It’s 2019 and it’s hard to come by a TV that isn’t a Smart one, shipping with WiFi capabilities and software that gives you the ability to watch the likes of Netflix and other streaming services without additional hardware attached to it. These sets have also gone through an impressive evolution and even the most robust features like HDR can be found on some of the cheaper options on the spectrum, and that’s exactly what we’ll be covering. 5 of the best smart TVs you can buy for under $500.
If you’re looking at a budget of under $500 the first thing you should do, even before looking at your options is to manage your expectations. Don’t expect to see new OLED panels or even Samsung’s QLED grace this price point — it’s awfully nice of you to be that hopeful, though.
LG UDV TV AI THINQ 49UK6300PUE
Unless you detest LG’s WebOS software, this should be your first and possibly last stop. The Korean manufacturer makes stellar appliances, smartphones, and TVs, but are often overshadowed by its bigger rival Samsung. Luckily, LG OLED TVs best even Sammy’s best QLED tech on its high-end models. Anyway, the LG 49UK6300PUE is an absolutely solid 49-inch 4K HDR TV that fits the bill in almost every way at the very reasonable price of $329.
LG’s WebOS that used to be installed on Palm’s old Pre smartphones is intuitive and includes a nifty Wii-like remote for navigation. It’s app selection is lacking and you’ll be missing out on some big TV services like HBO Go/Now, but other than that, this is one of the best smart TVs for its price range.
Another great option on the list comes from Insignia, and this 55-inch set ships with Amazon’s FireTV OS. With an easy to use UI, countless channels to watch (including all of the big streaming services), along with Alexa Skills to boot, it’s hard not to be on your list of considerations. The 55-inch 4K TV also supports HDR so you’ll get to enjoy robust colors with supported content.
Did you think you’d see Samsung missing from this list? Of course not. Responsible for some of the best TVs in the world, Samsung has a TV for seemingly every price point and the UN50NU6900FXZA sits pretty at under $400. Even at the lower end, you can be assured that you’re receiving a quality product. The 4K tv set supports only HDR10+ but it’s nonetheless an option and a common HDR standard at that.
TCL 55S517 Roku TV
If you had any apprehension about the TCL brand, it’s time to see the light. It may not well as well known as some of the others on this list, but there’s a good chance you’d seen it before. If it’s your first time, then you’ll be delighted to see that the 55S517 55-inch 4K TV is solid through and through. Shipping with Roku’s TV software, this TV has just about everything you could ask for in a TV for this price range along with HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR support, which is more than impressive.
LG Super UHDTV AI THINQ 49SK8000
If you were left wanting a few extra features from the above LG 49UK6300PUE, then the 49SK8000 is what you’re looking for. A part of the brand’s “Super” UHD TV AI THIQ series TVs, this comes in at a very reasonable $435 and comes with not only three types of HDR support ( HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision) but the cherry on top is the inclusion of Dolby Atmos for an intensely immersive audio experience.