We've reviewed more than 20 Vizio TVs. Vizio offers compelling performance in each price bracket their products cover. Unlike most other manufacturers, most of their models released before 2018 lack a tuner (making them unable to brand them as TVs). This is less of an issue nowadays, but it's still a good thing to keep in mind if you plan to cut the cord.
The best Vizio TV we've tested so far is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It's the flagship TV in Vizio's 2019 lineup, so naturally, it has all the features and performance you normally find in a high-end TV, and it won't cost you a fortune either. It's only available in 65 and 75 inch models, which is unfortunate if you're looking for a TV that's smaller or bigger than those sizes. This TV has an outstanding native contrast, and along with its full-array local dimming, its blacks are almost as good as OLED TVs. It also happens to be one of the brightest TVs we've seen so far, as its HDR peak brightness is incredible, making highlights pop the way the creator intended. It displays an incredibly wide color gamut for HDR content.
Unfortunately, the TV has some uniformity issues, as the edges of the screen are darker and the center also has visible dirty screen effect. Also, it has narrow viewing angles and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is just okay, so you might need to get it calibrated to enjoy this TV to its fullest. On the upside, it's great for gaming with its 120Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and excellent response time. It also has excellent reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. Overall, most people should be pleased with this TV, especially if you're going to use it in the dark.
The best Vizio TV under $700 is the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019. A bit like the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, it's only available in two sizes, 55 and 65 inches, and you can find both for under $700 now. It delivers very good overall performance and it's an excellent choice for watching movies in dark rooms. Its native contrast is one of the best we've seen on a LED TV so far, as it competes even with OLED TVs. It has a full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast ratio too. Sadly, like most VA panel TVs, that comes at the cost of its viewing angles, which are narrow and you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing from the side.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues because there's visible dirty screen effect in the center, which could be distracting during sports. Its input lag is a bit too high for competitive gaming but this TV still has a great response time and a black frame insertion feature if you want to use it for gaming. This TV gets decently bright and even though it displays a really wide color gamut for HDR, it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights. Lastly, it has decent built-in speakers for a TV and it has good reflection handling if you're going to place it in a moderately-lit room. Overall, this is a good TV that won't break the bank.
The Vizio V Series 2019 is the best budget Vizio 4k TV that we've tested. Despite its budget price, it has decent performance in most content. It's a great choice for dark room viewing, as its VA panel has an exceptional contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity. In bright rooms, its reflection handling is good and its peak brightness isn't bad. There are two variants of this TV: the Vxx5 and the Vxx6. We tested the former, which doesn't have a local dimming feature, but the latter is advertised to have one and it has a higher peak brightness as well.
The response time on this TV is just decent and sadly, it doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to reduce the appearance of motion blur. Input lag may be a bit high for competitive gaming, but it should be fine for most casual gamers. There's still no FreeSync support and it doesn't have an automatic low latency mode. Overall, it may not be the best option to watch HDR content, but you're still getting a lot for such a low price.
Vizio TVs perform very similarly to Samsung TVs but are usually priced very competitively. Some people might not like Vizio's SmartCast platform, which works just like Google's Chromecast. Samsung's SmartHub is a bit more intuitive and fully-featured.
Unlike Sony, Vizio offers inexpensive entry-level TVs with good value. Sony TVs are usually brighter and have more polish in their construction. Plus, their Android-based smart features include the Vizio's Chromecast capabilities and more. They're usually more expensive, though.
Overall, Vizio TVs are very well-priced and have great picture quality. They don't have the high-end feel as some other brands, but they offer great value for the price.
Vizio's lineup is fairly straightforward, as they have very few models, but they have made some changes that can be a bit confusing. Their entry-level TV is known as the V Series, and it replaces the previous D and E Series TVs. Moving up, they have the M Series Quantum, P Series Quantum, and finally, the P Series Quantum X. This is a bit confusing, as the product lineups don't precisely match up.
Vizio TVs run the SmartCast platform, which is very basic, and has a very limited selection of apps, instead relying on its ability to receive apps 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 as well as adjust settings isn't the fastest and most stable, and not everything is available for casting.
SmartCast now features a more traditional home screen. Apps like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are available, as well as featured links to content found on the online TV service Pluto TV. Unfortunately, there is no app store, and apps are not actually 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. Nowadays, you don't need to touch the Smartcast app at all to get the TV going properly, and even complete calibration settings are available on the on-screen menus (however, we do recommend using the app for more in-depth calibration since it's a lot more efficient for making a lot of adjustments).
Vizio TVs are ad-free, except for some suggested content, which can be disabled. Vizio is one of the few remaining smart platforms that is ad-free.
Current Vizio TVs don't have an app store, and there is no way to add additional apps. The included apps cover many of the more popular services, but it might not be enough for some people, especially if you rely on streaming services instead of a traditional TV service.
Unlike the vast majority of TVs currently on the market, Vizio TVs don't currently support voice search.
The included remote hasn't changed in a few years, and it still offers basic control of the TV's functions, without having to pull out your phone. It's a good size, but the buttons might be a bit small for some people. Unlike the remotes that come with many other TVs, this one is very basic and doesn't have any advanced smart features. It also requires direct line-of-sight to the TV, which isn't ideal for everyone.
The Vizio remote app is great. It supports all functions of the remote, and can even be used 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. This can now be done on the TV itself, but due to the slow interface, it's usually faster to change the settings through the remote app.
The SmartCast platform isn't the most versatile, and it can be very slow. On 2019 models, we've encountered a few bugs with the settings, so it can be frustrating sometimes. Vizio is generally pretty good with software updates, though, and hopefully, most of these issues will be fixed.
In general, Vizio TVs have great picture quality for their price. They aren't as well-polished as the main brands' offering, but they have one of the best values for the money that you can get. Their smart platform leaves a lot to be desired, though, and some people might want to consider upgrading to a set-top box such as a Roku or NVIDIA Shield TV.