65 inch TVs grew more popular in 2016, mostly thanks to very aggressive price drops. They still aren't nearly as popular as the smaller sizes, but they're becoming quite common, even in the average household. Thanks to this burst in popularity, the very best models as well as cheap budget options will be found here. Here are our recommendations for the best 65 inch TVs.
Best 65 inch TV
If the price isn't an issue, LED/LCD TVs are no match for OLED when it comes to picture quality (you can learn about the differences here).
The best 65 inch TV is the LG OLED65B6P 4k TV. The picture quality of OLEDs is a step above LED TVs.
A big advantage OLED has over LCDs is their ability to have a wide viewing angle while also having infinite contrast. The LG B6's viewing angle isn't perfect since colors do shift a bit when seen from the side, but it does do much better than its competition. It also sports a wide color gamut, which helps its already exceptional picture quality look even better with HDR content.
It isn't cheap, but the LG B6 OLED TV offers the best picture quality on the market today. If you were looking for the best of the best, look no further.
If the LG B6 isn't available, or if you're interested in 3D - get the LG OLED65C6P 4k HDR TV. It's essentially the same as the B6 above, but curved. It's usually found at the same price and performs virtually the same.
Best Mid-Range 65 inch TV
TVs in this price range offer performance close to more expensive OLEDs for quite a bit less. They usually won't have viewing angles as good, but their picture quality is still great.
If you can still find it, since it's, unfortunately, starting to get pretty rare, the Samsung UN65KS8000 LED TV is the best 65 inch 4k TV to buy for most people. It offers excellent picture quality and a slew of feature for an unbeatable price.
This Samsung 65 inch TV is an incredibly versatile TV. Not only does it have one of the best native contrast ratios we've found on an LED TV, but it also has a very wide color gamut and gets bright, which is great for HDR. Gaming, TV shows, sports, and movies all do pretty well on the KS8000.
It does have a fairly narrow viewing angle, so don't expect to be able to watch it from sides without the picture degrading a little bit. Otherwise, it's very tough to beat in this price range.
If the Samsung KS8000 becomes a bit too difficult to find, go for the Sony XBR65X900E. It's not quite as well priced, but it offers a very similar package. Motion is even better on the X900E, and it has a good local dimming feature, but the differences are pretty minor. Most people will be pleased with either TV.
Best Budget 65 inch TV
More budget-oriented TVs usually offer picture quality similar to more expensive models but without the HDR related features.
The Vizio M65-D0 4k UHD TV is undeniably the best budget 65 inch TV available today. Its picture quality is close to the more expensive Vizio P65-C1.
Between the two models, the only big difference is the color gamut, color depth, and brightness levels. These only affect HDR, so if you aren't going to be using that feature, they shouldn't matter. Gaming performance is equally excellent thanks to its impressively low input lag.
It isn't the best for watching TV in the daytime since it doesn't handle reflections as well as competing TVs, but if you were looking for a 65 inch LED TV on a budget, the Vizio M65-D0 is very hard to beat.
For a TV more focused on sports or TV shows, get the Sony XBR65X750D. This Sony 65 inch TV gets fairly brighter than the Vizio M and handles reflections better, so it's a better choice for those weekend afternoon TV sessions. It also has much wider viewing angles, making it very useful for those game day parties where lots of people will be watching.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 65 inch smart TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it) and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of 65 inch TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Samsung UN65KU7000. Not a very good TV, has a wide color gamut but is pretty dim even compared to the lower end KU6300. See our review
- Sony XBR65X930E. Excellent LED TV, but quite a bit more expensive than the X900E for not much more. See our review
- Samsung UN65KS9000. Great TV but nearly no improvements over the cheaper Samsung KS8000. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that have a 65 inch size. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.