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The 5 Best TVs Under $300 - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best TVs Under $300

While the most popular TV companies focus on making the best top-of-the-line TVs, they're starting to stray away from making cheap entry-level TVs. Some companies still do, and you can find an okay 4k TV for under $300, but it won't have many features, the picture quality won't be anything special, and they'll usually be available in smaller sizes. These are good to have as secondary TVs in bedrooms or kitchens but aren't ideal as a main TV for watching 4k movies or playing games. While not very common, there are also some 720p and 1080p models you can get for under $300.

We've tested more than 100 TVs on the latest test bench, and below you'll find our picks for the best TVs under $300 that are available for purchase. If your budget is a bit more flexible, see our recommendations for the best TVs, the best cheap TVs, and the best TVs under $500.

  1. Best TV Under $300

    The best smart TV under $300 is the Amazon 4K50M600A, otherwise known as the Fire TV Omni Series. It's an okay overall TV that provides good value for its price, and even if the 50 inch model is slightly over $50 and is too expensive for you, the 43 inch variant is under this price threshold. Both models perform like the 65 inch model we tested.

    This TV comes with the Amazon Fire TV smart platform built-in, which is user-friendly and has a ton of apps available to download. It also has a few extra features like the built-in mic on the remote that you can use to ask it to open apps, change inputs, and search for content. There's also a mic built into the TV, meaning you can use it for hands-free voice control, but you can disable it if you're concerned about privacy. In terms of picture quality, it has excellent contrast and good black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the black level.

    Sadly, it's not a good choice for watching HDR content because the smaller sizes only support HDR10 and not Dolby Vision or HDR10+, and it doesn't display a wide range of colors in HDR. Also, it has low HDR peak brightness, so highlights don't pop. If that isn't a problem for you, it's the best TV in this price range.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative

    If you want something smaller or cheaper, look into the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series. It has terrible out-of-the-box accuracy, which is much worse than the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series, so you'll likely need to get it calibrated. This TV doesn't get as bright either, but with decent reflection handling, it's still good enough if you have a few lights around. It comes with the same smart features as it has a remote with voice control, and you get all the same apps available to download on the Fire TV interface. Sadly, it's not advanced for even casual gamers as it has a mediocre response time and doesn't display clear text, but it has low input lag for responsive gaming.

    If you want the best TV for under $300, the Omni Series is a good choice, but if you want something for even less, then check out the 4-Series. All the variants of the 4-Series perform like the 55 inch model we tested.

    See our review

  3. Best 32 Inch TV Under $300

    The Vizio D32f-J04 is the best 32 inch TV under $300. It's a basic entry-level TV with good enough picture quality for people looking for a small TV to put in a kitchen or bedroom. It's available in smaller sizes, from 24 to 40 inches, and the 32 inch D32f-J04 variant performs like the 40 inch model we tested because it has a 1080p resolution. However, some smaller sizes have a 720p resolution, so they perform differently.

    It has a VA panel with a remarkable native contrast ratio for deep blacks, and the black uniformity is decent. Although it doesn't get bright enough in SDR to fight glare, it still has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around. It has amazing out-of-the-box accuracy, so colors appear as they should, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated. Also, it doesn't have trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is important for watching cable TV or DVDs.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support any HDR, but that's normal for an entry-level TV with a 1080p resolution. Also, its smart interface isn't the best as it feels slow, and you can't download any extra apps besides the pre-installed ones. Still, you can cast anything you want from your phone. Overall, it's one of the best TVs you can get for under $300.

    See our review

  4. Better Smart Features Alternative

    If you prefer a better smart platform, look into the TCL 32S327. It has a worse native contrast ratio than the Vizio D3 Series 2021, so blacks don't look as deep in dark rooms. However, the included Roku TV is easier to use, and it has a ton of apps available to download, but it also may feel laggy at times. The S327 variant has a 1080p resolution, and it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content. We expect it to perform like the 40 inch model we tested, but keep in mind there are some 32 inch variants with a 720p resolution instead. It also has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, which is important because you can't calibrate it. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center.

    If you want the best 32 inch TV under $300, the Vizio is a great choice, but if you care about smart features, then look into the TCL.

    See our review

  5. Best TV With Wide Viewing Angle Under $300

    The best TV with a wide viewing angle under $300 is the Hisense 43A6G. It's an okay all-around model whose 43 inch model has the same panel type as the 65 inch model we tested, so the results are valid for the smaller size. It's well-built with a simple design that looks good in most setups.

    It uses an IPS-like panel with a wide viewing angle, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement. It's decent for watching TV shows because it upscales 720p content well, and while its peak brightness is disappointing, it still has decent reflection handling. It comes with Android TV, which like many of the other smart platforms, has an excellent selection of apps through the Google Play Store, and the built-in mic in the remote gives you access to Alexa and Google Assistant.

    The main downside to a TV with an IPS-like panel is the low contrast ratio. It means that blacks look gray when viewed in a dark room, and it has disappointing black uniformity, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it. If you don't mind spending a bit more on something bigger, the 50 inch model should have a VA panel with higher contrast, but that means it has a worse viewing angle. Overall, this is the best wide viewing angle TV for under $300.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 43UP8000PUA: The LG UP8000 has wide viewing angles like the Hisense A6G, but it costs more, and the 43 inch model is slightly over $300, so it's not worth the increase. See our review
  • TCL 32S335: The TCL 3 Series 2020 is a newer version of the 2019 model, but it's limited to a 720p resolution and not 1080p. See our review
  • Samsung UN43AU8000FXZA: The Samsung AU8000 is a decent TV available in a 43 inch size, but it's a bit over $300, and it doesn't provide as much value as the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series. See our review
  • Toshiba 43C350KU: The Toshiba C350 Fire TV has Fire TV as its smart platform like the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series, but it has an IPS panel with a worse contrast. See our review
  • TCL 43S446: The TCL 4 Series/S446 is similar to the Hisense A6G as it also has Android TV, and while the model we tested has an IPS panel, it's unknown whether the 43 inch model has an IPS or VA panel. See our review
  • Vizio M43Q6-J04: The Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 is a decent entry-level TV with VRR support, and it has a 4k resolution, but the 50 inch model is just over $300, and it doesn't have as good smart features as the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 04, 2022: Replaced the Hisense R6090G with the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series because it's easier to find; added the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 03, 2022: Replaced the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 with the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series because it's cheaper; added the Vizio D3 Series 2021 as the 'Best 32 Inch TV' and replaced the TCL 3 Series 2020 with the TCL 3 Series 2019 because it has a higher resolution; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Dec 07, 2021: Replace the Vizio V5 Series with the Hisense R6090G, as the Vizio has drastically increased in price.

  4. Oct 08, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  5. Aug 11, 2021: Complete overhaul of recommendation. Removed the Vizio V Series 2020, LG UN7000, Samsung TU7000, Hisense R6090G, and TCL 4 Series 2020; added the Vizio V5 Series as 'Best TV Under $300', Toshiba Fire TV 2020 as 'Smart Features Alternative', TCL 3 Series 2020 as 'Best Small', and Hisense A6G as 'Best With Wide Viewing Angles'.

All Reviews

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 available under $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.