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 that we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. It's their premium model in the 2020 lineup and offers excellent picture quality. It's a nice improvement over its predecessor, the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, because it has more gaming features, like variable refresh rate (VRR) support and low input lag. It performs exceptionally well whether you're watching movies in dark rooms or shows in well-lit environments. Its VA panel provides an excellent contrast ratio, and its full-array local dimming feature helps further deepen any blacks. It's one of the brightest TVs that we've tested and has excellent reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues even if you have direct sunlight on it.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, and it has mediocre out-of-the-box color accuracy, but this may vary between units. Like most Vizios, it also has issues upscaling lower-resolution content. It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and HDR content looks amazing. It displays an excellent color gamut for HDR content, it gets extremely bright in HDR, enough to bring out highlights, and it has excellent gradient handling. If you want to use it as a PC, it displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text. All in all, this is the best Vizio TV we've tested.
The best Vizio TV for color accuracy that we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020. It's a lower-end model compared to the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, but it still offers good overall performance that most people should be happy with. It has good out-of-the-box color accuracy, and even though this may vary between units, you may not need to get your TV calibrated if you don't want to. Like the higher-end model, this TV also has an outstanding contrast ratio that displays extremely deep blacks. It has a decent full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast quite a bit, but there's blooming around bright objects.
Sadly, it has some uniformity issues as there's dirty screen effect that may be distracting while watching sports, but this may vary between units. It also has great gaming features such as VRR support and low input lag. It has a quick response time, but because of the 120Hz flicker at all backlight levels below 100%, you may notice image duplication. On the upside, it also gets very bright and has good reflection handling, which is great for well-lit environments. In terms of HDR content, it's not much of a step down from the other Vizio because it displays a really wide color gamut and gets bright enough to bring out highlights. If you want to save some money, this is one of the best Vizio TVs we've tested.
The Vizio M55Q8-H1 is the best Vizio TV we've tested that's available in a 55 inch size. Both the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 are only available in 65 inch sizes and up, so if you're limited on space, then this is a good alternative that's also available for cheaper. It's packed with the same features found on the higher-end models and delivers great performance in dark rooms. It has amazing contrast, decent black uniformity, and a full-array local dimming feature, but there's a ton of blooming that may become distracting. It has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy and displays an excellent color gamut for HDR content.
Unfortunately, there's significant dirty screen effect in the center, and it doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in HDR. Still, it does get bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit environment. Despite being an upper-midrange TV and having a 60Hz refresh rate, it also has VRR support and incredibly low input lag. The response time is fairly quick, and because its backlight has a high flicker frequency, there isn't as much duplication in motion as the other Vizios. If you want to save some money and want a 55 inch TV, this is a good alternative to the larger, higher-end models.
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. 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.
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.