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 all the way up to whopping 82 inch ones. It all boils down to what you want.
The best TV under $2,000 we've tested so far is the LG OLED55CXPUA. It's an excellent coverall TV that uses OLED technology to turn off pixels individually. This results in perfect blacks, making it ideal for watching movies in the dark. If you have a wide seating arrangement, it also has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side.
This TV is an excellent choice for almost any type of use. It's outstanding for gaming because it has a near-instant response time, fairly low input lag, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing. It's great for watching sports because there's no dirty screen effect visible in the center, and the wide viewing angles allow you to watch the game with a big group of friends. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and it displays a really wide color gamut for these modes. LG's built-in WebOS is also easy to use, and the app store has a great selection of apps available to download.
Unfortunately, since it's an OLED TV, it has the risk of permanent burn-in. If you watch a lot of news or play video with static elements, like FIFA, this could be a problem. Otherwise, it shouldn't be an issue for most people. The TV doesn't get very bright, but it has outstanding reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. All in all, it's the best TV for under $2,000 we've tested so far.
If you're worried about the burn-in risk associated with OLED TVs, then check out the 4k LED Samsung QN65Q80TAFXZC. It doesn't have wide viewing angles and perfect blacks like the LG CX OLED. Still, with Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer added to the VA panel, it has decent viewing angles, and it still has a great contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature. It gets brighter than the LG, making more highlights pop in HDR, and it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy. It's an excellent gaming TV because of its fast 120Hz refresh rate, VRR support, extremely low input lag, and really fast response time. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues, but this could change from unit to unit. It also supports eARC, allowing you to send high-quality audio over HDMI.
Overall, if you want the best TV under $2,000, look into the 55 inch LG, but if you want a bigger LED, the Samsung is the best 65 inch TV for under $2,000 we've tested so far.
The best 75-inch TV under $2,000 we've tested so far is the Vizio PX75-G1. It delivers great overall picture quality, but it's a bit limited on smart features for a TV in 2020. If pure picture quality is what matters to you, you can't go wrong with this TV.
The TV has an outstanding native contrast ratio, even for a VA panel TV, and the full-array local dimming feature absolutely crushes any blacks, almost as good as an OLED TV. It has great black uniformity too, so it's ideal for watching movies in the dark. If you choose to use it in a bright room, it gets extremely bright, enough to combat glare, and it has excellent reflection handling. HDR content also looks incredible since it has one of the widest color gamuts we've seen so far, and its incredible peak brightness makes highlights pop. It's also good for casual gamers as it has an excellent response time and fairly low input lag, but it doesn't support any VRR.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel. It doesn't upscale 480p or 720p content well, but this is a common issue with Vizio TVs. It also has a limited smart interface that doesn't allow you to download any apps, but you can cast anything you want from your phone. Overall, this is a great TV that offers good value for its size and price, making it the best 75-inch TV under $2,000 we've tested so far.
If you prefer a 75-inch TV with better smart features, then check out the Hisense 75H8G. It doesn't get as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, but the Android TV software allows you to download extra apps, and it has a huge selection of apps available on the Google Play Store. It also has a VA panel, so naturally, it displays deep blacks, and it has a full-array local dimming feature, but that means it also has narrow viewing angles. It upscales lower resolution content well, and it's able to remove judder from native 24p content, such as from Blu-rays. Unfortunately, it has just okay out-of-the-box color accuracy, and even though it displays a wide color gamut for HDR, it doesn't get bright enough in that mode to bring out highlights. If you want to use it for some gaming, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but it has a low input lag and a good response time.
If you want the best TV under $2,000 in a 75-inch model, consider the Vizio, but if you're set on getting a better smart TV, the Hisense is a good choice.
The best TV under $2,000 for gaming with an 85-inch screen is the Samsung UN85TU8000FXZA. It's a lower-end TV in Samsung's 2020 lineup that lacks some of the gaming features found on their QLED series, but it's still a decent overall budget-friendly TV with good gaming performance.
It has a 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. However, it has a decent response time, and there's a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. Its input lag is also really low, great for console gaming. It has a VA panel with a really high native contrast ratio, producing extremely deep blacks, and it has one of the best black uniformity we've seen on a LED TV so far. It also has decent built-in speakers, and even though the Tizen OS is a reduced version with fewer features, you still get a great selection of apps available to download.
Unfortunately, the overall picture quality isn't good on this TV. It doesn't get very bright, it has narrow viewing angles, and it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. On the upside, it has an excellent design, and it's fairly well-built for a budget TV.
07/10/2020: Added the LG CX OLED, Samsung Q80T, Vizio P Series Quantum X, Hisense H8G, and Samsung TU8000; Removed the LG B9 OLED, Samsung Q80R, Vizio P Series Quantum, Sony X900F, LG SM9000, and Samsung RU8000.
04/30/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
03/02/2020: Updated notable mentions.
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.
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.