Best budget TVs under £500

LG 42LN575V (£470)

Best for: an all-round experience

If it’s not enough to have a TV – if it has to have some whistles and bells attached – don’t look any further. This LG LED-backlit LCD is packing plenty of functionality, of which integrated wi-fi, USB recording, 3 HDMI inputs, Freeview HD tuner and a wealth of easy-to-access smart features are among the most obvious. And none of these features appear at the expense of picture quality, which is stable, vivid and completely absorbing throughout.

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Samsung UE32F6400 (£470)

Best for: straightforward desirability

The list of what the Samsung will do you for you (including provide excellent catch-up TV services, voice control, thoroughly accomplished pictures in both 2D and 3D, and remarkably coherent sound by flatscreen standards) is extensive. What’s less tangible but equally is true is just how desirable the UE32F6400 is. Super-slim, with a really narrow bezel and an elegant ‘claw’ stand, it looks the business even before you turn it on.

LG 50PA650T (£500)

Best for: huge high-def thrills

Yes, this 50in LG plasma’s a fair bit more expensive than the 50in Panasonic plasma in this list. But you’ll find the extra outlay has gone on the right stuff – namely a full-HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. For £500 (or less if you’re dogged), LG will sell you a big, good-looking and well-made plasma TV that can deliver detailed pictures, an easy-to-use EPG and Freeview HD reception. There’s really no arguing with it at the money.

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