The best TVs under £300

Buying a new telly doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Watch all of your favourite shows without compromising on quality with our top picks of TVs under £300

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Buying a TV can be tricky business. LED, LCD, 4K, HD, OLED, OLEG; it can be a minefield of terminology. And if you’re looking for a TV that won’t break the bank, you might be thinking you won’t be able to find anything for under £300 to suit your needs, but you are wrong. 

There are many televisions now available for as little as almost £100 that will still provide you with, at the very least, HD viewing for all your TV shows and movies. If you’re looking for 4K or OLED, then you will need to go up a price bracket, but you can definitely still get some great quality LED and LCD screens, which still have excellent resolution for all your viewing needs. LED screens will save you money in the long run, too, as they tend to use less energy, plus they are usually very lightweight and thin which is perfect for mounting your TV on the wall. 

Most TV’s these days are known as Smart TV’s. What this means is they work with your home Wi-Fi to connect to other devices and to allow you to stream or watch TV on demand through certain apps such as YouTube or Netflix -  be sure to check this before you buy as not all TV’s are smart as standard. Then the last thing to consider is the size. For under £300, you will struggle to get anything larger than 40 inch. However, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to picture quality. 32 inch is usually a popular size, especially for TVs being placed in bedrooms or kitchens. 

We’ve picked out some of the best value for money TVs currently on the market, all coming in at under £300, and all at least HD ready. Which one will be your ideal screen?

1. Samsung T32E390SX LED TV

This Samsung smart TV has crisp quality and is excellent value

Specifications
Best for: Quality
Screen Size: 32”
*Screen Resolution: 1920x1080
Dimensions: HWD42.4x72.1x6.6cm
Reasons to buy
+ Smart hub + Crisp sound and images 
Reasons to avoid
- Slightly slow start up  

This TV may be at the top of our price bracket, but it’s also at the top of our list for its excellent quality that makes it worth paying top notch for. Those who bought this TV said that installation was a breeze, and that picture quality is surprisingly crisp and the sound outstanding. It is a smart TV so you can get all of your TV apps set up and the remote control is reportedly very intuitive. The screen size is ideal for watching movies, especially if put into movie mode as informed by one reviewer. It’s slim frame also allows for this TV to stand or be mounted on the wall, so all in all this is definitely worth paying top of the range for the extra quality.  

2. Sony KDL32WE613BU Smart TV

Easy setup and HDR technology for the most vivid colours

Specifications
Best for: Colour and contrast
Screen Size: 32”
*Screen Resolution: 1366x768
Dimensions: HWD 44x73x7cm
Reasons to buy
+ HDR technology + 70+ freeview channels 
Reasons to avoid
- Smart features not that smart 

If picture quality is what you’re most concerned about when it comes to buying a TV under £300, then this TV from Sony is highly rated for its colour and contrast. The HDR technology means that each and every image is crisp and clear and customers cannot fault it for the price. On the other hand, if it’s a smart TV you’re after, you’re better off opting for the Samsung. Reviews are unanimous that the mart hub aspect of this TV isn’t very user friendly and the Wi-Fi connectivity is a little off at times. If watching movies in high definition is all you’re after, this TV will do nicely.  

3. Hitachi Freeview Play LED Smart TV

An interactive TV to keep all the family happy

Specifications
Best for: Families
Screen Size: 32”
*Screen Resolution: 1920x1080
Dimensions: HWD43.7x73.5x9cm
Reasons to buy
+ LED screen + Built-in DVD player 
Reasons to avoid
- Only HD ready 

This Hitachi TV has a surprising amount of features for the price, and you can keep all of the family entertained as it gives you loads of different viewing options. It has a built-in DVD player, for when there is nothing on the many Freeview channels available, and you can also connect to the Wi-Fi and customise your hub to include all of your favourite apps including Netflix, Amazon Prime, iPlayer, YouTube and many more. You can even browse the web and access social media on this TV, so everyone is happy. Some of the images may not be as clear as full HD TVs, but reviewers say it is totally worth the purchase for all the smart hub features.  

4. Toshiba 32L3753DB LED Full HD Smart TV

A user-friendly smart TV that you can also connect to your smart device

Specifications
Best for: Smart hub
Screen Size: 32”
*Screen Resolution: 1920x1080
Dimensions: HWD 43.7x73.5x9cm
Reasons to buy
+ Connect to your smartphone/tablet + Pause and playback live TV 
Reasons to avoid
- Sound a little bit tinny when loud 

This Toshiba TV is rated very highly for both its picture quality and its smart hub capabilities. This television can connect to your smartphone or device to stream videos or images, and you’ll have all the usual connections to social media and television apps. Those who have this TV have also highly commended it for use with gaming platforms such as XBOX and PlayStation due to its crisp picture quality. The sound can be a little tinny when you turn the volume up loud, however this could easily be resolved by connection your own speakers when watching movies or gaming. Overall customers found this TV very easy to install and use, it’s also extremely light which could be beneficial for those who wish to mount it on a wall. 

5. Samsung Series 4 UE32J4500 Widescreen TV

With images this clear, you don’t need a bigger screen to enjoy all your favourite movies

Specifications
Best for: Picture quality
Screen Size: 32”
*Screen Resolution: 1366x768
Dimensions: HWD 44.22x74.54x6.9cm
Reasons to buy
+ Full HD + No need for an extra Freeview box 
Reasons to avoid
- Sound lets it down 

This full HD TV is said to have fantastic picture quality, so if the Samsung TV in our top spot is just a little out of your price range, this Samsung is the next best thing. It has been said to make a great bedroom TV, as although the visuals are great, the sound can let it down at times. However, reviews have said the sound isn’t bad, but an improvement would have made this TV the whole package. For watching in a small room, you can expect picture and sound to work beautifully together. 

6. Bush HD Ready Smart TV

A smaller screen ideal for bedrooms or kitchens

Specifications
Best for: Smaller rooms
Screen Size: 24”
*Screen Resolution: 1366x768
Dimensions: HWD 33.6x55.4x6.1cm
Reasons to buy
+ Built-in DVD player + Wi-Fi enabled 
Reasons to avoid
- Only HD ready 

If you’re looking for a TV for your spare room, or you promised the kids they could finally have a TV in their room, then this 24 inch TV could be just the right size for smaller rooms. It has a built-in DVD player as well as a smart hub, so despite its size it is still jam-packed full of features. It’s simple to set up and is said to do an excellent job for the price. An ideal purchase for a second TV.  

7. LG 22MT49DF Full HD TV

The cheapest on the list, but still surprisingly impressive

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Screen Size: 22”
*Screen Resolution: 1920x1080
Dimensions: HWD 31.7x50.8x5.3cm
Reasons to buy
+ Full HD + Can be used as a computer monitor 
Reasons to avoid
- Not a smart TV 

If you’re on a budget or you just need a replacement screen, this 22 inch HD TV is a great little purchase that can be used to watch television or can be used as a computer monitor, and users find it works great with games consoles. The TV doesn’t have a smart hub, but you can still watch all your favourite Freeview channels in full HD. This TV is small and slim so could easily be mounted or placed out of the way in any room of the house.