Updated: Nov 25, 2021
HTF 2021 Black Friday TV Buying Guide
What are the best Black Friday TV deals that you can already get?
There are a ton of excellent Black Friday deals!
Following is wide range of prices from retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Samsung.
The best deals I've seen:
Best Big TV
Best OLED Deals
Amazon TV Deals:
Best Buy TV Deals:
Samsung Direct TV Deals:
What are the best TVs to buy?
When it comes to screen size, consider how far away you'll be sitting from the TV. Will you, your family and your guests be sitting relatively far away from your new TV—more than eight feet? If so, you’ll probably want to secure a 65- to 75-inch TV. Small TVs—32 to 43 inches—are best suited for kitchens, dorms and guest rooms. One more thing to note: If you opt for a big TV and you’re not planning on wall-mounting it, he said, be sure that the console is wide enough to accommodate its stand. Size might be the most important decision factor.
Where you're placing the TV will impact your buy, too: If your living space receives a ton of natural light during the daytime, you’ll want to consider a brighter LED TV, whereas if you're a videophile who watches a lot content in the dark, you may want to spring for an OLED.
Which TV should I buy?
There are many things to consider when buying a TV. There are many decisions you'll want to make before deciding which deal is the best one for you.
The most important features to consider are the TV size, the screen type, refresh rate, the number of HDMI ports, any gaming features, and features that will work well with the streaming TV apps you prefer to use, like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV+.
For size, the standard these days is 55 inches. That's the most common size across TV makers and types, and it's usually where you'll find the best deals. You can find an excellent 55-inch TV for $300 and under on Black Friday. If you have the wall space, a 65-inch TV gives you a little more real estate, and usually the price difference is less significant on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
If you want a massive TV, you'll likely need to pay a little bit more money, as they are less common, though we'll feature plenty of deals on TVs that are 80 inches or bigger. Though it may be on a TV that is a traditional LCD or LED TV instead of the newer QLED or OLED TVs.
OLED TV vs QLED TV: What's the difference?
Two terms you'll see thrown around a ton on Black Friday are "QLED" and "OLED" TVs. Both terms describe the type of screen that the TVs use. OLED TVs are the more technologically advanced of the two, with each pixel providing it's own light. That means they can product true blacks (similar to the picture quality benefits that you got with older Plasma displays with far fewer downsides) to go with excellent brightness, color depth, HDR, and more. Though you'll need to find one that fits your budget and size needs, generally OLED TVs are excellent.
QLED TVs come in a wide range of quality levels, but typically these are brighter, more colorful versions of traditional LED TVs, using quantum dots to provide enhanced color, contrast, and brightness. They don't have the same inky blacks of OLED TVs, but they usually make up for it with far higher peak brightness levels, which makes them a great choice for bright rooms.
Is Black Friday a good time to buy a TV?
In a word, yes. You'll see some of the biggest price drops of the year on TVs during Black Friday. That's because manufacturers are preparing to launch their new 2022 model TVs, which means they'll be offering deep discounts on older models, including ones from 2021. Some of the best TVs we’ve seen this year have already come down in price, and in some cases, the discounts are steep, as much as $800 off, depending on the brand, features, size and year model of the TV.