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 70 TVs on our latest test bench, 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 best OLED TV that we've tested under $1,500 is the LG OLED55CXPUA. One of two entry-level OLEDs in LG's 2020 lineup, it delivers incredible picture quality with some nice extra features and a sleek design. While larger sizes are more expensive, the 55 inch version can often be found for under $1,500, and even though it's an older version of the LG C1 OLED, it's a better choice because it costs less.
It can produce perfect blacks by turning off pixels individually thanks to its OLED panel technology, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio that's ideal for watching movies and other content in the dark. While OLEDs typically don't get as bright as LED TVs, HDR content still looks great on this TV because of its wide color gamut and perfect black levels. Gamers should appreciate the variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. It also has a near-instantaneous response time that results in smooth motion, and its low input lag makes gaming feel responsive.
Unfortunately, as with every OLED, there's a risk of permanent burn-in if static elements are left on the screen for long periods, but it shouldn't be an issue if you use your TV to watch varied content. Also, because it has such a fast response time, there's quite a bit of stuttering with lower-frame rate content. That said, most people should be happy with it, making this the best 55 inch OLED under $1,500 that we've tested.
The TV under $1,500 in the LED category 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 the same even though it has more dimming zones.
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. It displays a wide color gamut and easily gets bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, which we expect from a VA panel TV. This means that the image looks inaccurate when viewing from the side. Despite its low cost, it supports VRR with HDMI 2.1 inputs, has a quick response time, and a low input lag. However, there are some issues with its local dimming feature when you enable VRR with an Xbox connected, but a future firmware update could fix this. If these issues don't bother you, this is the best 65 inch TV under $1,500.
If you prefer something for wide seating arrangements, then check out the Samsung QN65Q80AAFXZA. It uses a different panel type than the Hisense U8G, so that means it has a much lower contrast at the cost of wider viewing angles. 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.
If you want the best LED 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.
The best 75 inch TV under $1,500 we've tested is the Hisense 75H8G. It's a VA panel TV that performs well in both dark and bright rooms. It has a high contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming to produce deep blacks, and it gets bright enough to overcome glare easily. It doesn't have the best viewing angles, which we expect from most VA panels, so it isn't ideal for wide seating areas.
It has a fast response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to deliver clear images in fast-moving scenes. Low frame rate content doesn't stutter much, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps. Its low input lag makes gaming feel incredibly responsive, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it lacks VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It supports most common resolutions and can display proper 4:4:4, making it a good choice for a PC monitor.
Sadly, the overall HDR experience is just okay. It has a good color gamut, but it doesn't get quite bright enough, and the brightness varies a lot depending on the scene, so small highlights don't pop as much in dark scenes. It runs on Android TV, which comes with access to the Google Play Store and voice control through the Google Assistant. Overall, this is a versatile model that should please most people and the best 75 inch TV under $1,500 that we've tested.
If you prefer Roku's user-friendly interface over Android TV, then check out the TCL 75R635. It's very similar to the Hisense H8G, but it has a significantly higher contrast ratio and better motion handling. Plus, it gets much brighter to deliver a fantastic HDR experience. Unfortunately, it has a slightly higher input lag, and its local dimming feature doesn't perform as well. Color accuracy is mediocre out of the box, so you may have to calibrate it to get the best viewing experience. The built-in Roku TV is user-friendly, menu navigation feels smooth, and it has a ton of apps you can download. Also, it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is great if you tend to watch shows from a cable box.
Overall, these are very similar TVs, and there are pros and cons for each. The Hisense is a better choice if you don't want to spend as much money, but if you want a Roku TV or a better HDR experience, then go with the TCL.
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.
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.
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.
Dec 15, 2020: Minor text and structure changes. No change in recommendations.
Oct 16, 2020: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 with the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020; added the TCL 6 Series 2020.
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.