Looking for an excuse to finally buy that big-screen TV you've been coveting? Look no further than a certain upcoming football game, whoseprevent me from naming directly.
Want another arrow in your new-TV-rationalization quiver? Prices on many sets are at their lowest levels yet as manufacturers and retailers tackle 2017 inventory in advance of. If you want a new TV now, and don't want to wait until the fourth quarter of 2018 when prices fall again, it might be time to pull the trigger.
Unfortunately, like the box against a 3rd and 1, the TV market is packed with contenders for your dollar. It's not easy to call a play from field level. That's where I come in. Think of me as your eye-in-the-sky offensive coordinator, without the headset.
Here are eight of my favorite TVs, all available in sizes of at least 55 inches, arranged from cheapest to most expensive. I listed the lowest price I found at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart or B&H as of press time. Pricing and availability may vary depending on when you read this, so be sure to click through on the size you want for the latest price.
Enough with the pregame, let's kick it off!
55-inch TCL 55S405: $370
65-inch TCL 65S405: $877
Why it's on this list: As the cheapest big-screen TV I can heartily recommend, the TCL S405 is an ideal first play of the consideration game. The picture is good enough for most viewers, albeit worse than any of the others on this list. But holy gods of gridiron, that's a low price on the 55-inch set! (By the way, the 43-incher is also on sale for $330.) Roku's awesome smart TV system is a nice sweetener, too, especially if you want toor watch it .
60-inch Vizio E60-E3: $700
65-inch Vizio E65-E1: $750
70-inch Vizio E70-E3: $1,080
75-inch Vizio E75-E3: $1,600
80-inch Vizio E80-E3: $2,600
Why it's on this list: Even cheaper than the TCL above at 65 inches, the Vizio E is a better choice for budget buyers who want a linebacker-size screen. The secret is, a technology that increases contrast especially in dark scenes -- don't worry, it still looks great for bright football games. One 3-and-out for however: There's no tuner in the E series (or the M series, below), so you can't watch the game via antenna.
55-inch TCL 55P605: $600
55-inch TCL 55P607: $650
Why it's on this list: If you want a 55-inch TV, this is my No. 1 pick for the money. Think of it as the speediest little slot receiver on the field. It handily outperforms the first two on this list and combines Dolby Vision HDR with the joy of Roku. The only difference between the 607 and the cheaper 605, which is exclusive to Best Buy, is the remote.
55-inch Vizio M55-E0: $700
65-inch Vizio M65-E0: $1,000
70-inch Vizio M70-E3: $1,400
75-inch Vizio M75-E1: $1,850
Why it's on this list: So maybe you want a screen bigger than 55 inches and better than the E series. That's where the M comes in. It sits at what I call the sweetest spot between image quality and affordability, delivering that great local dimming in larger screen sizes than the TCL P series. It earned my Editors' Choice award for 2017 as the best TV for the money overall, so if you're drafting based on BPA, it's a clear No. 1 pick.
55-inch Sony XBR-55X900E: $1,000
65-inch Sony XBR-65X900E: $1,500
75-inch Sony XBR-75X900E: $2,500
Why it's on this list: If you were waiting for these TV playoffs to include another team beyond TCL and Vizio, wait no longer. The Sony X900E is affordable enough to tempt midrange TV shoppers away from those budget brands, yet has a good enough picture that you won't feel burned buying it. Its main claim to fame is HDR prowess -- the big game isn't even in 4K this year, but baby steps, right?
55-inch Samsung UN55MU9000: $1,200
65-inch Samsung UN65MU9000: $1,700
75-inch Samsung UN75MU9000: $3,000
Why it made the list: Perhaps you're hosting the kind of refined big-game gathering that serves crepes and sparkling water instead of chili and beer. Or perhaps you just want a Samsung. In both cases the aesthetically pleasing, full-featured MU9000 fits the bill, although its picture falls short of most of the other TVs listed here.
Samsung QN55Q7F: $1,500
Samsung QN65Q7F: $2,200
Samsung QN75Q7F: $3,300
Why it made the list: Like the MU9000, above, but with a better reputation and superior style -- the Q7 is Tom Brady to the MU9000's Nick Foles. Given all the marketing money that Samsung has thrown atyou might expect it to have a better picture than the MU9000, but in our tests the two were very similar. The upside to this pick, however, is that the Q7 is truly on super-sale, fully $300 cheaper for the 65-inch compared to its Black Friday low.
55-inch OLED55B7A: $1,600
65-inch OLED65B7A: $2,500
55-inch OLED55C7: $1,700
65-inch OLED65C7: $2,700
Why it made the list: Nothing will impress your friends more on big game day, or impress your eyes afterward, than an OLED TV. The B7A is the cheapest one ever, and still offers the best picture we've ever tested. The C7 is identical aside from minor audio and styling differences, but hey, at this price maybe it's worth paying a bit more for its sleeker stand or Dolby Atmos. And if you're worried about buyer's remorse when the.
Update, Jan. 31: Added slideshow. First published Jan. 23.
Best TVs of 2018: Our editors hand-picked these based on our tests and reviews.
: The TVs of tomorrow will turn invisible.