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.
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 LG OLED55B9PUA is the best TV under $1,500 that we’ve tested so far. This outstanding OLED TV delivers excellent picture quality with perfect blacks that look amazing in a dark room. Like all OLED TVs, it has excellent wide viewing angles that favor rooms with wide seating arrangements. HDR content has rich, saturated colors thanks to the TV's wide color gamut.
This TV has remarkable motion handling, mostly due to its nearly instantaneous response time that delivers crisp motion and fast-moving content with almost no blur, which creates stutter. The TV has a motion interpolation feature, and a black frame insertion feature to help you adjust the appearance of motion. It supports HDMI 2.1, which currently doesn't add much but makes the TV more future-proof. The input lag is very low, and there's support for the HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology for nearly tear-free gaming for those with an Xbox One, although it's unlikely that it'll remain an Xbox exclusive.
Unfortunately, just like all OLED TVs, it has the risk of permanent burn-in. However, most people won't experience this with normal, varied use, and it's only a problem if you watch content with static displays, like the news, all day. Overall, this is a remarkable TV with outstanding performance in most uses and is the best 4k TV under $1,500.
If you want an excellent gaming TV that doesn't have the risk of permanent burn-in, then the Samsung QN55Q80TAFXZC is a great alternative. It can't produce perfect blacks like the LG B9 OLED, but the Samsung has a few extra gaming features like FreeSync variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing. The response time is excellent, there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, and the input lag in 'Game' mode is incredibly low. This TV has Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer added, improving the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast, but there's a local dimming feature to deepen any blacks further. Unfortunately, the edges of the screen are darker, and there's a dirty screen effect visible in the center. On the upside, it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated.
Overall, the LG delivers outstanding all-around performance, but if you're going to use your TV for gaming, you can't go wrong with the Samsung.
The best 65 inch TV for less than $1,500 is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 PX65-G1. This TV's VA panel delivers an amazing picture quality with its excellent contrast ratio, and it's one of the brightest TVs we've seen.
It has a full-array local dimming with great performance, making dark scenes look even better. It performs remarkably well in dark environments, and it has excellent reflection handling for use in bright rooms. Additionally, it has a low input lag and a 120Hz refresh rate for a great gaming experience; but it doesn't support FreeSync. Motion handling is excellent, and there's also a black frame insertion feature to reduce the appearance of motion blur. This TV also supports HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, and it gets bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR.
Unfortunately, its sub-par viewing angles make images look washed out when viewed from the side; however, this is typical for VA panels. Vizio's SmartCast isn't the smoothest platform around, but it's easy to use, and there's a good number of apps, but you can't install any additional apps, which is rather disappointing. Overall, though, this TV has a lot to offer. With its 65-inch screen and a price tag below $1,500, it's hard to find a better deal.
If you have a wide seating arrangement and are looking for an IPS TV with wide viewing angles, the LG 65SM9000PUA is a good alternative. It can't get as bright and can't produce deep blacks like the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, but it upscales lower resolution content better, so content from DVDs and cable boxes look good on this TV. The LG is future-proof with four HDMI 2.1 inputs, it's able to remove judder from all sources, and since it has a 120Hz refresh rate, it can interpolate motion up to 120fps, which is known as the 'Soap Opera Effect.' Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues, and it doesn't get bright enough in HDR to bring out highlights the way they should. Luckily, LG's WebOS interface is easy to use, and the app store has a great selection of apps available.
If you want the best 65 inch TV we've tested so far, the Vizio is a great choice, but if you want the image to remain accurate when viewing from the side, check out the LG.
The best 75 inch TV under $1,500 that we've tested so far is the TCL 75R617. This is a good budget TV that is available at a friendly price at any size, and the 75-inch model delivers good performance that should please most people looking for a large TV.
This is one of the higher-end TVs in TCL's lineup, so it has features you expect to find on a high-end TV. The VA panel produces deep blacks, and it has a full-array local dimming feature to deepen any blacks, although this feature isn't good at handling moving objects. It has good black uniformity, good out-of-the-box color accuracy, gets bright enough to combat glare, and has decent reflection handling. This TV has built-in Roku, which is one of the easiest to use operating systems, and there's a wide selection of apps available to download, so you'll likely find the app you need.
Unfortunately, with a VA panel, the viewing angles are poor, so it's not ideal for a wide seating arrangement. However, this TV supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and HDR content looks great because of its wide color gamut and excellent peak brightness. For its price, this is a really good TV and the best 75 inch TV under $1,500 we've tested so far.
06/16/2020: Replaced the Samsung Q70R with the Q80T and the LG SM9500 with the SM9000; updated notable mentions.
04/17/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
12/20/2019: Replaced the LG 65SM9000 with the LG 65SM9500 and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019.
10/24/2019: Replaced the LG 65SK9500 with the LG 65SM9000.
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.