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.
We've tested 54 TVs available under $1500 and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.
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.
If you want a TV with better gaming features than the Sony X900F, then get the Samsung QN55Q7FN. You will not have the deep blacks and excellent movie performance of the Sony. On the upside, the Samsung Q7FN is a great TV for most usages. It has a very low input lag and supports the latest gaming features like auto low latency mode and the FreeSync variable refresh rate that helps remove tearing when connected to a compatible device like the Xbox One S/X.
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 P Series 2018. It does not have the excellent reflection handling of the Sony X900F and it can't get as bright. On the other hand, the Vizio P Series 2018 is a 65” TV with very good picture quality, with a high contrast ratio and good local dimming support that deliver deep blacks in a dark room. It has a great HDR performance with bright and saturated colors, excellent motion handling and a low input lag that will please most gamers
However, just like all TVs with a VA panel, the viewing angles of the Vizio P series 2018 are bad and thus it is not a good choice for a room with a wide seating arrangement.
Overall, the 65-inch Vizio P Series 2018 is a great choice for almost any use and will keep happy those who buy it.
If you find the price of the Vizio P Series 2018 (P65-F1) expensive, but still want a very good TV under $1,500, then get the TCL 6 Series 65R617. The TCL does not have the great local dimming of the Vizio. 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.
If you want a much larger TV, then get the Vizio E Series 2018 E75-E1. You will not get the same great picture quality as the Sony X900F. The Vizio does not offer such an impressive dark room performance as the Sony since its local dimming feature is not as effective. Also, its brightness levels are worse than those of the Sony X900F.
On the upside, it is a good 4k LED TV. It has a decent picture quality and decent performance in most usages. It can display deep uniform blacks due to its high native contrast ratio and has a low input lag, which is great for gaming. The Vizio has decent motion handling and an option to introduce flicker so as to make the image crisper.
Overall, the Vizio E75-F1 is a decent TV for under $1,500 and most people will be happy with their choice.
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.