Best Budget 4K TVs

Best Budget 4K TVs

So you’ve decided that it’s finally time to say hello to the future and you’re interested in the best budget 4K TVs. You’ve certainly come to the right place! The cost of one of these ultra high-definition TVs can vary greatly, depending on the size, manufacturer, and the technology found within.

Model Key Features Ratings More Information
TCL 49S405 49 in.
HDR compatibility
LED
Smart TV w/Roku
4.9 out of 5

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Samsung Electronics UN65MU8000 65 in.
HDR compatibility
LED
Smart TV
4.8 out of 5

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Sony XBR75X940E 75 in.
HDR compatibility
LED
Smart TV w/Alexa compatibility
4.6 out of 5

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LG Electronics 55UJ6300 55 in.
HDR compatibility
LED
Smart TV w/webOS 3.5
4.5 out of 5

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TCL 55P607 55 in.
HDR compatibility
LED
Smart TV w/Roku
4.4 out of 5

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Sony KD55X720E 55 in.
HDR compatibility
LED
Smart TV w/YouTube & Netflix buttons on remote
4.3 out of 5

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Finding the right budget 4K TV for yourself and your company or family can prove to be quite a trying task. We’ve seen TVs that were less than 20 inches in size and we’ve seen them towering over 80 inches tall.
Everyone has their own viewing preference but, statistically speaking, most of us seem to be content with television screens measuring between 40 and 65 inches in size. Most of the 4K TVs that are on the market today usually fall somewhere in that range as well. We’ve kept our selection around 40-75 inches.

Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting a 4K TV

At least we don’t have to decide whether or not you’re okay with 720p or 1080p resolution. You’re clearly ready to leave that world behind (or upscale it, at least). So what else matters? Is there a big, long checklist we can utilize?

There are tons of different guidelines anyone can follow but there are a few general rules we should all keep in mind. Before we discuss our guidelines, it would be wise to point out the fact that 8K TVs will be approaching the market soon enough. If you want to have the best of the best and don’t want to fork out a lot of money twice, look into the features of both 8K and 4K TVs and choose the route that is best for you.

  • Some features are just for show.
    • Take, for instance, curved screens or televisions. While some companies might insist that this design improves the overall color and picture quality, that is usually untrue. They look cool, and if that’s a feature you can afford, great! It just doesn’t affect much other than your wallet.
  • Smart TVs are capable of connecting to the Internet and running applications.
    • This feature has become more and more common. There probably aren’t very many of us that don’t use things like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and such. Before, we had to worry about buying a console or streaming device. Now, many TV manufacturers are integrating those apps with a regular television so space isn’t such an issue.
    • If you want a smart TV but don’t want to fool with any wired connections (aka an Ethernet connection), check to make sure the model has built-in WiFi. Sets that support 802.11AC connections and newer models are best if you don’t want to be replacing anything for quite some time.
  • Refresh rates matter.
    • No one wants to deal with a slow refresh rate! Whether you’re gaming, streaming videos, or just watching something on Blu-Ray or DVD. These days, we want our entertainment to be as realistic as possible… which means a high refresh rate is a must! Typically, you’ll want to look at 4K TVs that have 120-hertz rates or greater.
    • The higher the refresh rate, the more pictures you see each second. The more picture you can see each second, the more realistic the overall image appears. Instead of looking like a bad soap opera, action movies will basically look as if you’re on set.
  • Spend an amount you’re comfortable with.
    • Now, some might argue that it’s my job to convince you to buy the most expensive 4K TV on the market… but it’s not! My job is to fill you in on the details leading up to your purchase.
    • 4K TVs could cost between $250 and $6,000. That’s quite a jump in price, isn’t it? As you can probably assume, the more high-end your choice is, and the more features it offers, the more expensive it will be.
    • To keep things fair, we’ve reviewed a variety of sets that fall on various points of that price scale. Most are budget-friendly, one or two are a little over-the-top, in terms of value, but we did our best to make sure that each model was worth every penny spent.
    • On average, if you’re just interested in budget sets, you can find models under 70 inches for less than $1,000. Back when these things first started coming out, that’s how much a small one would’ve cost you in most stores!
  • Research brands that appeal to you.
    • Being a company that likes variety, we try to include a few different names in our posts. Due to this, unfortunately, our selection became quite limited. While we wanted to include several Samsung televisions in this review, we couldn’t due to the fact that their company is known for horrible customer service. The one TV of theirs we did include was simply too good to overlook, despite its cost.
    • Too long, didn’t read: if customer service is important to you, stick with a company that has their priorities aligned with your needs. If you just want to buy something and be done with it, consider overlooking customer complaints and do it anyway. Just know that it’s your wallet, your decision. Educate yourself as much as you see fit before you start forking over any cash!
  • How are you going to use it?
    • Are you going to be watching live streams? Will you be playing video games on it? Are you going to be watching movies or TV shows?
    • Some TVs are much better at doing one thing rather than another. Some will be able to support all activities effortlessly while others will struggle to do one task well.
    • One of the biggest issues we ran into was not being able to play video games on certain models. This is usually because of the refresh rate or other display settings. We noticed that unless you take your console’s and favorite video games’ specs into consideration, gameplay could become quite nauseating on an ultra high-def television set. Read up on what kind of specs you should look for to suit your gaming needs, please!
  • Are you willing to purchase a soundbar?
    • Truth be told, the speakers that are built into televisions haven’t ever been that impressive, have they? Well, the quality of speakers in TVs hasn’t improved over the years. If anything, really, the quality has gotten a bit worse.
    • Now, most audio is layered and quite loud, which sounds crappy coming out of a tiny speaker that’s trapped in a plastic/metal/whatever box.
    • Soundbars offer satisfying sound quality and are easier to install than most surround-sound or home theater systems.
    • If total-immersion is your goal, though, you might want to spend the extra cash and time on getting surround sound. Movie-goers that love catching new releases at their local cinema would appreciate this option more than a soundbar… but a soundbar will do if you just want the things you watch to sound a bit nicer!
    • The bigger your TV, the bigger your soundbar should be. If you want the width of your TV to match the width of your soundbar, check the specs on both before you buy. (Just because it’s made by the same company doesn’t mean the sizes are identical).
  • Do you need different connection ports?
    • Some of us are still using older technology with newer technology and there’s nothing wrong with that! We just have to make sure our new technology can support the old.
      • HDMI ports are pretty standard now, but see how many you need and make sure the TV you’re interested in has enough ports. 2-4 ports are plenty for most of us but if you need 6, find a model that has 6!
      • Do you want to hook up a video camera or a computer to this TV? You’ll likely need different connections, like for digital audio out, or video/audio components in and out.
      • Does it have a spot for a cable connection? Not everyone has gotten into exclusively streaming, some of us still have cable and watch it regularly. It would be hard to watch cable on a TV that didn’t have the right components!
      • If the TV doesn’t have built-in WiFi, check to make sure there’s an Ethernet port.
  • Do you want any voice assistant technology, Bluetooth compatibility, or other new-age features?
    • That’s one of the coolest features of many newer 4K TVs — voice commands and gesture recognition!
    • Bluetooth compatibility is found in most current technology. This feature allows you to sync Bluetooth devices wirelessly, like a phone and a speaker. In this case, if Bluetooth interests you, you’d want to look for TVs that can sync with speakers and other accessories.
    • Some 4K TVs are able to pair with Alexa, Amazon Fire, and other voice assistants. Check the specs to make sure the TV can support the technology you’re most interested in implementing.
      • Some can control things like your robot vacuum cleaner and your thermostat while others can lock your garage door or turn itself off when you wave your hand a certain way in front of it.
  • Do you want to browse online?
    • If so, take the time to verify whether or not the smart TV you’re interested in has its own browser. If it doesn’t, you’ll probably have to stick to using apps and such. If it does, the world is at your feet!
      • If you don’t have/don’t want to get a voice-controlled remote or something to make surfing the web a bit easier, consider looking into keyboards for use with your television. (They have wireless ones, don’t worry!)
  • Do you want a display or a true TV?
    • This could have been mentioned under the port connectivity bullet but it’s important enough to stand alone, too.
    • Sets that cannot support cable or antennas for local or cable broadcasts are typically referred to as “displays.”
  • Does an extended warranty matter to you?
    • These days, anything over $20 seems to come with an option to receive an extended warranty on it. That can be unsettling, making you question the quality of the item, encouraging you to accept the offer and spend more money.
    • Unless you can afford it or want it for your own peace of mind, it’s not a necessity. While extended warranties can be nice, if you take good care of a product, it probably won’t need replacing anytime soon. If you do happen to get a “bad batch,” it probably won’t become apparent after a year or two, it’d be obvious much sooner than that.
      • That being said, don’t think we’re discouraging you from ever purchasing that protection! It’s a nice luxury to have, it’s just not essential. In fact, since many of us make these kinds of purchases on credit cards now, many card companies offer purchase protection, which would give you the same coverage as that extended warranty would. Call your credit company for more details on your benefits.
  • HDR is all the rage.
    • “HDR” means high dynamic range. So what is the purpose of HDR? A clearer, crisper, brighter image.
    • 4K TVs with HDR display colors more beautifully, show contrasts better, and make an image more intense.
    • Video and film are art forms and the older sets limited the things an artist could show us, being unable to display the wide range of colors a TV with HDR can.
    • Think of the darkest scenes and the brightest scenes you’ve ever witnessed in a movie — was your TV at the time able to display it properly? Or did you miss something important because the contrast levels were so off? HDR helps with stuff like that, making horror movies much more enjoyable!
      • Regular HD/Blu-ray videos display over 16 million shades of colors while top-tier HDR can display over 1 billion shades of colors.
    • Don’t be mistaken, though! Some sets that offer HDR meet the minimum requirements for that specification. Take a look at the specs and compare them to those of the movie you want to watch.
    • Standard HDR formats include Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, and Ultra HD Premium. Dolby Vision is in the top of its class so far.
    • Some recent, high-quality sets can even undergo a simple software update in order to upgrade their technology to handle HDR videos and images.
  • Do you want compatible accessories?
    • Several sets come with a DVD or Blu-ray players built-in. If you’re trying to get the highest quality image you possibly could, you might consider investing in a 4K, UHD player.
  • LCD, LED, QLED, or OLED?
    • LCD TVs are finally losing their authority… let’s not get into the details of those since they are becoming irrelevant.
    • LED TVs are still relevant and common. They generally use LCD panels but have LED backlighting. Colors and images tend to look better on these than LCD screens.
    • QLED stands for quantum dot light-emitting diode. This is a step up from LED screens, making contrasts and saturation effects more appealing to the eye. (Samsung has great QLED TVs; other companies are capable of slapping the label on there with hardly-noticeable features).
    • OLED stands for an organic light-emitting diode. These are, without a doubt, the highest quality screens on the market so far. They’re just expensive and harder to come by than any other option.
      • OLED displays are thin and not as threatening to the environment as others can be. In other screens, a backlight is necessary to make the crystals produce an image we can see. In OLED panels, the organic pixels are capable of creating their own light.
      • One of the main drawbacks of purchasing an OLED display is wondering whether or not images will eventually be retained on the screen after long periods of time and years of use. That’s one advantage of LED screens, they tend to do pretty well battling against burned-in images.
  • How should you choose screen size/viewing distance?
    • The point is to fill our field of vision with beautiful images so we are not distracted from the task at hand — watching whatever is on the screen.
    • It’s easiest to determine the appropriate viewing distance from your desired screen size. There are specific measurement charts you can follow. A general rule is the further from your TV you are, the bigger your screen should be. If your couch is positioned more than six feet away from your 50″ TV, you might want to consider getting a bigger TV when upgrading to 4K so your eyes can see the difference between sets.
    • Luckily, with 4K TVs, you can sit much closer to the set and still experience a clear image. With older televisions, you’d have to be pretty far from the screen (especially if it was a large one) in order to appreciate a movie or show in its entirety.
    • Advertised screen size is typically measured from one corner to the opposite corner in inches.
  • Is 3D technology important to you?
    • Many 4K TV manufacturers choose between offering 4K resolution or 3D technology. While some obviously offer both features, those combinations are not cheap, generally speaking. If you want to watch a lot of 3D movies, you might want to spend a few extra dollars to make sure your 4K TV can support this feature.

Top Six Best Budget 4K TVs

TCL 49S405

  • The TCL 49S405 is an inexpensive, user-friendly choice when it comes to 4K TVs.
    • This model costs well under $1,000 and larger versions aren’t terribly expensive in comparison, either.
    • It’s a 49-inch TV, weighing less than 30 pounds, and is able to be mounted to a wall.
    • LED display.
    • Can be used for streaming, cable, or antenna TV.
  • It has a refresh rate of 120Hz.
  • It has an Ethernet port and built-in WiFi.
  • Capable of upscaling with a Creative Pro engine.
  • Has HDR10 technology, being able to display over 1 billion colors.
  • Has Roku built-in and comes with a Roku remote.
  • Features 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and a headphone jack.
  • Can be used with a mobile app.
  • Allows the utilization of closed captions and parental controls.

Samsung Electronics UN65MU8000

  • The Samsung MU8000 is a hoss, offering 65 inches of screen for enjoyment.
    • The price is a little steeper than most of the models we’re discussing today but this is a huge TV with some nice features!
    • It weighs a little over 50 pounds but can still be mounted on a wall.
    • LED display.
  • Features a 360° design, making it aesthetically pleasing regardless of positioning.
  • Comes with the smart OneRemote, which can automatically sync compatible devices and content without requiring you to fiddle around with too many buttons!
  • Has a realistic refresh rate of 120Hz, though the manufacturer advertises a higher rate. (Hey, as long as it’s 120 or higher, we’re fine with it).
  • Can connect to WiFi or use a wired Ethernet connection.
  • Supports Bluetooth connections.
  • Features a full web browser and apps.
  • Can be hooked up with DirecTV easily.
  • Its eco sensor detects the intensity of the light levels in the room, adjusting the set’s brightness accordingly.
  • Has 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, and a headphone jack.
  • Is certified by Energy Star and doesn’t consume a ridiculous amount of power.
  • Features HDR in the form of “4K HDR Extreme.”

Sony XBR75X940E

  • The Sony XBR75X940E isn’t cheap but it’s worth every single penny spent, in our opinion!
    • It’s a 75-inch TV, weighing a little over 100 pounds, and is still able to be mounted on to a wall.
  • Boasts a 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, allowing real-time image processing compared to overall upscaling.
    • This technology analyzes individual pictures and objects and optimizes them, making them appear more realistic and natural.
    • HDR 10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma technology.
  • This 4K TV is compatible with Android TV, Alexa, and Google Assistant.
    • It even comes with a voice-controlled remote.
  • LED display.
  • Features 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 1 UBS 3.0 port.
    • Has a headphone jack and is Bluetooth compatible.
    • Built-in WiFi.
  • Can support analog video connections with component and composite video inputs.
  • It has a refresh rate of 120Hz.

LG Electronics 55UJ6300

  • The LG UJ6300 is a bold decision for a fair price.
    • It’s a 55-inch 4K TV with a lot of features.
  • We came across one major drawback with this model: its refresh rate. LG advertises that is has a TruMotion rate of 120 but that means your actual average refresh rate would be around 60Hz.
    • Refresh rate doesn’t matter too much if you’re just casually looking to upgrade the technology in your home… but if you’re an avid movie-watcher or gamer, refresh rates are everything… so proceed with caution!
  • Despite a lower refresh rate, the UJ6300 features Active HDR technology.
  • This smart TV is a little more secure than others, featuring WebOS 3.5 connectivity along with built-in WiFi or Ethernet connection support.
  • Has 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, one composite in, and one component in port.
  • This particular model does not come with the infamous Magic Remote.
  • It does feature an audio surround mode but a soundbar is still recommended.

TCL 55P607

  • All hail the TCL 55P607! If not for any other reason, for the fact that is is one of the few affordable, larger 4K TVs that features Dolby Vision and HDR10. That means we can see over a billion different colors on this screen! Nice! (And it usually costs under $1,000).
    • It has a 55-inch LED screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
    • Did we mention the fact that it has Roku built-in, too?! It does come with an advanced remote and headphones.
    • For it to feature a larger screen, it doesn’t weigh as much as a human adult does, which is nice. It weighs a little under 40 pounds.
      • That means it can definitely be mounted on a wall!
  • This is not an Energy Star set but it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg on your utility bill, newer budget TVs tend to be a bit more energy efficient than older models were.
  • Has 1 USB port, 3 HDMI ports, and a headphone jack.

Sony KD55X720E

  • The Sony X720E is a sweet, simplistic starter set.
    • It has a 55-inch screen with an edge-lit LED display.
    • The refresh rate isn’t overly impressive, clocking in at 60Hz on average.
    • It weighs around 40 pounds and is wall mountable (though it may be hard to reach certain inputs when placed on a wall).
  • The screen itself isn’t incredibly bulky but the base is a bit thick.
  • Has 3 HDMI ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a component/composite hybrid and smart functionality.
    • There are buttons built into the remote for Netflix and YouTube.
  • Does not support Google Assitant but does work well as a PC monitor.
    • It’s becoming surprisingly popular for people to use TVs as monitors and 4K TVs are no different! In fact, this particular television has been widely embraced as a monitor replacement… so if a huge, UHD computer screen is what you’ve been looking for, this might be the best choice for you!

Our Favorite Three Budget 4K TVs

  1. The TCL 49S405 is our top choice because it’s affordable, efficient, and has a high refresh rate. It’s incredibly easy to use and weighs less than 40 pounds, which makes it easy to set up or mount to a wall for just about anyone. Since it has Roku built in, you don’t have to clutter another device with tons of app downloads. This is our top choice is we’re not interested in spending a lot of money or going crazy with features and upgrades.
  2. The TCL 55P607 would be our top choice if we were interested in larger televisions. We just wanted something modest that would fit in our entertainment center and this does the job. It weighs very little for its size and features Dolby Vision, which is becoming a must-have for 4K TVs!
  3. The Sony XBR75X940E is our final choice as it is easily one of the most expensive. Sony has always been known for producing and supporting quality images and this set did not disappoint. It can be used with Alexa and other smart applications, making it ridiculously easy and entertaining to use the TV. It’s massive and weighs a lot so it’s one of the better choices for a home theater if that’s your goal!

Before we go our separate ways, we want to point out the fact that many budget 4K TVs didn’t make it to our list because of the fact that so many people despise the customer service provided by the manufacturers. For instance, Samsung offers high-quality 4K TVs but their customer service is questionable at best… so we did not include more than one model from them. If you’re shopping on a budget and you want to get a great TV for a fair price, you should definitely check out TCL and their line of 4K TVs!

Thank you for learning about the best budget 4K TVs with us and we wish you luck in your search!

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