With stay-at-home orders still in effect in much of the U.S., many consumers are choosing now as a great time to buy a new TV. If you're spending more time at home, after all, why not upgrade?
With a recession looming and various other forms of economic uncertainty, many of those are looking to spend less than they normally would. And while large, quality TVs are more affordable than ever, there's everyday value to be found.
Tom's Guide lists the 65-inch Vizio M Series Quantum, one of Vizio's entries in the Quantum LED category currently dominated by Samsung, as "our favorite smart-TV value" and "the best TV you'll get for under $1,000."
Featuring Dolby Vision support, a built-in Google Chromecast, and support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, the M Series Quantum also represents "a great choice for cord cutters that want to ditch their cable bill for more personalized streaming options," the site said.
The same site also lists TCL's 6-Series 65-inch Roku TV, from 2018, as "a killer big-screen value" and "one of the best bargains in the TV world." Featuring Roku's easy-to-use streaming interface and strong picture quality, the 6-Series offers three HDMI ports.
RTINGS.com has also come out with a list of the best budget TVs, and the site listed another TCL TV, the TCL 65S525 from the 5 Series in 2019, as the "Best Value For Size TV." Rating the TV a 7.6 out of 10, the site calls it a "a 65 inch TV with a fairly premium look thanks to its very thin bezels and metal accents."
That site also lists yet another TCL model, the 65-inch TCL 65S425 of the 2019 4 Series. The TV, RTINGS said, "doesn't get nearly as bright, but it's a bit cheaper and has better reflection handling. Unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as premium as the other TCL, with thicker, plastic bezels, and its picture quality isn't as good due to its lack of a wide color gamut and significantly dimmer screen."
RTINGS also lists the Hisense H9F as its "best budget TV," rating it an 8.4 out of 10. "This TV delivers incredible performance with features that are usually found on much pricier TVs," the site said. The H9F, a 4K LED TV, is praised as "a great TV for almost any use."
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today.