The 5 Best Vizio TVs of 2020

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Vizio is one of the most trusted brands in televisions and home theater equipment, and the best Vizio TVs offer a range of smart features like voice controls, pre-loaded streaming apps, and the ability to mirror your smartphone or tablet screens for more ways to share photos, music and videos. Vizio also includes their proprietary WatchFree app with their newer models, providing over 150 free live channels for news, sports, and original content for anyone looking to cut the cord with their cable or satellite provider and move entirely towards streaming. Each smart TV is compatible with smart speakers enabled with virtual assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant for hands-free voice commands and easier browsing or searching; the Quantum X series is also compatible with Apple Homekit, allowing you to use Siri for voice controls. 

Vizio's newest line of televisions is designed to deliver excellent 4K UHD resolution as well as a wide range of colors for more true-to-life pictures and a more immersive viewing experience. Console gamers will love that Vizio uses QLED panels which support HDR technology and have local dimming zones for enhanced detailing and contrast as well as high refresh rates for silky smooth motion even during fast-paced, intense action scenes. Vizio also offers several different models of TVs with varying price points to suit both budget-conscious shoppers and those looking to spend more to future-proof or upgrade their home theater. No matter what you're looking for, there's a Vizio TV to suit your needs. We've gathered up our top picks to help you choose which one is right for you.

Best Overall: P-Series Quantum 65-Inch

VIZIO D-Series™ 70” Class 4K HDR Smart TV | D70-F3

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What We Like
  • AirPlay 2/Chromecast compatible

  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

  • 1100 nits of brightness

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of vertical banding

  • Reports of backlight bloom

  • Reports of bad power supplies

Vizio has released several lines of television models onto the market, but the P-Series Quantum 65-Inch is the best balance between form and function with a price point that is easier on the wallet than other 4K UHD models. It uses Vizio's QuantumColor technology to deliver up to 115 percent more colors than their standard 4K TVs for deeper saturation and lifelike images. The screen uses backlit QLED arrays that give you 1100 nits of brightness so you can enjoy your favorite movies and shows in all but the brightest of environments. It also has 200 local dimming zones to create deep blacks for superior contrast. 

You can connect your iOS or Android mobile devices with Airplay 2 or Chromecast to stream directly from your smartphone or tablet. This TV also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to give you voice controls while browsing menus or searching for something to watch. Vizio includes its proprietary WatchFree app to give you access to over 150 free live and original content channels for more shows and movies to enjoy with friends and family.

Runner-Up Best Overall: Vizio M-Series Quantum 55" Class 4K HDR Smart TV

What We Like
  • AirPlay 2/Chromecast compatible

  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

  • Dolby Vision HDR

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of bad remotes

  • Reports of bad power supplies

  • Reports of WiFi connectivity issues

The M-Series 55-inch TV delivers a lot of the same features as its big brother, the P-Series Quantum, but in a smaller and more affordable package. It utilizes Vizio's QuantumColor technology to produce over 1billion colors and create stunning images. This model has 4K UHD resolution with Dolby Vision HDR for extra detail so you never miss a second of action in your favorite shows, movies, and sports games. 

The screen uses a backlit LED array to produce 600 nits of brightness, great for any typical home theater or media room. It also has 90 local dimming zones to create deep, true blacks for greater contrast to really make those billion colors pop. With a refresh rate of 120Hz, you'll notice that motion blur will virtually be a thing of the past. You can connect iOS and Android devices with Apple AirPlay 2 or Chromecast, and this TV is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free voice controls. You'll get Vizio's WatchFree app with access to 150 live and original content channels for free.

The WatchFree app is powered by Pluto TV. It's a free streaming service that provides live television channels with classic shows and movies, original content, and news. Pluto TV is constantly adding new channels and content, so there's always something to watch. - Taylor Clemons

Best Splurge: P-Series Quantum X 75-Inch

What We Like
  • 480 local dimming zones

  • 240Hz refresh rate

  • 2700 nits of brightness

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of bad remotes

  • Reports of bad power supplies

  • Reports of vertical banding

On the other hand, if you're looking to treat yourself to a new TV and don't mind paying extra to get everything you want, the P-Series Quantum X 75-inch model is the right choice for you. This monster of a television delivers all the bells and whistles you'd expect at this price point, including Dolby Vision HDR support for a truly stunning 4K UHD display. The screen uses a full array of backlit LEDs to give you up to a whopping 2700 nits of brightness, allowing you to enjoy your favorite shows and movies in virtually any environment. 

The TV integrates Vizio's QuantumColor technology to produce over 1billion colors for truly stunning saturation and true-to-life images. With 480 local dimming zones and a 50 million:1 contrast ratio, this TV achieves some of the deepest blacks and brightest whites for the best contrast available to make every detail come to life. The case of this TV is virtually bezel-free, allowing for an edge-to-edge picture, and with a 178-degree viewing angle, you won't miss a second of action no matter where you're sitting. With a staggering 240Hz refresh rate, this TV produces silky smooth motion while watching sports and intense action scenes. Connecting your home theater audio system, Blu-ray player, or other media devices is easy with the 5 HDMI inputs and USB port.

A wide viewing angle is important when a TV can't be placed in a central location in your living room or home theater. Televisions with wide-view capabilities allow you to still enjoy great color volume and picture sharpness while sitting off to the side; unlike narrow-view TVs that begin to wash out the picture the further you move from the center. - Taylor Clemons

Best for Gaming: P-Series Quantum X 65-Inch

What We Like
  • 5 HDMI ports

  • 120Hz refresh rate

  • Bezel-free design

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Reports of bad power supplies

  • Clunky menus

If you're serious about console gaming, the P-Series Quantum X 65-Inch television is right for you. Like the Quantum X 75-inch, it utilizes Vizio's QuantumColor technology to produce over 1billion different colors, as well as QLED tech for better saturation and contrast. This TV is 4K UHD capable and has Dolby Vision HDR support for incredible detail in movies, shows, and games. 

The Quantum X 65-inch can produce up to 3000 nits of brightness, giving you exceptional picture quality in almost any type of lighting environment. It also has 384 local dimming zones to create truly deep blacks and make those billion colors pop. Connecting all your favorite gaming consoles and media devices is a breeze with the five HDMI inputs, USB port, WiFi connectivity, and Ethernet port. With a refresh rate of 120Hz, motion blur is smoothed out during action scenes so you never miss a single detail. The virtually bezel-free design gives you an almost edge-to-edge picture and wider viewing angle than previous Vizio TVs so no matter where you are, you have the best seat in the house.

Best for Streaming: SmartCast E-Series 60-Inch

SmartCast E-Series
What We Like
  • SmartCast operating system

  • Built-in Chromecast

  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

What We Don't Like
  • No built-in TV tuner

  • Reports of vertical banding

  • Reports of bad power supplies

Vizio has built the SmartCast E-Series 60-inch television from the ground up to be the ultimate media streaming machine. With Vizio's SmartCast operating system, you get an all-in-one hub menu for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video so you can access your favorite shows and movies without having to navigate multiple interfaces. The included remote control has dedicated buttons for certain apps as well as a simplified layout for frustration-free browsing and search. You can also turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote control with the SmartCast app. 

This model features built-in Chromecast for streaming directly from your Android devices or Windows-based computers. You can connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices for hassle-free voice controls. With four HDMI inputs, you can connect all your media playback devices as well as cable or satellite boxes. You can also purchase a separate TV tuner to watch local, over-air channels.

Final Verdict

The P-Series Quantum 65-inch from Vizio is the best the brand has to offer. With excellent 4K UHD resolution and a QLED panel, you'll get superior picture quality for both UHD and upscaled content. It also features Chromecast and AirPlay2 support for mirroring your smartphone or tablet screen. The M-Series 55-inch is a close second from Vizio. It still gives you great 4K UHD resolution with HDR support, but it doesn't have as many local dimming zones or as bright a screen. The M-Series is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free voice commands and smart home network integration.

About Our Trusted Experts

Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management, so she has the knowledge of what makes a solid TV for home entertainment.

The Ultimate Vizio TV Buying Guide

Vizio may not have the same brand recognition that LG, Sony, and Samsung enjoy, but the company still provides quality televisions with plenty of features and price points to suit almost any home theater or entertainment space. Not only do they have full 1080p HD models, but they have several lines of 4K UHD TVs that are priced more reasonably than some of their competitors, making them a great option for budget-conscious shoppers. Most of Vizio's televisions also offer a range of smart features like streaming movies, music, and shows as well as screen mirroring and voice controls. Vizio's high end models like the P-Series feature bezel-free designs to give you an edge-to-edge picture and wider viewing angles than their predecessors, ensuring that no matter where you are in the room you have the best viewing experience. Vizio TVs offer high refresh rates for smooth motion and to prevent screen tearing and stuttering that can happen during intense action scenes in movies, shows, and video games. 

Their televisions also have a variety of connectivity options. From HDMI inputs for HD and UHD streaming and video playback and USB ports for playing videos from external memory storage devices, there are plenty of ways to integrate a Vizio TV into your home theater. While some models don't offer Bluetooth connectivity, you can still use wired connections for external audio equipment like soundbars, speakers, and subwoofers to create a custom home theater configuration. When looking at a Vizio TV for your home, apartment, or dorm, there are some important deciding factors to consider before purchasing. We'll break down top features to help you decide which works best for you.

Vizio Smart TV with Internet Apps
Vizio Smart TV with Internet Apps. Vizio

Resolution Options

Picture quality mostly depends on what resolution your television can deliver. While it may be tempting to automatically spring for the higher-end 4K units, it's best to consider what kind of entertainment you'll be using before doing so. Unless you plan on investing in a 4K DVD player or exclusively streaming 4K content, you won't be able to take full advantage of a higher resolution TV. Televisions that offer 4K resolution are quickly becoming the new gold standard, but there are still great 1080p HD options for those who simply want a decent picture for family movie night or weekend gaming.

What makes 4K such a good thing? Televisions that have 4K resolution often support high dynamic range technology to produce color and contrast levels that closely mimic what you would see in the real world. This technology comes in four variations: HDR10/10+, HLG (hybrid log gamma), Dolby Vision, and Technicolor HDR. There isn't much difference between each variation of HDR besides which company has licensed the use of the technology. Each variation uses the same basic principles to produce enhanced color volumes and contrast for better detailing and more life-like pictures.

While companies like LG and Sony have taken the leap into the future of home entertainment and released a line of 8K televisions, Vizio has stuck to producing quality 4K and 1080p models. While 8K sounds fancy and exciting, with current home entertainment standards, it's almost impossible to take full advantage of that kind of resolution. TVs with 8K resolution give you four times the detail of 4K and 16 times that of 1080p. There are very, very few video streaming services, broadcasting companies, or video game developers that even offer 8K content, and it may be years before it becomes more mainstream. It may be a nice way to future-proof your home theater, but the extreme high cost of 8K models and the extremely limited selection of 8K UHD content means that it's not a reasonable option right now.

Vizio 2017 D-Series 4K Ultra HD TV Example
Vizio 2017 D-Series 4K Ultra HD TV Example. Image provided by Vizio

Voice Controls

Along with the excellent picture quality that you get from 4K resolution, televisions with voice controls are becoming more and more popular for home entertainment. Some models come packaged with remotes that have microphones and either Alexa or Google Assistant built in for hands-free controls right out of the box. Others are compatible with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home and require a little more set-up before you can take advantage of voice commands. While voice commands may seem a bit over-the-top, they're a great extra feature to have in busy households or those with limited motor skills or are visually impaired. 

Voice commands make it easier to open apps, search for something to watch or listen to, and even adjust picture and audio settings without a remote or keyboard. Tiny buttons may be difficult to work with and certain fonts may be hard to read, and using a voice command eliminates a lot of unnecessary frustration. For busy homes, voice controls make it easy to find kid-friendly shows to keep little ones occupied while parents finish work or household chores. You can easily pull up a YouTube video to help walk you through a dinner recipe, or open Netflix and set up a movie to watch with friends while you make popcorn and get drinks. Some of Vizio's models are compatible with Apple Homekit, letting you use your iOS devices and Siri to search, browse, and open apps.

Vizio SmartCast TV Lifestyle Image
Vizio SmartCast TV Lifestyle Image. Image provided by Vizio

Price Points

Televisions are one of those things that can be overwhelming when shopping for the perfect model for your home theater. With prices varying wildly between brands for the same bevy of features, it's almost impossible to equate a higher cost with higher quality. Luckily, Vizio leans into the more affordable end of the price spectrum, even for their top-of-the-line models. The D-Series offers the most budget-friendly models, with prices ranging from just under $150 to around $200 depending on the size of the television. The V-Series is more middle-of-the-road, offering better picture and more smart features with prices ranging from around $200-500. The M- and P-Series models from Vizio offer some of the best picture quality and the most smart features for your money, with prices to match: $1000-1,700. Even with the higher costs for the better models, Vizio is still priced below competitors who offer similar sizes and features. A 55-inch from Vizio may only set you back a few hundred dollars while a similarly sized smart TV from Samsung or LG may cost you well over $1,000.

Vizio D32-D1 32-inch 1080p Smart TV
Vizio D32-D1 32-inch 1080p Smart TV. Image provided by Vizio

Other Factors

There are other things to consider when choosing a Vizio TV for your home theater, apartment, or dorm room. Some sizes may be too big for a space like a bedroom, kid's playroom, or college dorm, while a screen that is too small for a room will make movie nights and watch parties difficult for large crowds. If you're an avid console gamer, you may want a TV that has a 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate for smooth motion and a low input latency for near real-time reactions. For those looking at buying a 4K TV, Vizio offers both standard LED and QLED panels that use quantum dots for more intense color saturation and better detailing. No matter what your entertainment needs are, Vizio has a model and size that's sure to fit right in.