Today's high-end tablets can reach $1000 with ease. That's not exactly budget-friendly...

Thankfully, there's also a decent selection of entry-level and mid-range tablets designed to give you taste of the tablet experience without breaking the bank.

With options from $50 to $300 and everything in between, we've got you covered with the best budget tablets available.


Best Tablets Under $50

You're probably thinking, "Can I really get a tablet for under $50?"

Yes you can. Some budget options are shockingly good even.

At least for the price...

But before you drop your hard-earned money, we wanted to talk just a second about expectations.

While there are reliable picks at this price point, you will not want to use them to edit video or play the latest high-end games.

They’re mostly designed for streaming video, checking email, or surfing the web.

But if that’s all you’re looking for in a tablet, why spend more?

Amazon Fire 7

Costing less than dinner and a movie with friends, the Fire 7 is one of the cheapest tablets available in 2019. But it makes a few compromises to hit that ultra-low price.

Reviewers all note that the tablet is sluggish. From long boot times to delays while installing or launching apps, the tablet isn’t for anyone in a hurry. That said, once things load, it runs along smoothly enough -- even when browsing media-heavy websites or playing basic games.

With 8 to 16GB of storage, you’ll have plenty of room for a nice collection of your favorite apps and media. You can also add a microSD card to increase storage by up to 256GB.

With the smaller 7-inch display, the 1024-by-600 fares okay but it’s not exactly eye-popping. Reviewers found detail slightly lacking but did not complain of obvious pixelation or color issues.

Like all Amazon tablets, you’re limited to the Amazon App Store. So this means no official Google App support. If you were hoping to use the tablet to check your Gmail accounts or watch YouTube videos, you must stick to the browser. Otherwise, most popular apps are just a few taps away.


What others are saying...

With more than 46,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4-star rating, the Fire 7’s reputation speaks for itself. While reviews aren’t flawless, most agree the tablet is hard to beat for the price.

Trusted Reviews sums up opinions well, saying, “... The updated Amazon Fire 7 remains a good deal, all things considered. If you don’t have high expectations and go in fully aware of what to expect, the Fire 7 is a respectable enough tablet.

Gotta Be Mobile was equally pleased, saying, “Despite the budget hardware, I like the $50 Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet. ... For the price, I can’t complain too much about the wide bezel and low resolution screen. The battery life is good, even if it’s not great. And the new Fire OS 5 feels fluid and runs smoothly.


Bottom Line…
While the Fire 7 won’t top benchmarks, it’s an affordable option for those looking for a taste of what tablets offer or just want something on the cheap for casual use. Read Review

Price: Starting at $49.99
Get it from: Amazon 

RCA Voyager

The RCA Voyager is one of the lowest price tablets you’ll find from a major brand.

It’s 7-inch screen won’t make movies and games come to life, but it’s larger than most phones and -- perhaps more importantly -- keeps the tablet super portable. According to reviews, viewing angles aren’t stellar -- but then you’re not likely to watch a tablet from across the room.

The tablet comes with 16GB of storage. This is plenty to get started but there’s also a microSD slot if want to add more space later.

In terms of power, the tablet is defintely closer to the bottom of the charts. The 1.2GHz quad-core processor is slower than most. But if you’re patient in waiting for apps to load, reviews indicate it chugs along steadily afterward.

As with most tablets, the camera on the RCA Voyager is an afterthought. It’ll get you through video chats but not much else. Even then, be sure to have plenty of lighting.

The biggest perk to the RCA Voyager is full Google Play support. This means you can read emails in Gmail, stream video from YouTube, or edit a Google Doc without having to resort to the web browser.


What others are saying…

The tablet enjoys a 3-star rating with nearly 4000 reviews on Walmart.com.

CNet calls the RCA Voyager “... a very modest tablet for a hard-to-beat price.

Notebook Review says, “The RCA Voyager has a lot to offer those who want a very affordable tablet. The screen is probably its best feature, though the robust speaker is nice too. Just be aware that performance is just adequate, and the same goes for battery life.


Bottom Line…
The RCA Voyager is about as basic as a tablet gets. Build quality won’t feel super premium and performance is less than snappy. But then the price is one of the lowest on offer from a reputable company.

Price: $39.99
Get it from: Walmart

Lenovo Tab E7

Squeaking in just under the $50 mark, the Lenovo Tab E7 offers a budget-friendly option for those that want a more up-to-date software experience.

Unlike most budget tablets, you’ll find Android Oreo Go already installed instead of a version two or three versions old. This means fewer worries about app compatibility or security. This version of Android is also optimized for low-power tablets.

However, like most of the other budget picks, the tablet isn’t exactly speedy. Reviewers had issues with playing the latest games at full settings and apps take a few extra seconds to load up. Still, most found performance tolerable for the basic tasks such as checking email, streaming video, or surfing the web.

The tablet includes 8GB of storage with support for microSD cards up to 128GB if need more. There’s also full support for the Google Play Store. So you can use Google’s official apps such as Gmail and YouTube.

The weakest points of the tablet are the cameras and screen. While the cameras will take basic snapshots okay in bright lighting and serve well enough for video chats, that’s about it. The 1024-by-600 resolution is the lowest in this list of picks. There’s a good chance that if you have a smartphone, it will have a much sharper screen.


What others are saying…

The tablet enjoys a 4-star rating with 54 reviews on Walmart.com.

Reviewer RMD13 says, “The E7 is a simple, versatile, and handy small tablet to own. I use it for school, to read articles and my textbook when I'm not at home. For the price, I rate the E7 as everything I would require.

Reviews elsewhere were mixed but were more positive than negative on most sites.

My Next Tablet says, “... If you don’t want to spend more, you can not get a better tablet for the same price right now.


Bottom Line...
With full support for Google Play, a recent version of Android, and decent performance for the price, the Lenovo Tab E7 checks most of the boxes the average person needs in a budget-friendly tablet. Read Review

Price: $49.98
Get it from: Walmart


Best Tablets Under $100

Amazon Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 is an ideal option if you’re looking for an affordable option to watch video or something you can hand the kids without worrying too much about replacement costs.

It’s not the fastest tablet in this line up -- or the largest. But for the quality on offer, the price is unmatched by anything else on the market.

You get an 8-inch display running at 1280-by-800 pixels and 16GB of storage space for all of your favorite apps, games, and media. You can even expand storage by up to 400GB with a microSD card.

The tablet is a bit sluggish. The Amazon App Store also lacks the massive selection you’ll find on Google Play or the iTunes App Store. Finally, while the tablet will do for video chat, the cameras are not ideal for anything else.


What others are saying…

With nearly 12,000 reviews and a 4-star rating on Amazon, it’s one of the most popular options in Amazon’s Fire tablet lineup.

PC Magazine says, “While you shouldn't expect to compete against the iPad at this price point, the Fire HD 8 fits the bill for media consumption and light gaming…

CNet says, “Despite some small drawbacks, you just won't find a tablet with these features and performance at this price.


Bottom Line…
If you’re just looking for an affordable tablet for casual use, the Amazon Fire HD 8 offers an insane value as tablet prices from other makers continue to climb -- just don’t expect iPad performance. Read Review

Price: Starting at $79.99
Get it from: Amazon


Best Tablets Under $200

Amazon Fire HD 10

Featuring more storage, better resolution (1080p), and a more powerful processor than the rest of the Fire lineup, the Fire HD 10 strikes a great balance between price and performance for those looking for an affordable yet capable tablet for watching video, playing casual games, checking emails, and other basic tasks.

The tablet offers 32 or 64GB of storage depending on the model you choose. You can further expand this by up to 256GB using a microSD card should you need more space.

As with the rest of the Amazon Fire line-up, the cameras are only so-so and suited more for video calls than actual photography.

However, in terms of performance, this tablet offers the best experience in the lineup. While it’s still not going to compete with an iPad, reviews indicate the tablet has no problems with light multitasking and the interface itself is snappy.

The large 10-inch display is vibrant and details are crisp. However, many reviewers found the size a bit large for on-the-go use and found it too top heavy for extended reading.

You’re still limited to the apps in the Amazon App Store. But for many, this won’t be a deal breaker as most apps people use daily are already there. The glaring omissions are Google’s suite of apps -- including YouTube and Gmail. However, you can always use those services in the web browser instead.


What others are saying…

The tablet enjoys a stellar reputation with a solid 4-stars across more than 35,000 reviews on Amazon.

Trusted Reviews says, “If you want a cheap, durable device to play and consume Amazon’s vast array of Prime content then the Amazon Fire HD 10 will fit your needs. It isn’t revolutionary or overly interesting, but it will get the job done.

Laptop Magazine declares, “Of all the affordable tablets we've tested, the Fire HD 10 packs both the best screen and the fastest performance.


Bottom Line...
As the top-end model of the Fire lineup, the Fire HD 10 is a solid choice for anyone looking for dependable performance and a large, detailed display. The only real downside is a lack of Google Play Store support. Read Review

Price: starting at $99
Get it from: Amazon

Lenovo Tab 4 8

As one of Lenovo’s more recent releases, the Tab 4 8 offers a more refined design, more power, and more flexibility in terms of spec options. You can even get it with LTE data support for use on the go when Wi-Fi isn’t available -- though doing so bumps the price slightly over the $200 mark.

With a full HD display, support for multiple user accounts, and a snappy octa-core processor, the tablet can handle most games and daily tasks with ease. It’s still no iPad in terms of benchmarks, but you won’t see the sluggish response times found in some of the lower-priced models in this roundup.

It’s also one of the first picks in this list with the battery capacity to go almost all day long, so if you’re looking for something to use to check emails or manage work on the go -- or you love to play games, stream video, or browse the web for hours -- this is one of the stronger options available.

As with most tablets, the cameras are only so-so. You’ll only want to use them for video chat. Then again, holding up an 8-inch tablet to take a picture isn’t appealing to being with.

Variants include anywhere from 16GB to 64GB of storage and microSD support makes adding more room simple and affordable. You’ll also find full support for the Google Play Store, putting millions of apps at your fingertips.


What others are saying…

The tablet features a 4-star rating on Amazon with more than 1,400 reviews.

PC Magazine notes, “... the Tab 4 8 is a solid tablet with good battery life. It's well-suited for media consumption, kids, and travel, especially if you need access to the Google Play store.

Notebook Check put the tablet through its paces and declared, “Lenovo’s tablet is not special in any way but at the same time is solid in many ways. The bright display’s viewing angles are superb, the GPS is accurate, and the device doesn’t get very hot under load.


Bottom Line...
The Lenovo Tab 4 8 is a great choice for anyone looking for a bit more polish and customization than the typical budget-tablet. Read Review

Price: starting at $119
Get it from: Amazon

NOTE: Have a bit more room in your budget? The Tab 4 10 offers a bit more screen space with otherwise similar specs for only slightly more. You can check it out at Amazon.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8

Featuring one of the largest batteries in this lineup, the MediaPad T3 8 is ideal for those looking for a tablet to use on the go.

The 8-inch IPS display impressed reviewers with its crisp detail and vibrant colors. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for a tablet to stream your favorite TV shows or movies. At 1200-by-800 pixels, the resolution is plenty sharp for reading while offering detail in images and video.

The tablet’s quad-core Snapdragon processor can keep light multitasking smooth and playing basic games smoothly but it will struggle with graphics-intensive titles and other processor-heavy tasks.

While the cameras on this tablet are an upgrade from most in this list, they’re probably still trumped by the cameras on your phone or any point-and-shoot you might have lying around. That said, if you’re looking to video chat using your tablet, the front-facing camera will offer more detail than most others on this list.

The tablet includes 16GB of internal storage and allows expansion using microSD cards. It also supports the full Google Play Store for access to an endless selection of apps, games, and media.

Huawei’s EMUI software skin received a few complaints from reviewers for being heavy-handed and adding bloat. However, this was the only major complaint leveled at this budget-friendly tablet option.


What others are saying…

The tablet has a 4-star rating with 69 reviews on Amazon.

My Next Tablet says, “... the MediaPad T3 8 is a pretty good entry-level tablet and yes, I can recommend it.

Tech Radar notes, “The Huawei MediaPad M3 is a tablet with lots of admirable qualities. High screen resolution, ultra-low weight and speakers that go loud enough to become an anti-social menace in some situations earn a big thumbs-up.


Bottom Line…
If you don’t mind software bloat and don’t want to play the latest games, the Huawei MediaPad T3 8 offers a compelling tablet experience at a price few competitors can touch. Read Review

Price: $104.99
Get it from: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Before we get started on this tablet, we want to be clear -- this isn’t the same series of devices you see in ads with the flashy screens and sleek designs. The A-series is Samsung’s more affordable lineup of lower- and mid-tier options.

That said, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is one of the most stylish and premium designed options in this lineup.

The large 8-inch display runs a 1280-by-800 resolution. So it's not quite full HD but it's more than enough to keep text sharp and video looking great.

The tablet ships with Android 8.1 Oreo making it one of the few picks in the lineup with a nearly-current version of Android as of the time of writing. 

With that out of the way, the tablet’s performance impressed reviewers with fluid screen movement and fairly quick loading times -- even when using the split-screen feature to run multiple apps. It will not top benchmarks compared to higher-priced options, but it makes a respectable showing in its price bracket.

Finally, 32GB of internal storage -- with support for microSD cards up to 400GB -- and full Google Play Store support means you can take your pick of apps to help get things done or have fun.


What others are saying…

The tablet features a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 850 reviews.

CNet notes, “[The tablet] offers smooth performance and more software goodies than comparable models.”

Tech Aeris says, “If you’re not planning on using the product to take pictures or playing loud music in a room full of people, this would be a good start. Would it be my first choice? No, but it’ll be my second.”

PC Magazine says, “[The tablet’s] compact size and long battery life make it a good option for media consumption or basic productivity tasks on the go, especially if you want access to Google Play.


Bottom Line…
The solid design and reliable performance of the Tab A 8.0 make it a compelling choice for those looking for a more refined or productivity-focused budget tablet option. Read Review

Price: $169.00
Get it from: Amazon


Best Tablets Under $300

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5

Ditching the bulkier design of past A-series entries, the Tab A 10.5 is the most stylish option on our list. Then again, it’s also the most expensive.

However, for that price, you get a range of features you won’t find anywhere else, including fast charging support, quad-speaker sound, all-day battery life, facial recognition locking, and 32GB of storage standard.

The octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM easily leave most other tablets in our roundup in the dust offering snappy load times and smooth performance for all but the heaviest of tasks. It won’t keep up with an iPad, but then not much will.

If taking pictures with your tablet sounds appealing, the 8MP rear shooter and 5MP front-facing lens are the strongest in this list even if using the large tablet as a camera might be unwieldy.

Shipping with Android Oreo, the tablet is up-to-date and likely to receive future updates. This brings a level of future-proofing for the added cost.

Finally, full access to the Google Play Store puts millions of apps at your fingertips and allows you to use the services you use most whether you’re at home or on the go.


What others are saying…

The Tab A 10.5” is an Amazon’s Choice product with more than 100 reviews and a 4.5-star rating.

Notebook Check declares, “The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a very good mid-range tablet from Samsung.

Sam Mobile says, “If you’re in the market for a not-too-pricey Android tablet with a big, sharp screen and good audio for media consumption, the Tab A 10.5 is a good option.


Bottom Line…
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 offers respectable performance in a well-designed package, justifying its higher price for those looking for a compelling tablet experience without jumping to high-tier models -- and prices. Read Review

Price: $279.99
Get it from: Amazon

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite

Featuring a spacious 10.1-inch 1920-by-1200 pixel display, four speakers, and a snappy Kirin octa-core processor, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite packs a lot of power into an affordable package.

There's even a fingerprint scanner and M-Pen Lite stylus included. Both features are unique to this tablet in this roundup.

Since the tablet has full Google Play Store support, you have any trouble finding apps to fill the 32GB of storage on the tablet. However, you'll find support for microSD cards up to 256GB should you need a bit more room.

With 8MP front and rear cameras, the tablet is also ideal for anyone looking to video chat often, take selfies, or capture snapshots for notes. But unless you're in great lighting, don't expect the tablet to replace the camera on your phone.

Shipping with Android Oreo, the tablet features one of the newer versions of Android so you have less worries about security and app compatibility.


What others are saying…

The MediaPad M5 Lite is has a 4.5-star rating with 25 reviews on Amazon. However, The Wirecutter considered the slightly pricer MediaPad M5 "The Best Android Tablet for Most People" so you shouldn't have any worries about quality or reliability.

Laptop magazine praised the tablet for its, "... fantastic battery life and brilliant screen..."

Android Authority described the tablet as, "... a fine mid-range tablet for passively consuming media from the couch or the back seat of the car."


Bottom Line…
With a premium metal chassis, a fingerprint scanner, and a stunning display, the MediaPad M5 Lite offers an excellent tablet experience and may be the closest tablet in this roundup to a true iPad rival. Read Review

Price: $299.99
Get it from: Amazon


How We Picked

The picks in this roundup are what we think are the best budget tablets in 2019 based on prices.

We selected these models based on analysis of expert reviews from around the web, user feedback on sites like Amazon and other retail outlets as well as forum comments on our site, social media discussions, and more.

When answering the question, “What's the Best Tablet at this price range?”, we considered the following primary criteria:

 

Dependable Quality
A low-priced tablet doesn't help you save money if you have to constantly replace it. We picked tablets with a track record of dependability to help you save money upfront and over the longer term.

 

Respectable Performance
Budget tablets won't win any races compared to their higher-priced siblings. However, all of the tablets in this round-up are near the top of the benchmark charts for their respective price bracket.

 

Affordability
You can't have a roundup based on prices without considering them. We sorted popular models into common groups based on what we think the average person is looking for when shopping for tablets on the cheap.

 

Great Feedback
The way to find out what to expect from a tablet is from the people using them every day. If there's a problem, reviewers will usually let you know in a hurry.

All of our picks feature a range of positive reviews across multiple sites to ensure that information is as accurate as possible.

We compared the things most people consider when choosing a budget-friendly tablet.

In short, we did the research—so you don’t have to.


Recap: Best Budget Tablets


Still Not Sure?

While there's not a single budget-friendly tablet perfect for everyone, this roundup proves you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a reliable tablet.

However, you need to understand the limitations of budget-friendly tablets and temper your expectations accordingly.

No tablets under $300 will truly compete with an iPad or offer a flawless experience. There will always be compromises. However, by using this guide as a reference, you can find an affordable tablet that makes the right compromises to keep you happy without breaking the bank.

You can also compare these picks and more side-by-side using our tablet comparison tool to help limit your options further and find the perfect pick for you.

P.S. Above the $300 mark, we’d highly recommend looking at Apple’s iPad tablets. They’re hands-down some of the most polished and powerful tablets on the market today. Starting at $349 -- and sometimes cheaper if you can catch a sale -- you get a tablet that runs circles around any tablet in this lineup. Not sure where to start? Our iPad comparison guide makes choosing the perfect model simple.

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