you might I’ve spent a lot of time outside this summer, but now is actually a great time to buy a new TV. The latest models are just starting to hit stores, which means you can find super deals on older (and still good-looking!) screens. And thanks to Amazon’s annual Prime Day event, there are plenty of specials. We’ve rounded up all the best deals on TVs below.
Update July 13th: We cancelled the Toshiba M550 (55″), Hisense U8G (55″) and LG NanoCell 80 series (55″) because they were either sold out or their prices went up. We also added the Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-inch and LG HU85LA projectors, as well as several streaming sticks and sound bars.
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The TCL 6-Series (55″) is most of our favorite TVs (9/10, WIRED recommended), but it’s currently sold out. But the larger 65-inch version is still in stock. It includes a quantum dot panel for bright colors, as well as local dimming zones for deeper blacks, Micro-LED backlighting so you also get very good contrast, and a built-in Roku interface for easy navigation.
It’s a small deal, but this TCL also features quantum dot technology, which makes colors pop more than traditional LED displays. Pair it with the built-in Google TV and you’ll be able to watch any major streaming service (and ask Google Assistant anything) in high fidelity with ease. Don’t let the price fool you: you’ll get exceptional value.
Slightly smaller than the TCL above, this one is Hisense’s entry-level option. We haven’t tested this exact model, but we do like many of the Hisense TVs we’ve tried. You get Dolby Vision high dynamic range support (better color), and Amazon Fire TV built in as the primary interface. If you prefer a Roku or something else, you can always use another streaming stick.
Here’s another deal that Amazon doesn’t want you to know about (for some reason). That’s one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked on this TV, and it’s one of the lowest compared to any retailer it’s sold at. The U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) looks classy, has an Android TV interface, and the stand is elevated enough to fit a soundbar underneath. It has a 120-Hz screen refresh rate (with AMD FreeSync support), so it’s a good 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 the screen’s few inches of feet from the edges, which makes it a better fit for furniture. Another benefit of this model is LG’s Magic Remote, which allows you to point and click on apps and the keyboard as if it were an old-school Wii remote.
The M-Series Quantum 55″ (8/10, recommended by WIRED) is an excellent mid-range TV. It features an improved Smartcast interface (making it easier to cast tabs from phones and laptops), solid gaming performance, and great contrast thanks to its local dimming technology. If you’re looking for items under $1,000, this is a great option.
If you need a smaller TV for your kitchen, bedroom, or other tight spaces, this Android TV from TCL is a great option. It even has Google Assistant built in, so you can use it to set timers, play music, and get sports scores without having to find a remote.
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Such a big screen for this price? Not to mention it’s an OLED panel! Indeed, this is an amazing deal. Organic LEDs mean that each pixel acts as its own backlight, which means epic black levels and contrast ratios. Pair it with a 120Hz refresh rate, built-in Google Assistant and Alexa, and you have a home theater. The equally great 65-inch version is $1,697 ($49 off).
This offer is for Prime members only (availability appears to vary based on your location). It’s hard to find a good 55-inch TV from a well-known brand at this price, so it’s a great option for anyone who wants to spend as little as possible but wants a big screen. It comes with a built-in Amazon Fire TV interface and full-array local dimming for pure black levels.
This is arguably the prettiest TV on this list, although you’ll need a long TV stand because the legs stick out at the very edges (unless you’re hanging it on a wall). It’s another OLED panel, so you get vibrant colors and inky blacks, and there’s an Android TV interface.
Technically not a TV, but capable of creating a big, beautiful picture, this short-throw projector from LG is a total package in a box. It can project screens up to 120 inches while still sitting as close to the wall as a typical TV today. It also includes a built-in soundbar, LG’s smart TV interface, and support for Google Assistant or Alexa. Considering how little you’re buying for this projector, that’s almost a reasonable price.
Sound Bar Deals
This flagship soundbar from Samsung (8/10, recommended by WIRED) has an impressive 11.1.4 speaker array that includes two satellites, a subwoofer, and the soundbar itself. It’s a great option for anyone who wants punchy sound and a big budget but doesn’t have the room for a traditional speaker system.
It might not be common for a soundbar to double as a streaming video device, but with Roku’s Streambar, it makes perfect sense. It’s an inexpensive sound system that also includes a built-in Roku streaming player—fewer gadgets you have to buy.
If you love deep, thunderous bass—and hate your neighbors—then this soundbar from Nakamichi is our favorite bass pick. It features two large subwoofers, as well as a set 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. This is one of the cheapest ways to upgrade to a better smart TV setup than the one that came with your TV.
If you want the fastest, most responsive experience, the Roku Ultra is the Roku device you can turn to. It has dual-band Wi-Fi, a powerful processor, and even an Ethernet port if you want the best bandwidth. The remote also includes a rechargeable battery, though the 2021 model also costs $70 if you don’t care about that feature.
Google’s TV offerings have had their ups and downs, but the Chromecast with Google TV (8/10, recommended by WIRED) is one of its biggest efforts. Google is finally giving the Chromecast a physical remote, as well as an intuitive interface with easy voice control. It doesn’t have a lot of storage space, but it makes up for it by making it super easy to search most major streaming services.
Amazon is more aggressively promoting its own products, like Prime Video, on its streaming stick devices than most other companies. This can be a benefit if you’re heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem, in which case this Fire TV Stick is our top pick. Otherwise, a Roku or Chromecast might offer a better balance of streaming services.