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. For more affordable options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs under $1,000.
The LG OLED55B9PUA 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. The input lag is very low, and there's 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. You won't get the LG's perfect blacks, but its 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 best 65 inch TV for less than $1,500 is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 PX65-G1. This TV's VA panel delivers an amazing picture quality with its great contrast ratio and one the highest peak brightness we've seen. It has a full-array local dimming with impressive performance, making dark scenes look even better. Naturally, this TV supports HDR, but Vizio went above and beyond to also include support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. Motion handling is superb and there's also a black frame insertion feature to reduce the appearance of motion blur.
This TV has a simple and minimalist design that fits in most rooms. It performs remarkably well in dark environments, and it has excellent reflection handling for use in bright rooms. Unfortunately, its sub-par viewing angles make images look washed out when viewed from the side; however, this is typical for VA panels. Also, there's some vignetting and dirty screen effect that can be distracting when watching content like sports. On the bright side, it has a low input lag and a 120Hz refresh rate for a great gaming experience; although if you need FreeSync support, you'll need to look elsewhere.
Vizio's SmartCast isn't the smoothest platform around, but it's easy to use and there's a good amount of apps. The only downside is that you can't install any additional apps, which is rather disappointing. Overall, though, this TV has a lot to offer; with its 65 inch screen and a price tag below $1,500, it's hard to find a better deal.
If you have a seating arrangement that requires you to view the TV from the side, you should take a look at the LG 65SM9500PUA. Its IPS panel provides much better viewing angles than the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019; however, it also has a much lower contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look grayish in the dark. The local dimming doesn't perform as well either, with noticeable blooming and crushing of small bright highlights. Peak brightness in HDR mode is excellent, though, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is outstanding, in addition to its fast response time and low input lag. There's still no support for any variable refresh rate technology, but LG's WebOS has a larger number of apps through its app store and it runs smoothly for the most part.
If you want the best picture quality, get the Vizio, but if viewing angles are important to you and you don't mind compromising on things like contrast ratio and local dimming, then go with the LG.
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 LG B9 OLED's perfect blacks. 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, this is a large TV that will keep most of its owners happy and still costs less than $1,500.
04/17/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.
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.