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For a $500 budget, most televisions you'll see are a brand's lower end models, and the best HDTVs you can find for this price are those from brands like Samsung and Vizio.

The sub $500 market consists more of LCD TVs than plasma and LED which are generally higher priced. If you're going in for an LCD you should know that they could be some of the most power hungry TVs in the market today. To add to this, LCD TVs also have an inferior picture quality, from lower contrast ratios to lower response times.

Vizio and Samsung however have a few good LED models close to $500 that might be a much better option. LED TVs boast much better picture quality and consume less than half the power consumed by LCDs.

Nevertheless, we have a bunch of the best HDTVs under $500 listen below for your to choose from.

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Vizio M 1i-A2

VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV


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Samsung UN F5500
Samsung UN FH6030
Samsung UN FH5000
VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
VIZIO M401i-A3 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Samsung UN32F5500 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV
Samsung UN40FH6030 40-In 1080p 3D LED TV
Samsung UN39FH5000 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV
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Release Date
May 2013
May 2013
Feb 2013
Apr 2013
Apr 2013
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Contrast Ratio
200, 000:1
10000000:1
Flat Panel Type
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LCD Response Time
6.0 ms
6.0 ms
Screen Size
32.0 inch
40.0 inch
32.0 inch
40.0 inch
39.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready

  • The 32 inch M321d sells for a modest $398 and is very attractively priced for this size and feature set. The LG 32LN5700 has the same set of features and sells for a bit more. This TV should be a great seller.


  • The Samsung UN50F5500 has a lot to offer even though much has been done away with to get the price down. For the price, the picture quality is strong and the Smart Hub adds more than enough functionality to make this a great choice. Competing models include the 50LN5700 from LG, The Panasonic TC-L50E60, and the Toshiba 50L4300U. The F5500 wins out on price against all three.


Top 5 hdtv under $500:

  1. VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
  2. VIZIO M401i-A3 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
  3. Samsung UN32F5500 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV
  4. Samsung UN40FH6030 40-In 1080p 3D LED TV
  5. Samsung UN39FH5000 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV