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Best cheap TV deals in August 2020

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Summer is a great time for cheap TV deals. Thanks to back to school sales, retailers are offering a plethora of new cheap TV deals. In fact, some of the best TV deals we're seeing now are better than prices we saw over the previous holiday.

One of our favorite TV deals comes courtesy of Amazon. The retailer has multiple Fire TVs on sale with prices starting as low as $99.99

To help you find the best TV deals, we're rounding up today's top discounts from all of your favorite retailers including Dell, Best Buy, Amazon, and more. From budget 4K TVs to the best TVs of 2020, here are the best cheap TV deals today.  

Best TV deals right now

32-49 inch TVs

The best 32- to 49-inch TV deals

Don't have the space for a mammoth-sized TV? Perfect for a dorm room, studio, or spare bedroom — these affordable sub-49-inch sets should fit in the smallest of rooms. 

Insignia 24" Fire TV Edition: was $149 now $99 @ Amazon
Scoring a smart TV for $99 is unheard of outside of major holidays, but this cheap TV deal at Amazon takes $50 off this 720p Fire TV Edition HDTV. It's the cheapest price we've seen and perfect for a small room or kids' room. View Deal

Vizio 40" Smart TV: was $229 now $199 @ Dell
Vizio TVs are out of stock across multiple retailers. However, Dell has the Vizio 40-inch D40F (1080p) on sale for $199.99. It's $30 off and a very affordable smart TV for just about any room. View Deal

Amazon Fire TV w/ 1 year Food Network Kitchen @ Best Buy
Here's a deal for all you foodies out there. When you purchase a Fire TV, Fire tablet, or Fire TV Edition TV at Best Buy — you'll get a 1-year subscription to Food Network Kitchen ($39 value) for free. Food Network Kitchen is a subscription service that lets you take live and on-demand cooking classes with your favorite Food Network chefs. This TV deal is valid through April 2021. View Deal

Insignia 39" Fire TV Edition: was $229 now $159 @ Amazon
This 39-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition TV is great for small rooms or limited budgets. It maxes out at 720p resolution, but it comes with a voice remote that lets you launch apps, switch inputs, and more via voice commands. View Deal

TCL 40" Roku Smart TV: was $239 now $199 @ Amazon
Amazon has the TCL 40-inch Roku Smart TV on sale for $199.99. Though we wouldn't normally recommend TV with a sub-4K resolution, this one is cheap enough that it won't break any budget. We also like that it features Roku's platform as its operating system. View Deal

Samsung 43" 7-Series 4K TV: was $299 now $279 @ Best Buy
This 43-inch Samsung 7-Series TV features a gorgeous near bezel-free design. It also offers HDR support, 120Hz refresh rate, and voice control. It's $20 off. View Deal

TCL 49" Roku Smart TV: was $447 now $249 @ Amazon
Don't need a 4K TV? Amazon has the TCL 49-inch Roku Smart TV on sale for $249. Though we wouldn't normally recommend a 1080p TV, this TV deal is cheap enough that it won't break the bank. We also like that it features Roku's platform — our favorite OS for streaming. View Deal

LG Nano 4K TV: free $50+ gift card @ Best Buy
For students only, Best Buy is offering free Best Buy gift cards with the purchase of a new LG Nano 4K TV. The gift cards range from $50 to $90 on the 49-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch LG Nano TV. View Deal

50-59 inch TVs

The best 50- to 59-inch TV deals

55-inch is the new 42-inch, so it's no surprise that the majority of TV deals we see are for TVs in this size range. Whereas a 55-inch 4K set used to cost over $1,000 a few years ago, these days you can get a solid 55-inch 4K set for less than $600. 

TCL 65" 8 Series 4K QLED TV: was $1,999 now $999 @ Best Buy
The TCL 8-Series is TCL's first high-end TV. It has awesome picture quality, HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, Dolby Atmos, and Roku smart functionality. It's now 50% off and one of the best cheap TV deals you'll find. View Deal

Hisense 50" 4K TV: was $299 now $259 @ Amazon
This 50-inch Hisense TV doubles as your streaming device, thanks to its built-in Android TV OS. It offers Dolby Vision and HDR10 support as well as full array LED backlight. If you're on a budget, this is one of the best cheap TV deals you'll find. View Deal

Insignia 50" 4K Fire TV: was $349 now $269 @ Best Buy
Best Buy has the new 2020 Insignia 50-inch 4K Fire TV on sale for $299.99. That's $80 off and the cheapest price for this TV. It offers HDR support and a voice remote that supports voice commands. View Deal

Hisense 50" Quantum 4K TV: was $399 now $379 @ Best Buy
Best Buy has the Hisense H8 Quantum 4K TV on sale for $379. The midrange H8 smart TV offers a strong feature set, great color quality, and an attractive design. It packs full-array local dimming and Dolby Vision support. It's one of the best cheap TVs you'll find. View Deal

Samsung 50" 4K TV: was $429 now $399 @ Best Buy
Scoring a 2020 Samsung TV for less than $400 might seem impossible, but for a limited time Best Buy has the 2020 Samsung Series 8 4K 50-inch Smart TV on sale for $399.99. That's only $30 off, but it's an excellent value considering everything you get, which includes HDR support, multiple built-in voice assistants, and more. It's one of the best cheap TV deals you'll find. View Deal

Samsung QLED TV Sale: Up to $2,000 off @ Dell
Samsung's QLED TVs are renown for their rich colors, solid picture quality, and sky-high prices. That is until now. Dell is slashing up to $2,000 off Samsung's 2019 QLEDs with pricing that starts at $527. It's one of the best cheap TV deals out there for fans of premium TVs. View Deal

Sony 55" X750H 4K TV: was $799 now $598 @ Amazon
The Sony X750H is an Android TV with HDR support (HDR10/HLG) and a Bass Reflex speaker, which provides well-defined sound. It supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It also comes with a free 30-day trial of HBO Max. (Best Buy has it for the same price).View Deal

Samsung 58" 4K QLED: was $899 now $797 @ Amazon
If you want a Samsung TV but can’t afford one of its premium models, the Samsung Q60T QLED TV is the model to get. It produces bright colors and sharp details in most circumstances. Meanwhile, the addition of Amazon Alexa ups its virtual assistant game. It's one of the best TV deals you'll find. View Deal

60-85 inch TVs

The best 60- to 85-inch TV deals

If you have the room (and budget) for a giant TV, there are dozens of options to choose from. Here are our favorite cheap TV deals of the moment. 

TCL 75" QLED Roku TV: was $2,999 now $1,799 @ Best Buy
Best Buy has the 75-inch TCL 8-Series QLED TV on sale for $1,799.99. That's $1,200 off and the second-best price we've seen for this excellent TV. In terms of value/performance — TV deals don't get better than this. View Deal

LG 75" 4K TV: was $899 now $799 @ Best Buy
The LG UN7370 is proof that big-screen TVs don't have to cost a fortune. This cheap TV deal costs $799.99, yet it includes 4K resolution, LG's ThinQ AI, HDR10/HLG support, and AirPlay support. It's currently $100 off. View Deal

LG 82" 4K TV: was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Best Buy
The LG UM8070 is one of the best big-screen TV deals we've ever seen. This massive 82-inch TV is on sale for just $1,799. The 2019 TV offers HDR support (Dolby Vision/HDR10/HLG), built-in support for Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa, AirPlay 2 support, and it operates on the webOS platform. View Deal

Samsung 75" 4K TV: was $849 now $799 @ Best Buy
Big-screen Samsung TV deals are hard to find, but for a limited time Best Buy has this massive 75-inch Samsung TV on sale for $799.99. It packs 4K resolution, Amazon Alexa support, HDR support, and more. View Deal

Hisense 75" 4K TV: was $999 now $749 @ Best Buy
The Hisense H65 Series 4K TV runs on the Android TV platform, so you can tell your TV to turn on the lights, search for your favorite TV shows, and more via voice commands. It also supports HDR content  (Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG). It's $250 off and one of the beat cheap TV deals out there. View Deal

Hisense 65" Quantum 4K TV: was $999 now $949 @ Best Buy
The Hisense H9 was a solid competitor for its price. The new 2020 H9G model builds on that reputation by highlighting Hisense's proprietary ULED technology, which is the brand's optimized LED/LCD display tech. It also adds Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and more local dimming zones at a very competitive price point that's now $50 off. View Deal

Samsung 65" Curved 4K TV: was $999 now $697 @ Amazon
This Samsung 7 Series (2019) 4K TV features a curved display to help immerse you in whatever you're watching. It upscales all content to 4K and it's compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. It's $302 off and one of the best TV deals you'll find. View Deal

Hisense 75" Quantum 4K TV: was $1,299 now $1,249 @ Best Buy
The 75-inch 2020 75H8G is part of Hisense's 2020 lineup. It uses Hisense's proprietary ULED technology, which is the brand's optimized LED/LCD display tech. It also adds Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and more local dimming zones at a very competitive price point that's now $50 off. It's one of the best TV deals you'll find.View Deal

TV buying guide 2020

  • Don't buy a TV with less than 4K resolution. 4K is the standard these days, so unless you see a very cheap 720p or 1080p set, stick with 4K.
  • Likewise, don't buy a TV without "smart" capabilities. This makes it easy to stream content from apps like Roku, Hulu, and Prime Video. If you don't like the idea of owning a smart TV, you can always leave it disconnected from your network (which essentially strips all of its smart features). 
  • Look for HDR compatible sets. They offer more realistic colors and better contrast. There are 5 HDR formats, but the main ones you want are HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision. 
  • Avoid paying for extended warranties. New TVs include a 1-year warranty and your credit card company usually provides additional protection. 
  • Stay away from refurbished TVs (unless the savings are massive). The problem with refurbished TVs is that if your TV has more dents and scratches than you anticipated, return shipping is usually on you, and shipping a large TV can get expensive very quickly. 
  • Check out our full list of TV buying tips.

Best TV deals and Amazon Prime Day

Rumors indicate that Amazon Prime Day may not happen till October. Amazon's sales event is massive when it comes to cheap TV deals. Fortunately, there's still Labor Day to score some solid TV deals. It's also likely that a competing retailer will hold a faux Prime Day of its own this summer. 

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Best cheap TVs

The best cheap TVs: 4K and 1080p

Vizio V-Series 50-inch (Image credit: Vizio)

1. Vizio V-Series 50-inch (V505-G9)

Great savings for a decent 4K smart TV

Screen Size: 50 inches | HDMI Ports: 3 | Refresh rate: 60Hz | HDR Support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Dimensions (without stand): 44.1 x 25.6 x 2.4 inches

Decent picture quality
Better-than-average HDR support
Built-in Google Chromecast
Basic port selection
Middling HDR performance
Quiet audio

The Vizio 50-inch V-Series (V505-G9) manages to be a pretty great smart TV for its low price, delivering good color and decent HDR support, with capable built-in audio. It's also a full-featured smart TV, with Vizio's SmartCast software, which includes apps, free content, built-in Chromecast and compatibility with Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

The LCD panel offers a full-array LED backlight and support for HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision HDR formats, along with solid picture quality. Color reproduction was a little disappointing at 96.7 percent, but color accuracy was among the best in this price range, with a DeltaE rating of 2.2. (0 is perfect on this test.)

We just wish the V505-G9 had the voice search we've seen on other smart TVs. 

Read our full Vizio V-Series 50-inch (V505-G9) review.
 

Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition

Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition (Image credit: Insignia)

2. Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition

The best Amazon-powered smart TV

Screen Size: 43 inches | HDMI Ports: 3 | Refresh rate: 60Hz | HDR Support: HDR10 | Dimensions (without stand): 38.2 x 22.5 x 3.2 inches

Affordable 4K smart TV
HDR support
Alexa voice assistant built in
No far-field mics for Alexa
Annoying ads

Just when we were about to write off all Amazon-powered TVs, the Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition came along and forced us to rethink things. With strong picture quality and sound, and built-in Alexa voice support, it's the best Fire Edition TV we've seen, and the first Amazon TV to get our recommendation.

When we tested it in the lab, the Insignia Fire Edition TV easily surpassed other Amazon-infused smart TVs, in both performance and features. With a color accuracy rating of 3.9, it's far from perfect, but it's the most accurate Amazon TV we've seen. The set's color gamut of 99.4 percent easily topped other Fire Edition models we've seen, making it not only the best Amazon TV, but also a strong performer compared to other sets in the sub-$500 price range.

Combine all of this with a fairly sleek-looking design, one of the best Alexa skills to date and decent audio, and the Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition is the only Amazon-powered smart TV we recommend.

Read our full Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition review.
 

Vizio 55-inch D-Series

Vizio 55-inch D-Series (Image credit: Vizio)

3. Vizio 55-inch D-Series (D55x-G1)

A smart 4K TV that puts price first

Screen Size: 55 inches | HDMI Ports: 3 | Refresh rate: 60Hz | HDR Support: HDR10, HLG | Dimensions (without stand): 48.9 x 28.4 x 3.4 inches

Super affordable price
SmartCast includes built-in Chromecast and free content
HDR support, including Dolby Vision
Less impressive HDR performance
Mild speaker buzz at high volumes

The Vizio D-Series is among the most affordable you'll find for 4K resolution and smart TV functions, but Vizio manages to offer a lot of capability with its SmartCast platform. You'll have a wealth of free content options right out of the box, and a built-in Google Chromecast makes sharing apps and content from your phone dead simple. With support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, you'll get the same performance for pretty much any HDR content you have.

We were disappointed to see that while the display offered vibrant brights and decent black levels, the midtones and shadowed details that make HDR so impressive are not as well represented, but it's not out of line with other inexpensive TVs. We also noticed a bit of a buzz when the speakers were dialed up past 50 percent, caused by reverberation in the TV's plastic housing.

The set offers middling brightness (227 nits) and a slightly more limited color gamut (98.5 percent) than we'd like, but color accuracy was decent (DeltaE rating of 3.4) and overall performance was perfectly enjoyable without any of its flaws being distractions during normal viewing.

Samsung NU6900 65-inch 4K smart TV

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4. Samsung 65-inch NU6900 4K Smart TV

A 65-inch smart TV bargain

Screen Size: 65 inches | HDMI Ports: 2 | Refresh rate: 60Hz | HDR Support: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ | Dimensions (without stand): 57.4 x 33 x 2.4 inches

Attractive design
Great contrast and decent black levels
Decent smart TV experience
Only two HDMI ports
Limited color gamut leaves picture looking dull
No voice interaction

The Samsung 65-inch LED NU6900  has most of the features you would get from the best smart TVs, at an attractive price that's under $500. That's a steal for a 65-inch 4K set, and while the LCD TV may not offer Samsung's quantum-dot QLED display, everything on offer is poised to match whatever entry-level TV you might find on the market. Check out how to connect your Samsung smart TV to Alexa, if you wish.

For that affordable price you can get 4K resolution, HDR support and Samsung's excellent smart TV platform, at one of the best size-to-price ratios around. We're not so hot on the limited port selection or the lack of some more premium smart features, but the NU6900 is still a great option for anyone who wants to get a solid 4K smart TV without spending a lot. The attractive design, strong contrast and a decent smart TV experience make it a great set for the price.

Toshiba 55-Inch 4K Fire TV Edition

Toshiba 55-Inch 4K Fire TV Edition (Image credit: Toshiba)

5. Toshiba 55-Inch 4K Fire TV Edition

The most affordable TV with Amazon Alexa inside

Screen size: 55 inches | HDMI ports: 3 | Refresh rate: 60 Hz | HDR Support: HDR10 | Dimensions (without stand): 28.7 x 49.1 x 3.7 inches

Amazon's Fire TV OS is easy to navigate
Built-in Alexa
HDR support
Aggressive advertising
Confusing app store
Mediocre picture and sound

The Toshiba 55-inch 4K Fire TV Edition (55LF621U19) is Amazon's second crack at selling its own smart TVs, which have one big selling point: Amazon’s Prime Video and Alexa voice controls are baked right in. In addition to Prime Video’s extensive catalogue of movies and shows, you’ve got one of the best voice assistants on the market as close as your remote. And it’s not some half-measure – the Alexa on your TV can do everything Alexa can do on the Amazon Echo, with skills for smart home control, looking up weather and restaurants and much more. All of this is built into the 55-inch Toshiba 4K TV, which sells for an affordable sub-$500 price.

The switch from last year’s Westinghouse models to Toshiba bring all sorts of improvements, like improved display quality, HDR support and a more refined user experience, but it’s held back by mediocre picture quality and middling audio. Edge-lit backlighting and limited HDR support just drive home the most frustrating thing about most of Amazon’s TV’s – no matter how good Amazon’s Fire TV is as a smart TV platform, the TV also has to stand  on its own merits.

In our tests, the Toshiba Fire TV had problems with unwanted haloing, due to the backlighting, but did well with detail and clarity. Color accuracy wasn’t fantastic, with a Delta-E rating of 5.05 (closer to 0 is better), and there were frequent issues with banding when smooth color gradients should be seen. Brightness isn’t bad for a budget-friendly TV, measuring 358 nits, but it’s not fantastic.

Read our full Toshiba 55-Inch 4K Fire TV Edition review.
 

Vizio D24f-F1

(Image credit: Amazon)

6. Vizio 24-inch D-Series (D24f-F1)

Full-featured TV for 1080p gaming

Screen size: 24 inches | Resolution: 1080p | HDMI Ports: 2 | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Dimensions: 22.15 x 13.21 x 2.36 inches | Smart TV: Yes

Great for compact spaces
Short lag times (24 milliseconds)
Only 2 HDMI ports

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The Vizio 24-inch D-Series (D24f-F1) is small enough to perch on a desk or a coffee table, making it a great choice for a kitchen counter, a cramped apartment or a small dorm room. The TV offers full HD resolution, with pretty great performance given the price. And even though the TV is small, Vizio doesn't scrimp on the smarts, giving the D-Series the same full-featured version of its SmartCast platform that you'd see on it's larger, more premium sets.

It's also a good set for gaming, with respectably short lag times (24 milliseconds), and a pair of HDMI ports that let you connect a game console alongside a cable or satellite box.

Read our full Vizio 24-inch D-Series (D24f-F1) review.

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7. TCL 3 Series 32-inch 32S327

A small and cheap Roku TV

Screen size: 32 inches | Resolution: 1080p | HDMI Ports: 3 | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | Dimensions: 28.8 x 17.1 x 3.0 inches | Smart TV: Yes

Good for gaming
Alexa and Google voice control
Mediocre performance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The TCL 3 Series 32-inch 32S327 Roku TV is a small set that's soft on your wallet. For $170, and often less, it offers both full Roku access and a smart home device that cooperates with your Alexa or Google Assistant ecosystems. While the set doesn’t have a microphone for fielding queries, you could say “Hey Alexa, show me rom-coms” near one of the best Alexa speakers and receive a selection of movies across Roku channels. 

Though the 325327's performance is far from premium, the 1920 x 1080p resolution satisfies for the screen's size. And it's even better than the Vizio D-series for gaming, with a lag time of 12.3 milliseconds.

Read our full TCL 3 Series 32-inch Roku TV (32S327) review.

  • Bsquared
    Did no 70 or 75 inch 4K UHD/HDR type TV's/Displays meet your standards this year? Would love to hear your take on those sizes.
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