Holiday Gift Guide 2015-2016: Top 10 Best TV's Under $500

For those interested in technology, picking up a new TV set is sometimes both the most fun and most frustrating of tasks. With such a variety on offer and the specs between them all becoming all much the same, it is difficult to know which to go for. That's if you also don't have the added pressure of trying to buy with a budget in mind. Well, if you are in the market for a new TV (or know someone who is) then there are some really good options available and at really good prices. In fact, you just might be surprised what type of TV you can pick up right now for under $500. Here are ten great examples.

Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch TV

Starting off the list of TV's for under $500 is one of the ones which gives you the biggest screen estate for your money. The Sharp AQUOS LC-48LE653U is a 48-inch display TV and highlights that big screens do not always have to come with a big price. Not to mention, this is a Smart TV and will provide direct access to all the best of the apps currently available. As well as its size, this one comes equipped with 20-watts audio, three HDMI ports and a Full HD resolution.

Buy the Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

Samsung UN32J6300 32-Inch TV

With this being a best TV list, it seems almost certain to bring with it a Samsung TV. That said, you might be wondering what you can get for $500 with a Samsung name attached. Well, quite a lot. This one is a 1080p Smart TV and as such, you will have access to all the apps directly from the device. Not to mention, this ones comes with 4 HDMI ports and three USB ports. Although, the downside here is the screen size. This one is much smaller than most of the others and comes in at the 32-inch marker.

Buy the Samsung UN32J6300 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

VIZIO E48-C2 48-Inch TV

Vizio is a company who have always offered quite good value for money and in the sub-500 price bracket, the E48-C2 is no exception. This one comes sporting a 48-inch display and again is a Smart TV and bringing with it all the best in terms of onboard apps. Not to mention, this one also offers a Full HD resolution and three HDMI ports. Although, the compromise here is there is only one USB port on offer.

Buy the VIZIO E48-C2 48-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV on Amazon

Sony KDL40R510C 40-Inch TV

If you're after a big screen and would like Sony attached, then you might not be able to find a Bravia at this price, but that does not mean there are not options. The Sony KDL48R510C is a Smart TV, comes with a 60Hz refresh rate, offers a Full HD resolution and also comes with a large 48-inch display. Again, all for under $500.

Buy the Sony KDL48R510C 48-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

LG Electronics 49LF5500 49-Inch TV

In like every market at the moment, LG is a company making massive strides of late with some real quality products coming though. In terms of TVs, LG also offer some really good products at really good prices. A prime example of this is the LG 49LF5500 TV. This is one of the biggest TVs on this list and comes sporting a 49-inch display. Not to mention, the display is also a Full HD resolution. Included are two HDMI ports and a USB port. Wondering where the catch is? Well, on this one you are sacrificing the Smart TV functionality as it does not come with any. Nothing an over the top box would not fix though.

Buy the LG Electronics 49LF5500 49-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

Sceptre U508CV-UMK 50-Inch TV

While Sceptre may not be a name you automatically associate with a new TV, the benefit of going with a manufacturer different to the most common names is that you usually get more bang for your buck. With the Sceptre U508CV-UMK, this has never been more true. This one comes with a massive  50-inch display which does not offer Full HD but does instead come sporting Ultra HD resolution. Yep, this is a 4K TV and priced under $500. So if Ultra HD is what you are after, then this might be one to consider It also comes with three HDMI ports and a single USB port.

Buy the Sceptre U508CV-UMK 50-Inch Glass 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV on Amazon

Samsung UN40J6200 40-Inch TV

This is the second Samsung TV to make the under $500 list and if the last one was a little on the small side then this might be better for you. The Samsung UN40J6200 does come sporting a 40-inch display and it is a Full HD resolution display. Not to mention, this is also a Smart TV to boot. Included are two HDMI ports and two USB ports. So all in all not greatly different to the 32-inch already discussed. Although, the other model does come with extra connection ports and is reviewed more favorably.

Buy the Samsung UN40J6200 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

TCL 50FS3800 50-Inch TV

If you are looking for a feature-rich option for under $500 then one to currently check out is the TCL 50FS3800. This one comes loaded with a 50-inch display which also offers a Full HD resolution. However, a well as the three HDMI ports and one USB port, this one also comes equipped with Roku installed as its smart platform. So a great option for those looking for a big movie TV which won't break the bank.

Buy the TCL 50FS3800 50-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

Hisense 40H4C 40-Inch TV

If 50-inches sounds a little too big but you like the idea of a more feature-heavy TV then take a look at the Hisense 40H4C. This is a smaller 40-inch set which again offers a Full HD resolution. Not to mention, that like the TCL one, this also comes equipped with Roku TV inside. Not forgetting, there are three HDMI ports and a single USB port to add additional hardware when you need.

Buy the Hisense 40H4C 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED Roku TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

LG Electronics 42LF5600 42-Inch TV

Closing out today's list of TVs under $500 is another LG. However, unlike the earlier one, this one does not come with an as big screen. On offer here is the LG 42LF5600 and this one comes equipped with a 42-inch display which does sport a Full HD resolution. In fact, due to the smaller size, the screen on this one offers a very rich viewing experience. Although connections are a little more limited with only two HDMI ports on offer. The other compromise with this one is that it is not Smart enabled.

Buy the LG Electronics 42LF5600 42-Inch 1080p LED TV (2015 Model) on Amazon

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John Anon

John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]