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The best deals of the week

Looking to get a deal on your next TV purchase? These are some of the biggest and best deals currently available, from budget sets all the way to the high-end models with the latest features. It's becoming harder and harder to find good deals on TVs as popular models are quickly discontinued and replaced with expensive 2017 TVs. 

Current TV Deals (June 2nd, 2017)

TCL 43S305

The TCL 43S305 remains a great budget deal this week at $299. It's unusual to find a decent TV of this size at a price this low, especially one with smart features as good as the Roku platform found on the S305. It's not a stellar performer, but if you're looking for a simple TV to enjoy online content, it's a good choice.

See our review

LG OLED55B6P

If you were looking for the best picture quality currently available, the LG OLED55B6P offers just as good an image as the current C7P, at a decently lower price. For under $2000, you can't find a TV with a better picture quality, and it offers a very versatile package.

See our review

Sony XBR55X930E

The Sony XBR55X930E is the best 4k LED TV we've reviewed this year, and it's currently available for just under $2000. If you're not a fan of OLED, the X930E is a versatile alternative. It gets exceptionally bright, making it a top choice for HDR, and it has great handling of motion. Unlike the B6 above though, it does have a fairly narrow viewing angle, so be wary of using it in a wider living room. 

See our review

The best times of year to buy a TV

Unlike some other tech devices, TV models aren’t intended to be sold for multiple years. The majority of TVs are released, sold for about a year, and then discontinued when the next year’s models come out.

If you want to be on the cutting edge, the best time to buy a TV is in spring/early summer, when the bulk of the year’s new models are released. If you’re a bargain hunter, there are better times of the year to make your purchase.

To illustrate how TV prices change over the course of a year, here is a simplified chart that approximates how a TV's price changes over the year.

Yearly Price TV Deals cycle

Every year, most brands release most of their new lineup in the spring. Thanks to minor deals here and there, those TVs will typically fluctuate down and back up in price for a few months, with a slight overall decrease over that time. Then, most will get a huge cut a couple of weeks before Black Friday and the holiday shopping season.

By the new year, they go back up to about where they were pre-holiday, and then see a few cuts throughout the next months, leading up to the release of the new year’s models in spring and early summer, when you’ll again see a large decrease - largely because they have been discontinued.

For a specific example, take a look at this more detailed chart of the price fluctuation of the Samsung UN65H7150 from its release in spring 2014 to its discontinuation in spring 2015.

UN65H7150 Price History

The same trends are consistent for most TVs, meaning that the overall best times of the year to buy a TV are around the holiday shopping season, and then once the next year’s models are being released. For an even better deal, you could also wait longer, until well after the next year’s models have been released, as prices for older models will usually continue to drop. Just keep in mind that by doing this, you run the risk of the model you want selling out forever.

Where to get a good deal

All retailers have the same price

Several TV manufacturers - including Samsung, Sony, Sharp, and LG - have what is called a ‘unilateral pricing policy,’ which means they set the prices at which their TVs are sold in every store. Typically, this means every store selling a given TV model will be selling it for the same price as all the other stores.

Legally, retailers do not have to honor this policy and could set their own prices if they wished to do so. Also legally, the manufacturers can refuse to do business with retailers that don’t comply with the UPP, which is why all major retailers do.

These UPP policies are also why recent years have seen fewer unique sales on televisions than in years past. Now, chances are that if a TV is on sale at, say, Amazon, it’s also on sale for the same amount at other retailers, like Target or Best Buy.

Note that some brands, like Vizio and Panasonic, don’t have this policy, and so you can sometimes find real sales on those TVs (as well as other non-UPP brands).

Fake deals

If you see a retailer you are unfamiliar with is selling a TV for much lower than the competition, chances are good that the deal isn’t genuine, or comes with a big catch.

Here is a typical example. A website is selling two ‘versions’ of the same TV - usually a Samsung, but it could be done with any brand - and the two versions are called something like the ‘NA/domestic’ version and the ‘AU/CA/international’ version. Typically, the latter is a good deal cheaper - expect to see the NA/domestic version marked up - and though any difference between the two is generally left unclear by the listings, the implication is that the NA/domestic version is the better buy.

This sort of deal is not genuine and often plays out this way: After the sale, the seller urges the buyer of the cheaper model to ‘upgrade’ to the more expensive option and, if the customer refuses, the sale is canceled. In short, this false comparison is nothing more than an upselling trick designed to get people to pay more money for a particular TV.

So, as a rule of thumb, if you see a particular TV is only on sale at one location, be suspicious. If you see that there is an ‘alternate version’ on sale at that location for a very different price, don’t bother buying from that store.

To shop with confidence, make sure you buy from an authorized retailer of the brand you are looking at. For the brands we review, full lists are available at the following links.

Conclusion

While there are occasional deals on TVs throughout the year, people who want a bargain should do two things: buy their TV during the holiday shopping season or right when the next year’s replacement models are coming out in the spring and buy from a reputable dealer. Doing both of these things will ensure you get a good price on the TV you want, and also that you don’t have to deal with shady business practices.

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The model numbers posted in the Black Friday ads released by Best Buy, Walmart, and other retailers don't match the models posted here. Do you have plans to recommend the best 4K TV deals from those Black Friday deals? If not, please do so.
We haven't reviewed the Black Friday models, but we will be updating this page with some info and expectations about them.
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I am in the market for a new TV with a limited budget. In the Vizio product line which would be best for me? 60" P series, 65" M series or 70" E series. They are all in a similar price range. I watch normal cable TV, Hockey and Football and Blu-Ray movies. Thanks
Since you don't watch 4k material, there is no need for a 4k TV right now. Also, 4k content is still scarce so unless you wan't to future-proof your TV, get the Vizio E. You will be able to get a larger TV and enjoy better motion for sports.
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Hi. I am planning to buy a 55" 4K TV. I've shortlisted the Samsung UN55JS7000 and the Sony XBR55X810C. Which one is better? I am open to other suggestions as well. My budget is $1,000.
Get the X810C. It has much better contrast, so it's better for watching from directly in front. It also won't have judder on 24p movies, which is an issue you get with the JS7000.
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I'm looking to purchase a 40-48 inch tv, that is 120hz. With the misleading way of advertising the refresh rate, what would you suggest for the budget minded? Thanks for your help.
The Samsung 40" J6200 is a great 120Hz TV if you are on a budget. You also have the option to go for the 48".
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Samsung TV Model # UN40J6400: Is this a 120 hz model?
No. It's 60 hz.
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Hi, I really like the reviews that you guys have done for all the TVs. I was hoping to get a review of LG 55EC9300. Are you guys going to do it anytime soon?
Not soon unfortunately.
Update: The review is up, as well as its replacement, the LG 55EG9100.
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Is it true that Samsung has two different numbers for the UN48JS9000 TV, depending on where it was manufactured? The one in China apparently has only millions of colors, while the one made in Mexico can do a billion colors. The one from Mexico is supposed to have the label TH01 on the box.
If this is true, how can you be sure of what you will be sent if you get a TV online, as most stores don't have them in inventory?
As far as we know, there are only 2 versions for the UN48JS9000: TS01 and US02. Both are Samsung panels, assembled in Mexico.
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BJ'S currently has the JS8500 for $1,799.99 until March 23. Not an error, just sharing the info
Thanks for letting us know! We only list prices from Amazon, and other readers will appreciate the extra info.
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I purchased UN55JU7100 TV. It has IS02 panel (version no). I have read lot of consumer reviews that Samsung TVs with panels such as IS02 are not original Samsung panels and have angled viewing problems and blacks are not as deep compared original Samsung panels such as TS01. I understand that this TV model is rated good by rtings.com. I was wondering what was the panel version number on that samsung TV when rtings crew reviewed tv? thanks.
Our UN55JU7100 is TS01. IS02 is made by Innolux. It is still a VA panel though, so the viewing angle and contrast ratio should still be in the same ballpark.
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Sam's has the Samsung UN55JU7100FXZA on sale for pre-Black Friday. Is this the same model as the UN55JU7100? They are going to sell it at $1,198. Is that a good price even with it on the cusp of being replaced? Thanks.
Yes. The extra letters at the end are just a region code.
That's a very good deal, and we don't expect next year's models to be a significant step up, so you should go for it.
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Sony X810C or X850C? They're the same price this weekend at Best Buy.
Get the X850C. Both models have very good picture quality, but the X850C has the ability to display a wider range of colors, which is great for watching HDR media (like UHD Blu-rays, or some streaming video).
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Checked out the model at BJ's and it is "JS850D" instead of "JS8500". Any idea how this model differs from the "8500"?
They're the same. The model number is only different to make it more difficult to price match.
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With BF a month away, your recommendation for a 65 inch 4k with $1300 budget? KS8000? KS8500? Not sure if these would drop down to $1300.
If you will sit in front of your TV and will be watching TV mostly in a darker environment, then the Vizio M series or the Samsung KU6300 would be good choice in this price range. If you have a wider seating area and the room would be well lit most of the time, than a TV like the Sony X750D would be a better good choice.
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Thanks for the quick response for my previous question. I also searched for some videos and thought it would be the BN91-14548V, as shown here (2:22).
Just wanted to know which is the correct model number, and what the difference is between the BN91-14548V and BN91-14548L.
The other OneConnect box we have in the office is model number BN91-1486E. There doesn't appear to be any functional difference between the two, and we expect that also applies to the BN91-14548V. Given that there are different model numbers floating around, it's unlikely that there is one that is correct.
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Your "Deals" lists (as of Feb 5, 2016) the SamsungUN65JS8500 as being reduced $500 this week, to $1,998. What retailer is doing this? Amazon and Best Buy still show $2500.
The deal has ended, so we'll remove the listing. Thanks for pointing that out!
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Need review for Sony kdl48w600B. Can you help? Thanks.
We have reviewed the Sony W600B.
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I own a Samsung 51D8000 plasma (calibrated). I have been considering purchasing the LG 55EG9600 OLED, but am still waiting to pull the trigger. Should I stick with the D8000 or go for the EG9600? Side note: I'm a big movie buff.
The EG9600 will be a bit better, so it's a good replacement for a plasma. But since it's not going to be a huge improvement, you may want to just stick with your plasma TV until it's finished.
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What is the model number for the OneConnect Box that comes bundled with the Samsung UN55JS9000?
BN91-14845L.
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Will you be reviewing the new LG 65uh8500 anytime soon? I'm really interested in the specs and the calibration of this new super UHD tv.
We just posted the review of the 55 inch of the same series (the LG 55UH8500). The settings are also posted.
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3/11 deals: can't find Samsung 65 6300 for price stated. Seems to be around $1500.
Thanks for letting us know. The price has come up during the weekend. We updated the page.
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Going to buy a 55" TV, and I'm trying to stay under $750. What would you recommend? We want good picture quality, and possibly smart features for streaming Netflix. Have been looking at Sam's and Costco also.
Your best option is the Vizio D55U-D1. The picture quality is very good almost across the board, and you do get smart features as well. The slight issue it has is that 720p and 480p look a bit softer than ideal, so DVDs and standard definition TV channels won't look the best. That's not a huge deal for most people, though, so you should go for this TV.
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My condo association dues include AT&T U-verse for TV broadcasts, which even AT&T said was not very good in hearings about their Direct TV purchase. I have been a DirecTV customer for years, but that is not an option for this unit. I believe my neighbor has a Samsung UN55J620D, but the pic pales in comparison to our former satellite TV images. Suggestions for a 55" TV for a 12' x 14' fairly dark den, as well as a 65" TV for a 14' x 18' fairly light family room would be appreciated. Thanks.
For the 55" TV, the best option is the Sony XBR55X810C. The picture is great all around, and it will do well in your dim space.
For a 65" TV, the Vizio P-series is a great option. It gets nice and bright, so it will do well in your family room, and the picture is great for pretty much everything. The main downside is that 480p and 720p don't upscale well on the TV, but that won't be a problem if you set your satellite box to output a 1080p signal.
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Is the "unilateral pricing policy" the reason you see a lot of TV bundles and gift card deals (since they aren't actually lowering the price of the TV)?
This could be a reason why, in an attempt to bypass the pricing policy of the TV manufacturers.
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I'm looking for a TV I can use as a monitor for my MSI Titan Laptop when gaming. I want very little motion blur and fast response time as well as 4k with all that lovely color and pure blacks. What TV would you recommend? I'd like to stay under $1,500.

Now you can get the 65" Samsung KS8000 for $1500 with is a very good choice and has pretty much what you are looking for, e.i. deep black, low input lag, low motion blur and fast response time.

You could also check for the Vizio P, which also has a very good black, even lower motion blur and faster response time, but for the same price you will get a smaller size TV and it can't do 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. Also, the input lag in HDR is too high for gaming.

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I had originally purchased the UN65JU7100 for $2300. I see this TV will be going on sale for 1700. My question is, should I opt for the UN65JS8500, which costs only 300 more than the 7100? My main uses are sports, movies and possibly gaming but not a lot. Is the 300 extra worth the jump to the 7100 or should I take the full 600 savings? It's a win-win as I was expecting to pay full price for the 7100. I have two concerns with the 8500. Will it pass Dolby Digital through the optical cable from an external source (cable box). And second, there have been some reports of blue light spots in the corner of the 8500. I also read the 7100 is backlight while the 8500 is edge lit. Is one better than the other? Thanks!
Higher end TVs are often edge-lit so they can be thinner (direct-lit backlight take more place in the TV chassis). Both methods are good but has their own flaws as far as uniformity. One can create darker corners (direct) and the other lighter edges (edge-lit). Depending on the implementation, one can be better than the other but vice-versa too. Full-array backlight is considered to be the best for now and none of those TVs have the feature. Compared to the JU7100, the JS8500 have a wider color gamut and support for HDR. It is a steep price for these two features but if that is something you want, get the JS8500. It will pass 5.1 Dolby Digital audio without problem.
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Thinking to buy black Friday deals 55JU6400 or 50JU7100, which one do you recommend?
If you care about a wide viewing angle, get the JU6400. The JU7100 produce a better picture quality if you sit right in front.
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I going nuts, here! Trying to find the sweet spot for the best value in a good, reliable, 40-43" 1080P or 4K set (48" would probably be too big) that has an excellent TV picture, acts as a very good computer monitor and has decent DVD/Blu-Ray playback. I'm currently using cable TV for network shows and football(!) with movies streamed via a laptop HDMI hookup. Wireless would be more convenient, of course, but "Smart" TV features are a low priority. I have 3 unopened holiday deals, all Samsung: UN43JU640DFXZA, UN48JU640DFXZA, UN40H5201AFXZA. At least 2 have to go back! I was almost sold on waiting for a 6500 series with the UHD Color until I saw the judder problem for movies. That, along with the additional cost makes it a no-go. Viewing in a darkened room is common. A good 1080P set without motion blur would be sufficient. What do you recommend?
If 48" is too big and you have to chose between those three TVs, keep the UN43JU640DFXZA. It has excellent motion blur performance and a very low input lag that will be great for running a PC. It doesn't have chroma 4:4:4 at 4k but it isn't an issue for watching movies. One caveat for movies though, is that it isn't judder-free with 24p contents. Just like the JU6500. It isn't really noticeable though so unless you know that you are bothered by judder (verify here), you shouldn't make it a big concern. For all your other needs, it will get you covered. For a 1080p option, the 40" J6300 is the best we have seen this year. It doesn't have judder, support chroma 4:4:4 @ 1080p @ 60Hz but have a little higher input lag.
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Hello I have been visiting your site a lot recently and ended up purchasing the LG UF7300 60 inch model. I know you guys aren't really recommending 4k tvs because there isn't much content, but can you please make sure in the future when 4k is widely available my tv will be able to playback all the required codecs required for when it does go mainstream. Also I don't see a review on this model, you guys just mention it must be similar to the UF7700 series. Also is this tv true 120hz.
LG call this TV "TruMotion 240Hz" but this is truly a 120Hz TV. We don't have an extensive list of all the supported codecs but since that can also change with TV/Os updates, what will be supported in the future might very well be different than what it is right now. Expect it to be compatible with the most popular formats. We are still not planing on a full review for the UF7300. If we get enough requests, that might change.
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Ok here's my problem. So I work at Bestbuy in the home theater department (so this shouldn't be a problem lol) but outside that blue shirt I'm a customer so I'm currently interested in the 55" JS8500 and the 55" LG EG9100. I game and watch sports and from time to time I watch movies. I think I have my mind made up on the OLED but the only thing holding me back is what if the 4K technology come out this year? Then I'll kinda be behind the times so that's why I'm considering the JS8500 because of the 4K and HDR. So what should I do? Lol
Except for 4k, the LG OLED EG9100 is better in about every category. For video games and sports, you need a TV that can handle fast action. There is none better that we reviewed than the EG9100. Being edge-lit, the JS8500 won't pull the best out of HDR content. 4k is slowly becoming more available but the superior picture quality of a 1080p OLED TV (from virtually any angle) is able to overcome the resolution gap. Not to mention that sports and gaming are practically non-existent in 4k (except for PC gaming). To get the most out of your TV now, get the EG9100.
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When do you think you'll get the new "KS" Series Samsungs to review? Do you expect them to be as good as the "JS" Series?
We'll be picking some up as soon as they become available, so likely sometime in the next couple of months. We expect they'll be about as good for general picture quality, but we don't know what to expect in terms of improvements to HDR-related features.
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Is Dolby Vision really better than HDR10? Is it likely that Dolby Vision will be the main BHDR use by movies and maybe gaming in the future? Only LG and vizio have Dolby vision. Kinda hard to choose a TV when I'm also considering the Samsung lineup this year.
It is hard to speculate about the future of HDR, as they are both technologies with different advantages and disadvantages. At the moment HDR10 is more widespread, and although it is nice to have support for both (in the case of LG and Vizio) it is probably not necessary.
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As best as I can tell the Samsung UNKU6270/90 series at Best Buy seems to be functionally equivalent to the KU6300 series at a significant price savings. E.G. the UN60KU6270 for $599 vs UN60KU6300 $799 or UN65KU6290 $899 vs UN65KU6300 $1099. While I know you haven't reviewed the less expensive models can you determine if there are any other differences? Are these Best Buy specials? Thanks for all your awesome work.
The only major differences are that the KU6270 and KU6290 lack Bluetooth connectivity and include a remote that looks identical to the KU6300 remote but lacks the features that use Bluetooth, such as pairing and Universal Remote Control.
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I can purchase the Samsung 55" KU 6290 (or 6300) for same price as a Vizio D50u-d1. The Samsung has a higher list price, so it seems like a better deal. However, I am looking for best picture quality and the Vizio has full array. I am using it with cable TV in a moderately lit room.
The KU6290 is better for your use. The D50u-D1 does not upscale 720p content as well as the KU6290, and most cable TV is 720p. The D50u-D1 has lower peak brightness and it does not support HDR, which may be a concern in the future if you switch to a service like Netflix or watch HDR Blu-rays.

A full array backlight only helps the local dimming, and the local dimming of the Vizio D was bad.

The KU6290 and KU6300 have nearly identical picture quality, the KU6290 just lacks bluetooth.

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Having a hard time deciding on a 40-49" for less than $700. I want 4K and would like HDR. Have looked at LG43UH6100, 49UH6100, Sony XBR43X800D, XBR49X700D, and Samsung UN40KU7000FXZA, UN43KU7000FXZA. Or the Vizio M50-D1 if I can fit it.
So hard to choose....Thanks so much!!
The Vizio M50-D1 is the best for most use cases. The XBR49X700D is better if people will often be sitting to the side of the TV and viewing it on an angle.
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I'm having my living room redone and would like to know if the OLED B6 (2016) is projected to drop in price by the end of April. Thanks!
The B6 is soon to be replaced by the 2017 OLEDs, so we don't expect there to be any more drops in price, although there will still be limited time sales to look out for.
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I'm looking for a good 65", flat smart screen for under $2000, that will have the least glare in a large very sunlit room (lots of windows). I thought semi-gloss screens would be better in this case, but noticed they typically have lower ratings. Help?
The Samsung 65KS8000 has the best bright room performance in that price range as it has very low reflectance and a very high peak brightness.

When all else is equal semi-gloss screens handle reflections better because their reflections are more diffuse than on glossy screens, even though the amount of reflection is the same. Why our scores are higher for glossy screens is because the only glossy screens we've reviewed have been high end TVs with amazing anti-reflective coatings, which in turn give them a higher score. There may be some reason these great coatings have only been found on glossy TVs, perhaps they can't be applied on semi-gloss TVs.

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