The best 4K TVs under £500

Find your ideal 4K TV without breaking the bank.

The best 4K TVs

by William Lobley |

4K TVs are not some futuristic feature suggesting great things in years to come. Netflix and Prime Video each have a growing catalogue of 4K content. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are both 4K machines, and Blu-rays are available as 4K Ultra High-Definition disks. In fact, most brand new TV sets will have a 4K resolution.

This resolution, which kicks out four times the resolution you’ll find with standard full HD, allows you to see your favourite TV shows and films with new clarity. Colours will appear deeper, more crisp and vibrant, your perception of on-screen depth will increase, and the level of detail that will suddenly jump into focus is a real treat.

Luckily, you don’t need to break the bank to access all that 4K TV can offer. Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best 4K TVs for under £500.

The best 4K TVs under £500 shortlist:

• Hisense 50AE7400FTUK

• LG 50UP77006LB

• Philips 43 Inch 43PUS8505

• JVC LT-43CF890 Fire Edition TV

• Hisense 50A7100FTUK

• Sony Bravia KD49X70

• Toshiba 50UL2063DB

What can a sub-£500 4K TV offer?

You may be thinking that if you’re spending under £500 on a new 4K smart TV, then you’re going to have to compromise on a lot. Thankfully, this doesn't have to be the case.

While it’s sensible to temper your expectations when looking for a budget TV, there are many truly exciting 4K TVs that will make you question why anyone would spend more. Samsung and Sony are prime examples of this. The tech giants are well known for creating high-end smartphones, tablets, laptops and smart TVs. However, they’ve managed to use the knowledge gained from the cutting edge products to create affordable solutions, loaded with excellent tech and crystal clear screens.

Want to know more about resolutions? Read our comprehensive guide here

As smart TVs, all of the solutions we’ve listed are capable of accessing on-demand and streaming services, like Netflix, Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, and hosting apps to keep you up to date with everything from the weather to the latest social media trends.

The best 4K TVs under £500 in detail:

What size TV do I need?

The answer to this question is very much a decision arrived at after deliberation between your available space, budget, and requirement. However, it tends to be sensible to have the smaller TVs in smaller rooms, larger in the biggest rooms.

If you're too close to a TV, no matter how high quality the image, it's going to look blown out and poor. Too far, and you may as well watch Netflix on your phone.

Here’s a rough guide to give you an idea of the minimum distance you should have from your TV when viewing HD content:

40-inches - 80 inches (6.7 feet)

50-inches - 100 inches (8.3 feet)

55-inches - 108 inches (9 feet)

60-inches - 120 inches (10 feet)

75-inches - 150 inches (12.5 feet)

Screen Resolution guide:

HD: 1280×720

Full HD: 1920×1080

Ultra HD/4K: 3840×2160

What’s 4K and what is Ultra HD?

These terms refer to the same thing – TV resolution. 4K screens offer four times more pixels than HD screens, with 8.3 million pixels working across the screen. This means clearer, accurate images.

What’s HDR and HDR10+?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It works to get as much light, crispness, and depth into your picture. Whites are brighter and blacks are darker. It offers a huge range of over one billion colours. HDR10+ is an extension of this, but the use of metadata creates an even more refined picture.

What is Dolby Vision?

Dolby Vision is Dolby’s HDR and HRD10+.

What is 4K?

smart TVs have resolutions with approximately a 4,000 horizontal pixel count. Put simply, screens give you the pixels, HDR takes care of making them look good.

What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?

High Dynamic Range smart TVs are able to reach brighter and darker colours than regular HD TVs. This means the picture on-screen appears more like a real-life image.

What's OLED?

LED screens use a backlight to provide the image. With OLED, the pixels produce their own light which gives greater accuracy to the image. If you're interested in getting one of these TVs, make sure you check out our best OLED TVs guide.

What’s QLED?

Samsung does not make OLED TVs, they make QLED. QLED is a Samsung property that replaces Liquid Crystals (found in LCD) and replaces them with Quantum dots, which Samsung believes to produce much more vibrant and bright colours and sharper images. QLED technology does tend to make a TV cheaper than its OLED competitor. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, why not check out our comprehensive QLED TV roundup.

What can a smart TV do?

A smart TV is a television that can connect to the internet independently from any extra gadgets like an Amazon Fire Stick or a set-top box. They’re typically pre-loaded with a selection* of recognisable on-demand catch-up apps, such as BBC iPlayer, All 4, and ITV Hub, and subscription services such as Amazon Prime Video or Netflix. A smart TV will also allow the user access to other internet services, such as news apps, weather services, internet browsers, and social media apps like Facebook.

Some models also offer additional features, such as Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio connections, and smartphone and tablet connections.

*The selection of apps available pre-loaded or available to download may differ between smart TV manufacturers and models, so it’s worth double-checking the model you’re considering.

Is it worth buying a smart TV?

If you’re someone who loves to watch TV, whether it be soaps, Nordic noir dramas, reality shows, or blockbuster movies, then a smart TV is likely to be worth it. The internet connection offers up plentiful access to free and paid-for content via apps, whenever you want it.

William Lobley is a Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology, gaming, and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

Subscribe to the What’s The Best Newsletter to keep up to date with more of the latest reviews and recommendations from the What’s The Best team.

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us