How to get the best Black Friday TV deals

Having the family over for Christmas and in need of a new TV to screen festive favourites? We know just the way to get the best Black Friday TV deals, whether you want a 32-inch, 55 or even 75

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Shopping for a TV? This big ticket purchase can mean you'll get a better viewing experience – but how can you enjoy reruns of It's A Wonderful Life if you've over-spent? So how to find the best Black Friday deals? Well, we've got plenty of budget TVs in our 2018 buyer's guides, but if you want to be sure you've got the best-priced TV deal this autumn, buying it here on Black Friday (and in the run-up to the big weekend) is your best option because we'll be updating this page DAILY so you can get the very best bargain. 

Find all the latest bargains on our deals page.

WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY 2018?

This year's Black Friday is on Friday 23rd November, with sales lasting for about a week or so, and some retailers, such as Amazon, often cutting prices well before. In other words, keep your eyes peeled for great deals from the beginning of November onwards.

Can you get great Black Friday TV deals?

Yes – lots of deals will last from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday and beyond. For more details on other deals to expect as well as tips and tricks, dos and don'ts and how Black Friday really works, we've got you covered. 

Where should I shop for TVs on Black Friday?

With homeware brands ever more attuned to the Black Friday buzz, you can expect big savings from some of our favourite brands.

So, you should be able to buy TVs via Amazonand  John Lewis among others. And while we can't predict exactly who will be slashing prices on what just yet, why not take a look back in time with us to see what we might expect?

Last year, Currys reported that their sales of large TVs increased by 44 per cent compared with 2016, and they also offered 36 per cent off the Sony Bravia Smart Ultra HD TV, taking the price down from £1,099 to a staggering £699. Amazon had some cracking TV deals, including the Sony Bravia KD43XE8004 43-inch TV, reduced from £999 to £599. Argos also jumped in on the action, selling a Samsung 49-inch curved 4K TV for £549 as opposed to £629.

However, sometimes retailers opt out of Black Friday – which is why it's worth checking back here for updates because we'll be monitoring the best deals for you.

Are Black Friday TV savings real?

Yes, but... since many products' prices change frequently, checking the price history of what you're planning to buy on CamelCamelCamel.com or PriceSpy will tell you whether the savings are real or not. These sites show you whether a price is likely to re-occur.

What's more, it's also likely that the TV you're shopping for will be discounted again soon (think Boxing Day sales). Always check, rather than be distracted by the recommended retail price, especially on big ticket home buys.

How we'll help you find the best Black Friday TV deals

Finding the deals is the trickiest part of Black Friday weekend. With so many retailers offering huge savings, it can be difficult to know where to start looking.

The good news? We’ll provide a guide to the best Black Friday TV deals (and, since you ask, on everything for your home, including smart home tech devices, mattresses, storage, furniture, gifts and more). That way, we’ll do the browsing and you can snap up the bargains.

In terms of preparing, we've got you covered on all bases. Take a read of our features to make sure that when the 23rd November rolls around, you know what to expect.

How to buy the best TV at the best price

Looking for a new TV? Buying one online can be nerve-wracking BUT totally possible with our in-depth TV buying guides. Check out these buyer's guides for the best deals and bags of guidance.

Buying guides:

Is my new TV the right size?

Before you buy in a rush, desperate to score that brilliant Black Friday TV deal, check you've got the size right. Got your tape measure to hand? Good, because this is  vitally important. 

There's a hefty range of screen sizes available from 14 to over 100 inches. Most people will be thinking of going for the biggest TV they can afford, but as impressive as it may look, that's not necessarily the answer. There’s a simple equation to use when it comes to getting a TV that will fit in your space, and allow everyone to watch from a comfortable distance: 

Divide the diagonal width (in inches) of the TV by 0.84 to get the optimum viewing distance

So for example, for a 65 inch TV, you would need to be sitting at least 6.5ft from it  – something to bear in mind if you have a smaller living room but your heart is set on a huge screen. 

That said, modern TVs are smaller/slimmer than older models, which means you can afford to go larger than your last model. Plus, if you replace an HD TV with a UHD one of the same size, but don’t change your viewing distance, you won’t see an improvement in resolution. Either buy a larger UHD TV than your old HD one, or stay the same and pull your sofa nearer.

Which style TV should I get?

While most TVs nowadays all look pretty similar, there are some manufacturers who go beyond the barely there bezels and lookalike pedestals. The most stylish brands are Loewe and Bang & Olufsen, who take a more avant garde approach to TV design.

Curved screens create the ultimate immersive experience, just be aware that they do tend to distort any on-screen reflections so that they cover much more of the screen than they would with a flat TV. Also, if you watch from an angle, the picture can start to look distorted. 

Is the TV right for you?

4K? HD? OLED? Choosing a new TV can be a bit of a jargon-filled minefield, so let us help you out.

There are two display technologies: LED (Light Emitting Diode) backlit LCD and OLED. It's easy to see why OLED TVs are fast becoming the most popular option, as the individual LEDs light themselves, no backlight is needed and the TV can actually be thinner. It reduces motion blur with as it has a faster refresh rate, in turn offering a sharper, more natural image. LED TVs are perfect if you're looking for a lightweight TV on a budget. However, as they use a backlight to illuminate pixels, colours may be less vivid. 

There are two resolutions to choose from: Ultra HD (UHD, also known as 4K) and HD. HD TV's carry 1920 x 1080 pixels while 4K TVs carry 3840 x 2160 pixels, so can deliver pictures with much more resolution. With 4K sources becoming more well-known (Netflix, Amazon, Sky Q) and the prices of 4K TVs dropping, even if you don’t have currently have any access to 4K content, getting a 4K TV would be a smart move. 

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is the next step up in picture quality, giving you bright spectral highlights, reflections that glint and sunlight that glares. 

If you're going to want to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube at the minimum, as well as broadcast catch-up TV from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5, ensure you choose a smart TV. 

For those who have a keen video gamer in the family, you'll need a TV with low input lag, which gives you fast response times. 

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