DealWatch: Price trends on 1080p LCD HDTVs

In the market for a new TV? With the new models announced at CES in January finally poised to arrive in stores, now could be an ideal time to upgrade to a bigger set. But what size TVs are yielding the best deals? We analyzed the past nine months-worth of TV deals to find out what you should buy.

42" 1080p LCD HDTVs

Overview: November and December are undoubtedly the best times to buy a new LCD HDTV. In any month, if you're strapped for cash, you can save roughly $100 if you choose to buy a 42" TV from an off-brand manufacturer. Brand name manufacturers like Sony and Samsung offered little deals; most sales came from Sharp (non-AQUOS), Toshiba's Regza line, and LG. Click here to see the latest deals on 42" 1080p LCD HDTVs.

46" - 47" 1080p LCD HDTVs

Overview:Deals on 46" and 47" LCDs have recently come down and are near the best we've seen. In addition, many of the deals we've seen on 46" and 47" sets have been for Sharps AQUOS and Samsung TVs, which are generally considered to be of better quality than most LGs or Toshibas, which made up the bulk of the 42" LCD deals. Click here to see the latest deals on 46" and 47" 1080p LCD HDTVs.

52" 1080p LCD HDTVs

Overview: Welcome to the plateau! The price difference between brand name and off-brand LCDs is practically non-existent when you're dealing with 52" sets, so we'd recommend sticking with brand name models. If you really want to save money on a 52" LCD, your best bet is to look at the refurbished models, which on average can save you about $150. Click here to see the latest deals on 52" 1080p LCD HDTVs.

Final Verdict
It's no surprise that the best time to buy a new TV is during the fall holidays. However, if you can't wait till November and must purchase today, we suggest buying a 46" or 47" LCD TV. Unlike their 42" and 52" counterparts, which have both plateaued in pricing, we're seeing deals on 46" and 47" sets that are close to lowest-ever prices.

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*Brand name models include Samsung, Sharp, Sony, LG, and Toshiba.
*Off-brand models include Vizio, Westinghouse, Sanyo, Philips, Magnavox, and Sceptre.
*Shipping costs (where applicable) were factored into the pricing in our data.

Louis Ramirez is dealnews' Features editor.

DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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