Money Savers: Tips on buying a new TV
Time and time again, Super Bowl Sunday draws sports fans and non-sports fans alike to tune into the biggest viewing event of the year.

"It’s always a good time to buy a TV, but this time of year it’s a little bit better," says Tyler Dolch, home theater supervisor at Best Buy in Minnetonka. "It’s the Super Bowl and everyone wants a big TV."

Whether or not size is your preference when it comes to televisions, Dolch recommends making the selection for television based on what you want it to do, not how low the price can go.

"TVs are becoming more and more accessible because they are priced lower and lower," says Dolch. "What are you doing with your television? Are you streaming? Watching blue rays or cable tv?"

Consumer Reports divides televisions into budget, mid-level, and top tier televisions. Budget televisions offer regular viewing, but often lack smart technology features that make streaming a little more difficult. Most mid-level sets offer 4K technology and offer newer features like built-in WiFi and more ports. They are generally considered the best buy for the average viewer.

Movie aficionados and gamers might prefer a top-tier television that has all the bells and whistles. These sets are generally thinner, offer smarter technology with more versatility. The price will be higher, but consumers need to be aware that many of these features will also be offered in mid-level sets next year.

Before you buy, identify where you want your television to be in your home and what you want to do with it. Then, you can make the best choice for your purchase.

"Just because something is on sale, doesn’t mean it’s what you are looking for," says Dolch. "It’s really all about asking questions."

Shannnon Slatton, reporting
on Twitter: @sslatton

February 1, 2017


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