Best TVs under $500

By Reviewed.com Staff

For most people, buying a new TV is something you only do once every few years, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a bundle. The cost of making TVs has fallen quite a bit in recent years, so even high-end features and big screens aren't that expensive anymore. That means you can get a TV that'll perfectly complement your living room (and your budget), without having to break into the emergency fund.

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Updated May 24, 2017

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Expert Score
7.4

TCL 55S405

Any complaints leveled at the S Series TVs are coming from the point of view of people who are gaga over TV picture quality, who have studied it for years and make a big fuss over tiny issues. Unless you're finally upgrading from your boxy tube TV, the S Series isn't going to "wow" you, even with its 4K/HDR in tow, but most viewers will be perfectly pleased by what they get here.

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Hisense 40H4C1

You won't get stunning performance from this TV, but for the price—it starts at just $260 for the 40-inch model—there's not much to complain about. Obviously, it isn't nearly as bright and colorful as the year's super premium HDR TVs—and you're missing out on 4K resolution, too—but the picture's good enough at the end of the day, and most users are going to love the built-in Roku functions.

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Hisense 32H3B1

The Hisense H3 Series is as basics as it gets, with an understated design, minimal features, and no smart platform. What it does have is a better-than-expected level of picture quality, especially with prices starting at less than $150 for the 32-inch version. That's phenomenal value, especially if you pair it with a cheap streaming solution like a Roku Stick or Google Chromecast.

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