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TV Deals - 2018

Looking to get a deal on your next TV purchase? Now's a great time. 

This page list only TV deals, check out also our list of monitor deals.

Deals on TVs we've Reviewed

Sony X900F Design

Sony X900F

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Amazon.com

49" - $898.00 - Dropped by $100
55" - $1,098.00 - Dropped by $100
65" - $1,598.00 - Dropped by $200
75" - $2,798.00 - Dropped by $200
82" - $4,498.00 - Dropped by $500

The Sony X900F is a great 4k TV with impressive picture quality, especially in a dark room due to the high native contrast ratio and full array local dimming support.


B&H also has them at the same price here with an additional 5% in rewards.

LG C8 Design

LG C8

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Amazon.com

55" - $1,696.99 - Dropped by $200
65" - $2,696.99 - Dropped by $100

The LG OLED C8 is a great 4k OLED TV with excellent picture quality. The emissive technology allows it to produce perfect blacks, which is excellent for dark rooms. The image also remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great for those with wide seating. It performs well with HDR content, as it can produce very bright and saturated highlights. 

It is also available a the same price on B&H here.

LG SK8000 Design

LG SK8000

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B&H

49" - $496.99 - Dropped by $150
55" - $696.99
- Dropped by $100
65" - $896.99 - Dropped by $200

The LG SK8000 is a good TV for mixed usage, with only decent picture quality but very good motion handling. Motion handling is very good and the TV has excellent low input lag which is great for gamers.

It is also available at the same price on B&H here.

LG SK9000 Design

LG SK9000

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Amazon.com

55" - $896.99 - Dropped by $300
65" - $1,296.99 - Dropped by $400

The Super UHD LG SK 9000 is a 4k TV with very good performance for a range of usages. The picture quality is good in a bright room, and the TV can get bright to overcome glare. It also has great reflection handling, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. 

LG UK6570 Design

LG UK6570 (70")

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B&H

70" - $896.99 - Dropped by $400
75" - $1,396.97 - Dropped by $100
86" - $2,496.99 - Dropped by $500

The LG UK6570PUB is a good 4k IPS TV with wide viewing angles and outstanding low input lag, the best we've tested so far on a TV. It has excellent gradient handling and a fast response time. It has excellent reflection handling and good SDR brightness, good for daytime viewing. 

Sony X850F Design

Sony X850F

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Amazon.com

65" - $998.00 - Dropped by $400
75" - $1,798.00 - Dropped by $500

The Sony X850F is a good 4k TV with an IPS panel. It can get bright to overcome glare and handles reflection well in a bright room but it has a very low contrast ratio so blacks appear gray when viewed in a dark room. The picture quality is decent but remains accurate when viewed at an angle which is good for those with wide seating. 

It is also available at the same price on B&H here.

Sony X750F Design

Sony X750F

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Amazon.com

55" - $698.00 - Dropped by $100

The Sony X750F is a decent 4k IPS TV. It has decent picture quality which you can also view from an angle without loss of quality, but unfortunately, this comes at the expense of poor blacks in dark rooms. The TV has great out of the box color accuracy and good gray uniformity so slow panning landscape shots will look good. Brightness is decent, but only enough for an average lit room. 

It is also available at the same price on B&H here.

 

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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