Cyber Monday 2018 best TV deals: $100 off the 65-inch TCL 6 series, now $799
CNET's favorite TV of 2018 is now $100 cheaper for the 65-inch size. As Cyber Monday winds up, it might be time to finally pull the trigger.
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Update Tuesday November 27, 2018: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 are over, and all of the featured deals on this page are either sold out or pricing has returned to previous levels. This article will not be further updated.
If you've been waiting to get the best price on a new TV that's actually good, Cyber Monday continues to deliver its very final hours, though you will find plenty of deals coming to an end.
We're still bullish on the 65-inch TCL 6 series, our favorite TV for the money of 2018, which remains at its lowest price ever until the clock ticks over to Tuesday: $799 at Best Buy. That's $100 off its low-low-low Black Friday price.
We've got all the deals from the final hours covered below, so if you're in the market for another size or brand and picture quality isn't at the top of your must-have list, there's plenty for you, too.
Updated: Deals and availability confirmed on Monday, Nov. 26 at 8:15 p.m. PT.
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We'll be highlighting not only the cheapest TVs we find -- the infamous in-store-only "doorbusters" that were designed to get you to the retailer Friday morning -- but also deals on TVs we actually recommend. Before we get to the deals, here's what you need to know.
This update is current as of Monday, Nov. 26 at 8:15 p.m. PT.
It incorporates the sale information from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's, Dell, Shopko, Meijer, JCPenney, Belk and Samsung.com.
Deal availability varies per store, and links to specific TVs at stores might not show the Black Friday 2018 price until the sale starts.
CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured below.
This is most likely the best price you'll get for TCL's superb 65R615. This model is exclusive to Best Buy but basically identical to the one we named our favorite TV for the money in 2018. You simply can't get a picture this good for any less, and the awesome Roku TV operating system is sweet icing on the cake.
What makes it better than other TVs? Full-array local dimming, or FALD. This features goes further than any other for improving LCD image quality, and this TCL outperforms other FALD-equipped TV at the price and cheaper, as well as trouncing non-FALD TVs -- including entry-level Samsungs and LGs on sale everywhere for Black Friday.
According to TCL: "This sale will only be valid today at BestBuy.com and at Best Buy stores across the U.S until midnight CT online and until stores close, while supplies last."
Although it didn't get a big Cyber Monday discount, the smaller version of the 6 series is still a great value.
Take everything we said about the 65-incher and shrink it down to the 55-inch size -- this is still the best TV for the money, period. If you want voice the voice remote, however, that version is for $30 more.
This is probably the best price on the best TV all year. Only available in a 65-inch size, the Quantum delivers image quality that's better than the TCL above. In fact it's the next-best thing to OLED TVs. And since OLED sets aren't seeing steep discounts this year, this is the best deal for videophiles on a budget -- if it's in-stock.
Availability note: Originally this sale was $1,400 and Costco only (search Costco.com for "PQ65-F" to find it) but it's also available at Target and for $1,500 and Sam's Club for $1,600. As of Monday Nov. 26, it's out of stock online everywhere.
In a statement emailed to CNET, Vizio says: "We will continue to ship more supply for the PQ65-F1 for the Holidays and readers can check back for availability at retailers such as BestBuy.com, Costco, Costco.com and Samsclub.com." So keep trying those other links or call your local store -- maybe stock will return.
We called the E-Series the cheapest home-theater-worthy TV, in large part because it's the least-expensive with full-array local dimming -- a feature that goes further than any other for improving LCD picture quality. It definitely outperforms the TCL TVs (except the 6 series) and also trounces a lot of the entry-level Samsung and LG TVs found below.
Deals and sizes are available now at numerous retailers, but BestBuy.com seems to have the most in stock.
It's also worth mentioning that the cheaper D-Series is on sale at numerous outlets, but image quality won't be as good on that set since it lacks local dimming. The best alternative is the TCL S405 series.
Watch this: Vizio E series is picture-quality king of the budget TVs
So what about those other Black Friday/Cyber Monday TV sales?
The fact is that most TVs on sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday fall into two distinct categories:
Dirt-cheap sets from unknown or older brands (Element, Westinghouse, Magnavox, Polaroid)
Entry-level or one-off ("special purchase") sets from popular brands like Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio
We don't review any of the former category and very few of the latter so we can't recommend them directly. That said we don't expect any of the to outperform the Vizio E series or the TCL 6 series above, and in many cases they'll cost more. In other words, in the latter case you're often paying extra just for a brand name.
All of that said, if you're OK taking a flyer on a cheap TV, or you really want a Samsung, Sony or LG instead of a Vizio or a TCL, there are plenty of other sale prices to be had. Here's a selection.
Cheapest Black Friday, Cyber Monday TVs (that aren't necessarily good deals)
Note: This buying advice and the links within are from earlier Black Friday deals which may no longer be available.
Below you'll find the cheapest TVs we found for Black Friday, regardless of whether we recommend them or not. While a few are available online, many are classic doorbusters -- in-store only during the store's Black Friday sale, available only in limited quantities.
We picked the TVs on the list below from a much larger collection of pretty much every Black Friday TV 2018 TV sale price (aside from Amazon, which isn't available yet), painstakingly created by the folks at BestBlackFriday.com -- many store links go to the deal details there. If you want to see all of the TVs, here's the whole magilla in a Google Spreadsheet.
Note that upper price range sale prices actually go higher for each screen size, but we cut it off at the cheapest major-brand sets, typically Samsung and LG. Some of these deals will only be available in stores, so you may not see the same prices listed online.
32-inch TVs: $80
Target, Shopko and Belk have 32-inch TVs for $80. Only Target lists a brand name: Polaroid, but it is only available in-store.
39- and 40-inch TVs: $100 to $130
Walmart has a 40-inch 1080p Hisense TV for $100. As far as we know this is the cheapest TV of the year so far at $0.14 per square inch of screen. That's also cheaper by area than any 2017 Black Friday TV we tracked.
Best Buy has a 39-inch Insignia and midwestern supercenter chain Meijer has a 40-inch Element, both for $130.
43-inch TVs: $130 to $280
Best Buy's crazy 43-inch Fire TV deal, highlighted above, is the only 43-inch TV under $200. It, and every other 43-inch and larger TV on this list, is 4K resolution, but the extra pixels are irrelevant at this screen size and definitely not worth paying extra for.
The next-cheapest is a Westinghouse at $200, available from East Coast and Ohio wholesale club BJ's.
None of the other deals beat the regular price of our favorite 43-inch TV, the TCL 43S30 ($220 right now).
The cheapest in this range is a 49-inch Polaroid with Chromecast built-in for $199, courtesy of Shopko, a superstore with branches in about half of the states in the US The catch? This price is only after a mail-in rebate.
Prices increase incrementally from there, with an Element TV at Meijer ($220), a Westinghouse at Target ($230 -- listed as out of stock as of Friday 23. Nov, 3 a.m PT), a Philips at Target ($250 -- listed as out of stock as of Friday 23. Nov, 3 a.m PT), a Sharp at BJ's ($270) and that Insignia Fire TV at Best Buy mentioned above ($280). Costco also has a TCL Roku TV, model 50S423, for $280.
And then there's the Samsung, model NU6900/NU6950 ($330), available at BJ's, Best Buy, Target and Shopko (listed as out of stock at BJ's and Target as of Friday Nov. 23, 3 a.m PT).
55-inch TVs: $200 to $400
There are more 55-inch TVs for sale this Black Friday than any other size, and this is also where the second-cheapest price per screen lives. Both Target and Meijer have a 55-inch Element TVs for $200, clocking in at just $0.15 per square inch of screen -- the second-best of Black Friday. Better yet, the Meijer is a Roku TV. (Target is listing this item as discontinued for shipping online as of Friday NOv. 23, 3 a.m PT, but it may still be available in store.)
Roku TVs are also available for $250 from other retailers. Best Buy has a Sharp LC-55LBU591U (in-store only) while Walmart rocks a Hisense 55R6000E (the sale price for this item is no longer listed online).
Shopko tempt shoppers with a Polaroid for $300, but it's a tough sell for $50 more sans Roku, and again you'll need to mail in to get the rebate.
Samsung's NU6900 series is at it again, priced at $400 in pretty much every store: Best Buy, Dell, Meijer, Shopko, Target and Walmart (as of Friday 23. Nov, 3 a.m PT listed as out of stock at Target and Dell, Walmart showing as in-store only). LG is charging the same price for the UK6090 series at Sam's Club.
65-inch TVs: $400 to $650
There are a few 58- and 60-inch TV deals, but their price per inch falls well short of the best 65-inch TV prices, so we're ignoring them here.
The best prices at this size come courtesy of the $400 Roku (at Walmart) and Amazon Fire TV Edition (at Meijer) sets noted above. From there prices go to $530 for a Philips at BJ's.