Contemplating a new big-screen TV for the start of the football season? Good news: Deals abound, even on larger-sized sets. Here are five big-screen TV bargains, ranging in price from about $600 to $1,000. If budget is less of a concern, you may also want to check out "5 Great Big-Screen TVs for Watching Football."
What can $600 get you these days? How about a 60-inch TV? Despite the relatively low price for a screen this size, this 1080p set delivers the goods, with very good high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set. It also has smart TV functionality. The Achilles' heel is the sound, which is only fair, so consider springing for a sound bar speaker to truly appreciate the roar of the crowd.
Whether it's second-day pasta at mom's house or a TV released in 2015, leftovers can be a good thing. Case in point: this 60-inch 1080p set from Samsung. A bargain at roughly $800, it offers very good high-definition picture quality and anti-blurring technology that's very effective during fast-paced, action-packed programs such as football games. It's a smart TV, too. But like the Sharp model above, the sound is only fair. And, for a model this size, you kind of expect to have more than two HDMI inputs.
Vizio elbowed its way into the ranks of the top-selling TV brands by offering a lot for the money. In fact, we could have included four or five Vizio TV bargains on this list. At $700, for example, this 4K ultra-high-definition set costs about the same as a standard 1080p model. And, while it's UHD performance is a notch below the very best sets in our ratings, the high-definition picture quality is excellent. Two more things to note: 1) The set lacks a built-in TV tuner for over-the-air broadcasts, so you'll have to buy an external tuner if you want to get free TV via an antenna. And 2) It uses Vizio's SmartCast TV platform, which operates a lot like Google Chromecast, in that everything from settings to streaming is managed via apps on a phone or tablet. In this case, though, you have to supply the mobile device for those smart TV features to work.
This 60-inch set from LG's 2016 entry-level 4K UHD TV series brings all the big-game excitement home with excellent high-definition picture quality and excellent UHD performance. And, though it typically sells for about $1,100, we've recently seen it listed for just under $1,000 at a few online retailers. The TV supports HDR content and has a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set. It has smart TV functionality, too. But it doesn't come with LG's cool Magic Motion remote—which lets you point, click, and scroll to control on-screen action. You'll have to buy that yourself.
This 60-inch 4K TV, a 2015 leftover, delivers very good high-definition picture quality, though like the other Vizio model above it ranks a bit below the top sets in our ratings in UHD performance. It has very good black levels for an LCD-based set, thanks to a full-array LED backlight with local dimming, and it comes with Vizio's old smart TV platform. Frankly, we think a lot of viewers will prefer that to the less conventional SmartCast system, which requires a phone or tablet. Priced at about $1,000 at a few retailers, the set has popped up online recently for as little as $800.
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