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The 6 Best 4k TVs under $2,000 - December 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 77 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $2000 you can buy in 2018.

Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.

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

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 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 LG OLED55B8 is the best TV under $2,000 that we've tested. It is an excellent TV (the LG OLED55C8PUA is just as good but it is more expensive) with a remarkable picture quality. The emissive OLED technology allows it to display perfect uniform blacks as it can switch off individual pixels. It has a wide color gamut that makes HDR content look great with rich, saturated colors and highlights that pop. The TV has excellent reflection handling and the image remains accurate when you watch from the side, due to the wide viewing angles. Just like most OLEDs, the LG B8 has an almost instantaneous response time and a low input lag which will please most gamers. 

    Unfortunately, when displaying static content over extended periods of times OLED TVs -and the B8- have the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. We do not expect this to be an issue with normal, varied use that most people do. 

    Overall the LG B8 is an excellent TV for almost any 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 are concerned about the burn-in risk of the LG OLED55B8PUA, then get the Samsung QN55Q8FN; it is the best LED TV under $2,000. The Samsung does not have the wide viewing angles of the LG and although blacks are deep in a dark room, they are not perfect. The picture quality of the Q8FN is great and the TV can get very bright, suitable for a bright room. It performs very well in most usages and is packed with gaming features like Freesync, low input lag with interpolation and auto low latency.

    See our review

  3. Best 65 inch TV under $2,000: Sony XBR65X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    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:
    8.5
    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:
    8.2
    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:
    8.1
    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.
    8.6
    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.
    8.4
    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 : 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

    The best 65 inch TV under $2,000 is the Sony XBR65X900F. It is a great TV with very good picture quality and deep blacks that look great in a dark room. It can get very bright and has a wide color gamut. The X900F can display vivid, saturated colors and bright highlights when displaying HDR content. It has a low input lag, good for most gamers and a fast pixel response time that leaves only a small blur trail in fast-moving content. The Sony is equipped with excellent motion interpolation and perfect 24p judder removal. 

    Unfortunately, the viewing angles are not good and thus it is not a good choice for rooms with wide seating arrangements.

    Overall, the Sony is a great TV that will please most people.

    See our review

  4. 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 TV that will perform similarly to the Sony X900F, get the Vizio P Series 2018 P65-F1, although it may be hard to find in stock. You will not get the excellent reflection handling of the XBR65X900F. On the upside, the Visio P65-F1 is a great TV with a good picture quality and deep blacks thanks to a high native contrast ratio and very effective local dimming. It has a very low input lag which makes it a great choice for gamers and in general, it is a great TV for most usages.

    See our review

  5. Best 75 inch TV under $2,000: Samsung UN75NU8000

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.9
    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:
    7.6
    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:
    7.8
    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:
    7.7
    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.
    8.6
    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.
    7.7
    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:
    8.3
    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.
    8.2
    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.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want a much bigger screen size than the LG OLED55B8, the best 75 inch TV under $2000 is the UN75NU8000. It does not have the excellent picture quality or perfect blacks of the LG and it is not a good choice for a room where people will be watching from the side as the viewing angles are not good.

    On the upside, it is a large screen TV with a good picture quality and deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio. It has a fast response time and only a small blur trail is visible in fast-moving content. The NU8000 has a low input lag and support for the FreeSync implementation of the variable refresh rate. These features make it a great choice for gamers. 

    Overall, this large TV has a good performance in most usages.

    See our review

  6. Cheaper but hard to find large alternative: Vizio E70-F3

    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 the Samsung UN75NU8000 is too expensive, get the Vizio E Series 2018 E70-F3, although it may be hard to find in stock. It cannot get as bright as the Samsung nor does it support any variable refresh rate implementation. On the upside, it has an okay picture quality with deep blacks, thanks to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. It has a fast response time, a good implementation of Black Frame Insertion and can make the image look crisper. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 75UK6570. Good versatile large screen TV, a good alternative to the Vizio E75-F1 for a wide room.. See our review.
  • Samsung UN75NU7100. Decent LED TV with great blacks, but the Vizio E70-F3 is better overall. See our review.
  • Sony XBR75X850E. Very good TV but very hard to find. See our review 
  • Samsung QN55Q7FN. Very good TV with great colors, but the overall package isn't very competitive compared to the LG B8 or Sony X900F. See our review. 
  • Samsung QN75Q6FN. Great TV for the size, but the Samsung UN75NU8000 offers similar for less. See our review. 
  • LG OLED55C8. 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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