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 80 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.
Of the TVs we've tested, the LG OLED65CXPUA is the best TV under $2,000. Like all OLEDs, it has a near-infinite contrast ratio and can produce perfect blacks thanks to its self-emitting pixels. As a result, the picture quality is amazing, especially when it comes to watching movies or gaming in the dark. It also has wide viewing angles, ensuring the image stays accurate even when you move off-center.
OLEDs are also a great choice for gaming. The TV has a near-instantaneous response time, resulting in exceptionally clear motion with very few artifacts. The CX also has four HDMI 2.1 ports to support 4k @ 120Hz gaming on the latest consoles, although the ports are capped at 40 Gbps as opposed to the full 48 Gbps that HDMI 2.1 should have. Aside from that, it also has a very low input lag and variable refresh rate (VRR) support.
Unfortunately, OLEDs come with a small risk of permanent burn-in when static elements are left on the screen for extended periods of time. However, we don't expect it to be a problem for those who watch varied content. On the upside, HDR content looks fantastic thanks to its wide color gamut and exceptionally high contrast, despite a lower peak brightness. With new models coming out in 2021, the CX can often be found for under $2,000, and for the price, it's hard to beat in terms of features and performance.
If, however, you want to save a bit of money, check out the LG BX OLED, which is the entry-level cousin of the LG CX OLED. It has most of the same features that you can find on the CX, although it only comes in 55 or 65 inch sizes. It's a little less premium, with a plastic stand, unlike the sturdier metal stand you can find on the CX, but it has the same OLED pixel technology that allows it to produce perfect blacks and have a nearly instant response time. Like the CX, it also has wide viewing angles to accommodate wider seating arrangements and includes extra features like eARC, HDMI 2.1, and VRR. However, it doesn't get quite as bright in either SDR or HDR.
If you want one of the best TVs under $2,000, you can't go wrong with the CX, but if you're looking to save a bit of money for similar performance, the BX is a great alternative.
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. The advantage of an LED TV over an OLED is that it doesn't face the risk of permanent burn-in, either.
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. 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. Lastly, It handles reflections exceptionally well and gets bright enough to overcome glare easily.
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. It has incredibly low input lag, a fast response time, and 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. Overall, this is an excellent TV that should please most people.
If you want to save some money, then check out the Hisense 65H9G. It doesn't have gaming features like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, but it's similar overall as it also has a VA panel with a full-array local dimming feature. The H9G 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 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 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. If you want to game, it has very low input lag and supports FreeSync VRR technology to reduce screen tearing.
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. 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 should 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.
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.
Jan 04, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. No change in recommendations.
Nov 05, 2020: Replaced Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 with Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020.
Sep 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.
Jul 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.
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.