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5 essentials every football fan needs for game day

From a 55-inch TV to an air fryer, these picks will make Sunday nights even better.

Football season is officially underway! If you plan on spending every Sunday (and Monday and Thursday) night watching the big game with your family, you're going to want the best gadgets on hand to make your viewing and snacking experience perfect all season.

To help gear up for game nights like a pro, editor-in-chief David Kender stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share the five items that should be on your checklist. From the best ways to watch the game to must-haves to keep your cans ice cold for the entire four quarters, Kender has everything you need.

Keep reading for the "best of the best" for this football season.

Football season essentials

TCL 55-inch 5-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED Roku Smart TV

Nothing beats watching a game on the big screen, and Kender says this affordable option is a favorite. It already has Roku, the streaming device, built-in, so you can watch NBC Sports, ESPN and NFL right away.

Roku Ultra 2020

The latest Roku Ultra streaming device, this tech item is not to be missed. It streams everything from Netflix and AppleTV+ to Spotify in 4K, so you can enjoy a smooth streaming experience, no matter what you are watching or listening to.

Yeti Rambler 20-ounce Tumbler

The Yeti Rambler is beloved by many for a reason — it keeps everything inside ice cold or piping hot for hours on end, without fail. It's sleek, dishwasher-safe and a must-have, whether you'll be watching the games from home or in the stands.

Coleman 9-Can Soft Sided Cooler

This cooler is tiny but mighty, according to the crew at It can keep nine cans cold for over six hours but also boasts enough storage for other essentials like cutlery, snacks and more.

Philips Premium Airfryer XXL

If you don't have an air fryer by now, you'll want one in your kitchen this football season. It can crisp wings in a pinch and does it all without any greasy oils or added fat. Reviewed is calling it the "most user-friendly air fryer we tested," since it has all of the bells and whistles without too many buttons or a complex setup.

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