A TV bought on Black Friday, especially at a classic "doorbuster" sale, had better be as cheap as possible. But you shouldn't regret buying it.
That's the philosophy I espoused in compiling the following list. I combed the major circulars, courtesy of BestBlackFriday.com, and found the cheapest TVs I'd actually recommend someone buy.
Since I haven't actually reviewed any of them, my recommendations are based on guesswork, namely whether I think they'll be good values based on TVs I have reviewed, brand reputation and size/cost ratio.
The list includes a few TVs from Amazon. The advantage is you can buy them without braving the stampede at your local big-box merchant. The downside is there's no telling when during the company's eight-day Black Friday sale (starting November 20 through Black Friday) they'll actually go on sale. See Amazon's Black Friday page for details.
Most of the other deals are in-store only and subject to limited availability, as well as potential sell-out, vendor guarantees notwithstanding.
The slightly-less-coveted spot of "cheapest good TV" belongs to TCL's smallest Roku-equipped model. I expect this set to be (or be very similar to) the TCL FS3800 series I really liked, and to perform much faster than the $25 Roku SE streaming box.
If you don't want to go Vizio, this cut-rate 4K Samsung might be more your speed. I don't expect it to perform as well as the Vizio M series, however, because its specs aren't as good as the Samsung UNJU7100 that I did review.
All three retailers are offering this non-4K Samsung in a ginormous size for a relatively low price...for a Samsung.
Our preferred pick at this size would be Vizio's M75-C1, a 4K model, but it's a bit more expensive at around $2,500 right now, and we haven't seen it featured at any Black Friday sales. Still, if you can afford the extra scratch, it will outperform this Samsung.