The Best TVs for Super Bowl 2021 | Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL, Vizio
The big game is just around the corner and that might make you think the time is right to buy a new TV. You would be right It’s a good time to buy a new TV for a number of reasons. But if you’re like many people I’ve spoken to over the years, you could be doing a huge mistake, too. I’ll get to that part in a moment.
Last year around this time, I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes at Super Bowl LIV in Miami Gardens, Florida. No luck this year so, like you, I look forward to seeing the game at home and of course I will see it on the largest screen possible.
Lots of people are buying new TVs this time of year, partly because they want to see the game the best they can, but also because prices have come down and there are some great deals on sale thanks to the sale. But I see people making some critical mistakes, often because they are rushing to buy something.
I think what people are forgetting is that the TV they buy for Super Bowl LV is also the TV they will live with for a long time. Yes, you want to make it big, I understand, but making size your top priority can affect your budget. Larger TVs tend to have higher prices, so it makes sense that you go for the largest TV you can afford.
However, I would actually caution against this route and keep in mind that in the long run it is wiser to sometimes get a slightly smaller TV with better picture quality. Ultimately, the choice is yours, I just wanted to get that out of there. With that in mind, I’ll try to cover the range here, from large and budget-friendly to the best quality images you can get that cost no property.
Samsung QLED TVs – Q80T and Q60T
If you’re looking to buy a Samsung TV, it’s really worth expanding the QLED range as QLEDs are brighter and more colorful than Samsung’s Crystal LED range. You literally get more colors thanks to the use of quantum dots. Samsung makes some of the best LED-backlit TVs you can buy. As for QLEDs, the available models are Q60T, Q70T, Q80T, and Q90T.
The Q90T is the best 4K QLED you can buy from Samsung in 2021, but it tends to be a bit expensive. If you want a premium QLED, consider the Q80T. It’s still a little expensive, but you can get a bigger screen for your money and the picture quality comes very close to the Q90T.
For a cheaper Samsung QLED option, I now recommend skipping the Q70T. It’s fine, but the Q60T is very similar in image quality and a lot friendlier on your wallet. Between the Q60T and the Q80T, you’ll find that the Q80T gets brighter and has better black levels. It pulls off HDR better and has slightly better processing. I think you want to watch the game as the best you can get is a 1080p stream and probably 720P if you’re watching over cable or satellite.
Next, let’s talk about Sony. If you’re looking for a great TV for gaming but are a big movie viewer and appreciate great picture quality, the Sony X900H is a great choice. Sony offers pretty good picture quality with this TV and the price is reasonable, especially for Sony.
The X900H does HDR well, has above average brightness and its color rendering is instantly super accurate. This is one of my favorite TVs of the year. Bonus: The X900H is a good game for gamers as it is finally getting a firmware update that allows for some gaming features like variable update rate and automatic low latency mode.
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Sure, you can spend more and get more as you step up to the X950H, but I’m less impressed with the value for money on this TV, although it looks great and gets a little brighter. I keep coming back to the X900H, so this is my best pick for Sony.
Vizio P-series / up to 10 P-series
You may already have Vizio in mind if you’re a Costco or Sam’s Club shopper, as they are often in the front and center as you walk in the door. And Vizio’s line-up looks very good right now.
I’m waffling between the P-Series Quantum and the P-Series Quantum X. If a bright, vivid picture is your pocket, the P-Series Quantum X is one of the most vibrant televisions you can buy right now. Seriously, the picture jumps at you. But the P series comes very close to Quantum and is more affordable, so I think most will want to turn to this model. The M-series is attractive for its low price, and the M-series is a good TV, but for those on a budget, I’ll point the last choice on my list.
LG CX OLED TVs
However, we are not finished yet. For those who want the absolute best, the LG CX OLED TV is perfect. Yes, it will be one of the more expensive options on this list, but in my opinion, this is the best TV you can buy this year. The image quality is unmatched, the movement is super clear and fluid, the color is absolutely precise and the contrast is amazing thanks to the perfect black levels of OLED.
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If you have not seen an OLED in person, I strongly encourage you to review one before making your purchase decision. In many cases I would recommend a 65-inch OLED over a much larger LED / LCD TV because the picture quality is just out of this world. If buying a LG CX OLED is within your budget, I strongly recommend that you go for it.
TCL 6 Series TV (R635)
As much as I rave about the LG CX OLED, it’s not my top pick for this list. This honor actually goes to the TCL 6-Seres or R635. Pixel for pixel, dollar for dollar, this television is just ridiculously good value. It has it all: HDR10, Dolby Vision, the Roku TV platform, great colors, great brightness, and great backlight control thanks to the mini LED backlight system.
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The prices are so good that you look at the 75-inch model and think, “Yeah, I think I can.” If you can do it. This is one of my three favorite TVs this year for a reason. And if you need further assistance, I’ve had one of these in my house for a few months and I’ve loved it so far.