TV Black Friday 2020 Deals: Are They Worth It?

Best Buy, Target and other big retailers are safe bets for steep discounts.

Lauren SchwahnOctober 16, 2020
TV Black Friday 2020 Deals: Are They Worth It?

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TVs steal the Black Friday spotlight year after year, for good reason: Electronics retailers, big-box stores and wholesale clubs all cut prices on TVs of different brands, sizes and resolutions. In the past, retailers often reserved the biggest deals for in-store shoppers. But with the pandemic still going on, there’s a good chance you’ll see more online doorbusters than ever this year.

Many TV bargains kick off at specific times or will be available in limited quantities, so you’ll have a better shot at them if you act fast. Check out our deal breakdown below.

What are the best Black Friday TV deals in 2020?

We’re starting to catch an early glimpse of Black Friday TV deals from a few retailers. Here are some of the announcements we’ve seen:

  • Best Buy’s sale will include a 70-inch Samsung 4K Smart TV for $529.99 ($220 savings).

  • Dell is selling a 65-inch LG OLED 4K Smart Ultra HDTV for $1,999 ($800 savings).

Keep checking back, because we'll post more deals here as soon as we get the details.

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What were the best Black Friday TV deals in 2019?

In 2019, as in past years, you could find TVs on sale almost anywhere you looked. But major Black Friday players like Target and Best Buy lived up to their reputations, serving up supreme savings.

  • Best Buy’s sale included the Insignia 58-inch 4K UHD HDR LED smart TV with Fire TV and Amazon Echo Dot for $199.99 ($280 off).

  • Dell offered a Vizio 65-inch 4K UHD HDR smart TV for $639.99 ($360 off), plus a $50 Dell eGift card. The doorbuster deal started Nov. 28 at 11:00 p.m. ET.

  • Target sold a 50-inch Westinghouse Roku 4K HDR UHD smart TV for $149.99 ($160 off, in-store only).

How to decide if it’s worth it

If you need a TV upgrade, now might be the time to act, especially if you’re expecting to hunker down indoors this winter.

However, Black Friday isn’t the only opportune time to buy a TV. Discounts are also common in January and February — close to the Super Bowl — and around the time new models hit shelves, which is usually in spring.

How to budget for a TV

Before you drop several hundred dollars on a new TV, decide how much you can comfortably afford to spend on Black Friday purchases. You can use a budget calculator as a guide for distributing your monthly income toward different expense categories.

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