We've reviewed 23 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 (rendering 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.
Vizio TVs often 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 Chromecast capabilities of the Vizio and more. They are 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.
The best Vizio TV we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum. This TV offers great picture quality, with very good motion handling and excellent low input lag. It's extremely bright, one of the brightest TVs we've ever tested, so bright highlights stand out in HDR and it has no problem overcoming glare in a bright room.
This TV has outstanding contrast, excellent black uniformity, and a great local dimming system. This results in excellent dark-room viewing with deep, uniform blacks, with very little blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes. This TV is also great for gaming, as it has excellent low input lag, although there is only one HDMI port with the lowest input lag.
This is an excellent TV for almost all uses. It was replaced in 2019 by the Vizio P Series Quantum X, which performs very similar overall but has twice as many local dimming zones. For now, the price difference of the Quantum X isn't worth it, but as the 2018 model is liquidated, the newer model is an excellent choice as well.
The Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 is the best mid-range Vizio TV we've tested so far. This is a great TV for most uses, with great peak brightness, very good reflection handling, and an excellent response time. It can't get as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum, but still looks good in most rooms, and it should be able to overcome glare in most rooms.
Like the P Series Quantum, it's a great choice for gaming, but unlike it, it has low input lag on all four HDMI ports, which is great if you have multiple game consoles or a PC.
Overall, this TV is a great choice for most uses. There are two versions of it, though; the M8 version we tested has higher peak brightness and a better local dimming feature. The M7 variant is available in a wider variety of sizes, but we don't know exactly how it performs.
The Vizio E Series 2018 4k TV is a great bang for the buck as it offers good picture quality at a low price, especially for the larger screen sizes. It's not equipped with all the features that come along with the more expensive models in the line, but it still offers a good experience. It has great low input lag and is well-suited for video gaming, but the viewing angles are poor and it won't provide a good experience when viewed from the side.
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.
|2018 Model||2019 Model|
|D Series||V Series|
|M Series||M Series Quantum|
|P Series||P Series Quantum|
|P Series Quantum||P Series Quantum X|
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 adjusting 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 do not 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 are not 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.