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 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. It 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. Like most Samsung TVs, it has a VA panel with a high contrast ratio, allowing it to produce deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. It has decent viewing angles thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, so you don't lose too much image accuracy when viewing from the side. It handles reflections exceptionally well and gets bright enough to overcome glare easily.
Accuracy is excellent out of the box, which means you might not need to calibrate it to get accurate color reproduction. It has an impressive color gamut to produce a wide range of colors and good gradient handling to minimize banding. Its HDR peak brightness is good, enough to make some highlights pop in HDR content. Fast motion looks clear due to its quick response time and Black Frame Insertion feature, and it can interpolate low frame rate content to make motion appear smoother, otherwise known as the 'Soap Opera' effect.
It has incredibly low input lag, a 120Hz refresh rate, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing, making it an excellent choice for gaming. On top of that, it has an HDMI 2.1 port so that you can make full use of the PS5 and Xbox Series X's graphical horsepower. Samsung's Tizen OS is easy to use and has one of the largest selection of apps; however, you do have to put up with the occasional ad or suggested content on the home screen, and there's no way to disable them. Nonetheless, this is an excellent TV that should please most people.
If you find the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED too expensive, then check out the Hisense H9G. It's a remarkably similar TV as it also has a VA panel with a full-array local dimming feature. It gets much brighter to combat glare and to deliver a significantly better HDR experience. Its slightly better response time results in less blur trail behind fast-moving objects; however, it can't display a 4k @ 120Hz signal even though it has a 120Hz panel. Also, it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice for most people, especially if you plan to game on it. However, if you're shopping on a smaller budget and don't mind a few compromises, the Hisense is a great alternative.
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 content. It has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, and it looks even better thanks to its full-array local dimming feature. It has excellent reflection handling and gets exceptionally bright, enough to provide good visibility, even in bright lighting conditions. 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 deliver a fantastic HR experience. While it doesn't have the best color accuracy out-of-the-box, it has an excellent color gamut, with near 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, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a Black Frame Insertion feature. Also, it can interpolate content up to 120fps for fans of the soap opera effect.
If you want to game, it has very low input lag and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. 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. That said, you should still be able to find the popular ones. All in all, this is a versatile TV for nearly every type of content.
If you get most of your content through streaming services and you want a platform with better app selection, then check out the TCL 75R635. Like the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, it's also a VA panel TV that delivers great picture quality; however, it runs on Roku, which is very user-friendly and has an extensive library of apps available to download. It doesn't get as bright, but it's more than enough to provide good visibility and deliver a good HDR experience. It has a faster response time, and it can remove judder from all sources. It supports VRR to reduce screen tearing, but it isn't fully functional and will likely be fixed in a firmware update.
For most people, the Vizio is a better choice due to its superior performance overall. However, if you want better smart features, then go with the TCL.
The best TV under $2,000 for gaming with an 85 inch screen is the Samsung UN85TU8000FXZA. It's a lower-end model 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 tested on an LED TV. 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.
01/04/2021: Minor text and structure changes. No change in recommendations.
11/05/2020: Replaced Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 with Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020.
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.
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.