It’s hard to believe it, but it’s Super Bowl time again. 30 NFL teams have, in the words of Bill Belicheck, met their “crash landing at the end of the season,” leaving only two clubs to face off for the most quintessentially American of all (non) national holidays. And that means there’s a good chance your attention is now wholly transfixed on a sparkling new TV. It’s ok. Blame it on your DNA … and all the ads on TV.
Those ads may be cheesier than a 20-inch platter of nachos, but this really is a killer time of year to score a deal on a new set of pixels. However, before we lift the veil on our bounty of bargains, we’ll let you in on two important Super Bowl shopping caveats:
(Note: If you’re hot on a set for the big game no matter what, you may want to just skip to the deals below!)
1) Virtually all of the Super Bowl deals are for last year’s TVs, as manufacturers clear the way for the 2016 models in April. Normally this wouldn’t be much of a concern, but now that there are a slew of new standards in place for premium 4K Ultra HD TVs — including improved HDR, a wider color gamut, and better processing — the new crop of 2016 TVs may just be worth the wait.
2) While Super Bowl season beats even Black Friday when it comes to awesome TV bargains, those who wait until after the Super Bowl may pile up even bigger savings. A few days could push a 20 percent average discount to around 30 percent — and for a big-purchase item, that ain’t peanuts.
Look, if your heart’s set on watching the game on a lavish new TV, none of our words of caution will stop you — we just had to get them down for posterity. What’s more, this year’s deals crush last year’s when it comes to bang for your buck, and they’re better TVs, to boot. All of our picks below will usher epic action for the big game at a mighty nice price. So without further ado, let’s go shopping!
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LG 60UF8500 ($1,600)
No doubt about it, this is just a spectacular amount of bright and shiny 4K Ultra HD glory for a crazy-low price. While this 60-incher’s IPS panel means contrast between light and dark images takes a bit of a hit when the lights are low, there’s no better LED display for off-axis viewing. That means LG’s spectacular color reproduction will reach every ottoman and couch cushion, ensuring all your friends get a great seat. A native 12o Hz panel also ensures great performance for fast-paced sports, and LG’s Tru-4K upscaler should help make that HD broadcast look better than ever.
Sony XBR65X810C ($1,500)
Finding a Sony TV at this size and price is usually a mythological phenomenon on the order of unicorns and fairies, but we assure you this set from the end of Sony’s 2015 stock is the real deal. Long-time lovers of Sony’s beautiful color reproduction will want to jump on this TV, which also boasts a 120 Hz native panel for quality motion resolution, plus this set is able to smooth things further with Sony’s Motionflow tech for up to an “effective” 960 Hz refresh rate. Direct backlighting should mitigate the blooming around the sides common in edge-lit displays, and Google’s Android TV platform runs the show for a great streaming experience long after the game is over.
Samsung UN60JS7000 ($1,400)
While this TV’s 60 Hz native refresh rate can’t keep up quite as well as some of the sets on our list, it offers Samsung’s new quantum dot technology for ultra-vivid colors and blazing brightness, designating it as not just a UHD TV, but an SUHD TV (don’t ask what the “S” stands for, Samsung isn’t saying). You can also turn on motion enhancement to get an “effective” 120 Hz refresh rate for the game, and it’s a full array back-lit display with local dimming, which makes for better contrast in the dark. Other features, including 4 HDMI inputs, a sexy design, and Samsung’s Tizen smart TV platform make this an enticing bundle at a serious bargain. Want to save an extra $400? Drop down to the uber-cheap 55-inch size, priced under a grand.
LG 60UF7700 ($1,200)
Another fine offering from LG’s 2015 stockpile, this TV is a killer deal in the 60-inch size, and a pretty good bargain at 65-inches, too. An IPS panel and a 120 Hz refresh rate assure the same benefits we crowed about in the UF8500, including a wide viewing angle and good motion response to help the whole gang follow every brilliant moment on screen. In fact, while the UF8500 offers passive 3D tech and better sound, those are the only considerable differences. And at $400 less, who’s complaining?
Samsung UN55JU6700 ($1,000)
If something with a little more attitude is what you’re after, this curvy Ultra HD TV from Samsung might just hit the spot. Designed to create a more immersive viewing experience, the curve is more aesthetic fixture than image improvement, but the TV comes with all the fixings you’ll need for a sparkling image of the field at game time, and at a very nice price. Top features include 4 HDMI inputs, PurColor color enhancement, and a smart remote, all for just under a grand.
LG 55UF6450 ($700)
If price is of the utmost importance, (and honestly, when is it not?), this 55-inch LG may be the perfect choice for your Super Bowl festivites. An IPS panel with LG’s Tru-4K upscaler and TruMotion control should make for a wide and brilliant horizon of sparkling goodness for the big game, and well beyond. And at a shockingly low price point, you can spend the same as you would for the above picks and get a second set for the kitchen or back bedroom, too.
|Screen size||55 in|
|Resolution||4K Ultra HD|
|Refresh rate||60 Hz|
|Available at||Best Buy|