Black Friday TV Deals: Consumer Reports Releases Top Picks (List)

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Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 10:25 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Consumer Reports says in a preview of Black Friday TV deals released Tuesday often the most advertised "doorbuster" specials are in short supply for a limited time.

Consumer Reports said consumers are better off looking at major brands that are discounted and have solid reliability records. 

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Consumer Reports said some of best priced TVs for Black Friday include:

  •  32-inch Funai at Walmart for $98
  • 39-inch Insignia 1080p LCD TV at Best Buy for $180
  • 40-inch Element LCD TV for $178 at Walmart
  • 50-inch Element 1080p LCD TV at Target for $230
  • 55-inch Seiki Ultra HD LCD TV for $850 at Sears
  • 60-inch Westinghouse 1080p LCD TV for $588 at Kmart
However, televisions that are the least expensive will likely not deliver the same quality as the more expensive ones.

Here are the best sets for price, performance and features:

  • 46-inch Samsung smart LED LCD TV for $480 at Best Buy, $498 at Walmart, $500 at Sears
  • 51-inch 720p Samsung plasma TV at Walmart for $428, at Sears and Kmart for $430
  • 55-inch LG 1080p 120Hz LED LCD TV for $500 at Best Buy
  • 60-inch Vizio 120Hz 1080p LED LCD TV for $688 at Walmart
  • 65-inch Samsung 120Hz 1080 LED LCD TV for $1,000 at Best Buy
  • 70-inch Vizio 120Hz 1080p LED LCD TV for $998 at Walmart
Consumer Reports stated that consumers typically cannot go wrong with Samsung televisions, which are often the best performing.

When going out to shop for the best television deals, or any other items on Black Friday, ConsumerWorld.org makes several suggestions. 

The first suggestion is to do your homework and read the ads. Websites like blackfriday.gottadeal.com are good resources for deals.

The second suggestion is to evaluate and compare deals, especially in-store deals and online deals. Consumer World reported pricing tools such as the Price Checker at ConsumerWorld.org can compare prices at several websites at the same time.

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