Want Great 4K TV Deals? Shop for Leftover 2017 Models.

Last year's TVs are being heavily discounted, so get them while you can

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If you held off on buying a new TV during during Black Friday and before the Super Bowl last month, now might be the time get your new set.

You could wait for the 2018 models to arrive in stores, but over the next several weeks, 2017 TVs should dip to the lowest prices in their life cycle.

To make your decision simpler, we’ve highlighted five can’t-miss choices here, all of which did well in our full TV ratings. We’ve focused mostly on larger 65-inch sets, which range in price from $650 to about $2,600. If you don’t want a TV that big or would prefer a lower-priced set, you can consider these same models in smaller screen sizes.

This is a good year to buy a leftover set because the standards for 4K and HDR had been worked out when last year’s TVs were being manufactured. And you won’t miss out on breakthrough technologies because none are imminent.

If you have the urge to splurge and the wherewithal to do it, consider the LG OLED65C7P OLED TV, our second-highest-rated model. And at $2,600 it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the LG OLED65W7P, the $7,000 flagship model that topped it in our ratings.

Like that set, this TV had excellent high-definition and Ultra High Definition performance, and very effective high dynamic range. When done right, HDR can produce enhanced contrast and brighter specular highlights for more natural, realistic images.

The LG OLED65C7P also has great out-of-the-box sound quality.

If you’re looking for the best TV 65-inch 4K UHD TV you can get for less than $2,000, it just might be the Sony XBR-54X930E, which sits below only the Sony Z9 LCD-series and A1 OLED sets in the company’s TV lineup.

You get excellent HD and UHD performance, very effective HDR, and very good sound. The Sony XBR-65X900E, $1,500, is also worth considering.

With a price of about $1,200, excellent HD and UHD picture quality, and also excellent sound, the Samsung UN65MU850D, a curved-screen 4K TV found mainly in warehouse clubs, has a lot to offer. (The Samsung UN65MU8500 is the equivalent model found at electronics stores and other retailers.)

Another very close option is the LG 65SJ8000, which costs about the same and performs similarly. This LG has a wider viewing angle than the Samsung, but the sound is not as good.

If $1,000 is your max budget for a new TV, consider the Samsung UN65MU6300, which we’ve seen selling for about $950.

This TV, which appeared in an entry-level 4K series for 2017, offers excellent HD picture quality and very good UHD performance, plus very good sound. What you give up is top-notch HDR performance.

Selling at a very attractive $650, the 60-inch LG 60UJ6300 offers a lot for the money, including very good HD picture quality, very good UHD performance, and a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set.

Like the Samsung, above, what you give up is top-notch HDR performance, mainly because of a lack of brightness.

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.