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The best cheap TV deals in 2021

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If you're reading this, you're here because you just want to save the absolute most you can on your new TV. And who can blame you? TVs are expensive, and the price can grow exponentially the more you want out of it. Well, you've come to the right place. Find the best possible TV to fit your budget, but more than that this roundup will feature TVs that still manage to pack in loads of features. A cheap TV doesn't have to mean bad TV either. You'd be surprised what all you can get even when you don't want to splurge on the more advanced sets. Did you know there are even a bunch of great Android TVs to check out?

In general, the larger the TV the more expensive it gets so we've separated this roundup into different sizes to help you navigate the best cheap options around.

What can you expect from a cheap TV? What should you look for? Well, first off there are a lot of ways you don't have to compromise. For example, you shouldn't settle for less than 4K resolution. At this point in the TV world, 4K is the default. You can find cheap 4K TVs for less than $260 (opens in new tab) in some cases. In the same vein, try and find HDR capable sets. Now, real HDR won't truly impact your image quality unless your TV can reach a peak brightness of 400 nits or more. However, just having the technology means you have a set that values image quality and color.

You also should look for smart functions. A smart platform like a Roku TV, webOS on LG, or Amazon's Fire TV opens up a lot of ways to use your TV. A built-in Chromecast means you can use your mobile device to stream your favorite shows. The ease of use cannot be understatated, and like 4K this is the sort of feature that has become standard for many TVs even if some are better at it than others.

Best Cheap TV Deals under 50"

The cheaper you go, the less likely you are to find some of those essential features like 4K. That's okay though because even the non-4K TVs still manage to cram as much as they can in there. For example, Amazon's Fire TVs can get as low as $80 (opens in new tab) but still come with smart features, including a remote that lets you control the TV with your voice.

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Amazon Fire TVs as low as $170 (opens in new tab)

Your options vary from 720p resolutions to 4K. Some have Alexa built in already and some come with a voice remote you can use to control them. The sizes go up to 50 inches, too, so even though these are super inexpensive they are still large enough for most rooms of the house.

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Best Buy smart TVs as low as $140 (opens in new tab)

This large TV sale includes super inexpensive options like Insignia's 24-inch TV for $140, but it also has amazing deals on more expensive options like $150 off Sony's 4K Google TV.

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TCL 32-inch 720p Roku TV (opens in new tab)

Low resolution, but you can make use of it as a side TV or a TV for a kids room. This TCL set has a built-in Roku smart platform so you can access all your favorite streaming apps. It's easy to connect with Wi-Fi, and there's room for other accessories with three HDMI inputs. Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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TCL 43S435 43-inch 4K Roku TV | $30 off (opens in new tab)

Great price that gives you both 4K resolutions and a Roku smart platform to work from. Access all your favorite streaming apps. It's easy to connect with Wi-Fi, and there's room for other accessories with three HDMI inputs. Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Hisense R6090G 43-inch 4K Roku TV (opens in new tab)

If you use the Roku TV remote app, you can control your TV from your iOS or Android device. You can even use it to browse your favorite content or enable private listening. With a compatible Amazon Alexa device, you can control the TV with your voice. Includes plenty of HDMI inputs, USB, Ethernet, and more connectivity options.

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Hisense 50-inch U6G Quantum 4K Android TV | $80 off (opens in new tab)

Supports Dolby Atmos for better audio and includes a FilmMaker Mode that shows you movies the way the director originally imagined them. Includes a lot of smart features including Android TV's platform for apps, Google Assistant for voice control, and a remote control that you can use with voice commands as well. Even has 600 nits of brightness and full array local dimming for amazing image quality.

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TCL 50-inch S-Series 4K Roku TV | $50 off (opens in new tab)

TCL TVs always offer a lot for the price, and this TV is no exception. This is a 2021 model that includes 4K resolutions, support for HDR through Dolby Vision, QLED tech, and more. It also uses Roku's smart platform so you know it'll always be up to date with full access to Roku's content library. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.

Best Cheap TV Deals over 50"

TVs in this range are really pretty good. This is right around the price the average person wants to spend on a TV, and manufacturers tend to put a lot of great less expensive features in these sets. You can expect to find upgrades to image quality with things like HDR support. You'll also get features like Dolby Atmos, more robust smart platforms, Chromecast, and maybe even Apple HomeKit support.

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Hisense A6G 60-inch 4K Android TV | $100 off (opens in new tab)

Includes 4K resolution and HDR support through Dolby Vision and HDR10. The Android TV smart platform includes all of your favorite apps with the best movies and shows available for streaming. Includes Chromecast so you can watch from other devices instantly, and the voice remote lets you control the TV or search with simple vocal commands.

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Probaly the least expensive TV you'll ever see at this size. This is Walmart's in-house 4K TV and has the price cut befitting a Walmart TV. You get wireless streaming, the Roku smart platform, and even wall mounting via the 400 x 200mm VESA standard. The TV has three HDMI ports and a USB port for connectivity.

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Sony X750H Series 65-inch 4K Android TV (opens in new tab)

Uses 4K X-Reality Pro and the X1 processor to ensure everything is the highest resolution and the best image quality possible while you watch. You can upscale as close to 4K as possible and get all that rich detail. Includes Google Assistant for voice control and Android TV so you can access all your favorite streaming apps and get tons of TV shows and movies.

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Vizio M55Q7 55-inch 4K Smartcast TV | $200 off (opens in new tab)

Includes 600 nits of brightness, which means not only do you get HDR support with Dolby Vision but it can actively make your image quality better. You also have 4K resolutions, Vizio Smartcast that gives you all those built-in apps you love so much, and voice control through the included remote or from the mobile app. Has both Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built in.

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LG 55-inch NanoCell 85 Series 4K Smart TV | $127 off (opens in new tab)

This TV has 4K resolution and a 3rd-generation processor designed for 4K upscaling with AI Picture and AI Sound. It has local dimming that can balance backlighting and enhance contrast. It also has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built in so you don't need a separate device. It also has HDR support, Dolby Atmos, and support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit.

What are you looking for in a cheap TV?

Obviously, you're looking at the price. That's the first thing you need to decide. How much money do you want to spend? But after that, think about what else you want from your TV, too. Where is it going to go? Is this a set for a kids room or a bedroom? How many features do you want? Does it need 4K? Should it focus on refresh rate because you want to use it for gaming? And what about a smart platform? If you're using your own media streaming device like a Roku streaming stick (opens in new tab), you might not care too much about the TV's built-in platform. But even an inexpensive streaming device can support 4K content, so that might make resolution a higher priority for you.

When it comes to looking for good cheap TVs, you'll want to stick to the major retailers. Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and the other big names are really where you want to look because these are the places that just happen to have the lowest possible prices on big ticket items like TVs. Plus, keep an eye out for big sales. We've already seen some huge deals during the holiday shopping season, and there may still be a chance for a few more.

When else should you be looking for low TV prices? Most TV manufacturers announce new lineups around the beginning of the year, using tech shows like CES in January to show off the new lineups. The new models then get released a couple months later around March or so. Things have been a little messy in 2020, but next year this will most likely be back on schedule. So that's the time you want to look for TV deals outside of the big shopping events mentioned above because new models mean the old models get heavily discounted.

John Levite
Deals Editor

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.