Black Friday 2018: Best TV and Home Theater Online Deals

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are hyped to no end. Yes, there are good deals to be had if you trudge to Walmart at midnight, but you won’t always find monster savings. (You will find monster crowds.) These days, you don’t even have to leave the house to get your hands on most of the better Black Friday deals. In fact, if you’re looking for a TV, you don’t even have to scour the web. We’ve done the hard work for you. Below are the best TV and Home Theater deals we’ve found for Cyber Week.

Updated early afternoon Nov. 23: We crossed out some dead deals and added a few new ones. Deals tend to flow and out of availability and vary in price during Black Friday. Please bear with us. We will continue to update this list as we learn about new deals, and items sell out.

More WIRED Black Friday Deals

Featured Deal

43-Inch TCL 4K Roku TV

$320 ($180 off) from Amazon

TCL’s 5 Series 4K TV with Roku built into it is our top recommended entry-level TV. It has all the basics of a good 4K HDR TV, with good picture quality and a better interface than some $1,000-plus sets, thanks to Roku.

Affordable TVs You Won’t Hate

Vizio

43-Inch TCL 1080p Roku TV for $220 ($20 off)

Amazon

I don’t recommend you purchase an HDTV unless you’re truly strapped for cash. It’s worth the investment to buy a 4K set, which has four times as many pixels as an HD set. But if you are going to stick with HD, or are buying a TV for a secondary room, this Roku TV should do the trick. You’ll like the easy remote and simple Roku interface. The 32-inch model is also on sale for $150, though it doesn’t quite have a full HD resolution.

50-Inch Sharp 4K Roku TV for $330 ($70 off)

Best Buy

Sharp’s Roku TV is also pretty bare-bones and doesn’t get those deep blacks you’ll find on some of the more expensive TVs. Then again, you may not care. If you’re hunting for a second TV, or want a bargain, this Sharp also has Roku built-in, which is nice. It also has a 1080p HD version and other sizes, all of which are priced affordably.

Sceptre 55-Inch 4K UHD TV for $240 ($160 off)

Walmart

This Sceptre gives you a very large screen with a high 4K resolution, and four HDMI ports. The picture should be good enough to feel like a good step up from HD. Some users complain about the sound, though poor audio quality is a problem on most every TV. No matter what TV you buy, we recommend you pick up a good soundbar (or read our Best Soundbars guide).

55-Inch Samsung NU6900 4K TV for $398 ($302 off)

Walmart, Best Buy

Sizes: 43-Inch, 50-Inch, 55-Inch

This is a respectable entry-level Samsung 4K TV with basic HDR for improved contrast. The sound output is solid, as is the picture quality . You’ll have to get around the fact that there are only two HDMI ports, but that’s the only major problem. Smaller sizes of this TV get as cheap as $278 for the 43-inch model.

60-Inch Vizio D Series 4K TV for $498 ($200 off)

Walmart

Deal Active through November 23

This Vizio is already on sale, but it will be even cheaper for Black Friday. It’ a small step down from the Vizio E Series below, but it still has killer picture quality. Vizio TVs are a good bargain all around. Pair this one with a soundbar to really kick your home theater to a new level.

70-Inch Vizio E Series 4K TV for $750 ($150 off)

Best Buy

Sizes: 43-Inch, 50-Inch, 55-Inch, 65-Inch, 70-Inch

Vizio’s E Series is a step above the bargain bin, with a full array of backlights and local dimming, which makes certain areas of the screen lighter or darker, depending on the action. We reviewed the E Series last year and it gets a WIRED Recommends award this year too.

86-Inch LG 4K HDR TV +$250 Gift Card for $2,497 ($2,000 off)

Dell

If you want a beautiful TV in the absurdly large size of 86 inches, it’s hard to beat this LG LED 4K HDR model. It looks fantastic compared to most sets, and comes in 70 and 75 inches if you want to downsize just a tad.

Deals on the Absolute Best TVs

LG

THE BEST: LG OLED C8 55-Inch 4K TV for $1,497 ($700 off)

Amazon

No TV screen technology beats OLED right now. It’s the only display type capable of perfect blacks, because every pixel independently lights itself—no backlight required. It’s the best-looking TV of 2018 (8/10, WIRED Recommends).

Vizio P Series 55-Inch for $650 ($150 off)

Best Buy

Vizio’s P Series may be the cheapest path to owning a premium TV. It’s LCD, but has local dimming to selectively darken areas of the screen, and deep blacks. I’ve been using it for a couple months, and it’s an absolute joy. Read my full review for more details (8/10, WIRED Recommends).

49-Inch Sony X900F for $898 ($202 off)

Amazon, B&H

Sizes: 49-Inch, 55-Inch, 65-Inch, 75-Inch, 85-Inch

The Sony X900F is one of the best-looking TVs money can buy—by most measures. It excels with deep blacks and high contrast and works well for absolutely anything, including gaming. It’s comparable to Samsung’s QLED tech, and just a step down from LG’s OLED TVs. Sony also chose Google’s Android TV for its interface, which means you may not need to buy a Roku at first.

49-Inch Samsung QLED Q6FN 4K TV for $698 ($200 off)

Amazon, Walmart, B&H, Best Buy, Jet

Sizes: 49-Inch, 55-Inch, 65-Inch, 75-Inch, 82-Inch

To compete with LG’s OLED technology, Samsung came up with QLED—a modified version of LED that helps it attain deeper blacks. We still prefer OLED, but Samsung’s TVs are the next best thing. The Q6FN is a slight downgrade from Samsung’s higher end Q8FN (7/10 WIRED Review), but it’s a fantastic TV nonetheless. The Q8FN is also on sale for $1,498 ($300 off) if you’re credit card needs a good challenge.

Home Theater Deals

Roku

Be sure to check out our Best Soundbars and Best TV Streaming Devices roundups for more information about some of these picks.

Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $48 ($22 off)

Amazon

This is the Best Overall TV streaming device and our favorite Roku (Read our Roku Guide). Just plug it in the back of your TV and off Roku will whisk you—to a land where Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, and HBO Now roam free. Roku has nearly everything, and it’s reliable. The Streaming Stick is also our favorite because it can hold a solid dual-band Wi-Fi connection, which is always good when you’re streaming high resolution video.

Roku Ultra for $50 ($50 off)

Amazon

Roku is WIRED’s top-recommended streaming platform and the Roku Ultra is the best Roku has to offer. This box will let you stream Netflix, along with just about any other streaming app. On top of that, it can control the power and volume of your TV, has a USB port and MicroSD slot for loading local media, and comes with a pair of earbuds that connect to the remote so you can listen to your TV in silence at night.

Roku SE (HD TVs) for $20

Walmart In-Store Only

We don’t usually share in-store Black Friday Deals, but if you do find yourself in a Walmart at midnight this Friday, see if you can snatch up one of these. It’s basically a Roku Premiere, but half the price. Just know it’s for HDTVs only.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $35 ($15 off)

Amazon

If you watch a lot of Amazon videos, or subscribe to Prime, the Fire TV Stick is perfect for you. It does have most other streaming services—Amazon always pushes it’s own content, though.

Amazon Fire TV Cube (Hands-Free Alexa) for $60 ($60 off)

Amazon

The Fire TV Cube is like the Fire Stick, except it has hands-free voice menus, so you can talk to your TV to play movies and navigate menus. It works… sometimes (read our full review), but at half price, even if you don’t love the voice features, it’s still a good Fire TV.

Sonos Beam Soundbar for $349 ($50 off)

Amazon, Sonos

The Sonos Beam is one of WIRED’s favorite soundbars (8/10, WIRED Recommends) and a perfect start to a Sonos setup. We like it because it’s compact, sounds outstanding, and has hands-free Alexa and Sonos voice access (Google Home coming soon). The Sonos Sub is also $100 off and is amazing if paired with a Beam, though it’s still quite pricey.

Polk Command Bar Soundbar for $199 ($100 off)

Amazon

Polk’s Command Bar is a functional, easy to use soundbar (yes, your TV needs a soundbar) that also comes with built-in Alexa. The included sub adds some bass. At this price, it’s hard to find a combo soundbar with smart features anywhere else. Read our full review to learn more. If you don’t like Alexa, Polk’s other MagniFi soundbars are also on sale for $100-$200 off, and good quality.

Samsung Soundbar, Sub, and Surround Speakers for $169 ($70 off)

Walmart

Deal Active November 22 – November 26

It’s tough to find a good soundbar and subwoofer for under $200, and this Samsung setup doesn’t end there. It has two surround speakers as well.

Vizio 28-Inch Soundbar for $50 ($30 off)

Target

This is not the best soundbar you can buy. Not at all. But Vizio soundbars fill our Best Soundbas list for a reason: they’re cheap and they sound excellent for their size. No matter what TV you own if you’ve never invested in speakers for it, do yourself a favor and give this a try. It’s only $50. It will give you a taste of what you’re missing out on.

Black Friday Sale Pages for 2018

We’ve sifted through the mess of deals, but if you want to look for yourself, here are some links. Many of these prices may not be live until day-of.

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