18 Best Black Friday Soundbar and TV Deals (2022): Samsung, Vizio, LG and More

It’s a fantastic time to upgrade your home theater thanks to some excellent Black Friday TV and soundbar deals. If you haven’t yet made the leap to a modern 4K TV, or you still listen to your favorite shows and movies through the tiny built-in TV speakers, there are massive reasons to upgrade. Modern home theater technology now has better backlighting, sharper resolution and immersive surround sound for less money than ever before. Go ahead, turn your living room into a mini cinema.

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TV offer

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Hisense U8H

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The U8H (8/10, WIRED recommends) is one of the best TVs for the money. It features Mini-LED backlighting for deeper blacks and a super-fast refresh rate for gaming with the latest consoles or a PC. The only downside? Some slightly awkward feet mean you’ll need the right TV stand.

If you want a bigger screen but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars, Hisense is a good brand to check out. I like this quantum-dot-enabled LED, which has brighter colors than the screen you probably have at home right now.

LG OLEDs have the best black levels on the market because each pixel on the screen acts as its own black light. This model has even brighter colors than before and is the perfect size to use as a giant computer screen when you’re not streaming your favorite shows. It does 120 frames per second at 4K, so it’s also super smooth with the latest game consoles and PCs. The 48-inch model is also on sale for $1,040 ($157 off).

Samsung The Frame

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This is a TV literally designed to hide in plain sight. It comes with a new matte finish that makes it look like the paintings it displays when not in use, so it can fit into even the most classic of living rooms. Picture quality is solid, but you pay a little extra for the party trick (not much extra these days).

LG remains the only company to manufacture OLED panels on a large scale, meaning it has a huge advantage in offering buyers the cheapest option. This is its entry-level OLED, which has the same perfect black levels as others, and it supports Dolby Vision HDR. It only has a 60Hz refresh rate, which makes it less ideal than some other models for gaming.

Sony has the best image processing on the market, made better by the LG-supplied OLED panel in this screen. If you’re looking for the best possible movie experience for the money, look no further. The only downside? It has legs on both sides, which I hate. Just wall mount it or buy yourself a pedestal with the money you’ve saved here.

Samsung QN90B

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This is one of the best TVs I’ve ever seen (8/10, WIRED recommends) for bright rooms. The giant, pedestal-mounted screen gets so bright it almost hurts your eyes, and it has a super wide viewing angle that makes it great in larger rooms. The backlight system is also excellent, making this a great TV to watch darker content on.

This isn’t quite as beautiful as the other 65-inch Samsung TV we’ve mentioned, but it’s also quite a bit cheaper. The pedestal mount still makes it super easy to place on existing TV stands, and the quantum dot and ultra-viewing angle coating make this TV usable in bright, large rooms.

Soundbars and speakers

Read our Best Soundbars guide for more details. We also have a How to Buy a Soundbar guide to break down some of the terms and what to expect.

Sonos Beam

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The Beam (Gen 2) is the Goldilocks of Sonos soundbars. It’s not the most powerful from the brand, but it’s the best balance of sound and size for most living rooms. Beam supports Dolby Atmos and voice assistants (Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri); it processes faster than its predecessor; and it’s incredibly slim whether it’s on your shelf or mounted on the wall. Read our Sonos guide for more.

If the Beam is the best Sonos soundbar for most people, the Arc (9/10, WIRED recommends) is the upgrade choice. Our choice for home theater setups, the incredibly powerful Arc delivers deep bass and crisp sound. In certain rooms, the sound can bounce off the walls well enough to mimic a respectable surround sound system. This soundbar is the most expensive in the Sonos range, so it’s a great opportunity to upgrade and save some money in the process.

I’m not usually a big fan of such expensive bars that don’t come with a subwoofer, but the Bose Soundbar 300 has pretty robust bass, and built-in Alexa makes it easy to play Spotify and set timers when you’re in the living room.

this year’s Streambar

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The Roku Streambar is an excellent compact option if you’re looking to upgrade a TV’s sound and ability to play your favorite shows and movies. This small soundbar has a built-in Roku streaming interface, making it a great all-in-one solution for smaller spaces.

This is a great way to get immersive surround sound inside smaller living rooms or apartments. Editor Julian Chokkattu likes that you can use the HEOS app to link it to other speakers for streaming, but his favorite feature is the dialogue button, which makes it easier to hear what people are saying on the screen.

JBL makes great soundbars, especially in the entry-level category. I like this 2.1 option, which has a cool design that sets it apart from other cheap bars. With a total power of 300 watts, it also goes higher than more affordable options.

Vizio M-Series 5.1.2

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This isn’t the latest Dolby Atmos soundbar from Vizio, but we like it (8/10, WIRED recommends), and it’s a good option if you’re on a budget and want something with dedicated surround speakers and a subwoofer. You won’t fill a huge room with sound, but you will easily spruce up an apartment or smaller space.

Streaming Device Offer

Read our guide to the best streaming devices for other options.

Vintage Ultra

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Roku regularly makes our top picks for streaming devices, and the Roku Ultra is one of the most powerful out there. Although it’s not the practical stick that plugs directly into your TV, this box has one of the most powerful processors in a streaming box, so you won’t see lag even when playing 4K HDR footage.

Despite introducing the world to streaming sticks with the original Chromecast, Google took its sweet time finally delivering one with a remote control. Now Chromecast With Google TV (8/10, WIRED recommends) is one of our favorites. If you’re using an older TV and don’t need 4K, you can also grab the HD version for $20 ($10 off).

If you’re big into the Amazon ecosystem, then the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is our top pick for you. It has a faster processor than its siblings and supports Wi-Fi 6, making it the best performing Fire TV stick. But if you don’t need the extra power, you can also pick up the regular Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off). And if you haven’t upgraded to 4K yet, you can save even more by going with the HD-only Fire TV Stick Lite for $15 ($15 off).

Black Friday Retailer Sales

Do you want to browse the sale yourself? Here are a few top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.

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