The best 65-inch TVs are just getting more and more popular. As more movies arrive straight to streaming, people are looking for a home theater experience that makes the most of them, and this size offers big-screen thrills without being so large that it won't fit in the average home.
A big part of why they're growing in popularity is that the best 65-inch TVs are more affordable than ever. Naturally, there are elite-level options that cost a ton, but there are also huge screens with great picture quality that are unbelievably affordable. You’d be hard-pressed to come across a 65-inch model that doesn’t deliver on the promise of an improved cinematic setup.
Basically all of the best TVs come in a 65-inch option, and that includes every one of the best OLED TVs. This is also the size where it's worth considering whether you want to upgrade to one of the best 8K TVs, because it's big enough for all that extra resolution to start making a difference – though most people will still with 4K, which looks absolutely gorgeous at this size still.
And most of the best gaming TVs come in 65-inch options, so if its big-screen console thrills you're after, there are great options for that, too.
Our guide will help you find the perfect 65-inch TV whatever your budget, or whatever features you're looking for.
Best 65-inch TVs: the list
After dropping a few spots in 2021, the LG C2 OLED is back at the top of our best TVs in 2022.
Improvements for 2022 include the new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor, which is designed to offer better object enhancement and dynamic tone mapping than its predecessor and which we found very impressive. You also get ‘virtual surround sound’, with the TV upscaling stereo content into 7.1.2-channel sound. While we convinced by the virtual surround, the audio performance is still very good for a flatscreen TV and the multiple sound modes means you should be able to find an audio profile that suits your needs.
The LG C2 isn’t flawless, however. We found that off-axis color saturation diminished when we moved to the left or right of the screen, something particularly apparent when we compared it to the new QD-OLED models, and unlike some rivals LG doesn't support either the IMAX Enhanced or HDR10+ format.
There are, of course, higher resolution flatscreen TVs out there right now – TVs such as the Samsung QN900B, which offers 8K resolution, and the new upgraded LG G2 OLED that has a slightly higher peak brightness. But for the price, this is the best TV you're able to buy in 2022.
Read the full LG C2 OLED review
If you're after one of the best 65-inch TVs, the Sony X90J should do you just fine. With a launch price of $1,799 / £1,499 / AU$2,695 it delivers a lot for your money and is a good option for people who aren't too fussed about getting an OLED TV.
We're very impressed by the X90J's image quality, which is due in part to the new Cognitive XR processor that we saw in Sony's top 2021 sets. It's an excellent processor that's particularly good when it comes to upscaling content and controlling contrast. The X90J also sports the new Google TV smart platform, which offers easy setup and broad app support as well as the ability to use Google Cast from Android devices. There's Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio packed in, too, along with two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports for your Xbox Series X and PS5.
There are still a few lingering issues. We found off-axis viewing to be disappointing and also found that the X90J struggled in direct daylight. It'll no doubt be beaten by the capabilities of its step-up X95J model for a small uptick in cost, too. But the Sony X90J succeeds in delivering stellar performance for a reasonable price.
Read the full review: Sony X90J 4K TV
8K might seem like overkill, but there's no doubt in our minds that the Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV delivers a whole new level of performance. The Mini-LED-sporting QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV delivers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, terrific sound and outstanding blacks, and it does it all in a package that's beautifully designed too.
Samsung's 'Quantum' Mini-LEDs are 1/40th the size of a regular LED, meaning thousands of smaller LEDs can be packed together in a much tighter fashion. That ensures far more accurate dimming zones, which in turn means black levels that are practically indistinguishable from an OLED.
And because the LEDs are far smaller, they're able to achieve far more precision and less blooming. During our tests we didn't see bright areas of the screen unnaturally bleed over into darker spots, and because the processor uses Samsung's Multi-Intelligence AI upscaling we found that the QN900A was consistently able to produce images that looked better than their source.
So why isn't this TV topping our list? Sadly while the hardware is superb, we're not so keen on the software. Samsung's 2022 TV range has a new Smart Hub UI across its top models. It's a totally revamped interface featuring a Google TV-inspired home screen with content recommendations from your various streaming subscriptions and apps.
Unfortunately, we found that the change to a full-screen, content-packed home menu makes using the Samsung more frustrating than with previous models. You can't easily adjust settings and change viewing modes on the fly any more; instead, you have to exit what you're watching, navigate to a sidebar menu, and then scroll down to a separate settings menu. In previous Samsungs you could do all that with a couple of button presses.
It's a minor issue, sure, but it's a shame that Samsung has taken the shine off an otherwise exceptional TV with software that feels like a step backwards – and it's expensive, of course.
Read the full Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV review
If price isn't a concern for you and you simply want the best TV you can buy at any price point, the LG G2 OLED should be at the top of your list. It features a heatsink that delivers significantly improved brightness, making pretty much every frame of any source you care to mention look even more sublime than we've seen on any LG OLED before.
Although the G2 OLED shares the same ‘Gallery’ design name as its GX and G1 predecessors, it looks completely different: gone is the dark frame and chamfered edges, replaced by a nifty two-layer effect where a thin black rear ‘slab’ sits proud of and slightly narrower than the chunkier front tier housing. That's for the screen, which is encased in a very fetching and opulent-looking silver metal coat.
The quality of the G2 OLED’s connections is beyond reproach. In particular, all four of its HDMI ports are capable of handling the maximum 48Gbps of data supported by the HDMI 2.1 standard. This means that hardcore video gamers could simultaneously attach an Xbox Series X, PS5 and cutting-edge PC graphics rig to enjoy full-fat 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode switching from all of them. That, plus you'll still have one HDMI left for adding a 4K Blu-ray player or streaming box.
If you're familiar with LG’s OLED TVs in recent years, the extra brightness the heatsink unlocks is very clear and a significant improvement. The colors are more punchy, whether you're viewing a very vibrant, rich tone, or a subtle, mild one.
The end result is an OLED TV so good that it just barely misses the mark of our number one spot – and that's only because its price puts it out of reach of the average TV watcher. But if you're a cinephile, you'll be glad you invested in it.
Read the full LG G2 OLED TV review
Sony's new A90J 4K TV with OLED isn't exactly cheap, but we believe the performance does justify the hefty price tag.
We found that this Sony's picture quality, from any source, is about as good as it currently gets from any 4K screen, and in every meaningful department – motion control, contrast, edge definition, detail levels – it excels. And if you're reduced to watching sub-4K content, it’s great at upscaling too.
The Sony A90J also delivers impressive sound quality. Using the entire surface of the screen as a speaker is still as novel as it is effective, and backing it up with two conventional bass drivers means the A90J sounds fuller, more direct and just better than any alternative that doesn’t feature an off-board sound system.
The A90J also includes a smart new Google TV interface, is built to the usual Sony standard, has feet that change position to accommodate a soundbar, includes an exclusive movie streaming service, and even has an authentically well-designed remote control. The A90J is the complet4e package – although complete packages like this one rarely come cheap.
Read the full review: Sony A90J OLED TV review
Hisense has spent the past couple of years making outstanding TVs, with models such asthe Hisense U80G ULED 8K TV that undercut the big dogs of Samsung, Sony and LG without too many compromises. That streak continues with the new Hisense U8G ULED, which the Chinese electronics manufacturer aptly describes as “Great For Everything.” It's a fitting description for the ULED 4K Android TV that’s sure to please everyone from gamers with next-generation consoles to movie lovers and anyone else in-between.
Besides offering a full suite of Dolby features including Vision, IQ and Atmos, the U8G also packs in HDR10+ and native 120Hz panel. All of this is controlled through the Android TV operating system that incorporates both Google Assistant, built-in Chromecast and voice controls with privacy switch.
Is this the best TV you can buy? No, but it may be one of the best buys: as we wrote in our review, this TV is perfect for those who want more than a budget 4K but can't stretch to the big names with their equally big price tags. If you want a well rounded UHD television that’s feature-packed without spending an arm and a leg you should definitely keep the U8G in mind.
Read the full review: Hisense U8G ULED TV
When we discovered that the TCL 6-Series 2020 QLED (R635) would use Mini LED, we were shocked: it's only a year since the same tech arrived in the high-end 8-Series, which cost considerably more money than the affordable 6 series. To get mini-LED for this amount of money means that some serious corners must have been cut. Right?
Nope. The brightness isn't class-leading and the motion handling isn't great, but the 6-Series is brighter than before, more colorful and doesn’t have a single hint of haloing or light bleed. It’s designed in a new way to hide your cables and it’s the first TV to come with THX Certified Game Mode for 1440p/120Hz gaming. That's a lot of tech for not a lot of cash.
It's not exactly the flatscreen TV we'd recommend to next-gen-ready gamers looking for a perfect companion for the Xbox Series X or PS5, because it can't push 4K at 120fps. But if you're buying a TV to binge Netflix, stream Hulu to have a perfectly pleasant viewing experience, this is the best smart TV (and certainly the best TCL TV) in its price bracket.
Read the full review: TCL 6-Series 2020 QLED with Mini LED (R635)
The Samsung QN90A was one of the first 4K screens to use the company’s hyped-up Neo QLED panels, which have more light-emitting diodes per square inch than previous generations. The result is a brighter TV than before, and when you consider how bright Samsungs tend to be that's an impressive achievement – especially when this TV also displays such a deeply satisfying array of colors.
Like all Neo QLED TVs, the QN90A sports the higher-end Neo Quantum Processor 4K with a neural network to analyze images for better HD upscaling and Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ for better motion handling – and in our tests we were impressed by the performance that delivers.
While we found the picture quality to be stunning, we weren't so impressed by some of the hardware: our TV's pedestal stand was noticeably wobbly, and we were disappointed by the lackluster sound quality, which isn't what you'd expect from a flagship 4K TV. And as ever with Samsung there’s also no support for Dolby Vision, so you’re stuck with HDR10 on Netflix and HDR10+ elsewhere.
That's not a deal-breaker for everyone, but it does slightly curb our enthusiasm for this otherwise excellent Samsung set.
Read the full review: Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV
This is Samsung's highest-end TV that doesn't include its more expensive QLED panel tech, but it still includes great image processing and a backlight that's great at maintaining even contrast.
In testing, we found that it was hard to fault when it came to detail with native 4K – it's given all the sharpness it needs, without any over-processing or artificiality. It handles motion pretty well, and it's not bad at upscaling from lower resolutions, which is important on bigger screens.
It's also great for gamers, thanks to its low latency Game Mode, auto-switching when it detects a game source, and support for FreeSync VRR. You get a very slick and comprehensive smart TV platform too – it's easy to find what you want on all the key services.
The sound isn't as strong as the images, and it's not the brightest set (though it makes up for that with its overall performance), but for the money, this is very hard to beat.
Read the full review: Samsung AU9000
What is 4K resolution?
4K is, essentially, an ultra-high-definition screen resolution. Also called UHD or 4K UHD, the display technology has become the default screen resolution across all of the TVs that you’re likely to see in stores today – as well as many PC monitors, too.
The very best UHD TVs pack over eight million pixels in their high-res displays – that’s four times the amount you’ll find on the Full HD panels in today's small TVs.
You don’t necessarily need access to 4K entertainment content to enjoy the benefits of 4K resolution, either, since many of the best 4K TVs – i.e. most of the 65-inch displays on this list – boast impressive upscaling technologies that bolster content filmed in HD.
The only displays which sport a sharper picture are the 8K variety – though, being a still-new technology, choice in that department is much more limited and, naturally, 8K models are far more expensive.
Should I buy a 65-inch TV?
We’ve answered this question in a much more detailed guide elsewhere on TechRadar, but the short answer is: yes, if you can afford to.
Basically, a bigger TV is often a better TV and, as mentioned earlier, these large-scale displays typically boast the best specification when it comes to new tech and useful features.
As 65-inch models are becoming increasingly popular, too, they’re also becoming less expensive, and we’d almost always recommend parting with a little bit more money to enjoy the benefits of such an impressive screen size.
Which is the best 4K TV brand?
The question of the best 4K TV brand (for 65-inch models, in particular) is a difficult one to answer when there’s so many great models out there. Displays from the likes of LG, Sony and Samsung regularly make this list, but they’re often joined by equivalent models from brands like Hisense and Panasonic.
A better question might concern what to look for when buying a 65-inch 4K TV, to which we’d say picture quality, app support, other handy bells and whistles like voice control and, of course, price.
Features like HDR support, Dolby Vision and Atmos, OLED panels and the like can be real differentiators, too, when it comes to finding the 65-inch 4K TV with the best viewing experience, though it’s no surprise that the more of these extras a display has, the more expensive it tends to be.
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