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Gone are the days of 13-inch screens that only showcase three basic network channels. In today’s world, it’s all about streaming TV services at the touch of a finger. If you enjoy binge-watching your favorite shows, it’s time for an upgraded smart TV.
We looked into the best smart TV for the money and found that, fortunately, smart TVs from popular brands like LG and Samsung often go on sale. Of course, the smaller the smart TV, the more you save (we’re talking in the hundreds for a 32-inch versus paying 10 times that much for something double the size). Oh, and we’d recommend skipping the extended warranty retailers offer. This goes especially if it’s more expensive than what your credit or debit card insurance will cover.
Overall, smart TVs hold a ton of value in that they can double as a computer screen for schoolwork, playing video games, or Zoom meetings with coworkers. And they last for years.
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The Best Smart TV for the Money, Lowest Price to Highest
- VIZIO D-Series 32″ Class 720p
- Samsung 43″ Class TU690T Series
- TCL 50″ Class 4-Series Roku TV
- Hisense 58″ ULED U6 Series
- LG 75″ Class UP7300
- TCL 75″ Class 5-Series 4K UHD
- LG 55″ Class 85 Series QNED
- Samsung 85″ Class TU7000 Series
- Samsung 98″ Class Neo QLED
1. Vizio D-Series 32″ Class 720p
This is a nice option ($129.99, Target) if you’re seeking “just the basics” in a smart TV with no fancy add-ons. It’s operated by your Android and Apple devices, has an LED backlight for on-screen light uniformity, and includes a Vizio Smart TV remote. At 24% off, it’s a steal since you’ll also get 250 free channels thanks to WatchFree+.
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2. Samsung 43-inch Class TU690T Series
This 43-inch smart TV ($249.99, BestBuy) has a 4K resolution thanks to Pur Color, making images sharp and crisp. With the built-in mobile operating system Tizen, you can channel flip with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Note that you can purchase open-box models starting at $234.99.
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3. TCL 50-inch Class 4-Series Roku TV
Grab the popcorn because you’ll feel like you’re sitting inside a movie theater thanks to this TV’s ($269.99, Best Buy) Ulta HD features, which have four times the resolution of full HD. Stream over 500,000 movies and TV shows with the easy-to-navigate home screen. You instantly get 30 free days of FuboTV Pro with this purchase.
4. Hisense 58-inch ULED U6 Series
This screen ($349.99, Amazon) includes Fire TV with access to Prime Video, Disney+, and more. Dolby Vision showcases cinema-level vision precision, and this unit connects wirelessly to Bluetooth devices. It’s a popular choice for gaming enthusiasts. It’s originally priced at $599, and you can save 33% until Amazon ends the sale.
5. LG 75-inch Class UP7300
This high-def TV ($599, Best Buy) is a Best Buy exclusive and runs on LG’s Quad Core Processor 4K for state-of-the-art sound and on-screen precision. Plus, it’s $200 off. You’ll get 300+ free LG channels with something for everyone, from sports to kids’ shows. The home dashboard constantly shares show recommendations for the entire family. You can save an additional $30 if you shop open-box models.
6. TCL 75-inch Class 5-Series 4K UHD
The TCL Roku Smart TV ($799.99, Best Buy) combines QLED Quantum Dot technology and the HDR Pro Pack with Dolby Vision for an intense color palette on your screen. Game Studio Plus enhances your gameplay, and thanks to the included streaming platform Roku, you’ll have endless channels. It also comes with a cable management system — so no bulky wires sticking out. If you’re a TotalTech member, you instantly save an extra $54.
7. LG 55-inch Class 85 Series QNED
This state-of-the-art TV ($1,199.99, BestBuy) has filmmaker mode, which incorporates Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos. This means no dark spots on the screen, bright colors, and impressive audio. It also comes with GeForce Now for Cloud Gaming. In our opinion, it’s definitely the smart TV for a movie buff who also loves video games. You’ll save an extra $199 with BestBuy’s TotalTech Membership. Plus, you get 30 free days of FuboTV with your purchase.
8. Samsung 85-inch Class TU7000 Series
This whopping 85-inch smart TV ($1,299.99, P.C. Richard & Son) runs on Tizen, has two HDMI inputs, and a 4K ultra display resolution for imagery so lifelike, customers say you’ll feel like you can touch the actors. At a nice price with 13% off (or $200 price discount), you certainly get bang for your buck with this unit. If preferred, you can finance this to $109 a month with P.C. Richard & Son.