With $2,000, you can buy yourself 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 up to the whopping 82 inch ones. It all boils down to what you want, and finding the best TV under $2,000 for your needs all depends on how you're going to use it.
We've tested more than 90 TVs on our latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $2,000 that you can buy. See our picks for the best TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best budget TVs.
The best TV under $2,000 in the OLED category is the LG OLED55C1PUB. It's an excellent premium model packed with features and offers fantastic performance for dark room viewing. It's very well-built and comes with a stylish center-mounted stand that should look nice in any setup. It's available in a 48 inch model under $2,000, but you can also get the 55 inch model in this price range.
OLEDs are unique because of how they can turn off each pixel. This results in a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels, and there's no blooming around bright objects either, so it performs best in dark environments. Even if you want to use it in well-lit rooms, it has fantastic reflection handling, but it may not get bright enough to truly fight glare from windows with direct sunlight. Gamers should appreciate the 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 support, meaning you can play 4k games up to 120fps. It also has variable refresh rate (VRR) support with a near-instantaneous response time and low input lag.
Unfortunately, OLEDs risk permanent burn-in, which could be problematic if you constantly watch the same content with static elements, like leaving it on a news channel all day. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for people who watch varied content. Also, our unit has bad out-of-the-box color accuracy, but this can also vary. If you don't mind these problems, this is the best OLED you can get for under $2,000.
If you're chasing the fantastic picture quality of OLEDs and want to spend a bit less money, then look into the LG OLED55A1PUA. It doesn't have any of the extra gaming features of the LG C1 OLED and is limited to a 60Hz panel, but it still offers the same near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black uniformity. It's well-built, and the 48, 55, and 65 inch models are available under $2,000, and we expect our results to be valid for all sizes. It displays a wide color gamut and has good gradient handling, but it doesn't get very bright in HDR, so some highlights don't pop. Also, while it doesn't get bright in SDR either, it has fantastic reflection handling, so it performs well in rooms with a few lights around.
If you want the best TV under $2,000 with an OLED panel, the 55 inch C1 is a great choice, but if you want something cheaper, the 55 inch A1 is a good alternative, and you can also get the 65 inch model if you want something bigger.
The best TV under $2,000 in the LED category that we've tested is the Samsung QN55QN90AAFXZA. It's a high-end TV that delivers impressive picture quality, and it comes with an outstanding selection of additional features. It's a premium model, so for under $2,000, you can usually only get the 55 inch model, but you can sometimes find the 65 inch in that price range.
It has an impressive new Mini LED backlight - which delivers higher peak brightness levels and allows tighter local dimming control. It's one of the brightest TVs we've ever tested, and it can easily overcome glare in almost any environment. Combined with its great local dimming feature and wide color gamut, the latest HDR content looks amazing. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+, but not Dolby Vision, which might disappoint some users.
Unfortunately, some uniformity issues can get distracting when watching sports, but that can also vary between units. There's also a bit of blooming around bright objects in dark scenes, and the local dimming performs worse in Game Mode, but it's not too bad overall. It has a VA panel with an excellent contrast ratio and great local dimming to display deep blacks, but the contrast is a bit lower than most VA TVs due to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that improves the viewing angles, so it's a good choice for fairly wide seating arrangements. All in all, this is one of the best TVs we've tested.
If you want something bigger, then check out the Hisense 65U8G. It has narrow viewing angles compared to the Samsung QN90A QLED, and although it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, it still gets very bright, so highlights stand out in HDR. It also supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, so you won't have to worry about the format your HDR content is in. It has a fantastic contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature is great, so it's an excellent choice for dark room viewing. Despite its low cost for a premium TV, it still has HDMI 2.1 inputs with VRR support, low input lag, and a quick response time for gaming. There are some issues of red blur in Game Mode, but this seems to vary between units. We tested the 55 inch TV, but we expect the 65 inch to perform about the same.
If you want the best TV under $2,000 in the LED category, you can't go wrong with the Samsung. If you want to spend less money or require something bigger, the Hisense is the best 65 inch TV under $2,000.
The best 75 inch TV under $2,000 that we've tested is the Vizio P75QX-H1. It's an overall great model that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in HDR. It has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks improved by its full-array local dimming feature. It has excellent reflection handling and gets exceptionally bright, enough to provide good visibility in bright lighting conditions.
It can deliver a fantastic HDR experience. While it doesn't have the best color accuracy out-of-the-box, it has an excellent color gamut, with nearly full coverage of the DCI P3 color space. Combined with its high peak brightness, it can produce rich, vibrant colors and bright highlights in HDR content. It has impressive motion handling to deliver crisp images in fast-moving scenes, as it has a fast response time and a 120Hz refresh rate. If you want to game, it has very low input lag and supports FreeSync VRR technology to reduce screen tearing, but VRR doesn't work properly at times.
However, it isn't well-suited for large rooms or wide seating areas, as its VA panel's poor viewing angles make the image look inaccurate from the side. It can display most common resolutions and chroma 4:4:4 for optimal text clarity when using it as a PC monitor. Vizio's SmartCast interface is decent, but it doesn't have as many apps as other platforms since Vizio doesn't have an app store. All in all, this is a versatile TV for nearly every type of content.
If you want the largest TV possible for under $2,000, then the Samsung UN85AU8000FXZA is the best TV under $2,000 that you can get in an 85 inch size. Although we tested the 65 inch model, our results are also valid for the 85 inch model. It's an okay overall TV that's not as feature-rich as other models, but that's the trade-off you have to make if you want a larger TV in this price range.
The AU8000 performs best in dark rooms thanks to the VA panel's high contrast ratio for deep blacks, and the black uniformity is excellent, but as expected from an entry-level model, there's no local dimming feature. Although it's not the brightest TV, it still has impressive reflection handling, so it's fine if you want to place it in a room with a few lights around. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes or DVDs, and if you want to stream your content the built-in Tizen OS is great.
Sadly, motion looks blurry due to the slow response time, and there's black smearing behind dark objects, which is typical of VA panels. It also doesn't have any gaming features like VRR support, and it's limited to a 60Hz panel, but it has low input lag if you want to use it for casual gaming on a big screen. Overall, it's one of the best TVs under $2,000, especially if you want an 85 inch screen.
Dec 03, 2021: Replaced the LG BX with the LG A1 because it's easier to find; replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 with the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED because the Vizio is hard to find and the TCL has better smart features. Removed the Hisense U6G as an alternative to the 75 inch pick; added the Samsung AU8000 in a new 85 inch category; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Oct 06, 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.
Aug 09, 2021: Replaced the TCL 6 Series with the Hisense U6G for consistency; added the Vizio M7 Series 2021, Hisense U7G, TCL 6 Series, LG A1, and Sony A80J to Notable Mentions.
Jun 10, 2021: Replaced the LG CX, Samsung Q80T, and Hisense H9G with the LG C1, Samsung QN90A, and Hisense U8G, because they're newer models; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.
Apr 19, 2021: Removed 'Largest Gaming TV Under $2,000' as a category; Replaced the LG BX OLED with the LG CX OLED as the 'Best OLED TV Under $2,000' and named the BX as 'Cheaper Alternative'.
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 TV reviews. 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.