Super Bowl 53 is less than a week away, and if you want to see this controversial game play out on a big screen — and save some money along the way — you’ve come to the right place.
This is arguably the best time to buy a new TV, because stores typically hold sales in advance of the big game. And what sales they are. A 49-inch 1080p Roku TV is going for just $200, while a 75-incher can be had for less than $1000.
Meanwhile, if you really want to go big, you can score a projector — one capable of projecting a 100-inch image — for under $450.
So here’s a roundup of the best big-TV (and projector) discounts you can get right now. Be sure to bookmark this post and check back often, as I’ll be updating it as more sales appear.
Best 55-inch TV deals
I’d consider a 55-inch screen the bare minimum for party-friendly football viewing.
Hisense R7 55-inch 4K HDR Roku TV: $330 (save $170)
Although Best Buy no longer has its 55-inch Insignia with Fire TV for $330, it’s now offering a Hisense Roku model for the same price. The only thing I’d question is the lack of user reviews. But, hey, don’t like it? Take it back to the store.
Best 65-inch TV deals
This is the TV-deal sweet spot right now, as prices have never been better — and anything larger might actually overwhelm the average living room.
TCL 65-inch 4 Series Roku TV: $480 (save $120)
Although the newer TCL 6 Series is getting all the attention right now, let’s not forget that as recently as a few months ago, the Series 4 ranked among our very favorite budget TVs.
Right now, Costco has the best deal to date: just $479.99. As you might expect, though, you need a Costco membership to get that deal. Don’t have one? Best Buy continues to offer this model for $499.99.
Best 75-inch TV deals
You’re still going to pay a considerable premium for a TV of this size, which is why you might want to consider a projector instead (see below). But, if it’s super-big you want, super-big you’ve got:
Hisense H8E Series 75-inch 4K TV: $1000 (save $500)
This is one of the lowest prices to date on a 75-inch screen. This Hisense model scored a decent 4.1-star average from customers. It has Android-powered smarts for streaming the likes of Netflix and YouTube, but only two HDMI inputs — a potentially limiting factor if you plan to connect more than a cable box and game console.
The projector option
Do you scoff at the idea of a ‘measly’ 75-inch screen? Think you need at least 100 inches to really enjoy your football? In that case, it’s time to look at a projector. Look for one that offers native 1080p resolution (as opposed to ‘support for 1080p sources,’ which is what you typically see on cheapie models) and at least two HDMI inputs. Here’s my pick:
BenQ MH530FHD DLP projector: $442 (save $107)
Able to project a 100-inch image from around 10 feet away, this projector was designed with home theaters in mind. It has two HDMI inputs, 3,300 ANSI lumens and a three-year warranty. Pretty amazing for the price.
Don’t forget the audio
One more thing: Any new TV is going to need an assist in the sound department. Because seeing the big game is only half the battle, and most TVs have fair-to-poor built-in speakers.
If you want a really cheap solution, find an old pair of computer speakers and plug them in. (You may need a 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter, but that’s easy enough.) Believe it or not, this can offer a big improvement.
More likely, though, you’ll want a sound bar. Here’s our budget pick.
Vizio SB362An-F6 sound bar ($100)
One hundred dollars. That’s all you really need to spend to make your music and TV sound better than it ever has. Bluetooth and an optical connection, and you’re set to enjoy the football, and a post-game party, too.