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The best cheap TV deals in January 2020

The best cheap TV deals right now
TCL 43S517 Roku Smart 4K TV (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
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Major televised events for 2020 including the Royal Rumble, the Grammy Awards, the Super Bowl and the Oscars are just a stone's throw away. And if you're in the market for a new TV right now, there's great news this month. Finding cheap TV deals these days is a lot easier than it used to be. Sure, the holidays generally see the lowest prices, but with 2020's best TVs arriving at retailers soon, we're now seeing aggressive TV deals on existing models. 

Super Bowl TV deals are also helping to drive TV prices down. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart continue to discount various TV models from LG, Samsung, Sceptre, Sony, RCA, Vizio, Westinghouse and more. Walmart for instance, is offering reduced prices on select Samsung QLED TVs. Meanwhile, Amazon is bundling a free Echo Dot with the purchase of select Fire TVs. 

With so many options to choose from, TV shopping can get overwhelming. That's why we're rounding up the best TV deals available now to make your buying experience easier.

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 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.
  • 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. You should get at least 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.

The 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. 

Samsung 43" 4K HDTV: was $429 now $327.99 @ Amazon
The Samsung 43-inch 4K Series 7 TV features a 4K Ultra HD processor and HDR support to deliver the best picture possible. With PurColor technology and smart TV functionality, this TV makes it easy to find and stream movies and TV shows in lifelike imagery.View Deal

LG 49" 4K Smart TV: was $379 now $278 @ Walmart
The LG 49UM6950DUB is a 49-inch 4K smart TV that gives you every app and service offered on LG's more premium TVs, but for less. The IPS panel should look good from any angle, and the HDR10 support makes movies and shows pop with brighter colors and more realistic shadows. Get it now for $278.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. 

Sharp 55" 4K HDR Roku Smart TV: was $449.99 now $289.99 @ Best Buy
This Sharp Smart 4K Roku TV features and easy to navigate intuitive interface to make it easy to watch your favorite TV shows and movies. Pick it up now for $160 at Best Buy. View Deal

TCL 55S425 55" 4K Smart Roku TV: was $599.99 now $269.55 @ Amazon
This TCL TV not only features everything we love about Roku TV, it also works with Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free voice control. View Deal

Samsung QLED sale: up to 50% off @ Amazon
The mother of all Super Bowl TV deals, Amazon is taking up to 50% off select Samsung QLED TVs. The sale includes 8K TVs, 4K TVs, and even Samsung's The Frame series. View Deal

Vizio 55" M-Series Quantum 4K TV: was $498 now $358 @ Walmart
The Vizio M-Series (M556-G4) TV is part of Vizio's midrange 2019 series, but this set features Vizio's quantum tech, similar to Samsung's QLED TVs. It's an absolute steal at this new super-low price. View Deal

Samsung QLED TV Sale: Up to $2,000 off @ Walmart
Samsung's QLED TVs are renown for their rich colors, solid picture quality, and sky-high prices. That is until now. Walmart is slashing up to $2,000 off Samsung's 2019 QLEDs with pricing that starts at $597. It's one of the best TV deals out there for fans of premium TVs. View Deal

Samsung 50" 4K Smart TV: was $499.99 now $347.99 @ Amazon
This Samsung 50-inch 4K Smart TV (UN50RU7100) features a 120Hz motion rate and HDR support. With smart functionality built-in, you can access your favorite streaming services in one place.View Deal

Sceptre 50" 4K LED TV: was $399.99 now $199.99 @ Walmart
One of the best cheap TV deals ever, the Sceptre 50-inch 4K LED TV (U515CV-U), delivers 4K resolution, 4 HDMI ports, and a 60Hz refresh rate for just $199. It's not a smart TV, but at this price, who cares.View Deal

LG B8 55" OLED 4K TV: was $1,249 now $1,199 @ Amazon
The LG B8 55-inch OLED TV is the cheapest OLED TV you can buy right now. OLED technology uses individual light-emitting pixels to create fantastic contrast and perfect black levels. Despite its age, this 2018 model is still one of the best OLED TVs on the market. View Deal

LG B9 55" OLED 4K TV: was $1,399 now $1,299 @ Best Buy
The LG B9 OLED TV is a 2019 entry level OLED TV. But don't let "entry level" fool you. This TV beats any non-OLED TV on the market and packs premium features like built-in Alexa/Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, and HDR10/Dolby Vision support. View Deal

Sony 55" A9G Master OLED 4K TV: was $2,799 now $2,498 @ Amazon
The Sony XBR55A9G OLED TV features built-in Alexa and Google Assistant support. This 2019 OLED TV also has an excellent response time that leaves almost no blur trail when displaying fast-moving content. Best Buy also has it on sale for a buck more.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 deals of the moment. 

Sony 75" 4K Smart TV w/ $400 GC: was $2,798 now $1,698 @ Dell
This Android TV sports a ton of features including Alexa support, HDR support (HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma, and Dolby Vision), X-Motion Clarity for smooth action scenes, and built-in Chromecast. Even better, it comes with a $400 Dell eGift card. View Deal

TCL 65" 6-Series 4K Smart TV: was $899 now $699 @ Best Buy
Besides stunning 2160p resolution, the TCL 6 series 4K TV offers easy to use smart functionality, HDR support including Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos. Best Buy currently has it on sale for $200 under retail. View Deal

Samsung 82" 4K QLED TV: was $4,499 now $2,497 @ Amazon
The 82-inch Samsung 4K Q70 Series QLED Smart TV (QN82Q70RAFXZA) delivers great color and brightness and strong audio. Amazon is currently taking a whopping $2,002 off its regular price.  View Deal

Sony 65" Z9F Smart 4K TV: was $3,499 now $1,799 @ Best Buy
The Sony 65-inch Z9F Master Series TV uses Sony's X1 Ultimate process to deliver video quality that's as close to OLED quality as possible. It offers great upscaling to make HD sources look like 4K. It's now $1,700 off.View Deal

LG 65" Nano 8 Smart TV: was $1,099 now $799 @ Best Buy
This LG Nano 8 Smart TV features more than a billion colors for true-to-life picture quality. It includes built-in Alexa, which means you can play music, control other smart home devices, and get news using voice commands.View Deal

Element 70" 4K Roku TV: was $798 now $499 @ Walmart
The Element 70-inch 4K Roku TV is one of the biggest Element HDTVs you can buy. It features Roku's easy-to-use platform which gives you access to popular streaming apps.View Deal

RCA 70" 4K LED TV: was $799 now $449 @ Walmart
If you're looking for a big screen TV to host Super Bowl 2020, the RCA 70-inch (RTU7074) is a solid choice. It features a resolution of 2160p, and a refresh rate of 60Hz. Get it now for $320 below retail.View Deal

Samsung 75" Q90 4K TV: was $4,299 now $3,499 @ Best Buy
Samsung's Quantum series TVs offer over a billion shades of brilliant color which is more than standard 4K TVs. For a limited time, you can get the 2019 Samsung 75" Q90 4K Smart TV (QN75Q90RAFXZA) for an excellent price from Best Buy.View Deal

TCL 75" 4K Roku QLED TV: was $2,999 now $2,599 @ 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. View Deal

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Best cheap TVs

The best cheap TVs: 4K and 1080p

TCL 43S517 Roku Smart 4K TV (Image credit: Tom's Guide)

1. TCL 5-Series Roku Smart 4K TV (43S517)

A great 4K TV for less

Screen Size: 43 inches | HDMI Ports: 3 | Refresh rate: 60Hz | HDR Support: HDR10, Dolby Vision | Dimensions (without stand): 37.8 x 22.1 x 2.9 inches

Super affordable
Great color reproduction and accuracy
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
Better-than-average Roku experience
Inconsistent backlight
Limited port selection

The TCL 5-Series Roku Smart 4K TV (43S517) offers not only the great price and solid quality seen on many TCL sets, but also adds unexpectedly premium features like Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound, and a better-than-average version of Roku TV. The 43-inch TV is small, but benefits from a sleek-looking narrow-bezel design, and TCL throws in unexpected features like a remote with an integrated mic for voice interaction.

The TCL 5-Series also boasts great color reproduction, with a wide color gamut (99.8 percent) and excellent accuracy (Delta-E of 1.7). It handled subtle color transitions better than sets that cost twice as much, but expected issues like haloing and inconsistent backlighting were still noticeable. The built in sound begs for a subwoofer, and with Dolby Atmos support, there's no good reason not to pair this set with an Atmos-capable soundbar.

If you want a TV that delivers premium features while still fitting into your apartment and budget, the TCL 43S517 Roku TV is hard to beat.

Read our full TCL 43S517 Roku TV review.
 

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

2. 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)

3. 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, built-in voice assistant 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)

4. 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.

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.
 

Samsung M5300

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6. Samsung 32-inch TV M5300

A super-affordable 4K smart TV

Screen size: 32 inches | Resolution: 1080p | HDMI Ports: 2 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Dimensions: 29.2 x 17.2 x 2.7 inches | Smart TV: Yes

Supports plenty of apps/streaming services
Thinner than most TVs in this price range
Not the  best color accuracy
Sound could be better

Rating: 3/5 stars

The 32-inch Samsung M5300 is a compact, low-cost TV that manages to offer some great smart functions. The set is equipped with only two HDMI ports, but the built-in Wi-Fi and Samsung's Smart TV platform offer support for plenty of apps and streaming services.

The set struggled in terms of color accuracy and sound quality, but it manages to offer decent brightness (230 nits) and has a better color gamut than most competing sets. The M5300 is also is slimmer than most TVs in this price range, and while it's not as svelte as some premium models, it's wall-mountable and has a size and weight that are well-suited to regular moves, whether it's from room to room or packing up to head to a new house.

Read our full Samsung 32-inch M5300 FHD TV review.

Vizio D24f-F1

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7. 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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8. 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 unyielded 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 an Echo speaker 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.