The tradeoff here is that Vizio TVs use a streamlined smart TV experience and leave out complex features like smart home control or advanced tuner technology (you'll want to check out our best TVs with ATSC 3.0 feature for that).
If you can live without those, however, you don't have to spend a fortune to get a great 4K TV. With several Vizio TVs gracing our best TVs under $1000 and best TVs under $500 lists, whatever your budget, there will be a Vizio TV for you.
Note that the models listed below are from 2022 and 2021, as the newer 2023/2024 models only became available in the late Fall of 2023. We hope to have them reviewed soon, and we'll update this guide if and when they pass our rigorous TV testing regimen.
The best Vizio TVs you can buy
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The Vizio P-Series Quantum X 85-inch (P85QX-J01) is a high-end 4K TV that combines the best of Vizio’s display technologies in one towering 85-inch package—and delivers the goods. With blinding brightness, strong color, and a few other key refinements from earlier P-Series Quantum sets, it doesn’t offer much to complain about.
Provided, that is, you can afford it, you have a room big enough to let it work the full extent of its magic, and you think you can live without 8K support for the foreseeable future. Priced at $3,299.99, it’s not cheap, and even though it’s one of the best TVs of its kind, it can still be a risky option.
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Vizio's most affordable 4K smart TV offers a better bang for the buck than ever before, with a trio of HDMI 2.1 ports, support for advanced features like variable refresh rates (VRR) and voice control, along with Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus – two HDR formats you rarely see supported on the same TV.
It's not a perfect TV, and there are some compromises made to achieve the low price, namely an unsophisticated backlight for poor brightness and HDR performance and middling (though surprisingly loud) audio. But with the best version of Vizio's SmartCast software and a small selection of popular apps, it may still be one of the best TVs for the price, with even the largest model selling for under $1,000 and most screen sizes selling for under $500.
Read our full Vizio V-Series (2021 Model) review.
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In creating the Vizio M-Series Quantum X, Vizio was attempting to bring much of the same technology found in its popular — but expensive — Vizio P-Series Quantum X to a more affordable screen. By working in quantum dots with full array local dimming, a 120Hz native refresh rate and HDMI ports with the latest spec, the M-Series Quantum X checks all the boxes.
It’s a solid gaming TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X with one HDMI port that supports 4K at 120Hz and has a low lag time, but home cinema lovers might be let down by its limited brightness and chunky design.
Read our full Vizio M-Series Quantum X review.
How much do Vizio TVs cost?
Vizio breaks down most of its model offerings into three easy to understand categories. Vizio TVs range from ultra-cheap (under $300) to premium models that hit $2,999 for the largest sizes. Within that huge range is an array of options, all designed to deliver great value.
The smallest, most basic models offered by Vizio is the D-Series, which are small 720p and 1080p sets that sell for $300 or less. They top out at 43-inches in size, and offer the full version of Vizio's SmartCast software, but the features are just as basic as you'd expect. They're great for sticking an extra TV in a kid's room or another small space, without paying much.
The Vizio V-Series is the company's budget-friendly line — the V stands for value. With screen sizes between 40 and 75 inches, the V-Series costs between $300 and $900, with the largest screen sizes selling for less than $1,000. You'll get great features, like HDR support and gamer-friendly lag times, but you won't get local dimming.
The Vizio M-Series is the mid-range line. It's a step up from the V-Series, with local dimming and quantum dot enhancement for better color and brightness. With sizes between 43 inches and 75 inches, they range in price from $400 and $1,400.
At the top of the totem pole is the Vizio P-Series, where P stands for premium. With prices ranging from $1,399 up to $2,999, the P-Series starts where the M-Series leaves off, offering the best video processing, the highest number of dimming zones, and features like HDMI 2.1, anti-glare screens, and best-in-class performance.
The one outlier on this list is the Vizio OLED TV, which doesn't fall under one of these model names, but still manages to be one of the best values in the TV world. Under normal circumstances, the Vizio OLED TV sells for $1,299 and $1,999 for the 55- and 65-inch models, respectively. But that's the recommended retail price, and the 55-inch OLED set reliably drops to less than a grand during big sales, making it one of the best bargains to watch for.
What is Vizio SmartCast?
If we've had one sticking point on Vizio TVs in recent years, it's Vizio's smart TV platform. Named SmartCast, Vizio's unique take on smart TVs originally relied on a built-in Google Chromecast to deliver most apps and streaming services, with very few locally installed apps.
But Vizio has expanded the app selection on its smart TVs, adding must-have apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Apple TV, Hulu and Peacock. For a lot of TV shoppers, that list already covers every streaming app they want on a smart TV.
Vizio has also put a lot of work into its free movies and TV options. From popular services like Pluto TV and Plex — including several of the best free streaming services — there's a healthy selection of free content available for Vizio TVs. And Vizio makes it even more accessible with WatchFree Plus, a package of free channels that's available out of the box.
Finally, Vizio TVs still offer a built-in Chromecast and support Apple AirPlay 2, so it's pretty easy to get any other phone or tablet app up on screen, letting you enjoy a huge selection of apps on your TV without installing it locally on the set. Some will consider this an unforgivable limitation, others won't even care. It's really a matter of preference and which apps you think are essential.
How to choose the best Vizio TV for you
The basic list of features and technologies that we recommend is the same as it is in articles like our TV buying guide and everything you need to know about buying a TV, but Vizio's neatly defined product categories make it easy to find the right balance of features and price.
The best of the bunch are the Vizio P-Series, but you'll pay extra for everything these premium sets offer. They're great TVs, with features like QLED displays, up to 210 discrete dimming zones, HDMI 2.1 support, gaming enhancements like variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM), and an anti-glare IPS display panel with wide viewing angles. The only problem? These are also the most expensive TVs Vizio makes, and the price to value ratio might leave you looking at what other brands offer at similar prices.
The Vizio M-Series models hit the sweet spot between performance and price, delivering quantum dot displays with local dimming for very reasonable prices. But the M-Series is split between two models, the MQ7 and the MQ6. The MQ6 is less expensive, but it drops some of the best features, like local dimming. The MQ7, on the other hand, has up to 32 dimming zones.
The value-focused V-Series offers some great quality for the price, but it's worth noting that these are definitely budget TVs. You won't get local dimming or great HDR support, you'll give up quantum dot enhancement, and you won't get great audio without adding a soundbar. That said, the V-Series still has features like ALLM and VRR, as well as voice control through the new voice-enabled remote. For shoppers looking to spend less, it's a great 4K smart TV.
Finally, there's the D-Series. We don't recommend the 720p and 1080p D-Series models as anyone's primary TV, but if you want something small and inexpensive, it's an affordable way to put a smart TV into a small space.
If you've narrowed down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.
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Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.