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8 Early Black Friday TV Deals: 65 Inches, Mini LED, OLED, and More

November 19, 2021 - Posted in News Posted by:

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Now’s a great time to grab a brand-new TV. We’ve been testing all the latest and greatest models all year long, but we’re just starting to see the first discounts on our top 2021 models. Whether you’ve been watching college football on Saturdays, starting the new season of HBO’s Succession, or playing your new Nintendo Switch OLED on the big screen, here are a few awesome discounts to upgrade your home viewing experience.

Be sure to check out our TV-related buying guides, including the Best TVs, Best Soundbars, and Best Streaming Players. 

Updated November 19: We’ve added the Hisense U8G, and we will continue to update this post as Black Friday approaches.

WIRED’s Early Black Friday Coverage

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Mid-Tier TVs

TCL 5-series

Photograph: TCL 

This is the sweet spot for most TV buyers, where you’ll find great tech and good interfaces at relatively low prices.

Amazon, Best Buy

The 5-Series is the best TV under $500. You get a quantum dot display, an Android TV interface, and Alexa compatibility. Plus, the included voice remote makes it easy to search for your favorite content. It frequently dips to this price. 

Amazon, Best Buy

If you want something a bit bigger than the TCL above, this model from Samsung is a solid option. I like that it has Alexa onboard, so you can set timers and ask it the weather. (You can turn off Alexa if you don’t want to use it.) 

Amazon, Walmart

Hisense may be a lesser-known brand, but it actually makes some fantastic TVs. Take this U8G, for example. You get quantum dot color, IMAX-enhanced certification, and Android TV built-in. Hisense’s ULED backlighting technology is also excellent, providing plenty of brightness for even well-lit rooms. 

Amazon, Target

Sony’s 48-inch OLED offers stunning picture quality, with inky blacks OLED is justly famous for. The only downside to this one is it lacks the ability to play 4K video at 120 Hz, which means you probably don’t want to pair it with Sony’s Playstation 5 if you’re after the smoothest gameplay possible. 

Big Screens

Samsung QN84A.

Photograph: Samsung

Looking for a huge screen to watch your favorite teams or TV shows? These two are good options.

Best Buy

The quantum dot technology inside this 75-inch Samsung makes it bright and vibrant, perfect for larger living rooms with windows. I also like the center pedestal stand, which allows the giant TV to fit on standard-sized TV consoles.

Amazon, Best Buy

Sony is another maker of fine large TVs, and this one comes with Android TV built-in, plus Alexa compatibility for easy searching. It also has Sony’s awesome MotionFlow XR technology, which helps clarify high-speed objects like players and balls when watching sports, and all the onscreen action when gaming. The 85-inch model is also on sale for $2,000 ($500 off).

High-End Viewing

Samsung QN90A.

Photograph: Samsung

After a longer-term upgrade? Here are the best deals on some of the prettiest TVs on the market.

Amazon, Best Buy

This is Samsung’s 4K flagship, and it’s an astonishingly good-looking TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends). Mini LED backlighting combines with the company’s Neo QLED quantum dot technology to make it the best screen we’ve seen in bright rooms (and one of the best we’ve seen in dark ones).

Target, Best Buy

If you have a dark room to watch it in (or any room at all, really), the C1 is the prettiest TV I’ve seen this year (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s also amazing for gamers, thanks to HDMI 2.1 inputs and a 120-Hz refresh rate that delivers super-smooth motion onscreen.

Early Black Friday Sales Pages

Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few places offering early Black Friday deals. Be sure to check out our many buying guides and gift guides for additional ideas.

  • Amazon Sale
  • Target Sale, Coupons
  • Walmart Sale, Coupons
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond Sale, Coupons
  • REI Get Up Get Out Sale
  • Best Buy Sale, Coupons
  • QVC Sale, Coupons
  • Kohl’s, Coupons
  • Moosejaw Sale, Coupons
  • Adorama Sale, Coupons

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