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 70 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,500 you can buy.
The LG OLED55B9 is the best TV under $1,500 we’ve tested so far. This outstanding OLED TV delivers excellent picture quality with perfect blacks that look amazing in a dark room. Just 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, however, 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. Finally, the input lag is very low, and there is 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 temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. However, most people won't experience this with normal, varied use.
Overall, this is a remarkable TV with outstanding performance in most uses and is the best 4k TV under $1,500.
If you're too concerned about the burn-in risk on the LG B9 OLED and want an LED TV that also performs better for video games, then get the Samsung Q70/QN55Q70R QLED. You won't get the LG's perfect blacks, but the dark room performance is excellent thanks to the high native contrast ratio and full array local dimming support. This is an impressive TV with great performance in most uses. It's equipped with some of the most advanced gaming features and offers FreeSync variable refresh rate support, low input lag with motion interpolation, and auto low latency mode. If you love video games and are looking for a TV in this price range, this one is for you.
If you want the best picture quality, get the LG, but if you're concerned about burn-in risk and gaming is your thing, then get the Samsung, one of the best 55 inch TVs under $1,500.
The Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 PX65-G1 is the best 65 inch TV for less than $1,500. The Vizio doesn't have the perfect blacks or the wide viewing angles found on the LG B9 OLED, and its smart platform isn't as good. However, it's a larger TV that delivers a great picture quality with deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio and effective local dimming support. Motion is crisp due to the fast response time, and the input lag is very low to please even competitive gamers. This is one of the brightest TVs and you can easily place it in a very bright room. Finally, when in HDR, the TV displays a wide color gamut with highlights that pop.
On the downside, just like most VA panel TVs, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side and it's not the best option if you often watch sports with a group of friends.
Overall, however, this is an excellent TV that'll keep you happy.
If you often watch sports with a group of friends and you want to consider a TV with wider viewing angles than the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, then check out the LG SM9500. You won't get the dark room performance of the Vizio, but on the upside, the LG is an impressive TV that delivers great performance in most uses. It has one of the best smart platforms and the image remains accurate at an angle. It can get very bright so any room will do and gamers will enjoy an extremely low input lag.
If you want a 65 inch TV for dark room viewing for under $1,500, get the Vizio. But if you watch TV with lights on and often watch from the side, then the LG is a better choice.
If you're looking for the best 75 inch TV under $1,500, then get the TCL 6 Series/75R617 2018. It can't deliver the same great picture quality as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, and it doesn't have the perfect blacks of the LG B9 OLED. That said, this is an impressive TV that delivers good picture quality, deep blacks in a dark room, and can get very bright, making it suitable for any room. It has a wide color gamut and displays HDR content with vivid colors and bright highlights. It has a very fast response time, so fast-moving objects have just a little blur trail. This TV feels very responsive thanks to the very low input lag.
Unfortunately, its VA panel can't maintain an accurate image when you're watching from the side, and the amount of dirty screen effect on this TV might bother some demanding sports fans.
Overall, the TCL is a large TV that will keep most of its owners happy, and still costs less than $1,500.
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.
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 and made changes to text for clarity.