Buying a reasonable TV on a budget? We’ve rounded up the most selling and recommended best smart led TV under £1000 in UK. Since you’re basing your choice around budget rather than size, we’ve listed the size of each of our TVs to help you figure out which is best suited to your space. Find out more about buying the best smart TV with our best picks below.
What to consider when choosing a smart TV
Even if you have a smaller living room, you may well be able to physically squeeze a 50+ inch TV against the back wall, but if it’s not a 4K TV, you might find you lose definition, so make sure you have the right sized TV for your space.
Finally, don’t be shock of the lower-ticket names among the bunch, because they might just surprise you. Sure, a Samsung or a Sony is always going to serve you well, but if you’re not looking for the biggest flagship offerings with all the bells and whistles, relative unknowns like Vizio still have a lot to offer.
1. SONY BRAVIA KD55XE8596
Best for: Smart TV | Screen size: 55 inch | Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Lots of smart features
- Slim and unfussy
- Basic remote control
Offering 4K definition for under a grand is this Sony Bravia model, proving that no matter your brand loyalty, you can get in on the latest tech for less than you might think. It looks superb: sleek, minimal, with a handy cable management system and a beautifully slim slant screen. Users were stunned by the sharpness of the picture, and found it an especially good TV for gaming. Others commented on the ease of Alexa integration, and we think the huge range of features, including the capability to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and all the apps your heart could wish, make it a really smart choice for anyone looking to upgrade a non-smart set.
2. LG 55UJ750V
Best for: A cinematic look | Screen size: 55inch | Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
Fantastic 4K picture
Simple to set up
- Instruction booklet a bit rubbish
With this LG TV, it is really all about the screen – as the originators of OLED TVs, it makes sense that LG gets this right. This 4K ultra-HD TV has reviewers commenting on the exceptional quality of the picture – specifically the sumptuously deep, dark blacks – and sound, an especially welcome surprise for such a thin model. While some were left cold by the confusing instruction booklet, it transpired that most didn’t required it, mention easy set up and an intuitive interface, even for the self-confessed non-techy.
3. PANASONIC 58DX802B
Best for: Style Screen | size: 58in| Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Great look
- Quality sound
- Instructions aren’t the best
For those of us a little bit possess with interior design, a big bulky TV is usually something that comes attached with a little resentment, a practicality rather than a covetable piece – but why can’t it be both? This Panasonic television not only comes equipped with a heart-stoppingly beautiful combination of HDR and 4K approved by TV senseis THX, but is a rather gorgeous package even before you turn it on. Its freestanding design sees it stay put courtesy of an easel-like stand, which comes with an integrated soundbar to eliminate the issue many such slim TVs have creating punchy sound. A really excellent value bundle, and a good-looking alternative to many hulking TVs on the market.
4. SAMSUNG UE49MU7000
Best for: Unmissable action | Screen size: 55inch | Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Supreme Motion
- Easy to pair with devices
- Some noticed speaker rattle on Optimised mode
This Samsung model is probably our best smart TV for gamers and anyone who loves to watch sport. It comes complete with what Samsung like to call ‘Supreme Motion’. Essentially, it’s intended to refresh the screen at super-fast rates and render every frame with pin-sharp clarity, so you won’t miss a trick – whether that’s a trick shot on FIFA or a hat-trick in real life is up to you. Non-sports fans needn’t despair: the 4K display is designed for smooth motion and touchable practicality whatever you’re watching, and the smart TV capabilities and easy-pairing interface mean that there are tons of options for that, too.
5. HISENSE H55N6800
Best for: Visual depth | Screen size: 55inch | Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Clever Local Dimming
- Picture quality comparable to more expensive models
- Sound may not be the best
They might not have some of the right tech that giants Samsung, Sony and LG do, but Hisense have a few tricks of their own up their sleeve in this budget-friendly 4K TV. It might sound like a small thing, but the ‘Local Dimming’ backlight is proving a hit for its capability to improve the depth of the image, and reviewers have commented that the picture stands up to offerings from much more expensive brands. Operationally and on the sound front, it may not perform quite as good as our other picks, but for simple set up and 4K definition at a purse-friendly price, it comes highly recommended.
6. PHILIPS 55PUS6272
Best for: AffordabilityScreen | size: 55inScreen resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Ambilight is amazing
- Inexpensive UHD TV
- Remote control buttons are a bit small
This TV is far from a comfort prize for those without room in the budget for Samsung and Sony’s big-ticket buys; in fact, it has some wonderful features of its own that pit it pretty fairly against the big players. With 4K capabilities, it’s a given that it offers four times the definition of a standard HD TV, so it’s proof positive that upgrading needn’t cost the earth, but it also boasts the very high-end Philips-specific tech Ambilight. Courtesy of LEDs on the rear of the screen, the system responds to the action on your screen, picking out colours to beam softly against the wall, which not only lends a beautifully ambient cinematic effect, but makes the TV look bigger, too.
7. LG 65UJ634V
Best for: Affordability | Screen size: 55inch | Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
- LG webOS smart platform
- Very average sound quality
- Limited HDMI inputs
Built around an IPS panel, the 65UJ634V offers a wide viewing angle and produces bright, colourful images with incredible clarity and high levels of detail thanks to its built-in active HDR. It’s not quite on par with OLEDs but still produces a good picture quality. When it comes to smart connectivity, you have LG’s webOS and Freeview Play. You’ll have access to all key catch-up TV services, plus Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Plus its very low input lag makes it a great TV for gaming.