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Best 85-inch TVs: extra-large screens worth buying

85-inch TV in stone room
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The best 85-inch TVs give a new meaning to the word ‘large’. But if you can fit one in your home, which are the best options?

As astonishingly big as they may sound, 85-inch TVs are now a prevalent part of today’s TV market. Almost always acting as the very upper limit of a TV’s sizing options, they make a case for ultra-large images with an impact simply not possibly on smaller models.

You’ll certainly have to pay for the privilege, as each increase in TV size tends to see an uptick in cost; that said, an 85-inch model of a cheap TV can cost around the same as the 55-inch model of a flagship 8K screen, meaning you do have some options to choose between.

It’s worth noting that 8K resolution is much more represented on larger TV sizes, and you’ll certainly get the benefit of all that added detail (33 million pixels, to be exact) on these 85-inch TVs, unlike the 55-inch 8K TVs that pop up every now and again. 

But even 4K TVs can be staggeringly effective at this size, and all of the hand-tested models below are good options for an 85-inch display in your home, whether you’re looking for a cinema screen, a gaming console companion, or something big enough to replace a brick wall. Here are the best 85-inch TVs out there.

How far should you sit from an 85-inch TV?

Estimates vary depending on who you ask, but the general rule of thumb is between 1.5 and 2.5 times the diagonal screen size: For 85-inch TVs we recommend sitting between 10.5 and 15 ft (3.5 and 5m) away. That should make the picture take up most of your field of view without straining your eyes. 

85-inch TV on media unit in front of swimming pool

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Samsung's 2021 flagship truly shines

Specifications
Size: 85-inch
Resolution: 8K
Panel technology: Neo QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
Dimensions: 1876.6 x 1071.5 x 15.4 mm
Reasons to buy
+Exceptional brightness+OLED-like black levels
Reasons to avoid
-It'll cost you-Reflective screen

Ushering in a new era in television technology, Samsung's Mini LED-sporting QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV offers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, terrific sound and outstanding blacks – all in a package that's unmatched in terms of design – making it a cinch for the best 85-inch TV today.

The QN900A's Mini LED backlight utilizes thousands of compact LEDs can be packed together behind the panel, allowing for far more accurate dimming zones and black levels that are practically indistinguishable from an OLED screen.

Of course, that doesn't mean Samsung's Neo QLED is to able to produce lights and colors at the individual pixel-level like an OLED TV can, only that it does a comparable job when it comes to contrast.

Outside of its new lighting technology, the QN900A excels in terms of picture quality, with an astonishing 8K resolution display that does a brilliant job of upscaling 1080p and 4K content thanks to the AI-based 'Neo Quantum Processor 8K' – and its picture advantages are all the more apparent on a screen of this size. Just don't expect it to come cheap.

Read more: Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV review

Sony A90J OLED TV showing raindrop against purple background

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Sony advances the art of OLED with the A90J

Specifications
Screen size:: 83-inch
Resolution: : 4K
Panel Type:: OLED
Smart TV: : Google TV
Dimensions:: 1,880 x 1,072 x 428 mm
Reasons to buy
+Robust sound+Nice new OS
Reasons to avoid
-No UK catch-up TV services-Missing some key features

Sony hasn’t held back in pricing the new A90J 4K OLED TV, but we believe the performance does justify the hefty price tag – and it's one of very few OLED TVs to come in an 83-inch size.

Picture quality, from any source, is about as good as it currently gets from any 4K screen. In every meaningful department – motion control, contrast, edge definition, detail levels, you name it. For those moments when you’re reduced to watching sub-4K content, it’s great at upscaling, too. 

The Sony A90J OLED is more than a few steps ahead when it comes to sound quality. Using the entire surface of the screen as a speaker is still novel and effective, and backing it up with two conventional bass drivers means the A90J sounds fuller, more direct and just, well, better than any alternative that doesn’t feature an off-board sound system.

Add in a smart new Google TV interface, the usual Sony standard of build and finish, feet that change position to accommodate a soundbar, an exclusive movie streaming service, and an authentically well-designed remote control – ignoring the inexplicable lack of UK TV catch-up services – and the A90J looks like the complete package. Although complete packages seldom come cheap.

Xbox Series X gamers should watch out, though, as there's no VRR support – though you'll find the 4K/120Hz capability and auto low latency mode to match any PS5 console.

Read the full review: Sony A90J OLED TV review

Sony X90J 85-inch TV resting on counter in stone room

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3. Sony X95J Full Array HDR 4K TV

One of the best mid-range 85-inch 4K TVs money can buy in 2021

Specifications
Screen size: 85-inch
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Panel technology: LCD
Smart TV: Google TV
Dimensions: 1086 x 1888 x 61 mm
Reasons to buy
+Best-in-class image quality+Excellent upscaling+Cognitive Processor XR
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre off-axis viewing

A step up from the Sony X90J, the new X95J is a perfect upgrade. For the money, there are few TVs that can match it in terms of picture quality and feature set, making it top of its class for upper mid-range models.

Honestly, though, we kind of saw this coming. Last year’s Sony X900H/XH90 was one of the best TVs of the year for all of the same reasons, and now Sony’s made it even better with its new Cognitive Processor XR that offers incredible upscaling and contrast control. 

We like it so much because it’s a native 120Hz TV with two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports for the Xbox Series X and PS5, Variable Refresh Rate, and Auto Low Latency Mode, plus it uses a full array panel with local dimming for better black levels. Setting it up is easy and the TV uses the new Google TV platform that puts recommended content front and center. 

So why go for this instead of the cheaper X90J? The X95J offers X-Anti-Glare technology, higher brightness and better contrast. It’s more expensive than the X90J but it's definitely the TV to go for if you're a more scrutinizing cinephile. 

LG C1 OLED with pink tree onscreen

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One of only two 83-inch OLED TVs

Specifications
Screen size: 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: webOS
Dimensions: 1851 x 1062 x 55.3 mm
Reasons to buy
+Four HDMI 2.1 ports+WebOS is fantastic
Reasons to avoid
-Reflective glass surface-No HDR10+

The LG C1 OLED is a knockout 4K OLED TV, and one of only two – along with the Sony A90J featured above – to come in a new 83-inch size.

The C1's a9 Gen 4 chipset adds in AI processing to between distinguish between objects and their backgrounds – something that's at the heart of a lot of advancements in today's TV market. 

This stellar OLED TV also packs in four dedicated HDMI 2.1 ports (ideal for next-gen gaming) and even comes with a new Game Optimiser menu that gives you the option to quickly adjust brightness, contrast and VRR on the fly. 

The LG C1 isn’t flawless, as we did encounter issues around how the new a9 Gen 4 processor upscales faces, and how reflective the all-glass screen is during daylight hours, but the issues are few and far between.

There are, of course, higher resolution TVs out there right now like the LG Z1 OLED, which offers 8K resolution at an 88-inch size), but the LG C1 is still a brilliant 4K TV that's well worth considering at an 83-inch size.

Read the full review: LG C1 OLED

85-inch TV hanging on living room wall

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The arrival of Mini LED elevates Samsung to new heights

Specifications
Screen size: 85-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: Neo QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
Dimensions: 1892.2 x 1082.5 x 27.5 mm
Reasons to buy
+Stellar picture quality+Impressive sound system
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision or Atmos-Freeview Play would be nice

The Samsung QN90A isn't the best 4K TV in Samsung's 2021 lineup – that moniker would have to go to the QN95A. But given the fact the QN95A isn't available in the US, or available in an 85-inch size, the QN90A will certainly have to do.

This step-down model still packs in a Mini LED backlight, vastly improving brightness control and contrast compared to last year's QLEDs. The result is a brighter TV than before, if that’s even possible with Samsung, and one that can display a deeply satisfying array of colors. 

Inside, all Neo QLED TVs sport the higher-end Neo Quantum Processor 4K that uses a neural network to analyze images for better HD upscaling and Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ for better motion handling – all of which has really paid off for this Samsung screen.

That said, there are a few looming issues this year that we can’t ignore, like the slight wobble of the pedestal stand, or the surprisingly lacklustre sound quality that doesn’t befit a flagship 4K TV. The OTS+ sound system here is a step below the OTS+ Pro speakers found in the QN95A, and the difference is sizeable. None of those factors are deal-breakers by themselves, but they should give you a slight pause before dropping a huge wad of cash on this 85-inch TV – as they don't come cheap.

Read the full review: Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV

The Samsung AU7100 in a living room.

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The Venn diagram of performance and price is almost a perfect circle here

Specifications
Screen size: 85-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: LED-LCD
Smart TV: Tizen
Dimensions: 1895.9 x 1186.7 x 392.2 mm
Reasons to buy
+Very decent 4K picture quality+Exemplary smart TV interface
Reasons to avoid
-Can struggle with upscaling-Sound is a bit of an afterthought

It’s important to keep price uppermost in your mind when considering the images the Samsung AU7100 is capable of delivering. No, this isn’t the brightest screen around and no, the power of its upscaling isn’t going to fool you into thinking you’re watching native 4K content when you’re not. But does it represent value for money? Oh, most certainly.

With some top-of-the-shop content on board the AU7100 proves a composed, detailed watch with plenty of pertinent observations to makes regarding skin-tone and skin-texture. Colours are subtlety differentiated, with plenty of variation available where shadows, patterns and textures are concerned. 

Edge definition is clean, and with native 4K images picture-noise is little more than a rumour. Motion is handled with real assurance, too. If you want an affordable TV to make the most of your 4K content, the Samsung AU7100 should be high on your shortlist.

Read the full review: Samsung AU7100 Crystal UHD Smart TV

Vizio P-Series Quantum X

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An ultra-bright flagship 4K TV to rival Samsung's top QLED TVs

Specifications
Screen size: 85-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: LED-LCD
Smart TV: SmartCast
Dimensions: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Super bright (2,000+ nits)+Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support
Reasons to avoid
-Poor upscaling and slight blooming-SmartCast can get hung up

The Vizio P-Series Quantum X is a consistently impressive LED-LCD TV that combines the brightness of a QLED alongside some of the best black levels this side of an OLED. Offering over 2,000 nits of peak brightness, it lights up any home cinema and cuts through ambient lighting to become one of the best TVs for brightly lit living rooms.

Thanks to a recent firmware update, it's now a great match-up for the Xbox Series X and PS5 and, given the TV's auto-low latency mode, it's also solidly responsive with just a 13ms lag time with 4K/60 games. 

It's bright, it's colorful, and thanks to some improvements to the full array local dimming system, it's contrast-rich, too. SmartCast is still problematic, there’s a bit of blooming - and the sound quality is lackluster - but all things considered it's still one of the better LED-LCD TVs available at 85 inches.

Read the full review: Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2021)

How big is an 85-inch TV?

The exact height, width and depth of an 85-inch TV will vary depending on the set in question. A TV with a Mini LED backlight will be a bit thicker than a super-slim OLED screen (which won’t need a backlight at all). If a TV has a built-in soundbar, that could add some visible height and weight, while other screens may opt for more discreet placement around the TV’s casing.

As an example, the Samsung Q60T QLED comes in a massive 85-inch size, and measures 108.3cm tall, 189.6cm wide, and 6cm deep – which are the measurements to consider if you’re going to wall-mount the screen. When placed on the included TV stand, the Q60T’s height jumps to 118.6cm, and the depth pads out to 39.2cm.

The 2021 flagship QN900A QLED, is almost identical in sizing, measuring 107.2cm tall and 187.6cm wide. It is decently slimmer at 1.54cm, but adding in a TV stand means the depth actually caps out at 34.4cm, making for a similar profile overall.

Henry St Leger

Henry is TechRadar's News & Features Editor, covering the stories of the day with verve, moxie, and aplomb. He's spent the past three years reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as well as gaming and VR – including a stint as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.