8 Great Values in Big-Screen TVs to Watch the Big Game

Super Bowl 52 will be played on February 4, and if you’re hosting a party for the big game (and all the commercials), you’re running out of time to make sure your TV is up to the task.

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Super Bowl 52 will be played on February 4, and if you’re hosting a party for the big game (and all the commercials), you’re running out of time to make sure your TV is up to the task. Not just any TV will do. The TV that friends and family want to gather around must be big, with wide viewing angles, packed with features that enhance on-field action… and did we say big?

Fortunately, the weeks prior to the Super Bowl happen to be the second-best time of the year to buy a big-screen TV. Expect to save about 20% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. (The very best time of year to buy a new big-screen TV? That’s Black Friday, according to Consumer Reports (opens in new tab).)

When comparing models, make sure you’re getting 4K (for the sharpest possible picture) and HDR (for more realistic colors) functionality. (Fortunately, most current big-screen TVs include these capabilities.) Another key feature that sports fans must be aware of is refresh rate – look for at least 120Hz. Because sports action is so fast (much more rapid motion than your typical sitcom), you want a TV with a fast refresh rate to avoid blurring.

My picks are the result of hands-on testing as a product reviewer, consultation with other reviewers and analysis of user feedback across the internet. Take a look.

Brad Moon
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Brad Moon is a tech industry veteran who contributes to a range of publications including Forbes, InvestorPlace and MSN Money and is an original member of the award-winning GeekDad blog. Over the past decade, he has also written about technology for Wired, Gizmodo, Shaw Media, About.com, The Winnipeg Free Press and others.