Best Cyber Monday TV Deals

    There are still plenty of Cyber Monday deals on top TVs

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    Black Friday is over, but with Cyber Monday arriving, many retailers, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, are still offering great deals on electronics, including TVs.

    Supply chain problems and higher shipping costs may mean you’ll find fewer “doorbuster specials,” or very low-priced TVs designed to get people into stores or shopping online. Hot TVs may sell out quickly, and with shipping delays it’s smart to shop soon to make sure everything arrives at your doorstep on time.

    This year, the biggest price drops are coming on the biggest TVs. Many of the best Cyber Week deals are detailed below.

    32-Inch to 50-Inch TVs

    Consumers looking for a smaller value-priced smart TV should consider this 2020 set. It has fine overall picture quality, plus Amazon’s Fire TV smart system built in. Like many sets this size, it has a fairly narrow viewing angle, but odds are you’re not planning to host a movie-night party around a 32-inch screen, so that’s not a big concern. And this is a decent discount: The model dropped $10 at both retailers on Black Friday itself, and has stayed at that price.

    CR’s test results: Toshiba 32LF221U21 32-inch TV

    This set from Insignia, Best Buy’s house brand, does a nice job overall with both high-definition and 4K ultra-high definition picture quality. But like many less expensive TVs, it can’t get bright enough to deliver a compelling HDR experience. Amazon’s Fire TV smart streaming service and Alexa voice-enabled digital assistant are built into the set. The price just dropped by $20 at both retailers.

    CR’s test results: Insignia NS-43DF710NA21 43-inch TV

    55-Inch to 60-Inch TVs

    This 55-inch 4K set, though not cheap, is a good deal—it’s a step-up model in Hisense’s 2021 line, with a lot of features (quantum dots full-array LED backlights) that make it a fine overall performer in terms of both picture quality and HDR performance. It supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG HDR formats, and it’s an Android TV with Google Assistant built in, plus it will work with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

    CR’s test results: Hisense 55U8G 55-inch TV

    TCL 55-Inch 4K Roku TV

    This is another entry-level 4-Series TCL set, but this one uses the Roku smart TV platform instead of Android TV. We didn’t test this specific model, the 55S431, but we have tested a number of 4-Series TCL sets in various screen sizes. They tend to do well for overall picture quality but have ineffective HDR.

    TCL 55-Inch 4K Android TV

    This is an entry-level 4K TV that typically sells for closer to $450. Best Buy had it for $50 cheaper during its Black Friday sale, but the price just went up. We didn’t test this set, but we did review the similar 50-inch TCL 50S434, and it did well for overall picture quality but not HDR. While most of the TCL sets we’ve reviewed have been Roku TV models, this set uses the Android TV smart TV platform. It’s worth noting that this set was selling as low as $329 a week or so ago.

    Vizio 55-Inch M-Series 4K SmartCast TV

    While we didn’t test this specific model, the Vizio M55Q7-J01, other Vizio M-Series sets—sandwiched between the entry-level L-Series models and P-Series flagship sets—have typically offered a nice balance of performance and price, doing very well for overall picture quality but not quite as well for HDR.

    This 58-inch 4K smart TV from Hisense, a model in its Roku TV lineup found mainly at Walmart, delivers satisfying high-definition and 4K picture quality, but its HDR performance is ineffective, mainly due to limited peak brightness. (This TV supports the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.)

    CR’s test results: Hisense 58R6E3

    This entry-level 4K QLED set is a few hundred dollars cheaper than it was a few weeks ago. Even better, we tested this model, and it’s a very nice set that delivers first-rate overall picture quality, and very good sound. Its HDR performance, though, has limited effectiveness.

    CR’s test results: Samsung QN60Q60AAFXZA 60-inch TV

    65-Inch TVs

    This 65-inch 4K smart TV from Insignia—which uses the Amazon Fire TV smart TV system—offers satisfying HD and 4K picture quality, but its HDR performance is ineffective, mainly due to peak brightness limitations. The good news is that Best Buy dropped its price by $40 on Black Friday, and that deal is continuing.

    CR’s test results: Insignia NS-65DF710NA21 65-inch TV

    LG 65-Inch 4K Smart TV

    This set, the LG 65UP7670PUC, is sold only at warehouse clubs; it is $20 cheaper at BJ’s than at Costco or Sam’s Club. We didn’t test this set, so we can’t comment specifically on its picture quality, but other entry-level LG 4K sets have had mixed results in 2021, with some showing only decent overall picture quality.

    LG 65-Inch A1 Series 4K OLED Smart TV

    This set, the LG OLED65A1PUA, is the new entry-level model in LG’s OLED TV lineup for 2021. We didn’t test this set, but did evaluate the 55-inch version of this set, and it’s a top performers in all areas except HDR, where it didn’t do quite as well as the step-up C1-series sets.

    CR’s test results: LG OLED55A1PUA

    LG 65-Inch C1 Series 4K OLED Smart TV

    We didn’t test this 65-inch 4K OLED TV, the LG OLED65C1AUB, in LG’s step-up C1 Series for 2021, which is sold via warehouse clubs. However, we did test the similar model sold at electronics stores and mass merchants—the LG OLED65C1PUB—which is about the same price, and it’s one the best TVs we’ve evaluated this year, with top-notch picture quality, effective HDR, and great sound. The price at Costco is good through Dec. 12.

    Last week the price had dropped nearly $70 at Walmart on this 65-inch 4K smart TV from Samsung, an entry-level model in the company’s mainstream non-QLED 4K TV lineup for 2020. Unfortunately, the price is back up to the price it’s been selling for at Best Buy and Target. It’s a decent overall performer, though its HDR performance is ineffective, mainly due to peak brightness limitations. (Samsung TVs support the HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG HDR formats.) Compared with the TU8000 models above it, this set lacks a few features, including an enhanced game mode, and it has only two, rather than three, HDMI inputs.

    CR’s test results: Samsung UN65TU7000 65-inch TV

    Right now, Walmart has the best price on this 65-inch 4K LCD/LED smart TV from TCL, though we did see it for about $100 less during Black Friday sales. It’s a Roku TV model in TCL’s step-up 6-Series sets for 2020, a model that already offers a lot for the money, including satisfying overall picture quality and a very effective HDR experience—something that not many TVs in this price range can match. (The TV supports both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.) One interesting element of this TV is it uses mini LEDs in its full-array LED backlight with local dimming, which can help improve the dark scenes and contrast.

    CR’s test results: TCL 65R635 65-inch TV

    Vizio 65-Inch P-Series 4K Smart TV

    We didn’t test this set, the Vizio P65Q9-J01, near the top of Vizio’s 2021 lineup. But we did test the 75-inch version, which you’ll find below, and it did very well overall for picture quality, though not as good for HDR. (These sets support all the major HDR formats, including HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG.) It uses the Android-based SmartCast smart TV system, with support for Amazon, Apple, and Google voice assistants.

    70-Inch to 82-Inch TVs

    This model, sold only at Best Buy, offers satisfying overall picture quality, though like many less expensive sets it falls short when it comes to HDR (high dynamic range) performance. The set uses the Android TV system and comes with built-in Google Assistant. The good news is that the price dropped by another $20 over the weekend.

    CR’s test results: Hisense 70A6G 70-inch TV

    Onn 70-Inch 4K Roku Smart TV

    This 70-inch set, at a very low price, is from Onn, Walmart’s house brand for electronics. We didn’t test this set, the Onn 100068378, but another 70-inch Onn 4K Roku TV—the Onn 100012588—is in our TV ratings and had only decent overall picture quality; it did a bit better for 4K than HD, but it wasn’t able to provide a HDR experience. (This set supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR.)

    For more info on this brand, see our article “Should You Buy a Walmart Onn TV?

    Vizio 70-Inch 4K V-Series SmartCast TV

    This set, the Vizio V705x-J03, is also part of the Walmart sale that kicks off Nov. 22. Vizio’s V-Series models are entry-level sets that use its Android-based SmartCast smart TV system, with Vizio Voice, Chromecast, and support for Apple AirPlay2 built in. We tested a very similar set (without the “x” in the name), and it did well, except for its lackluster HDR performance.

    CR’s test results: Vizio V705-J03 70-inch TV

    This 75-inch 4K smart TV from Hisense—in its entry-level series of ULED sets that feature quantum dots for a wider range of colors—has satisfying overall picture quality, though it HDR effectiveness was limited. It has a number of step-up features, including a full-array LED backlight with local dimming and support for Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos Audio. This model uses the Android TV smart TV platform, with built-in Google Assistant; it will also work with Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant.

    CR’s test results: Hisense 75U6G 75-inch TV

    This TV, in a series that’s a step up from Samsung’s entry-level QLED sets for 2021, delivers great overall picture quality but limited HDR performance. It’s a good deal because the entry-level Q60 model, which lacks some features found on this set, is selling for the same price.

    CR’s test results: Samsung QN75Q70A 75-inch TV

    TCL 75-inch TCL 4K 6-Series Google TV

    Right now, we only see this model, the TCL 75R646, at Best Buy. We didn’t test it, but we have tested the TCL 75R635, below. Based on its specs, this appears to be very similar. Both televisions, for example, use Mini LED backlights with local dimming. One difference is that this set uses the new Google TV smart TV platform rather than Roku. The model we tested provides a lot of bang for the buck, including very satisfying overall picture quality and a very effective HDR experience, something that not many TVs in this price range can match. We expect this model to perform similarly.

    CR’s test results: TCL 75R635 75-inch TV

    LG 77-Inch C-Series 4K OLED Smart TV

    We didn’t test this 77-inch 4K OLED TV, the LG OLED77C1AUB; it’s a step-up C1 Series set for 2021 that’s sold via warehouse clubs. However, we did test the similar model sold at electronics stores and mass merchants—the LG OLED77C1PUB—and it’s among the best TVs we’ve reviewed this year, with top-notch picture quality, effective HDR, and great sound. Costco’s price, which includes a three-year extended warranty, is good through Nov. 29. Note that Walmart bundles a sound bar, mounting bracket, and surge protector at a slightly higher cost.

    Samsung 85-Inch 4K Crystal Smart TV

    This set, the Samsung UN85AU8000, appears to be a fairly basic 4K TV. We haven’t tested any AU-Series models yet this year in larger screen sizes, but we did test the 55-inch SamsungUN55AU8000, and it did very well for overall picture quality, though not for HDR.


    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.