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The 5 Best 4k TVs Under $500 - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best TVs Under $500
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A few years ago, if you wanted to buy a decent LCD TV, chances were that you wouldn't be able to find any good models 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. Keep in mind that most models are available in a wide range of sizes as well, so if you want the best TV under $500 but aren't willing to compromise on quality, you can always go for a smaller-sized set.

We've tested over 100 TVs under the latest test bench, 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 48-49-50 inch TVs, or even the best 4k TVs under $1,000.


  1. Best 4k TV Under $500: Hisense 55U6G

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    7.8
    TV Shows
    7.8
    Sports
    8.2
    Video Games
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    8.1
    HDR Gaming
    7.9
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The Hisense 55U6G is the best TV under $500. It's great all-around with performance that matches more expensive options, and it delivers great picture quality in both dark and bright rooms. Both the 50 and 55 inch models are under $500, and they should each perform like the 65 inch variant we tested. It comes with Android TV built-in, which has a ton of apps available through the Google Play Store.

    This TV is impressive for watching movies because it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature does a decent job at improving the picture quality in dark scenes. If you want to watch HDR content, it supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, so you don't have to worry about which format your content is in before streaming it. It displays a wide color gamut, and although its HDR brightness is just okay and some highlights won't pop, HDR content still looks great. It also gets bright enough in SDR to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be an issue.

    Like other VA panel TVs, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not a good choice for wide seating arrangements. It also doesn't have extra gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or variable refresh rate (VRR) support, but it offers an impressive gaming experience thanks to the low input lag and quick response time. If the lack of extra features doesn't concern you, then it's one of the best TVs under $500.

    See our review

  2. Roku Alternative: TCL 55S535

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    If you prefer Roku TV as your smart operating system, check out the TCL 55S535. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense U6G, but the Roku interface is easier to use than Android and provides smoother menu navigation. You can also easily find your favorite apps in the app store. In terms of picture quality, it's good and should please most people. It performs best in dark or dim rooms because it has an outstanding contrast ratio and a decent local dimming feature that makes blacks look deep and inky. However, it's not the best choice for well-lit rooms because it doesn't get bright, and the reflection handling is only decent. It also displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content but may not get bright enough to make highlights stand out.

    If you want the best all-around TV under $500, you should be happy with the Hisense, but if you prefer Roku TV, then look into the TCL, which is the best 50 inch TV under 500 dollars.

    See our review

  3. Best Small TV Under $500: Samsung UN43AU8000FXZA

    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    6.8
    Movies
    7.7
    TV Shows
    7.4
    Sports
    7.1
    Video Games
    6.4
    HDR Movies
    7.1
    HDR Gaming
    7.7
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The best TV under $500 available in a small size is the Samsung UN43AU8000FXZA. This 43 inch entry-level TV is decent overall and is well-rounded enough for most people. We tested the 65 inch model and expect our results to be valid for the 43 inch model, too. There's also a 50 inch variant that you can get for just over $500 if you need something bigger.

    It has great smart features as the built-in Tizen is easy-to-use, and the menu navigation feels smooth. The remote has a mic for voice control, making it easy to play your favorite content. This TV has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks when viewed in a dark room, but there's no local dimming feature to improve it. Although its SDR peak brightness is just okay, it has great reflection handling, so it performs well in rooms with a few lights around too. The out-of-the-box accuracy on our unit is good, but this can also vary from unit to unit.

    Unfortunately, motion doesn't look the best because it has an only okay response time, and it's particularly slow with dark transitions, leading to black smearing with dark objects. There's a backlight strobing feature to try to reduce persistence blur, but it creates image duplication. There's also a motion interpolation feature, but that also doesn't work well overall. If you don't need any of these extra motion settings and need a simple 43 inch TV, you should be happy with this.

    See our review

  4. Best TV Under $500 With Wide Viewing Angles: LG 55UP7000PUA

    6.6
    Mixed Usage
    5.8
    Movies
    7.5
    TV Shows
    7.1
    Sports
    6.5
    Video Games
    5.6
    HDR Movies
    6.6
    HDR Gaming
    7.9
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    IPS
    Resolution 4k

    The LG 55UP7000PUA is the best TV under $500 that you can get for a wide seating arrangement. It's an okay overall TV that comes with LG's webOS smart system, which has a ton of apps available to download, but because it's an entry-level model, it doesn't come with the same Magic Remote as higher-end LG TVs. Although we tested the 65 inch version of this TV, our results are also valid for the 55 inch model, which is under $500.

    It's a good choice for wide seating arrangements compared to other TVs in this recommendation because it has an IPS-like panel. This means that it has fairly wide viewing angles, and the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides, but it loses some accuracy at really wide viewing angles. It has a few extra features like motion interpolation for lower-frame-rate content, and it removes 24p judder from native sources and apps, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

    Sadly, it offers limited performance for watching movies, whether they're in HDR or SDR. As it has an IPS panel, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark, and naturally, for a low-cost TV, it lacks a local dimming feature. Also, it doesn't get very bright, but it still has decent reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around. All in all, it's the best TV under $500 if you want the wide viewing angles.

    See our review

  5. Larger Alternative: TCL 65S446

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    IPS
    Resolution 4k

    If you're looking for something bigger, consider the TCL 65S446. While it's even less bright than the LG UP7000, it has better reflection handling, so it still performs well in moderately-lit rooms. It has better smart features as it comes with Android TV, and the remote includes a mic for voice control, making it easier to stream your favorite content. This TV also has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated, but this can also vary between units. The 65 inch version has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, but there are smaller variants with VA panels, so don't get those if you have a wide seating arrangement. Sadly, it doesn't display a wide color gamut, and its HDR experience is limited.

    If you want the best TV under $500 with wide viewing angles, you can't go wrong with the LG, but if you want something larger, then check out the TCL.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG UP8000: The LG UP8000 is a higher-end version of the LG UP7000 and performs better overall, but it costs more, and it's worth getting the LG UP7000 instead. See our review
  • Vizio V5 Series 2021: The Vizio V5 Series 2021 is an okay TV available in various sizes from 43 to 65 inches, but the Vizio SmartCast system doesn't perform the best. See our review
  • Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED: The Samsung Q60/Q60A delivers better picture quality than the Samsung AU8000 and is available at 43 inches, but it costs more. See our review
  • Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021: The 55 inch model of the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021 has wide viewing angles like the LG UP7000, but it costs a bit more and doesn't have as many features. See our review
  • Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 has VRR support, but it costs more than the Samsung AU8000 and has slightly worse overall performance. See our review
  • Hisense A6G: You can find the 65 inch model of the Hisense A6G for under $500, and it has an IPS panel like the TCL S446 but with fewer features overall. See our review
  • Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio M7 Series 2021 is a great budget-friendly TV with gaming features, but it costs more than $500. See our review
  • Sony X80J: The Sony X80J is an okay TV with an IPS panel and wide viewing angles, but only the 43 inch version is available for under $500, so it's not worth getting over the LG UP7000. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Sep 14, 2021: Replaced the Hisense H8G with the newer Hisense U6G; removed the Vizio M7 Series 2020 and the TCL 5 Series 2020 because they're over $500 and made the Samsung AU8000 a main pick; added the Hisense A6G as an alternate; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

  4. Jul 20, 2021: Replaced the Samsung TU8000 and LG UN7000 with the newer Samsung AU8000 and LG UP7000; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

  5. May 21, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG UP8000, Hisense R6090G, and Vizio V Series 2020 to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs 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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