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Black Friday is synonymous with cheap TVs. Every retailer is putting them on sale and we’ve sifted through them to find the best deals on 4K TVs, OLED TVs, QLED TVs and LCD TVs.
We don’t just pick TVs with big discounts: we choose models that scored well in our tests. But we still recommend checking the reviews before you buy, to make sure the TV is right for you.
Retailers know the importance of driving sales at this time of year, and so do manufacturers, which is why LG and Samsung have both released Black Friday TV ranges. Find out more about them by clicking on the links below.
You can get a discount on just about anything on Black Friday, so take a look at our expert pick of all the Best Black Friday deals.
Best Black Friday TV deals
We’ve singled out some of the very best deals we’ve come across, ranked by the size of each TV.
LG 49NANO816NA television – was £599, now £479 (20% off, according to the retailer)
We liked: detailed picture
We didn’t like: narrow viewing angle
LG’s mid to high-end TVs still have liquid crystal displays (LCD), but there’s an extra later of nanocells designed to filter out impure colours for a more natural, lifelike picture.
LG is the only manufacturer currently making TVs with this extra layer of nanocells, and you’ll only find this 49-incher at Currys PC World.
(A recent Which? investigation into Currys PC World suggests the firm has an issue with how it handles complaints about faulty products. So do consider this before making a purchase.)
LG OLED55CX6LA – was £1,599, now £1,299 (19% off according to the retailer)
We liked: brilliant contrast
We didn’t like: missing several catch-up apps
OLEDs are as synonymous with quality as TVs are with Black Friday, but they are expensive (even on Black Friday) and there are plenty of options from LG as well as Panasonic and Sony.
LG is responsible for the popularity of OLEDs though – it was the first introduce them to the market – but does that extra experience make its OLEDs the best?
Sony KD55A8BU – was £1,699, now £1,299 (24% off, according to the retailer)
We liked: nicely balanced sound
We didn’t like: more fiddly to use than rival TVs
Screen size: 55-inch
We mentioned LG’s OLED rivals earlier and here’s one of them. Sony’s premier 4K TV has the X1 Ultimate processor, which should give better picture quality than any chip that Sony has made before coupled with audio technology that vibrates the screen to create sound. Is it the best OLED though or should you stick with LG?
Sony KD55XH9505BU – was £1,199, now £999 (17% off, according to the retailer)
We liked: strong 4K picture
We disliked: unbalanced sound
Screen size: 55-inch
From one high-end Sony TV to another – but this one has an LCD screen rather than an OLED one. The 9505 is Sony’s top-tier 4K LCD for 2020, and when it launched it was £1,599. Now it’s more than a third cheaper, but high-end doesn’t always mean high quality.
Samsung QE65Q80T – was £1,999, now £1,299 (35% off, according to the retailer)
We liked: fantastic sound
We didn’t like: colours can look unnatural
This big screen 65-inch set is one of Samsung’s most high-end 4K TVs for 2020. It’s packed with cutting-edge tech, including HDR10+ for improved contrast control in HDR content, and a new positional sound feature that makes audio come from different parts of the screen for a more natural effect.
QLED sets have one clear rival, and that’s OLEDs. There are plenty of options from LG, Panasonic and Sony, so check our review to see if the Q80T is your best option.
Our top tips for buying the best TV
Whether you’re keen to buy a new TV before the week is out, or you’re happy to bide your time and wait for future sales, these tips will steer you right when choosing a new TV.
Size – picking the right size TV for your room is one of the most important decisions. Our TV size tool will tell you how big a screen you need based on how far you sit from it. Our research has found that 49 and 50-inch sets tend to be right for most households, but you may be better with a bigger or smaller one.
Screen – LCD, Nanocell, LED, QLED, OLED, there are plenty of different screen types to go for, but don’t assume that one will be better than any other. Sure OLEDs tend to have better contrast than LCD models, but contrast isn’t everything. We’ve tested LCD TVs that beat OLEDs and QLEDs, so don’t dismiss any screen type on your quest for the best TV.
When – we find that TVs often stay at their Black Friday price after the day and there’s always the January sales right around the corner, so don’t rush into buying a TV you’re not sure about just because you’re worried the price will skyrocket a few days later.