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The 5 Best 4k TVs under $2,000 - Fall 2018
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$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 from the mainstream 55 inch size all the way up to whopping 75-inch ones. It all boils down to what you want.

We've tested 59 TVs available under $2,000 and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.

  1. Best TV under $2,000: LG OLED55B8

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    9.3
    Movies
    What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.4
    TV Shows
    What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.6
    Sports
    What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.9
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    9.0
    HDR Movies
    What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k

    The best TV we’ve tested under $2000 is the LG B8. It is a great OLED TV with excellent picture quality (the LG OLED55C8PUA has the same picture quality but it is more expensive). It has perfect blacks and a wide color gamut that delivers a very good HDR performance with saturated colors and bright highlights. It has wide viewing angles that make it suitable for wide seating arrangements and excellent reflection handling. It has excellent motion handling, with an instantaneous response time, and very low input lag (lower than more expensive models like the Sony A8F) for gamers. 

    However, just like any other OLED TV, the LG B8 has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in, although we expect that most people won’t experience it. 

    Overall it is an excellent TV that will deliver a great experience no matter the usage.

    See our review

  2. LED Alternative: Samsung QN55Q8FN

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want an LED TV alternative to the LG OLED55B8PUA, get the  Samsung QN55Q8FN. You will not get the perfect blacks or the wide viewing angles of the OLEDs. The Samsung is a very bright TV with great picture quality and support for gaming features like Freesync. Furthermore, the LCD panel seems to be immune to the permanent burn-in risk.

    See our review

  3. Best Value for Size under $2,000: LG 75UK6570

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    6.3
    Movies
    What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.1
    TV Shows
    What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.8
    Sports
    What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.4
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    6.2
    HDR Movies
    What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    7.7
    HDR Gaming
    What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    IPS (except 70")
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want a much bigger screen size than the LG OLED55B8 under $2000, then get the LG 75UK6570. The UK6570 does not have the excellent picture quality or perfect blacks of the LG and it is not a good choice for a dark room.

    On the upside, it is a large screen TV that offers a decent picture quality with wide viewing angles, suitable for large rooms. It has excellent reflection handling and good SDR brightness, so you will have no issues in a room with many - not too bright - light sources. The UK6570 has a  remarkably low input lag that makes it very responsive and this great when you play video games. 

    Overall, this large TV is a pretty good choice for the price tag.

    See our review

  4. 65-inch Alternative: Sony XBR65X900F

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you find the LG 75UK6570 too large and want a 65-inch TV for under $2,000, get the Sony XBR65X900F. The Sony XBR65X900F, just like last years’ model XBR65X900E (get this one if you can find it), is smaller than the LG and does not have the remarkably low input lag. It is, however, a better overall TV with great picture quality, deep and uniform blacks, wide color gamut and can display HDR content with highlights that pop. It has very good motion handling and low input lag and will please most people who choose it.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper but hard to find alternative: Vizio P65-F1

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want a cheaper 65-inch alternative, then get the Vizio P65-F1. The P Series might not have as great a gray uniformity as the LG 75UK6570. On the upside, it is a TV that has great picture quality for almost any usage. It can get very bright, has a wide color gamut and displays bright highlights in HDR content. The very low input lag and the great motion handling make it a good option for sports fans and gamers.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung UN75NU7100. Decent LED TV with great blacks, but the LG UK6570 is better overall. See our review.
  • Vizio E75-F1. Very good TV and good price for the size. but not easy to find. See our review.
  • Sony XBR75X850E. Very good TV but very hard to find. See our review 
  • Samsung UN65NU8000. Good LED TV with great gaming features, but the Vizio P series is better. See our review.
  • Samsung QN55Q7FN. Good TV with great colors, but the overall package isn't very competitive compared to the LG B8 or Sony X900F. See our review. 
  • LG C8. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B8. See our review
  • LG 65SK9000PUA. Good versatile LED TV, but worse than the X900F for the same price. See our review.

All Reviews

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. 

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