you can be are spending a lot of time outside this summer, but now is actually a fantastic time to buy a new TV. The latest models are just hitting stores, which means you can find super deals on older (and still great-looking!) screens. And thanks to Amazon’s annual Prime Day event, there are plenty of deals. We’ve rounded up the best TV deals below.
Updated July 13: We’ve crossed out the Toshiba M550 (55-inch), Hisense U8G (55-inch), and LG NanoCell 80 (55-inch) series because they’re either sold out or have gone up in price. We’ve also added the Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-inch and LG HU85LA projector, as well as multiple streaming sticks and soundbars.
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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 vibrant colors, plus local dimming zones for deeper blacks, a Micro-LED backlight so you get really excellent contrast too, and an integrated Roku interface for easy navigation.
It’s a small thing, but this TCL also features quantum dot technology, which makes colors stand out more than traditional LED displays. Pair that with the built-in Google TV, and you can easily watch all the major streaming services in high-fidelity (and ask the 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 Hisense’s entry-level option. We haven’t tested this exact model yet, but we 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 a different streaming stick if you prefer Roku or another.
Here’s another one Amazon doesn’t want you to know was a deal (for some reason). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve found for this TV, and it’s the lowest compared to any retailer where it’s sold. The U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) looks sleek, has an Android TV interface, and the stand is high enough for you to mount a soundbar underneath. It has a 120Hz screen refresh rate (with AMD FreeSync support) making it 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 couple of inches from the edges, giving it a better fit on furniture. Another perk of this model is LG’s magic remote, which lets you point and click at apps and the keyboard like it’s an old-school Wii Remote.
The 55-inch M-Series Quantum (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great mid-range TV. It features an improved Smartcast interface (making it easier to cast from mobile phones and laptops tabs), 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 TCL Android TV is a great 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
Such a massive screen at this price? Not to mention that it is an OLED panel! Truly this is a spectacular deal. Organic LED means each pixel acts as its own backlight, positively meaning epic black levels and contrasts. Combine that with a 120Hz refresh rate, built-in Google Assistant and Alexa, and you’ve got a great home theater. The equally excellent 65-inch version is available for $1,697 ($49 off).
This offer is for Prime members only (and availability seems to vary by location). It’s rare to find good 55-inch TVs from big name brands at this price point, so this is a great option for those who want to spend as little as possible but want a big screen. It has a built-in Amazon Fire TV interface and full-array local dimming for solid black levels.
This is arguably the nicest TV on this list, although you’ll need a really long TV stand as the legs stick out at the edges (unless you’re wall-mounting it). It’s another OLED panel, so you get vivid colors and deep black tones, and there’s an Android TV interface.
Not technically a TV, but still capable of producing a big, pretty image, this short throw projector from LG is the total package in one box. It can project up to a 120-inch screen while still sitting as close to the wall as a typical TV now does. It also includes an integrated soundbar, LG’s smart TV interface and support for Google Assistant or Alexa. Considering how little else you need to buy for this projector, the price is almost reasonable.
This flagship soundbar from Samsung (8/10, WIRED Recommends) features an impressive 11.1.4 speaker array that includes two satellites, a subwoofer and the bar itself. It’s an excellent option for people who want robust sound and have a big budget but don’t have the space for traditional speaker systems.
It might not be all that common for a soundbar to double as a streaming video device, but with Roku’s Streambar it makes perfect sense. It’s an affordable sound system that also includes a built-in Roku streaming player – one less device to buy.
If you love deep, thundering bass – and hate your neighbors – then this Nakamichi soundbar is our best bet. It comes with two massive subwoofers as well as an array of satellite speakers giving it a highly accurate system. It also supports all major object-based surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
Streaming Device Deals
This Roku streaming stick is one of our favorites thanks to its voice remote and support for Dolby Vision HDR. It’s one of the cheapest ways to upgrade to a better smart TV setup than what likely came with your TV.
The Roku Ultra is the Roku device to turn to when you want the fastest, most responsive experience. It has dual-band WiFi, a powerful processor, and even an Ethernet port if you want to get the best possible bandwidth. The remote control also contains a rechargeable battery. However, if you don’t care about that feature, the 2021 model is also available for $70.
Google has had its ups and downs with its TV offerings, but Chromecast with Google TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of its best efforts. Google finally gave the Chromecast a physical remote control, as well as an intuitive user interface with handy voice controls. It doesn’t have a lot of storage, but it makes up for it by making it trivially easy to search on most major streaming services.
Amazon is more aggressive in promoting its own products, like Prime Video, on its streaming stick devices than most other companies. If you’re heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem, this could be an advantage. If so, this Fire TV Stick is our top pick for you. Otherwise, a Roku or Chromecast might offer a better balance of streaming services.
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