Samsung PN51E450 (51-inch plasma)

Can you get a good TV for less than $500? Judging from the sets on this list, which range from 32 to 51 inches and from $250 to $500, our answer is an enthusiastic "yes."

The Samsung PN51E450 is a 51-inch TV with picture quality that outdoes anything else on this list. In other words, it's the best TV you can buy for less than $500. The 43-inch version is also a steal at about $430. Read full review
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TCL L40FHDP60 (40-inch LCD)

Around $300 and a decent picture? Bigger is always better for TVs, and the extra screen you get from the TCL L40FHDP60 compared with similarly priced 32-inch sets makes all the difference. Read full review
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Vizio E422VLE (42-inch LCD)

Although not the greatest choice from a picture quality perspective, this 42-inch Vizio earns a place on this list by including Smart TV. Read full review
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Toshiba 32C120U (32-inch LCD)

You could buy two of this relatively no-nonsense Toshiba TV for $500. The best part? Its picture quality is better than any other 32-inch set we've tested. Read full review
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Vizio E320i-A0 (32-inch LED)

With a price tag around $300, this Smart Vizio out-features any TV at its price. Read full review
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Samsung UN32EH4000 (32-inch LED)

Why would you buy this Samsung over the other 32-inchers on the list? Style and polish. Read full review
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Toshiba 40L5200U

Toshiba has released some excellent budget TVs this year and the 40L5200U is no exception. Read full review
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Toshiba 40E220U

The Toshiba 40E220U LCD offers up good image quality for very little money. Read full review
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Samsung E550 series

The Samsung E550 is a decent television for the money. Read full review
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