Amazon's bestselling $160 sale TV may be cheap, but is it worth it?

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor

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Amazon is known for their daily sales and affordable electronics, and one of their most recent deals is no exception. 

Right now the online giant is offering huge savings on smart TVs, and one top pick truly stands out among the rest. Currently, the 32” TCL 32S325 Smart LED TV is on sale for just $160, down from its already-affordable price of $220. 

What is it?

As one of the most affordable brands on the market, the TCL S325 series is an excellent budget pick if you’re looking for an inexpensive smart television — it was even rated as one of the top value picks from CNET. At just 32”, it’s at the small end of most televisions on the market, but it makes a great choice for secondary viewing areas or if you’re trying to stick to a tight budget. 

With built-in Roku streaming, this TV comes included with everything you’ll need to connect to the internet, as well as to your favourite streaming services. It also features thousands of digital channels to choose from thanks to the Roku TV app.

What shoppers are saying

The key selling feature for this inexpensive TV has to be the integrated Roku technology, which easily connects this TV to streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime without the need for any external devices. It also connects to the Roku companion app on your phone, turning your smartphone into your very own entertainment guide.  

“The Roku app is awesome. It allows you to use your phone as a remote,” shared one reviewer. “TV is very sleek looking with pretty respectable bezels. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new TV.”

“Roku programming works well, with lots of free options,” added another. “Love that remote is small and works very well. For the price I am extremely pleased!”

But on the flip side, this TV doesn’t come with state of the art audio, and only offers 720p resolution. If you’re after the highest quality HD viewing, you may want to pass on this budget buy. 

“I bought these on special and they are really worth the penny, as long as you aren't too close because it is still a 720p image quality,” noted one reviewer. “The smart TV feature is a big win on the other hand.” 

TCL 32S325 Smart LED TV. Image via Amazon.

The verdict

If you’re in the market for an affordable television, this one may be a great option for use in a room where it won’t be the main viewing screen. However, its lower resolution and small screen size do make the TCL 32S325 Smart LED TV an attractive option for places like a guest room, cottage, or vacation home where resolution and screen size aren’t your primary concern. 

A sub-$200 price range also means that this TV isn’t a huge cost investment, which makes it another great choice for spaces like dorms, or if price is your top criteria when shopping. 

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