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5 Great Big-Screen 4K TVs Under $1,000

James K. Willcox

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If you love jumbo TVs—but not necessarily their equally big price tags—here’s some good news: You don’t have to pay a fortune to get a great big-screen 4K TV.

A quick look at Consumer Reports’ ratings of more than 250 TVs shows that the top-performing 65-inch sets typically cost $2,000 or more.

But dig a bit deeper and you’ll see that many larger sets that aren’t quite as expensive still do pretty well in our ratings. That’s where you can find some big-screen TV bargains that deliver a satisfying balance of performance and price.

Here are five big sets available right now that cost $1,000 or less.

LG 70UK6570PUB

This 70-inch 4K smart TV from 2018 delivers great high-definition picture quality and very good Ultra High Definition (4K) performance, plus sound that’s good enough to let even many discerning listeners skip a sound bar speaker. Just don’t expect top-notch HDR (high dynamic range) performance .

This LG is a smart TV that includes the brand’s ThinQ voice-enabled artificial intelligence platform, as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Although the set is now sold out at Best Buy and Walmart, it’s still available at a few retailers, including Abt and Target, for about $950.

A newer 2019 70-inch model that does better with HDR content—the LG 70UM7370PUA—is now available, though it costs about $1,100 at few retailers, including Walmart. We recently tested this set, and it’s now in our TV ratings.

Samsung UN65RU7100

Samsung sets have typically done well in our ratings, and this 65-inch 4K smart TV is no exception. The Samsung UN65RU7100—the successor to last year’s Samsung UN65NU7100—is part of an entry-level 4K series. Like that earlier model, which is still available, it offers satisfying picture quality but not especially effective HDR performance.

It has Samsung’s smart-TV platform, which includes its own Bixby AI-powered digital voice assistant, as well as compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

TCL 65R615

This 6-Series 4K Roku TV model from TCL, in the company’s top series for 2018, delivers a lot for the money. In fact, when you consider the set’s high marks for high-def and UHD picture quality, it was arguably one of the best 4K TV deals of last year. It’s also the only model in this group that delivers a compelling HDR experience, unusual in this price range.

Note that the TCL R615 models are Best Buy exclusives, currently selling for about $800. They’re almost identical to the R617 sets sold elsewhere (see below), except the R617 models come with a voice-enabled Roku remote and cost about $50 more. But right now, this set is priced at $800 at Best Buy , the cheapest we’ve ever seen it.

TCL 65R617

This 65-inch 4K UHD smart TV from TCL—similar to the 65R615 TV above, except it comes with a voice-enabled Roku remote and sells for a bit more—is another great buy. It performs very similarly to the model above, but its HDR performance was just a notch below that set’s, though still quite good. (The TV supports both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.) And while the 65R615 is a Best Buy exclusive, the 65R617 TVs are sold at several retailers, though supplies appear to be dwindling.

Samsung UN65NU8000

This 65-inch 4K UHD TV from Samsung, a premium 2018 model at the top of its mainstream line of 4K TVs that don’t bear the QLED moniker, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and excellent UHD performance, plus decent HDR performance. It also has very good sound. While it’s now sold out at a number of retailers, you can still get it at Best Buy , where it costs $900.

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