to hit a lower price.

Consider everything the Q60T does brilliantly, and you’ll find it easy to overlook its shortcomings, especially since there aren't many of them: the sound this Samsung makes in no way does justice to the pictures it delivers, like all Samsung TVs it goes without Dolby Vision, and though it's great for gaming in terms of its rapid response times, it doesn't support the new 4K/120fps and Variable Refresh Rate features of the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. If you're not a next-gen gaming nut and are happy beefing it up with a soundbar, those aren't even flaws at all…

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7. Samsung 75AU7100

The best 75-inch TV for under £1,000 – go huge for less

Specifications

Screen size: 75 inches
Other sizes: 43, 50, 55, 58, 65, 70, 85 inches
Inputs: HDMI x3, USB x1, ethernet
Dimensions: 1673x958x60mm

Reasons to buy

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Great quality, giant screen
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Excellent smart platform

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision
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Not the brightest

This is Samsung's most affordable TV model of 2021, which is why you can get such a ridiculous amount of TV for such a low price. But it won't feel bargain basement – you get really strong image processing, impressive colour reproduction and solid contrast for the price.

Compared to more expensive TVs, you don't get quite the same level of HDR performance, and low-quality daytime TV isn't going to upscale to its full 75 inches quite as well as something with more advanced processing, but in our five-star Samsung AU7100 review we said that it offers "detailed, composed 4K images", so you'l really make the most of its big size with quality video. It also handles motion better than the competition, so if you want something big for sports, it's ideal.

Samsung smart TV platform is one of the easiest to use, and comes with excellent support for streaming services and apps, so you'll have no problem finding what you want to watch, either.

You might want to think about adding a soundbar to make sure that the scale of the audio matches the size of the screen, but that's true of most budget TVs anyway.

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Bold HDR and gaming features in a smart TV under £1,000

Specifications

Screen size: 55 inches
Other sizes: 65, 75, 85 inches
Inputs: HDMI x4, USB x2, ethernet
Dimensions: 1233 x 709 x 26mm

Reasons to buy

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Bright and rich HDR performance
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Sharp 4K pictures and upscaling
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HDMI 2.1 connection

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision or Atmos
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Limited contrast

The Samsung Q70A balances the bright images that QLED is known for, with high-end features at an affordable price. The Q70A delivers high levels of peak brightness in HDR, meaning that you get rich colours as well as punchy pictures that cut through bright sunlight, so it looks great no matter when you watch. It uses Samsung's Quantum Processor, which means you get crystal clear 4K images, and upscaling from HD to 4K is seriously impressive. It's the same chip used on Samsung's highest-end 4K sets.

You've also got an HDMI 2.1 port for 4K 120Hz and VRR support from next-gen consoles, and Samsung's smart TV platform, which is one of the best around when it comes to ease of use and comprehensive streaming app options.

The trade-off for the price is that it features and edge-lit LED backlight, instead of direct-lit, like the Sony X90J further up, or the Samsung Q80A. This means that dark scenes aren't quite as deep and nuanced – blacks can look more grey. But it still represents excellent value for the price, especially at this generous screen size. Here's our full Samsung Q70A review.

How we chose the best TV under £1,000

From eye-candy UHD visuals and superior sound to drop dead gorgeous design, these are the TV sets you should be shortlisting right now.

All demonstrably benefit from the extra clarity that 4K offers, a fact that will be particularly noticeable when upgrading from a 1080p telly. The good news is that there’s now less of a shortage of native UHD content to exploit this resolution boost. From Apple TV and the burgeoning UHD Blu-ray catalogue, to Netflix, Amazon and Sky, there’s plenty of stuff to show off your new panel’s prowess.

And of course gaming is increasingly a source of spectacular 4K, thanks to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X (and soon the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X).

All these TVs feature HDR onboard. It’s worth noting that not all screens that claim to be HDR offer a genuine HDR experience, with properly bright spectral highlights. Many lower cost models are merely 'HDR compatible' (which means they know when they’re receiving HDR content, but they don’t have the wherewithal to do much with it). Naturally, we're looking for the ones that truly make the most of HDR.

The other area where corners are inevitably cut with less flagship TVs is sound, but that's easily solved with one of the best soundbars. You can add one now (just factor it into your budget), or try without for a while and add one when you're ready.

Matt is T3's former AV and Smart Home Editor (UK), master of all things audiovisual, overseeing our TV, speakers and headphones coverage. He also covered smart home products and large appliances, as well as our toys and games articles. He's can explain both what Dolby Vision IQ is and why the Lego you're building doesn't fit together the way the instructions say, so is truly invaluable. Matt has worked for tech publications for over 10 years, in print and online, including running T3's print magazine and launching its most recent redesign. He's also contributed to a huge number of tech and gaming titles over the years. Say hello if you see him roaming the halls at CES, IFA or Toy Fair. Matt now works for our sister title TechRadar.