Best TV's under $500

April 21st, 2017

You're finally out of the dorm and in your first apartment! Congrats! Now all you need is to decorate your space, and you're well on your way to being a certified real Adult. And what's the first thing that every new home must have these days? A tv, and the larger the better, but this can quickly become expensive, so we rounded up the biggest and baddest TV's under $500 so you can watch Scandal in style!

1. TCL 43S305 43-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model) ($319.99) - This is a great starter TV for any new home, not just a first apartment. It comes with the increasingly popular Roku system that allows you to stream all of your subscriptions easily and effortlessly. If you're looking for something a little larger, try their 50" (but slightly older) model for $379.99. If you're just looking for the cheapest Roku you can find, try their 32" model for $169.99

2. Samsung UN50J5000 50-Inch 1080p LED TV (2015 Model) ($477.99) - a little more expensive than other models, but this screen will have you drooling with its enhanced color system, designed to work even on older tv shows and movies. While it doesn't promise to add color to black-and-white shows, it does promise to offer "the color as the director intended".

3. VideoSecu ML531BE TV Wall Mount ($24.99) - Okay, okay, we know, this technically isn't a TV, but hanging TV's are all the rage. Seriously, TV stands are sooo 2016. Hang any TV up to 55" with this nifty little wall mount, adjust the angle or just swivel it around for fun (you know you want to).


4. Sceptre X415BV-FMQR 40-Inch Full HD LED TV ($249.99) - Now this, this is the best deal for a 40" TV you will find anywhere on the internet. We were even surprised we found it. It comes with a whopping 3 HDMI ports and is Roku-ready. You can also easily ditch the stand and mount it if you'd like. 

5. Sceptre C325W-1920R 32-Inch Curved Monitor ($225.09) - If you'd like to get into the curved TV game but don't want to spend thousands of dollars, this 32" Sceptre is a great starter model. Get "oohs" and "aahs" from every guest when they lay eyes on your curved living room centerpiece. 

What was your first TV purchase out of college? Or are you forgoing a TV entirely and opting to watch Netflix in bed instead? Let us know!

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