Picking the best TV out there isn’t exactly the easiest job. The job is particularly hard if you’re shopping on a budget. Moreover, there are multiple options out there that can further confuse the customer. This is why we’ve decided to talk about a few of the best smart TVs currently selling in the market. Bear in mind that there are quite a few of them available today, so you are likely to be spoilt for choice. We’ve made sure to include TVs of multiple sizes to give you broader options.
So without waiting any further, let’s have a look at some of the best TVs available for under $500 today.
11 Best TVs for Under $500 in 2020
TCL 50S425 4K Roku TV (50-inch)
TCL will feature multiple times on this list and with good reason. The first offering is also a Roku TV, which means users get Roku’s TV interface built into the television, giving you instant access to streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and several others. It has very minimal bezels and a simplistic design, ensuring that it doesn’t take too much space in your living room. The best part however is that there are multiple connectivity options to choose from, including 3 HDMI ports, a single USB port for media play, a headphone jack for wireless headphones, an optical audio out, as well as a dedicated ethernet port.
The TV supports Wi-Fi, so you can stream all the high definition 4K content using your home internet. Since the TV supports 4K HDR content by default, content from streaming platforms will truly come to life with this. Thanks to Roku’s easy to navigate interface, all the features are easily accessible here with an option to setup cable set top boxes as well. The television supports Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control its features with a Google Home or Amazon Echo product. At just 3.2-inches it’s also super thin, allowing to perfectly blend in with the decor of your living room. The TV is complemented by the Roku voice remote as well as the Roku app on your smartphone, allowing you to control your TV without a dedicated remote.
Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 4K Fire TV Edition (43-inch)
This TV by Insignia comes packed with a bunch of features, enabling you to enjoy content seamlessly. One of the key highlights of this particular television is that it comes with Amazon’s Fire TV built-in, giving you access to all the Fire OS features by default. This includes access to almost every major streaming platform, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, SHOWTIME, and of course, Amazon’s own Prime Video and Prime Music apps. The TV also supports Alexa voice commands and comes included with an Alexa voice remote for easy operation. So if you own a Fire TV Stick or any Fire device at your home, this TV should blend right in.
The TV interface allows for all your live TV channels and streaming platforms to appear in a uniform format on your homescreen, allowing you to swiftly switch between the two mediums. However, accessing live TV channels will require an antenna and an HD set top box from your service provider. The TV comes with 3 HDMI ports, a single USB port, a port for your TV/antenna, an ethernet port and more. With a crisp 4K display spread across 43-inches of gorgeous real estate, this 43-inch 4K TV by Insignia is truly worth checking out.
Toshiba 55LF711U20 4K Fire TV Edition (55-inch)
If you thought only Insignia made Fire TV Edition TVs, well you’re wrong. Toshiba also has a highly capable 55-inch 4K television with Fire TV features built-in. Much like the TV we spoke of above, this one too comes with all the streaming apps that you usually see on Fire TV platforms. This particular model of the television also comes included with Dolby Vision HDR, giving your movies and TV shows an additional bump in terms of audio performance. You can also watch live TV channels on this offering although you will need an antenna as well as a cable plan with your preferred service provider.
At just 3.7-inches, this TV is pretty thin as well. The company offers a stand with the product along with wall mounting equipment. The TV doesn’t include installation, but if you do choose to get expert wall mounting done, it will cost you an $100 on the television. The television comes included with an Alexa voice remote, so you barely have to move from your couch in order to change channels or play some music via Amazon Prime Music or other platforms. Naturally, you can also control smart home devices using Alexa on this TV.
TCL 55S405 4K Roku TV (55-inch)
The second TCL offering on our list is also a Roku TV like the first one. This can only be a good thing as Roku TV allows you to blend cable TV as well as your favorite streaming apps by simply connecting to the Wi-Fi. However, you will also require an antenna or a cable subscription to access live TV features. This is a 55-inch 4K TV with features like High Dynamic Range or HDR, allowing you to get the full depth of pictures and videos shown on the TV. Luckily, multiple streaming platforms also offer 4K HDR content, allowing those with compatible TVs (such as this one) to enjoy content like never before.
Despite being a significantly bigger offering than the aforementioned TCL television, this offering is actually thinner at just 3-inches. The TV comes included with a stand and can also be wall mounted, although expert installation is not included with the product. The TV also supports Alexa and Google Assistant. Although there’s no Alexa voice remote here, the company is including the Roku voice remote which is just as capable and can help you navigate the user interface without pressing any buttons. You also have access to Roku’s app on the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store respectively to control the TV with your smartphone. The TV comes with 3 HDMI ports, a solitary USB port, and a headphone jack along with a few other ports.
Insignia NS-39DF510NA19 1080p Full HD Fire TV Edition (39-inch)
This TV is meant for those who don’t want to spend too much on a television, but still get their money’s worth. This is a 39-inch 1080p television, so it’s clearly lacking compared to some of the 4K offerings we’ve discussed so far. However, it makes up for it with its price tag as well as the wide array of features that it comes with. First and foremost, this is a Fire TV edition model, giving you all the features including the user interface from the Fire TV Stick or any other Fire OS device. Keeping this in mind, you get access to all the major streaming platforms like HBO Now, Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and several others.
In terms of connectivity, you get three HDMI ports here, including one for ARC. The TV also has a single USB port, composite input, digital output, an ethernet port, and a cable/antenna port for cable subscribers. Thanks to the refined Fire TV user experience, customers can find a combination of live TV channels and their streaming apps on the homescreen, unifying both aspects effortlessly. Given that this is a Fire TV edition offering, it comes with Alexa by default along with an Alexa powered voice remote. The TV doesn’t offer much in terms of appearance, but given the features it offers within, we cannot recommend this enough to our users.
LG 22LJ4540 1080p Full HD (22-inch)
This is a significantly smaller TV than any we’ve discussed on this list so far. However, don’t let that take out the utility value out of this offering. This 22-inch Full HD television by LG is specifically designed for smaller rooms or to use as secondary televisions at your home or office. It comes with an IPS panel, so there should be no issues with regards to picture quality on this TV. The company talks about Direct-lit LED technology which will offer rich colors and true-to-life picture.
This television doesn’t have too many inputs either, with a single HDMI slot listed by the company. The onboard speakers are nothing to write home about, although the HDMI port should help rectify that to a great extent. This may also be suited for computer desks or as a mirror for your existing computer monitor. Given the limitations of the platform, this TV doesn’t have any smart features on board. So all you can do is simply connect it to an HDMI source and enjoy content that way. This product is eligible for a free 60-day tech support from the Amazon team, allowing you to connect, troubleshoot or get help on unknown aspects via phone conversation with a trained professional.
Hisense 40H5590F 1080p Full HD (40-inch)
Hisense is a well known company in the electronics industry, and particularly among television manufacturers. Although its reach is fairly limited in the global markets, there’s no denying that the company makes some terrific products. This is a 40-inch Full HD television with smart features built-in (Android), allowing you to connect to Wi-Fi and stream content over available apps. The choices are plenty and include offerings like YouTube, Netflix, and practically anything you can find on the Play Store, so you should be able to stream content as soon as you unpack the television and connect it to a power source and Wi-Fi.
With a refresh rate of just 60 Hz, this TV isn’t the best out there, but if you’re looking for a super cheap Full HD TV with smart features onboard, this has to be it. With Bluetooth support, the TV is ideally suited for wireless audio playback either to your headphones or a compatible Bluetooth home theater system. Since this is an Android TV, you also get Google Assistant built in. All you have to do is pass a voice command and the TV will get right to it. While this isn’t particularly preferred over Alexa’s versatility, it will get the job done just fine. Users can also interact with all their smart home connected devices that are compatible with Google Assistant.
Insignia NS-55DF710NA19 4K Fire TV Edition (55-inch)
This is Insignia’s biggest television on this list, and as the other two televisions, this one also comes with Amazon Fire TV built in. This means users will see a familiar UI when they turn on this television for the very first time. Since this has Fire TV features on board, you naturally get Alexa voice support as well. Moreover, the company offers an Alexa voice remote to navigate all the features of the television without ever pressing any keys on the remote. As is the case with other Insignia TVs on this list, this 55-inch 4K unit also comes with the ability to connect your cable boxes to enjoy live over the air TV.
The user interface blends both cable and streaming services together, offering a completely unified experience in one place. At 3.3-inches, the TV is pretty thin, and follows the lead of other manufacturers we’ve discussed above. This TV has its own stand although it can also be wall mounted. Expert installation is not included with this product and will be charged an additional $99.99 by Amazon.
Samsung UN50RU7100FXZA 4K (50-inch)
It’s hard to leave Samsung out of the equation when we’re discussing best televisions, no matter what the price range is. This is a 50-inch 4K UHD television with HDR for optimum video performance with supported content. Naturally, this is a Smart TV which means it comes with all the apps and features that you would need on a television. It also has its own web browser, so this is way more than just a television. The TV also comes with a simple to use OneRemote which can control all connected devices as well as content.
With a display refresh rate of 120 Hz, customers are assured of giving you smooth video even for fast moving content. This TV comes with a total of three HDMI ports along with a solitary USB port for media connectivity. Thankfully, Samsung has also included Bluetooth with this television, allowing you to pair your wireless headphones or soundbar speakers to enhance media experience significantly.
Colors are rich on this particular Samsung television, and the 4K resolution pops out while playing HDR content. This TV comes with a stand, although it can also be wall mounted with third party wall mounts supported. The TV is built with ATSC/ClearQAM tuners, allowing you to receive unscrambled digital cable TV without requiring a separate cable box.
Sceptre 43-inch 1080p Full HD Television
Sceptre is not a company that many people know about, but when you find a company that makes great TVs for a fraction of the price, it’s definitely worth mentioning. This 43-inch Full HD television packs MEMC 120, offering excellent visuals for action packed content. The TV offers MHL which allows compatible smartphones and tablets to beam content onto the television wirelessly. Although the television has three HDMI ports, one of them is also used for MHL connectivity. The TV is also packed with ATSC/ClearQAM tuners to enjoy unscrambled digital cable content.
Despite being a budget television of sorts, this offering comes with a pretty classy design. There’s a stand included with the product, allowing you to place it on a table, while there’s also wall mounting capabilities with VESA wall mounting supported. Customers get a solitary USB port with this television, allowing you to playback media like photos, music, and videos.
For a budget television, this 43-inch 1080p TV by Sceptre is handsomely packed with features. Sure, you won’t get native support for 4K HDR content, but since 1080p is still pretty much the dominant video standard, this shouldn’t make much of a difference.
Sansui LED Full HD 1080p (40-inch)
We’re rounding off our list today with a decent budget television from Japanese manufacturer Sansui. This is a 40-inch 1080p Full HD TV, and comes with a handful of attractive features on board. This particular television is also compatible with the Roku Streaming Stick as well as the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which should instantly turn your television into a powerhouse. More importantly, this is a highly energy efficient television, helping you cut down on your power bill significantly.
For a television of this size, the onboard stereo speakers are pretty impressive as well. While it won’t particularly impress audiophiles, combining this with a decent soundbar can make for an excellent combination. In terms of connectivity, users get 3 HDMI ports, a single USB port for media, as well as a 15-pin VGA port. While the company offers a remote with the television, it’s nothing to write home about and only offers the basic features. On the bright side, this doesn’t need a lot of learning or expertise. Be sure to check this TV out on Amazon.