4 HDR TVs Under $700 For Chromecast Ultra

Chromecast Ultra
Chromecast Ultra (Image credit: Android Central)

So you just picked up one of Google's newest Chromecast Ultra and now you want a great HDR TV to take full advantage of it? There are a number of great options available that come in a variety of sizes and prices, and picking the right one can be a difficult task. Each brand offers a slightly different look, some have smaller bezels than others, and others may just appeal more to your personal style, so let's take a look at some of the best options available right now.

Samsung UN40KU7000 40-inch

Samsung 40-inch

Samsung has been making great TV sets for years, and is a brand that many tend to gravitate towards when considering a new option for their living room. In the recent years, Samsung has really refined its design, bringing the bezels down to some of the slimmest available while adding some great smart features at the same time. Picture quality is usually not a concern when it comes to Samsung panels, and that holds true with this model as well.

From CNET's review:

The set supports HDR (high dynamic range) content in HDR10 format only. It lacks the Dolby Vision HDR support found on Vizio's and LG's 2016 HDR TVs. It's still too early to determine whether one HDR format is "better" than the other, and I definitely don't consider lack of Dolby Vision a deal breaker on this TV — instead it's just one more factor to consider.

The KU7000 series offers a great sharp picture, and the TV has super slim bezels. You'll notice the whole TV is extremely thin, and the Smart Remote makes navigating the menus and apps on the television even easier. The KU7000 comes in 40-, 43-, 49-, 55- and 65 inch versions, so you can find the right size for your room, with prices starting at just under $550.

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Hisense 50H8C 50-inch

Hisense 50

Hisense may not be a common household name in many places, but that doesn't mean you should overlook its television sets. Over the past few years the company has made huge improvements to its sets, adding a number of key features that people look for when buying their next television. From its built-in smart features to HDR compatibility and more, you get a whole lot more than you would imagine when buying the Hisense 50H8C.

From PCMag's review of the TV:

The Hisense 50H8C offers very good performance at a very low price for a 4K television. Even with its excellent color accuracy, though, it fails to stand out in the rapidly expanding budget 4K category. Hisense's Linux-based, Android-like smart TV interface is a bit awkward compared with the more accessible systems used in Roku TVs, and the fact that only half of the HDMI ports are HDMI 2.0 (and those ports are the less conveniently placed ones) hinder this otherwise strong television.

It may not offer all the bells and whistles that some other sets do, or the best performance, but for the price it is hard to beat this one. You can pick up the 50-inch Hisense for just $500 at many retailers, making it quite a deal.

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LG Electronics 43UH6100 43-inch

LG 43-inch

LG is another one of the big names in the home theater space, and for good reason. Over the years LG has made some reliable television sets that have continued to push the envelope. From adding webOS to its sets, to pushing the limits on the panel, LG has kept itself relevant in the space. The company offers a variety of models at all different price tags, but the lower cost models aren't any worse when it comes to quality.

From user reviews in the AVS Forum:

Initally I wanted to get the 43UH6100 see how I liked it, and decide to spend more on the UH6500 or move to something like the M43. But as far as I can tell I am really happy with the UH6100 and I am not sure its worth the hassle of a return to BB and then having to order the UH6500 (only available to me from online - Amazon is where I was going to go). I could get a bad panel and then have to deal with online returns and exchanges. Unless someone can say that the UH6500 is a must have improvement over the UH6100.

When compared to other models, it appears as though the UH6100 offers great performance at a more affordable price point. You'll have solid HDR performance, a decent amount of available ports, and nice thin bezels to make it look great, even when powered off. Coming in at right around $600, this one is a bit more expensive than some of the other options, but if you prefer LG it is a great choice.

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VIZIO SmartCast M-Series 50-inch

Vizio M Series

VIZIO started off making lower-end televisions at more affordable prices. Over the years, the company has stepped up its quality and functionality, and now it is a bigger player in the market. With the new SmartCast M-Series you'll notice stunning colors, plenty of ports to hook up your must-have devices, and even an Android-powered remote. That's right, the included 6-inch tablet remote runs on Android Lollipop and allows you to log into your Google account to easily access all of your existing content that is tied to your account.

From B&H's hands-on review (opens in new tab):

A notable addition to the entire 2016 lineup of VIZIO's M series displays is the ability to handle 4K HDR video. While UHD 4K resolution is pretty common these days, High Dynamic Range (HDR) is just beginning to spread its wings. HDR itself isn't a new technology—camera enthusiasts have been familiar with its ability to deliver enhanced contrast and color reproduction for years. As it currently stands, there are two competing HDR standards, known as HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Thankfully, VIZIO realizes the last thing its consumers want to deal with is another format war.

Beyond HDR support, VIZIO has also added support for many smart TV functions, so you'll be able to browse the web and more right from your TV. VIZIO is offering a few different sizes ranging from 50-inches all the way up to 80-inches, but its priced higher than most others. The 50-inch comes in at $700, but the price seems justified based on the quality you are getting here.

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Your favorite?

Do you have a preferred HDR TV that isn't listed here? If so, be sure to drop a link with a description in the comments so that others can check it out as well!

If you don't already have a Chromecast Ultra, now is a great time to pick one up. You can grab one from the Google Store, Best Buy and select other retailers as well.

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Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
  • Not trolling but I seriously do not understand how google intends to sell a single Chromecast Ultra. The Xiaomi Mi box @ Walmart is the exact same cost @ $69.99. It is also 4K, comes with a voice search remote, gets updates directly from google as does every android tv and has cast capability. Kind of surprised no one asked this of google at the 10/4 event.
  • I would much rather own a Chromecast Ultra than the other, personal preference. I don't need any of the other stuff, nor do I want it.
  • You have a complete misunderstanding of the appeal of Chromecast. It's about speed (speed of getting content on screen) and simplicity.
  • The only thing that would be more complicated with the mi box is the setup. Casting is exactly the same as a chromecast
  • I'm with you nexus15. i prefer Android TV over Chromecast. Google should be pricing the ultra at a lower price point.
  • I would take Chromecast any day over whatever cheap Android based STB you offer me.
  • Exactly. The Shield TV is the only Android STB worth buying, and while I absolutely love mine, it is *way* more expensive than the Chromecast Ultra. I can absolutely see why someone with a 4K TV would go for a CCU.
  • The MiBox is underpowered, understoraged, underconnected, and underpantsed.
  • P75-C1 is on my watch list.
  • Worth mentioning that the Vizio has Google Cast built in. Not 4k but no chromecast dongle needed if you're fine a the lower resolution.
  • Thanks for the info
  • Wny isn't it 4K? I have a lower model Vizio 4K 55" (E55u-D0) in the bedroom and its Google Cast does 4K just fine. I've streamed both Netflix and Youtube in 4K successfully. Before you say it, I did check the resolution to confirm that it was coming in as 4K.
  • Yeah, I have the E series also, it does stream in 4K when using the internal Cast target.
  • Got a Vizio E-series 55-inch for $599. It is 4k and has HDR plus an inbuilt Chromecast already although it lacks the Android tablet remote (you can use your phone and/or the included "dumb" remote instead) and a TV tuner so you'd have to buy that separately if you need local OTA channels. Works fine for me...
  • Yep. That's the one I have in my bedroom. Works great and streams 4K via Google Cast. It's anecdotal but it seems to respond even faster than my v2 Chromecast in the living room. Last night I made a reference to The Police's "Wrapped Around Your Finger" video to my wife and decided to show her what I was talking about. It took about five seconds for the TV to switch to the Google Cast and start playing the video. I didn't have to even change inputs. It's awesome.
  • Thanks for the tip! I'm in the market for a decently priced HDR TV, and I may look into this one.
  • Actually, it doesn't have HDR, it has "local dimming." That's OK, it's enough for me, I have the same one. :) I also have a leftover Nexus 6, so now I have an "Android Tablet remote" :)
  • Sorry for the misinformation, everyone. No, it doesn't have HDR. It is UHD. I mixed up acronyms...
  • Also, ports matter.. I will never buy a TV with less than 4 HDMI along with the other ports. It def comes in handy. Oddly enough, at similar price points, the "bigger brands" usually have LESS ports for some reason...
  • Vizio is good for this. Even their E-series 4K TVs have four HDMI inputs this year. Plus, with Google Cast built-in that's one less HDMI input taken up.
  • Yep. My M series TV has five HDMI ports, although only one allows 4K.
  • LeEco
  • I'd argue that Vizio SmartCast TVs are the WORST choice to use "with" a Chromecast. On the other hand, if you want to cast without needing a Chromecast, they're awesome. Why? They have it built in, so why would you buy a Chomecast Ultra for one? Their built-in Cast tarket even supports 4k!
  • Exactly, and I find it faster than using a regular Chromecast. Also, my TV is in the very upper corner of my house where I often struggle to get good WiFi. The Vizio's WiFi has been stellar. It streams 4K without a single buffer so far.
  • I always thought chromecast was for people who already have a tv. that's how I ended up with 3. But if you are shopping for a new tv, wouldn't you find one that includes cast capabilities built-in? or is that not a thing?
  • I have the LG 49UH6100 and love it! I have a M series Vizio in my living room with local dimming and it does not compare to my LG at all. I recommend that LG and bought it open box for 539.99 I believe from best buy. I bought they extended warranty but have had no problems with it and the picture is great on it.
  • If someone is preferring Android TV, the Sony Android TV is a 4K TV and obviously has cast receiving built in as well and is not terribly expensive at Best Buy.
  • I purchased the Samsung 40 inch TV listed in this article in Decmber 2016 to replace an off brand 32 inch TV purchased in 2007. Very clear picture. Many picture "modes" and built in support for Netflix and Hulu. I have yet to rent 4K UHD content, Only HDMI port 1 handles HDR, so I may get a DVD Player or Xbox One S and connect it to the TV. I picked this TV maily for the other features. HDR10 on HDMI 1 was just an added bonus to have "in case" I decide to upgrade to a DVD player. I do have a 3rd Generation Apple TV , but that doesn't do 4K anyway!
  • I feel like the cart is in front of the horse with the Chromecast Ultra and 4K right now-- the set manufacturers are cutting deals with the 4K UHD content providers to make sure that their new hardware has the app built in. I see the Chromecast being a lot more useful in a few years when those apps are abandoned. But for now, pass the remote and bring on The Grand Tour in all its 4K, UHD glory!
  • Hit the nail on the head... I recently bought a 65" Samsung 8000 series, and I love the included apps. I returned my Chromecast ultra because I'll mostly be using this tv for movies and games only.
  • No mention of any TCL model?
  • I got a fire TV gaming edition with Alexa for like $120. It updates all the time, had casting baked into it and is 4K for when I decide to waste some money on a new TV. It's also infinitely more reliable than my 2nd gen Chromecast Googlecast WTF they are calling it today.
  • Lg oled55c6p.
  • At least the Visio models give you the free non selectable option to spy on all your tv viewing habits and sell them without your consent...
    DO NOT BUY VISIO/LeEco! Chinese spy for profit companies!!!!!
    Think they will stop after a small slap ontl the wrist? Hahahahaha.