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. These are some early Prime Day deals, so there’s a chance that prices could drop even more on Prime Day itself (which falls on July 12th and 13th).
Be sure to check out our other Amazon Prime Day coverage, as well as our roundup of the best early Amazon Prime Day deals for more discounts. Our first day tips guide can also help you sort the good from the bad.
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Amazon isn’t indicating that this is a deal, but it is—it’s the first time the price has dropped this low. It’s our favorite TV for most people (9/10, WIRED recommends), with a quantum dot panel that offers bright colors, plus local dimming zones for deeper blacks. It features Micro-LED backlighting, so you also get really great contrast, as well as 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.
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 $1,597 ($200 off).
This offer is for Prime members only (and availability appears to vary depending on your location). It’s rare to find good 65-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.