The Best Black Friday TV Deals So Far
- 65″ TCL 65R625 4K QLED TV for $699.99 at Walmart
- 65″ Sony XBR 65X900F for $1098 at Walmart
- 55″ Vizio M6-Series QLED 4K TV for $398 at Walmart
- 55″ LG B9 OLED 4K TV with 4K Blu-ray Player for $1199 at Dell
- 75″ Sony XBR 75X800G + $250 Gift Card for $1098 at Dell Home
- 55″ Sony XBR 55X950G + $200 Gift Card for $998 at Dell Home
- 65″ Sony XBR65 X950G + $300 Gift Card for $1398 at Dell Home
Black Friday OLED TVs
The LG B9 model is the least expensive of the 2019 OLED TVs and yet it is still stunning. OLED TVs are still considered the TV to buy if you want the absolute best image quality. They are superior to LCD TVs thanks to their unparalleled contrast ratios and black levels.
In terms of picture quality, the LG C9 OLED TV is the best OLED TV on the market. There is an LG E9 model that is “higher end”, but the screen and processor are identical (the main difference is that the E9 has a better sound system). If you aren’t satisfied with “just” getting an OLED and want the “best” OLED, the C9 is your ticket.
There’s a reason why we never post Sony OLED TVs… they never go on sale. For the first time, we’ve seen a major discount on these OLED TVs, $500 off the 55″ model and $1000 off the 65″ model. These are true OLED TVs and the only real competitor to LG’s OLED lineup.
The A9G is Sony’s highest end OLED for 2019. For those of you who only want to spend big bucks on image quality alone, stick with the A8G since the two are very similar. The A9G does boast much lower input lag (better for gaming), HDMI 2.0 spec across all four ports, eARC over HDMI, a better remote, and a faster processor for smoother Smart functionality.
- 55″ XBR55A9G + $250 Gift Card for $2498 from Dell
- 65″ XBR65A9G + $250 Gift Card for $3498 from Dell
- 77″ XBR77A9G + $250 Gift Card for $4998 from Dell
Black Friday Vizio TVs
The Vizio Quantum Mxx6 is Vizio’s least expensive TV that utilizes “Quantum Dot” technology, the same used in Samsung’s QLED TVs. It is HDR capable and features a full-array backlight with 10 local dimming zones, wide color gamut, and 400nits of brightness.
The Vizio Quantum Mxx7 is the mid-tier M-series TV. It is HDR capable and features a full full-array backlight with 16 dimming zones, wide color gamut, and 400nits of brightness.
The Vizio Quantum Mxx8 is the highest end M-series TV. It is HDR capable and features a full-array backlight with 90 local dimming zones, wide color gamut, and 600nits of brightness.
We reviewed this TV. The Vizio Quantum P-series is a higher end model over the M-series. It is HDR capable and features a full-array backlight with 200 local dimming zones, wide color gamut, 1100nits of brightness, and 120Hz refresh rate.
The Vizio Quantum P-series X is Vizio’s highest end TV for 2019. It is HDR capable and features a full-array LED backlight with 384 local dimming zones, wide color gamut, an incredible 3000nits of brightness, and 120Hz refresh rate.
The V-series TV is Vizio’s budget TV for 2019. Despite it being the least expensive of Vizio’s 2019 TVs, it still has features that you’d normally only find in more expensive TVs like the full-array LED backlight and SmartCast functionality.
Although this is a 2018 model, the E-series is actually in fact better than the 2019 V-series model (the V-series compares more to the D-series). It features a full-array LED backlight with local dimming for better color uniformity, higher contrast ratios, and deeper blacks.
Black Friday Samsung TVs at Walmart
The Q90R is Samsung’s highest end QLED TV for 2019. It boasts Samsung’s best features including full HDR capability, QLED technology, “Direct Full Array 16X” backlight with local dimming, and 120Hz refresh rate.
The Q80R is just a notch below the Q90R. The primary difference is that the Q80R features a “Direct Full Array 8X” backlight with local dimming compared the the Q90R’s 16X. Logically we would assume that’s half the number of local dimming zones (but we can’t guarantee that).
Despite its much lower price tag, the Q70R still adopts the same “Direct Full Array” backlight with local dimming as the Q90R and Q80R, albeit this time there are “4X” local dimming zones. It still has very impressive picture quality and is a strong value for image purists.
The Q60R is Samsung’s least expensive QLED TV. Unlike the full-array backlight adopted by the other QLED TVs, the Q60R is edge-lit. It still scores well in the image quality department, and has the same 120Hz native refresh rate of its pricier siblings.
The RU8000 is very similar to the Q60R but without the QLED technology. It’s an edge-lit TV that gets good marks for image quality and has a fast 120Hz native refresh rate.
The RU7100 is Samsung’s value TV for 2019. Get this model if you like the Samsung brand but don’t want to pay Samsung prices. Like the RU8000 this is an edge-lit model.
The NU6900 is the 2018 predecessor to the RU7100. By going one generation back you can save $75-$150 depending on the size.
Black Friday LG TVs at Dell
Dell generally offers the best Black Friday TV deals. Why? Because not only do they match everyone else’s Black Friday price, they also throw in a gift card. The gift card does have its limits: it’s a promo gift card that can only be used at Dell and usually carries a 90-day expiration date. However, you can use it on virtually anything at Dell, including video game consoles, computers, monitors,and electronics.
Black Friday Sony 4K TVs
The X950G model is Sony’s highest end LED LCD TVs for 2019. Unless you upgrade to OLED, there isn’t anything better from Sony. It is HDR capable and features a full-array backlight with local dimming and a fast 120Hz native refresh rate.
The X900F is last year’s model but it is very, very similar in image quality to the 2019 X950G. Because it’s last year’s model, though, you’re saving $400-800 by going with an 2018 X900F instead of a 2019 X950G. If you are an image purist looking for a 65″ or 75″ TV, this is probably the best Black Friday deal so far, especially for the 75″ model.
The X850G is the mid-tier XBR model but that doesn’t mean it delivers mid-tier image quality. This is one of the best edge-lit models out there and has a fast 120Hz native refresh rate.
The X800G model is the least expensive of Sony’s 2019 XBR TVs. This particular model uses an IPS panel, which is great for viewing even at very wide angles.
TCL Black Friday TVs
The 2019 TCL 6-series is a contender for best image quality under $700. The biggest upgrade from the 2018 model is the Quantum LED (QLED) technology. In addition, the wide color gamut and local dimming on it is excellent, which means that HDR quality is top-notch.
The 6-series is one of TCL’s highest-end models. Note that this is the 2018 model that does not utilize QLEDs. It is one of the least expensive TVs out there that is HDR capable thanks to its full-array backlight with local dimming and wide color gamut.
Like the TCL 4-series, the 5-series boasts a very fast response time and chroma 4:4:4 output at 1080p and 4K making it a great oversized PC monitor. Unlike the TCL 4-series, it also boasts a wide color gamut which is important for improved HDR quality.
The TCL 4-series is an excellent TV for those who want to use it as an oversized computer monitor. It has a very fast response time so ghost or blur trails will be minimized. More importantly, this TV is capable of chroma 4:4:4 output at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K.
Black Friday 2019 TV Accessories
35% Off Whalen Payton 3-in-1 Flat Panel TV Stand for TVs up to 65″, Now $105
Save big on one of Walmart’s best selling and best rated TV stands. It looks awesome, especially with the built-in floating TV mount (other mounting options are also included), takes up a minimal footprint, has built-in cable management, accommodates most TV sizes, and boasts very easy assembly. You even get free 2-day delivery!
Amazon Black Friday Fire TV Deals
Here is the ultimate stocking stuffer. For a mere $20 you can get a Fire TV Stick that will act as your hub to just about every streaming service you’re subscribed to, including Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, YouTube, Crunchyroll, and much more. For only $5 extra you can upgrade to the 4K stick for 4K and HDR support. With this little device you shouldn’t even care if your TV is Smart or not… every TV can become intelligent as long as it has an HDMI port.
2019 Roku Ultra 4K HDR for $49.99
This is the new 2019 Roku that was released in early October and retails for $99.99. It includes a pair of JBL earbuds and an enhanced voice remote. In my opinion, the Roku still is the easiest, cleanest, and most intuitive of any streaming interface.
Black Friday 2019
All the best Black Friday deals can be found in one of our continuously updated guides.
TV Buying Guide
Before spending money on a brand new TV, I’d suggest you take some time to answer these questions first. Your TV purchase could last you a long while, so you want to make sure you pick one that will satisfy you for years to come.
What Size TV Are You Looking For?
Get the biggest TV that your space can fit and that your budget allows. The #1 regret for TV buyers is wishing they had gone with a bigger size. Common TV sizes range from 40″ to 86″. Currently the sweet spot for value lies in the 5t” to 65″ TV size range.
What Is Your Budget?
TV price depends on many factors, including screen size, brand, features, and of course deal quality. The price can range from under $100 all the way to thousands of dollars. It’s important for you to set yourself a firm price ceiling or you could possibly spend far above what you expected. In my opinion, the vast majority of people should be easily able to find a TV they are happy with a budget of $700. Because you’re shopping around Black Friday, you’ll be able to get a much better quality TV or a larger sized TV without spending any more money. Alternatively, you could get the exact same TV you were planning to get anyways and put some money back into your savings.
What Features Do You Need?
When you upgrade, what features would you benefit from?
4K isn’t entirely necessary even now; most content is still streamed in 1080p or 720p because of bandwidth limitations, and unless you own a 4K Blu-ray player or Xbox One, you won’t even be able to play 4K Blu-ray discs. That being said, 4K will eventually become the standard and sooner rather than later. I would venture to say that it will become the standard in about 2-4 years. If you want a TV that will last 5 years or more, it’s best to ride the 4K wave.
Smart functionality is very useful but your TV does not need to be inherently Smart enabled. All you have to do is plug in an Amazon Fire TV Stick and you are set. The advantage of a stick is that you can move it from TV to TV. Because you’re reading this around Black Friday, there’s already an enticing deal on an Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick… it’s 50% off.
In terms of connectivity, you’ll want to figure out how many HDMI inputs you’ll need. If you have 3 gaming consoles, that will take up 3 ports right there. A soundbar may take up another port. So would a DVR, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Stick. If you don’t have enough ports you could get an HDMI splitter, but that would add to the cost.
Are You an Image Purist?
This is where stakes get high. Image quality is the reason why some 65″ TVs can be found for under $500 while others can cost thousands. OLED TVs are considered the creme de la creme of TVs, primarily because OLEDs can shut on and off individually allowing for super high contrast ratios and incredibly deep blacks. Of course you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for this technology. The next step down are the traditional LCD TVs that utilize Quantum LEDS, or QLEDs. Samsung was the first to market these TVs, but now other TV manufacturers like Vizio and TCL are also selling their own QLED TV variants. Sony has their own XBR line that doesn’t utilize QLED technology, but are often considered equal in image quality nonetheless. The other term you’ll run into often is HDR, or high dynamic range. In layman terms, this simply means a TV is capable of an extended level of color range… a high level of contrast between the darkest black and the brightest white. You’ll see MANY TVs market themselves as HDR sets, but in order to be truly HDR capable, traditional TVs generally require three features: (1) enough brightness to be able to drive the “brightest white”, (2) a wide color gamut that allows your TV to display an increased range of colors, and (3) local dimming which allows LED “zones” to completely shut off to create a true black. If you read the specs carefully, you will notice that only the higher end TVs have all of these features. Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, and TCL all have at least one TV model that is truly HDR capable.
There are a few other specs that are more specific to certain types of media. A faster refresh rate on a TV is good for fast motion handling like sports or video games. Most TVs have a 60Hz refresh rate but you might want to consider a 120Hz refresh rate if you’re a gamer or a sports enthusiast. Finally, if you want to use your TV as a computer monitor, make sure that it is capable of chroma 4:4:4 output at whichever resolution you prefer. Usually it is 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Chroma 4:4:4 is absolutely necessary if you don’t want muddied looking text.
Do You Have Brand Loyalty?
Traditionally Samsung, LG, and Sony have stood at the top of the heap in terms of reputation. They have a proven track record of offering some of the highest quality TVs on the market. However, in recent years, other TV brands have been able to catch up to the point that I would call them equals. Vizio is one of the best selling brands and their M and P-series TVs are just as good as if not better than most of the TVs offered by the “big three”. Even more recent newcomer TCL has been combining great quality panels with Roku smart functionality in a very affordable package. In my opinion, the Roku interface is by far the best Smart interface compared to any other TV. Likewise, Toshiba and Element have partnered with Amazon to develop the only TVs on the market with Amazon Fire TV.
What Else to Consider?
Only you will really know what level of picture quality satisfies you. Check the TV out in person at your local store, decide what you are happy with, price compare (and check this page), and then make your purchase. For larger TVs, I would recommend buying from a store that has retail locations that allows online returns, or an online vendor that has an outstanding return policy. It can be very aggravating to return a TV to an online vendor that doesn’t have great customer service to begin with. For smaller TVs, breakage is less of an issue and I would just recommend you base your purchase on whatever reputable vendor has it the cheapest. Most TVs carry a 1-year warranty but if the price is right, extend it to 2-3 years. It’s easier dealing with a local entity that honors your extended warranty than with an overseas manufacturer.
Eric Song is IGN’s deal curator and spends 25% of his pay on stuff he posts.