Best TV Under $200 – Our 6 Top Picks For 2020

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Buying a new TV can be an overwhelming task if you are getting your feet wet. It feels like there’s a new letter-number combination coming up every year and the marketers are all singing its praises: this is now the hottest thing and you absolutely must get a TV that has it. We open some of these terms up in our TV buying guide.

But since we are operating on a very specific budget, most of this reasoning can be streamlined or even thrown into the bin. To put it short: the old saying “you get what you pay for” is very applicable to TVs. The market is so competitive that the prices between different manufacturers are generally well in line with eachother. However, this does not mean that you should entirely switch off your brain when looking for cheap televisions.

If you want to do your own research instead of trusting our reviews, we’ve included a list of things to focus on at the bottom of the article.

To get the most out of your new TV, pair it with external speakers. We recommend getting a soundbar & subwoofer combo. Since most of our selected televisions are VESA mount ready, you might also want to look into corner TV mounts.

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Komodo by Sceptre 43" LED HDTVKomodo by SceptreSize: 43"
Resolution: 1080p
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TCL 40S325 40 Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TVTCL 40S325Size: 40"
Resolution: 1080p
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Insignia NS-32DF310NA19 32" Smart HD TVInsignia NS-32DF310NA19Size: 32"
Resolution: 720p
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TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TVTCL 32S305Size: 32"
Resolution: 720p
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Samsung Electronics UN32J4001 32" 720p LEDSamsung UN32J4001Size: 32"
Resolution: 720p
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Samsung UN32J5003 32-Inch 1080p LED TVSamsung UN32J5003Size: 32"
Resolution: 1080p
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Best TV Under 200 2020

Editor’s Note: as we said before you have to remember that with televisions the old cliché “you get what you pay for” holds true. The reviews and ratings here are not comparable to higher end models and should be read within their context – low budget options. You can’t expect them to be as good or well built than models that cost four digits.

Komodo by Sceptre 43-inch Full HD LED – Best TV Under $200

Komodo by Sceptre 43" LED HDTV 3X HDMI 2.0 HDCP 2.2 VESA Wall Mount Ready TV
  • Screen size: 43″
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Panel type: LED
  • Model year: 2018
  • Inputs 3x HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • VESA mount ready:
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Komodo by Sceptre 43" LED HDTV 3X HDMI 2.0 HDCP 2.2 VESA Wall Mount Ready, Metal Black 2018
  • Mobile high-definition Link (MHL) MHL allow streaming of contents from your compatible smartphone or tablet to scepter TV, which capitalize on the visually enhanced picture quality
  • Sub port Let’s you view your pictures as a slideshow or listen to your favorite music via the USB port. Just insert your flash drive into the USB port for the ultimate entertainment
  • Hemi HDMI not only delivers superior digital video and audio, but also, connects both to the TV with only one cable
  • 43" Led HDTV 1080p FHD resolution

Komodo by Sceptre is a 2018 version of the Sceptre X438BV-FSR, but the differences between these two models are non-existent. Most likely they just wanted the name to be something more rememberable.

We know it’s super irritating when you have set a certain price limit and someone says “why don’t you save x more and get this instead”, but if you could add $50 to your budget you should definitely go for the 50-inch 4K UHD version of Comodo by Sceptre .

Summary
Even if the manufacturer is not the most known one out there, Komodo by Sceptre delivers excellent value for money.
Pros
Vibrant colors
Matte finish
USB port for external smart devices
Ultrathin frame
Unbeatable size for the price
Cons
You probably want a soundbar as the built-in sound is terrible
4.5

TCL 40S325 40 Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV – Best Smart TV Under $200

TCL 40S325 40 Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV
  • Screen size: 40″
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Panel type: LED
  • Model year: 2019
  • Inputs 3x HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • VESA mount ready:
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TCL 40S325 40 Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV (2019)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 35.6 X 20.5 X 2.9 inches, TV with stand: 35.6 X 22.7 X 7.2 inches
  • Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500,000 movies and TV episodes, accessible through the simple and intuitive Roku TV
  • 1080p HD resolution for a lifelike picture
  • Direct lit LED produces great picture quality
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant

Right bang on budget is our best smart TV under $200: TCL 40S325. It comes packed with the built-in Roku TV operating system that delivers over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from various sources including Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO and all the usual suspects such as YouTube.

Insignia NS-32DF310NA19 32″ Smart HD TV

Insignia NS-32DF310NA19 32" Smart HD TV
  • Screen size: 32″
  • Resolution: 720p
  • Panel type: LED
  • Model year: 2018
  • Inputs 3x HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • VESA mount ready: No
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Insignia NS-32DF310NA19 32-inch Smart HD TV - Fire TV Edition
  • Insignia HD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition delivers 720p picture quality with deep blacks and rich colors.
  • With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more
  • Fire TV Edition seamlessly integrates live over-the-air TV and streaming channels on a unified home screen (HD antenna required).
  • Easily control your TV with the included Voice Remote with Alexa—plus, launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 28.9” x 17.3” x 3”, TV with stand: 28.9” x 19” x 8.2”. Multiple device input/output options: 3 HDMI including 1 with ARC, USB, composite input, antenna/cable input, digital output (optical), audio output, Ethernet.

If you want to go even more under our $200 budget, the Insignia 32-inch smart TV could very well be your choice. Finding a HD ready smart TV with such a price tag is not something that happens every day. It has the Fire TV experience built-in, which enables you to easily access all your favorite streaming platforms such as Disney+, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, Showtime and obviously Netflix.

TCL 32S305 32-inch 1080p Smart LED TV

TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV
  • Screen size: 32″
  • Resolution: 720p
  • Panel type: LED
  • Model year: 2017
  • Inputs 3x HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • VESA mount ready:
TCL 32S327 32-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model)
  • Dimensions (w x H x D): TV without stand: 28.8 x 17.1 x 3.0 Inches, TV with stand: 28.8 x 19.1 x 7.1 inches
  • Smart functionality delivers all your favorite content with over 500,000 movies and TV episodes, accessible through the simple and intuitive Roku TV
  • 1080p HD resolution for a lifelike picture
  • Direct lit LED produces great picture quality with 120Hz refresh rate for fast moving action scenes with virtually no motion blur
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical audio Out

Again, it has to be said that with an additional $60 on top of the price of the 32″ model you could buy a 50-inch 4K LED 2019 model from TCL . Kind of a no-brainer if you ask us.

Summary
TCL 32S305 could be on a dictionary for the word “bang for your buck”.
Pros
Excellent picture quality
Roku Smart TV functionality works great
As affordable as they get
Cons
Only 720p
Reports suggest that the panel is either a hit or miss
4.5

Samsung UN32J4001 32-inch 720p LED TV

Samsung Electronics UN32J4001 32-Inch 720p LED TV
  • Screen size: 32″
  • Resolution: 720p
  • Panel type: LED
  • Model year: 2017
  • Inputs 2x HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • VESA mount ready:
Samsung Electronics UN32J4001 32-Inch 720p LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Enjoy a great picture with Samsung 720p high definition (HD), which makes your favorite films and games more detailed, vibrant and clear
  • Slim design
  • Enjoy a clear moving picture Resolution at Motion Rate 60 with amazing refresh Rate, processing speed and backlight technology
  • See every image as the director intended with enriched colors - even with older, non-HD content
Summary
If you want a modern TV but don’t trust the “no-name” brands, this is your choice.
Pros
Known manufacturer
Probably the best colors of all the candidates
Built-in sound is decent
Cons
Only 720p
No Smart TV
4.3

Samsung UN32J5003 32-inch 1080p LED TV

Samsung UN32J5003 Review
  • Screen size: 32″
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Panel type: LED
  • Model year: 2015
  • Inputs 2x HDMI ports
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • VESA mount ready:
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Samsung Electronics UN32J4000C 32-Inch 720p LED TV (2015 Model)
  • Enjoy a great picture with Samsung 720p high definition (HD), which makes your favorite films and games more detailed, vibrant and clear;Speaker Type : Down Firing + Base Reflex (2CH)
  • Enjoy a clear moving picture resolution at Motion Rate 60 with amazing refresh rate, processing speed and backlight technology.
  • See every image as the director intended with enriched colors - even with older, non-HD content.
  • Power Supply (V): AC110-120V 60Hz

It’s quite telling that if you want a new 1080p TV for less than 200 dollars from the “premium” manufacturers, you need to get a 2015 model. That’s why the list is mostly filled with models from unknown brands – otherwise it would be a list of “TVs” better suited for ants.

Summary
The same summary could be written here than on the one above with the addition of Full HD resolution.
Pros
Reputable manufacturer
Really crisp picture
Good built-in audio
Cons
No Smart TV
Old model
4

Things To Consider – A TV Buyers Quick Cheat Sheet

Size

A general rule of thumb when choosing a TV would be that get as big as you can, but the tight budget will set some limitations to this. The biggest televisions you will find below the 200 mark are 43-inch, but then you will have to leave something else (like integrated Smart TV functionality) off.

Resolution

Resolution comparison graphic

The resolution aspect is really simple on televisions below $200. 4K (also known as UHD) would naturally be the best but we will have to settle for 1080p (Full HD, FHD). Even though the difference between 4K and FHD might sound like a lot on paper, it really isn’t that big of a deal.

Furthermore, the amount of 4K material available is still limited. You will get by with a FHD just fine.

Picture Quality

OLED TV’s with HDR support have the best image quality but they are way out of our price range at the moment. There are still a few factors you should focus on.

High contrast – ultimately meaning that the TV is able to display deep shades of black.

Glossy or matte screen – this often gets neglected (maybe it wouldn’t if somebody came up with a term like UMS, Ultra Matte Screen), but is worth considering because if you are going to watch your TV a lot on bright day light you want your screen to be matte. It eliminates reflections. Once again the budget will set some limitations to this, though.

Features And Design

Most of the specs you will come across are just buzzwords used for marketing purposes – they don’t necessarily tell a lot about the picture quality by themselves. If you are already familiar with the basics of TV specifications and terms you might as well skip this part and hop straight on to our picks.

Smart TV means that the TV has built-in processor and internet connectivity, enabling different applications (mostly streaming platforms such as Netflix and Youtube) to be used without any additional equipment. Even though this is mostly an industry standard these days, the low budget televisions are not always smart TVs. This is not an issue however as there are plenty of great external devices available, such as Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick.

HDMI in layman’s terms is the interface used to connect your devices on your TV. Just make sure that your future TV has enough HDMI ports for all the devices you are about to use on a regular basis.

Design: as the TV will be a big piece of your furniture you naturally want it to look good. If you are planning to wall mount your TV make sure that it is VESA ready, though most new TV’s are by default.

Last update on 2020-08-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API