Best Budget 4K TV

Television has been a major factor in our culture since its invention in the early 1900s. Since then, customers have been searching for the next new trend that will further improve their television viewing experience. The first major innovation came with the switch to color television in the 1950s. From then on, innovations have led to televisions with better image resolution, internet connectivity, and 3-D capability.

One innovation that is hot on the market right now is the “4K” television. This captivating resolution can be found across various digital medias and on a standard television. “4K” refers to a television with a horizontal resolution at 4,000 pixels.

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TCL 43S405 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

First up on our list is the TCL 43S405 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV. While we recommend the 43-Inch model of this TV thanks to its price, you can also purchase it in a size of 49 inches, 55 inches, and 65 inches. We personally chose the 43-inch model – without the digital antenna – because it is the most cost-effective option out of all of them. To be fair, though, any of the options will keep you in your budget.

The Smart functions on this TV allow for you to access 4,000 streaming channels. With the help of a Roku TV, you can even access 450,000 options of movies and TV shows. All of this is viewed on a screen that is direct-lit by LED lights so you can view in excellent quality. A refresh rate of 120Hz also means that your favorite action movie won’t have any blur to distract from its best scenes.

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TCL 40S305 40-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

In the same category as the last budget 4K TV we looked at, up next we have the TCL 40S305 40-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV. This TV is available in 5 different sizes; 28 inches, 32 inches, 40 inches, 43 inches, and 49 inches. Of course, the smaller you go, the more inexpensive TV. For this selection, we chose a mid range TV that doesn’t sacrifice its living room size for a more attractive price tag.

The first thing you may notice about the TV thanks to its name is its Roku capability. This allows your TV to use a Roku to access streaming channels without any problem. These channels can be viewed with a native refresh rate of 60Hz and an effective refresh rate of 120Hz CMI.

Included with this TV is a remote with batteries and a power cord. In addition, though, you can also connect a variety of devices to your TV using either 1 of 3 HDMI ports, a headphone jack, and an optical audio out.

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LG Electronics 43UJ6300 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

For our third choice, we bring a new brand into play with the LG Electronics 43UJ6300 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. Once again, you can get this in several sizes including 43 inches, 49 inches, 55 inches, and 65 inches. However, as you might have guessed, we went with the smallest option thanks to its price tag.

The refresh rate on this TV is 120Hz. So, much like the other TVs we have looked at, you will be able to view any action movie you want as it was intended rather than obscured by a motion blur. This TV also has Smart capability and you can even have it installed by an expert if you would prefer.

Once again, you can hook up a variety of different devices to this TV. This is thanks to a variety of features including 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, 1 RF, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 optical, and even an Ethernet cable.

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Samsung UN40JU6500 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

Samsung brings us our fourth option with their UN40JU6500 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV from 2015. Just like the other models on our list, this is a TV enabled with Smart technology. In addition, though, it also has built in WiFi, so no Ethernet cable is needed.

Also like the other 4K TVs we have looked at today, this Samsung model has a refresh rate of 120Hz, making any action on your TV easy to see and in the quality that the film was shot in. You can still connect devices if you get this TV thanks to 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports.

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VIZIO D55u-D1 55″ Class Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV (Black)

The final product that we will be looking at today is the VIZIO 55” Class 4K Smart Full Array LED Home Theater. Once again, we have chosen the smallest size when looking at this TV. If you would like a bigger model, this model only comes in one other size: 58 inches.

This Smart TV has Ultra HD, meaning the picture quality you get is fantastic and will do any movie justice and show it as the directors and producers intended. This is further helped by a spatial scaling engine and a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Furthermore, when it comes to the picture on this TV, it is also powered with LED backlight. With 12 active LED zones, you won’t have to worry about any spots on your TV being any less dark or brilliant than others.

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When it comes down to whether or not you want a new TV, your budget shouldn’t be a huge concern. Even if you want a 4K TV, you don’t have to have a $10K budget. Any of the options that we have looked at today are excellent if you are considering a new 4K TV and none of them will even break the bank. So, don’t limit yourself to old, outdated technology just because you’re on a budget – there’s a little something out there for everyone!

  • Updated September 4, 2020
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