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When you start to go above $1500, you can get your hands on TVs with the best picture quality currently found. Depending on your needs, you'll generally have to trade between the size of the TV and its picture quality. Higher-end TVs with fancy technology such as OLED or highly advanced local dimming features will usually be around 55 inches, while you could also pick up TVs as large as 75 inches if you don't mind sacrificing a little bit of versatility.

So far, we've tested 13 TVs available under $2000 and below are our recommendations for the best ones available in the early months of 2018.

Best TV under $2,000: LG OLED55B7A

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.6
Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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9.3
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.4
TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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8.3
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
8.6
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
9.1
HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.6
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
8.0
PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : OLED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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Resolution : 4k

Under $2000, the best TV for most people is the LG OLED55B7A 4k WebOS TV. The OLED panel is able to turn individual pixels off, creating true blacks and infinite contrast ratio, allowing the B7A to produce exceptional picture quality at a reasonable price.

It has nearly identical performance to more expensive models like the LG C7 and E7. The LG B7A has excellent uniformity and is extremely well suited for dark room viewing. It also has great motion handling and excellent low input lag, although it lacks a black frame insertion feature typically found on more expensive models, including the LG C8.

It is a very versatile TV with a wide range of features that will please most people. Unfortunately, it does have a few issues. As with all OLED TVs, it is prone to temporary image retention, and there is the possibility of permanent burn-in, although we don't expect most people to experience this. 

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Brighter Alternative: Sony XBR65X930E

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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k

If you are looking for a brighter alternative or if you want a larger size, go with the Sony XBR65X930E. It is able to produce similar picture quality to the LG B7, but is much brighter and doesn't have any image retention. It doesn't have the perfect blacks or infinite contrast of the LG B7A, but it does add an optional black frame insertion feature, which is great for reducing stutter in low frame-rate content like 24p movies.

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Best Value for Size under $2,000: Vizio M75-E1

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.4
Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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7.7
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.0
TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.1
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
7.7
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
7.8
HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
7.7
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.4
PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k

If you want to get the biggest TV possible under $2000, the Vizio M75-E1 is a good balance of size and performance.

It is a simpler TV than the higher end models with a simpler design and cheaper materials. It has a limited viewing angle and isn't very bright but it is still able to produce good pictures. While the local dimming feature is not very effective, it has an excellent native contrast ratio and great black uniformity, so it is a good choice for dark room viewing.

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung UN55MU9000. Good LED TV that handles reflections very well, but poor value overall. See our review.
  • Samsung QN55Q7F. Good TV with great colors, but the overall package isn't very competitive compared to the LG B7 or Sony X930E. See our review. 
  • LG OLED55C7P. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review
  • LG 65SK9000PUA. Good versatile LED TV, but worse than the X930E for the same price. See our review.
  • Sony XBR75X850E. Good versatile TV, but the 75" is an IPS and will have worse contrast than the Vizio M. See our review.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs under $2,000 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't really worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that are less than $2,000. Be careful to not get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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11 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Are you paid to promote Samsung?
No. We are entirely independent, and unlike many tech review websites, we don't even accept review units from manufacturers. We purchase all our TVs from the same stores that regular people do. Several Samsung TVs performed quite well in our tests, which is why they often appear in our recommendations.
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What is the best viewing distance for a 65" TV?
Ideally, you'll want to be about nine feet away from the TV.
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I am looking to buy either a Samsung LED UN65H7150 or Samsung UN65F8000. I like sports and movies and am not into gaming or much 3D. I have a dark room. Which is the overall better choice and why? Thank you for your answer.
They offer really, really similar picture, quality-wise. It is practically the same TV. Assuming you don't care about the updated 2014 smart interface on the UN65H7150, get the cheaper of the two.
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I am a Panasonic fan, but noticed you do not have any new Panasonic TVs in your reviews. I am interested in your review of the Panasonic TC-65AX900. Will you be providing a review of that TV in the future?
We don't currently have any plans to review Panasonic TVs this year, because they are not very popular in the US. If we do get enough request for it though, we might consider it.
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M70-C3 or Samsung UN75J6300, for an average viewing distance of 10-15ft. Mostly for sports/movies via satellite.
Get the J6300. Both TVs are good for what you want to do, and the larger screen is better for that distance.
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What's the better choice for watching football and satellite TV/movies in a large room (avg. viewing distance 10-15 ft), the Samsung UN65J6300 or Vizio E70-C3?
Don't care about 4K. Will be wall-mounted with a sound bar.
Thanks!
The Samsung J6300 is the better choice. It is better at upscaling lower resolutions, which is important for sports and other broadcast media.
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Hey there! Came across your site while trying to look for a new TV. Great reviews, very informative! However, I am having trouble pulling the trigger on my next TV. I currently have the Samsung PN50B650 50-Inch 1080p Plasma (old, but still going strong and I love plasma). Obviously, plasma is/has gone away. I am looking at the Samsung UN65JS8500, UN75JU7100 and the Vizio M65‑C1. I'd prefer not to have a curved screen, and I am an avid movie watcher/PS4 gamer. What would you recommend for someone with a low-lit den area, at ~13ft away?
You won't get the quality of plasma with any LED TVs but the TVs you mention are nonetheless good. The JS8500 is the better of the three but unless you plan on watching HDR contents you won't get much better in term of picture quality compared to the JU7100, although at 75" it is the most expensive option. If you want to go big, save money and keep a great picture quality, the Vizio M is the way to go. Unfortunately, it has a little bit more blur in motions but it isn't a deal breaker. On the other side, it has the best input lag we measured to date so your video games will be very responsive.
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Hey Guys, First of all, great job in your reviews, I think this site is awesome, helpful and fun to browse. Its TV bible! I'm on the market for a new TV, tight budget (less than $2,000), big screen 65-70 inch, 4K, mainly for sports (soccer) and few movies, i don't care about smart features (apps, ect). Viewing distance will be about 8' to 9', and the TV will be located in a not very bright room. My options, in no particular order so far are: LG 65UF7700 SONY XBR65X800B SAMSUNG UN65JU6500FXZA VIZIO M70-C3 what would you guys recommend (open to other options)? Thanks again.
We can't speak for the x800b since we haven't reviewed this model but the JU6500 would be better compared to the others if you mainly watch sports. It has the least amount of motion blur and has a better scaler for watching cable HD channels.
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Do you plan to ever test pre-2015 Samsung models with the new Evolution kit? For instance I just bought a UN65HU8550 and am wondering if getting the 2015 Evolution kit (SEK3500U) is worth the $300-$400. From my understanding, feature wise you just get Tizen, VP9 codec support and HDCP 2.2 on all 4 HDMI ports, which doesn't seem worth the money to me right now. Some people on forums however, are claiming they see a picture quality difference when they got the SEK3500U on their HU8550 or HU9000. This is what I'd be most interested in seeing if there is a quantifiable difference.
Unfortunately, no, we won't be able to. We don't have our 2014 TVs with us anymore.
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I have had fairly good luck with Samsung TVs in the past, starting with a DLP rear-projection unit that lasted 5-6 years, and then a plasma that's still going after three years, however, I purchased a 60" LED Samsung from Dell and it only lasted 16 months.
I had the boards switched out, but was told it was the screen. After several phone calls with Samsung, they basically said it was on my dime. Come to find out it was a known issue with the models in that time frame. That has basically put a bad taste in my mouth regarding Samsung. I know they look great, but I want the unit to last a long time, since it is a sizable investment - I definitely don't look at it like a throwaway item.
So my question is, if I had a budget of $2,000 and wanted a 65-75" TV and I didn't care if it was 4k (it would be nice if it was, though), what would be your recommendation?
I would be open to another Samsung if you recommended it, but am finding it hard to choose a TV that I will not have buyer's remorse over. I have narrowed it down to one TV, but the price is keeping me from pulling the trigger.
Thoughts? Thanks.
Get the Vizio M65-C1. It has really good picture quality and can play 4k video.
If you're a gamer, you should get the Samsung UN65J6300 instead, as the M has more blur than ideal with video games (but is fine for everything else).
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Samsung has a flash software issue that precludes streaming from ESPN, for example. I love my current Samsung's but looking to other manufacturers so I can stream ESPN for some college games my daughter plays far away. Do any other manufacturers have this issue?
We haven't seen any 2015 models that can play Flash video, unfortunately.
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