Thanks to a recent firmware update, the Vizio P-Series has regained its place as the best budget 4K TV on the market, making it the top choice in this week's roundup of the best HDTV deals. If you're not ready to make the jump to 4K, we've also gathered deals on a host of 1080p sets including two TV/gift card bundles from Dell and a sub-$500 55" Hitachi from Best Buy.
Vizio 65" 4K 2160p 240Hz WiFi LED-Backlit LCD Smart Ultra HD Smart Television
Store: Best Buy
Price: $1,499.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $700
Is It Worth It?: The Vizio P series delivers 4K resolution for significantly less than other major TV brands, says CNET. And thanks to an update that largely fixes its video processing woes, the Vizio P series is the best 4K value available today. The editors at Reviewed were equally impressed, saying that buying this TV is like "getting filet mignon at rump roast prices." They go on to say that even if you're wary about the lack of native 4K content, there's still plenty of pure performance to be excited about with this TV. It offers a 3840x2160 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, WiFi, Smart TV (with access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and other Vizio Internet apps), and five HDMI 2.0 ports. Of note, the fifth port on this TV accepts 4K video at 60Hz and is HDCP 2.2-enabled.
Vizio 60" 1080p 120Hz LED-Backlit LCD HD Television bundled with a $125 Dell eGift Card
Store: Dell Home
Price: $749.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $75
Is It Worth It?: "With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014," says CNET. The TV is currently $73 under our Black Friday mention and at an all-time low price. It features 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlight, built-in WiFi with support for Vizio Internet Apps (including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more), and three HDMI inputs.
LG 55" 120Hz 1080p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television bundled with a $200 Dell eGift Card
Store: Dell Home
Price: $649 with free shipping
Lowest By: $150
Is It Worth It?: The LG 55LB5900 is a bare bones 55" TV with LED backlighting and 1080p resolution. However, to sweeten this deal, Dell throws in a generous $200 gift card. Assuming you use the card, that's the best price we could find for this TV by $150. It features a 120Hz refresh rate and two HDMI inputs.
Panasonic AX800 57.5" 2160p 4K Ultra HD LCD Television
Price: $1,999.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $1,300
Is It Worth It?: "Panasonic's high-end AX800 line of 4K HDTVs are well-styled and brimming with features," says PC Mag. Since the summer of 2014, this TV has dropped from $2,920 to its current low of $2,000. PC Mag says the TV offers impressive picture quality and a "surprisingly quick 37.5-millisecond input lag with its Game mode enabled, making it one of the fastest we've tested so far." Reviewed echoes the praise, adding "it's one of the better TVs we've tested." The edge-lit LED TV features a 3840x2160 native resolution, built-in WiFi, DisplayPort, voice control, 3D support, and four HDMI ports (which includes one HDMI 1.4 port).
Hitachi 55" 120Hz 1080p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television
Price: $489 with free shipping
Lowest By: $111
Is It Worth It?: The Hitachi LE55G508 has been holding steady at $489 since the holidays. And while it may not be the cheapest 55" HDTV we've seen, it's still a remarkable bargain and the cheapest price we could find for this TV by $111. The 1080p LED-backlit LCD features a 120Hz refresh rate and three HDMI inputs.