Should you upgrade to a 4K HDTV?

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 19:06:47-05

The Super Bowl is a great excuse to buy a new television.

And prices on 1080p HDTV's have never been lower. Retailers offer deep discounts this time of year as they clear their shelves in time for new models.

But with all the options, how do you know which one to buy? Our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine shares some tips to help you find the right set.

Should You Upgrade to 4K?

Big screens to watch the big game have never been cheaper. You can get a 65-inch 1080p high definition TV for $600 - $900, half the price of a few years ago.

Although 4K Ultra HD TVs are the hottest thing right now,  a regular HD set is still your better bet righit now, according to Consumer Reports.

Plus, the big game's not being broadcast in 4K UHD this year.

Consumer Reports tests hundreds of TVs every year and says for a Super Bowl party, a screen that's 50 inches or bigger is a good choice. Also important: A wide viewing angle.

You'll also want a TV that can handle fast motion without blurring.

If you want to invest in the latest and greatest, check out an Ultra HD OLED. A 55 inch LG is $3,000 and is one of Consumer Reports' highest-rated TVs. This TV offers everything you need to make your Super Bowl party a hit. Plus, UHD will help future-proof you for when more 4K content becomes available.

Better Values Right Now

Consumer Reports has several recommendations for good deals on big screen TVs available now. For a 55-inch television, consider a 1080p HD models from Samsung and Sony, both $800, though they may be cheaper during Super Bowl sales.

If you're looking for bigger, there's a 65 inch Sony Bravia for $1,500. And a 4K Ultra HD Panasonic for $1,700.


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