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Should you buy a Vizio TV?

Should you buy a Vizio TV
(Image credit: Vizio )

If you're looking for a cheap 4K TV, you're likely to come across Vizio during your search. The Californian firm's TVs are some of the top sellers worldwide, especially in the US, and the brand regularly mixes with heavy-hitters such as Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and LG thanks to its combination of extensive features and attractive pricing. 

For 2020, we even have two OLED TVs in Vizio's arsenal for the first time, namely the Vizio OLED H1 Series, available in 55-inch and 65-inch models, starting at an intriguing $1299 for the smaller TV. Whether these models can hold a candle to the best OLED TVs of 2020 remains to be seen, of course, and if you're after a great OLED, we'd thoroughly recommend the What Hi-Fi? 2020 Award-winning Sony KD-48A9 – an extraordinary 48-inch proposition. 

Vizio's two OLED models for 2020 are very much the exception rather than the rule when it comes to the company's output though – there are no cutting edge 8K TVs in Vizio's 2020 oeuvre for instance, nor will you find any astronomically priced rivals for LG's rollable OLED or TCL's frankly bizarre sideways rollable OLED offering. No, the company typically focuses on offering quality TVs at more affordable prices than you'll see from the likes of Sony and LG. Looking for a larger 4K HDR TV that costs well under $1000? That's so Vizio.

Below you'll find some of the best-selling Vizio TVs available to buy right now. We've highlighted key ranges and their features, and even rounded-up the best Vizio TV deals we can find across models and screen sizes. 

Refreshingly, Vizio is one of the few companies that's willing to divulge how many contrast control zones you'll find in each of its TVs. It's an open-minded approach and one we thoroughly appreciate, especially when we consider the creative wording and proprietary standards that other tech companies sometimes throw into the mix. 

Under the hood, Vizio is equipping most of its 2020 TVs with its new IQ Ultra processor that helps SmartCast 4.0 run faster and promises to improve HD upscaling. There's more good news for gamers too, who can look forward to support for VRR via HDMI 2.1 and Vizio’s new ProGaming Engine, boasting faster response times and lower input lag for the 2020 M-Series, P-Series and P-Series Quantum X.

So should you buy a Vizio TV? Read on and find out, as we delve into Vizio's 2020 TV line-up...

Vizio V-Series (available in 40, 43, 55, 58, 60, 65 and 70 inch screen sizes) 

Should you buy a Vizio TV?

Vizio's 55-in V-Series V555-H is priced just $338 at Walmart (Image credit: Vizio )

If you’re budget-conscious and looking for a 4K TV – but ideally something big enough for the living room, Vizio’s most affordable 2020 line is the V-series. (Hot tip: the V stands for 'value').  

Expect a number of different models and sizes here from Vizio, all of which use full array lighting (but the panel works as a whole with no local dimming zones, so contrast is likely to suffer) and the IQ Active processor.

The good news is that all the TVs at this affordable entry level still support HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG, and while they aren't exactly sitting pretty at the cutting edge of TV technology, the range offers some exciting pricing. How does a 70-inch screen size that’s only $658 brand-new sound? It sounds good, right? It's called the Vizio V705-H3 (opens in new tab), and it's currently available at Walmart...

US Model names to look out for here include Vizio V405 ($229), Vizio V435 ($278), Vizio V505X ($299), Vizio V555 ($338 at Walmart (opens in new tab)), Vizio V585 ($349), Vizio V605 ($399), Vizio V655-H9 ($469), Vizio V705-H3 ($658), and Vizio V755-H4 ($799).

A number of desirable features are still included, with voice control from Siri or Google Assistant, Vizio SmartCast, Vizio WatchFree (bringing 200+ free streaming channels), plus both Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in – meaning you can cast content from a compatible smartphone or tablet to the TV. 

If you're browsing online and see a D-Series Vizio TV, it's likely to be a 2019 model – and here deals abound across several retailers.

Vizio M-Series (Q8 and Q7: available in 50, 55 and 65 inch screen sizes) 

Should you buy a Vizio TV?

Vizio's M-Series M65Q8-H1 65-inch 4K TV retails for $748 at Walmart (Image credit: Vizio )

One rung up brings you neatly to the 2020 Vizio M-Series. We say neatly; as you take a step up in terms of Vizio's lineup, things actually become slightly complicated. You’ll find two different versions of the M-Series, which are really very different. Both have a relatively lowly (for modern TVs) 60Hz native refresh rate and use the IQ Active image processor, but the similarities end there.

Let's concentrate on what is likely to be the better of the two series, the Vizio M-Series Q8. It’s only available in either a 55- or a 65-inch screen size, with 90 contrast control zones (which is far fewer than the midrange P-Series, but far more than its M-Series Q7 siblings) and it uses the IQ Active image processor instead of the IQ Ultra that you’d find in the higher-end models. 

The other Vizio M-Series, the Q7 range, comes in 50-, 55- and 65-inch sizes. They utilise 16 or 30 contrast control zones and also use the IQ Active image processor. According to Vizio's spec sheets, these TVs hit between 400 and 600 nits of peak brightness – not exceptional, but they’re super budget-friendly and will probably be amongst the discounted TV bargains you'll see during Black Friday shopping this year.

Your US model cheat-sheet here includes the Vizio M55Q8-H1($549), Vizio M65Q8-H1 ($748) (opens in new tab) (main image, a top seller at Walmart), Vizio M50Q7-H1 ($399), Vizio M55Q7-H1 ($499), Vizio M65Q7-H1 ($699). 

Vizio P-Series Quantum and P-Series Quantum X (Q9-H1 and QX-H1, available in 65-, 75- and 85-inches)

Should you buy a Vizio TV?

The 75-inch Vizio P-Series Quantum X P75QX-H1, $1999 where sold (Image credit: Vizio )

Taking a step up from the M-Series, the P-Series might stand for 'premium' – when it comes to Vizio’s QLED TV offerings, at least. Here, prices start at four figures rather than three – right now they do, at any rate... 

As the name suggests, the P-Series Quantum X is undoubtedly the more first-rate of the two and prices start at $1499 – firmly into midrange TV territory. There are three sizes to choose from (65-, 75- and 85-inches) all of which use the new IQ Ultra image processor and a VRR of up to 120Hz. The 65- and 85-inch TVs hit a seriously impressive 3000 nits peak brightness and feature 384 or 792 local dimming zones respectively. The 75-inch version only reaches 2,800 nits peak brightness with 480 local dimming zones, but for the money these Vizio TVs do look great on paper. 

For comparison, the What Hi-Fi? 2020 Award-winning 75-inch Samsung QE75Q950TS 8K TV can boast around 4000 nits peak brightness, but the number of individual dimming zones is around 500 – although Samsung doesn't really like to be drawn on such figures. The telling bit? The Vizio P75QX-H1 (main photo) is $1999. The Samsung? That's £7999 (approximately $10,580) and while it's not actually available in the US, you get the point – and thus, the potential for value for money should you opt for a Vizio. 

Stepping down to the regular, non-X-suffixed Vizio P-Series Quantum, you’ll still get the IQ Ultra image processor and VRR up to 120Hz. So what gives? Brightness – you only get 1,200 nits and 200 or 240 local dimming zones respectively for the 65- and 75-inch sizes. That said, you can save around $300 by opting for the 'regular' P-Series Quantum rather than the P-Series Quantum X, which is not to be sniffed at if you're on a budget. 

Your US model names to search for here include the Vizio P65QX-H1 ($1499), Vizio P75QX-H1 ($1999, pictured above), Vizio P85QX-H1 ($2999), Vizio P65Q9-H1 ($1199), and Vizio P75Q9-H1 ($1699) although at the time of writing, pickings are slim. 

Our verdict

While we're yet to get a Vizio TV into our test rooms, the pricing and feature lists of these sets alone should provide plenty of food for thought. 

In a similar way that HiSense and TCL both offer plenty of bang for your buck, we wouldn't be surprised if there was a serious bargain (or two) lurking in the Vizio TV line-up. Considering the impressive brightness levels and dimming zones offered by Vizio's slightly more premium (but still money conscious) QLED offerings for 2020, they're well worth investigating...


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Tom is a journalist, copywriter and content designer based in the UK. He has written articles for T3, ShortList, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, Elle Deco, The Sunday Times, Men's Health, Mr Porter, Oracle and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include mobile technology, electric vehicles and video streaming.

  • HJS
    Got the M65 Q8. It hit the right price point for me. It may not be the final word, but I don't feel that I should have spent more $$$ to get better.