The Super Bowl is upon us, and this year we get to watch The New England Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. If that sounds familiar, it’s because they both faced off in the 2005 Super Bowl. The Patriots won then, but that doesn’t mean they’ll win again. With fans so dedicated that they’ll climb up Crisco’d light poles to celebrate, Philly may just have the spirit to overcome.
The big game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 4 on NBC. If you’re planning to host some friends, though, you may want to consider a tech upgrade. We found have some decent online deals on TVs, speakers, and other home items you may want for the big game. Below are a few of our favorites.
LG OLED B7A 4K TV
LG’s OLED TV’s are the absolute best reason to buy a new TV because no matter what you’re looking at in what resolution, it will look better thanks to the Organic LED (OLED) screen technology, which lets every single pixel light itself up individually. This is different from whatever TV you have now, which has a backlight behind it that washes out some contrast and prevents blacks from looking…black. So, if you truly want to wow your guests, we recommend spending the extra money on this TV.
Affordable 4K with Roku
TCL 4K TV with Built-In Roku
This TCL TV will give you the benefits of a high-resolution 4K screen with Roku, the easiest and best streaming system to use, built right in. Roku has Netflix, Hulu, everything—and comes with a simple remote with very few buttons.
Samsung TV at a Superb Price
Samsung Smart 55-Inch 4K TV
There’s nothing particularly crazy or amazing about this Samsung TV, but it’s a solid price and Samsung produces quality TVs. This one only comes in one size, but will still improve the optics of any Super Bowl party.
Biggest TV on the Block
Vizio 75-Inch Smart XLED 4K TV
Forget that it has a high-resolution 4K screen and HDR—that’s not quite the point. If you want the largest TV possible, this is the TV that will make your guests (and family) gasp whether they’re watching the Super Bowl or the Puppy Bowl. Vizio’s included SmartCast menus are decent as well. Just keep in mind, if you buy a TV this huge, you may also need a massive TV stand to support its majesty.
Home Theater and Speaker Stuff
Samsung 2.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer
The easiest, possibly cheapest way to instantly improve your TV’s sound is to buy a soundbar. No matter what TV you have, this basic 2.1 channel Samsung soundbar probably sounds nicer. Plug in its wireless subwoofer next to your couch and you’ll feel and hear the bass of any movie or halftime show you’re watching.
Full Surround Sound System
Vizio 5.1 Soundbar, Subwoofer, Surround Speakers
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a full surround system as good as this Vizio for the price. Even as just a soundbar and subwoofer combo, we like the quality of the system, but with added speakers for full 5.1-channel audio, you’ll be able to hear everything whether you’re watching the big game, or the latest Netflix TV show.
Fantastic Multi-Room Audio
Sonos Play:1 Speaker
Jet and Walmart are both selling the Sonos Play:1 for $50 off, but we’ve never seen a lower price than Amazon’s current rate for a white Play:1. You just won’t find nicer party speakers than Sonos, and if you can afford it, buy a couple. You can sync them up and play the same, or different music in every room. Or you can hook them to a Sonos soundbar. If you want voice support, we recommend the Sonos One. It’s mostly the same, but comes with Alexa. Read our full guide to Sonos to learn more.
Tune into the Big Game
Winegard Indoor Antenna
Since the Super Bowl is on NBC, there’s a chance you could pick it up without paying for cable or fiddling with streaming networks and websites. This is a cheap, great option to try. Slap it on the upper part of your window (a little away from any metal) and see what stations you can pick up. You might be surprised.
Stream the Super Bowl
Roku Streaming Stick+
Do you own a Roku yet? If not, you should buy one. It’s the simplest, best way to get Netflix and every other streaming app on your TV (it has them all). No muss, no fuss. You can stream the game through NBC’s Sports app or FubtoTV, both available on Roku.
Cooking and Home Gear
Prove Your Loyalty
Philadelphia Eagles Crock-Pot – $34 ($5 off) on Walmart
New England Patriots Crock-Pot – $40 on Walmart
It takes a certain level of fan to buy a decorated Crock-Pot, but if you like to entertain, you probably already know the benefits of a good Crock-Pot, whether you’re making chili, cheese dip, slow-cooked meat, or a ton of other snacks and meals. If we were to judge the game based on Crock-Pot aesthetics, the Eagles would win, handily.
Like a Crock-Pot with an Advanced Degree
Instant Pot 3-Quart 7-in-1 Pressure/Slow Cooker
Yeah, there’s no deal on Instant Pot today, but if you’re considering a Crock-Pot, just know that we like the Instant Pot even more. It can do anything a Crock-Pot can do, and then some, with pressure and steam cooking that make it ideal for things like rice, chili, porridge, yogurt, or soup. It’s fast, too.
Grilling on the Go
Coleman RoadTrip Portable 2-Burner Grill
If you don’t own a grill, this Coleman propane grill is compact enough (it folds up) to tailgate with and robust enough to use on your porch or patio. It has an actual flame, matchless lighting system, and can cook with two burners for about an hour on one small propane cylinder. Coleman’s are usually built well, so hopefully it won’t give you trouble, either.
Grilling with No Gas
DeLonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill
If you’re stuck in an apartment, or just don’t have the space (or drive) to own a full grill, this DeLonghi electric grill cooks up burgers and other treats just fine. We’ve used it for many parties and it isn’t super fancy, but works surprisingly well.
Draft Beer at Home
Fizzics Waytap Draft Beer System
If you really want a piece of tech that will get everyone talking at your party, the Fizzics Waytap is it. It pours your bottled beer into a glass for you, using “Micro-Foam Technology” using sound waves to alter the carbonation and foam of your beer, giving it a draft-like taste. There is a larger version for growlers, if that’s your thing.
A One-Trick Grill
Sizzling Sausage Grill
This gadget completely nails sausages, and is entirely useless for everything else. It’s like an elitist George Foreman Grill that refuses to touch anything that doesn’t resemble a brat. But when you’re holding a Super Bowl party, a 15-minute perfect sausage griller may be just what you need. You can probably bend a hot dog in there, too.
All About the Optics
Porcelain Tiered Bowls and Metal Rack
Entertaining is all about the optics, and if you don’t have a lot of countertop space, consider a rack like this, which lets you stack snacks on top of one another.
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