Best TV Deals for Shoppers on Black Friday

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The best TV deals for Black Friday, according to Consumer Reports, include 40 to 55-inch models.

Black Friday has long been a huge day for electronics sales, with TVs at the top of the list. What better way is there to get a new TV than to seek out the best TV deals on the biggest retail shopping day of the year?

Consumer Reports lists the following five options as this year's Black Friday best TV deals:

"Yes, we're starting off with a tie for what we think might be the best TV deals this season, mainly because the two sets seem comparable and are only $1 apart in price. We already reported that Best Buy will have a 50-inch Panasonic 1080p LED/LCD TV (TC-50A400U) for only $200. But Amazon has countered with a 50-inch Toshiba 1080p LED/LCD set for $199. There's little info about this set right now, but we expect to hear more soon. Panasonic and Toshiba LCD TVs have done well in our Ratings, but neither brand has scored especially well in terms of sound.

A 60-inch 120Hz 1080p Element LED/LCD TV for $498, at Walmart. This is a great price for a TV this size. We haven't tested this set so we can't comment on its picture quality, but other Element sets we've tested haven't done all that well in our Ratings. Still, it might be fine for less-discriminating viewers, or as a secondary big-screen TV in a den, bedroom, or kid's play room."

"A 40-inch Element 1080p TV for $119 at Target, Amazon, and probably Walmart. No specific model has been named, but we think it might be the Element LF401EM5. If so, we expect that Walmart will try to match this price, or beat it by a dollar or two. Amazon also has an unnamed 40-inch set for this price. We don't expect it to be a top performer, but it's hard to believe you can buy a 40-inch TV for less than you'd pay for an 8-inch tablet.

A 50-inch Samsung 60Hz 1080p TV (model UN50EH5000FXZA) selling for $478 at Target. Samsung worked with several retailers to offer "Black Friday special" models that we haven't seen at other times of the year. But Samsung has been among the top brands in our TV Ratings, so we expect these sets to perform well. For just $20 more, Walmart has a step-up 120Hz model with smart TV features—the UN50H5203 for $498. This may actually be a better deal, and it still falls within our budget cutoff.

A 55-inch Vizio smart LED/LCD TV for $478 at Amazon. No model name was given, but it could be the Vizio E550i-B2, which was selling for about $650. We tested this TV, which is in Vizio's entry-level E series, and it has excellent high-def picture quality and a good number of features, including a full-array LED backlight and Vizio's smart TV platform."

Is a new TV on your Black Friday shopping list? Consumer Reports is often the way to go when looking for a good bargain for the least money. They have long been the go-to publication for shoppers seeking everything from televisions to cars. Might you consider one of these best TV deals they have shared with consumers?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.