Even though we usually think of Black Friday and Super Bowl Sunday as the best times to purchase a new TV, the back-to-school season is the start of the NFL season, so why not watch all the games on a crystal-clear 4K display? We’ve found a few great options for any viewer.
The Best Deals on TVs Up to 65 Inches
The Best Deals on TVs Up to 70 Inches
When purchasing a new TV, the first thing to consider is the size of the room the TV is going in. Living rooms and media centers are usually good for a 55-inch screen or above, but for bedrooms, offices, and kitchens, a smaller screen is probably the better fit (especially as we grow increasingly aware of what screen time before bed does to our eyes and our sleep).
Other factors in deciding involve the choice between LED versus OLED or QLED screens; regular LEDs are fine for a smaller, less-utilized TV but if you want the best picture you can get, OLED may be worth the splurge. For those of us working from home, check the brightness, too—a brighter screen is going to work better for daytime viewing.
Although not as perfect as OLED displays, where each pixel can light itself up individually, mini-LED display technology gets close for those on a budget. Mini-LED panels have more individual back-lit LEDs than other standard panels; find them on high-end Samsung Neo QLED models and newer Vizio 6-series TVs.
Any built-in smart TV functionality is often a matter of preference—we usually just plug in our own peripheral devices—but for sake of flexibility, look for a screen with plenty of HDMI ports, plus a higher refresh rate if you also do a lot of gaming.
If you’re into gaming or considering a TV for the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, be sure to look out for TVs with 120Hz native refresh rate, HDMI 2.1 ports for resolutions up to 4K 120Hz, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) support, and HDR (High Dynamic Range) support. Not all games support 4K 120Hz or VRR but it may become the standard on most AAA games like Call of Duty.
43-Inch to 65-Inch TVs
50-Inch Vizio V-Series 4K Dolby Vision HDR Smart TV
This Vizio gives you 4K UHD resolution plus Dolby Vision support for a more dynamic picture plus full-array LED backlighting. There are just three HDMI inputs here also—worth noting if you prefer plugging in an interface that isn’t Vizio’s SmartCast—but you do have an eARC connection for a soundbar plus HDMI 2.1 compatibility for better refresh rates on your gaming consoles.
55-Inch Hisense U7G 4K Quantum ULED Android Smart TV
Hisense is a brand to watch if you’re looking for a high-quality picture on a budget. 4K resolution is expected at these prices and sizes, but we like this 55-incher for having a screen a step above the usual LED plus major brightness (1,000 nits) and a 120Hz refresh rate. Four HDMI ports are an added bonus.
Eric Ng, one of our deal editors, owns this model and says it offers excellent picture quality at an affordable price, checking all the gaming-tech boxes he wanted for his PlayStation 5, like HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K 120Hz gaming and VRR (variable refresh rate) support on select titles.
55-Inch LG Class G1 Series OLED evo 4K UHD Smart TV
The LG OLED Evo G1 panel is LG’s latest and greatest in next-gen panels, promising a superior viewing experience. Coupled with LG’s best processor, the α9 Gen4 AI Processor 4K, your content will look its best no matter what you’re viewing. This TV is also Nvidia G-Sync-compatible, lowering input lag, and the built-in game optimizer gives you easier access to your game settings to tailor your experience.
65-Inch LG OLED B1 Series 4K HDR Smart OLED TV
Side by side, the LG B1 and C1 series TVs don’t differ all that much. They share the same build and, besides a few nuances in performance, display the same crisp, clear 4K picture quality. This is a TV to keep your eye on as more TV models come out and its price continues to drop. This model also has HDMI 2.1 ports so you are covered for next-gen gaming on your PS5, Xbox Series X, or RTX 30-Series and up graphics cards.
65-Inch Amazon Fire TV Omni Series 4K Smart TV
Alexa aficionados will like the hands-free control available on this TV as well as the opportunity to easily connect with Echo speakers for surround sound. If you’re moving up to a 65-inch screen, there’s lots on board here at a midrange price, not the least of which is the HDR 10-enabled 4K UHD screen.
70-Inch to 86-Inch TV Deals
70-Inch TCL 4-Series 4K HDR Smart Android TV
A 70-inch TV for under $500? We told you this was one of the best times of the year to buy a TV. Though you do get 4K resolution here, the dimmer, less dynamic LED screen with a lower refresh rate (a still-decent 60Hz) and a thinner viewing angle are definitely trade-offs worth considering. With just three HDMI ports onboard, the built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant, and Android TV will definitely come in handy.
70-Inch Samsung 4K Crystal UHD LED Smart TV with HDR
While not Samsung’s latest model, this 4K Crystal UHD LED Smart TV still has all the bells and whistles: HDR, a crystal display, and built-in streaming services. This model also features a universal guide, which organizes your TV content and makes recommendations tailored to your interests.
75-Inch Vizio M7 Series 4K Quantum HDR Smart TV
This is Vizio’s midrange M7 series TV, and the price is right considering its large 75-inch display with Quantum Dot color technology, which offers a wider range of colors than its lower-priced models. The full array backlight with 32 local dimming zones on this TV offers darker blacks than an edge-lit display. Although this TV only has a 60Hz native refresh rate, it does have four current-generation HDMI 2.1 ports and variable refresh rate (VRR) support on select gaming content. For more, take a look at our Vizio MQ7 review(Opens in a new window).
75-Inch Toshiba Class M550 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV
Toshiba’s flagship M550 series offers a theater-like 75-inch screen, 4K resolution, 480 motion rate, Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and a variable refresh rate of 60Hz. Fire TV brings your streaming channels and your favorite apps together onto one convenient home screen. As an added bonus, you can use your voice via Alexa to control your TV, hands-free.
86-Inch LG UQ7590 Series 4K HDR Smart TV (2022 Model)
This 86-inch LG UQ7590 Series 4K Smart TV will make it so that movie night will be a hit. The a7 gen5 AI processor 4K delivers rich picture quality and the 120Hz refresh rate can keep up with the on-screen action without missing a single frame. With built-in access to streaming favorites like Netflix, Apple TV+, and HBO Max—plus access to over 300 free LG channels—you’ll never run out of things to watch.