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The 4 Best 4k TVs Under $500 - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best TVs Under $500

If you wanted to buy a decent LCD TV a few years ago, chances were that you wouldn't be able to find any good models for under $500. Although the best models are still priced higher, you can find cheap models that can serve you well in this price category, depending on your use. Finding the best 4k TV under $500 depends on your usage and even space limitations, as smaller TVs tend to cost less regardless, so if you want a bigger TV in this price range, you'll have to sacrifice a bit in terms of performance.

We've bought and tested over 365 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs under $500 you can buy. You may also want to check out our picks for the best budget TVs, the best 4k TVs under $1,000, or if you want something cheaper, the best TVs under $300.


  1. Best 50-Inch TV Under $500

    If you're limited in space and can only get up to a 50-inch TV, then the TCL 50S546 is the best TV under $500 for your needs. It's a good overall TV that performs well for a variety of uses. If you want to use it in a dark room, it displays deep blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio, and the black uniformity is excellent. It also has a full-array local dimming feature that aims to improve the picture quality in dark scenes, but it isn't that effective. You won't have issues using it in a well-lit room either, as it has decent reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare.

    Its built-in Google TV interface is ideal if you want to stream your favorite content as there are many apps you can download, the interface is user-friendly, and it saves you the hassle of buying an external streaming box. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks as it has terrible out-of-the-box accuracy, resulting in a red tint. If that doesn't bother you, it's a good overall TV available at a low cost.

    See our review

  2. Best 55-Inch TV Under $500

    If you want something bigger than 50 inches and want another option than the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, then the Hisense 55U6H is a great choice. Although the TCL is also available in a 55-inch size, the Hisense is slightly cheaper for the 55-inch model and offers better overall performance, meaning it has better value for its size. Its out-of-the-box accuracy is fantastic, so you don't have to get it calibrated if you don't want to, and it displays a wide range of colors in HDR. Speaking of which, it's very good for HDR thanks to its high contrast ratio and decent local dimming, and while its HDR peak brightness is just okay, some highlights stand out.

    Its good reflection handling and good peak brightness are ideal if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around, but it has a narrow viewing angle that makes the image look washed out from the sides. Like the TCL, the U6H also comes with a user-friendly Google TV interface, but if you don't like that interface, the Hisense U6GR is a similar TV that uses Roku instead, so you can get the model with the platform you prefer.

    See our review

  3. Best 65-Inch TV Under $500

    While both the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED and the Hisense U6H are available in 65-inch sizes, they're both slightly over $500. If you're on a tight budget of under $500 and want a 65-inch TV, you can get something like the TCL 65S455. As you go for larger sizes in this price range, you lose out on some features and performance, which is the case with this TV compared to the S546 and the Hisense, but it's still decent overall. It has Roku built-in, which generally doesn't have as many apps to download as Google TV, but it's easier to learn if you haven't used it before.

    The TV has a high contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, but the difference from the other TVs is that it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the picture quality in dark scenes. It also doesn't get bright enough to fight glare, so it's best to use it in a dim or moderately-lit room, but its reflection handling is still decent.

    See our review

  4. Best 70-Inch TV Under $500

    If you want the biggest size you can get for under $500, the Insignia NS-70F501NA22 is a great choice. In terms of performance, it isn't much of a step down versus the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022, so you're still getting okay overall performance for a large TV. It gets brighter and still has decent reflection handling, so it performs well in bright environments. It displays deep blacks with good black uniformity, but as expected for a low-cost model, it doesn't have a local dimming feature.

    The 70-inch size isn't very popular, but as 75-inch TVs are hard to find for under $500, it's the biggest size you can get for this price range. It uses Amazon's proprietary Fire TV interface, which isn't much different than Google TV and is easy to navigate through the menus. The remote it comes with has a mic that gives you access to the Alexa voice assistant, which is great if you have other Alexa devices and want to use your voice to search for content.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Hisense 75A6H: The Hisense A6H is a cheap TV that's available in a 75-inch size if you want something bigger than the Insignia F50 QLED, but it also costs more than $500, so if you're on a tight budget, it's better to go for the Insignia, which offers better performance. See our review
  • Samsung UN43AU8000FXZA: The Samsung AU8000 is a decent TV whose 43-inch model you can find for under $500 if you want something in that size, but for the about same price, you can get the 50-inch TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, which also offers better overall performance. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 12, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; removed the Hisense U6G, Samsung AU8000, and the LG UP8000 because they aren't the best TVs in this price range; separated the categories by size and added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, Hisense U6H, TCL 4 Series/S455 2022, and the Insignia F50 QLED; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. May 26, 2022: Updated structure to reflect user needs; moved the TCL 5 Series/S546 to Notable Mentions, replaced the Vizio V5 Series with the Samsung AU8000 as the Best Small TV, and replaced the LG UP7000 with the better overall LG UP8000; moved the TCL 4 Series/S446 to Notable Mentions.

  3. Mar 11, 2022: Replaced the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 because it's cheaper and renamed to 'Alternative With Variable Refresh Rate Support'; replaced the Samsung AU8000 with the Vizio V5 Series 2021 for consistency; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Jan 10, 2022: Replaced the Hisense A6G with the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 because it has more features; added the Vizio M7 Series 2021 and the Sony X80J to Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 10, 2021: Added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED as 'Alternative With VRR Support' to the Hisense U6G; added the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 and the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs for under $500 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our TV reviews, sorted by price from low to high. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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