The Best Cyber Monday TV Deals of 2018 So Far


Follow our Guide to Cyber Monday for all the best deals this holiday season.

Rather than line up outside a big-box store at the crack of dawn to score a cheap TV on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, TV-deal hunters should sleep in and let Wirecutter do the hunting for them, especially on Cyber Monday. TVs are one of the most sought-after items during deal season, but the problem with a lot of those TV deals is that sometimes you get what you pay for.

“Doorbuster” TV specials are a holiday tradition for brick-and-mortar retailers, and online retailers have followed suit in recent years. The evening news loves to show people walking out of stores on Black Friday carrying giant TVs scored for a few hundred dollars. And in truth, who doesn’t want to get a big-ticket item for a near steal? However, one thing I always advise people to do when they’re looking for deals in TVs—or anything else—is to wait for a good price on something you really do want rather than waste money on something you don’t, because often these holiday deals come with caveats.

The best Cyber Monday (and leftover Black Friday) TV deals

Photo: Chris Heinonen
  • Amazon has taken $400 off the price of the LG C8 OLED, our top pick for the best OLED TV. OLED TVs offer excellent color and brightness (not to mention deep, inky blacks), but are more reflective than LCD/LED TVs, so don’t buy one with plans to mount it directly across from a lightly shaded window.
  • Samsung has taken $300 off the Samsung NU8000 65-inch 4K TV, which is an upcoming pick in our soon-to-be released guide to the best TV for video games (and already spoken well of in the Competition section of our guide to the best LCD/LED TV.)
  • Best Buy has taken $70 off the TCL 65R615, a variant of our budget pick for the best LCD/LED TV. The only difference between this variant and our pick is that it includes a basic infrared remote, instead of the more feature-rich Wi-Fi remote included with our pick. This won’t make any difference in picture quality, of course, and the IR remote has the potential to control other living room devices like your soundbar.
  • The Sony X900F 49-inch TV has dropped to $900 from $1,100. Though it’s no longer our upgrade pick, we still recommend the Sony X900F as the best choice for people looking for very large or very small displays in our guide to the best LCD/LED TV. The X900F stands out from other high-end LCDs by offering both 49-inch and 85-inch screen sizes; the 85-inch is also on sale with a drop down to $4,500 from $5,300.

How to shop for a TV on Cyber Monday and Black Friday

The super-discounted TVs so common on Cyber Monday and Black Friday are almost never the models with the best performance and the best features. In fact, doorbuster specials are often models that are available only during the holiday season—you usually see deals only on bargain brands or stripped-down models from popular makers that may look like the TVs you want but lack the features that truly make a good TV.

When we review 4K TVs, we put them through a series of tests using precise measurement equipment; we also compare them with other models and explore features such as the HDR performance, the TV’s speakers, and the streaming media capabilities. If a TV is going to be part of your home for years to come, you don’t want to be duped into buying something that disappoints.

During the holiday shopping season, we look for great prices on the TVs we already recommend. That way, when we post a deal, you know it’s for a thoroughly reviewed model, not an obscure version that appears only in November.

The TVs we recommend often do go on sale, and we’re quick to spot those Cyber Monday television deals and post them on the Cyber Monday Deals page, so you don’t have to stand in the cold to get the best TV for your home. We have a whole team hunting for the best deals for you, so whether it’s a 55-inch 4K TV for your living room or a 65-inch TV for your home theater, keep an eye out here to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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