$2,000 can buy you some of the best TVs on the market, packed with features so that you don't have to make compromises, no matter your usage. You can find great TVs under this price, from the mainstream 55 inch size all the way up to whopping 82 inch ones. It all boils down to what you want.
We've tested more than 70 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $2,000 you can buy in 2019.
The LG OLED55B9 is the best TV under $2,000 that we've tested. This is a remarkable TV with excellent picture quality, like all OLED TVs. It offers an outstanding dark room performance thanks to its ability to deliver perfect blacks.
This TV displays lively colors when in HDR, thanks to its wide color gamut, and the image remains accurate even when viewed from the side, which makes it a great choice for wide seating arrangements. The response time is nearly instantaneous and motion looks crisp with almost no blur. It has a very low input lag and supports HDMI Forum variable refresh rate for an excellent gaming experience. It's a more future-proof TV than the LG B8, as it has 4 HDMI 2.1 ports which don't add much at the moment.
This TV, just like all OLED TVs, has the risk of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. This usually occurs with cumulative long exposure to static content and it's unlikely to happen with normal, varied content. Also, some people might find the sudden change in brightness, due to the aggressive Automatic Bright Limiter (ABL) function found on this TV, bothering.
Overall, this is an excellent TV that will keep most people happy, no matter the intended use.
If you're too concerned about the possibility of burn-in of the OLEDs, then the Samsung QN55Q80R is the best LED alternative. The picture quality is impressive and the TV delivers a remarkable dark room performance. Although you won't have the perfect blacks or the excellent wide viewing angles of the LG B9, this TV has wider viewing angles than most VA panel TVs thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. It can get very bright and delivers excellent HDR performance. Finally, this TV is loaded with a low input lag and lots of gaming goodies to offer you an amazing gaming experience. Both the 55" and the 65" models are available under $2,000.
If you want the absolute best picture quality, get the LG B9; if the burn-in issue is a concern, the Q80R is an excellent alternative.
The best 75 inch TV under $2,000 that we've tested so far is the Vizio P Series 2018 P75-F1. This TV has a good picture quality and a remarkable dark room performance, thanks to the very high native contrast ratio and very good local dimming.
It can get very bright and is suitable for rooms of any brightness. It displays HDR content full of vivid colors and highlights that pop, thanks to the TV's wide color gamut and good HDR peak brightness. Motion handling is outstanding, and fast-moving content looks crisp thanks to the very fast response time. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag but might be disappointed by the lack of any advanced features.
Unfortunately, the picture degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front. Overall, however, it's a great TV with an impressive performance in most uses.
If your room is wide and you find that the viewing angles on the Vizio P Series 2018 are inadequate, then get the LG 75SM8600. You won't have the same dark room performance, as blacks look like gray on the LG when in a dark room. On the upside, this is a very good TV with decent picture quality and excellent reflection handling. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, so you can move around while watching TV.
If you want better picture quality and you watch from straight in front, get the Vizio P Series 2018; otherwise, the LG 75SM8600 is a good alternative for wide seating arrangements.
If you want the largest gaming TV that you can get for less than $2,000, then get the Samsung 82 inch UN82RU8000. It doesn't have the perfect blacks of the LG B8, and it can't get as bright as the Vizio P Series 2018. It is, however, a very large TV that immerses you into your game thanks to its sheer size, excellent motion handling, and low input lag. It has a good picture quality, and although it lacks a local dimming feature, blacks are deep in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio. The TV supports AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate for nearly tear-free gaming and supports low input lag with motion interpolation. It also has an auto low latency mode to detect when you're gaming, so you don't have to switch it manually to 'Game' mode.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so this TV isn't a great choice if you'll often be watching from the side.
Overall, this very large TV offers an excellent gaming experience that will please even demanding gamers.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs under $2,000 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't really 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 $2,000. Be careful to not 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.