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The best TVs to buy before the Super Bowl, according to Consumer Reports

Trade in your old set for something a little more worthy of Super Bowl LII.

by Jen Birkhofer / / Source: TODAY

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Hosting people for the big game next weekend? This may be just the excuse you need to trade in your old television set for something a little more worthy of Super Bowl LII. Or, perhaps you just haven't updated your TV in years and could really use a new one sooner, rather than later.

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But with so many high-tech, top-performing big screens on the market, how do you know which ones are really worth the splurge? Consumer Reports joined TODAY to share their recommendations for the best TVs to buy. Watching your favorite television show is about to get a whole lot better!

Samsung Electronics 65-Inch Smart LED TV

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Walmart has this TV on sale for $848 right now and, depending on your location, you can get free in-store pick up for this item! It normally sells for $1,099.

Sony Premium 65-Inch Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Walmart is selling this TV for $1,498 as well with free shipping. They are offering $1,002 off this item, as it normally sells for $2,500.

LG Electronics 65-Inch Ultra HD Smart LED TV

JCPenny has this TV on sale for $1,297 - that's 53 percent off! They also offer 2 and 3 year protection plans for under $200.

Samsung Electronics 65-Inch 4K Smart QLED TV

You can also buy this TV on sale on Samsung.com for $2,200. Here they offer payment plans and free shipping.

LG Electronics 65-Inch ULtra HD Smart OLED TV

If you aren't quite ready to splurge, the top 3 best-selling Smart TVs on Amazon are all under $500 and have over 1,000 four and five-star reviews.

1. TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

One five-star reviewer wrote in July 2017, "Here's the short version:If you grew up poor and can't mentally justify spending a month of rent in urban California on a single television, if you're poor as heck right now but could conceivably afford this television, if you've never owned a 4k TV, if you've never owned an especially large TV, you will not be disappointed by this gigantic freaking monstrosity of a display. It nicely upscales 1080p content, it has a nice frame rate, it has passable speakers you can hear the bass on, and as someone who is picky about delay to the point of 25ms being effectively unusable for music-based games I am very happy with the "game mode" option that removes the delay typically associated with HDMI displays. It is a good TV and everyone in my family, which includes two audio people and a visual artist, is extremely happy with it."

2. TLC 49-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV

One five-star reviewer said, "OK, so right off the bat I will say "WOW". For about $170 [smaller version of the TV], I was not expecting a lot of bells and whistles, which is fine for a newly converted "exercise room". Upon delivery I was amazed at how light this TV was. While mounting on an articulating arm mount, I actually held it in place with one hand while I screwed it into the mounts. I was fearing it to be a "toy" quality because of it's light weight, but once I turned it on, I was pleasantly surprised. The colors are great, it is rich in features and has some very intuitive interface design qualities."

3. Samsung Electronics 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

This is a smaller version of the first television recommended above by Consumer Reports.

One very thorough reviewer stated, "All things considered, I feel like the UM6300 was an excellent choice. This TV offers a ton of features, incredible picture quality and 4K resolution for a budget conscious buyer. There are some not so great materials used, especially in components like the stand and off-angle viewing could definitely be better. But for the price, I think this is definitely the TV to go with. Recommended!"

For more Consumer Reports-approved items we love, check out their list of the best sunscreens and the best mosquito repellents.

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