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 the whopping 82 inch ones. It all boils down to what you want.
We've tested more than 70 TVs on our latest test bench, 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 $2000 in the OLED category is the LG OLED55C1PUB. It's an excellent premium model that's 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 also available in a 48 inch model under $2,000 but if you want, 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, so you can play 4k games up to 120fps. It also has variable refresh rate (VRR) support with a near-instant response time and low input lag for responsive gaming.
Unfortunately, OLEDs like this one have the risk of 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, however, you want to save a bit of money, check out the LG OLED65BXPUA, which is the entry-level model in LG's 2020 lineup. It has most of the same features that you can find on the LG C1 OLED, although it only comes in 55 or 65 inch sizes. We tested the 55 inch version, but we expect the 65 inch to perform the same. It's a little less premium, with a plastic stand, unlike the sturdier metal stand you can find on the C1, but it has the same OLED pixel technology that allows it to produce perfect blacks and have a nearly instant response time. Like the C1, 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 C1, but if you're looking to save a bit of money for similar performance, the BX is a great alternative.
The best TV under $2000 in the LED category is the Samsung QN55QN90AAFXZA that we've tested. Although it's a premium TV that is on the expensive side, you can get the 55 inch model in this price range, but you'll have to pay more for the larger sizes. It's Samsung's flagship 4k model in the 2021 lineup, and as such, there are a ton of features that should please most people.
It has Mini LED backlighting which makes it one of the brightest TVs we've tested. It easily gets bright enough to combat glare and, combined with its fantastic reflection handling, visibility shouldn't be an issue even in the brightest of rooms. For HDR content, it displays a wide color gamut thanks to its quantum dot technology and gets bright enough to make highlights stand out. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+, but not Dolby Vision, which is disappointing. It has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio and great local dimming to display deep blacks; the contrast is a bit lower due to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that improves the viewing angles, so it's a good choice for fairly wide seating arrangements.
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. 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 really 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 before watching it. Since it doesn't have viewing angle technology, the U8G 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 quick response times for gaming. Keep in mind we tested the 55 inch TV, but the 65 inch should perform the same.
If you want the best TV under $2,000 in the LED category, then you can't go wrong with the Samsung, but if you want to spend less money or want something bigger, then check out the Hisense.
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 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, 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 works within a narrow range at 4k. We also tested the 55 inch model, but the 75 inch variant should perform the same.
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.
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.
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.
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.