Best Black Friday TV deals: Lowest prices yet on 65-inch TCL 6-Series, LG C1 OLED

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Black Friday may be known for super-cheap doorbusters, but it’s also the best time of the year to save on TVs that are actually, you know, good. A little over a week before the big day arrives, some of the best TVs on the market — like the LG C1 OLED TV, the Samsung QN90A QLED and the 65-inch version of our favorite TV of the year, the TCL 6-Series, are already at all-time lows. Of course cheaper TVs are on sale too, and as the Black Friday approaches we expect even more aggressive discounts on a variety of screens big and small. Retailers have already released their Black Friday ads and we’ve gone through them and added some of the best upcoming deals below.

This list will be updated regularly, so keep an eye on it.

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The TCL 6-Series Roku TV is the best TV for the money overall that we’ve tested, and the 65-inch model just hit the lowest price of the year at Amazon. The 6-Series features excellent picture quality thanks to mini-LED technology and full-array local dimming. Though this TV technically debuted in 2020, the 6-Series is still considered a current model for 2021. 

Want something even bigger? The 75-inch version continues to remain available for the lowest price of the year at $1,300. Note that the 55- and 65-inch sizes were previously down to $700, but the price on that size has gone up in the last couple of days. Perhaps prices will fall again on the 55-inch size before Black Friday, but there’s no guarantee it will.

Read our TCL 6-Series Roku TV review.

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LG’s C1 OLED TV is currently CNET’s pick for the best TV for high-end shoppers. It offers ridiculously deep black levels and punchy contrast that even the best LCD and QLED TVs can’t match, as well as cutting-edge gaming features such as G-Sync and FreeSync VRR, 4K/120Hz input and an all-new Game Optimizer mode with numerous extra settings. It’s also our favorite gaming TV to pair with an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 (or both).

Read our LG C1 OLED TV review.

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Speaking of high-end TVs, Samsung’s QN90A TV is another one of our favorites that just got a Black Friday price cut. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in my side-by-side tests, so I still recommend the LG C1 overall, but the QN90A comes closer than ever. And in the 85-inch size, this Samsung costs a lot less than the 83-inch C1.

Read our Samsung QN90A review.

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This midrange TV is pretty much the baseline for very good image quality. It’s one of the least expensive TVs with full-array local dimming, which lets it serve up good-looking high dynamic range video, and also has variable refresh rate for gaming. We didn’t like it as much as the TCL in our side-by-side comparison, but it does cost less.

Currently the best discount on the MQ7 series is the 58-inch size at Amazon, and while that price is still $50 more than its all-time low, it’s still an excellent value. The other sizes were on sale recently, but those prices have expired for now.

Read our Vizio M7-Series Quantum review.

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We haven’t reviewed this particular Fire TV, but based on its specifications we expect picture quality that’s similar to the Toshiba C350, which we have reviewed. Long story short: Expect pretty basic picture quality. The appeal of the Omni is the fact that you can issue Alexa voice commands into thin air and the TV will respond. That’s because it has built-in mics, so it’s basically an Echo speaker with a big screen. In addition to other standard Fire TV smart features, the Omni will soon work with Apple AirPlay.

For Black Friday, Amazon knocked $150 off the price of the 50- and 55-inch sizes.

The Omni series is also available in 43-, 65- and 75-inch sizes, but they’re not currently discounted.

Read more about the Amazon Fire TV Omni series.

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Samsung’s The Frame looks like no other TV. Its ultrathin screen can double as a place to display digital art and measures just 24.9mm thick, similar to a typical picture frame. By subscribing to Samsung’s Art Store for $5 per month, you can access over 1,400 pieces of art to show on the screen. The Frame TV comes in a wide range of sizes — from 32 to 75 inches — and each model has large discounts at Amazon and elsewhere. Even with the sale prices you’ll pay a steep premium for The Frame’s unique look, but for design-conscious buyers it might be worth it.

Read more about Samsung The Frame TV.

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Maybe you’re not looking for a high-end TV at all. If that’s the case, our go-to pick is the TCL 4-Series because it has our favorite smart TV system — Roku — and image quality that’s still good enough for most people. We haven’t yet reviewed the 55S21 featured on this sale at Walmart, but according to TCL it should perform the same as the 55S435 we did review (pictured), and it costs a lot less.

This deal is sold out online nationally, but your local Walmart might still have stock.

Upcoming Black Friday TV deals

Several official Black Friday ads have surfaced, giving us another look at what we can expect to see discounted come Nov. 26. Amazon’s plans are a little vague this year, but the retailer says it will have “deep discounts on select TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG.” The deals from Amazon will start on Nov. 25, while the deals below from Target and Walmart kick off on Nov. 21 and 22, respectively.

Element

This 65-inch TV from Element runs Roku’s streaming software on it for easy access to all your favorite apps, and has a thin bezel to make it look even better when it’s hanging on your walls. It’s a newer model, and while it may not have all the bells and whistles that other models do, the price more than makes up for that.

Vizio

Vizio’s 70-inch V-Series Smart TV may not be one of the newest models that will be on sale this year, but this size panel for this price is hard to pass up. It has Vizio Smart Cast, Vizio Voice and built-in Chromecast, works with Apple AirPlay and much more. Whether you’re looking to replace a main TV or add one to a guest space, this is a great option at this price.


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