$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 use. 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 in the last two years, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $2,000 you can buy in 2020.
The LG OLED55B9 is the best TV under $2,000 that we've tested so far. It's a remarkable TV for all uses, whether it be gaming, sports, or movies, thanks to its excellent picture quality, perfect blacks, wide viewing angles, and low input lag. Like all LG smart TVs, it utilizes LG's WebOS for an easy to use interface with a wide selection of apps and the ability to cast from your phone, or use it as a remote control.
Like all OLED TVs, the picture quality is outstanding, with a wide color gamut and support for Dolby Vision for an excellent HDR viewing experience. Also, thanks to its OLED panel, it has perfect blacks, providing an effectively infinite contrast ratio. The input lag is extremely low, providing a very responsive gaming experience, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4, meaning gaming from your PC will look great on this screen as well.
Unfortunately, just like all OLED TVs, this TV 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, however, this is an excellent TV and currently both the 55" and 65" can routinely be found for under $2,000.
If you want impressive picture quality but are concerned about the possibility of burn-in, get the Samsung QN55Q80R, as it's the best LED TV that we've tested so far. The blacks aren't as perfect as the LG B9 OLED, and its viewing angles aren't as wide, but it can get significantly brighter and doesn't run the risk of burn-in. The picture quality is impressive and the TV delivers a remarkable dark room performance, as well as doing a better job at fighting glare in very bright rooms thanks to its brighter screen. While the viewing angles aren't as good as the LG, this TV has wider viewing angles than most VA panel TVs thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology.
Currently, both the 55" and 65" versions can be found for under $2,000, so it's definitely worth it to keep your eyes open for sales. Overall, if you want the absolute best picture quality available, get the LG, but if you watch TV in a very bright environment or are concerned about the possibility of burn-in, get the Samsung.
The best 75 inch TV under $2,000 is the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 P759-G1. This TV has a great overall picture quality and can deliver deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. It can get very bright and will easily fight the glare of any room. It has a wide color gamut and displays HDR content with saturated colors and highlights that pop. Motion looks good on this TV thanks to the very fast response time that delivers fast-moving content with only minimal blur. This is also an excellent TV for gamers, as it has a low input lag and feels very responsive to your actions.
On the downside, the image deteriorates when viewed from the side, as with most VA panel TVs. This isn't an issue if you sit straight in front, but when watching the big game with a group of friends, those sitting on the side will notice the degrade in image accuracy. It also has significant vignetting and only alright grey uniformity, which results in some noticeable dirty screen effect and vertical lines noticeable during panning shots.
Overall, this is a very versatile TV that offers a lot of high-end features at a very competitive price. It's available in both 65" and 75" sizes for much less than comparable models from companies like Samsung or LG, and the 75" version provides the best viewing experience available for well under $2,000.
If you want a 75" TV for watching HDR movies or TV shows, get the Sony XBR75X900F. It's more expensive than the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 and has higher input lag, but it can get significantly brighter when displaying HDR content and has better gradient performance. These benefits, combined with a high native contrast ratio and good uniformity, help this TV create bright, vivid highlights for HDR. While the Sony is from 2018, it's still widely available with the 49", 55", 65", and 75" versions all currently available for under $2,000.
If you want a versatile and well-rounded 75" TV and want to save some money, go for the Vizio, but if you use your TV primarily for streaming movies and TV shows or watching 4K Blu-rays and you want the best possible HDR experience for under $2,000, get the Sony.
If you have a very wide living room, or you often watch TV with a large group of people, get the LG 75SM9070. It has a much lower contrast ratio, worse local dimming performance, and lower peak brightness than the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019, but has much wider viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. Overall, the picture quality of this TV is still good, though unfortunately black levels aren't as deep and uniform as with the Vizio. On the upside, it has extremely low input lag, which is great for gamers, and LG's WebOS is an easy to use and smooth smart TV interface with a ton of app options.
If you want the best picture quality you can get on a 75" TV for under $2,000, get the Vizio, but if you tend to watch TV with a lot of people looking at the screen from all angles, the IPS panel of the LG gives it much better viewing angles.
If you want a giant screen for fully immersing yourself in your games, the 82 inch Samsung UN82RU8000 is the best large gaming TV under $2,000 that we've tested so far. It's 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. It also has a wide color gamut and support for HDR 10 and HDR 10+, meaning it can support HDR content from your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X as well.
Unfortunately, like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so this TV isn't a great choice if you plan on gaming on it from the side. Its HDR peak brightness is also only mediocre, so it can't display HDR highlights as bright as they should be. You may also want to consider the 82" Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED, as currently it can also be found for under $2,000 and has slightly better peak brightness which may give marginally better HDR performance, though the difference may be negligible.
Overall, this TV offers an excellent gaming experience that should please even the most 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.
01/02/2020: Added Sony X900F as 'Alternative With Better HDR Performance' to the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. Made changes to text for clarity.
10/30/2019: Replaced the Vizio P Series 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019, and the LG 75SM8600 with the LG 75SM9000. Made changes to text for clarity.