Is your television looking a little small? Has the picture become fuzzy and unclear? You could be enjoying your favorite shows and movies on a 4K Ultra HD television, even if your budget is tight. We have put together the 4 best TVs under $400 to help you get a great deal.
Choosing a budget television
The cost of smart TVs has reduced greatly over the past few years, and you can now get a Wi-fi enabled set for a relatively cheap price. The same is true of 50 inch screens. If you want to stick to your budget, decide whether size or performance matters most to you.
Smart televisions are a good choice because they allow you to stream content using your favorite online apps, such as YouTube and Netflix. Many also include features like show planning and recording, live pause and rewind, and program search.
Be sure to choose a television that will fit the space you have. Larger TVs are very cool but if you have a small room, they can overpower it and might be uncomfortable to watch. Between 40 and 50 inches is good for home living rooms – still impressive, but not too big.
Our top televisions under $400
Samsung UN40KU6300 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
- Size: 36.1 x 2.5 x 21.1 inches; 19 pounds
- Display: 40 inch LED screen; 4K Ultra HD; Smart TV with Wi-fi
One of the most popular televisions on the market today, this Samsung model has certainly sold well. It delivers everything you would expect from a leading brand like Samsung, along with a few extras. At less than $400, this is attainable on just about any budget and it makes for a great investment if you are setting up a home entertainment system. A huge variety of connection ports allows you to connect up all of your devices, and you can also send your own content through a USB drive.
Gamers will love the Cloud gaming function – stream a range of top titles without the need for a console! There are plenty of apps to chose from when it comes to watching shows and movies – though remember, you will need a subscription for many of these services. You can really make the most of the 4K graphics thanks to the Upscaling Picture Engine, which raises image quality to the best the TV can offer automatically.
Sony KDL48R510C 48-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV
- Size: 42.9 x 8 x 26.5 inches; 25 pounds
- Display: 48 inch backlit LED widescreen; 4K Ultra HD; Smart TV
The largest Smart television on our list, this great Sony model is our pick for the best budget buy. With an LED screen of 48 inches housed in a sleek modern case, the KDL series is smart and attractive. It is also powerful and performs extremely well. Motionflow XR 120 technology creates an impressive 60HZ refresh rate, reducing distortion in movement and ensuring that action really pops from the screen. True Motion capabilities keep transitions smooth and realistic, and the colors are bold and bright.
The extremely thin design is great for space saving – choose this TV if you want a decent widescreen but have a small room. It is comfortable to watch even at short distances. Connect your cable box, console and Bluray player with the array of HDMI and USB ports, or stream content through apps like Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. You can also access files using a USB flash device: why not watch your own clips and recordings on the big screen?
VIZIO D40u-D1 40-inch 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV
- Size: 36 x 8.3 x 23.5 inches; 17.6 pounds
- Display: 40 inch LED screen; 1080p 4K Ultra HD graphics; Smart TV with built-in apps
Enjoy films and video games in crystal clear 1080 pixel resolution with this great VIZIO television. At 40 inches, you get plenty of screen space and the backlit LED screen performs extremely well. 8.3 million pixels provide extreme detail, making shows and games more immersive. The audio is lacking a little compared with other models, but you will likely connect speakers or a sound bar for best effect anyway.
The Smart interface is simple to use and you can pin your favorite apps to the home screen for fast, easy access. Enjoy Netflix, Hulu and more direct to your television set. The six-core internal processor provides a huge amount of power, while the 4K Ultra HD gives one of the clearest pictures available on the market today. Select this TV if you want smart capabilities on a budget, and if you are willing to step away from the big names to get a great product.
LG Electronics 50LF6000 50-Inch 1080p LED TV
- Size: 44.4 x 27.9 x 10 inches; 37.4 pounds
- Display: 50 inch LED screen; 1080 pixel HD resolution; 120Hz refresh rate
If size is your thing and you can live without Smart capabilities, go for this amazing LG television. You don’t got those built in apps or the Wi-fi capabilities, but you do get a staggering 50 inches of screen for less than $400 – a real bargain! If you don’t have a home theater projector, this is probably the closest you can get to that cinema feeling. Use the stand it comes with, or fix to the wall or ceiling.
It comes with its own stand, but you will probably want to mount this monster screen on your wall to get the full impact and avoid straining your eyes. This is not the right choice for small living rooms! However, if you have a little space to spare this is one of the best budget widescreens you can buy. Set it up in the bedroom or living room and hook up your smart TV box, console or DVD player to enjoy your favorite shows, movies and games.
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Products sourced via Amazon.com; details correct at the time of writing