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 high-ticket item like a TV. Last week we posted our list of the top-performing Super Bowl TVs. Not surprisingly, most of the sets were pretty pricey, some extravagantly so. But what if your budget isn't quite as expansive as your ambitions for watching Super Bowl LI?
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 prices. They're arranged from least to most expensive—but shop around right up until you're ready to buy, because prices this time of year can change daily. And see whether you can get a 30-day price-match guarantee to protect your purchase.
All except one set in our list is a 4K model, because prices have fallen rapidly for these higher-resolution sets. All of our picks offer either very good or excellent high-definition picture quality. And despite their relatively low prices, you don't have to skimp on features. Every set here is a smart TV, for example.
So here are our last-minute picks for a Super Bowl TV bargain. If you haven't heard, this year there will be some cool new technology for those watching the game at home. We're looking forward to it—even if we're getting tired of the New England Patriots in the big game.
The TCL 50UP120, a lower-priced 50-inch 4K UHD TV that features the 4K Roku TV platform, delivers very good high-definition picture quality and excellent UHD performance. Right now this set costs only $398 at Sam's Club, though we've seen it priced a bit higher at several other retailers. Its drawbacks include a fairly narrow viewing angle and only fair sound quality. But at this price, you can afford to buy a sound bar.
Vizio earned its reputation (and market share) by offering TVs at lower prices than the other major brands. A good example is the Vizio D50u-D1, a 50-inch 4K UHD TV in the company's entry-level D series. The set offers excellent high-definition picture quality and good UHD performance. Note that unlike its bigger 55-inch sibling, also in our TV ratings, this set has a fairly narrow viewing angle. We've been seeing this set for about $500 at a bunch of retailers, and right now it's available at Walmart for $359.
The Samsung UN55KU6290, a 55-inch set, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and UHD performance. It is part of the company's mid-tier, non-SUHD series for 2016. The TV, which has a flat—rather than curved—screen, has "Motion Rate 120" anti-blur technology, which does a very good job reducing motion-blur on fast-moving scenes. We've seen this set for $500 at both Best Buy and Walmart.
The 50-inch Hisense 50H8C is getting harder to find, but you can buy one for $500 at Best Buy right now. This 4K UHD TV delivers very good high-definition picture quality and very good UHD performance, though its viewing angle is fairly narrow—a disadvantage if you plan to have a crowd over for the game.
The Vizio E60-E3 is a 60-inch 4K UHD TV in the company's entry-level SmartCast series that appeared late in 2016. The TV delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and good UHD performance. The set, which is selling for $678 right now at Walmart, is unusual in a few respects. One is that it lacks a built-in TV tuner for over-the-air broadcasts. The other is that SmartCast needs a smartphone or tablet to use its internet capabilities, and unlike M-series sets, it doesn't come with a tablet.
The Vizio M55-D0, a 55-inch 4K set in the company's mid-tier M series for 2016, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and good UHD performance. The TV claims a "Clear Action 360" refresh rate using video processing—it's really a 120Hz set—and it does a very good job reducing motion blur. Like other Vizio SmartCast TVs, it lacks a built-in TV tuner and you need a smartphone or tablet for it to fully function. Unlike the E-series sets, though, M-series models come with a 6-inch Android tablet. This set is $700 at several retailers, but at Dell.com you'll get a $150 Dell eCard.
The Samsung UN60KU6300 is a 60-inch 4K set in the company's mid-tier non-SUHD series for 2016. It delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and excellent UHD performance. One additional bonus: It also has very good sound. This model has a flat, rather than curved, screen. Right now both Walmart and Best Buy have it for $800, but it's just $600 at P.C. Richard & Son.
The 60-inch Vizio M60-D1 is another 4K set in the company's mid-tier M series of UHD TVs for 2016. The TV delivers excellent high-definition picture quality, and thanks to a firmware update that addressed some earlier issues, very good Ultra HD performance. This model also has a fairly wide viewing angle for an LCD TV, but its sound was only fair. Like other M- and P-series sets, this is a SmartCast TV that comes with a 6-inch Android tablet. The TV is $700 at several retailers.
The 65-inch LG 65UH615A 4K UHD set from LG, which is basically the warehouse club version of the 65UH6150 also in our ratings, delivers very good high-definition picture quality and excellent UHD performance. It also has a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set. The TV has been selling for about $1,100, but it's at Costco right now for $790.