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If you somehow managed to escape the holiday season without caving and buying a new TV, allow me to rekindle the flame of temptation: Right now is arguably the best non-Black Friday time of year to buy a TV, and there's still time to get get before the Super Bowl.
That's right, I'm talking about The Big Game, folks (also known as "The Big Enchilada," "the one for all the marbles," and so forth).
Okay, we might not know tons about sports, but we do know quite a bit about TVs, and if you've been waiting all winter for a new one, we can help. Here's our official playbook for securing a good deal on a TV—just in time for the very important football game.
LG B8 (OLED)
This week, LG slashed the prices of its most affordable OLED TV series, bringing its already-low price point down even further. Speaking of points, there's no better way to watch your favorite athletes celebrate successful point-scoring plays than on an OLED display—the black levels on these TVs are unparalleled.
You can read all about the technology in our guide to OLED TVs, but here's the bottom line: investing in an OLED TV is an MVP-caliber decision.
Both the 55- and 65-inch models of the B8 sport 4K resolutions, HDR support (HDR10 and Dolby Vision), and feature the ultra-thin panels we've come to expect from LG's OLED offerings. You'll also be investing in a smart TV that comes with Alexa integration right out of the box.
We've not had the opportunity to test and review this particular LG TV, but we did test the 2017 LG B7. In addition, the 2018 LG C8 is our current top-rated TV. We obviously can't make any hard claims about the B8 without testing it in our lab, but it's worth noting that LG's track record when it comes to OLED TVs is superb. Like any successful sports dynasty, we've come to expect good things every year.
The discounted B8 OLED TV is available from all of LG's official retailers, including Amazon. There's no word on how long the sale will last, however, so we recommend taking advantage of it before the B8 is out of stock.
Hisense H9E Plus
Like most sports, football is a game that involves movement—people run around, a ball is thrown, some more stuff happens, and then the referees say, "OK, that's enough," and everyone hits the showers. (That's basically all there is to it, right?)
The point is, if you're searching for a reasonably priced TV that can keep up with the fast-paced action of playoff football, you might want to consider one that puts smooth, silky motion front-and-center. The Hisense H9E Plus is just the ticket.
You see, the H9E Plus doesn't necessarily offer the best HDR performance, the thinnest bezels, or the widest color gamut, but it does offer a native 120 Hz refresh rate—something that's increasingly hard to find in TV's in the H9E's price range.
In layman's terms, the H9E is simply better equipped to display smooth, judder-free motion without the aid of phony-looking motion interpolation software. Right now, the 55-inch version of this budget-friendly 4K TV is a cool $600—a steal for a TV that performed as well as it did in our lab tests.
In my full review of the Hisense H9E Plus, I opined that the TV is an exceptionally good deal for avid sports fans and gamers. If you're looking to step up your home theater game in time for the Super Bowl, the H9E Plus has you covered—and won't break the bank.
Vizio M-Series (2018)
If Vizio's mid-range TVs had a sports equivalent, they'd be the dark horse contenders that don't look as formidable on paper as some of the league's heavy hitters, but nevertheless find ways to win.
The 2018 M-Series is a 4K TV that offers above-replacement-level performance at a discounted rate. Don't think of the M-Series as your star quarterback trying to escape the shadow of their pricey, long-term contract, but as the utility player that routinely gets the job done on a team-friendly contract.
Mixed sports metaphors aside, here's what you're looking at: HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, a full array of smart features, and a sleek, simple design that looks good in just about every room.
TCL 6 Series
Arguably the only thing more American than watching grown men concuss themselves while fighting over something colloquially referred to as "the pigskin" in between adverts for low-calorie beer is—you guessed it—landing a great deal on a really big TV.
The TCL 6 Series was one of our favorite TVs of 2018 not just because of how well it performed, but because of how well it performed relative to its price. The 6 Series is a 4K TV whose overall performance—specifically when it comes to HDR—gives much higher-priced TVs a run for their money.
It also comes with a Roku smart platform baked right into the TV's software—like having a Roku streaming box built into your TV. This added flexibility, in addition to its fantastic picture, makes it one of the better TVs you can buy, even months after its initial release.
Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.