You may be spending a lot of time outside this summer, but now is actually a fantastic time to buy a new TV. The newest models are just starting to get out to stores, which means you can find great deals on older (and still great-looking!) screens. And thanks to Amazon’s annual Prime Day event, there are plenty on sale. We’ve rounded up all the best deals on TVs, below.
Updated July 13: We’ve crossed out the Toshiba M550 (55-Inch) 4K TV and added the Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-Inch.
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The TCL 6-Series (55-inch) is our favorite TV for most people (9/10, WIRED Recommends), but it’s currently sold out. But the larger, 65-inch version is still in stock. It packs a quantum dot panel that offers up bright colors, plus local dimming zones for deeper blacks, Micro-LED backlighting, so you get really great contrast too, and a built-in Roku interface for easy navigation.
It’s a small deal, but this TCL also features quantum dot technology, which makes colors pop more than traditional LED displays. Pair that with Google TV built in, and you’ll be able to watch any of the major streaming services in high fidelity with ease (and ask Google Assistant anything). Don’t let the price fool you: You’re getting exceptional value.
This one is slightly smaller than the TCL above, and it’s Hisense’s entry-level option. We have not tested this exact model yet, but we do like many of the Hisense TVs we’ve tried. You get Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range support (better colors), and Amazon Fire TV is built in as the primary interface. You can always use another streaming stick if you’d prefer Roku or another.
Here’s another one that Amazon doesn’t want you to know is a deal (for some reason). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked on this TV, and it’s the lowest compared to all the retailers it’s sold at. The U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) looks elegant and has an Android TV interface, and the stand is raised enough that you can fit a soundbar underneath. It has a 120-Hz screen refresh rate (with AMD FreeSync support), so it’s a great budget option for gamers.
LG’s proprietary NanoCell technology gives this model deeper blacks and better lighting than many similarly priced screens, and we like that the feet on the screen are a few inches away from the edges, which makes it fit better on furniture. Another benefit to this model is LG’s magic remote, which allows you to point and click at apps and the keyboard as if it’s an old-school Wii remote.
The M-Series Quantum 55-inch (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great mid-range TV. It has an improved Smartcast interface (which makes it easier to cast tabs from cell phones and laptops), solid gaming performance, and excellent contrast thanks to its local dimming technology. It’s a wonderful option if you’re looking for something under $1,000.
If you need a smaller TV for your kitchen, bedroom, or other compact space, this Android TV from TCL is a decent choice. It even has Google Assistant built in, so you can use it to set timers, play music, and get sports scores without finding the remote.
Big and Pretty TVs
A screen this massive at this price? Not to mention the fact that it’s an OLED panel! Truly, this is a spectacular deal. Organic LED means that each pixel acts as its own backlight, which means positively epic black levels and contrast. Pair that with a 120-Hz refresh rate, with Google Assistant and Alexa built in, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a home cinema. The equally excellent 65-inch version is on sale for $1,697 ($49 off).
This deal is for Prime members only (and availability seems to vary based on your location). It’s rare to find good 55-inch TVs from reputable brands at this price, so this is a great option for anyone who wants to spend as little as possible but wants a large screen. It comes with Amazon’s Fire TV interface built in and full-array local dimming for solid black levels.
This is arguably the prettiest TV on this list, though you’ll need a really long TV stand, since the legs stick out at the very edges (unless you wall-mount it). It’s yet another OLED panel, so you’re getting vivid colors and inky blacks, and there’s an Android TV interface.
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