Maybe you are you’re spending a lot of time outside this summer, but now is actually a fantastic time to buy a new TV. The latest models are just starting to hit stores, which means you can find great deals on older (and still great!) screens. And thanks to Amazon’s annual Prime Day event, there are plenty of them on sale. Below we have collected all the best offers for TVs.
Updated July 13: We’ve crossed out the Toshiba M550 (55-inch), Hisense U8G (55-inch), and LG NanoCell 80 Series (55-inch) because they’re either sold out or have gone up in price. We also added a Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-inch and LG HU85LA projector, plus a few streaming sticks and soundbars.
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Read our best TVs and best soundbars guides for more recommendations, as well as our tips on how to get the most out of your home theater.
The TCL 6-Series (55 inches) is our favorite TV for most people (9/10, WIRED recommends), but it’s currently sold out. But the larger 65-inch version is still in stock. It features a quantum dot panel that offers bright colors, plus local dimming zones for deeper blacks, Micro-LED backlighting so you also get really great contrast, and a built-in Roku interface for easy navigation.
It’s a small thing, but this TCL also has quantum dot technology, which makes colors pop more than traditional LED screens. Pair that with the built-in Google TV and you’ll be able to watch any of the major high-fidelity streaming services (and ask Google Assistant anything) with ease. Don’t let the price fool you: you’re getting exceptional value.
This one is slightly smaller than the TCL above, and it’s Hisense’s entry-level option. We haven’t tested this model yet, but we like many of the Hisense TVs we’ve tried. You get support for Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range (better colors), and Amazon Fire TV is built in as the primary interface. You can always use another streaming stick if you prefer Roku or something else.
Here’s another one that Amazon doesn’t want you to know is a deal (for some reason). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked on this TV, and it’s the lowest compared to all the retailers it’s sold at. The U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) looks sleek and has an Android TV interface, and the stand is raised enough to fit a soundbar underneath. It has a 120Hz screen refresh rate (with AMD FreeSync support), so it’s a great budget option for gamers.
LG’s proprietary NanoCell technology gives this model deeper blacks and better brightness than many similarly priced displays, and we like that the display’s feet are a few inches away from the edges, making it better for furniture. Another plus of this model is LG’s Magic Remote, which lets you point and click apps and the keyboard as if it were an old-school Wii remote.
The M-Series Quantum 55-inch (8/10, WIRED recommends) is an excellent mid-range TV. It has an improved Smartcast interface (which makes it easy to broadcast cards from mobile phones and laptops), solid gaming performance and excellent contrast thanks to local dimming technology. It’s a great option if you’re looking for something under $1,000.
If you need a smaller TV for your kitchen, bedroom, or other compact space, this Android TV from TCL is a decent choice. It even has Google Assistant built in, so you can use it to set timers, play music and get sports scores without finding the remote.
Big and beautiful TVs
Such a massive screen at this price? Not to mention the fact that it’s an OLED panel! Indeed, this is a spectacular job. The organic LED means that each pixel acts as its own backlight, which means positively epic black levels and contrast. Couple that with a 120Hz refresh rate, built-in Google Assistant and Alexa, and you’ve got yourself a real home theater. The equally excellent 65-inch version is on sale for $1,697 ($49 off).
This offer is for Prime members only (and availability appears to vary depending on your location). It’s rare to find good 55-inch TVs from reputable brands at this price, so this is a great option for anyone who wants to spend as little as possible but still wants a big screen. It comes with built-in Amazon’s Fire TV interface and full-array local dimming for solid black levels.
This is probably the best-looking TV on this list, although you’ll need a really long TV stand, as the legs stick out at the very edges (unless you’re wall-mounting it). It’s another OLED panel, so you get vivid colors and deep blacks, and there’s an Android TV interface.
Technically not a TV, but capable of producing a big, beautiful picture all the same, this short-throw projector from LG is the complete package in one box. It can project a screen up to 120 inches while still sitting as close to the wall as your typical TV does now. It also includes a built-in soundbar, LG Smart TV interface and support for Google Assistant or Alexa. Considering how little else you have to buy for this projector, the price is almost reasonable.
This flagship Samsung soundbar (8/10, WIRED recommends) has an impressive 11.1.4 speaker array, which includes two satellites, a subwoofer and the bar itself. It’s a great option for people who want robust sound and have a big budget, but don’t have the space for traditional speaker systems.
It might not be common for a soundbar to double as a video streaming device, but with Roku’s Streambar, it makes perfect sense. It’s an inexpensive sound system that also includes a built-in Roku streaming player—one less device to buy.
If you love deep, booming bass – and hate your neighbors – then this soundbar from Nakamichi is our top choice for bass. It comes with two massive subwoofers, as well as a set of satellite speakers that give it a very accurate system. It also supports all major surround sound object formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
Streaming device deals
This Roku streaming stick is one of our favorites thanks to its voice remote and support for Dolby Vision HDR. It’s one of the cheapest ways to upgrade to a better smart TV setup than the one that probably came with your TV.
The Roku Ultra is the Roku device to turn to if you want the fastest, most responsive experience. It has dual-band Wi-Fi, a powerful processor, and even an Ethernet port if you want to get the best possible bandwidth. The remote also includes a rechargeable battery, though if you don’t care about that feature, the 2021 model is also on sale for $70.
Google has had ups and downs with its TV offerings, but Chromecast with Google TV (8/10, WIRED recommends) is one of its best efforts. Google has finally given Chromecast a physical remote, plus an intuitive interface with convenient voice controls. It doesn’t have a lot of storage, but it makes up for it by making it trivially easy to browse on most major streaming services.
Amazon is more aggressive in promoting its own products like Prime Video on its streaming sticks than most other companies. If you’re heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem, then this could be beneficial, in which case this Fire TV Stick is our top pick for you. Otherwise, Roku or Chromecast may offer a better balance of streaming services.