Many TVs now come with 4K resolutions, bidding farewell to the 1080p displays of the past. This might make you want to upgrade your setup, and thankfully 4K TVs are more affordable than ever. You can pick up solid options from all the major players without putting too much strain on your wallet. Here are our picks for the best cheap 4K TVs you can get.
We limited the TVs covered to $600 or less. You can find even cheaper options, though you’ll likely limit yourself in terms of screen size. Ready to upgrade? Let’s get to it.
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.
Insignia 55-inch Fire TV
One of the best ways to get your hands on a cheap 4K TV is with a Fire TV option. You get all of the flexibility of Amazon’s Fire apps with the crisp clarity of a 4K display. Insignia’s Fire TV comes with a voice remote, and you can also use it to control your Alexa-compatible devices. Even if you don’t know what to watch, you can ask your remote to find a genre and browse titles for hours.
This option from Insignia comes with three HDMI ports and a USB-A port built-in. You can even splurge for models as large as 70-inches. Even Insignia’s larger options are affordable. The 70-inch option tops out at $749 when not on sale.
See also: The best Amazon Fire TV apps
TCL 43-inch Roku TV or Android TV
TVs with the Roku platform are another easy entry point to cheap 4K TVs. It works just like Amazon’s Fire TV platform, though you’ll have a very different remote control to get used to. You can browse an extensive selection of apps and shows, or you can tap into the free Roku channel for live TV options.
TCL has also refreshed its flagship line of 4K TVs for 2021, with smaller bezels all around. With both Android TV and Roku TV options available, you can stick to your preferred platform. Prices vary for TCL’s 4K TVs, though you should be able to get up to around 65-inches within our budget.
Toshiba 55-inch Fire TV
Toshiba is in on the Fire TV game as well, though with lesser options. This cheap 4K TV is available in 55, 50, and 43-inch sizes, and all three come with USB-A and HDMI ports aplenty. Like Insignia’s Fire TV, you’ll have to get used to Amazon’s slim remote, but it’s very easy to deliver voice commands.
The Toshiba 55-inch Fire TV packs a 60Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision HDR, and DTS Virtual X. It’s also one of the most complete budget-friendly TVs you can buy. The 55-inch version should only set you back $519 when not on sale.
Samsung 43-inch Class Crystal UHD 4K TV
No list of high-quality TVs is complete without mentioning Samsung’s impressive display technology. This Class Crystal option is a great pick, and it’s powered by Samsung’s Tizen operating system. You can enjoy all of your favorite streaming apps on Samsung’s crystal display at top speeds thanks to the 4K crystal processor.
As far as cheap 4K TVs go, you’re probably looking at a smaller option from Samsung. Sure, you can buy up to an 85-inch version, but it will cost you as much as $2,000. On our $600 budget, you can top out at 43-inches with a few bucks left over.
Vizio 43-inch V-Series TV
This 4K Vizio TV is a great option for shoppers seeking flexibility at an affordable price. With Apple’s AirPlay and a Chromecast built right in, you can stream from just about any device. Vizio’s V-Series comes with a ProGaming Engine and an IQ Active processor to keep gamers at their best.
Rounding out the spec sheet, the V-Series can achieve up to 800 nits of brightness and packs 90 unique shading zones. It supports HDR10+ and comes with Dolby Vision onboard. You should have no problem adjusting to Vizio’s remote, at least compared to a few of the other options.
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LG 43-inch Class UN7000 4K TV
Every TV manufacturer seems to rely on its own platform for apps and content, and LG is no exception. This cheap 43-inch 4K TV rolls with webOS and comes with one of the most familiar remotes on the market. One of LG’s most helpful features is Sports Alert. This notification function gives you a heads-up when your favorite teams score or make plays, allowing you to switch games in seconds.
If 43-inches is too small for your room of choice, the UN7000 TV comes in 50 and 55-inch sizes as well. It’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit ready, and you can use both Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.
Sony 55-inch Class X750H TV
Sony is perhaps one of Samsung’s top rivals in the 4K TV game and its X-series is one of the best around. Yes, it’s another expensive lineup, but there are quite a few models to choose from. You should be able to make the 55-inch version fit within our budget constraints, though there are 75-inch options out there.
Sony’s premium TV uses a Triluminous Color Display with an X1 processor and X-Reality PRO technology to bring all of your shows into the 4K future. You’ll also have three HDMI ports and Android TV for all of your peripheral streaming needs.
Hisense 50-inch Class H8G 4K TV
One last cheap 4K TV for you to consider today is the H8G from Hisense. It’s another 50-inch TV, though models up to 55-inches still don’t break the $600 mark. If you need the largest model around, Hisense will sell you a 75-inch version for almost double our budget.
Hisense packed the H8G with 90 unique dimming zones and it can reach up to 700 nits of brightness. Gamers can even tap into a game mode for a smoother refresh rate. Everything will sound better thanks to Dolby Atmos sound technology. This Hisense TV is even Google Assistant-compatible right out of the box.