Best Super Bowl TV Deals for 2021
This is a great time to shop for a big-screen TV for the big game
It’s never easy to go to the Super Bowl. But it will be even tougher for this year’s event because the NFL is limiting capacity at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., to 20 to 25 percent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So when the Kansas City Chiefs face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at 6:30 p.m. EST Feb. 7, even more of us will be catching the game at home.
If you can’t be at the big game, though, the next best thing is watching it on a big-screen TV.
For some of us, that’s plenty of reason to get that first 4K HDR (high dynamic range) set or to step up to a 65-inch picture. Super Bowl TV deals are typically plentiful in the weeks leading up to the game, and the biggest price drops are on the largest screen sizes.
“While the best time to buy any TV will always be Black Friday, early February is also a decent time to be TV shopping,” says Michael Bonebright, a consumer analyst at the comparison shopping site DealNews. “Last year, we saw 39 percent more TV deals in February than in March,” he says, adding that the Super Bowl—and early Presidents Day sales—“give retailers a good excuse to discount bigger TVs, as shoppers may want to upgrade ahead of the big game.”
The list below, broken out by screen size, spotlights the best deals we've seen. As you may note, we include some sets that technically aren’t on sale. But given their current price and screen size, they represent solid bargains.
We’ve also added links to Consumer Reports’ evaluations for any set that passed through our labs. At the moment, there are more than 220 models in our TV ratings.
55- to 60-Inch TVs
Hisense 55-Inch 4K H8 Series Android Smart TV
That’s a nice price for a set this size, and it's now $50 cheaper than last week. We didn’t test the Hisense 55H8G, which is from the series just below the manufacturer’s flagship models. But we did evaluate the 75-inch version, which has satisfying overall picture quality. The HDR performance has limited effectiveness, though. The 55-inch model also has a full-array LED backlight with local dimming, which can help improve blacks and contrast when done well. It uses the Android TV smart TV system, which has built-in Chromecast and support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple AirPlay 2.
Samsung 55-Inch Q70-Series QLED TV
We didn’t test the Samsung QN55Q70TAFXZA—a step-up model in the manufacturer’s QLED TV lineup—but the 65-inch version had top-notch picture quality, though its HDR performance wasn’t quite as good. This 55-inch option, which is now $100 cheaper than last week, has a lot of good features, including Samsung’s smart TV system and the Bixby voice-powered digital assistant, built-in support for Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, and the Apple TV app for watching iTunes content right on the TV.
Vizio 55-inch 4K OLED Smart TV
One of the least expensive 4K OLED TVs on the market, the Vizio OLED55-H1 did great overall in our labs, but it can’t quite match the HDR performance seen in similar models from LG and Sony. It was $300 more expensive a week ago, but it's back at its Black Friday price.
CR's test results: Vizio OLED55-H1
LG 55-Inch 4K BX-Series OLED Smart TV
As you may have noticed, 4K OLED TVs top our TV ratings. This set—the least expensive model this size from LG—has excellent picture quality and sound, according to our testers. It’s now selling at its lowest price, too. For a really compelling HDR experience, check out the step-up LG OLED55CXPUA model as well. It’s available at Best Buy, Target, and Walmart for $100 more than this one.
CR’s test results: LG OLED55BXPUA
Onn 58-Inch 4K Roku TV
Low-priced TVs from Walmart’s Onn house brand were so popular during the retailer’s Black Friday sales event that many disappeared almost immediately. (This model has been in and out of stock since then, but you can sign up to get a notification as soon as it's available again.) We didn’t test the set, the Onn 100005397, but a 65-inch 4K Roku model had middling picture quality, plus ineffective HDR. Other Onn TVs have done a bit better in our ratings. It’s hard to say just how well this model will perform, but that’s a really nice price for a 58-inch 4K set. And the Roku TV platform provides access to lots of streaming services.
Hisense 58-Inch 4K Android Smart TV
We didn’t test this set, the Hisense 58H6570G, an entry-level Android TV model found mainly at Walmart. We did, however, test the 70-inch version—the Hisense 70H6570G—and it did well for HD and 4K picture quality but not HDR. (The TV supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.) This model uses the Google Android TV smart TV system, which has Chromecast and Google Assistant built in. It will also work with Amazon Alexa.
Hisense 65-Inch 6 Series 4K Android Smart TV
We didn’t test the Hisense 65H6510G, but other Hisense models in this price range have scored well for overall picture quality. They haven’t delivered an engaging HDR experience, though.
TCL 65-Inch 4-Series 4K Roku TV
This isn't much of a discount, but you won’t find many sets this size at that price. The model, the TCL 65S421, appears to be similar to the TCL S425 sets sold elsewhere. We didn’t test it but we have evaluated several 4-Series TCLs, and they generally performed well, except for HDR and, often, sound. The set has been in and out of stock, but you can sign up to get a notification as soon as it's available again.
Insignia 65-Inch 4K Fire TV
This set, the Insignia NS-65DF710NA21, is from Best Buy’s house brand and performed well in our labs. It delivers pretty decent sound, too. Like many budget TVs, though, it doesn’t provide a compelling HDR experience. The model uses the Amazon Fire smart TV system, offering some advantages for Amazon Prime members. Right now it's about $50 cheaper than last week.
CR’s test results: Insignia NS-65DF710NA21
Vizio 65-Inch M-Series 4K Smart TV
This set, the Vizio M65Q7-H1, is one of the company’s mainstream M-Series 4K sets for 2020. We didn’t test the model, but we did test the 55-inch version—the Vizio M55Q7-H1—and it did well for HD and 4K picture quality but not HDR. (Vizio 4K TVs support HDR10, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HLG HDR formats.) Compared with the entry-level V-Series sets, M-Series models have quantum dots for a wider range of colors and full-array LED backlights with more dimmable zones, which can help improve blacks and contrast. This sale is good until Feb. 7.
TCL 65-Inch R615-Series 4K Roku TV
Introduced in 2018, the TCL 65R615 is getting hard to find, but it’s among the best bargains in terms of price and performance. In our testing, it delivered top-notch picture quality, plus an effective HDR experience, which is unusual for a set at this price range. The model has full-array LED backlight with local dimming, which can help with blacks and contrast. On the downside, the sound isn’t so hot.
CR’s test results: TCL 65R615
Samsung 65-Inch Q60-Series 4K QLED TV
This model, the Samsung QN65Q60TB, is from the manufacturer’s entry-level QLED series for 2020. (If you search for “Samsung QN6560T,” you’ll find it at other retailers, too.) While we haven’t tested it, other Q60 models have typically scored very well for overall picture quality and sound but not as good for HDR.
Vizio 65-Inch P-Series 4K Smart TV
This 2020 set, the Vizio P65Q9-H1, delivers commendable picture quality for the price, plus an effective HDR experience, something many less expensive Vizio models don’t do. It has the company’s SmartCast smart TV system, with Chromecast and Google Assistant built in. The price dropped by about $80 in the last few days, and the set will be available at this price until Feb. 21.
CR’s test results: Vizio P65Q9-H1
Vizio 65-Inch 4K OLED TV
One of the least expensive 4K OLED TVs on the market, the Vizio OLED65-H1 did great overall in our labs, but it can’t quite match the HDR performance seen in models from LG and Sony. It was $300 more a week ago, but it's back at its Black Friday price again.
CR’s test results: Vizio OLED65-H1
70-Inch and Larger TVs
Onn 70-Inch 4K Roku TV
When this set, the Onn 100012588 from Walmart’s house brand, appeared at this price on Black Friday, it sold out almost immediately. But that now seems to be its everyday price. Here, once again, we didn’t test the model but did test a 65-inch 4K Onn Roku TV that had middling picture quality and ineffective HDR. Other Onn TVs have done a bit better in our ratings.
Vizio 70-Inch 4K V-Series Smart TV
This set from Vizio’s entry-level V-Series for 2020 has commendable HD and 4K picture quality, but the HDR performance was ineffective. Like other Vizio models, it has the company’s SmartCast smart TV system with built-in Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2, plus support for Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant voice-powered assistants.
CR’s test results: Vizio V705-H13
LG 70-Inch UN7070-Series 4K Smart TV
This entry-level 4K model scored well for overall HD and 4K picture quality, but as with many entry-level sets, the HDR had very limited effectiveness. The set does have better than average sound. LG has its own smart TV platform, which works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant digital voice assistants, plus Apple AirPlay 2. But the model doesn’t come with, or work with, LG’s voice-enabled Magic Remote.
Insignia 70-Inch 4K Amazon Fire TV
This already low-priced smart TV—the Insignia NS-70DF710NA21, from Best Buy’s house brand—is now back down to its Black Friday price; it was $100 more expensive last week. It uses the Amazon Fire TV smart TV system. We didn’t test the model but did test the 50- and 55-inch versions in this series, and they did pretty well for overall picture quality, though not for HDR.
TCL 75-Inch 4-Series 4K Roku TV
That’s a nice price for a 75-inch set. The TCL 75S434 (from the manufacturer’s entry-level 4K line) was available to Best Buy members for about $500 during the retailer’s Black Friday sale. We didn’t test the set, which is exclusive to Best Buy, but other 4-Series big-screen models have scored surprisingly well for HD and 4K picture quality, though not for HDR. Unlike most TCL sets, which use the Roku smart TV platform, this is an Android TV.
Vizio 75-Inch P-Series Quantum X 4K Smart TV
The Vizio P75QX-H1 is from the company’s flagship Quantum X series for 2020. We didn’t test those sets but did test the model in the series just below it—the Vizio P65Q9-H1—and it scored really well for overall picture quality and had an effective HDR experience. Given that the Quantum X model has even more features—including higher peak brightness and more dimmable backlight zones—than the P-Series models, it too is likely to do very well. It’s at this price until Feb. 7.
Hisense 85-Inch Hisense 4K 6 Series Android Smart TV
The Hisense 85H6570G is an entry-level Android TV model. It’s also the largest set the company offered in 2020. We didn’t test it, but we did evaluate the 70-inch Hisense 70H6570G, which scored well for HD and 4K picture quality but not HDR. Models in this series support TV HDR10 and Dolby Vision and use the Google Android TV smart TV system, which has Chromecast and Google Assistant built in; they also work with Amazon Alexa.
Samsung 85-Inch TU8000-Series 4K Smart TV
This jumbo-sized set, the Samsung UN85TU8000, is selling for its Black Friday price. We didn’t test the model, but TU8000 TVs we have evaluated have scored very well for overall picture quality, though not as well for HDR performance. Many have also had better than average sound.
Vizio 85-Inch P-Series Quantum X 4K Smart TV
This set, the Vizio P85QX-H1, is the bigger sibling to the 75-inch model referenced above. We didn’t test either option, but based on the strong performance of the 65-inch TV we did test in the series below it, we expect this one to perform well. It’s in Vizio’s flagship Quantum X series of TVs for 2020. It has the company’s SmartCast smart TV system with built-in Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2, plus support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice-powered assistants. It’s available at this price at both retailers until Feb. 21.