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Best Bargains for a Super Bowl TV

You can get a great TV for the NFL's championship game without spending a fortune


Most people enjoy watching the Super Bowl, but everyone likes getting a great deal, especially on a higher-ticket item like a TV. Yesterday we posted our list of the top-performing TVs for the Super Bowl. Not surprisingly, most of the sets were pretty pricey, some extravagantly so. But what if your budget isn't quite as expansive as your Super Bowl 50–watching ambitions?

Simple—just check out the list of Super Bowl TVs below. We scoured through our entire TV Ratings to find 10 bargain sets that offer big-game-quality performance without budget-busting price tags. They're arranged from least to most expensive.

All the sets covered here offer either very good or excellent high-definition picture quality. And with most models, you don't have to skimp on features. Many are 1080p sets, but there are a few 4K UHD TVs at lower-than-ever prices.

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Vizio E48-C2

Vizio E48-C2

Vizio earned its reputation (and market share) by offering TVs at lower prices than the other major brands, and the Vizio 48-inch E48-C2 1080p LED LCD TV follows that strategy. The set, which is in Vizio's entry-level E series, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle. It has a lot of features for the money, including the company's smart TV service. But its sound was only fair, so if you want to bring the game's bone-crunching action into your living room, consider adding a sound bar speaker.

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    Vizio E60-C3

    Vizio E60-C3

    The Vizio 60-inch E60-C3, a 1080p LED LCD TV, is another winner offered at a great price for a set this size. The TV boasts excellent high-definition picture quality and a lot of features, but its sound was once again only fair. (Vizio sound bars speakers have typically done well in our sound bar speaker Ratings.)  If you're looking for a slightly larger set for your Super Bowl TV, the Vizio E65-C3, which sells for about $930, also has excellent HD picture quality.

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      Vizio M55-C2

      Vizio M55-C2

      Yes, another 4K set for less than $800. The Vizio M55-C2 55-inch LED LCD-based UHD TV delivers excellent high-definition picture quality, plus a full-array LED backlight with zones that can be locally dimmed, meaning that some areas of the screen can be darkened while others remain lit, helping improve contrast. It also does a good job of handling motion blur. Like most Vizio sets, this is a smart TV with a lot of features for the price, making it an ideal Super Bowl TV.

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        Samsung UN60J6200

        Samsung UN60J6200

        The 60-inch Samsung UN60J6200 1080p LED LCD TV, a model in the series just below the J6300 sets, delivers very good high-definition picture quality, and it's among the better sets at reducing motion blur. It's a bit more basic than the JS6300-series sets, and it has only two HDMI inputs, fewer than most sets this size.

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          Samsung UN60JU6500

          Samsung UN60JU6500

          The 60-inch Samsung UN60JU6500 UHD LCD TV, in its mainstream UHD series for 2015, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and UHD performance. It also does a very nice of reducing motion blur in fast-moving scenes. In many ways it's like the JU6700-series sets, except with a flat, rather than curved, screen.

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            James K. Willcox

            I've been a tech journalist for more years than I'm willing to admit. My specialties at CR are TVs, streaming media, audio, and TV and broadband services. In my spare time I build and play guitars and bass, ride motorcycles, and like to sail—hobbies I've not yet figured out how to safely combine.