The 10 Best Budget Televisions

Updated February 17, 2017 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Getting a great television used to require a sizable investment. Nowadays, however, there are some outstanding sets out there that don't require you to plop down a huge chunk of change. Not all budget TVs are created equal, of course, but below is a list of some of the best options out there for less than $300. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best budget television on Amazon.

10. RCA LED32B30RQ

If picture is your #1 concern, then the 32" RCA LED32B30RQ should be on your shortlist. The 720p display is extremely vivid, and you'll be able to follow the action in even the darkest of settings. Unfortunately, the audio isn't quite of the same caliber.
  • extremely high contrast ratio
  • swivel stand for versatile viewing
  • hdmi ports are placed inconveniently
Brand RCA
Model LED32B30RQ
Weight 19 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. Haier 40E3500

The Haier 40E3500 is a very solid flatscreen for anyone on a budget. It's quite large at 40", and the 1080p display is sharp and clear. The only issue is durability, as this set likely won't last more than a few years, but luckily it's not expensive to replace.
  • 2 sound chambers for improved audio
  • 3 hdmi ports on the back
  • picture requires lots of fine tuning
Brand Haier
Model 40E3500
Weight 19.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Upstar P40EA8

The Upstar P40EA8 has one of the biggest screens you'll find for under $200. The 40", 1080p display is spectacular, and the image is always sharp, even for gamers. If you really like to rock the walls when you watch TV, though, this set might not get loud enough for you.
  • lots of output jacks
  • base is sturdy and easy to attach
  • fragile construction
Brand Upstar
Model P40EA8
Weight 25 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Vizio D39h-D0

The Vizio D39h-D0 is a great smart TV for a stupidly low price. You can choose from over 70 apps, including YouTube, so you'll always be able to find something worth watching. However, it can be hard to see if you're not at the right angle.
  • clear 720p picture
  • remote is extremely versatile
  • power cord is incredibly short
Model D39h-D0
Weight 20.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

6. Avera 40AER10N

If size matters, then this 40" Avera 40AER10N LED is a great choice. The 1080p picture is fantastic and very bright, and you get great contrast between lights and darks. One issue: the hookups on the back aren't accessible if you mount it on the wall.
  • easy to set up out of the box
  • slim and lightweight
  • sound quality is poor
Brand Avera
Model 40AER10N
Weight 21.4 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Seiki SE39HE02

This 39" Seiki SE39HE02 has about the best picture you could hope for from a 720p TV. The colors are crisp and clear, and there is no motion blurring. It has just a single speaker facing out from the bottom, however, which limits sound quality.
  • lots of input options
  • no issues with glare
  • remote looks and feels cheap
Brand Seiki
Model SE39HE02
Weight 19 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Samsung UNF4000

It's not the biggest set in the world, but the 19" Samsung UNF4000 makes up for it with one incredibly beautiful picture. The size makes it a perfect addition to your kitchen or any room where space is an issue, and the sound is crystal clear.
  • lightweight and easy to mount
  • 2 hdmi and 1 usb port
  • clear motion rate
Brand Samsung
Model UN19F4000
Weight 7.7 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. TCL Roku

This 32" TCL Roku LED TV is great for cord-cutters, as it comes with a built-in Roku. The 720p resolution is as vibrant as many 1080p sets, and the sound quality is good as is, but can be excellent with a soundbar. It has a high refresh rate, giving it a smooth picture.
  • can control with phone app
  • interface is easy to use
  • 3 hdmi and 1 usb port
Brand TCL
Model 32S3800
Weight 15.1 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. LG 32LH500B

The 32" LG 32LH500B has a Triple XD Engine that actually analyzes your signal to give you the sharpest, brightest picture possible. It works great on the attached stand, but it's also easy to mount if you need more space, and it's light enough to move around easily.
  • crisp 720p led display
  • high refresh rate
  • energy star certified
Brand LG Electronics
Model 32LH500B
Weight 11.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Samsung UN32J5003

The Samsung UN32J5003 is 32" of 1080p glory. If you're worried that you can't get a beautiful display without spending serious cash, then this set will put your mind at ease. The DTS audio is great as well, but if you need more oomph, it's very easy to add a soundbar.
  • can play videos from usb devices
  • higher resolution than standard hdtv
  • color enhancer gives deeper hues
Brand Samsung
Model UN32J5003AFXZA
Weight 15.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

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Last updated on February 17, 2017 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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