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"When you're looking for a new TV at a great price, don’t overlook Amazon."
"Walmart offers value bundles that include popular accessories, making the whole buying process even easier."
"On Best Buy’s website you can sort by items that are available that day for in-store pickup."
"Fry’s tech team offers installers and other services to help you get your new purchase up and running."
"Target has a decent selection of home theater displays to help you achieve your entertainment goals."
"Overstock has a really easy-to-use sort and filter function that allows you to tailor your results."
"You don’t have to be a member to access all of its great deals or even go to the store, thanks to its online shop."
When shopping for a new TV for your home, apartment, or dorm room, it can be a bit daunting to look through dozens of both brick-and-mortar stores and online sellers. We've put together a list of online retailers we think are the best of the best when it comes to a TV buying experience. We considered how many brands and sizes each store offers as well how easy it is to purchase a television and customer service responses to questions and product complaints.
No secret here–Amazon is one of the top destinations for online shopping. It seems like nearly everyone has ordered something from the online giant before. Amazon has a great variety of electronics products, and its easy-to-use customer interface allows you to sort and filter by different features, including size, price and the-extremely-helpful-average-customer review. If you’re torn between a few different choices, reading the reviews can really help you to discover the best set for your needs. What's more, Amazon offers helpful customer service and easy returns – most television orders will even ship for free. When you're looking for a new TV at a great price and the convenience of shipment right to your door, don’t overlook Amazon.
Walmart is another retailer that most Americans are very familiar with. However, while you may regularly visit to stock up on pantry staples, paper goods and other household items, you may not realize that Walmart is also a great place to buy a television. Search their website online for your desired size or your favorite brand; Walmart boasts everything from compact televisions ideal for a dorm room or RV to huge flat-screens and has selections from top brands, including Samsung, Vizio, Sharp, Philips and RCA. Walmart offers LED, LCD, 3D, 4K and plasma televisions, plus sleek curved screen televisions and convenient smart TVs. Purchase new or score a great deal by browsing refurbished products. Walmart also offers value bundles that include popular accessories, making the whole buying process even easier. Plus, Walmart gives you a generous 90 days to return a television, and they accept returns in-store if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of shipping an item back.
For many people, the television forms the center of their home entertainment system, whether they use it for watching their favorite shows or sporting events, streaming music or gaming. If you’re ready to pick up a new television, Best Buy has a huge selection of electronics products to choose from, including great TVs from brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Hisense, Toshiba and others. Need a new TV fast? On Best Buy’s website you can sort by items that are available that day for in-store pickup. Many items ship free or have a price-match guarantee to help you get the best deal. Browse new or open-box products or even request help with installation from Best Buy’s tech team. Plus, when you purchase a new television from Best Buy you get a free 30-day trial of Sling TV, an easy-to-use streaming service that provides access to tons of great entertainment options.
Founded in 1985 in Silicon Valley, Fry’s is a superstore known for its great selection of electronics and accessories that appeal to professionals interested in the latest in technology, games and entertainment. If you’ve never had the chance to visit a Fry’s store or you don’t have a location near you, don’t worry – you can still access their great selection and prices online, plus you get free shipping for any qualifying order over $34. Browse TVs from brands such as Magnavox, Samsung, JVC, Sony, Sharp, Avera, Panasonic and more. If you sign up on their website, Fry’s frequently sends out emails with promo codes for sales and other special offers. Every Fry’s purchase comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, which can really give you peace of mind if you are ordering online and aren’t able to physically view the product before purchasing. Plus, Fry’s tech team offers installers and other services to help you get your new purchase up and running in no time.
Everyone loves Target for their affordable, trendy home products, clothing and accessories, but did you know they’re also a pretty great place to shop for televisions? If you need something fast, their website shows you the in-stock options at your nearest store, but eligible orders over $35 also get free two-day shipping. True to its on-trend nature, Target tends to advertise only newer television choices that have the latest features, including 4K/UHD televisions, OLED TVs, curved screens and 3D-enabled TVs, but it also has a decent selection of home theater displays to help you achieve your entertainment goals. If you happen to be a Target Redcard holder you definitely need to make sure you check out what Target has to offer before buying elsewhere since you save five percent on every purchase at Target, which can be significant if you are picking up a big-ticket item like a TV.
Overstock is an online retailer based out of Salt Lake City. Founded in 1999, Overstock began as a startup but is now a billion-dollar retailer that offers everything from home goods to furniture to electronics. When it comes to televisions, Overstock has a really easy-to-use sort and filter function that allows you to tailor results by screen size, resolution, price or by category. Overstock has televisions as small as under 20 inches and as large as over 60 inches and offers a wide variety of television types and price options. While the selection can vary depending on what they have at the time you are looking, Overstock does occasionally offer some really fabulous deals that would be hard to score anywhere else since they frequently offer coupons, sales and other promotions.
Members sing the praises of Costco for its huge bulk-purchase selections. Stroll through the aisles at your local store and browse everything from necessities such as toilet paper and paper towels to little luxuries like shelled nuts and wine. However, they’re also a great place to consider when you are looking for a new television – and you don’t have to be a member to access all of its great deals or even go to the store, thanks to its online shop. Costco offers very competitive pricing and a generous return policy that gives you a 90-day window to return a TV, plus they allow you to return in-store for an immediate refund. Do you live in an apartment or townhome? Costco is one of the only online retailers that offer free delivery that includes up to two flights of stairs. The main downside is that Costco only offers TVs from four brands – Samsung, Vizio, LG and TCL – and some of the deals will be available to members only. However, this still gives customers a pretty decent selection and the chance to score a great deal online.
Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management and has extensive experience with what makes a TV a great choice for home entertainment.