The best 65-inch TVs for 2021
The best 65-inch TVs offer big screen enjoyment for all of your TV shows, movies and games, but it all looks better on a better TV. But finding the right TV can be tough. You want something that offers great detail and color, good audio quality and handy smart features. You also want something that’s reasonably priced, but doesn’t skimp on the latest technology. When a 65-inch TV is the right fit, all of these factors matter even more, because that big screen will take a prominent place in your living room or home theater.
You’ll want to decide up front whether you want to use the included stand or take the extra steps to mount the TV on the wall. According to our guide What size TV should you buy?, you’ll get the best viewing experience seated 60 inches (5 feet) from a 65-inch 4K screen, so make sure that you have adequate space for your big screen, and plan accordingly. You’ll need adequate space for the width of the TV (roughly 4.5 feet across).
Over the course of the year, we look at everything from budget smart TVs to premium OLED models. After reviewing dozens of TVs, with well over 100 hours of lab testing and eyes-on viewing, we’ve pulled together this list of the best 65-inch TVs you can buy.
What are the best 65-inch TVs?
When it comes to 65-inch TVs, our clear favorite is the LG CX OLED, which delivers incredible picture quality and a feature-rich smart TV experience. From the stellar OLED panel to the motion- and voice-controlled smart features, the LG CX OLED isn’t just the best TV we’ve reviewed, it’s also the smartest and offers huge value for its premium price.
For the budget-conscious, the TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) is our top pick. For less than $1,000 you get a brilliant QLED display with mini-LED backlighting, providing the best OLED alternative we’ve seen all year. And while Roku TV may not be as feature-filled as some of the smart TV platforms we’ve seen, the sheer amount of apps and content available is staggering. The TCL 6-Series R635 is the best TV value on the market, and it’s not even close.
The best 65-inch TVs in 2021
The 65-inch LG CX OLED is one of the best TVs ever made, with a mix of performance and features that put other TVs to shame. The OLED display offers rich, detailed picture quality with razor sharp 4K resolution and pixel-perfect lighting, and LG makes things even better with powerful video processing and Dolby Vision IQ, which adjusts the display for ideal HDR performance in any lighting conditions. LG has also loaded the TV with smarts, like built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice interaction and smart home compatibility. Combine the ease of voice control with a motion-sensing remote and the LG is the most intuitive smart TV we’ve ever used.
With both HDMI 2.1 connectivity and Nvidia G-Sync support, it’s also the best gaming TV, whether you use a console or a PC. Speedy performance and gamer-friendly features just seal the deal. It’s also a beautiful TV when the power’s off, thanks to LG’s display-on-glass design and sleek stylings. From every angle, it’s the best TV we’ve seen.
Read our full LG CX OLED review.
When it comes to value, there’s just no beating the TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635). With the 65-inch model selling for an affordable $899, the TCL is packed with capabilities on a par with much more expensive competitors. The display looks great thanks to QLED enhancement for better color and brightness, and the mini-LED backlight offers the best contrast and HDR performance we’ve seen on a LCD-based display.
TCL also adds gamer-friendly features, like THX Certified Game Mode, which makes it one of the best sets for the latest game consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X. Combine this with smart design touches like built-in cable management and the excellent Roku TV platform, and the TCL 6-Series R635 is the best budget-friendly value you can get in a 65-inch TV.
Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) review.
If you’re willing to pay top dollar for unbeatable quality, the Sony Bravia A8H OLED is the 65-inch TV to buy. This 4K OLED TV is a thing of beauty, with immaculate picture quality, impressive audio and the best version of Android TV you’ll find. But with a higher price than even competing OLED sets, this is quality at a premium price, and it’s not for everybody.
Sony’s powerful X1 Ultimate Picture Processor delivers unbeatable picture quality, the OLED display looks exquisite, and Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio produces incredible sound right from the screen. But it’s not the best TV for gaming support, with no HDMI 2.1 capability and slow response times, and the higher price of the Sony only delivers small improvements over the competition. If money is no object, it’s the TV to get, but you’ll get a better bang for your buck elsewhere.
Read our full Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review.
The 65-inch Vizio OLED TV (OLED65-H1) is the most affordable OLED TV on the market, and the first to offer a less-premium alternative to offerings from LG and Sony to shoppers in the United States. Selling for hundreds of dollars less than the competition, the Vizio OLED packs plenty of smart features alongside the 4K OLED display, and delivers the sort of premium picture quality that normally costs much more.
Vizio’s SmartCast smart TV platform has also expanded its app selection significantly, and all of the major apps you might want – from Netflix to Disney+ – are available right on the TV. The few that aren’t offered on the home screen (HBO Max is the most glaring omission) can still be enjoyed through the TV’s built-in Google Cast and AirPlay 2 support. Combine all of this with an improved remote control design and great sound with better-than-average bass, and you’ve got one of the best TV values of the year, and the easy pick for affordable OLED TVs.
Read our full Vizio OLED TV review.
The Samsung Q80T TV combines quantum-dot enhanced picture, clever smart features, a powerful Quantum processor and impressive Object Tracking Sound to create one of the most formidable Samsung QLED sets yet. We were especially impressed with the set’s excellent color quality and HDR performance, though you will have to accept that Samsung TVs don’t offer Dolby Vision support. Another great feature? In addition to Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant, you can set up the TV with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, with or without a smart speaker.
And while it’s not Samsung’s most premium 4K smart TV, it’s really, really close. The only real differences between the Q80T and the more expensive Samsung Q90T QLED TV is that the Q80T has it’s ports on the TV, instead of a separate box – well, that and a couple hundred dollars in the purchase price.
Read our full Samsung Q80t QLED TV review.
The TCL 5 Series Roku TV does what TCL does best, delivering a surprisingly great mix of features and performance at an excellent affordable price. With the 65-inch model selling for less than $700, you get the superb color and brightness of QLED, as well as Roku’s user-friendly smart TV interface, which puts thousands of apps right at your fingertips.
In addition to the excellent color accuracy and full color gamut offered by the QLED display, it offers top-of-the-line HDR support, with Dolby Vision in addition to basic HDR10 and HLG formats. With input lag clocking in at 13.1 milliseconds, it’s also one of the best affordable gaming TVs you can buy. And it’s roughly half the price of Samsung’s equivalent QLED TV, making it one of the best values in smart TVs.
Read our full TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535) review.
The Vizio P-Series Quantum (P65Q9-H1) is a great mid-range TV that’s priced just a bit too high to make the list of our favorite value TVs, but it stands out as a great value thanks to premium picture quality and features like HDMI 2.1 connectivity, support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and a quantum-dot display that rivals premium competitors like Samsung and stands out from cheaper QLED competitors. With solid color performance and sharpness, not to mention excellent HDR performance, it’s a great 4K TV in most respects.
Unfortunately, it is held back a bit by Vizio’s SmartCast software, which has a limited app selection, poor app discovery and relies heavily on a built-in Google Chromecast to fill any gaps in the app selection. ANd if you’re looking for voice interaction, the Vizio doesn’t have it, though you can pair an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant smart speaker to add that functionality.
Read our full Vizio P-Series Quantum (P65Q9-H1) review.
The LG G1 OLED TV is the updated version of LG’s superb Gallery OLED, boasting a premium 20 millimeter-thick design and sleek flush-to-the-wall mounting setup. It’s still the best 4K OLED TV made by LG, but as the first TV with LG’s second-gen OLED evo technology, it falls short of some claimed performance improvements we were pretty excited for.
That said, the LG G1 OLED is still an impressive OLED set, and LG has even knocked the price down a bit, while updating almost everything else about the set. The slim OLED features more comfortable remote control, enhanced gaming features, and the latest version of webOS, all while delivering the same excellent picture quality and impeccable sound that we expect from LG’s best OLED models. The LG G1 OLED TV stands as a reminder of just how far modern TV technology has come — we just hope it hasn’t plateaued.
Read our full LG G1 OLED TV review.
The 65-inch LG GX OLED is among the most premium TVs on this list, with a high-end price tag and a 20-millimeter-thick design that’s ready-made for wall mounting that looks better than many custom installations. The TV uses LG’s Gallery-series flush-mount design, and that sleek build is a big part of the high price tag, but it also boasts superb viewing angles and the best sound of any LG OLED TV we’ve reviewed.
For all the polish and panache of the GX OLED, the overall picture quality is nearly identical to the less expensive (but equally excellent) LG CX OLED. But if you want all of that superb quality and full-featured smart TV capability in a truly premium design, then the LG GX OLED is worth the higher cost of admission, making a statement that will have you bringing everyone into your home theater just to gawk at the TV on the wall.
Read our full LG GX OLED TV review.
The Hisense U8G Android TV is our favorite Hisense model, and one of the best Android TVs around. With a quantum dot display for bold color and integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant smarts, it’s a full-featured smart TV that offers great quality for a reasonable price. With support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, it also offers the best HDR format support you can find, along with Dolby Atmos sound. It has built-in voice control with room-listening microphones, effectively letting you use the TV as a smart speaker, and offering the sort of smart home integration and control that would normally cost much more.
In our review, we were especially impressed by the U8G’s brightness, which exceeds 700 nits of peak brightness and combines with the better-than-average HDR support for great performance that brings out highlights and shadows. With few complaints and lots of great perks, the Hisense U8G Android TV is easily our new favorite Hisense model.
Read our full Hisense U8G Android TV (65U8G) review.
The Konka U5 Android TV may not come from a well-known manufacturer, but if you’re after an affordable 4K TV with the great Android smart TV interface, then Konka offers great color and brightness and a full featured smart experience for a budget-friendly price.
For a TV that sells for such low prices, the U5 delivers better performance than we expected, with rich colors and good brightness compared to other TVs in the price range. Contrast could have been better, and the sound quality will definitely benefit from adding a soundbar, but it’s more than serviceable for watching TV and movies, and short lag times make for a decent gaming experience. The Android TV platform may run a little slowly on the U5, but the rich app selection, built in Google Assistant and Chromecast capabilities and plenty of smart home compatibility easily outweigh the minor lag we saw in our testing.
Read our full Konka U5 Android TV (55U55A) review.
Most 65-inch TVs are made for living rooms; take them outside and they’re prone to damage from extreme temperatures, water or even bugs. But the SunBriteTV Pro 2 outdoor TV is built for those conditions, with a rugged design that can withstand the elements. Whether it’s in a cold garage or out on an open porch, the weather-sealed chassis fends off precipitation, dirt and bugs, and even has a sealed compartment for HDMI hookups. The screen is made to be viewed in full sunlight conditions where even other outdoor sets would falter.
With basic HDR capability and strong overall performance, the SunBriteTV is a great set for any outdoor setting. And with optional weatherproof soundbar or speakers you can enjoy sound that’s just as tough. If you want a great set for your yard, this is the best TV to get for outdoor viewing.
Read our full SunBriteTV Pro 2 outdoor TV review.
How to choose the best 65-inch TV for you
If you’re in the market for a new TV, you’ll want to consider a few factors before you spend your money. Our TV buying guide breaks down the fine details of what features matter and what distinguishes a great TV from one that’s just okay. For a 65-inch set we strongly recommend going with 4K resolution. There are a few older 1080p models still available, but they simply aren’t a good value today. And while 8K TVs are hitting the market, it will still be some time before 8K resolution gets mainstream support.
For a 65-inch 4K TV you’ll want to sit about 5 feet from the screen to hit the sweet spot of being close enough to enjoy all the sharp details, but not so close that you’ll be able to make out the pixels that make up the picture.
A basic 65-inch 4K smart TV will range between $800 and $2,300, depending upon how premium your tastes run. The TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) is the best budget model we’ve seen in this screen size, but if you want the best picture available, the LG CX OLED is our top pick for its combination of stellar picture quality and deep feature set.
For the best picture, we recommend getting a set that offers high dynamic range (HDR) support. HDR10 is the base standard, while Dolby Vision is a higher-caliber format, and we recommend opting for Dolby Vision support when you have the choice.
Port selection is another chief concern. More HDMI ports will let you connect more devices, like game consoles and satellite boxes. And if you have a soundbar, you’ll want to connect it using an HDMI port with eARC.
Finally, you’ll want to find a smart TV platform that you like. Companies like Samsung and LG use their own proprietary software, but many use more broadly available software, like Android or Roku TV.
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How we test 65-inch TVs
When it comes to evaluating TVs, we’re serious about getting it right. That’s why every TV we review is put through a rigorous testing process that measures key standards of picture quality and performance.
Our lab tests involve testing for color accuracy and color gamut using an X-Rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer, an AccuPel DVG-5000 video test pattern generator and SpectraCal CalMAN Ultimate calibration software. These tools are relied on by professional calibrators throughout the industry, and we’ve paired them with custom workflows to gather the information needed for our reviews. These measurements are taken first in standard mode to simulate the average watching experience, and then taken again in other display modes to find the top color and brightness performance offered by each set.
Our testing measures contrast and maximum brightness, as well as lag time. Using a Leo Bodnar Video Signal Input Lag Tester to test video signal delay, we time how long it takes for content to travel from the original video source to the screen, measured to the millisecond. Shorter response times equate with faster gaming performance, letting us objectively know which TVs are better for gaming.
We use all of these objective test results to make comparisons about quality and performance between different TVs, but our evaluation doesn’t end there. We also spend hours with each set, watching shows and movies, and using carefully selected video samples to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each set and help us tell you which TVs look and sound the best in a real home viewing environment.
And there’s more to today’s TVs than just viewing, so we also check out the smart TV functions and evaluate everything from the interface to the remote control design. This lets our reviews speak to the technical capabilities of today’s smart TVs and how they fit into your connected home.
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