The TV industry may be abuzz with 4K resolution, wall-filling panels, and fancy features, but for a lot of people there’s more to love about a low price tag. You may have to endure 1080p resolution or give up a few features, but if you don’t need much besides a functional TV, you can get a new set for $250 or less.
That low price doesn’t mean you have to give up everything, though. Connected functions like web browsing and streaming through Netflix and Amazon video have become so affordable as to be almost everywhere, and even in the lower priced sets we reviewed, you can still enjoy all of the content and capability you love.
We tested several budget-friendly TVs, ranging from 32 inches up to 40 inches, comparing them side by side and testing each one under lab conditions. We’ve ranked them here from best to worst, so read on to find the best bargain TVs available.