Black Friday 2021 TV deals available now: 65-inch Samsung for $568, big discounts on LG OLED


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While it’s not officially Black Friday just yet, that hasn’t stopped major retailers from discounting tons of stuff, including many of the best TVs on the market like the LG C1 OLED TV and the Samsung QN90A QLED. Meanwhile, cheaper TVs are on sale too, and as the big day approaches we expect even more aggressive discounts on doorbusters. Retailers have already released their Black Friday ads and we’ve gone through them and added some of the best upcoming deals as well.

This list will be updated regularly, so keep an eye on it.

Amazon

We haven’t reviewed this particular Fire TV, but based on its specifications we expect picture quality that’s similar to the Toshiba C350, which we have reviewed. Long story short: Expect pretty basic picture quality. The appeal of the Omni is the fact that you can issue Alexa voice commands into thin air and the TV will respond. That’s because it has built-in mics, so it’s basically an Echo speaker with a big screen. In addition to other standard Fire TV smart features, the Omni will soon work with Apple AirPlay.

For Black Friday, Amazon knocked $150 off the price of the 50- and 55-inch sizes.

The Omni series is also available in 43-, 65- and 75-inch sizes, but they’re not currently discounted.

Read more about the Amazon Fire TV Omni series.

 

Samsung

We haven’t reviewed this TV, but based on its specifications it probably won’t deliver nearly as good a picture as the TCL 6-Series Roku TV, or even a higher-end Samsung like the QN60A. On the other hand, if you want a big screen from the most popular TV brand in the world, this is as good a price as we’ve seen.

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This midrange TV is pretty much the baseline for very good image quality. It’s one of the least expensive TVs with full-array local dimming, which lets it serve up good-looking high dynamic range video, and also has variable refresh rate for gaming. We didn’t like it as much as the TCL in our side-by-side comparison, but it does cost less.

Currently the best discount on the MQ7 series is the 58-inch size at Amazon, and while that price is still $50 more than its all-time low, it’s still an excellent value. The other sizes were on sale recently, but those prices have expired for now.

Read our Vizio M7-Series Quantum review.

 

Hisense

Hisense might be best known for dirt-cheap TVs, but the U8G is something different. This higher-end model delivers the kind of brightness and HDR impact found on really expensive TVs like the Samsung QN90A, but for hundreds less. We prefer the TCL 6-Series overall, but this discount on the 55-inch Hisense U8G makes it $50 cheaper.

Read our Hisense U8G series review.

 

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LG’s C1 OLED TV is currently CNET’s pick for the best TV for high-end shoppers. It offers ridiculously deep black levels and punchy contrast that even the best LCD and QLED TVs can’t match, as well as cutting-edge gaming features such as G-Sync and FreeSync VRR, 4K/120Hz input and an all-new Game Optimizer mode with numerous extra settings. It’s also our favorite gaming TV to pair with an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 (or both).

  • LG OLED48C1PUB, 48-inch: $1,097 (save $200)
  • LG OLED55C1PUB, 55-inch: $1,297 (save $203)
  • LG OLED65C1PUB, 65-inch: $1,797 (save $703)
  • LG OLED77C1PUB, 77-inch: $2,897 (save $903)
  • LG OLED83C1PUA, 83-inch: $4,997 (save $500)

Read our LG C1 OLED TV review.

 

Read moreLG C1 OLED TV on sale: Save up to $1,000 on our favorite high-end TV

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Speaking of high-end TVs, Samsung’s QN90A TV is another one of our favorites that just got a Black Friday price cut. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in my side-by-side tests, so I still recommend the LG C1 overall, but the QN90A comes closer than ever. And in the 85-inch size, this Samsung costs a lot less than the 83-inch C1.

  • Samsung QN50QN90A, 50-inch: $1,198 (save $302)
  • Samsung QN55QN90A, 55-inch: $1,298 (save $502)
  • Samsung QN65QN90A, 65-inch: $1,698 (save $703)
  • Samsung QN75QN90A, 75-inch: $2,598 (save $902)
  • Samsung QN85QN90A, 85-inch: $3,298 (save $1,702)

Read our Samsung QN90A review.

 

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The TCL 6-Series Roku TV is the best TV for the money overall that we’ve tested, and the 75-inch model is discounted now at multiple retailers. The 6-Series features excellent picture quality thanks to mini-LED technology and full-array local dimming. Though this TV technically debuted in 2020, the 6-Series is still considered a current model for 2021. 

Note that the 55- and 65-inch sizes were previously down to $700 and $1,000, respectively, but the price has gone up on those two sizes in the last couple of days. Perhaps prices will fall again on the smaller 6-Series TVs before Black Friday, but there’s no guarantee they will.

Read our TCL 6-Series Roku TV review.

 

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Samsung’s The Frame looks like no other TV. Its ultrathin screen can double as a place to display digital art and measures just 24.9mm thick, similar to a typical picture frame. By subscribing to Samsung’s Art Store for $5 per month, you can access over 1,400 pieces of art to show on the screen. The Frame TV comes in a wide range of sizes — from 32 to 75 inches — and each model has large discounts at Amazon and elsewhere. Even with the sale prices you’ll pay a steep premium for The Frame’s unique look, but for design-conscious buyers it might be worth it.

Read more about Samsung The Frame TV.

 

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Maybe you’re not looking for a high-end TV at all. If that’s the case, our go-to pick is the TCL 4-Series because it has our favorite smart TV system — Roku — and image quality that’s still good enough for most people. We haven’t yet reviewed the 55S21 featured on this sale at Walmart, but according to TCL it should perform the same as the 55S435 we did review (pictured), and it costs a lot less.

This deal is sold out online nationally, but your local Walmart might still have stock.

Upcoming Black Friday TV deals

Several official Black Friday ads have surfaced, giving us another look at what we can expect to see discounted come Nov. 26. Amazon’s plans are a little vague this year, but the retailer says it will have “deep discounts on select TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG.” The deals from Amazon will start on Nov. 25, while the deals below from Target and Walmart kick off on Nov. 21 and 22, respectively.

Element

This 65-inch TV from Element runs Roku’s streaming software on it for easy access to all your favorite apps, and has a thin bezel to make it look even better when it’s hanging on your walls. It’s a newer model, and while it may not have all the bells and whistles that other models do, the price more than makes up for that.

Vizio

Vizio’s 70-inch V-Series Smart TV may not be one of the newest models that will be on sale this year, but this size panel for this price is hard to pass up. It has Vizio Smart Cast, Vizio Voice and built-in Chromecast, works with Apple AirPlay and much more. Whether you’re looking to replace a main TV or add one to a guest space, this is a great option at this price.


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