The 3 Best Vizio TVs of 2021 Reviews and Smart Features

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Best Vizio TVs

We've tested more than 30 Vizio TVs. Vizio offers compelling performance in each price bracket their products cover. They're not as big internationally as some other TV brands like LG or Samsung, as they mainly sell TVs in the United States. 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.

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Best Vizio Smart TVs


  1. Best OLED Vizio TV

    8.7
    Mixed Usage
    9.2
    Movies
    8.0
    TV Shows
    8.4
    Sports
    9.0
    Video Games
    8.7
    HDR Movies
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    8.4
    PC Monitor
    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    The Vizio OLED 2020 is the best Vizio TV in the OLED category. Like other OLEDs, its ability to turn pixels off individually results in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect blacks. The TV looks sleek with a raised stand that leaves plenty of space for a soundbar. It has a near-instantaneous response time, so motion looks exceptionally clear with very little blur. It also has extremely wide viewing angles, which is great if you need to accommodate a wider seating arrangement since the image doesn't lose accuracy from the side. Despite not getting very bright, it has incredible reflection handling, so there shouldn't be much glare from light sources. Also, while some highlights may not pop as they should, it still delivers a great HDR experience thanks to the wide color gamut and near-infinite contrast.

    The downside of having an OLED is that they risk permanent burn-in, but this shouldn't be an issue if you watch varied content. Beyond that, it may not be the best option for serious gaming, despite having a high 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 ports. It supports variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing in games, but the VRR is buggy and doesn't work, and while it has a low input lag, it's not as low as other high-end 4k TVs. It also includes a backlight strobing feature to help reduce motion blur, but it only flickers at 120Hz. All that said, it's still an excellent TV overall, and despite these minor issues, it makes a welcome addition to the OLED market.

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  2. Best LED Vizio TV

    8.2
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    8.0
    TV Shows
    7.6
    Sports
    8.5
    Video Games
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    8.5
    HDR Gaming
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 65" 75"

    The best Vizio TV we've tested with an LED panel is the Vizio P Series Quantum 2021. It's a great all-around TV that delivers an impressive experience for watching movies in dark rooms. Even though it's not as good overall as the older Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, that TV is hard to find. The main advantage of owning an LED TV over OLED is that they don't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in, so you can leave it on your favorite news channel all day or use it as a PC monitor and not have to worry about damaging the screen. The VA panel on this TV has a remarkable contrast ratio for deep blacks, and it has a decent full-array local dimming feature to improve it.

    Sadly, like other Vizio TVs, there are a ton of bugs associated with it. It doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz signals with chroma 4:4:4 from a PC, but surprisingly, it doesn't have issues displaying 4k @ 120Hz games from the Xbox Series X or PS5. It has other issues with 120Hz signals, so this TV only works fully works properly with 60Hz signals. It has VRR support in the form of native FreeSync, but its range is limited. It has a decent response time, but you'll notice smearing due to the slow response time, and while it has low overall input lag, it increases a lot with 1080p @ 120Hz signals. Most of these issues have to do with gaming, so if that doesn't bother you, then it's one of the best Vizio TVs we've tested.

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  3. Best Budget Vizio TV

    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Movies
    7.3
    TV Shows
    7.3
    Sports
    8.0
    Video Games
    7.8
    HDR Movies
    7.9
    HDR Gaming
    7.7
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75"

    If you're on a budget, then the best Vizio TV we've tested is the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021. Although it's a mid-range model in their 2021 lineup, it doesn't cost much and offers a few more gaming features than budget models from other brands. It's great for gaming because it has a quick response time for fairly smooth motion, and it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. The VRR support provides a near tear-free gaming experience, but the panel is limited to 60Hz, so you can't use it for high-frame-rate gaming.

    It supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ for streaming HDR content, and it displays a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get bright enough in HDR to make highlights stand out the way the creator intended. Its VA panel displays deep blacks thanks to the high contrast, but its local dimming feature is mediocre and doesn't improve the picture quality in dark scenes. It crushes blacks, so you lose details in bright scenes. If you want to use the TV in a well-lit room, it has decent peak brightness and decent reflection handling, but we don't suggest placing it opposite a bright window. All in all, it's one of the best Vizio TVs, especially if you're on a budget.

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Compared to other brands


  • Competitively priced. For the same features, Vizio TVs are priced very competitively, and in some cases, are several hundred dollars cheaper than the competition.
  • Great picture quality in a dark room. All their higher-end and mid-range models have a full-array local dimming backlight, which helps to produce deep blacks.
  • Good gaming features. Vizio TVs usually include gaming features like FreeSync support, even in their budget-friendly models.
  • Unpolished experience. From firmware issues to a cheaper design/look, Vizio TVs feel like they cut some corners. A lot of the issues are eventually fixed with firmware updates, but not all of them.
  • Sub-par upscaling. Low-quality content like DVDs or SD channels doesn't look as sharp as it does on other brands.
  • HDR experience leaves a lot to be desired. Unless you're getting the flagship LED TVs, you likely won't get a satisfying HDR experience. Their low-to-mid-range TVs don't get bright enough to make highlights pop.

Vizio vs Samsung

Generally, high-end Samsung TVs outperform Vizio TVs but cost more. Some people might not like Vizio's SmartCast platform because it has a low of bugs, but you can cast anything you want. However, Samsung TVs are more versatile when it comes to having options with wide viewing angles, and they tend to get brighter.

Vizio vs Sony

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 Google-based smart features include Vizio's Chromecast capabilities and more. Sony TVs are usually more expensive, though, and they don't have as many gaming features as Vizio.

Overall, Vizio TVs are very well-priced and have great picture quality, providing good value. However, they don't have the high-end feel as some other brands, their OS can feel laggy, and there are often a ton of bugs associated with their TVs. There are better gaming TVs out there, but if you're a fan of watching movies in dark rooms and don't need the extra perks, you can't go wrong with a Vizio.

Lineup

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 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 it's specified, but the model codes make it a bit more clear. 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).

Vizio Smart Features

Vizio TVs run the SmartCast platform, which is very basic with a very limited selection of apps and no app store. Instead, it's relying on its ability to receive apps that are 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.

Interface

Vizio Smart Interface

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's 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).

Ad-free

For many years Vizio remained one of the few brands left to not sell their interface to advertisers. However, we noticed with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 and Vizio V5 Series 2021 that there's now suggested content on the home page.

Apps & Features

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.

Voice Controls

Vizio finally added support for voice controls with the release of their 2021 TVs that come with the new remote (see below). It's pretty basic and not as advanced as other brands, but you can still ask it to change inputs and open apps, but you can't ask it to search for specific content in apps.

Remote

Vizio Smart TV Remote

Vizio released a new remote with their 2021 models. It's stripped-down compared to the past version as 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 it doesn't have backlighting.

Remote App

Vizio Smart TV Remote App

The Vizio remote app is great. It supports all functions of the remote, 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. 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.

Known Issues

The SmartCast platform isn't the most versatile, and it can be very slow. On 2020 and 2021 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.

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 16, 2021: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 with the newer Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 because it's easier to find; replaced the Vizio V5 Series 2021 with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 because its price dropped, making it a budget pick.

  2. Aug 18, 2021: Replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 with the Vizio V5 Series 2021; renamed the Vizio OLED 2020 and P Series Quantum X 2020 to 'Best OLED' and 'Best LED' respectively; updated the smart features section.

  3. May 20, 2021: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 as 'Best Vizio TV For Gaming'.

  4. Feb 19, 2021: Updated text for clarity; no changes to picks.

Conclusion

In general, Vizio TVs have great picture quality for their price, offering good value for the picture quality. However, there are often a ton of bugs associated with their TVs, so you have to be prepared to face that if you want a Vizio. Their smart platform leaves a lot to be desired, though, and some people might want to consider upgrading to a set-top box like a Roku or NVIDIA Shield TV.

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