If budget is your primary purchasing consideration when buying a TV in 2019, the good news is that there’s still a wide variety of great models to choose from. Below, we’ve provided a shortlist of sub-$1,000 models, starting at under $500 and varying in size from 32-inches to a massive 65-inches. 

While there will always be some compromises at these cheaper price points, our selection covers all key requirements. Just be aware that the showroom-discount nature of the Australian market means that you’ll often be able to buy better, so before checking out our best budget television recommendations, you may want to go through our essential tips to buying a cheap TV in 2019 below.

  • While most of the screens you’ll find below are from last year’s stock (hey, it’s not our fault the year’s just begun) we do have our eyes set on some of the best 4K TVs of 2019 that we saw during CES 2019. To that end, keep an eye out for reviews of the LG Signature Series OLED TV R, Sony Master Series Z9G and TCL 8-Series, all of which will be reviewed in the next year.  

Hisense Series 7 50P7

(Image: © Hisense)

1. Hisense Series 7 50P7 (50-inch)

A great 50-inch all-rounder, with both HDR and 4K for well under a grand.

Screen size: 50-inch | Tuner: Freeview | Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 | Panel technology: LCD | Smart TV: VIDAA U 2.5 with RemoteNow | Curved: No | Dimensions: 719 x 1,116 x 204 mm

Very bright

4K resolution and HDR colour

Good local dimming

RemoteNow app not always stable

Minor artifacting around edges

Hisense’s original Series 7 TVs had a legendary status in that they offered better performance than most top-end LCD TVs for a fraction of the price. 

This current 50-inch model doesn’t quite offer the superb contrast that its predecessor did, but the brighter picture does now support HDR10. 

The sticker price of the 50-inch model is $1,099, but it can be found in many major retailers for under $800 – superb value for what is still a high-performing, large, premium TV. 

The bright, colourful 4K picture still holds its own against all top LCDs on the market – some of which cost several times more. 

The remote is responsive, the important apps are present and the sound is impressive. There’s a companion mobile app (RemoteNow) but it’s not always stable. 

In a high-end group test this would be a very-cheap TV, but in a cheap TV group test it’s at the head of the field.