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The best cheap 4K TVs you can buy
In 2022, it’s a real challenge to find a 1080p TV over 40 inches — 4K is the new standard. Thankfully, prices for 4K sets have dropped considerably in the past few years, and there are solid options from all of the major vendors. Here are our picks for the best cheap 4K TVs you can get.
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We’ve limited the TVs covered here to $600 or lower. Be aware that the less you spend, the more likely it is you’ll have to compromise on screen size.
The best cheap 4K TVs:
Editor’s note: We’ll be sure to add to this list of the best cheap 4K TVs as we find new options in stock.
Amazon 55-inch Fire TV Omni
An easy-to-find option for a cheap 4K TV is something based on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, and the company’s own best TVs are in the Omni line. Their signature feature is hands-free Alexa — thanks to built-in microphones, you can issue voice commands for your TV and other smart devices without a remote or separate Alexa speaker.
These sets offers three HDMI 2.0 ports, plus one HDMI eARC 2.1 connection, which is useful for audio equipment. HDR support is limited to HDR10/HLG unless you buy the 65- or 75-inch models, both of which have Dolby Vision, but you’ll have to choose 55 inches or less to stay under $600.
As a side note, always buy the latest model year of a Fire TV product. Older models can be sluggish, so it’s worth getting the latest hardware to minimize risk.
TCL 65-inch Class 4 with Google TV
As platforms go, Google TV is usually preferable to Fire TV, especially if you don’t care about Alexa or Prime Video. It offers a superior onscreen interface and benefits from Google Assistant, which is arguably a better voice assistant than Alexa unless your home is filled with Alexa-based accessories.
TCL’s Class 4 Series sets are limited to HDR10, and only have three HDMI inputs (one supporting eARC), but the tradeoff is price. You can potentially get a 65-inch model for well under $600 on sale ($400 on Amazon, as of this writing), and the 55-inch set maxes out at $320.
Samsung 32-inch The Frame
Though 32 inches is too small for most living rooms, The Frame’s unique dimensions and style can make it perfect for places like a kitchen, bedroom, or even a computer desk, assuming you don’t need gaming-level refresh rates. You can buy versions with white, black, brown, or beige bezels, or no bezel at all.
The 2022 Frame has Dolby Atmos, dual Bluetooth connections, a matte display to minimize reflections, and HDR10 Plus. Plus advances on its predecessor with the option of per-frame image adjustments, although videos must specifically support that technology.
Apart from size and refresh rate, the one other serious downside is that you’re limited to two HDMI ports (one with eARC). Since this isn’t going in your living room, that shouldn’t be a crisis.
Samsung 55-inch Class Crystal UHD AU8000
Samsung TVs are well-known for their image quality, and there’s no exception with the Class Crystal line. One aspect of this is support for 120Hz refresh rates, whereas some other budget TVs are limited to 60Hz. That matters most when gaming, and indeed Class Crystal includes an automatic game mode that optimizes output and minimizes lag.
The company does rely on the Tizen platform, which reduces app support. It’ll still get the job done, though, and you can alternately use Alexa, Google Assistant, or Samsung Bixby on the included voice remote. You’ll have to stick to 55 inches or less if you want a budget price tag.
Vizio 58-inch V-Series
Vizio uses a proprietary OS with no voice assistant, but you can turn to AirPlay, Google Cast, or a third-party streamer as a workaround, and you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck in other areas. There’s a Samsung-style Auto Game Mode, and HDR support includes Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus.
More importantly, you can get all of this in sets ranging from 43 to 75 inches, and you should slip under $600 if you choose 65 inches.
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LG 65-inch UQ9000
LG’s webOS platform is proprietary, but surprisingly decent and well-supported. It’s worth a try even if you end up using AirPlay, Google Cast, or a dedicated streamer instead. The UQ9000 line additionally supports Alexa and Google Assistant.
Like Samsung, LG has a reputation for image quality, so that may be main attraction despite HDR being limited to HDR10 (which LG dubs “HDR Pro”). There are other points of interest — that includes a Game Optimizer, a Filmmaker Mode that dials in truer settings, and built-in support for Google Stadia cloud gaming. Stay at 65 inches or less to keep under $600.
Sony 50-inch X80K
Sony’s X80K only slots under $600 at the 50-inch mark, but it could be the best budget option at that size. It’s based on Google TV, and its HDR compatibility extends up to Dolby Vision. It additionally offers four HDMI ports, and a Game Mode including exclusive enhancements for Sony’s PlayStation 5.
It’s such a nice package that it might be worth spending a little more to get the 55-inch version. If there’s a flaw, it’s that blacks and contrast could be stronger.
Hisense 65-inch U6H
The U6H is a Google TV with Dolby Atmos, HDR10 Plus, and Dolby Vision, but its main selling point is actually quantum dot technology, which delivers OLED-like color and contrast on a cheaper LCD panel. Hisense touts the TV as extremely bright, offering up to 600 nits of peak brightness.
Upgrades from past U6 models include Dolby Vision IQ for matching HDR to ambient light levels, and a Game Mode Plus that enables variable refresh rates.