April 10, 2021

6 of the best cheap TVs for every situation

We have lined up a selection of the best affordable TVs for every situation, including models from top brands like Toshiba and Philips.

Nowadays, you can find absolutely enormous 8K TVs with incredible sound systems, stylish designs, and more smart features than you can handle. Not everyone wants all of this though, and most people can’t afford to drop thousands of pounds on a TV that looks like it belongs on a spaceship.

Most people are simply searching for something with decent picture quality, crisp sound, and some smart functions. There are plenty of TVs that tick all of these boxes, and most are available at low prices.

The trouble with finding cheap TVs is that there is so much on offer, making it difficult to pick a favourite. We know the struggle, so we’ve tried to help you out. We have lined up a selection of the best cheap TVs from top brands like Toshiba, Philips, and Hisense. These models are not going to top the charts when it comes to specifications or features, but they might surprise you with what they can do.

We’ve found cheap TVs for movie marathons, gaming sessions, streaming, and just about everything else. There is something for everyone and every situation on this list, whether you’re looking for a TV for university or the spare room in your house. We’ve got you covered.

These are the best cheap TVs in 2021. (Prices and availability are current at time of publication, but as with all deals, these are prone to sell out.)


HCX Processor • Works with Google Assistant/Alexa • Multi HDR Support • 4K resolution
Not the widest viewing angle
An impressive 4K TV with a powerful HCX processor and multi HDR support.

Panasonic TX-40GX800B

The HCX Processor comes with OLED processing know-how for fantastic picture performance.

The Panasonic TX-40GX800B (renewed version) features much of Panasonic’s best picture technology, but doesn’t come with a scary price tag. You get a powerful HCX picture processor and HDR Bright Panel Plus to optimise all the details of 4K resolution for less than £500.
This TV also packs Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support, meaning you get the best from 4K video streaming services. So whether you’re watching Netflix, Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer, you’re covered.
Sport and gaming modes are also offered by this TV. These clever features alter picture and sound settings to give you the best possible experience at all times. It’s the little things like this that make all the difference.


DTS Studio Sound • HDR technology • VIDAA U Smart TV
Stand and frame feel a bit cheap
4K TV with impressive smart features and picture quality.

Hisense 43A7100FTUK

DTS Studio Sound provides a truly immersive sound experience that’s great for movies.

The Hisense 43A7100FTUK offers a lot for the price, including 4K picture quality and HDR technology supporting HDR 10 and HLG formats. Those are the sort of things you expect to get with much more expensive sets.
You can enjoy all your favourite shows in stunning realism thanks to the quad core picture processing technology. Every type of sound is also perfected with DTS Studio Sound, which combines Volume Levelling Bass Enhancement, Speaker EQ, and Dialogue Enhancement technology. The picture quality is good, but the sound is better.
The VIDAA U 3 0 Smart TV platform lets you easily access entertainment from Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and more. You can also control your TV with your voice as Alexa is built-in.  


Active HDR • Good quality software • Simple but sophisticated design
Not 4K resolution
Solid TV with everything students need to sit back and relax.
The LG 32LM630BPLA.AEK enhances your viewing experience with the help of Active HDR technology, Dynamic Colour Enhancer and Virtual Surround Plus sound.
The quad core processor supports advanced picture processing for impressive levels of brightness and clarity, and LG’s webOS Smart platform can be used to stream your favourite shows on sites like Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+. It’s also compatible with LG’s Magic Remote, but this is sold separately.
The sturdy two-pole stand and minimal bezel frame also enhance the viewing experience, and complete a contemporary look that would suit just about any space.


Standard but stylish design • Efficient • Built-in tripple tuner
Not advanced in any area
A decent and affordable TV that gets the job done without being flashy.

RCA RB32H1-UK

This TV might not be the most impressive, but it covers all the basics for a low price.

The RCA RB32H1-EU is not the most impressive TV on the market, but it’s decent, affordable, and compact. It’s also a fairly stylish option for anyone looking for something cheap.
You can connect multiple devices with the three HDMI ports, and it’s also equipped with a scart socket that’s perfect for a DVD player or old video recorder.
Thanks to the built-in tuner you can receive both an analogue and digital signal. We know this isn’t the most impressive list of features, but at this price, you can’t expect too much. 


Dolby Audio • HDR10 HGL • Micro Dimming technologies
Smart features aren’t great
Cheap TV that ticks almost every box (except advanced smart features).

TCL 43DP628

Smart TV built with Alexa connectivity for voice control of Netflix, YouTube, and more.

The TCL 43DP628 has a bunch of features the help with picture quality, including HDR10 HGL and Micro Dimming technologies that optimise brightness, colour saturation, and contrast. Basically, it looks great.
Dolby Audio delivers clear and powerful sound, and even features dynamic EQ so the sound is always optimised according to what you’re doing, whether that’s gaming, streaming, or catching up on the news.
There are smarter TVs on this list, but you can still get Freeview Play, BBC iPlayer, Netflix, and YouTube. It also works with Alexa, so there’s that.


Gaming mode • Speakers designed by Onkyo • Top streaming apps
Not the smartest
A straightforward and stylish option that’s suited to gamers.

Toshiba 32WL3A63DB

Toshiba’s gaming mode optimises the vibrancy of your graphics for a more exciting experience.

The Toshiba 32WL3A63DB is not the best TV on this list, but should appeal to gamers due to Toshiba’s gaming mode. This optimises the vibrancy of your graphics for a more exciting experience.
The sound quality is pretty good too, with speakers designed by Onkyo and Dolby Audio processing. From the speakers to the software, everything combines to provide a cinema-like audio experience.
It’s not the smartest TV, but users still get access to all the top streaming apps, which is what you expect for a device costing less than £200.

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