The 5 Best 4k TVs Under $1,500 - Fall 2021 Reviews

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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 on our latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,500 you can buy. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000, the best budget TVs, and the best smart TVs.


  1. Best 55 Inch OLED Under $1,500: LG OLED55C1PUB

    8.8
    Mixed Usage
    9.3
    Movies
    8.2
    TV Shows
    8.7
    Sports
    9.2
    Video Games
    8.6
    HDR Movies
    9.0
    HDR Gaming
    8.9
    PC Monitor
    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k

    The best TV under $1,500 that we've tested in the OLED category is the LG OLED55C1PUB. It's a premium model with many features. Even though you can usually only find the 55 and 48 inch models under $1,500, it's an amazing all-around TV with stunning picture quality, amazing motion handling, and an easy-to-use smart interface with a huge selection of streaming apps. It's also future-proof, with 4 HDMI 2.1 ports and support for eARC, so you can send high-quality audio signals to a supported soundbar or home theater system and simplify your setup.

    Unlike traditional LCD TVs, which use an LED backlight to light up the screen, each OLED pixel emits its own light. Thanks to this, OLED TVs like the C1 deliver a very vibrant picture, with deep inky blacks and perfect black uniformity, with no distracting blooming around bright objects. It's an incredible gaming TV, too, with very low input lag and a nearly instantaneous response time, so there's no blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has some great gaming features, including an auto low latency feature and support for a variable refresh rate.

    Sadly, our unit has bad out-of-the-box accuracy, so you might need to have it professionally calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest, but this can also vary between units, meaning ours might be an outlier. OLEDs have a risk of permanent burn-in, which can be an issue if you want to use it as a PC monitor or leave it on your favorite news channel all day, but we don't expect this to be an issue for those who watch varied content. If that doesn't bother you, it's one of the best TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best LED TV Under $1,500: Hisense 65U8G

    8.4
    Mixed Usage
    8.6
    Movies
    8.2
    TV Shows
    8.0
    Sports
    8.8
    Video Games
    8.5
    HDR Movies
    8.7
    HDR Gaming
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The best 65 inch TV under $1,500 with an LED panel is the Hisense 65U8G. It's an impressive all-around TV, and both its 55 and 65 inch models are available for this price range. We tested the 55 inch variant, but we expect the 65 inch size to perform about the same, but it has more dimming zones, so its local dimming feature might be a bit better. Unlike the LG C1 OLED, LED TVs are immune to burn-in, so you don't have to worry about leaving the same news channel on all day.

    It performs very well in both dark and bright environments. It has excellent peak brightness in SDR, and with its excellent reflection handling, visibility shouldn't be an issue even in the brightest of environments. In dark rooms, it has a VA panel with fantastic contrast and a great local dimming feature that helps further deepen any blacks. Fans of HDR content should appreciate that it supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, so you won't have to worry about the format your HDR content is in. Lastly, it displays a wide color gamut and gets bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms.

    Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out from the sides. We expect this from a VA panel TV, and they're not the best choices for a wide seating arrangement. Despite its low cost, it supports VRR with HDMI 2.1 inputs, has a quick response time, and Logitech K840 low input lag. However, there are some issues with motion handling in Game Mode as there are visible artifacts, and it also has some problems with red ghosting around moving objects. If these issues don't bother you, this is the best 65 inch TV under $1,500.

    See our review

  3. Wide Angle Alternative: Samsung QN65Q80AAFXZA

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    IPS
    Resolution 4k

    If you prefer something for wide seating arrangements, then check out the Samsung QN65Q80AAFXZA. Unlike the VA panel on the Hisense U8G, it uses an IPS panel, meaning it has much better viewing angles. Sadly, this comes at the expense of contrast and black uniformity, so it's not as good in a dark room. It gets extremely bright and has good reflection handling, making a great choice for watching TV shows or sports with many people in well-lit rooms. It's very good for gaming because it also has VRR support and an HDMI 2.1 input, and it doesn't have any issues with either the PS5 or Xbox Series X. It has a full-array local dimming feature, but sadly, it doesn't perform that well overall and, even though it does a good job at improving the contrast, there's still too much blooming around bright objects. It's available in a wide range of sizes, but the 50 inch and 85 inch models are different, as they use VA panels.

    If you want the best TV under $1,500, you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if you don't mind spending a bit more and have something with wide viewing angles, look into the Samsung. We tested the 55 inch model of the Samsung, but the 65 inch variant should perform the same.

    See our review

  4. Best 75 Inch TV Under $1,500: Hisense 75U6G

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    8.0
    TV Shows
    8.0
    Sports
    8.3
    Video Games
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    8.2
    HDR Gaming
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The best 75 inch TV under $1,500 that we've tested is the Hisense 75U6G. It's an entry-level model in Hisense's ULED lineup, so it's not as feature-rich, but it still delivers great overall performance. It's versatile for most uses and comes with Android TV built-in, which has an excellent platform and a large selection of apps, but it may take some time to learn. We tested the 65 inch model, but we expect the 75 inch model to perform about the same.

    It performs well in both dark and bright rooms. It's great for watching movies in dark rooms because it has a high native contrast, fantastic black uniformity, and decent local dimming that improves the picture quality in dark scenes. Visibility shouldn't be an issue as it gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling. Fans of HDR content should appreciate that it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, displays a wide color gamut, and has okay HDR peak brightness, but it may not be enough to deliver a true cinematic HDR experience.

    Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not a good choice for wide seating areas. Also, it doesn't support VRR and is limited to a 60Hz panel, so you can't take full advantage of the new gaming consoles' full capabilities. Still, it has low input lag and a quick response time for a responsive gaming experience. Overall, it's the best 75 inch TV under $1,500.

    See our review

  5. Roku Alternative: TCL 75S535

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    If you're a fan of the easy-to-use Roku TV, then look into the TCL 75S535. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense U6G, but it has a few more features like motion interpolation and the ability to remove 24p judder from any source. This helps with the appearance of motion in lower frame rate content like movies or some games. It also has a VA panel with a fantastic contrast ratio and decent local dimming to further improve the contrast. Our unit has great out-of-the-box accuracy and displays a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR. On the plus side, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution, which is great for watching TV shows or DVDs.

    If you're in the market for the best 75 inch TV under $1,500, you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if you want something with Roku instead of Android, check out the TCL. We tested the 75 inch model of the TCL, but the 75 inch variant should perform the same.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG OLED55CXPUA: The LG CX is an older version of the LG C1 that you can probably find for cheaper if it's still available, and it delivers the same picture quality. See our review
  • Sony XR65X90J: The Sony X90J has a VA panel like the Hisense U8G and also gets bright, but it costs more and doesn't have gaming features. See our review
  • Vizio OLED55-H1: The Vizio OLED 2020 is cheaper than the LG C1 and offers similar overall picture quality, but includes too many bugs. See our review
  • LG OLED55BXPUA: The LG BX OLED performs very similarly to the LG C1 OLED and costs less, although it doesn't feel as well-built and doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • TCL 65R635: The TCL 6 Series is a great low-cost TV that doesn't have HDMI 2.1 inputs like the U8G and the 75 inch model costs over $1,500, so it's better to go for the TCL 5 Series. See our review
  • Sony KD-65X80J: The Sony X80J is a decent 4k TV with wide viewing angles, but it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 inputs or gaming features like the Samsung Q80A. See our review
  • Samsung QN55QN90AAFXZA: The Samsung QN90A is an excellent LED TV with Mini LED backlighting so it gets bright, but the 55 inch model costs a bit more than $1,500. See our review
  • Vizio M75Q7-J03: The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is a very good low-cost 75 inch gaming TV with VRR support, but it doesn't get as bright as the Hisense U6G and has worse local dimming. See our review
  • LG 65NANO90UPA: The LG NANO90 2021 has wide viewing angles and gaming features like the Samsung Q80A, but it doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • Hisense 65H9G: The Hisense H9G is an older version of the Hisense U8G that costs less, but it doesn't have as many gaming features; get this if you don't it for gaming. See our review
  • Vizio P65QX-H1: The Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 performs similarly to the Hisense U8G, but the 65 inch model may be a bit difficult to find for under $1,500. See our review
  • Samsung QN55QN85AAFXZA: The Samsung QN85A is better than the Samsung Q80A because it has Mini LED backlighting, but the 65 inch model isn't available for under $1,500. See our review
  • Sony KD-65X85J: The Sony X85J has HDMI 2.1 inputs and gets a bit brighter than the Hisense U6G, but it lacks local dimming and the 75 inch model is a bit over $1,500. See our review
  • TCL 65R646: The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is an impressive TV, but it's not quite as good as the Hisense U8G, and it has trouble upscaling 480p content. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 05, 2021: Added the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED as a Notable Mention, verified our picks for accuracy and availability, and refreshed the text throughout.

  2. Aug 10, 2021: Replaced the LG CX and Hisense H8G with the LG C1 and Hisense U6G for consistency; replaced the TCL 6 Series 2020 with the TCL 5 Series because the 75 inch model of the 6 Series is over $1,500; updated Notable Mentions.

  3. Jun 11, 2021: Replaced the Hisense H9G with the newer Hisense U8G and renamed it as 'Best LED'; replaced the LG NANO90 2020 with the Samsung Q80A because it gets brighter; removed the Samsung Q80T; updated Notable Mentions.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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. 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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