You may consider a 3,500 TV expensive. But when the set in question features a 70-inch screen and every buzzword feature in LCD televisions, it's a bargain. But you'll find the most exciting stuff happening between those two extremes, where you can find a great TV for not a lot of money. Vizio remains a leader in offering great specs at great prices, but Hisense is encroaching on its turf. The Chinese brand is relatively new to the US, but the market leader in China and among the top five worldwide.
If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. If you somehow managed to escape the holiday season without caving and buying a new TV, allow me to rekindle the flame of temptation: Right now is arguably the best non-Black Friday time of year to buy a TV, and there's still time to get get before the Super Bowl. That's right, I'm talking about The Big Game, folks (also known as "The Big Enchilada," "the one for all the marbles," and so forth). Okay, we might not know tons about sports, but we do know quite a bit about TVs, and if you've been waiting all winter for a new one, we can help.
Top Pick--Vizio OLED (55-inch) for $1,000 ($300 off): I was astonished with this Vizio OLED (9/10, WIRED Recommends) at its standard price, but now that it is once again below $1,000, I'd say this is easily the best TV you can get for the money. With extremely dark black levels and gorgeous highlights, it is among the best possible ways to watch anything--football or otherwise. The 65-inch model is also on sale for $500 off. Hisense H8 Quantum (55-inch) for $479 ($50 off): Good, cheap TVs are getting increasingly easy to come by, and the best deal right now is on this great 55-inch model from Hisense. It's not the flashiest TV ever, but with Android TV, Alexa compatibility, and quantum dot technology, it will still be an awesome way to watch the game. LG NanoCell 80 Series (75-inch) for $997 ($300 off): You're not going to be able to go to your buddy's house to watch their big screen for a while, so you might as well get a massive one of your own.
If you don't yet know the name Hisense, you may soon enough. The Chinese company is one of two TV manufacturing giants attempting to gain ground in North America--TCL is the other--and it's throwing down in 2017 with 25 new TVs. The lineup includes models with quantum dots and Dolby Vision, as well as some with the Roku cord-cutting interface. There's even a new $13,000 100-inch short-throw laser 4K projector that's due to arrive in summer. However, while Hisense is introducing new technology into its TVs, the company's models may end up looking a bit conservative relative to other vendors' wares.
Save big on TV brands like Samsung, Vizio, and more when you shop pre-Black Friday sales. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Black Friday is still over a week out, but already major retailers like Amazon and Walmart are offering incredible savings on some of the most popular TV brands out there--with one model clocking in below $250. If you're hoping to get a new TV during the holiday season, these deals are some of the best we've seen yet.