Best Budget 4K TVs Under $400

If you’re balling on a budget, check out these affordable 4K TVs for your living room.

TCL 4-Series 4K TV
Best Value
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    Best price
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    Built-in Roku TV
Insignia 4K TV
Best Smart Features
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    Built-in Alexa
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    Built-in Fire TV
Samsung 4K TV
Best Color
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    Purcolor feature
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    Alexa compatibility
Toshiba 4K TV
Best Picture
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    Great contrast and brightness
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    Alexa voice remote included
Vizio M-Series 4K TV
Best for Sports
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    Great color and refresh rate
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    Built-in Smartcast
Chantel Buchi
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December 02, 2020
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Not everyone has $4,000 lying around to spend on a TV. If you’re one of those money savers, you need to check out this list of best budget 4K TVs under $400. That’s all you need to bring entertainment to the living room without breaking the bank.

We chose our top five by price (of course), picture quality (we need that live-action), smart TV compatibility (no one wants a dumb TV anymore), and more.



Quick comparison—best 4K TVs under $400
4K TVs
Price*
Smart TV type
Details

TCL 50-inch 4-Series 4K TV

$249.99

Roku TV

Insignia 50-inch 4K TV

$349.99

Fire TV

Samsung 50-inch 8-Series 4K TV

$377.99

Samsung

Toshiba 50-inch 4K TV

$360.99

Fire TV

Vizio 50-inch M-Series Quantum 4K TV

$369.99

Smartcast

*Data effective 12/3/2020. Amazon.com List Prices (as of 12/3/2020 3:00 PM MST)

These are the factors we looked at to determine the best budget 4K TVs:

  • Price
  • Picture, color, and sound
  • Smart TV compatibility
  • Extra features
  • Trusted company

TCL 50-inch 4-Series 4K TV: Best value

TCL 4K TV details
4K TV
Price
Smart TV type
Features
Details

TCL 50-inch 4-Series 4K TV

$249.99

Roku TV

Two 8W main channel speakers, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 USB input

Amazon.com List Price of $249.99 (as of 12/3/2020 3:00 PM MST)

What we like:

  • Best bang for your buck
  • Built-in Roku TV

The best value award goes to the TCL 55-inch 4K TV. Why? First of all, it has two of the great features any 4K TV has—delivering HD content with great LED picture quality. But the bonus: this flatscreen is 55 inches and costs less than $300.

TCL’s 4-Series 4K TV also has a built-in Roku TV, which gives you over 500,000 on-demand movies and TV episodes. It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can get what you want in an instant.

Also, the 4K Ultra HD picture quality will give you contrast, color, and detail for a life-like picture while you watch The Witcher. Or enjoy the smooth, life-like action scenes while you watch Keanu Reeves dominate other hitmen in John Wick: Chapter 3.

Built-in smart TV

The built-in Roku TV will give you hours of entertainment. You’ll be able to stream Disney+, AppleTV+, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Prime Video.

All of our top 4K TV picks have a built-in smart TV. But hey, it’s nice knowing you don’t need to spend an extra $200 on an Apple TV to watch your favorite shows.

Insignia 50-inch 4K TV: Best smart features

Insignia 4K TV details
4K TV
Price
Smart TV type
Features
Details

Insignia 50-inch 4K TV

$349.99

Fire TV

Two 10w speakers, DTS TruSurround and Dolby audio, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 USB input

Amazon.com List Price of $349.99 (as of 12/3/2020 3:00 PM MST)

What we like:

  • Built-in Alexa
  • Built-in Fire TV

“Yo, Alexa. Turn on The Bachelor.”

With the included Alexa Voice Remote, you’ll be able to demand what you want to watch in just seconds. Ask Alexa to launch apps, search for a movie, play music, and switch inputs. Woah.

You can also link your Amazon Echo to this Insignia 4K TV. So if you’re not close to your fancy remote, the Echo in your kitchen can come in handy.

Fire TV Edition

The built-in Fire TV lets you watch Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARS, and more. Enjoy 4K Ultra HD picture quality while you binge-watch Disney movies over the weekend. Or every weekend.

Samsung 50-inch 8-Series 4K TV: Best color

Samsung 4K TV details
4K TV
Price*
Smart TV type
Features
Details

Samsung 50-inch 8-Series 4K TV

$379.99

Samsung

Two 10W speakers, 3 HDMI inputs, 2 USB inputs

*Date effective 12/3/2020.

What we like

  • PurColor feature
  • Compatible with Alexa

Great color with PurColor

PurColor will give your living room millions of shades of color that traditional HD TV can’t create. Imagine the vibrant color you’ll experience when you watch the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Marvel movies.

Even in our Best 4K TVs list, the Samsung was given the "Best for Gaming" title for its color and brightness.

Alexa compatible

Although this 4K TV has its own built-in Samsung smart TV, you can also connect it to an Alexa device. You can stream shows, movies, and games along with live TV shows. And the included OneRemote will let you control all connected devices, like your Amazon Echo and smart speakers.

Toshiba 50-inch 4K TV: Best picture

Toshiba 4K TV details
4K TV
Price
Smart TV type
Features
Details

Toshiba 50-inch 4K TV

$360.99

Amazon Fire TV

Two 10w Onkyo speakers, DTS Studio Sound and Dolby audio, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 USB input

Amazon.com List Price of $360.99 (as of 12/3/2020 3:00 PM MST).

What we like:

  • Picture quality
  • Alexa voice remote included

True-to-life picture quality

The contrast and brightness of this Toshiba 4K TV are perfect for movie-watchers. The Ultra HD picture quality has over eight million pixels, so you’ll feel like you’re flying in the air with Harry Potter as he’s playing Quidditch.

“Alexa, open Netflix.”

Like the Insignia 4K TV, the Toshiba also has the Alexa Voice Remote included. So just use your voice to launch apps, find TV shows, and switch inputs. With each automatic software update, your 4K TV will get even smarter so you can enjoy the latest and greatest.

The built-in Fire TV is another bonus that has streaming apps like Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, and more. So plan a girls night, pour some wine, and throw on Big Little Lies.

Vizio 50-inch M-Series Quantum 4K TV: Best for sports

Vizio 4K TV details
4K TV
Price*
Smart TV type
Features
Details

Vizio 50-inch M-Series Quantum 4K TV

$399.99

Smartcast

Two 10W main channel speakers, DTS Studio Sound II, 4 HDMI inputs

*Date effective 12/3/2020.

What we like:

  • Quantum color, brightness, and refresh rate
  • Built-in Smartcast and Apple TV compatible

Color, brightness, and live-action on point

When you’re watching football, you want ideal color and brightness. You want color and clarity that will really bring out the yellow and black on the Pittsburgh Steelers bumblebee uniforms.

And the clear, fast action on the Vizio 4K TV screen will make you feel like you’re sitting front row at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors game. For sports fans, the extra money you’ll have to spend on the Vizio is worth it.

Also, the cool 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles give a clear picture to anyone sitting near the side of the screen. That way, if you get stuck sitting in the corner at a game-watching party, you can still be part of the action.

Smartcast 3.0 and Siri

With Smartcast, you can browse Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and YouTube. And best of all, when you pair your Macbook, iPhone, or iPad with this Vizio 4K TV, you can mirror your Apple product’s content onto the big screen. That way, everyone at the party can enjoy your Disneyland photos.

Not only that, but if you connect your AppleTV or use Airplay on your iPhone or iPad, you can stream Disney+ or other streaming services on your TV. So sit back, relax, and use Siri to turn on the TV, turn up the volume, and play the latest episode of The Walking Dead.

Recap: Which is the best affordable 4K TV?

We sorted through more than a couple dozen 4K TVs to highlight some of the best for you. We considered pricing, picture and color quality, smart TV compatibility, and more to determine which 4K TV deserves your attention. Overall, we can say this about each:

Is it worth it to buy a 4K TV?

Take these 4K TVs, for example: they all range from $250 to $400. And they all have a built-in smart TV. So you won’t need to spend an extra $40–$200 for a separate streaming device like a Roku only to have to connect it to your existing TV that doesn’t show 4K quality picture.

The 4K picture is also much better than 1080p with its higher resolution. Plus, the few hundred dollars you spend on going to movie theaters over several months would be better spent on a nice TV for the fam.

What do you think?

Did we miss something? Which 4K TV do you think is the best? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Chantel Buchi
Written by
Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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