We've tested more than 30Vizio TVs. Vizio offers compelling performance ineach price bracket their products cover. Unlike most other manufacturers, most of their models released before 2018 lacked a tuner (making themunable to brand them as TVs). However, they now include it, so their recent models can officially be called TVs, and they tend to offer good value for most people.
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Competitively priced. For the same features, Vizio TVs are priced very competitively, and in some cases, are several hundred dollars cheaper than the competition. Great picture quality in a dark room. All their higher-end and mid-range models have a full-array local dimming backlight, which helps to produce deep blacks. Very low input lag. All Vizio TVs we”ve tested have a really low input lag, which is great for gaming. Unpolished experience. From firmware issues to a cheaper design/look, Vizio TVs feel like they cut some corners. A lot of the issues are eventually fixed with firmware updates, but not all of them. Sub-par upscaling. Low-quality content like DVDs or SD channels doesn”t look as sharp as it does on other brands. HDR experience leaves a lot to be desired. Unless you”re getting the flagship LED TVs, you likely won”t get a satisfying HDR experience. Their low-to-mid-range TVs don”t get bright enough to make highlights pop.
Vizio vs Samsung
Vizio high-end TVs perform very similarly to Samsung TVsbut are usually priced very competitively. Some people might not like Vizio's SmartCast platform, which works just like Google's Chromecast. However, Samsung TVs are more versatile when it comes to having options with wide viewing angles, and they tend to get brighter.
Vizio vs Sony
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 Google-based smart features include Vizio's Chromecast capabilities and more. Sony TVs are usually more expensive,though, and they don't have as many gaming features as Vizio.
Overall, Vizio TVs are very well-priced and have great picture quality. They don't have the high-end feel as some other brands, and they offer great value for the price, but their OS can feel laggy and there are often a ton of bugs associated with their TVs. There are better gaming TVs out there, but if you're a fan of watching movies in dark rooms and don't need the extra perks, you can't go wrong with a Vizio.
Vizio's lineup is fairly straightforward, asthey have very few models, but they have made some changes that can be a bit confusing. Their entry-level 4k TV is known as the V Series, replacingthe previous D and E Series TVs from previous years, which are now 1080p or lower options. Moving up, they have the mid-range M Series Quantum, P Series Quantum, and finally, the flagship P Series Quantum X. Often, it's unclear from the model name which year it's from unless it's specified, but the model codes make it a bit more clear. For example, the 2021 TVs use J in the model code, and those from 2020 have H (M65Q7-J01 is a 2021 TV, while the M65Q-H1 is 2020).
Vizio Smart Features
Vizio TVs run the SmartCast platform, which is very basic and has a very limited selection of apps and it doesn't have an app store. Instead, it'srelying on its ability to receive apps that are 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 adjustsettings 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's 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).
For many years Vizio remained one of the few brands left to not sell their interface to advertisers. However, we noticed with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 and Vizio V5 Series 2021 that there's now suggested content on the home page.
Apps & Features
Current Vizio TVs don't have an app store, and there's 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.
Vizio finally added support for voice controls with the release of their 2021 TVs that come with the new remote (see below). It's pretty basic and not as advanced as other brands, but you can still ask it to change inputs and open apps, but you can't ask it to search for specific content in apps.
Vizio released a new remote with their 2021 models. It's stripped-down compared to the past versionas it lacks a Numpad, but you still get the short buttons to popular streaming services. It's not too big, but it's very basic, and it doesn't have backlighting.
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 2020models, 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.
Aug 18, 2021: Replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 with the Vizio V5 Series 2021; renamed the Vizio OLED 2020 and P Series Quantum X 2020 to “Best OLED” and “Best LED” respectively; updated the smart features section.
May 20, 2021: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 as “Best Vizio TV For Gaming”.
Feb 19, 2021: Updated text for clarity; no changes to picks.
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 likea Roku or NVIDIA Shield TV.