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Best cheap TVs 2020: Which budget TV you should buy?

Trusted Reviews ranks the best cheap TVs and the best value TVs – featuring smaller sets as well as bigger UHD ones.

What are the best cheap TVs?

Best cheap TVs 2020: Purchasing a cheap TV doesn’t mean you have to buy a middling set, with plenty of good value options available for those looking to save some pennies.

From solid picture quality, to robust features and HDR support, it’s more than possible to pick up a telly that’ll meet your needs and doesn’t break the bank.

This list details the best cheap and best value TVs on sale. Have a look at our shortlist, and scroll down for a brief summary and a link to our full review.

  • Best cheap TV: Panasonic TX-50GX800B
  • Best cheap mid-range TV: Panasonic TX-58HX800B
  • Best cheap TV gaming : Samsung UE43RU7020
  • Best featured cheap TV: Samsung UE50TU8500
  • Best cheap smart TV: Hisense Roku TV B7120
  • Best value cheap TV: Panasonic TX-50GX700B

Panasonic TX-50GX800

Panasonic TX-50GX800B

Sets a new benchmark for price and performance

Pros:

  • Cinematic picture performance
  • Multi HDR support – HDR10, HLG, HLG Photo, Dolby Vision and HDR10+
  • Classic good looks

Cons:

  • Limited black level performance
  • Brightest HDR performance requires Dynamic image preset

Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are supported, so the GX800B will be able to drum up the best possible picture quality from 4K content. Picture performance is impressive with crisp detail, lush colours and a presentation that’s cinematic in its feel. Sound quality is respectable, and there’s Atmos compatibility for sound systems with the means to take advantage of it.

With an accessible smart service, good features and great price, the TX-50GX800B is one of the best cheap TVs around.

Panasonic TX-58HX800

Great for films

Pros:

  • Multi-HDR support with Dolby Vision and HLG
  • Versatile Panasonic smart TV platform
  • Low input lag

Cons:

  • Limited deep black performance
  • No Disney+

The HX800 series replaces 2019’s GX800 series and continues Panasonic’s rich vein of form when it comes to mid-range LCD LED TVs.

While the GX800 is still available to buy, the HX800 offers a more refined and updated performance. The smart platform is slicker (though it still lacks Disney+), and the picture quality is superbly cinematic, with plenty of fine detail, lush colour reproduction and supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Samsung UE43RU7020

Samsung UE43RU7020

An impressive small TV

Pros:

  • Good spec
  • Brilliant OS
  • Impressive upscaling
  • Rapid response time
  • Great overall picture performance

Cons:

  • Eco mode should be avoided
  • Nasty sound
  • Poor remote control

The RU7020 is the smallest and most affordable Samsung set. It avoids the cheap plasticky build that afflicts cheaper sets and boasts some decent features for its size and status. HDR10+ is available for dynamic HDR and gaming performance is a speedy 10ms, making this an excellent gaming monitor.

It also proves great with native 4K content, producing a convincing, natural look, and nor is it shabby at upscaling sub-4K content either. It’s best to consider a soundbar purchase with this TV, as the TV’s sound is rather weak.

Samsung UE50TU8500

A great value TV

Pros:

  • Intuitive, easy to use UI
  • Decent gaming performance
  • Simple setup process
  • Wealth of smart features

Cons:

  • HDR performance could be better
  • Underpowered speakers

The Samsung TU8500 is the top model in Samsung’s Crystal UHD range and it’ll make a great choice for any buyer looking to make a jump from a HD set to 4K.

4K content looks wonderfully sharp and add its easy-to-use Tizen OS interface, which supports all the major streaming services you could want, as well as a few nifty extras for Galaxy phone owners. It doesn’t support Dolby Vision, and the performance is a step-down on the entry-level QLEDs if you’re looking for more expressive HDR colours or better black levels.

That said, for a cheaper set, you can’t go much wrong with the TU8500.

Hisense Roku B7120

Hisense Roku TV B7120

An accessible budget TV

Pros:

  • Satisfying 4K and HD picture
  • Decent sound
  • Speedy Game Mode
  • Lots of apps/channels

Cons:

  • Limited HDR performance
  • SD performance not great
  • Limited viewing angles

Roku can count their first UK TV as a success. 4K picture quality is satisfying, with good quality from most sources you feed it. We’d avoid SD channels as the B7120’s upscaler isn’t as good as others, but sound quality is better than expected with a large, clear sound.

There are plenty of apps and channels to watch, with simple access and an interface that’s easy to navigate. It’s not as feature-packed as other efforts on this list, but for those who want an accessible TV, this is a really strong effort.

Panasonic TX-50GX700B

Great value for its size and price

Pros:

  • Composed, believable images from any source
  • Good upscaling
  • Fine OS
  • Not bad sound

Cons:

  • Some backlight niggles
  • Not the most dynamic pictures

The GX700B sits below the GX800B, and as you might expect, features begin to drop off from the 2019 mid-range star. There’s no Dolby Vision, Atmos or voice control. But for those not fussed about those types of features, the GX700B serves up an impressive picture, with a strong sense of contrast, convincing colour balance and good motion stability.

Even the audio performance is decent, making the GX700B a great value TV for those looking to save some money.


How we test best cheap TVs

Every TV that passes through our doors gets put through a series of tests and naked eye checks to gauge its overall picture quality and optimal settings. Key things we look out for are screen uniformity, black level, maximum brightness and colour vibrancy/accuracy. We also check input lag to make sure gamers won’t lose their edge when playing online.

A variety of test footage is used to cover every type of scene, so we can assess a 4K TV’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how it performs against the competition.

Sound quality isn’t forgotten, either – we give the built-in speakers a thorough listen to determine whether you’ll need to invest in a soundbar or speaker system to beef things up.

If you’re interested in checking out TVs at different price models, models and brands. Look through our main best ofs below models for everything from cheap 4K HDR TVs, to the latest from LG, Samsung and Panasonic.

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