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The 5 Best 4k TVs under $1,500 - September 2018
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You can find very good 65" TVs under $1500, and in some cases, even 75" ones. Prices of TVs are heading south, and new technology features are finding their way into the more mainstream models.

We've tested 50 TVs available under $1500 and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.

  1. Best TV under $1,500: Sony XBR55X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    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:
    8.5
    Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.2
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports
    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.
    8.6
    Video Games
    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.
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    The best TV we’ve tested available under $1,500 is the Sony XBR55X900F. The X900F has a very good picture quality that delivers deep blacks due to high contrast ratio and local dimming support. It has a wide color gamut and can get very bright, so when watching HDR content you can see the highlights pop. The motion handling capabilities are very good, and the fast response time and low input lag, although not as low as that of the Samsung NU8000, make it an attraction to gamers.

    Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the X900F cannot maintain the same picture quality when viewed from the side.

    Overall this is the best TV you can buy below $1500 and it is unlikely that you will find one that will outperform it, in this price range, any time soon.

    The Sony XBR55X900E is last year’s model and has a similar performance so you can opt for this one if you can find it.

    See our review

  2. OLED alternative: LG OLED55B7A

    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k

    If you prefer an OLED TV over the LED Sony X900F, then get the LG OLED55B7A if you can still find in stock, as it has been replaced by the LG B8. The LG B7A has excellent picture quality with true blacks and a remarkable motion handling that will keep most people satisfied in almost any usage.

    See our review

  3. Bigger Size Alternative: Vizio P65-F1

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you prefer a larger size TV than the Sony XBR55X900F without making many compromises in picture quality, the best 65 inch TV under $1,500 is the Vizio P65-F1. The Vizio P Series 2018 does not have the same excellent reflection handling of the Sony X900F. On the other hand, it is a 65” TV with very good picture quality, deep blacks, great HDR performance, excellent motion handling and low input lag to please gamers. 

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: TCL 65R617

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you find the price of the Sony XBR55X900F expensive, but still want a very good TV under $1500, then get the TCL 6 Series 65R617. The TCL does not have the good gray uniformity of the X900F. It is, however, a good TV with very good picture quality with deep blacks, rich colors and good HDR content handling. It has very low input lag that will please gamers and good motion interpolation to satisfy those who enjoy the soap opera effect. 

    See our review

  5. Best Value for Size under $1,500: Vizio E75-F1

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    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:
    7.1
    Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    7.3
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Sports
    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.
    8.4
    Video Games
    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.
    7.3
    HDR Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.1
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you find the 55-inch Sony XBR55X900F too small, the best value for size under $1,500 is the Vizio E Series 2018. It cannot get as bright as the Sony X900F nor does it have such as effective local dimming to boost the blacks. Thus the picture quality is not as good as that of the Sony.

    On the upside, the Vizio E Series 2018 is a good 4k LED TV with decent picture quality and a very high native contrast ratio that can display deep and uniform blacks in dark scenes. It has a low input which makes it very responsive and this is good news if you play video games. It also has decent motion handling and a good BFI feature to make the image crisper.

    Overall, the Vizio E series 2018 is the best value for size under $1,500 as it performs well for mixed usage.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung UN65NU8000. A very good TV packed with gaming features, but the Sony XBR55X900F is more versatile. See our review
  • Sony KD70X690E. Good 70 inch TV with decent picture quality, but the Vizio E Series 2018 is better. See our review
  • LG 65SK8000. Good TV for its picture quality at an angle, but poor blacks in a dark room and bad value for money, get the TCL R617 See our review
  • LG 65UK7700. Decent LED TV with a wide viewing angle, but the TCL R617 offers better picture quality for the same price. 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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