Best budget 4K TVs 2019: the best cheap TVs

Best Cheap 4K TV Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best budget 4K TVs you can buy in 2019.

Good news: you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great TV. The best cheap TVs marry impressive pictures, good sound and the necessary features for enjoying the wide world of home entertainment in 2019, and that includes the latest 4K and HDR tech.

The TV industry moves faster than most, with big brands such as LG, Samsung and Sony eager to sell new TVs every year, and the TV technology behind those new sets making genuine advances every year. And it’s not just the screen manufacturers. Broadcasters and streaming services have pushed HD, 4K and now HDR (high dynamic range) video, in an effort to lure new viewers and improve the quality of their content.

The good news is this technology does trickle down, meaning the best budget TVs can still deliver great picture quality and have the latest specs and features. Take a look below for our picks of the best bargain 4K TVs. And with Black Friday around the corner, it’s a good time to be keeping an eye out for a great budget TV.

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1. Samsung UE43RU7470

This could be the best budget small TV around right now

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 97 x 65 x 34 cm

Reasons to Buy

Budget price

Excellent 1080p upscaling

Impressive HDR performance

Reasons to Avoid

Panel could be brighter

For a size of TV that is all too often overlooked, we’re delighted to see that Samsung has served up a stunner for the average household with the modestly priced and brilliantly performing UE43RU7470 range. This Samsung seems like impossibly good value. It ticks all the right tech boxes – HDR, 4K, an excellent smart platform and arguably the best TV user interface around – and delivers a detailed, colourful picture. Bargain.

Read the full Samsung UE43RU7470 review

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2. Philips 50PUS6703

Corking across-the-board performance and a nice slice of Ambilight action, all for under £500.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 70 x 113 x 23cm

Reasons to Buy

Great handling of detail

Good range of streaming and catch-up apps

Ambilight

Reasons to Avoid

Dull user interface

Uninspired remote

Difficult to set up

This Philips 50-inch 4K HDR TV has the company’s eye-catching Ambilight picture technology, all that screen, and all the smart TV apps you need. What’s more, it delivers a picture performance that’s genuinely brilliant for the price. It can be a little bit fussy to use but there’s no arguing with the deal on offer here. 

Read the full Philips 50PUS6703 review

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3. Samsung UE40MU6400U

This Award-winning set delivers a very good 4K picture at an extremely tempting price. Bargain hunters, look no further.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10 | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 57 x 90 x 30cm

Reasons to Buy

All the streaming apps you need

Impressive detail and definition

Great value

Reasons to Avoid

You can better HDR performance

Looking for a 4K TV in a sensible size and at an extremely reasonable price? You’ve found it. This Samsung MU range TV may not have all the bells and whistles of Samsung’s top-of-the-range sets but it does come with an impressively good picture performance for the money, as well as just enough apps and features. Amazon Video and Netflix are here, as is HDR support and a smattering of HDMI inputs. Deep black levels, natural colours and decent performance regardless of the resolution, make for a great value 40-inch TV.

Read the full Samsung UE40MU6400U review

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4. Polaroid P49UPA2029A

This supermarket special is much better than you might expect

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3

Reasons to Buy

Bright, sharp and detailed

Good selection of apps

Easy to use

Surprisingly decent audio

Reasons to Avoid

Lack of black depth

Colours could be more nuanced

More premium TVs are punchier

Expectations may have been low, but the degree to which this 49-inch Polaroid 4K TV exceeds them is still impressive. Comprehensively specified, easy to use and surprisingly capable of getting to the heart of what you’re watching, this is a much better TV than its name, availability and price tag might suggest. Ultimately, you can get a more dynamic and sophisticated performance by going smaller or spending more, but if you absolutely must have a 49-50in TV and are on a limited budget, the Polaroid P49UPA2029A is well worth the low price tag.

Read the full Polaroid P49UPA2029A review

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5. Philips 43PUS6703

One of the best ‘small’ TVs around and less than £350.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 61 x 97 x 21.3cm

Reasons to Buy

Natural pictures across sources

Ambilight

Decent app selection

Reasons to Avoid

Weak HDR performance

Occasionally frustrating operation

Imperfect motion

It’s strange how a 43in screen TV is now considered on the small side. These days, as TV manufacturers are more concerned with pushing next-gen flagship tellies, we rarely receive anything smaller than 49in for review. The few models we have seen were rather disappointing affairs too – so much so, that we couldn’t find one worthy of a 2018 Award. This Philips 43PUS6703 is also short of Award-worthy, but it’s still one of the best ‘small’ TVs of the last few years, with a punchy, detailed and natural picture by prevailing standards. Just don’t buy it for its HDR performance.

Read the full Philips 43PUS6703 review

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6. Panasonic TX-50GX800B

Broad format support and a natural performance make this a great budget TV

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 65 x 112 x 6.2cm

Reasons to Buy

HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Smooth, natural performance

Lots of detail

Reasons to Avoid

Weak viewing angles

Others are punchier

Average sound

Despite its affordable price tag, this Panasonic majors on supporting just about every HDR format going – crucial if you want to see 4K video looking its best. In fact, Panasonic thinks HDR is more important on budget sets than premium sets, and certainly the evidence here is pretty compelling. 

The picture produced is natural, clean and crisp, and delivers smooth motion. Black levels are pretty good, too. It can’t match flagship TV performance, and off-axis performance struggles the same way most cheaper LCD TVs do, but otherwise we can’t complain about this Panasonic. 

Amazon and Netflix are here in all their 4K HDR glory, there are enough HDMI and USB connections, plus optical and headphone outputs. Despite typically lightweight sound from a flatscreen TV, we still think the performance here is good enough to make this a great budget 50 inch 4K TV. 

Read the full review Panasonic TX-50GX800B

Best budget 4K TVs 2019: The best cheap TVs

7. Philips 55POS9002

A 4K HDR OLED TV with Ambilight and cracking picture quality.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10 | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 72 x 123 x 48cm

Reasons to Buy

Stunning HDR performance

Ambilight is as lovely as ever

Decent sound

Reasons to Avoid

Glaring app omissions

Some rivals offer greater nuance

Motion processing isn’t quite perfect

An LG OLED panel with Philips’ Ambilight TV technology sounded good to us and luckily this TV turned out to be as good as it sounds. In fact, even without Ambilight it would be one of our favourite televisions of the last couple of years. The Android OS interface ensures most of the apps you’d expect to be here are present, though Amazon Video was missing when we tested it. In short, this is a superb TV, and yet another enhancement of LG’s OLED tech. If HDR is your prime concern (and it should be) this should be right at the top of your new telly shortlist.

Read the full Philips 55POS9002 review

Best budget 4K TVs 2019: The best cheap TVs

8. Hisense H43AE6100UK

One of the cheapest and most cheerful 4K TVs around

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 61 x 97 x 21cm

Reasons to Buy

Fantastic price

Good features and apps

Balanced, detailed pictures

Reasons to Avoid

Poor HDR performance

Weak blacks

Tinny sound

For a bargain price, Hisense will sell you a 43in 4K HDR screen with an edge LED backlight. The HDR is actually something of a busted flush, but the H43AE6100UK is in many ways quite the bargain. Hisense takes the liberty of pre-installing most apps so that they’re more or less ready to go when you are, and that includes Netflix and Amazon, both in 4K and HDR. Colours are decent – vibrant within the set’s brightness limits but also natural and relatively nuanced. There’s reasonable detail and sharpness, too. Unfortunately the HDR performance proves poor but for this money, in every other aspect, it’s cheap and cheerful.

Read the full Hisense H43AE6100UK review