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 80 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. 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 for responsive gaming.
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 need something cheaper, then check out the LG OLED55BXPUA. It delivers nearly identical picture quality to the LG C1 OLED, but it doesn't get as bright, so small highlights in HDR don't stand out as well. Our unit has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so it's unlikely that you'll need to get it calibrated, but this can vary between units. It has many gaming features like two HDMI 2.1 inputs, a nearly instantaneous response time, and low input lag for responsive gaming. It's a 2020 TV that you can still find available, and the price will likely drop. It's been replaced by the B1, but the replacement is only available directly from LG, and it's a bit more expensive.
If you want the best TV under $2,000 in the OLED category, you can't go wrong with the C1, but if you prefer something a bit cheaper, then look into the BX.
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, too.
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 have been some reports 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 want 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 that are 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 prefer something with a better smart system than Vizio's SmartCast, look into the Hisense 75U6G. It doesn't have gaming features like a 120Hz panel or VRR support like the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. However, it doesn't have as many bugs and issues, and you can find an excellent selection of apps available through the Google Play Store. It performs well in bright and dark rooms as it gets bright enough to fight glare, has an excellent contrast ratio, and has decent local dimming to further deepen any blacks. Despite its just okay HDR peak brightness, HDR content still looks great thanks to the wide color gamut and fantastic black uniformity.
If you want the best 75 inch TV under $2,000, you can't go wrong with the Vizio, but if you want a better smart TV, then look into the Hisense.
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'.
Feb 22, 2021: Replaced the LG CX with the LG BX because the 65 inch model of the BX is available for under $2,000.
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.