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The 3 Best Vizio TVs of 2020
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Best Vizio TVs

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.

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Best Vizio Smart TVs


  1. Best Vizio 4k TV

    Test Methodology v1.4
    8.4
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Movies
    8.1
    TV Shows
    8.1
    Sports
    8.9
    Video Games
    8.5
    HDR Movies
    8.7
    HDR Gaming
    8.7
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 65"

    The best Vizio TV we've reviewed is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It replaced last year's excellent Vizio P Series Quantum 2018, which offers very similar performance but is becoming harder to find. The newer model is also available in a 75 inch size, instead of only 65" like last year's model, and offers the same impressive picture quality. It has deep, uniform blacks in a dark room thanks to its exceptionally high contrast and good local dimming support, making it an excellent choice for movie fans that want an LED TV.

    Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, it can't maintain an accurate image when viewed from the side, so it's not the best option for wide seating arrangements. On the upside, It's one of the brightest TVs we've tested so far and can easily fight glare in any room. It has a wide color gamut and delivers HDR content with rich colors and bright highlights. The input lag is very low and the TV is great for gaming, although it lacks any advanced gaming features like FreeSync support.

    Overall, this is the best Vizio 4k TV currently available and is one of the best TVs we've tested this year. Its impressive black levels, wide color gamut, and extremely bright screen mean that HDR content pops. There's not much you can throw at this TV that it can't handle extremely well, and it offers similar performance to TVs twice its price.

    See our review

  2. Best Vizio TV Under $700

    Test Methodology v1.4
    8.2
    Mixed Usage
    8.6
    Movies
    7.6
    TV Shows
    7.7
    Sports
    8.8
    Video Games
    8.7
    HDR Movies
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    8.6
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The best Vizio TV under $700 that we've tested is the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 (also known as the M8). This budget TV has an outstanding contrast ratio which, combined with its great local dimming, results in deep and uniform blacks. It has very low input lag and excellent motion handling, making it a good choice for gamers as well. Unfortunately, while it has an impressive color gamut, it's peak brightness is only decent, so HDR content doesn't pop quite like it should.

    While the 55" version is always available well under $700, the 65" can often be found available for under $800, making it a great deal if you don't mind spending a little more. It's also worth noting that Vizio makes another version of this TV, the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2019, which can be found even cheaper, but has less local dimming zones and a worse contrast ratio.

    Overall, this is a great TV that's great for gaming, watching sports, or watching HDR content thanks to its low input lag, excellent motion handling, deep blacks, and wide color gamut. It offers an outstanding price-to-performance ratio and should satisfy most people without breaking the bank.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Vizio 4k TV

    Test Methodology v1.4
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.2
    Movies
    7.5
    TV Shows
    7.1
    Sports
    7.9
    Video Games
    7.2
    HDR Movies
    7.6
    HDR Gaming
    8.2
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50"

    The Vizio V Series 2019 is the best Vizio TV 4k TV in the budget category that's also widely available. It's available in two variants: the Vxx5, which we tested, and the Vxx6, which is marketed to have better brightness and a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance.

    The variant we tested is an entry-level 4k LED TV with decent picture quality at a low price. It can't get bright enough and doesn't have a wide color gamut to deliver HDR as it should. The viewing angles are poor, just like most VA panel TVs, and it won't provide a good experience when viewed from the side. Motion looks smooth, but fast-moving content has a little more blur and the TV lacks any advanced features to make motion look crisper. On the upside, it has a low input lag, which is great for casual gaming.

    Overall, this is a decent TV that offers surprisingly good gaming performance for the price. While it isn't the best choice for HDR content or sports, it's a decent budget TV that's a good choice as a secondary set.

    See our review

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.
  • Great picture quality in a dark room. All their models have a full-array local dimming backlight, which helps to produce deep blacks.
  • Very low input lag. All Vizio TVs we've tested so far have a really low input lag, which is great for gaming.
  • 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 don't look as sharp as they do on other brands.

Vizio vs Samsung

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.

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 Android-based smart features include the Chromecast capabilities of the Vizio 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.

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 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 Smart Features

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.

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 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).

Ad-free

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.

Apps & Features

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.

Voice Controls

Unlike the vast majority of TVs currently on the market, Vizio TVs do not currently support voice search.

Remote

Vizio Smart TV Remote

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.

Remote App

Vizio Smart TV Remote App

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.

Known Issues

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.

Conclusion

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.

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