The best 4K TVs under $500

Don’t cash in that 401(k)! These are the best 4K TVs you can get for under $500

With TV technology constantly evolving, mid- to entry-level TVs enjoy continually improved picture quality, along with a growing list of advanced features, including 4K resolution and HDR. Amid such change, we’ve updated our list of the best TVs you can buy for under $500 to help you squeeze every last dime out of your budget so you can afford the important things in life — like a goosebump-inducing soundbar, for example.

The latest choices in our list are bigger, brighter, and better than ever. All our selections offer 4K UHD resolution, and they’re also all smart TVs, so you can turn off your brain after a long day and let the screen do all the work. Get ready to save some serious green on a killer TV.

At a glance

Product Category
TCL 55-inch 5-Series 4K HDR TV Best TV overall
Samsung 43-inch NU7100 4K HDR TV  Best slim TV
LG 49-inch UK6300PUE 4K HDR TV Best TV for a wide viewing angle
TCL 55-inch 4-series 4K HDR TV (2017) Best budget TV

TCL 55-inch 5-Series 4K HDR TV

The best

tcl 55s517

Why you should buy this: It offers great performance, a versatile Roku interface, and a monster screen size for the money.

The best

TCL 55S517

From its intuitive Roku interface to its massive 4K screen, you’ll fall in love with TCL’s 5-series 4K TV.

Who it’s for: Anyone who wants a big, versatile 4K HDR TV without spending a ton of dough.

How much it will cost: $479.

Why we picked the TCL 55-inch 5-Series 4K HDR TV:

You may not have heard of TCL, but the company’s partnership with Roku — and a penchant for dialing up displays with impressive performance — has made it a powerhouse in the affordable TV segment in a hurry. This 55-inch beauty is an incredible value for its price, which rides just under $500. We honestly still can’t believe you can get this much TV for this little cash.

So what are you getting for your money? How about solid 4K Ultra HD-performance, Dolby Vision HDR (as well as HDR10), Wide Color Gamut for accurate color rendering, and, of course, a Roku-based operating system for super-simple operation and even voice control. Add in three HDMI ports and HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for future-proofing, and we have a winner.

Samsung 43-inch NU7100 4K HDR TV

The best slim TV

samsung nu7100

Why you should buy this: You’re looking for a major brand, sleek style, and impressive color accuracy.

The best slim TV

Samsung UN43NU7100

Samsung’s NU7100 offers impressive colors, a simple interface, and a sleek design at a great price.

Who it’s for: Gamers and those who place style on par with substance.

How much it will cost: $447.

Why we picked the Samsung 43-inch NU7100 4K HDR TV:

Slim, sleek, and smart, the Samsung NU7100 offers solid picture quality in a 43-inch model that’s as easy on the eyes as it is the wallet. Discerning viewers will love its impressive color accuracy and good black uniformity, while serious gamers will love its low input lag.

This TV’s HDR is not as impressive as more expensive models from Samsung and others, and it also doesn’t support Dolby Vision, but those who want style and substance in an affordable package will definitely want to give this TV a long look. If 43-inches won’t cut it, you can move up to the 50-inch model for around $550.

LG 49-inch UK6300PUE 4K HDR TV

The best for a wide viewing angle

lg 49uk6300pue

Why you should buy this: It offers a wide viewing angle, an intuitive interface, and serious smarts.

The best for a wide viewing angle

LG 49UK6300PUE

LG’s UK6300PUE is a versatile and intuitive TV that will look good no matter where you place it.

Who it’s for: Those who want a TV that will look good from any angle, and listen to your every demand.

How much it will cost: $445.

Why we picked the LG 49-inch UK6300PUE 4K HDR TV:

If you want a TV with smarts and skills, you’ll love LG’s new UK6300 TV. The TV’s ThinQ A.I. grants the power of Google Assistant for intelligent voice control and search, while those who’d rather roll with Amazon can also use Alexa. LG’s constantly evolving interface, WebOS, is one of the best smart TV platforms out there, and the Wii-style Magic Motion remote is fun and easy to use.

When it comes to performance, this TV’s secret weapon is its wide viewing angle thanks to its IPS screen with in-plane switching, which lets you sit at virtually any angle without suffering notable color or contrast degradation. And while Dolby Vision HDR isn’t currently supported, you do get both HDR10 and the future-proofed HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), which will allow for HDR support over broadcast TV down the road.

TCL 55-inch 4-series 4K HDR TV (2017)

The best budget TV

tcl 55s405

Why you should buy this: It’s the absolute best value pick on our list, and beyond.

The best budget TV

TCL 55S405

TCL’s 2017 4-series 4K HDR TV offers a pretty picture and a fantastic interface for a ridiculously low price.

Who it’s for: Those who want to save some cash, and don’t mind shopping last year’s leftovers.

How much it will cost: $380.

Why we picked the TCL 55-inch 4-series 4K HDR TV (2017):

If you’re getting déjà vu, don’t worry — you haven’t looped back up to the top of our picks. There’s a reason we go gaga for TCL when it comes to affordable TVs, and now that last year’s 4-series is a year older (if not wiser), it’s available at a crazy-low price.

Even though it’s getting a bit long in the tooth, the 4-series still offers plenty to love, including impressive 4K resolution, HDR support (though not Dolby Vision like its younger sibling), and a simple-yet-elegant Roku interface. At just $380, there is no better value on this list.

Home Theater

Vizio is still rocking the Black Friday spirit with these TV and soundbar deals

If you missed out on all the great TV deals this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don't worry, Vizio has you covered. The company has some great discounts on its most popular 4K TVs and sounbar systems. But don't delay -- some of these…
Digital Trends Live

Samsung’s Scott Cohen explains why TVs need to get bigger and clearer

TVs are getting bigger and bigger, and there are a few reasons why that is happening. Samsung's Scott Cohen appeared on Digital Trends Live to explain why, and why Samsung is making the push for 8K resolution.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Mobile

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Godzilla,’ Brightburn,’ ‘Triple Frontier,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Brightburn and Triple Frontier, among other previews.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma, ‘Sabrina’ special

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: Alfonso Cuaron's new film Roma, Jim Henson's classic fantasy The Dark Crystal, and more.
Home Theater

Fluance’s four beautiful new turntables arrive with easy-to-stomach prices

Acclaimed audio brand Fluance launched four new turntables as part of its new Reference series, aiming to offer elegant looks and pristine sound to those who are just getting into the world of high-end analog audio.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (January 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in December 2018 and January 2019, from new original series to classic…
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

Google Assistant gets the Marshall treatment with two new smart speakers

Marshall's Voice-series were already some of the most stylish smart speakers on the market, but now they're available as Google Assistant-compatible editions. This makes Marshall one of the few companies to support both Alexa and Google.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.