We're getting closer to Black Friday sales and the range of TVs found under $1,500 changes rapidly at this time of the year. You can get the best picture quality available on LED TVs, but also some very large TVs for those that are willing to sacrifice a few features to get the largest TVs. In a way, this is the sweet spot for most people, as a lot of our top picks are in this price range, and past this point, you start to get into exponentially more expensive models for a very minimal gain in performance.
So far, we've tested 13 TVs under $1500 in 2017 and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy today.
Best TV under $1,500
It's been one of the most popular LED TVs this year, and thanks to continuous price drops, the Sony XBR55X900E is still the best TV you can buy under $1,500. We recommend this incredibly versatile TV as it provides a great experience with just about any type of usage.
The X900E is right in the middle of Sony range of TVs, but it's no slouch. Its picture quality is more reminiscent of higher-end models such as the Samsung Q7F and Sony X930E than cheaper TVs, and it does so at a significantly cheaper price.
It gets bright, has a good local dimming feature, and is capable of reproducing a wide gamut of colors, making it a good choice for HDR. Its input lag is also quite low at around 30ms and combined with its great handling of motion, it makes for a great experience with both sports and video games.
Unless you have very specific needs for your TV, you would be hard-pressed to find a better TV in this price range.
Alternative for TV buffs
If most of your time with your TV is spent watching TV series, often in the daytime, the Samsung UN55MU9000 is a good alternative to the Sony X900E. It features a more advanced screen finish which handles reflections a lot better, making it a great choice if you plan on putting the TV in a living room with lots of windows.
Best Value for Size under $1,500
For a simpler, but larger TV, go for the Vizio E70-E3 LED TV. It doesn't have all the HDR bells and whistles of our more expensive picks and its smart features are a bit more basic, but its good picture quality makes an excellent alternative to the significantly smaller, but fancier TVs also found in this price range.
It has a decently low input lag of 38.4 ms, making a good gaming TV, and it handles motion quite well too. While its local dimming feature is not very effective, its high contrast gives it decently deep and uniform blacks. If you want to get as big a TV possible under $1,500, the E70-E3 is the one to get.
Alternative for Better Picture Quality
If you don't mind sacrificing a bit of size for better picture quality, the Sony XBR65X850E is a great alternative to the Vizio E Series 2017 that bridges the performance gap with the more expensive Sony X900E. It offers a more feature-rich smart platform than the Vizio, while also having a more robust set of motion-related capabilities.
- Vizio P55-E1. Contrary to the other sizes of the Vizio P, the 55 inch TV has an IPS panel, which means worse native contrast ratio, but better viewing angle. See our review
- Samsung UN55KS8000. Great TV, but very hard to find nowadays. See our review
- LG 55SJ8500. Decent 4k TV for its picture quality at an angle, but poor blacks in a dark room and bad value for money. See our review
- Samsung UN55MU8000. Better than average 4k TV but no real advantage over the similarly priced Sony X900E. See our review
- LG 55UJ7700. Decent LED TV with a wide viewing angle, but the Vizio E offers better picture quality and a larger size. See our review
- Sony KD70X690E. Great entry-level 4K TV, but not always found below $1,500. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs under $1,500 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that are less than $1,500. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.