A new TV is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your viewing experience at home — but with HD TVs giving way to 4K, 5K and even 8K resolution that can cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
It can be tricky to know whether or not you’re getting the best deal for your budget. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the top rated 4K TVs for under $500 CAD that will deliver high quality image without breaking the bank.
What is 4K?
Sometimes called “Ultra HD” or “UHD,” 4K resolution has become the new standard for picture quality. The K refers to the amount of horizontal lines running across the screen to create a detailed image. 4K has 4,096 horizontal lines, compared to the standard 1,920 in HD televisions, which helps explain why there’s superior detail and image clarity when watching your favourite shows and movies.
With a solid 4.8/5 rating from satisfied Walmart customers, the Hisense 55” 4K LED TV is the perfect choice for those looking for an ultra-thin TV that delivers high quality picture.
Customer review: “This TV is amazing, it has everything you could need. The colour is crisp and vibrant, the sound is excellent, no issues at all. Has different video inputs, usb option, Chromecast, apps like Netflix, and YouTube and you can download more. Has a Bluetooth remote with mic button so you can ask questions, find certain movies or apps without typing what you’re looking for. You can connect your Android phone or tablet to the tv. Very easy to setup, walks you right thorough everything. The tv is huge, and it looks great. My hubby especially loves it for watching sports. Overall it is a very impressive Smart Tv.”
SHOP IT: Walmart, $498
Enjoy sharp clear picture with this 50” TV from Sharp that comes preloaded with apps such as Netflix and YouTube so you can start binge-watching your favourite shows right away.
Customer review: “Great colours, great with gaming consoles. Looks great no matter what you’re using it for.”
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $400
With a 4.6/5-star reviews on Amazon, enjoy true-to-life 4K picture quality with over 8 million pixels for superior clarity and colour contrast. Watch thousands of channels and use your favourite apps thanks to built-in Fire TV with Alexa compatibility.
Customer review: “Why did I wait so long to buy this TV? I keep asking myself that. I love it! Got it at a fantastic price on Prime Day 2019. Had it delivered in less than two days. Mounted it on the wall and was watching tv in our bedroom that evening. You can pause and rewind live tv, watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, and install any number of apps since it's basically a fire stick built into the tv itself. Since it's Android, you can install games and apps and hook up Bluetooth controllers to play the games.”
SHOP IT: Amazon, $470
Access more than 500,000 movies and TV shows with Roku TV with lifelike images, vibrant colour contrast and mobile app access to use as a voice activated remote or keyboard.
Customer review: “For the price I paid, I am very happy with the TV. It communicates with my home computers perfectly and even though my technical skills suck, I had zero trouble hooking everything up. Love the big screen, can't wait for the next NHL or NFL game.”
SHOP IT: Amazon, $450
With a 4.5/5 star rating from more than 2,100 customers, this is another option with the Fire TV built in. This Toshiba 4K UHD Smart TV offers high picture quality and Alexa compatibility to sync with your smart home devices.
Customer review: “Huge fan on Toshiba TVs and currently own three of them. This TV is fantastic. The sound is great, the picture is great and the features are outstanding. I hardly ever even turn on the regular cable box because I use the streaming built into the TV more often. This is an incredible TV for an incredible price.”
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $500
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