The Good The Vizio E series offers the best picture quality available in its price range, thanks to local dimming. The Google Cast system offers more apps and frequent updates than many dedicated smart-TV systems.
The Bad Many models in the series don't match the image quality of ones we reviewed. Roku TVs and other models with actual onscreen menus are more convenient for streaming apps. No built-in tuner on many models.
The Bottom Line If you're OK with its missing extras, and make sure to get the right model, Vizio's E series will reward you with the best budget TV picture quality yet.
Budget TV with a superior picture, inferior features
The Vizio E series can be a great buy, but read the fine print.
If you get one of the better ones you can expect superb image quality for a budget TV, head and shoulders above Roku TVs and better in many ways than competing midrange sets. Other E series models have picture quality likely no better than budget competitors (don't worry, I'll tell you which is which in the next section).
There's also the matter of its app-based Google Cast operation, and lack of a tuner. The E series is the closest thing you can find today to a "dumb TV," and that's not necessarily a bad thing. To do anything more advanced on this set than turn it on, switch inputs or adjust picture mode, you'll need to use your own phone and Vizio's app. If that sounds appealing to you -- or if you don't plan to do anything more advanced than that -- it's great.