Best TVs under $500 of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

If you want the best TV under $500 you can buy right now, we recommend the 55-inch Vizio E Series (available at Walmart for $398.00). At $499 around most retailers, it's just barely under $500, but it's by far the best performer you're going to get in this price range, offering up a big screen, great extras, and very reliable picture quality.

Of course, if you'd rather not spend quite so much or want something with different style or features, there's nothing wrong with shopping around. We've personally tested and reviewed every TV on this list, and all of them deliver very good value.

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Updated January 11, 2018

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55-inch Vizio E Series

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55-inch Vizio E Series

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At $499 online, the 55-inch Vizio E Series is for sure the best TV you can get under $500. It's a 4K/HDR smart TV that uses Vizio's newer "SmartCast" system and delivers very reliable picture quality for this price range.

While the E Series isn't the flashiest TV from a design standpoint, nor is it the most impressive HDR TV out there, you're getting an awful lot of future-facing tech for not a lot of money, including Vizio's well-honed full-array backlight LED system. Read the full review.

55-inch TCL S Series

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55-inch TCL S Series

TCL's 55-inch S Series is another great deal under $500. For around $400 online and at certain retailers, you're getting a decently performing 4K/HDR TV that also gives you a built-in version of the popular Roku streaming software. It's a handsome TV with performance that's not bad at all for this price range.

While the S Series doesn't best Vizio's E Series in terms of picture quality/core performance, it's still a very reliable TV where it counts, and should do the trick for most buyers. Read the full review.

55-inch Vizio D Series

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55-inch Vizio D Series

The most entry-level Vizio from 2017, the D Series continues to represent Vizio's most affordable/budget-friendly TV series, and it kind of shows. While you can get the 50-inch Vizio D Series for about $350 online, which is an awesome price, the D Series performs quite a bit worse than the 55-inch Vizio E Series, which is only $150 more.

Even still, if you don't care about extras like HDR in this price range, the D Series is definitely the best for strict budgets. Read the full review.

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