Find a Great TV for the Super Bowl

  • 10 Tips for Victory

    Note: Consumer Reports has no relationship with the advertisers on this site. Is this year’s Super Bowl finally going to nudge you off your La-Z-Boy and into a retail showroom for a new, perhaps bigger, TV? If so, here are 10 quick tips for making your HDTV shopping experience as super as the game itself. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit:
    1. Do your research.
  • 1. Do your research.

    Ads for the Super Bowl are already out there, so scour them for hard-to-meet terms and conditions. Some may stipulate that deals are in-store-only specials. Others may be available only during select hours, or require you to pay the full price up front, then file for a rebate (which can involve an arduous redemption process). Also, check to see if the item you want is available "in limited quantities," which will likely be sold out by the time you get there. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    2. Look for a store with a price guarantee.
  • 2. Look for a store with a price guarantee.

    Be sure to find out if the store's price guarantee is in effect for sale items. With many stores, it's a 30-day window, with others it may be longer. You'll be protected against any price drops either by that store or its competitors for that period of time. It'll help you sleep better at night. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    3. Read the fine print.
  • 3. Read the fine print.

    Check the last date of purchase required in order to receive "guaranteed" delivery or installation before kickoff. No one wants to host—or attend—a Super Bowl party where the chips and dip are the featured attraction. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    4. Don't let a low price be the only reason for buying.
  • 4. Don't let a low price be the only reason for buying.

    Broaden your options by deciding on a few models you'd like to own—and the features you think you'll need—before you start your Super Bowl shopping. With several good choices in mind, you'll have a better chance of finding a set you'd really like to own, not just one that that's comparatively cheap. If a set you want isn't a Super Bowl special, ask if the retailer can do anything with the price. There may be some wiggle room on other—often better—sets that aren't included in the promotions. The retail margins may be better on these sets, so the store could shave a few dollars off the price and still do better than with one of the promoted models. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    5. Don't try to save money by opting for a smaller screen size.
  • 5. Don't try to save money by opting for a smaller screen size.

    It may be tempting, but it's our guess that few if any TV owners wish they had purchased a smaller set, while many wish they had gone larger. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    6. Go online.
  • 6. Go online.

    Check the store's Web site to see if the in-store deals are available online, enabling you to avoid the hassle and crowds. But make sure there's enough time for the TV to be delivered, or find out if they will let you order online and pick up locally. Also, some stores may have Web-only specials not available to in-store shoppers. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    7. Shop around.
  • 7. Shop around.

    Use one—or several—of the online shopping "bots" that connect you to dozens of retailers selling the product you seek, sometimes at significantly different prices. Among the better-known bots: PriceGrabber, BizRate, DealTime, Froogle, MySimon, Shopping.com, Shopzilla, and Yahoo Shopping. BizRate and Shopzilla are affiliated, as are Shopping.com and DealTime, and you'll generally get the same results in each of those pairs. Compare the total purchase price, including tax, handling, and shipping, rather than just the price of the TV. Many sites let you sort the list by total price. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    8. Check the store's return policy.
  • 8. Check the store's return policy.

    Make sure that Super Bowl specials aren't exempted, or shackled by high "restocking fees" should you want to return the purchase. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    9. Follow your financing deal.
  • 9. Follow your financing deal.

    If financing the TV through a store's "no payment, no interest" promotion, make sure you pay off the set within the allotted time. Most of these programs will back-date interest to the time of purchase, and charge very high interest rates, which could easily wipe out any sales savings. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    10. Pay with a credit card.
  • 10. Pay with a credit card.

    Some credit card companies will mediate on your behalf if there's a dispute. Also, some credit cards will double the manufacturer's warranty. Try to pay it off immediately so the interest doesn't wipe out your savings. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    What Now?
  • What Now?

    Now that you're ready to begin your shopping and are fully informed on how to find the best TV for your money, there are a many options out there. Consumer Reports does its own analysis of many different models and types of TVs. "We highlight high-scoring models that combine performance, features and value, so that you can choose the product that best suits your budget and lifestyle," the site says. We've only given you a little taste of what you can get if you purchase a subscription to the site's content. Click here to subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ electronics buying advice. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Tweet alongside us
  • Tweet alongside us

    Wait! If you haven't already, now is a great time to follow us on Twitter. You'll get all of our most important stories, right as they publish. Follow us: twitter.com/mainstr Photo Credit: Mixy
Show Comments