The best 65-inch 4K TVs of 2021 are excellent choices for anyone looking to significantly upgrade their home cinema setup. Average TV sizes tend to grow year on year, and while 55-inch is currently the flagship size, it's the best 65-inch TVs that really offer a step up in terms of impact.
That's not just because of the larger size, though: premium TVs often start at 65-inch for their smallest model, and bundle the highest specifications together rather than waste them on small TVs that won't be able to show the latest TV tech off in its best light. To get the best specs out there, then, it makes sense that you'd need one of the best 65-inch TVs to get them.
Market analysts at Omdia (via Business Korea) report that shoppers seem to be moving to even bigger sizes, with sales of OLED TVs in 2020 seeing the traditional flagship size of 55 inches left behind in favor of step-up 65-inch models – the first year on record where that’s happening. And 65-inch 4K TVs have been the fastest-growing TV size category for a good few years now.
Whether that's an OLED panel, smooth motion processing, or the brightness and backlight needed to make colors look vibrant, the best 65-inch TVs will fare better than basic small TVs – and will often make gaming TVs with the right specifications too. Don't even think about a 55-inch 8K TV either, as 8K resolution only really becomes worthwhile at 65 inches and above.
There are some caveats, of course. A larger TV generally means a larger cost, and it's worth making sure you have the cash to spend as well as the space to keep it in your home, as there's no worse feeling than unpacking a 65-inch TV and find it doesn't actually fit on your media unit or TV stand.
To make sure you're only buying the 65-inch TVs worth buying, we've put together this detailed guide to the very best 65-inch 4K TVs out there – with new 2021 TVs like the LG G1 OLED and Samsung QN900A already making the list below.
Best 65-inch TVs
After something a bit more stylish? The LG G1 OLED is a knockout television that builds on the sleek design of last year's Gallery Series OLED and somehow makes it better – making it a cinch for the best 65-inch 4K TV today.
The real hero here is LG's new OLED evo technology, which updates the panel structure to eke out even more brightness – without increasing blooming effects or, we're told, the chance of burn-in. The LG G1 looks to be a real revolution for the OLED TV maker, then, and certainly offers an upgrade over the cheaper LG C1 OLED – unlike last year, when the CX and GX models were worlds apart in price but effectively offered the same picture performance.
It's an expensive set, and the Dolby Atmos sound system isn't the best for bass – something that will effect all the other LG OLEDs in this guide. But the breathtakingly slim design makes it a real centerpiece television, with the contrast and color benefits of OLED pushed to new, lighting-enhanced heights. The new a9 Gen 4 AI processor is even more capable of smartly upscaling and processing onscreen objects, too, with motion processing in particular getting an upgrade.
Watch out though: the G1 is really designed to be wall-mounted, and it won't come with a TV stand or feet out of the box. You can buy a floorstanding Gallery Stand alongside, or find a third-party solution for placing on a counter, though.
This 65-inch 4K TV will set you back a pretty penny, though you can always consider the cheaper LG C1, which makes do without the premium design or bright-enhancing OLED evo technology.
Read more: LG G1 OLED TV review
Finally, the Sony A9G OLED got knocked off its perch. Sony's new-for-2020 A8/A8H OLED TV takes everything we love about Sony's premium TVs and repackages it at a more reasonable price point.
You're getting premium OLED picture performance, with Sony’s top-line X1 Ultimate processor, Sony’s Pixel Contrast Booster (for more intense image highlights), and a new OLED version of the X-Motion Clarity feature Sony initially developed for its FALD LCD TVs.
The impressive sound system, too, combines a two-subwoofer bass system with screen-shaking Acoustic Surface Audio tech – a divisive feature, but one that helps Sony's TV range feel somewhat unique.
What's notable about the A8H is that it applies HDR mastering to all SDR sources in Vivid, Standard and Cinema picture modes – but that this across-the-board application actually works, enhancing scenes without turning them into palettes of off-color images. There's no HDR10+ support, though.
Upscaling, too, is as exceptional as we found with the A9G. If you can deal with the slightly low brightness, you'll get to experience some of the most refined pictures of any OLED TV to date on one of the best 65-inch TVs today.
Read the full review: Sony A8H OLED TV
If you're after one of the best 65-inch TVs, the Sony X90J should do you just fine.
Having just launched, it's retailing for a four-figure sum at $1,799 / £1,499 / AU$2,695, but it offers a lot for that price, and could be a good shout for those with a large enough budget who aren't bothered about a high-end OLED screen.
It has excellent image quality, thanks in part to a new Cognitive XR processor rolled out to Sony's top 2021 sets, making for excellent upscaling and contrast control. The X90J also sports the new Google TV smart platform, for easy setup and broad app support as well as the perks of Google Cast from Android devices. There's Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio packed in too.
When it comes to gaming, the X90J has a 120Hz panel with 4K resolution and two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports for your Xbox Series X and PS5, with VRR (variable refresh rate) and ALLM (auto low latency mode, for sub-10ms lag) to really up your gaming experience. Just be sure to head into the picture settings and switch on 'Enhanced format' for your selected HDMI port, otherwise you won't get the benefit of its 2.1 specification.
There are still a few lingering issues, including middling off-axis viewing and struggles with direct daylight – and the X90J will no doubt be beaten by the capabilities of its step-up X95J model for a small uptick in cost. Still, the Sony X90J succeeds in delivering stellar performance for a reasonable price.
Read the full review: Sony X90J 4K TV
The Hisense H8G is a cheap, capable television definitely worth checking out if you're after a 65-inch 4K TV without the eye-watering price.
Hisense is often a reliable TV brand for budget sets, offering premium technologies like Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio for far less than the competition – and indeed, you'll find both of those supported on the H8G.
The 65-inch model retails at just $700, too, making it a real bargain for the amount for screen that you get. You'll get a full array backlight, rather than measly edge-lighting, too.
You are skimping on looks compared to some sets on this list, and the Android TV interface isn't the smoothest – even if it is relatively easy to use. But if you're not fussed about the bells and whistles, the H8G will still dazzle you with its lively and colorful picture, and isn't that the most important thing?
Read the full review: Hisense H8G Quantum
If you're looking to save some cash while getting one of the best 65-inch TVs out there, this Hisense U7QF could be a good fit for you.
Now just £799 for its 65-inch size, the U7QF is very affordably priced, especially considering it originally retailed for £1,499. It's a real looker too, with a sleek TV stand design (with sharp accents on the bottom bezel) that's far more confident than the timid feet you'll find on the XH95.
You'll get universal HDR support, with HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG all thrown in to ensure all bases are covered. The crisp 4K picture also applies to upscaled HD content, meaning you'll never have to make do with grainy content, even when sourcing older DVDs or HD streaming content. While you're not getting true 10-bit HDR, the frame rate control used as workaround still shows off a decent amount of the HDR spectrum.
Our only real issue is with some motion judder, which won't make this the best set for action movies or sports matches. Some undercooked VIDAA U services attempting to replicate Samsung TV Plus and Art Mode fall short, but they're relatively easy to ignore.
The U7QF was a bit pricey for what it offered at launch, but now it's a great choice for the price.
Read the full review: Hisense U7QF QLED
The Panasonic HZ1500's OLED panel and HCX Pro Intelligent processor work together beautifully, with deep and immense blacks that stop just shy of crushing dark areas of the screen. HDR images are truly vibrant too – all the better for Panasonic's universal HDR support, opting to include both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision (as well as HLG and HLG Photo Mode) instead of picking sides.
There are a couple of notable omissions that stop the HZ2000 climbing higher in the list – mainly the lack of the Disney Plus streaming service, as well as the absence of HDMI 2.1 ports (thankfully being amended in this year's incoming JZ2000).
That last point, combined with unremarkable input lag, means this isn't a gamer's dream – but the crowd Panasonic is really out to please is cinephiles. You won't be disappointed with the picture, and the 80W Dolby Atmos speakers will ensure that the sound doesn't slack, either. There is a HZ2000 model with a custom OLED panel and total 140W audio output, if you really want a TV that pushes the envelope too.
You won't get this set in the US – despite Panasonic's cosy relationship with Hollywood colorists – but those of you in the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada can count on it coming to you. You'll find this 65-inch 4K TV for £2,599 right now.
Read our full review: Panasonic HZ1500 TV review
The Q80T isn't the fanciest QLED out there, but it really does offer a lot, as the cheapest QLED that launched with a full-array backlight last year, meaning you don't have to skimp with an edge-lit display (like the Q60T or Q70T).
It's a fantastic choice for gamers, given consistently low input lag to ensure your gaming console of choice – PS5, Xbox Series X, or otherwise – is funnelling video output to your screen with as little delay as possible, at just 8.7ms image lag. The set's dedicated Game Motion Plus setting also reduces judder and blur for smoother gameplay, at a still-respectable 19.7ms lag too.
The externals of the television are a bit plainer than some of the higher-end QLEDs out there, like the zero-bezel Q950TS 8K QLED, and we found in our tests the odd speck of blooming around bright light sources – but the picture is still pretty exceptional, with bright HDR and AI-enhanced images to make this a great choice for any viewer-gamer buying a TV right now.
As a set that's a year old now, you can find it a good amount cheaper than most of the newer screens on this list, making it a great value proposition for those not fussed about a brand-new 2021 TV.
Read the full review: Samsung Q80T QLED TV
There are plenty of new Samsung TVs to consider this year, but the QN900A 8K Neo QLED is undoubtedly the best of the bunch.
8K resolution starts being worthwhile on 65-inch TVs, with noticeable upticks in detail – and as the 2021 flagship it's the screen that gets the most premium specs in Samsung's range.
The introduction of Mini LED backlighting only increases contrast and brightness control, with tens of thousands of additional LEDs compared to previous flagships, and near-OLED black levels paired with an ultra-bright display. The ultra-thin bezel helps matters too, offering a truly expansive screen experience.
You'll get the OTS+ (Object Tracking Sound) audio system, too, with ten dedicated drivers placed around the screen for three-dimensional sound, including side-firing speakers – like those found on the new Panasonic JZ2000.
Gamers are bound to love the QN900A, thanks to a number of next-gen ready features, including support for 4K/120fps or 8K/60fps gameplay via HDMI 2.1, Game Motion Plus and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.
It probably goes without saying that the QN900A's pricing will prove prohibitively expensive for most people – particularly the 85-inch model reviewed here. However, those of you with money to spend who are looking for the current benchmark in top-end televisions will find very little to fault with Samsung's QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV.
If you're after one of the best 65-inch TVs – and one that goes above and beyond 4K resolution – this is the set for you.
Read the full review: Samsung QN900A 8K Neo QLED TV
Best 65-inch TVs: buying advice
The sets in this list give you a wealth of choice at the popular 65-inch TV size, but as we've said, sometimes a lot of choice gets confusing. That's why we're here to try and help you answer the question: which one is right for you?
Currently, our favorite 65-inch TVs are LG's series of OLED TVs, boasting exceptional black levels and premium HDR in the form of Dolby Vision. On the other hand, they aren't the best option for brightly lit rooms.
If your living room's ratio of windows to doors is too high, you might want to consider Samsung's QLED series for your 65-inch 4K TV purchase instead. In comparison to the LG models, these are bright and colorful, and pack in technology that helps them cope with overly bright environments.
Of course, Sony TVs come with both OLED and LED panels, and you can't go wrong with these either – so you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out the best 65-inch TV set.
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