I test TVs for a living and this is the Black Friday TV deal I'm recommending to my friends

Hisense U8K Mini-LED TV displaying a landscape
(Image credit: Future)

I've had the great pleasure of reviewing (and editing) a TON of TV reviews this year, but one of them has stuck out in mind a bit further than the rest — and it's currently on sale for Black Friday.

The TV I'm talking about is the Hisense U8K, one of the best TVs of 2023 and on sale this week for $896 after a $500 discount on Amazon. It's the TV that I'm going to recommend to friends and family shopping for Black Friday TV deals.

Hisense 65” U8K Mini-LED 4K TV: was $1,399 now $896 @ AmazonPrice check: $899 @ Best Buy

Hisense 65” U8K Mini-LED 4K TV: was $1,399 now $896 @ Amazon
If you want a new 65-inch TV for Black Friday and don't want to overspend, the Hisense U8K Mini-LED TV packs a ton of premium features into a mid-ranged price tag. It offers a Mini-LED panel with a high peak brightness, beautiful contrast and colors, and support for a 144Hz refresh rate, VRR, ALLM and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. It comes with an ATSC 3.0 tuner and support for IMAX Enhanced, HDR 10+, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
Price check: $899 @ Best Buy

As I said in my Hisense U8K review, I loved this TV's awesome brightness and vibrant colors. The U8K's lack of color banding issues and improved processor make it a great upgrade over last year's U8H and it has a raft of improved specs.

In our tests, the Hisense U8K hit a peak brightness of 1788.313369 nits in a 10% window putting it on par with most of the high-end TVs from Samsung. Its 99.8301% coverage of the Rec. 709 color gamut was also impressive, although its Delta-E score of 4.4614 is far from the best we've seen for color accuracy. Still, the Hisense U8K delivered great picture performance for a wide variety of content, it looked great in conditions with a lot of ambient light and its 4K upscaling capabilities are strong thanks to its improved processor. 

Equipped with a 2.1.2 speaker system, the Hisense U8K also provided a good audio experience. Music, sound effects and dialogue sounded distinct and clear, and the sound got loud enough to fill a room. If you're serious about audio though, you'll probably want to add one of the best soundbars.

I also like the Hisense U8K as a gaming TV. The U8K has a refresh rate of up to 144Hz, HDMI 2.1 support with eARC as well as ALLM and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. Plus, we measured a low lag time of 13.2ms.

The Hisense U8K is an excellent TV, and now's a great time to pick one up thanks to this big discount. If you're looking for more options, check out our TV deals coverage.

Nick Pino
Managing Editor, TV and AV

Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.