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.
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If you prefer an OLED TV over the LED Sony X900F, then get the LG OLED55B7A if you can still find in stock, as it has been replaced by the LG B8.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.