In 2023, no home is complete without the best flat screen TV – but there’s so many to choose from! There’s big ones, small ones, silver ones, black ones, Smart ones, dumb ones… And what if you’ve got a specific budget in mind? The best TV under $1500 – a good mid-range price tag for large TVs – is arguably different for everyone, but in this article we can help you figure out which ones are by far the best bet for your buck.
The best TV under $1500 these days will undoubtedly be a Smart model, with stellar picture quality, at least a 50” width, and a depth of 3” or less to mount flush to a wall if required. There are several technologies that can achieve this perfect model, so we’ve demystified them each for you and categorised accordingly. Knowledge is power! So, without further ado, let’s dig around in the market (and your pockets) to find five candidates for the best TV under $1500 in 2023!
Product Comparison Table: Best TV Under $1500
|Best in class
|LG OLED Evo C2 Series 65” Alexa Built-in 4k Smart TV
|LG NANO75 Series 55-Inch Class Smart TV
|Sony X80J 65 Inch TV
TCL 75-Inch Q6 QLED 4K Smart TV with Google TV
|Hisense ULED Premium U7H Series 65-inch Class Quantum Dot Google 4K Smart TV
“OLED” stands for “organic light-emitting diode.” An OLED display makes the best TV under $1500 because the individually-controlled pixels offer the best possible picture quality on the market, including the best contrast ratio of any type of display. However, their downside is that they can be susceptible to burn-in if static images are displayed for long periods of time – although that’s unlikely to happen during regular TV watching.
The gorgeous LG OLED Evo C2 Series 55” Alexa Built-in 4k Smart TV is our best TV under $1500 if you’re looking for an OLED display. Like all the best OLED TVs, the LG C2 OLED TV is a 4K TV with a 120Hz refresh rate and a wide color gamut – the blacks are deep, and the colors are out of this world. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+, as well as Dolby Atmos sound, projecting to fill any space no matter how large; it also has a built-in AI processor that automatically optimizes the picture and sound quality for whatever you’re watching. Smart, right?
- Best picture quality on this list
- Dolby Atmos technology
- Built-in smart platform
- Looks like a work of art (1” depth, 9” w/stand)
- Susceptible to burn-in
Although at the higher end of our price bracket, the LG OLED Evo C2 Series 55” Alexa Built-in 4k Smart TV is the best TV under $1500 that guarantees excellence in picture quality, sound quality, and Smart features. Best part, it’s resistant to dust, dirt, scratches and humidity, as well as being sleek and beautiful at only 1” thick.
NanoCell is a type of LED display that uses nanoparticles – tiny particles that filter out unwanted light waves – resulting in purer and more accurate colors. In terms of the best TV under $1500, NanoCell displays offer a number of (financial) advantages over traditional LED displays: not just great color, but wider viewing angles, and higher brightness – at a lower price. NanoCell TVs are below OLED or QLED in picture quality, but more affordable.
The LG NANO75 Series is our best flat screen TV to buy in the NanoCell stakes. The 4K NanoCell display with AI Brightness Control gives deep blacks and enhanced contrast and the α5 Gen5 AI Processor 4K automatically adjusts your viewing and audio settings for a smooth, crisp picture and immersive sound in any space. With Game Optimizer settings and the voice-controlled LG Magic Remote, you’ll feel like you’re in the action.
- Colourful and crisp
- More affordable
- Alexa/Google Assistant support
- Slim (10” w/stand)
- Lower picture quality than OLED or QLED
NanoCell may not offer the top-level picture quality or contrast ratio available on the market, but for an affordable yet competent option, NanoCell is the way to go. The LG NANO75 Series 55-Inch Class Smart TV is the best TV under $1500 here – thanks to crisp clear color and really functional inbuilt Smart features.
The oldest technology on this list, LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” Made up of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) that are backlit by LEDs, the Sony X80J 65 Inch TV is our best TV under $1500 in the LED display stakes; more energy-efficient than older LCD displays, LED displays like this can produce bright images, but usually lack the rich contrast ratios of OLED displays. That said, they’ve been trusted for over a decade!
Accordingly, what sets the Sony X80J 65 Inch TV apart among LEDs is its impressive contrast ratio for this kind of display! That’s thanks to fancy Triluminos Pro technology. Sony’s X1 4K HDR Processor upscales low-resolution content and improves detail, while Motionflow XR 960 reduces motion blur. Add a wide viewing angle and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ high dynamic range formats, and you’ve got a great-looking TV. The X85J also has a built-in Google TV smart platform with access to streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
- Excellent contrast and black uniformity
- Huge selection of smart apps
- Upscales content to near-4K
- Not the brightest TV on the market
- Quite thick (3 1/8” depth, 11 3/8” w/stand)
Out of all LED TVs on the market, we think the Sony X80J 65 Inch TV is the best flat screen TV you can buy that contravenes all the known downsides of traditional LED display tech! The Sony X80J may not match up visually to newer technologies, but avoids matching up to the bumped-up electricity bills that come with newer display tech too. Your bank account will be thankful!
Second only to OLED, QLED stands for “quantum dot light-emitting diode”. QLED displays use quantum dots: tiny particles that emit light of a specific color when they’re excited. QLED displays can produce more vibrant colors than traditional LED displays, and they’re a good choice for those who want a high-quality picture without the high price tag of OLED. Our best flat screen TV to buy in this category? The TCL 75-Inch Q6 QLED 4K Smart TV with Google TV.
Much like the previous TCL model (but better visually), the TCL 75-Inch Q6 QLED is a high-end TV that features a HighBright Direct LED backlight, Quantum Dot technology, and a wide color gamut at 4x the resolution of 1080p Full-HDTVs. The TCL Q6 also has exceptional motion clarity through Motion Rate 240 with MEMC Frame Insertion, and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ high dynamic range formats. But what’s really special about this one is that the TV is powered by Google’s smart platform, which gives you access to a wide variety of streaming apps!
- Excellent picture quality
- Deep blacks and bright highlights
- Motion clarity technology
- Google smart platform with streaming apps
- Slightly thick, especially with stand (2.7” depth, 12.6” w/stand)
- Local dimming can be uneven at times
You knew you needed a premium TV when you started reading this article, right? Right? Well, when you’re watching, the TCL 75-Inch Q6 QLED 4K Smart TV with Google TV just screams premium. And that’s why it deserves the title of our best TV under $1500 in the QLED category. The Google TV streaming platform is a real bonus, even if it is a bit thicker than swisher models like the LG OLED Evo C2.
ULED stands for “ultra LED”; Hisense coined this term themselves to refer to their ultra-powered LED TVs – like the Hisense ULED Premium U7H Series 65-inch Class Quantum Dot Google 4K Smart TV! Our best TV under $1500 in this category uses a combination of technologies, including quantum dots, local dimming, and high dynamic range (HDR), to produce a high-quality picture. ULED TVs can be more expensive than traditional LED TVs, but they offer the best of all worlds.
The Hisense ULED Premium U7H is our best TV under $1500 because it combines many of the best features we’ve discussed in this article: 4K UHD resolution with Quantum Dot technology, Quantum Processor 4K for image processing, Ultra Wide Color Gamut for vibrant colors, Full Array Local Dimming for deep blacks and bright highlights, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support for high dynamic range content a 120Hz refresh rate, and a Google TV smart platform with access to streaming apps. It may not be master of all, but it’s got a little of everything.
- LED-equivalent picture quality
- Fire TV smart platform with access to streaming apps
- The best of all worlds
- Quite thick (3” depth, 12” w/stand)
Here’s a really good all-rounder. But have you ever heard the saying: “jack of all trades, master of none”? Well, that was probably written about a TV other than the Hisense ULED Premium U7H Series 65-inch Class Quantum Dot Google 4K Smart TV. If you’ve got your heart set on Hisense’s best, this jack of all trades is still our best TV under $1500 in the ULED category. It won’t break the bank, and sometimes an all-rounder is just what you need!