TVs under $300 cover a wide range of needs. From basic 720p and 1080p TVs to more advanced 4k TVs, there is something for almost any use. TVs in this price range are getting better and better each year. While you won't get the brightest TVs with perfect picture quality, budget TVs are an affordable solution for a secondary viewing location, or if you have limited space and budget.
We've reviewed more than 70 TV in the last two years and below you'll find our picks for the best TVs under $300 that are available for purchase in 2019. If your budget is a bit more flexible, see our recommendations for the best cheap TVs and the best TVs under $500.
The TCL 49S517 is the best TV under $300 we've tested so far. It has a decent picture quality and delivers deep blacks in a dark room due to the high native contrast ratio, but lacks a local dimming feature to further improve dark room performance. This TV has a wide color gamut and supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. When in HDR, the image is vivid with rich colors, but the TV can't get very bright and fails to deliver HDR content as its creator intended. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag, which also is great when you use it as a PC monitor.
The TV runs the Roku TV smart platform that is also found on the more expensive TCL 6 Series/R617 2018. It's an intuitive, easy to use interface that has an abundance of streaming channels and apps. Unfortunately, this TV has poor viewing angles and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side.
Overall, this is a good TV that will serve you well in most uses.
If you find the viewing angles on the TCL inadequate, then check out the LG 43UM7300. It's not as large as the 49 inch TCL 5 Series/S517 2018, but this is a good TV with decent picture quality. It has an outstanding low input lag, which is great news for gamers, and the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. Unfortunately, dark room performance is hurt by the low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.
If you sit straight in front of your TV, the TCL is the better choice; otherwise, if you often watch TV from the side and don't need good black uniformity, then the LG is the way to go.
The TCL 55S425 offers the best value for size under $300. This 55 inch 4k TV has decent picture quality and is currently just below $300. It delivers deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio, but can't get very bright and doesn't have a wide color gamut to deliver a good HDR performance. The response time is fast, and motion looks crisp. This is a great TV for gaming or use as a PC monitor, mainly thanks to the very low input lag that makes it feel very responsive. Just like the TCL 5 Series/S517 2018, this TV runs the Roku Smart TV interface that's easy to use and has a large number of streaming channels.
Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for a room with side seating arrangements, as the image degrades quickly at an angle. It's more suitable for a dim room due to the poor brightness levels.
Overall, this 55 inch TV is great value for the money.
The TCL 3 Series/40S325 is the best budget TV under $300 that we've tested so far. It's a passable entry-level TV with a great contrast ratio, decent response time, and excellent low input lag, all of which make it great for gaming. The 32" model is limited to a 720p resolution (except for the 32S327 variant), but the larger models have a 1080p native resolution.
This TV has a good selection of inputs, with 3 HDMI ports and a dedicated composite input (with the use of the included adapter). It has great smart features with hundreds of available streaming channels. This makes it an excellent choice for a secondary viewing location, since you don't have to worry about having a separate streaming box.
Unfortunately, this TV can't get very bright, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle, which limits its versatility a bit. Overall, though, it's a great budget TV.
If you want something better for watching sports, check out the Samsung UN32N5300. This is a 32" 1080p IPS TV with wider viewing angles than the TCL 3 Series/S325 2019 and a much brighter display. Unlike the TCL, this TV also supports HDR, although it can't get bright enough to take full advantage of HDR content and it lacks a wide color gamut. It has wide viewing angles, which is great if you watch from the side. Unfortunately, this TV doesn't perform as well with dark scenes, as blacks tend to appear gray.
If you care for great black levels in a dark room, get the TCL S325; otherwise, if viewing angles are more important and you don't need a wide color gamut, check out the Samsung N5300.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs under $300 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 reviews of TVs that are less than $300. 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.