These days, you can find very good TVs for under $1,500. New technologies are finding their way into the more mainstream models, making them available to a wider range of people, as you can get a good TV for cheaper. 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, but there are a few entry-level models available in larger sizes.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until later in the year. Because of this, some of the 2021 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
We've bought and tested more than 340 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,500 you can buy. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000, the best TVs under $2,000, and the best budget TVs.
The LG OLED55C1PUB is the best TV under $1,500 we've tested. It's a premium TV with excellent overall picture quality thanks to its OLED panel. OLED TVs are unique because they turn individual pixels on and off, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It means that it looks fantastic in dark rooms as you get perfect black levels, and watching a movie with black bars on the top and bottom won't be distracting. It also comes with a user-friendly webOS smart platform that makes it easy to stream your favorite content without any external devices.
It's also excellent for HDR thanks to its dark room performance, but some small highlights don't pop as well as on other TVs. If HDR performance is your top priority, the LG G1 OLED gets brighter, but it costs more, so if you want the best TV at this price for good value, the C1 is still a fantastic choice.
The best mid-range TV under $1,500 is the Hisense 65U8G. It's different from the LG C1 OLED because it uses an LED panel, and while you don't get the same fantastic picture quality, the U8G is still impressive. It's the best 65-inch TV under $1,500 and should perform like the 55-inch model we tested. If you enjoy HDR, you'll appreciate that it supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, so it can play content in whichever format it's in. Also, it displays a wide color gamut and gets bright enough to make highlights pop. It looks great both in dark and bright rooms as it has a high native contrast ratio with a great local dimming feature that further deepens blacks in a dark room, and it also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room.
It's a well-rounded TV, but it has some motion artifacts you can see even while streaming content. However, this is more of an issue in Game Mode, so if you aren't much of a gamer, it won't be a problem, and it's still a great overall TV.
If you want something to use in a bright room, the Samsung QN55QN90AAFXZA is the best TV we've tested under $1,500 for well-lit environments. What makes this TV so amazing to use in a well-lit room is that it uses Mini LED backlighting with incredible SDR peak brightness and, combined with the remarkable reflection handling, you won't have issues using it even opposite a bright window. Even if you watch HDR content, it makes highlights pop and displays a wide color gamut to make those highlights and colors look vivid.
It's also a great choice if you watch a lot of sports or shows in a bright room with a few people around. It has a decent viewing angle that makes the image look consistent from the sides, so it's a great choice for wide seating areas as you'll see the same image from the sides as you would from in front, which makes it the best TV for bright and large rooms in this price range.
For a bigger size, the best 75-inch TV under $1,500 is the TCL 75R646. It's a great all-around TV with a few features to improve your overall experience, doesn't cost too much, and you can find it in a large size for under $1,500. Although we tested the 55-inch version, the 75-inch model should perform the same. It comes with Google TV as its built-in interface, which is easy to use and has a ton of apps you can download. It also has Google Chromecast built-in, meaning you can stream your favorite content, and the built-in mics on the remote and TV give access to the Google Assistant feature.
For picture quality, it uses Mini LED backlighting that produces deep blacks thanks to the decent full-array local dimming feature, and there isn't too much blooming around bright objects. Sadly, it doesn't upscale lower-resolution content like from DVDs well, but it doesn't have any issues if you want to watch HD cable channels, Blu-rays, or native 4k content from streaming apps.
Finding the best 85-inch TV under $1,500 is tough because there aren't many big TVs available in this price range, so if you're willing to spend more, the Sony KD-85X85J is the best 85-inch TV you can get for around $1,500. While it costs just a bit more, it offers better picture quality than some other cheaper TVs. The 85-inch model performs like the 55-inch variant we tested, which has a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks in dark rooms, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the picture quality. It also gets bright enough for a good HDR experience, and it has decent reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around. If you're also a gamer, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it a good choice for gaming with the PS5 or Xbox Series X.
If you're on a tighter budget, the Samsung AU8000 is also a decent choice, but it has worse overall picture quality and doesn't have the same features. However, it's only slightly cheaper than the Sony, meaning that if you're willing to spend just a bit extra, the X85J is a much better choice.
Jun 20, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; renamed the LG C1 as the 'Best TV Under $1,500' and removed the LG A1; renamed the Hisense U8G as the 'Best Mid-Range' and removed the Samsung Q80A; added the Samsung QN90A as the 'Best For Bright Rooms'; replaced the TCL 5 Series with the TCL 6 Series and renamed the Sony X85J as 'Best 85-Inch TV'.
Mar 29, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U6G with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 because the 75 inch version of the Hisense uses a different panel type; replaced the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 with the Sony X85J and renamed it to 'Alternative With HDMI 2.1 Bandwidth'.
Jan 28, 2022: Renamed the LG C1 to 'Best OLED Under $1,500' and added the LG A1 as a 'Large Alternative'; added the Samsung QN85A QLED, TCL 6 Series/R646 2021, Hisense U7G, and the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 to Notable Mentions.
Dec 01, 2021: Replaced the Hisense U6G with the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED, and moved the Hisense as a cheaper alternative to the TCL. Removed some out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Oct 05, 2021: Added the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED as a Notable Mention, verified our picks for accuracy and availability, and refreshed the text throughout.
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.