Best TV deals: Big sales this weekend on LG, TCL and Vizio – CNET

Life is slowly starting to get back to normal after a year of restrictions due to the pandemic. Just last week, three of the biggest movie theater chains announced that they no longer require masks for vaccinated people. That said, people’s comfort levels may vary (vaccinated or not), and if you’re not quite ready to be munching on popcorn in a packed theater, maybe you could consider putting your entertainment budget into binge-watching at home on a new TV. If that sounds appealing, the best time to do it would be now, so you can take advantage of Memorial Day weekend sales.

While your living room might not give you the exact theater experience — even if you are eating popcorn — today’s TVs are the best they’ve ever been. Even better, Amazon and Best Buy have amazing deals on some of the best TVs we’ve tested, from budget models to the best TV that CNET TV guru David Katzmaier has ever reviewed. If spending Memorial Day watching movies sounds like the right move, there is a deal out there for you.

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Katzmaier has not encountered a TV that offers as much picture quality for the money as the TCL 6-Series. It boasts a bright, punchy image that’s superior to other TVs at this price, thanks in large part to full-array local dimming. And it uses Roku TV, which is our favorite TV platform for navigating all of your streaming subscriptions. The 55-inch model from TCL is selling for $800, which is $100 less than its list price.

Read our TCL 6-Series review.

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If the TCL 6-Series is the gold-medal winner for providing the biggest image quality value, then Vizio’s M-Series Quantum takes the silver. It can’t quite match the picture quality of the TCL 6-Series and lacks Roku TV, but it costs a lot less. It’s one of the least expensive TVs with local dimming. The 55-inch model is only $480 — after a $20 discount via the free My Best Buy membership program. It costs hundreds less than the 55-inch sale model from the TCL 6-Series above. Want to size up? The same Vizio model at 65 inches is $680.

Read our Vizio M7-Series Quantum review.

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Want to go all out and spend more for the best picture quality? You’ve come to the right place. Quite simply, the LG OLEDCX delivers the picture against which all other TVs are measured. Yeah, it’s the best TV that Katzmaier has ever reviewed (and he’s seen a few over the years). If you’re ready to spring for an OLED TV, this is the one to get. The 65-inch model had been hovering near the $2,000 mark and has dropped to $1,850 on Amazon. And the 55-inch model is priced at a reasonable $1,350 — down from $1,500 earlier this month.

Read our LG OLEDCX series review.

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Vizio makes an OLED TV too, and it’s on sale at Best Buy for less than the above LG at both the 65-inch size shown here and the 55-inch version ($1,200). You can save $400 on the 65-inch model and $100 on the 55-incher. Katzmaier hasn’t reviewed it yet and for a TV this expensive, he’d lean toward the sure thing (in other words, the LG). But if you want OLED image quality for the lowest price, it’s Vizio right now.

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