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What’s more Black Friday than TV shopping? Whether you need one or not, you have to admit these deals are tantalizing. In this list we are classifying TVs by decent televisions for the money and high-end TVs that are worth the extra cash. My preference is to spend the bucks for the best TV you can buy, but that’s me. Your holiday budget may not agree. So that said, let’s start with decent televisions for comparatively cheap prices.
Great TVs for not much money.
TCL is my favorite low-end TV manufacturer. They make good, inexpensive gear. This one is an outstanding value for the money. It’s powered by Roku, which is the best online streaming services software. The only caveat is Roku and Google’s YouTube TV stream service are fighting with each other. So, if you’re a YouTube TV customer, you might want to be wary of any Roku-based TV. They’ll work it out eventually… eventually.
In the meantime, this TCL model comes with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice control; excellent 4K resolution; and four HDMI ports. You can connect to it with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet. Amazon is making it available for only $379.99. That’s a savings of over $220.
An older model, the 55-inch TCL 55S21 4K TV, with much the same features, is supposed to be available from Walmart for a mere $228. That’s a steal, but I’m having trouble finding it. May you have better luck than I did.
It boasts Samsung Bixby voice control, good 4K resolution, but only two HDMI ports. You can connect to it with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet. Still, a solid 70″ display for a mere $599.99 from Best Buy with a savings of $150? Sold!
INSIGNIA, a Best Buy house brand, makes solid electronics. No one may ever award them a blue ribbon, but they deliver the 4K goods for a reasonable price. This 2021 50-inch 4K TV is available for only $299.99 from both Amazon and Best Buy. That’s about $150 less than its $449.99 MSRP. It has all the essential features: Three HDMI ports, 4K resolution, built-in streaming services including Hulu and Netflix, and a voice remote via Alexa thanks to its Amazon Fire operating system. And if you want to actually see a TV in real life before shelling out hard cash, it’s available at most Best Buy stores.
This is a good TV for a great price considering what you’re getting.
Great TVs for the money.
Do you want a seriously good TV and you’ve got a home theater that needs an 86″ screen? Then my friend, look no further than this LG model. Now, this is not–I repeat not–an OLED model. But, even though it has “only” an LED display, it’s still darn good.
It uses webOS for its operating system. For my money, it’s a race between Roku and webOS for the best built-in streaming software platform. The 4K display is great; it comes with four HDMI ports and all three main ways to hook it up to your network: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth. From Costco, all this TV goodness comes with a $700 discount and a $200 Costco Shop card. Add it all up and it will cost you $1,999.99. Yes, that’s a lot of money, but good luck finding a screen of this size and quality for a price like this.
A few months ago, this outstanding Samsung TV would have cost you a cool $3,299.95. Today, from Amazon, you can get it for just $1,796.99. No, that’s not a typo. That’s a great deal.
For that, you get an outstanding QLED 4K display. To me, LG’s OLED screens with their untouchable blacks are still the best screens, but QLED gives it a run for your money. It also comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet; great audio, and an outstanding value for the money.
I had to pay $3,299.99 for my LG OLED77C1 4K TV a few months ago. But, you, you lucky dog, can get it for “only” $2,896.99 from Amazon. Yes, that’s serious coin, but you know what? It’s worth it. It has the best screen I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of displays over the years.
Besides the outstanding display, it has 4 HDMI ports, supports Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth; and has amazingly good built-in sound. It’s worth every penny. I only wish I could afford the 83-inch LG model, which goes for almost $5,000.