These days, you can find very good TVs under $1,500. Prices of TVs are heading south, and new technology features are finding their way into the more mainstream models, making them available to a wider range of people. You can easily find some high-end TVs with excellent picture quality and a ton of features for under $1,500 if you're willing to cut on size a bit as you may be limited to a 55 or 65 inch screen.
We've tested more than 80 TVs in the past two years, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,500 you can buy. For more affordable options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000, the best budget TVs, and the best smart TVs.
The best OLED TV that we've tested under $1,500 is the LG OLED55CXPUA. One of two entry-level OLEDs in LG's lineup, it delivers incredible picture quality with some nice extra features and a sleek design. While larger sizes are more expensive, the 55 inch version can often be found for under $1,500. If you're new to OLEDs, you can't go wrong with this one.
It can produce perfect blacks by turning off pixels individually thanks to its OLED panel technology, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio that's ideal for watching movies and other content in the dark. While OLEDs typically don't get as bright as LED TVs, HDR content still looks great on this TV because of its wide color gamut and perfect black levels. Gamers should appreciate the variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. It also has a near-instantaneous response time that results in smooth motion, and its low input lag makes gaming feel responsive.
Unfortunately, as with every OLED, there's a risk of permanent burn-in if static elements are left on the screen for long periods, but it shouldn't be an issue if you use your TV to watch varied content. Also, because it has such a fast response time, there's quite a bit of stuttering with lower-frame rate content. That said, most people should be happy with it, making this the best 55 inch OLED under $1,500 that we've tested.
The best LED TV under $1,500 that we've tested is the Samsung QN55Q80TAFXZA. It's an impressive 4k TV that performs very well for a variety of uses, and the 55 inch version can be found for under $1,500. The Samsung has wider viewing angles than a typical VA panel thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which produces decent viewing angles at the expense of a lower contrast ratio.
Even though it's not as high as the infinite contrast of an OLED panel, the contrast ratio on this TV is still great, producing deep blacks that are improved by its local dimming feature. It also gets bright enough to overcome glare and has outstanding reflection handling. If you care about HDR, it delivers a satisfying HDR experience thanks to its wide color gamut and high peak brightness. Gamers should be pleased with its 120Hz refresh rate, exceptionally low input lag, and excellent response time that results in smooth motion.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues, but this can vary between individual units. The corners of our unit appear noticeably darker, and there's some dirty screen effect throughout, which can be distracting during sports or content with large areas of uniform colors. On the upside, our unit has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so you may not need to calibrate it. All in all, the Samsung is the best 55 inch TV under $1,500 if you prefer LED TVs.
If you're in the market for the best 65 inch TV under 1500 dollars, then check out the Hisense 65H9G. This is a low-cost model that performs equally as well as some more expensive options, so it won't break your wallet. It offers impressive all-around performance that most people should be happy with for any type of use.
It stands out versus the competition because of how bright it gets. It's one of the brightest TVs in SDR that we tested, and combined with its amazing reflection handling, visibility should be an issue in well-lit rooms. If you plan on using it to watch HDR content, it displays a wide color gamut and has great brightness, enough to make highlights stand out. Its VA panel provides an outstanding native contrast ratio, and it has a great local dimming feature that allows it to display deep blacks when viewed in dark rooms.
Sadly, its out-of-the-box accuracy is mediocre, and although this may vary between units, you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. It also has narrow viewing angles, so the image loses accuracy when viewing from the side. It doesn't have any gaming features like VRR or HDMI 2.1 support, but that shouldn't be a problem if you don't want to use it for gaming. All in all, this is one of the best TVs we've tested that's available for under $1,500.
If you have a wide seating arrangement and want something with wider viewing angles, then check out the LG 65NANO90UNA. It doesn't get nearly as bright and has a worse contrast ratio than the Hisense H9G, so it's best to avoid using it in both really bright and dark rooms. However, the LG has more gaming features like VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It also has two HDMI 2.1 inputs, so you can easily play 4k @ 120Hz games from both the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Sadly, it's not the best for watching HDR content, mainly due to its low contrast ratio. Blacks look gray when viewed in the dark, it has a poor local dimming feature, and despite displaying a wide color gamut, it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights pop.
If you want the best TV for under $1,500 that's available in a 65 inch size, you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if you're willing to compromise a bit of picture quality for wider viewing angles and gaming features, go for the LG.
The best 75 inch TV under $1,500 we've tested is the Hisense 75H8G. It's a VA panel TV that performs well in both dark and bright rooms. It has a high contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming to produce deep blacks, and it gets bright enough to overcome glare easily. It doesn't have the best viewing angles, which is expected of most VA panels, so it isn't ideal for wide seating areas.
It has a fast response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to deliver clear images in fast-moving scenes. Low frame rate content doesn't stutter much, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps. Its low input lag makes gaming feel incredibly responsive, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it lacks VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It supports most common resolutions and can display proper 4:4:4, making it a good choice for use as a PC monitor.
Sadly, the overall HDR experience is just okay. It has a good color gamut, but it doesn't get quite bright enough, and the brightness varies a lot depending on the scene, so small highlights don't pop as much in dark scenes. It runs on Android TV, which comes with access to the Google Play Store and voice control through the Google Assistant. All in all, this is a versatile model that should please most people and the best 75 inch TV under $1500 that we've tested.
If you prefer Roku's user-friendly interface over Android TV, then check out the TCL 75R635. It's very similar to the Hisense H8G, but it has a significantly higher contrast ratio and better motion handling. Plus, it gets much brighter to deliver a fantastic HDR experience. Unfortunately, it has a slightly higher input lag, and its local dimming feature doesn't perform as well. Color accuracy is mediocre out of the box, so you may have to calibrate it to get the best viewing experience. The built-in Roku TV is user-friendly, menu navigation feels smooth, and it has a ton of apps you can download. Also, it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is great if you tend to watch shows from a cable box.
Overall, these are very similar TVs, and there are pros and cons for each. The Hisense is a better choice if you don't want to spend as much money, but if you want a Roku TV or a better HDR experience, then go with the TCL.
Apr 13, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Vizio OLED, Sony X800H, Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020, and the LG NANO85 to Notable Mentions.
Feb 12, 2021: Restructured picks to show 'Best 55 Inch OLED' and 'Best 55 Inch LED' instead of 'Best TV' and 'Gaming LED Alternative', respectively; replaced the LG BX OLED with the LG CX OLED as 'Best 55 Inch OLED' due to price decrease; replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 with the Hisense H9G as 'Best 65 Inch' because it offers better performance at a lower price; updated Notable Mentions.
Dec 15, 2020: Minor text and structure changes. No change in recommendations.
Oct 16, 2020: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 with the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020; added the TCL 6 Series 2020.
Aug 19, 2020: Replaced the LG B9 OLED with the LG BX OLED; replaced the LG SM9000 with the LG NANO90; replaced the TCL 6 Series 2018 with the Hisense H8G.
Jun 16, 2020: Replaced the Samsung Q70R with the Q80T and the LG SM9500 with the SM9000; updated Notable Mentions.
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. 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.