We've bought and tested more than 40 Vizio TVs. Vizio offers competitive performance in each price bracket their products cover. For many years, they were a leading brand for value compared to price as their TVs tend to perform great in dark rooms, but they've slowly lost their lead over the past few years as the brand's release schedule has slowed down. They don't release many models anymore, so their models are now older, and most of them are hard to find.
The Vizio OLED 2020 is the best Vizio TV we've tested. It's an older model, originally released in 2020, and delivers the best picture quality of any Vizio TV. Like more recent OLED models from competing brands, it delivers perfect blacks in a dark room, with no distracting blooming around bright areas of the screen. HDR looks incredible thanks to its nearly infinite contrast ratio, as bright highlights stand out.
Thanks to its low input lag for a responsive experience, it's excellent for gaming. It also supports a variable refresh rate feature, significantly reducing screen tearing in games. Sadly, it's not as good as more recent TVs for recent consoles, as it can't display 4k @ 120Hz signals properly in 'Game' mode. It's also very hard, if not impossible, to find this TV brand new, so you might have to look for a refurbished or used model.
The best upper mid-range Vizio TV we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum 2021. While OLEDs like the Vizio OLED 2020 are fantastic for dark rooms, go for an LED TV like this if you want something for a room with many bright lights, as it has the peak brightness needed to fight glare. HDR content also looks incredible thanks to its fantastic contrast ratio and decent full array local dimming feature, a big improvement over the cheaper Vizio Quantum Pro QLED. Combined with its good peak brightness in HDR, bright highlights stand out well, with very little blooming around bright objects in dark scenes.
It also has great gradient handling and an amazing color gamut in HDR. Sadly, like every other Vizio model on this list, it has poor image processing, so stick to high-quality and high-resolution sources. Luckily, it's a very good gaming TV, although this is mostly due to its great image quality and low input lag, as its response time is only satisfactory; the Quantum Pro QLED doesn't look as good as this TV, but it has a much faster response time, so it's better for gamers who are sensitive to blur.
The best mid-range Vizio TV we've tested is the Vizio Quantum Pro QLED. It's a good TV with decent HDR peak brightness and contrast and truly excellent SDR peak brightness. This TV's local dimming feature is mediocre. Still, it's functional and improves the TV's contrast significantly, as well as emphasizing bright highlights, although small specular highlights don't stand out nearly as much as bigger ones. The TV's color accuracy is satisfactory and tracks the creator's intent well overall. It also has a very wide color gamut and great color volume, so your favorite HDR content looks vivid and realistic. Finally, it has a good viewing angle and amazing reflection handling, so you don't need to worry too much about its emplacement in your house.
Unfortunately, the TV has sub-par image processing, so stick to good-quality, high-resolution sources when watching content. Luckily, it's a great gaming TV with low input lag and a great response time, so there's little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a few gaming features, including VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming, but sadly, it only supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on one port, so you can't take full advantage of two consoles at once. If you're mostly in a dark room, get the Vizio M Series Quantum X 2022 instead; it's not as good in a bright room as the Quantum Pro QLED, but it's better in a dark or moderately lit room due to its higher contrast and better black uniformity.
The best Vizio TV in the budget category we've tested is the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022. It's an okay, budget-friendly 4k TV that's surprisingly well-equipped for a budget model. It has many of the same features as the Vizio Quantum Pro QLED, but it delivers worse picture quality overall, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. It's still great for gamers who want to enjoy a nice 4k image with the latest consoles but don't necessarily care about high-performance gaming.
It has a high native contrast ratio, allowing it to display deep blacks next to bright whites in a dark room. Although it lacks a local dimming feature, it has good black uniformity overall, with little cloudiness in dark scenes. It also has a fantastic color gamut, just as wide as the Quantum Pro QLED, so HDR content looks surprisingly vivid, even though it's not that bright.
Generally, high-end Samsung TVs outperform Vizio TVs but cost more. Some people might not like Vizio's SmartCast platform because it has a lot of bugs. Samsung TVs are more versatile with options with wide viewing angles, and they tend to get brighter.
Unlike Sony, Vizio offers inexpensive entry-level TVs with good value. Sony TVs are usually brighter and have more polish in their construction, and they tend to have exceptional image processing. Plus, their Google-based smart features include Vizio's Chromecast capabilities and more. Sony TVs are usually more expensive, so they're not ideal if you're on a budget.
LG's LCD TVs are nothing to write home about; Vizio has a better variety of entry-level and mid-range LCD TVs for sale, and they're better than LG's LCDs. However, LG has the widest variety of OLEDs for sale out of any TV manufacturer, and their OLEDs range from the entry-level 'A' Series to the extremely expensive 8k 'Z' series. These OLEDs are generally better than anything Vizio has to offer.
Hisense is a 'budget' brand like Vizio, but they're much more active and routinely releasing new models. Not only do they have a wider variety of TVs than Vizio offers, but Hisense's offerings are of very high quality for the price, so you're more likely to find what you're looking for when shopping for a Hisense when compared to Vizio.
TCL used to be a 'budget' brand like Hisense and Vizio, but their TVs have been creeping up in price. Still, they're generally cheaper than the big-name brands and offer various quality TVs at every price point. They're much more active in the market than Vizio is, so much like with Hisense, you're more likely to find a good quality TV at an attractive price when shopping for a TCL than you will with Vizio at the moment.
Overall, Vizio TVs are well-priced and have great picture quality. However, they don't have the high-end feel of some other brands, and their OS is laggy at times and not as full-featured as the competitors, as there are often a ton of bugs associated with their TVs that can even get worse over time. If you don't care about your TV's smart features, most Vizios offer good value.
It's not clear if or when Vizio will announce new TVs for 2024. Most of their current lineup was announced and released in the second half of 2021, and they call it their 2022 lineup. Vizio doesn't seem very focused on their TV lineup; they stopped selling TVs in Canada entirely and have released very few new TV models since 2020. They released a handful of mid-range models in 2022 and two new models in 2023, the Vizio Quantum Pro QLED and the Vizio Quantum QLED.
Vizio's naming used to be straightforward, as they have very few models, but they have made some changes that can be a bit confusing. Their entry-level 4k TV is the V Series, while the D Series has 1080p or 720p options. Moving up, they have the mid-range M Series Quantum, P Series Quantum, and finally, the flagship P Series Quantum X. Often, it's unclear from the model name which year it's from unless specified, but the model codes used to make it a bit clearer. For example, the 2021 TVs use J in the model code, and those from 2020 have H (M65Q7-J01 is a 2021 TV, while the M65Q-H1 is 2020). The two new models released in 2023 don't follow this naming scheme anymore, as the Vizio Quantum QLED uses the expected 'L' naming, but the pro version Vizio Quantum QLED Pro doesn't.
Vizio TVs run the SmartCast platform, which is very basic, with a very limited selection of apps and no app store. Instead, it relies on its ability to receive content cast from your smart device. While the platform is versatile and has considerably grown in support from app makers, Vizio's implementation is far from perfect. The SmartCast app Vizio provides to access content and adjust settings isn't the fastest and most stable, and not everything is available for casting.
SmartCast features a more traditional home screen. Apps like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are available, and featured links to content are found on the online TV service Pluto TV. Unfortunately, there's no app store, and apps aren't installed on the TV; they're links to web-based interfaces.
Vizio's improved the set of options you can change from the TV itself. You don't need to touch the SmartCast app to get the TV going properly; even complete calibration settings are available on the on-screen menus. However, we recommend using the app for more in-depth calibration since it's a lot more efficient for making a lot of adjustments.
For many years, Vizio remained one of the few brands that didn't open their interface to advertisers. Starting with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 and Vizio V5 Series 2021, we noticed that there's now suggested content on the home page.
Current Vizio TVs don't have an app store, and there's no way to add additional apps. The included apps cover many of the more popular services. However, it might not be enough for some people, especially if you rely on streaming services instead of a traditional TV service.
Vizio finally added support for voice controls with the release of their 2021 TVs with the new remote (see below). It's pretty basic and not as advanced as other brands. You can still ask it to change inputs and open apps, but you can't ask it to search for specific content in apps.
Vizio released a new remote with their 2023 model. It's stripped-down compared to the past version, which was already stripped down compared to remotes from TVs released before 2021. It lacks a Numpad, but you still get the short buttons to popular streaming services. It's not too big, but it's very basic and doesn't have backlighting.
The Vizio remote app is great. It supports all the remote's functions, and you can even use it to enter text into some apps, which is rare. The TV's settings can also be controlled and adjusted directly in the app, including the TV's calibration. You can now do this on the TV itself, but changing the settings through the remote app is usually faster due to the slow interface.
The SmartCast platform isn't very versatile, and bugs are common. Some of Vizio's firmware updates are buggy at best, and users have reported that updates break certain features entirely. Vizio isn't very quick to fix these issues, either, and there are reported problems affecting 2020, 2021, and 2022 models that still haven't been fixed.
In general, Vizio TVs have great picture quality for their price, offering good value. However, there are often a ton of bugs associated with their TVs, so you have to prepare to face that if you want a Vizio. Their smart platform leaves much to be desired, though, and some people might want to consider upgrading to a set-top box like a Roku or NVIDIA Shield TV.