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The 5 Best 4k TVs under $1,500 - Fall 2018
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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.

  1. Best TV under $1,500: Sony XBR55X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.5
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.2
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    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.

    See our review

  2. Gaming alternative: Samsung QN55Q7FN

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    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.

    See our review

  3. Best 65 inch TV under $1,500: Vizio P65-F1

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.2
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.5
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.7
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.8
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.9
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.4
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    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.  

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: TCL 65R617

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    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. 

    See our review

  5. Best 75 inch TV under $1,500: Vizio E75-F1

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.3
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.4
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    7.3
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.1
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    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. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung UN65NU8000. A very good TV packed with gaming features, but the Vizio P65-F1 is more versatile. See our review
  • Sony KD70X690E. Good 70 inch TV with decent picture quality, but the Vizio E Series 2018 is better. See our review
  • LG 65SK8000. Good TV for its picture quality at an angle, but poor blacks in a dark room and bad value for money; get the TCL R617 instead. See our review
  • LG 65UK7700. Decent LED TV with a wide viewing angle, but the TCL R617 offers better picture quality for the same price. See our review
  • All Reviews

    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. 

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