Buying a TV for Christmas

TV’s (for men at least) are right up there this Christmas as the go-to gift. With so many choices on the market, so much information and a wide variety of prices where do you start? We developed this page as a resource for all those seeking the best TV’s in Canada online and in-stores for the best prices. We will also be giving away one of our favourite TV’s in our Christmas competition.

random number tabletCongratulations to Bernice! You just won a 3D TV. Thanks to all the participants who participated in this year 12 Days of Christmas contest! Merry Christmas everyone!

TV Criteria, Info & Reviews

Retail stores have started to do some cheeky stuff, they are fed up with price comparison websites helping consumers pay the lowest price so they have asked the manufacturers to give them all slightly different varieties of the same products; so they look to be exclusive and it makes the model number slightly different and harder to compare. But don’t fret I will give you some of the models you can compare as well as some of the criteria to look for in a TV (so you can sound like a pro to the sales man or your man when it comes to Christmas time).

You will notice that all the TV’s happen to come from Futureshop, but that’s because at the time of checking it was actually Futureshop that sold the cheapest and best TV’s; go figure. You should also be aware that I only selected TV’s that were the more future-proof kind, having these minimum specs;

  • Over 40″ (because for a living room TV under this and your man may possibly be disappointed) but under 60″ (these kind of TV’s are crazy expensive and too big for most living rooms imho)
  • Smart TV (apps are all the rage in TV’s these days, from skype to netflix, I can’t wait for a real browser to be released though). Really spend a minute thinking about what apps you really need and ones you can live without, as getting a TV that can handle some resource intensive processes like Skype are going to cost a huge premium (just for that ability, it wont make it an overall better set)
  • 3D TV (There are only a limited number of 3d movies and TV shows, but there will soon be a 3d tv channel and more and more stuff is being filmed in 3d like the new hobbit movie). Bear in mind that the TV might not come with the necessary glasses, check before purchasing. Watching the TV without glasses is just like watching normal tv, some people still believe that they will see the old fashioned blue and red blurriness if they don’t wear the glasses all the time, so I wanted to dispel this myth.
  • HD TV 1080p resolution minimum
  • Wireless; make sure you have wireless access at home, and not at low speeds

LCD Vs LED Vs Plasma; Which type of TV is best?

If you are worrying about whether to get an LCD, LED or a Plasma TV and trying to understand which is best, we have the answer for you.

The way all three technologies render light and picture are vastly different and all have their own pro’s and cons. I will try to break it down for you below, but for those of you that want to know which type is best then; LED TV’s are the best but also the most expensive, Plasma are the cheapest but consume more power and are thicker and LCD is in the middle of the two. Here is the total breakdown, see what criteria is important to you and show off to your man that you know more than him now about TV’s;

LCD TV’s
Pros: Consume less power
Cons: Needs back-lighting, so not as bright in daytime

LED TV’s
Pros: Consume lowest power, thinnest, produce best ‘black’ and ‘white’ levels for best picture quality
Cons: Expensive

Plasma TV’s
Pros: No additional back-lighting needed, so you get a brighter picture in the daytime. Cheaper.
Cons: Thicker. More power consuming (three times as much as LED TV’s). Can potentially get screen burn (but not so much with modern TV’s)

The Best TV’s; Which TV to buy?

Here are my top picks this Christmas for TV’s when it comes to bang for buck (quality vs the pounding your purse takes).

Sony 55

Sony 55″ 1080p 3D LED Smart TVB, $2,800 – $3,299 at futureshop.ca, Buy it Now

The reason there is a price range for this TV set is because there are slightly different variants of this model, the one the link points to is one of the best the XBR55HX929 but we also really like the KDL-55NX720 and others, and they are all pretty much the same model.

This TV is awesome, everything from a truly huge 55″ LED screen (that’s big for an LED) to the fast refresh rate of 240Hz (making almost no perceptible lag with high action and video games). This TV is the cream of the crop offering up rich blacks, smooth edges and handles everything ‘wired’ (the tech guys) could throw at it. Fine tuning, installation and netflix buttons are amazing.

You can browse any store that sells Sony flat screens (Sony actually invented the technology) and ask for their 55″ models, look out for the specs above and your man will not be disappointed.

Panasonic 50

Panasonic 50″ 1080p 600Hz 3D Plasma Smart TV , $949.99 at Futureshop.ca, Buy it Now

This Panasonic TV is not the prettiest TV out there, it needs a USB dongle for wireless access and it’s Plasma (more power consuming, bulkier) but that doesn’t stop it from being a kick ass TV. This TV has done a great job pinpointing colour accuracy, it has a staggering number of apps and a great list of customizable features. It has MLB.TV and Skype (which are usually only available in more expensive TV’s). This is a ridiculously low price for such a high quality 50″ plasma TV. If you are on a budget and don’t need the TV to look like it’s going to take off into outer space, then this TV is your best bet.

Samsung 46

Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz 3D LED Smart TV, $1399.99 at Futureshop.ca, Buy it Now

This is a great middle of the road option. This size is big but not too big. It gets great customer reviews (Samsung customer service is pretty good). It has stunning looks (like the entire new Samsung range). This TV has loads of video streaming apps to choose from, like netflix, blockbuster and Vimeo, it also has a nice user interface which is like fresh air for people not too familiar with using different TV’s. Solid speakers. Only downside is that on a performance level it is not as good at rendering colour and lags more than the two aforementioned. But a solid TV nonetheless.

Editors TV Pick

Samsung 51

Samsung 51″ 1080p 3D Plasma Smart TV, $898.98 at Futureshop.ca, Buy it Now

Samsung TV’s are good. They are reliable, they don’t get many pixel’s dying on you (the worst in the history of the universe for this is Sharp; stay away from these guys, the only thing worse than their quality is their customer service) and they offer great bang for buck. This is why this 51″ Plasma TV gets our Editors Pick award this Christmas. All the specs are good (not the best but they hold their own) and best of all; it’s under $1k, it’s beautiful and customers love it. Do some research on this model, the one we like especially is the PN51D550, even on FS it gets a user rating of 4.3/5 (on 64 votes no less) which is commensurate to other electronic store reviews. This is a good solid set offering a decent size, quality and options.

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Giveaway

We’re running this giveaway for an entire week. This means that you have until Christmas Day (Dec 25th duh) to participate before we pick the winner. We are hoping to make someone’s Christmas that little bit more awesome!

We will be giving away our editors pick (or a like version; Stephen will shop during the Boxing Week sales to pick the best bang for buck TV) . Simply leave us a comment to enter, you can facebook ‘like’ us, retweet this page, google +1 us for love (because we are worth it) but it won’t get you an extra entry, it just shows some appreciation is all. And if you happen to be the lucky winner, you will receive the Editors Pick TV which is no slouch of a prize!

178 Comments

  1. Anne says:

    Congratulations to Bernice! You just won a brand new 3D TV!
    Thanks to all the participants.

    Note that we’ve removed all the multiple entries before picking a winner as it was stated in the rules.

  2. Grace says:

    Merrry Christmas to all! ho ho ho

  3. Anne says:

    Hi Susie before choosing a winner we always remove the multiple entries first so that no one gets more than one chance.
    Thanks,

    Anne

  4. ChristineB says:

    Merry Christmas. Samsung television are the best!

  5. Margaret Imecs says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :)

  6. Lyle O says:

    It’s Christmas morning. I wonder what’s under the tree!

  7. Heather Holmberg says:

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  8. Ann says:

    Thanks for the info – Merry Christmas everyone :)

  9. Rain says:

    Happy Holidays everyone!! And good luck!! It would be so awesome to win this.

  10. YC says:

    Merry Christmas! Good luck everyone!

  11. debbie p says:

    Great contest could use a new tv.

  12. Ally says:

    Generous site with information, and equally generous giving the chance to win editor’s choice tv. Good luck to all and happy holidays.

  13. nm says:

    I could use a TV for my bedroom!

  14. Ben says:

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  15. Grace says:

    Love to win this! Merry Christmas to all and Peace on earth!

  16. theresa mayville says:

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  17. Chivan says:

    Thanks for this great offer and good luck to everyone!!!

  18. ChristineB says:

    Samsung is the television I would chose also.

  19. Lyle O says:

    A new TV would be a great present at Christmas

  20. Chirag says:

    Thanks for the info. Hopefully, luck will be on my side for this giveaway.

  21. HALINA ZLOTY says:

    I would love to win a TV that I could give to my Mom and Dad.

  22. Todd P says:

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  23. angela b says:

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  24. nm says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  25. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for all the info!

  26. Grace says:

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  27. Chivan says:

    Thanks for the great advice and gift offer!

  28. Lyle O says:

    Whoever gets the TV will have a great gift for the holidays.

  29. Elizabeth V says:

    Some great information here. Looking for something to replace our old and HEAVY clunker. Thanks for the chance to win ! Merry Christmas

  30. Lou Morreale says:

    I would love this for my “man cave”.

  31. nm says:

    Great prize!

  32. Marlene V says:

    Thanks for the chance to win

  33. Mary L says:

    It has been a dark Christmas so far but that would definately brighten things up for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Diane T says:

    Good information to have before purchasing a new tv.

  35. Tina says:

    This prize will makes Christmas brighter

  36. angela m says:

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  37. Chivan says:

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  38. Mei-Yeh says:

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  39. Debbie Robinson says:

    Thanks for the awesome write up on TV’s, great information and would sure like to win a new TV.
    “Merry KissMoose”

  40. wes virtue says:

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  41. Lyle O says:

    Thanks for the contest. The winner will have a great Christmas surprise.

  42. Diane52 says:

    Thank you for explaining the differences and pros and cons of the various tv’s.

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  44. Glenda says:

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  47. Wonn says:

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  48. Meek says:

    Great gift for my husband

  49. Bonnie says:

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  50. Zak E says:

    Wish it will be the Christmas gift for everyone

  51. nm says:

    A new TV would be great.

  52. Chivan says:

    Thanks for offering this great product & good luck to everyone who entered!!!

  53. Grace says:

    Merry Christmas to all the contestors out there. Love to win this tv for my man’s mancave!

  54. Alex C says:

    Hmmm great article, I’ve been thinking about a TV lately. Great prize definitely! Thanks for that. :)

    Good luck guys! Fingers crossed.

  55. Dawn M says:

    Great info on the difference between different tv’s and retailers.

  56. Colleen C says:

    Thank you for the chance to win and for a great article. We are in the process of looking for a TV and have been really confused by all the new technology, I mean, you can surf the web from your TV? Anyhow, I would really appreciate an article on over the air HD antennas. We are near Toronto, and would really like to kick cable to the curb. We hardly watch and yet pay out about $125 a month for cable and a PVR. I can think of a few things I could do with $1500 in annual savings! If you do a review and analysis of HD over the air antennas, please, let me know!

    • Anne says:

      Hi Colleen,
      it’s good to hear that you like the article on TVS. I understand that it can be quite complicated to find what you need if you’re not a tech person.
      Thanks for the article topic suggestion, I’m sure this would be really appreciated by a lot of our users.
      I’ll keep you posted.
      Good luck!

  57. Janice C says:

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  59. Lyle O says:

    What a great Christmas gift this would make!

  60. Remo B says:

    Good luck and Merry Christmas.

  61. Susie S says:

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    Good luck everyone!

  62. Linda W says:

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  63. Karyn says:

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  64. Julien H. says:

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  65. Haidar says:

    A 3D Smart TV is a great giveaway..

  66. Lacey says:

    I would love to have that in my living room!

  67. Kate says:

    Would love a new TV! I’m still rocking the teeny tiny tube tv lol

  68. Christine R says:

    Would love to win.

  69. nm says:

    *Fingers crossed!*

  70. teresa ricard says:

    my samsung 46″ just decided to die. i guess buying second hand was not a great idea.

  71. JoKing says:

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  72. Janet Biggs says:

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  73. Julie C says:

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  74. leighann keller says:

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  75. Chivan says:

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  76. Stephanie Mac Isaac says:

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  77. Sandra Betesta says:

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  78. LC Su says:

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  79. Grace says:

    This would give great joy to a special man in my life!

  80. Donnas says:

    I’d love a new tv. Thanks for the giveaways.

  81. ChristineB says:

    Samsung televisions are a great product for a great price!

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  83. FOKXXY says:

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  84. Melissa bonne says:

    This TV looks awesome!!!

  85. Lyle O says:

    What a great Christmas gift a TV would make.

  86. wes virtue says:

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  87. Lail Conley-Wald says:

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  88. Scott Matheson says:

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    Great offer guys…keep up the awesome work.

  89. Kevin L says:

    Hope I win! I mean, imagine watching Jeopardy . . in 3D! “The Daily Double!” spin-spin WHOA!

  90. Fred says:

    Great contest, would love to win.

  91. CathDo says:

    Magnifique télévision qui ferait vraiment mon bonheur!!

  92. maria says:

    Please make my husband’s christmas a nice one, he works hard, helps mend broken hearts and lift people’s spirits! :)

  93. Haidar says:

    I was hopping to get a smart 3D TV.

  94. lelalacc says:

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  95. Rachel says:

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  96. Donnas says:

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  97. Bernice Andrews says:

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  98. Rosemary Breschuk-Chiu says:

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  100. Andrej says:

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  101. Christine says:

    An excellent prize to last all year and anyone would love this…

  102. ChristineB says:

    I agree Samsung televisons are reliable. Thanks for the giveaway.

  103. nm says:

    Thanks for the contest!!

  104. wes virtue says:

    Sweet prize

  105. Bonnie says:

    I would love to win a TV. Mine is ancient and everyone makes fun of it!

  106. Dian Anderson says:

    We need a new TV, thanks for the info

  107. william says:

    like this!!!

  108. Glenda says:

    I would love to win this!!! Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

  109. Ermias says:

    Awesome giveaway!!! thanx VC!!!

  110. Grace says:

    A new TV would make for a very happy hubby this Christmas. Love to win!

  111. Jennifer Harding says:

    i could definitely use this prize

  112. Torrance Ho says:

    I would like to win!

  113. Lacey says:

    I would like to win this!

  114. Anni says:

    Me! Me! Me! I don’t even own a TV. This would be a perfect gift.

  115. Karen says:

    would be the perfect present!

  116. Ania Magnowska says:

    Merry Christmas to All!!!
    A 3D TV would be a nice little gift

  117. Steven F. says:

    A new TV for Xmas would be a wonderful surprise.

  118. Anu says:

    I would love to win this TV!

  119. Chivan says:

    Awesome! What an incredible prize.. Good Luck to every on here!!!

  120. Lyle O says:

    Fantastic surprise for Christmas!

  121. Jasmine says:

    Great giveaway! I would love to win it for my hubby. :)

  122. Ryan Betesta says:

    Its time for a new TV!

  123. Hunter says:

    Fantastic giveaway – would love to win this!!

  124. J-J Roy says:

    Thank you sooo much for the opportunity!

  125. Ernie M. says:

    This would be an amazing TV to have in our home ! Thanks for the opportunity !!

  126. MM says:

    Only have one TV and it’s a CRT that doesn’t get any more channels now that the systems have changed to digital signal! The family would greatly appreciate a new TV that works!

  127. Candice says:

    My standard, not flatscreen, is on its way out. Lost my job and don’t have the money to replace my tv. What a great Christmas it could be!

  128. colleen shearer says:

    Thank-you for a chance to win a TV. We only have one TV in our house. When it comes to watching our favorite tv programs my daughter and I have a hard time hearing the tv when my husband begins snoring Myself and my daughter would be so grateful if we won a new tv. We would then be able to leave the room when the snoring starts and actually be able to hear the tv shows we are watching. Thanks and Merry Christmas

  129. Onika Thornhill says:

    I’d love to win this TV!

  130. Kristen says:

    Our TV in our bedroom is so old we have to hook up a VCR player to it – no way to hook up a dvd player to it – let alone a bluray player! OUr downstairs TV is pretty much a kids TV so this would be great!!!

  131. Lucie Payment says:

    Wow!!! Thank you for this giveaway :)

  132. Kitsa Tsivoulas says:

    great contest

  133. Stephen Clarke says:

    Fantastic gift for Christmas. One which we give me many hours of enjoyment.

    Thank you.

  134. Haidar says:

    3D TV, and a smart one, is very nice. I guess Internet access on a TV is a must have these days. Whether you get a pc, a laptop a gaming consol, or get a smart TV.

  135. Caroline M says:

    Thanks for a very informative post and a great prize.

  136. Beatrice Lawson says:

    How amazing are you guys!! All choices sound good but the Sony strikes me as the best. First of all – it’s a Sony. I know there are other good brands out there but seriously, they have always been tops in TV technology, and still are. Second, it’s LED technology which means image quality and energy usage – best again. Size- wise, I can happily take a smaller screen but if you want to go all out on a TV… go big. Word of advice for Samsung buyers – not all screens are made in Japan and those which are not (read the cnet reviews) have many problems. Ask the store to open the box and look at the code – it will tell you where it is made. And plasma – unless you put your tv in a basement which you can black out for viewing… not such a great choice. My two cents after doing a ton of research…

    • Anne says:

      Thanks for the insight Beatrice, you seem to be really knowledgeable when it comes to TV. I’m sure that a lot of our users will appreciate your comment.
      Anne

  137. Amy Johnson says:

    What an amazing prize !! Would love to see this in my living room :).

  138. Diane says:

    I would love to win this TV. Thanks for having the contest.

  139. Francine says:

    My husband keeps complaining that our bedroom TV(a 32″ flatscreen)is too small. He’d have to stop whining if I won this -please make my dreams come true!

  140. Margaret Imecs says:

    Thanks for the chance! :)

  141. Christa says:

    the 50 inch Panasonic pleeeeeeeeeeease LOL
    I LOVE Panasonic and my parents have the same tv! and it is amazing.
    I am also tired of my 4 boys fighting over 2 tvs~ lol

  142. Cathy M says:

    Wow. This is something we definitely could use. What a great giveaway

  143. Rebby says:

    Thanks for the great TV shopping advice! And the great giveaway! Happy Holidays :)

  144. HALINA ZLOTY says:

    My parents need a new TV. This would be a great gift for them.

  145. Chivan says:

    In the age of flat screen tv, I can’t believe I’m still watch a tube tv… winning this 3D HD tv would be an awesome!

  146. Leslie says:

    wow!
    you weren’t kidding!
    Absolutely Awesome Prize!!!

  147. Rosemary Breschuk-Chiu says:

    I have an ancient TV from the 90’s. I think I need a new one!

  148. Sue M says:

    Fabulous prize – yes please!

  149. Catherine says:

    Thanks for the information. Easiest explanations I have seen so far.
    And thanks for holding a giveaway contest. Maybe I will win and be able to upgrade my 17 year old TV!

  150. adina says:

    Wow!!!! this sounds great!! my boyfriend is been driving me crazy with this TV. if i win it, he will really be speechless :D

  151. WES says:

    Great article, cept “60” to big”? Love to win.

  152. belinda m says:

    I would love to win this. Have a 32 inch right now and a big tv would totally be amazing

  153. sue ursel says:

    great giveaway

  154. vilmark says:

    awesome giveaway.

  155. Scott Matheson says:

    Hey…I’d love to get my hands on a new TV

    Keep up the great work guys.

  156. Amy M says:

    What a great giveaway! Once again lots of great info on this post comparing TVs.

  157. angela m says:

    Here’s my entrya — I’m feeling lucky!

  158. Brett says:

    awesome TV! I’d love it!!

  159. Maggie P says:

    Whar a great tv!!

  160. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I would so love to win this awesome prize. It is so out of my reach at this point other than to win it. Thanks so much for the opportunity. Tis’ very generous.

  161. John Mah says:

    great tv, would be great for us as our recent TV broke down =(

  162. nm says:

    Great giveaway.

  163. Grace says:

    This really would make my Christmas more awesome. I have heard so much about smart tv’s that it would be fun figuring out all the things you can do with it.

  164. Bre Nicolson says:

    SO NICE. It would look great in my living room.

  165. Bob Grier says:

    Hi Guys, ok, my last chance for a great prize ! Pick me me me ! :0 ;) :)

  166. Athena says:

    This would make my hubby so happy!

  167. Janice C says:

    Would love to win a TV!!

  168. Corrina says:

    I would love a new TV for Xmas! Thanks for the giveaway and the awesome blog posts! Happy Holidays & best wishes for a spectactular 2012!

  169. Peter R says:

    Very nice prize .. and valuable information. Hope I win this one!

  170. Aliya D. says:

    I’ve always been a little confused about the difference between TV’s, so I appreciate your quick breakdown and explanation. I would love to win the Samsung TV; looks like an amazing product! Thank you!

  171. Catherine W says:

    This is a fantastic prize. Who doesn’t need another TV? Santa, I’ve been good – please pick me!

  172. George Burton says:

    What a perfect thing to give or receive for the holidays, I would recommend this.

  173. Catherine says:

    I’m gonna win!!!!!

  174. Claude Brunet says:

    Really really want to win this TV……