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The best TV deals on a budget
Insignia’s 4K HDR Fire TV Edition
You don’t have to spend a fortune for a 4K TV; spending $500 or less can still net you a 4K TV with good image quality and features. Insignia’s F30 Series Fire TV is the perfect case in point, one that supports HDR10, HDMI ARC, and HDMI eArc, among other features.
At the moment, the 4K smart TV is on sale in all size configurations, including the 55-inch model, which you can buy for $349.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy or Amazon (via the Best Buy storefront). You can also get the 65-inch model for $489.99 from Best Buy or Amazon (via the Best Buy storefront), both of which are selling the larger model for $489.99 instead of $569.99.
Toshiba Smart Fire TV Edition
Another Fire TV Edition TV deal happening now is on Toshiba’s 55-inch C350 Series Fire TV, which normally retails for $469.99. As the name might imply, the 4K LED TV allows you to stream content from services such as Disney Plus and Netflix, and includes the option to watch live TV. The latest models also tout an Alexa-enabled remote, an easy-to-use interface, and support for both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10. Right now, Best Buy and Amazon (by way of Best Buy) are selling the 55-inch model for $399.99, a $70 discount. Other configurations are also on sale, including the 65-inch, which is selling for $529.99 instead of $599.99 (Amazon, Best Buy).
TCL Class 4-Series
TCL also has competitively priced televisions, and its 4-Series lineup is one of the more affordable options on the market. The S435 model features a built-in Roku interface, dual-band Wi-Fi, HDR10, and support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. You can currently get the 55-inch model for $349.99 at Best Buy and Amazon, which is $170 less than the usual retail price. Walmart is also discounting the TV, but selling it for $359.99 instead.
Amazon Omni Fire TV
Amazon’s first TV, the Omni Fire 4K TV, only just launched a few months ago and starts at $370. The self-branded effort features the ability to query Alexa even when the TV is off, as well as a low input lag and support for two-way video calling. We gave it a 7/10 in our review, while noting how the TV shows great promise thanks to its robust Alexa integration and support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, among other things. At the same time, however, TCL and other similarly priced television makers offer better picture quality.
Right now, Amazon and Best Buy are selling the 55-inch model for $369.99 instead of $559.99, an all-time low that beats its price during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The larger configurations — which support for Dolby Vision HDR — are also on sale for their best price to date, with the 65-inch going for $499.99 instead of $829.99 (Amazon, Best Buy).
Vizio M7 Series Premium Quantum
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly TV with good picture quality, Vizio’s midrange M7 Series Quantum TV is worthy of consideration, even if it is over $500. The 2021 model sports a 60Hz panel, along with support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, AMD FreeSync, and a variable refresh rate (VRR). It also touts Vizio’s SmartCast system and a built-in Chromecast, allowing you to cast content from your phone and access Netflix, Disney Plus, and all your favorite streaming services. Right now, Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy are selling the 55-inch model for around $548, which is just $20 shy of its lowest price to date.
The best deals on OLED TVs
OLED televisions offer the best image quality you can get in a mainstream TV, and many were heavily discounted during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Super Bowl. If you missed out on those sales, however, you may still have another shot at landing a good deal, as many of the best models are still currently available at a discount.
LG A1 OLED
Right now, multiple retailers are discounting various sizes of the LG’s entry-level A1 OLED. The 55-inch is selling for around $1,097 ($200 off) at B&H Photo, Amazon, and Best Buy, which remains the lowest price we’ve ever seen on the budget-friendly OLED. Newegg is offering the same discount as well, but throwing in a $25 Visa gift card. Regardless of which retailer you go with, though, each offers six months of GeForce Now Priority, a mid-tier membership the lets you take advantage of Nvidia’s cloud gaming service.
In terms of features, the A1 offers support for both Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as an automatic low-latency mode. Unlike more expensive OLEDs, however, the 4K TV doesn’t come with a slate of advanced gaming features, like those found on LG’s C1 model. It offers a slower 60Hz display and lacks HDMI 2.1, for example, and doesn’t support a variable refresh rate.
LG GX Series OLED
Despite the high price tag, LG’s Gallery Series GX OLED is a good TV for those looking for a more cinematic experience. It includes support for Google Assistant and Alexa, and for those who want to use their TV for gaming, it features Nvidia G-Sync and HDMI 2.1 support, meaning it can take full advantage of the RTX 30-Series cards or next-gen consoles. Right now, you can save a whopping $2,700 when you buy the massive 77-inch model for $3,299.99 from LG. That’s nearly a 50 percent discount and cheaper than buying the 65-inch TV, which currently retails for $3,499.99.
Vizio’s 4K OLED offering is one of the more affordable options if you’re looking for a budget-friendly OLED TV. The manufacturer doesn’t have the same kind of experience in the OLED playing field as LG, sure, but its 55-inch model remains a worthwhile option to consider if you want a high-end viewing experience and HDMI 2.1 ports to display high frame rates from your PS5 or Xbox Series X.
4K TVs for the Sony PS5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X
Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X can play 4K games with HDR at up to 120 frames per second. So, naturally, if you don’t have a TV that takes full advantage of your console, it might be time to upgrade to one of our recommendations. For the best experience, you’ll want a TV that supports HDMI 2.1.
LG C1 OLED
If you’re looking for an impressive TV, we recommend turning your attention to LG’s C1 line. Like its predecessor, the CX, the 4K C1 touts support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD Freesync technologies, along with a 120Hz refresh rate and low input lag. The main difference between the two is that the C1 is available in an 83-inch variant and features a better processor. It also utilizes a newer interface that makes good use of a settings pane dubbed “Game Optimizer,” which conveniently brings together a host of game-centric settings — refresh rate, latency, etc. — for quicker access.
Throughout the holidays, we saw the 55-inch C1 selling for around $1,297 instead of $1,499.99, its lowest price to date. That deal is once again available at a variety of retailers, including Amazon, B&H Photo, Target, Best Buy, and LG, most of which are also throwing in a six-month subscription to Nvidia GeForce Now Priority. If you want the best deal, however, you’ll want to look to BuyDig’s digital storefront on eBay, where you can pick it up for $1,299 with a $120 eBay credit that will be issued after delivery. Newegg, meanwhile, is offering the same discount, but adding a $75 Visa gift card alongside a six-month subscription to Nvidia’s aforementioned cloud gaming service.
If you’re prefer a larger TV, discounts are available on other configurations as well. Right now, for instance, you can pick up the 65-inch model at Woot for $1,649.99, easily one of its best prices to date.
Samsung Neo QLED QN90A
For a viable OLED alternative, there’s the Neo QLED QN90A. Unlike the LG models above, Samsung’s most recent flagship uses Mini LED backlighting, a technology that allows for better contrast, less “blooming” around white objects on a dark background, and brightness levels that outperform even the best OLED TVs. Like the C1, the QN90A is also built with gamers in mind. The 2021 model features an HDMI 2.1 port and a “Game Bar” that gives you the ability to quickly adjust your screen’s aspect ratio, monitor input lag, and check to ensure settings such as HDR and VRR are active, all of which make for a better gaming experience overall.
During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the 55-inch QN90A sold for just shy of $1,300, which remains its lowest price to date. It has once again returned to that price, selling for around $1,299.99 at Best Buy, Samsung, B&H Photo, BuyDig, and Amazon. The larger, 75-inch model is also available at Woot for $2,469.99 instead of $3,499.99, which is the best price we’ve seen on the 75-inch model outside of Black Friday.