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Best TVs under $1,500 - Summer 2017
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TVs under $1,500 can get you some of the best picture quality available and some decently large TVs. Most of our recommendations 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.

Best TV under $1,500

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.1Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.5Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.8TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.9Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.2Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.4HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.0HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.6PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.

For the summer of 2017, the Sony XBR55X900E remains the best TV we've reviewed under $1,500. It offers picture quality similar to models multiple times its price and its well-rounded performance make it a great choice for those planning to use their TVs for a multitude of usages.

The X900E gets bright, and thanks to its local dimming features, it's capable of reproducing deep and uniform blacks that give a great boost to picture quality. It's also capable of reproducing a wide range of colors, so HDR movies have a good effect and look vibrant.

It's also a great pick for sports and video games thanks to its great motion. Its only real downside is the limited viewing angles. If you're not planning on watching this TV from a steep angle, then the X900E is the best TV you can buy under 1500$.

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Best Value for Size under $1,500

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.2Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
7.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.0TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.1Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.0Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
6.9HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
7.4HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.3PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.

If you don't mind sacrificing HDR capability and a little bit of versatility, we recommend the massive Vizio E70-E3 4k LED TV. The surface of its screen is almost 40% larger than our best picture quality pick which is great for those looking to get a large TV.

It's a definite drop in quality compared to the Sony and its smart platform might not please everybody, but the Vizio E series still has decent picture quality overall. Thanks to its high contrast, movies look good in a dark room, and the good handling of motion makes it a decent choice for sports. Its input lag is a bit higher than average, but it shouldn't be an issue if you're more of a casual gamer. 

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Notable Mentions

  • 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 UN55MU9000. Good TV with great handling of reflections, but far less versatile than the Sony. See our review
  • Samsung UN55MU8000. Better than average 4k TV but no real advantage over the similarly priced X900E. See our review
  • LG UJ7700. Decent LED TV with a wide viewing angle, but the Vizio E offers better picture quality and a larger size. See our review

All Reviews

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. 

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I am looking for the best 60" TV for under $1,800. I watch sports and movies, that's about it. I keep going back and fourth between the Vizio M60 and one of the Samsungs. My biggest concern with the M60 is the motion issues and soap opera effect, that even though it can be disabled, I've read is still noticeable. 4k is not a must. Thanks!
The M-series' motion handling isn't great, so get the Samsung UN60J6300 instead. It has really good overall picture (with little motion blur), and it doesn't have issues with interpolation. The 60" Samsung 4k TVs in your price range don't have judder-free movie playback, so don't bother with them.
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Hi. First of all, great site! I'm looking to buy my first TV and had some questions. I keep going back and forth from Vizio M or P series (60 or 65) and various Samsung models from non-4k, like the UN60H7150, or the UN60HU8550, 65" JS models, and even the LG UF8500.
I'll mainly be using it for watching movies and streaming content from Netflix and YouTube, and maybe some casual gaming if I get a PS4. What would you recommend? I really liked the H7150 with a $929 price tag from shopsmarttvs, but I decided to not buy from them, and the next-best price is close to $1,300, which opens up my options even more.
Please help!
The H7150 is a great TV, and $1,300 is a really good deal on the picture quality you get from it. If you don't care about 4k, it's the TV to get.
If you really want 4k, the HU8550 is also a good choice. It has picture quality that is about the same as the H7150, but with 4k resolution.
Both are 2014 models, but they equal some of the better 2015 TVs, and you'll get them for a lot cheaper. They're a great bargain.
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Please help. I'm considering getting a new panel for my bedroom, which is dark. I love movies, so should I get the Vizio 4k or the Vizio M series? Both are about the same price and both are 50 inches. Thanks.
The two are very similar, but the Vizio P has better uniformity and also has 4k resolution, which are both nice. The Vizio P is the better pick for your needs, so you should go for it.
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Hi there. I want to buy a new 4k TV coming in the upcoming months, mostly for gaming and watching movies.
I originally was looking at the 55" LG OLED, but after further research I discovered that there are many other TVs sold at much lower prices that still do a great job and come in larger sizes.
Right now I'm most interested in the 65" Sony x810c, as it is priced extremely well and from what your reviews tell me, is a great gaming TV, but I'm still open to other suggestions.
So what out there really competes with the x810c, in your opinion, in terms of both pricing and overall picture for gaming? I know that games aren't yet at the point to play in 4k anyways, but I still want the best possible picture, as well as to be prepared for the next wave of advancements. Not to mention, I gotta get the best possible picture in time for STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT!! WOOHOO!! haha..
Also the one other question I have is, do 4k TVs degrade or bring out the many imperfections of lower resolution games/videos, and if they do at all, how minimal is it? Thank you very much for your time!
The 65" X810C is different from the one we reviewed. It's an IPS TV, which means a wider viewing angle, but weaker contrast. It's not a great choice for you.
Here are the best options within the price range: If you want the 65" size and the best look for gaming, get the Samsung UN65J6300. It's only 1080p, but the picture is very good and the input lag isn't too high, so it's good for gaming.
If you really want 4k, get the Vizio M. It has very good picture for most things, but has a bit more blur than ideal on some movement in games.
If neither appeals to you and you want to size down, then the 55" X810C is the best choice.
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I am looking for a 60 inch TV that will mostly be used for Gaming (PS4/Xbox One) and Movies. My budget is $1500.00 I was going to go with the new Vizio M60-C3, but the motion blur trail is a big concern. Given that, would you recommend a different set, or is the Vizio still the best in that price range?
If you're set on 4k, the M is the only TV we've reviewed that is in that price range. If you don't mind a 1080p TV (PS4 and Xbox One don't play games in 4k anyway), the Sony W850B is still available. It was our favorite gaming TV in 2014, and we still recommend it. It has little blur, low input lag, and great overall picture quality.
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I bought a 40" Samsung 4K TV last weekend, but it does not display in 4k, only 1920x1080. Do I need a certain HDMI cable, or am I just buying a 4k TV for future use when cable or satellite start broadcasting in 4k?
The resolution you're seeing listed on your TV is that of the source, not the TV. You'll need to watch a 4k source (we have a list of those here) to take proper advantage. It's very unlikely that cable or satellite will be available in 4k (with rare and limited exceptions), so you'll need to explore streaming options and the upcoming 4k Blu-rays.
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I'm primarily looking for a gaming TV that has low input lag and good picture for around $1,500. There are a lot of great recommendations on this site. However my main concern with purchasing a new TV is DSE (dirty screen effect). It seems like all TVs have this to some degree. My current TV suffers greatly from this, and it's incredibly annoying.
It's a bit more expensive than I can afford right now, but I've been considering the Samsung JS9000. Would you have any recommendations?
You could get the Samsung JS8500. It has the least DSE of any TV we have tested this year, it comes in the same sizes as the JS9000, and it's cheaper. It also has slightly higher input lag, but very few people will notice it.
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I'm looking to get a 50" 4k TV, I'm having trouble deciding between the Samsung KS8000 or the Vizio P series P50-C1. I'm most interested in using it for movies and sports, the less motion blur the better. Which would you recommend? Thanks great website!
One thing to note is that the Vizio P series in 50" has a 60Hz panel, instead of the 120Hz panels found in other sizes. This should not be an issue, unless you plan to use it as a PC monitor. Save the money and go with the P series, they both have excellent picture quality and low motion blur.
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