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The best cheap 4K TVs you can buy

You don't have to spend big on a sharp-looking TV.
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October 14, 2022

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.

See also: 4K vs 1080p

We’ve limited the TVs covered here to $800 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 65-inch Fire TV Omni QLED

The Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED
Amazon

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 QLED line. QLED refers to quantum dot technology, which delivers OLED-like color and contrast on a cheaper LCD panel.

The other signature feature here is deep Alexa integration — thanks to built-in microphones, you can issue voice commands without a remote or separate speaker. The Omni QLED also supports pairing Echo speakers for output, and Echo Show-style info widgets for things like news, weather, and smart home status.

These sets offers three HDMI 2.0 ports, plus one HDMI eARC 2.1 connection, which is useful for audio equipment. HDR support includes HDR10, HDR10 Plus, and Dolby Vision IQ, the last of which differs from regular Vision in automatically adjusting to ambient light levels.

As a side note, always buy the latest model year of a Fire TV product. Newer models can be sluggish, so it’s worth getting the latest hardware to minimize risk.

TCL 75-inch Class 4 with Google TV

The 2022 TCL Class 4 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 get a 75-inch model for $630, and the 43-, 50-, 55-, and 65-inch versions are even cheaper.

Samsung 32-inch The Frame

The 2022 Samsung Frame TV
Samsung

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. As a reminder, 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 65-inch Class Crystal UHD AU8000

The Samsung Class Crystal AU8000 smart TV

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.

Vizio 65-inch V-Series

The 2022 Vizio V Series TV

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/HDR10 Plus. 

More importantly, you can get all of this in sets ranging from 43 to 75 inches, and you should slip under $800 if you choose 65.

See also: The best TV deals

LG 70-inch UQ9000

The LG UQ9000 TV

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, and a signature Filmmaker Mode that dials in truer settings. You can snag a 70-inch model for under $800.

Sony 65-inch X80K

sony x80j tv
Amazon

Sony’s X80K is another Google TV model with HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and four HDMI ports including a 2.1 connection. What really sets it apart are Sony-specific features, most notably a Game Mode with exclusive enhancements for the PlayStation 5.

Blacks and contrast could be stronger, but otherwise, you should be very satisfied. You can use an external Alexa speaker for voice control on top of Google Assistant.

Hisense 55-inch U8H

The Hisense U8H

The U8H is a Google TV with Dolby Atmos, HDR10/HDR10 Plus, and Dolby Vision, but its main selling point is Mini-LED technology, which is as close to OLED contrast as you can get without making the leap. The set is also extremely bright, peaking at 1,500 nits. That makes it ideal for sunlit living rooms, and you may even need to tone down brightness settings if you normally watch in the dark.

Other perks include hands-free voice control, multiple HDMI 2.1 ports, and Game Mode Pro, which not only cuts latency but supports variable refresh rate (VRR) and AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro.