Best Cheap 4K TVs for Chromecast Android Central 2020
Looking into a 4K TV to use with your Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra can be confusing. There are tons of options out there, each with their own little quirks. There are fantastic TVs at the high end of the market, but those cost thousands of dollars. If you don't have that much room in your budget, don't sweat it: there are many cheaper TVs out there that can deliver a satisfying picture.
- Clearly Smart: LG UM7300PUA w/ AI ThinQ
- No extra cables: Vizio M-Series
- Tremendous Value: TCL 55R625
- The Juggernaut: Samsung RU7100
- Just Enough: TCL S425
- Straight Fire: Toshiba Fire TV
- Cast built-in: Hisense 55H8F
- Sony vision: Sony X800G
LG remains one of the main providers of quality panels at every level of the TV industry and the UM7300PUA is no different. LG's claim to fame is its custom tone mapping technology that analyzes each scene to deliver the most accurate picture possible. Alongside the excellent 4K HDR panel, the new webOS release includes smart assistant support from the likes of Google Assistant.
The Vizio P-Series is interesting in that these TVs have Chromecast built-in, so you wouldn't even need to buy a Chromecast if you didn't want to. It also has great features like local dimming and Dolby Vision, giving you the perfect panel to watch all your favorite movies and play your favorite games on.
TCL has become one of the most respected brands in the TV industry as of late, thanks to its excellent budget-friendly TVs with features that are normally only found on sets that cost hundreds of dollars more. 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, local dimming, and a great Roku Smart TV user interface — those are all the things you get in this 55-inch model without having to break the bank.
Samsung continues to attack the mid-range market with great TVs. The RU7100 series decidedly keys in on essential technologies like HDR 10+ with scene-by-scene optimization, a high dynamic range, wide color gamut, and a high response rate for the clearest image. Its Smart TV interface is also one of the best in the business, and it works especially well for folks with Samsung smartphones.
If you're in need of a super cheap TV that can get the job done, look no further than the TCL S425. The 55-inch model can regularly be found under $400, and it'll give you a 4K Smart LED panel that, while not loaded with picture-enhancing features, can hold its own for your upgraded content needs.
Toshiba has one of the better value 4K HDR TVs on the market in its Fire TV. It uses Amazon's Fire OS platform for apps and games, which means Alexa is there to help you find the content you need using nothing but your voice.
The Hisense 55H8F is a great pick for those who don't already have a Chromecast as it has one already built-in. The 55H8F combines HDR with dimming zones and Motion Rate 240 for a fantastic viewing experience. Plus, with Android TV on board, you can control everything with just your voice, with ease.
The Sony X800G not only brings HDR10, Motion Flow XR, and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, but it also has an Android TV built-in. Sony promises upscaling for a more natural picture for all of your viewing pleasure, plus you get the benefits of Google Assistant and Chromecast with the Android TV.
Which is the best for your Chromecast?
We especially like LG's new ThinQ TVs with built-in Alexa and Google Assistant, an excellent webOS-based user experience, and top-class panels. The LG UM7300PUA has all that and more, and it won't cost you a mortgage and a half to get it.
There are more and more televisions being released with either Android TV or a Chromecast built right into them. For those situations, we recommend the Vizio M-Series due to its low-price point and overall quality of the TVs. On top of having a built-in Chromecast, the M-Series offers up to 600 nits of brightness, dimming zones, and Vizio's Quantum Color technology for better color representation.
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