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.
We've tested more than 60 TVs in the past two years, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $2,000 you can buy. See our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best budget TVs.
The best TV under $2,000 that we've tested so far is the LG OLED55CXPUA. It's excellent overall and uses OLED technology to individually turn off pixels. 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 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 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, it has the risk of permanent burn-in. If you watch a lot of news or play videos with static elements, 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.
The best TV under $2,000 with an LED panel is the Samsung QN65Q80TAFXZC. If you're worried about the permanent burn-in risk associated with OLED TVs, then you won't have to worry about any long-term burn-in effects on this TV. It's a high-end, well-built TV packed with gaming features.
It has a VA panel with 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer added to it. This means its contrast ratio is lower than most VA panels, but it has decent viewing angles, so it's suggested for fairly wide seating arrangements. Still, its native contrast is great, displaying deep blacks, and it has a full-array local dimming feature that greatly improves the contrast. In bright rooms, it gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has outstanding reflection handling. Gamers should appreciate its 120Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, low input lag, very quick response time, and its Black Frame Insertion feature.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, which may be a disappointment to some, but it supports HDR10+ instead. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content and gets bright enough to bring out highlights. It also has very good gradient handling and excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy. All in all, this is the best 65 inch TV under $2,000 that we've tested.
If you want to save some money, check out the cheaper Hisense 65H9G. It's a budget-friendly option that competes with higher-end TVs, and although it doesn't have wide viewing angles like the Samsung Q80T QLED, it displays much deeper blacks and has remarkable black uniformity. It has excellent reflection handling and amazing peak brightness, so it performs well in any bright environment. It supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, with great peak brightness in HDR. Even though it has a 120Hz panel, it doesn't accept 120Hz signals, and it doesn't support any VRR technology like the Samsung. However, most people should still be happy with this TV's excellent response time, resulting in minimal motion blur and low input lag.
If you simply want the best TV under $2,000 with an LED screen, you can't go wrong with the Samsung; however, if you prefer something cheaper, then look into the Hisense.
The best 75 inch TV under $2,000 that 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.
It has an outstanding native contrast ratio, even for a VA panel TV, and the full-array local dimming feature significantly improves the contrast, almost as good as an OLED. It has great black uniformity, 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, it's great and offers good value for its size and price, making it the best 75 inch TV under $2,000 that we've tested.
If you prefer a 75 inch TV with better smart features, check out the TCL 6 Series/75R635. It doesn't get as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, but it still gets bright enough to combat glare or to bring out highlights in HDR. It has built-in Roku TV, which is very easy-to-use, and it has a great selection of apps available to download. If you don't want to pay extra for an external box, you can easily stream your favorite content directly. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, VRR support, a quick response time, and low input lag, all of which are great for gaming. Sadly, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is only mediocre, and it has uniformity issues, but these may vary between units. It has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't suggested for wide seating arrangements. Finally, it has good built-in speakers, so you won't need to buy a soundbar unless you want to.
Overall, the Vizio is the best 75 inch TV under $2,000 that we've tested so far, but if you want something with built-in Roku, look into the TCL.
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 model 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. 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.
09/09/2020: Moved the Q80T to 'Best LED' and added the H9G as an alternative; replaced the Hisense H8G with the TCL 6 Series 2020.
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.
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. 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.