Most big TV companies focus on making the best top-of-the-line TVs, and 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.
We've bought and tested more than 360 TVs 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 smart TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best TVs under $500.
If you're looking for the best TV under $300, there's a good chance you'll have to look for a smaller TV instead of larger sizes. If you want a small TV for kitchens or bedrooms, then a 32-inch TV like the TCL 32S327 is a good choice for your needs. It's a rather simple TV with a 1080p resolution on the S327 variant, but make sure you get that model and not the S325 model which has a lower 720p resolution. It's a decent TV for streaming content as it comes with Roku TV built-in, which has a ton of apps available to download, and you won't have to connect external boxes to watch your favorite content.
It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is important if you watch cable TV. It also has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so you get accurate colors without any calibration, which is great because you can't calibrate the TV. As this is an entry-level 1080p TV, there are a few downfalls, like the fact that it doesn't support HDR and its overall picture quality isn't the best, but that's what you need to expect for a low-cost 32-inch TV.
If you want better picture quality or prefer getting something bigger, there are more 43-inch TVs you can get for under $300, like the TCL 43S455. It's a 4k TV with better picture quality than the TCL 3 Series 2019 because of its higher resolution, and it also displays deeper blacks with nearly perfect black uniformity for a satisfying dark room experience. Even if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around, it has decent peak brightness but doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. It comes with Roku TV built-in, and it has a few extra features like a built-in mic on the remote that you can use for voice control.
This TV also supports HDR; however, it doesn't add much because it can't display a wide range of colors and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out. However, there aren't many TVs under $300 that look good with HDR, so you aren't losing much here. For watching SDR content, it has okay out-of-the-box accuracy, so you'll only need to calibrate it if you want the most accurate colors possible.
You can also find larger TVs for under $300 without sacrificing much in terms of picture quality. The Insignia NS-50F501NA22 is an okay overall TV that provides good value for its cost. It's a 50-inch model that's a better choice than the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022 if you have space for the larger display, but if you need something smaller, it's better to stick with the TCL because the Insignia isn't available in a 43-inch size. Unlike most TVs in this price range, it uses quantum dot technology to display a wide range of colors, which is particularly useful for watching HDR content. Its HDR brightness isn't bad either, and it displays deep blacks, so while you don't get the same HDR performance as more expensive models, it's better than most TVs under $300.
It uses the Fire TV smart interface, which is user-friendly, and navigating through the menus feels smooth. There are many apps you can download through the app store, and the mic on the remote gives you access to the Alexa voice assistant, so you can ask it to open apps or search for content.
If you want a 55-inch display around the $300 mark, your selection is much more limited than with smaller sizes, and you might have to pay a tiny bit more. That said, if you don't mind sacrificing a little bit of quality, the Hisense 55A6H is an okay overall smart TV. It's different from the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022 or the Insignia F50 QLED because it has a different panel type that results in a lower contrast ratio. It means that blacks look gray in the dark, but instead, it has a wider viewing angle that makes the image look consistent from the sides, which is ideal for wide seating areas.
It comes with the latest Google TV interface, which has new accessibility features compared to other versions. It comes with the same app store, and the remote has a built-in mic for voice control. In terms of picture quality, it isn't the best as it has low peak brightness, so it isn't that good in well-lit rooms, but it's better for moderately-lit rooms. Luckily, it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, and the out-of-the-box accuracy is excellent.
Aug 17, 2022: Restructured article to focus on sizes and removed picks because they cost more than $300; removed the Amazon 4 Series, Vizio D3 Series, and the Hisense A6G and replaced them with the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022, Insignia F50, and Hisense A6H in their respective categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
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.
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.
Dec 07, 2021: Replace the Vizio V5 Series with the Hisense R6090G, as the Vizio has drastically increased in price.
Oct 08, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
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.