How to Find the Best Black Friday TV Deals of 2018
Rather than line up outside a big-box store at the crack of dawn to score a cheap TV on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, TV-deal hunters should sleep in and let Wirecutter do the hunting for them. TVs are one of the most sought-after items during deal season, but the problem with a lot of those TV deals is that sometimes you get what you pay for.
“Doorbuster” TV specials are a holiday tradition for brick-and-mortar retailers, and online retailers have followed suit in recent years. The evening news loves to show people walking out of stores on Black Friday carrying giant TVs scored for a few hundred dollars. And in truth, who doesn’t want to get a big-ticket item for a near steal? However, one thing I always advise people to do when they’re looking for deals in TVs—or anything else—is to wait for a good price on something you really do want rather than waste money on something you don’t, because often these holiday deals come with caveats.
The super-discounted TVs so common on Black Friday are almost never the models with the best performance and the best features. In fact, doorbuster specials are often models that are available only during the holiday season—you usually see deals only on bargain brands or stripped-down models from popular makers that may look like the TVs you want but lack the features that truly make a good TV.
When we review 4K TVs, we put them through a series of tests using precise measurement equipment; we also compare them with other models and explore features such as the HDR performance, the TV’s speakers, and the streaming media capabilities. If a TV is going to be part of your home for years to come, you don’t want to be duped into buying something that disappoints.
During the holiday shopping season, we look for great prices on the TVs we already recommend. That way, when we post a deal, you know it’s for a thoroughly reviewed model, not an obscure version that appears only in November.
The TVs we recommend often do go on sale, and we’re quick to spot those Black Friday television deals and post them on the Wirecutter Deals page, so you don’t have to stand in the cold to get the best TV for your home. We have a whole team hunting for the best deals for you, so whether it’s a 55-inch 4K TV for your living room or a 65-inch TV for your home theater, keep an eye out here to find exactly what you’re looking for.