There's a lot of good choices below $1,500; you can get some of the best TVs in sizes up to 55", or even 65" if you're OK with the more mid-range models. Here are our recommendations for TVs under $1,500:
Best picture quality under $1,500
If you're not looking to spend over $1,500, the Samsung UN55KS8000 is the TV most people should buy.
The UN55KS8000 is recommended so often, and it isn’t without reason: It’s extraordinarily versatile, has great contrast and blacks, low motion blur, and little input lag. Its only real shortcomings are the fairly narrow viewing angles and the slightly sub-par build quality. Otherwise, It’s an exceptional TV that offers great picture quality and is the TV to get for most people.
Best value for size under $1,500
If you’re looking for a large TV in this price range, no other LED TV performs better than the Vizio M65-D0. It offers a great image in a dark environment thanks to the very good local dimming feature that is very similar to the higher end Vizio P Series 2016.
Like every other Vizio TV, it’s not the best for lower resolution content. Nevertheless, it’s still the best choice for a larger sized TV under the $1,500 line.
The Samsung UN65KU6300 is a popular 4K TV; it doesn’t have any glaring flaws and is great value for money. It does better than average in our picture quality tests except for the viewing angles being a bit on the narrow side. It unfortunately has judder on every source, but not everybody notices it.
If you’re more interested in playing video games or watching live sports with your TV, the UN65KU6300 is the right alternative to the Vizio.
Our recommendations above are what we think is currently the best TV 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 really worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of TVs under $1,500 that didn't make the cut:
- Vizio P55-C1. 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 UN55KS9000. Great TV, but not much different than the KS8000 for the price premium. See our review
- LG 55UH8500. Good 4k TV for its picture quality at an angle, but poor blacks in a dark room. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here are the list of all our reviews of TVs that are less than $1,500. Be careful to not 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.
Questions & Answers
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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