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Best Big-Screen TV Bargains

Top-performing televisions aren't cheap, but these models offer a lot for the money

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There’s really nothing like watching a blockbuster movie or a major sports event on a big 65-inch TV. Sometimes our budgets aren’t as extravagant as our TV wish lists, but you don’t have to spend top dollar to get a decent set.

Admittedly, many of Consumer Reports’ highest-rated TVs are expensive. Prices for the top 10 models in our TV ratings range from about $2,500 to $4,500. However, our test results show that you can find good televisions for much less. And that’s especially true at this time of year, when retailers are busy clearing out inventories of last year’s models to make room for new 2019 sets.

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Below is our list of can’t-miss big-screen picks. These aren’t the least expensive TVs you can buy; they’re all 4K sets with excellent picture quality. Every one supports high dynamic range (HDR) technology, a feature that can boost a TV’s brightness, contrast, and color when done right, making the pictures on the screen look more like real life.

They also feature smart-TV tech, offering access to online streaming services directly from the set, without the need for an external streaming player. Most of the TVs are LCD/LED-based models, but we did pick one OLED TV with a relatively modest price because sets with that technology have recently dominated our ratings, providing rich, deep blacks and unlimited viewing angles.

In addition to the 65-inch sets, the list below includes one 55-inch TCL model. You may be able to pay less by choosing one of these models in a smaller screen size. See whether you can get a 30-day price-match guarantee from the retailer. That will protect you against sudden, significant price drops that can occur.

We’ve highlighted a few notable models, but CR members can also sort through our ratings by price and find lower-cost models that could be a better fit for their needs. For example, not-so-good sound will tend to bring down a TV’s Overall Score. But the set might be a terrific choice if you intend to use a sound-bar speaker or home-theater system with the set. A set with a narrower viewing angle might not be a problem if you’re free to sit directly in front of the TV at all times.

The more than 250 models in our ratings right now all went through a battery of objective measurements and subjective evaluations designed to push a TV to its limits. You’ll see individual scores for attributes such as high-definition picture quality, Ultra High Definition performance (for 4K models), viewing angle, motion blur, and sound quality. We also consider ease of use and versatility.

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LG OLED65B8PUA, $2,300

Yes, a lot of us may have a hard time wrapping our heads around the concept of a $2,300 TV being considered a bargain. But if you’re looking for a top-performing OLED TV, this 65-inch 4K set is the least expensive option by a few hundred dollars, and it delivers everything you’d want in a TV: great overall picture quality, effective HDR performance, and even top-notch sound for a television. Like all the OLED TVs we’ve tested, it delivers very deep blacks, along with a virtually unlimited viewing angle. It’s pretty much this price everywhere, including Amazon and Walmart.

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