Vizio XVT553SV Review


Vizio has come a long way over the past century and has finally stepped up to the plate with an amazing LED TV that outshines the rest with its overall high picture quality and affordable price. We were actually a bit surprised to see the brand name Vizio come out on top when it came to decision time. While the Vizio XVT553SV LED TV may not be the thinnest and most amazing TV to look at in terms of slick rounded curves, it makes up for it with outstanding picture quality and overall ease of use. It is one of the first TVs from this company to really compare to other large companies such as Samsung, Sony and LG. The XVT553SV officially received our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award and stands among the best LED TVs on the market today with its amazing black levels and true color levels.


Having a lot of extras has become a standard for any type of electronic device these days. A TV can no longer just be a simple TV – nowadays it must be able to access Facebook, play YouTube videos and keep you entertained for hours on end. Good thing most companies understand this and have implemented a ton of extras to keep people happy. The XVT553SV offers a very unique and quite handy feature known as the VIA (Vizio Internet Apps system) which includes Netflix, videos on demand, Vudu and a handful of other apps. There is also a Wikipedia search, Facebook, eBay and many other online features. All of these new apps and features can be accessed on an easy-to-use navigation bar that will appear on the bottom of the LED TV screen. If you are not the type to run cords all over your house but still want internet access, the XVT553SV also has Wi-Fi for wireless browsing and downloading.

One of the other standout features found on this TV is its matte screen, which is quite rare among leading LED TVs today. This type of screen allows for superior image quality in well-lit rooms, which is ideal for those wanting a large TV in their living room or other room with large windows or bright lights. The only major drawback we found with this TV was the fact that it is about 3 inches thick (without a stand). This makes hanging it on a wall or putting it on a thin shelf above the fireplace a little more difficult. However, if you're planning on placing it in an entertainment center you should have no problem with the somewhat thicker pane.

The TV comes with a remote control that has a built-in keyboard for quick searching or writing a Tweet. The remote also has Bluetooth so you don’t have to aim the remote directly at the TV. While these small additions may not make or break your decision on what LED TV to purchase, they are nice extras that do make things easier.


The Vizio XVT553SV compares to and exceeds the overall picture quality of black levels and color performance found on other high-end LED TVs on the market. That being said, the picture settings on the TV are quite minimal and could use a little help to compete in this area with other high-end LED TVs. While the two point gray scale is a little below par, there are nine different preset picture settings that will allow you to get the most out of this amazing device without spending hours playing with picture settings.

When it comes time to find a TV that has the most amazing picture there are a few things you will want to look for before making any final decisions. The refresh rate, contrast ratio and response time are some of the big players in the display world. This amazing TV has the highest contrast ratio we have seen at 10,000,000:1, which means you are going to get the brightest whites and the deepest blacks possible. The 240Hz refresh rate is about par for LED TVs found on the market; yet some go all the way up to 480Hz. One of the more disappointing features on this LED TV the response time of 5ms, which is well below par compared to the 1ms response time of the LG INFINIA 55LX9500.

Overall the Vizio XVT553SV LED TV has some of the truest color and highest quality picture in light and dark settings. There were some issues with blooming where light colors bled into blacks, but for the most part this was either nonexistent or just unnoticeable. As always the matte screen is perfect for those who want to keep that amazing picture even when there is an excessive amount of light in the room. It also reduces the amount of glare you would typically get on glass screens.


The Vizio XVT553SV has all of the basic connections found on any high-end LED TV; these include five HDMI ports (four on the back and one on the side). An Ethernet port, PC port and your basic component input can all be found on the back side of the TV and are all very easy to access. There are also three USB ports, which make viewing pictures or watching video from your camcorder or camera quick and painless. Overall you should be able to find any of the basic ports needed to get your LED TV up and running; however, if you really want to enjoy your viewing experience we would suggest you look into purchasing an AV receiver so you can connect all your extra toys.

Help & Support:

Vizio has one of the best help and support found on any of the online companies selling electronics today. Having someone at your side throughout the deciding and purchasing process is a must when it comes to online shopping. Once you have purchased an item it is a huge comfort to know that if something goes wrong you will be able to find the answers you need to get you on your way again. Vizio understand this concept very well and has designed a help and support structure to prove it.


In today’s competitive world of electronics it can be tough to know which products really offer high quality for a decent price. Lucky for you, Vizio's true colors come out when they're put to the test. The Vizio XVT553SV has by far the best picture and is one of the easiest LED TVs to set up and use. If you want to save a ton of money and don’t mind having a slightly thicker display, this is the LED TV for you.


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