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 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. 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.
The best Vizio TV under $700 that we've reviewed so far is the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 (also known as the M8). This TV has a clean and minimalist design that fits well in any setting. It sports a VA panel that has an exceptional native contrast ratio, and it's further boosted by its full-array local dimming, resulting in deep and inky blacks.
Response time and input lag are excellent, providing a responsive gaming and desktop experience. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for text clarity when using the TV as a monitor. Unfortunately, there's no support for FreeSync variable refresh rate and the panel is limited to 60Hz. Furthermore, it has sub-par viewing angles, though this is typical of VA panels.
While this TV supports HDR, its performance is limited due to its low peak brightness in HDR mode. Gray uniformity is decent, but there's some vignetting around the corners as well as some dirty screen effect that can be distracting when watching sports. On the plus side, it has a good out-of-the-box color accuracy and it handles reflections well. Overall, this is a great TV that performs well with nearly every type of content.
The Vizio V Series 2019 is the best budget Vizio 4k TV that we've tested. Despite its budget price, it has good performance in most content. It's a great choice for dark room viewing, as its VA panel has an exceptional contrast ratio and black uniformity. In bright rooms, it has a decent peak brightness to fight glare and its reflection handling is good.
This TV has a fast response time, although there's a bit more blur trail in fast-moving scenes. 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.
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. 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.