Gone are the days of having to deal with those top-heavy TVs that were so deep you could barely fit them on the shelf. The best flat-screen TV models today are more convenient, feature better image quality and are available for a fraction of the price. Whether you’re looking for a new affordable 4K TV for your bedroom, your guest room or maybe even your new college dorm, we’ve rounded up our favorite options below.
If you think you can’t afford one of the best 65-inch flat-screen TVs, think again. Now more than ever before, you can get the following premium features without having to tap into your 401k:
- Large 65-inch TVs between $450 and $650
- Displays with 4K resolution and Dolby Vision HDR Support
- Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatibility
Of course, there are still more expensive flat-screen TV models out there, especially when you start to venture into the OLED realm. But TVs are not nearly as cut and dry as they used to be. You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a quality, big TV anymore. So whether you are seeking an impressive 65-inch model or something smaller for your apartment or dorm room, we’ve rounded up the best affordable flat-screen TV options for you to check out below:
1. TCL 5-Series 65-inch Flat-Screen TV
BEST AFFORDABLE FLAT-SCREEN TV
If you want a TV set which possesses undeniable quality but still places a strong emphasis on affordability, it’s hard to beat the 2020 TCL 5-Series. This year’s iteration received a big upgrade over its predecessor in the form of full-array local dimming, which boosts overall brightness which will help improve the quality of Dolby Vision and HDR10. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of other 65-inch TVs that are considered affordable, there’s enough performance here to make this a worthy choice for those who aren’t overly concerned with not having the absolute brightest picture or features such as a 120Hz refresh rate. The 5-Series even throws in Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility for hands-free navigation, which makes this a great affordable flat-screen TV.
2. Samsung TU-8000 65-Inch Flat Screen TVs
In our ranking of the best 4K and 65-inch TVs, Samsung is a frequent challenger for the top spot among TV giants like LG and Sony. The company is making some incredible TVs right now, such as the ungodly expensive Q900T Series. However, Samsung also makes some of the best affordable flat screen TVs. Case in point: the TU-8000 4K TV. This television doesn’t boast cutting-edge features like a 240hz refresh rate or the company’s QLED display technology, but the 120hz rate and ultra-high-definition LCD display of the TU-8000 is still plenty impressive, especially for a 65-inch TV in the $600-$700 price range. Throw in a great smart TV user interface and Alexa functionality and you end up with an affordable flat screen TV that will last for many years to come.
3. Vizio M-Series 65-Inch Flat-Screen TVs
Had this 65-inch Vizio M-Series TV been a little cheaper, a little brighter or featured better Smart TV software, it may have topped our list of best affordable flat-screen TVs. But even if we don’t think it’s a better value than the TCL 5-Series, it still has all the markers of an excellent TV. This 4K display promises a beautiful picture out of the box, with support for Dolby Vision, and thanks to its low input lag, it’s also an excellent TV for gaming. The SmartCast software doesn’t quite rise up to the quality of the Roku, Android TV or Fire TV, so you may or may not find yourself spending an extra $50 on a streaming stick in the future. (Alternatively, this TV supports Google Cast, so you can also just use your phone or tablet to load up streaming content.) Despite these gripes, there aren’t many other cheaper TVs that can outperform the Vizio M-Series.
4. TCL 6-Series 55-Inch Flat-Screen TV
BEST FOR GAMERS
When it comes to out-and-out performance, you will not find a better TV on this list. Unfortunately, the 65-inch variant of the 2020 6-series approaches a price that might not be considered affordable. But if you’re OK with a 55-inch TV, you’ll be rewarded with a 4K set that delivers a bright, vibrant and detailed picture, handily trumps the two TVs mentioned above and competes with TVs costing twice as much. And if you’re a gamer, then this is definitely the affordable flat-screen TV you want because the TCL 6-Series has a refresh rate of 120Hz, which allows for silky-smooth gameplay if your console supports it and is a feature that no TV under $900 supports. There’s a strong argument to be made that, unless you’re splurging on an OLED, opting for a more expensive TV over the 6-Series is a foolish move.
5. LG UN7300 65-Inch Flat-Screen TV
BEST WIDE VIEWING ANGLES
The LG UN7300 won’t necessarily compete with our top picks when it comes to image quality, but if you’re looking for a TV that doesn’t suffer from a poor picture when viewed at wide angles, then this is the best affordable flat-panel TV. While most TVs opt for a VA panel because of its ability to deliver deeper blacks and more vibrant colors, the LG UN7300 opts for an IPS panel to achieve those excellent viewing angles. While this may come at the expense of peak HDR performance, it is a great option if you have a large family that spreads all over the living room during movie nights, or if you have a lot of roommates.
6. Vizio V-Series 65-Inch Flat-Screen TV
While we feel that $600-700 is the sweet spot for landing an affordable, 65-inch flat-screen TV that still delivers on quality, there are still solid options out there under $500. The Vizio V-Series is one of those TVs, and while you may sacrifice some performance in regards to peak brightness or HDR performance, you’re still getting a 65-inch TV for under $500 that looks pretty good. And if you’re not the type who dives into the intricacies of picture settings and white-balance calibration menus, there’s a chance you might not even notice the difference between this and a TV that costs $200 more.
7. TCL 4-Series 55-Inch Flat-Screen TV
For those who really only care about finding a big TV that works, looks halfway decent and has all their streaming apps in an easy-to-use interface for as cheap as humanly possible, the 55-inch TCL 4-Series is a gift from the gods. You can usually find this thing for well under $400 (and sometimes under $300), and thanks to the Roku software that comes installed, you’ll have no problem finding something to stream. It may not be flashy, but it gets the job done.
8. Hisense 50-inch H8G Flat-Screen TV
BEST 50-INCH TV
It’s pretty incredible how affordable 4K TVs are now, and the Hisense H8G is proof. This affordable flat-screen TV doesn’t even hit the $400 mark, but still offers 4K, Dolby Vision and Local Dimming that is in the same class as the TCL 5-Series. Even better, you can often find the 50-inch version of the H8G for a few bucks less than the 50-inch version of the TCL 5-Series. Plus, it’s even Google Assistant-enabled, so you can find your favorite shows without having to use your hands. Pretty incredible when you consider the price.
9. Toshiba 43-inch 1080P Flat-Screen TV
BEST AMAZON FIRE TV
Once you get down to the TVs under 50 inches, it becomes harder to find sets that compete with larger sets in terms of features. While you may scoff at the fact that this set is only 1080p, the truth is that the benefits of 4K over 1080p are significantly less noticeable on displays this small, and since most of them don’t support local dimming, the full benefit of HDR is also diminished. You still want a TV that looks good, sure. But what you’re mostly looking for at this size is a TV that is easy to use and has a good smart TV interface. This 43-inch Toshiba is not only powered by Amazon’s very solid Fire TV software, but it comes at a price that’s near-impossible for any other half-decent 43-inch TV to beat when it’s on sale.
20. Samsung TU8000 43-Inch 4K Flat-Screen TV
BEST 43-INCH TV
While most 43-inch TVs focus on value rather than performance, there are still a handful of affordable flat-screen TVs this size that have a genuinely good picture. The Samsung TU8000 offers 4K resolution, HDR10 support and very low input lag for the gamers out there. If you really don’t want a 1080p TV and have the space for a 50-inch set, we’d maybe recommend spending an extra $30-$50 and going with the 50-inch Hisense H8G. But if you’re also intent on buying something under 50 inches, this is the best 43-inch flat-screen tv that’s also still affordable.
11. LG 24-Inch 720p LED TV
BEST KITCHEN TV
This 24-inch TV is diminutive by 2020 standards, but is the perfect companion in the kitchen and can either be mounted on the wall or attached to its included stand. The smaller screen size means that you won’t lose much sharpness at 720p, while the IPS panel ensures wide viewing angles. It also comes with an anti-glare surface, which makes this TV ideal for daytime viewing in a bright room. Pair this with a simple streamer like a Chromecast or Roku Express HD and you’ll have a perfect secondary TV setup.