Five best HDTVs under $1,000

CNET gathers the five best TVs we've reviewed that cost less than $1,000 and scored a 7 or higher in picture quality.

At CNET, we're sticklers for picture quality. But we also respect the desire to spend less than a grand on a TV.

Put those two principles together and you get the five TVs below, arranged in order of which ones we like best. None scored lower than a 7 in performance. Screen size also plays a factor in the rankings, so bigger TVs that limbo under that price bar get extra credit.

Panasonic TC-P50ST30

Panasonic TC-P50ST30 (50-inch plasma)
If you can live with its homely design, the excellent picture quality and feature set of the Panasonic TC-PST30 series combine to make it one of the best plasma TV values available. Read the full review.


LG 50PZ950 (50-inch plasma)
Although blessed with solid features, design, and performance, the LG PZ950 series can't quite match the excellent picture quality of the ST30. Read the full review .


LG 47LW5600 (47-inch LED)
While passive 3D has its flaws, the LG LW5600's 2D picture quality is very good for an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV, especially in bright rooms. (This one's right on the brink of $1,000 depending on where and when you look, but it deserves a spot here nonetheless.). Read the full review .


Samsung LN46D630 (46-inch LCD)
With image quality every bit as good as many expensive LED models, the Samsung LND630 is a great choice for a no-frills LCD TV. Read the full review .


Samsung UN40D6400 (40-inch LED)
Solid overall 2D and 3D picture quality, as well as a wealth of features and beautiful looks, mark the Samsung UND6400 as one of the better edge-lit LED-based LCD TVs we've tested. Read the full review.


Looking for specs and more information? Compare these TVs head-to-head. Click through to the reviews for additional screen sizes.

Only TVs we've actually reviewed made the list, but if you have an alternate to suggest, leave a comment.

 

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