The Super Bowl is just around the corner — February 4, 6:30 EST — and it’s a great excuse upgrade your home’s tech. If you want to upgrade your television, sound system or kitchen appliances (buffalo wings and artichoke dip don’t cook themselves), we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite gadgets and deals to get you and your home hosting ready. Plus, all the products are available on either Amazon or Best Buy, so you can expedite shipping to make sure everything is here and set-up before Sunday.
I Want to Improve My Picture
There’s more to improving your picture than just upgrading to a 4K HDR television. All the components also need to support 4K HDR, including your cable box, streaming stick, soundbar, AV receivers, HDMI cables — but let’s assume you have or will get all that. The TV is the most important thing, after-all, and the Super Bowl is a great excuse to upgrade to a bigger better TV. Many manufacturers are offering some pretty enticing deals, too.
Budget Choice: Don’t be discouraged by TCL’s low prices — the company makes the best bang-for-your-buck TVs on the market. Its S-Series of 4K smart TVs support HDR technology, with a pretty impressive 120Hz CMI effective refresh rate. And you can buy 55-inch model (55S405) for only $370 at Best Buy (here), or the 49-inch model (49S405) for $330 at Best Buy (here) or Amazon (here).
Bigger and Better Option: Unless you’re willing to buy an OLED or QLED TV, which are the highest-quality and most expensive TVs out there, Vizio’s M-Series of 4K HDR TVs is a great alternative — The Verge‘s Chris Welch called it “the foolproof choice for great 4K and HDR.” Leading up to the Super Bowl, you can buy 65-inch model for $1,000 ($200 off), 70-inch model for $1,400 ($600 off) or 75-inch model for $1,850 ($650 off).
I Want to Improve My Sound
To get the best experience while watching live sporting events at home, you want to hear everything. The crowd, the officials, wind and the smack-talk between players — it all makes for an immersive experience. And thanks to latest advancements and audio technologies, getting a great sound system doesn’t have to be expensive.
Soundbar: The Q Acoustics M2 ($350) represents great value for money and is one of the best standalone soundbars on the market. This 180-degree soundbar uses Balanced Mode Radiator technology (BMR) to evenly disperse sound around the room — no matter where you sit (unless you’re behind the speaker), you get the same listening experience. It’s really quite incredible. It also has a built-in subwoofer and supports Bluetooth apt-X streaming.
Surround Sound System: The Vizio SmartCast 40-inch 5.1 Sound Bar System supports the Dolby and DTS audio technologies and provides a true immersive experience. Included is a 2.0 soundbar, subwoofer and two satellite speakers. It comes with Google Cast built-in, making it easy to stream music from any device, including your Google Home smart speaker. The whole system costs $415.
I Want to Improve My Snack Game
The Super Bowl is about four things: the game, the commercials, the half-time show and the food. Yes, your Super Bowl isn’t complete with enough finger food to feed all your guests. Sure, you can also call in a couple pizzas and wings, but whipping up your dishes is so much more impressive.
Budget Choice: Everybody knows about the Instant Pot by now, but that doesn’t make any less of an entry-level champion for small parties. The six-quart Instant Pot Duo ($130) is an all-in-one pressure cooker is great for all kinds of soups and rice, as well as boneless ribs, carnitas and other sorts of party dishes. And it’s so easy to use that even a cooking neophyte will be able to figure it out.
High End Option: The Smart Oven Air ($400) is Breville’s five-in-one monster. It’s a toaster, oven, air-fryer, slow cooker and even a dehydrator. It’s great for making pizzas, browning sausages and roasting chicken. It can slow cook slews for up to ten hours. It’s even large enough to fit a whole turkey. It’s a virtuoso kitchen appliance, truly.
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