This early in the year, you're still going to be looking at 2016 models. Newly announced TVs are still unavailable, and their performance isn't going to be cost efficient when compared to the older models. 65 inches is quickly becoming the biggest selling size and you can find the best TVs in this bracket.
Best 65 Inch TVs - $2,000+
If you decide to go above $2,000, you can find the best TVs money can buy. None of the TVs we recommend in this price range are LED TVs; all are OLEDs (you can learn more about OLED here).
The best 65 inch TV is the LG OLED65B6P. OLED technology allows TVs to produce absolute blacks, so the contrast it produces is essentially infinite. As contrast is by and large the most important factor of picture quality, OLED is simply unbeatable in this aspect.
It doesn't only get this part right. On LCD TVs, the different technologies force you to choose between high contrast and wide viewing angles, OLED offers both. Motion is also instant, so fast moving images like sports and video games are bliss. Video games especially, since LG recently updated their TVs and lowered the input lag across the board making them some of the lowest tested.
If you were looking to get the best TV available, look no further. It's expensive, but it's easily a step above any LCD TV.
Best 65 Inch TV - $1,500 to $2,000
TVs in the $1,500 to $2,000 have the best combination of picture quality and features for the price. TVs in that category come close to even the best TVs on the market in term of picture quality, except they lose a bit of picture quality at an angle compared to OLED TVs.
It's very hard to recommend something other than the Samsung UN65KS8000 in this price range. It's relatively inexpensive at about half the price of the cheapest OLED of the same size, and its picture quality is some of the best you can find in an LED TV. It gets very bright, which is good for HDR and it also covers a great color gamut. Input lag is low too, even in HDR, so it does very well for gaming.
Most of it is thanks to the VA panel this TV uses. While it isn't OLED, it reaches the highest contrast ratio we've found on an LCD TV.
If you were looking for a high-end 65" TV, the KS8000 is the TV that most people should be looking at.
Those that only watch movies in the dark might want to take a look at the Vizio P65-C1 which offers even better blacks with its full array local dimming. The performance is also just as great for playing video games. It supports 1080p @ 120hz and has very low motion blur, so it's an excellent gaming TV. However, the Vizio P65-C1 has more reflections and isn't as versatile as the Samsung UN65KS8000, so this Vizio TV is not an as good choice for watching TV shows in a bright room.
Note: Vizio has updated the software of their TV lineup to better their input lag while in HDR, but it unfortunately still is quite high when compared to the LG B6 and the KS8000.
Best 65 Inch TV - $1,000 to $1,500
TVs between $1,000 to $1,500 represents nice options for watching normal content. Compared to pricier TVs, they usually can't get as bright or offer as many colors. None of which matter for non-hdr content.
The Vizio M65-D0 has a similar picture quality to the pricier Vizio P65-C1. The main difference is the lack of a wide color gamut, which results in a worse HDR performance. If you don't care about HDR, though, it is a great choice, especially for movies in a dark room.
It's equally as good as the P Series for gaming, with the same great attributes of low motion blur and input lag. The full array local dimming, while not as good as it's more expensive bigger brother is still excellent, so it's dark room performance is better than anything else in this price range.
If you were looking to buy a mid-range TV in this size, the Vizio M65-D0 is what you should get.
For something more well-rounded, the 65 inch TV to buy is the Samsung UN65KU6300. It doesn't have local dimming, 3D or astounding HDR support but can still get bright and offers nearly as good picture quality for normal content. Video games are especially responsive on the Samsung UN65KU6300 (19.8 ms input lag), and blur isn't a problem in sports.
Movie performance isn't as good as the Vizio, but the KU6300 serves a bit better as a jack of all trades.
If most of your usage is going to be focused on watching TV and live sports in a wide living room, that is the Sony XBR65X750D's specialty.
It has excellent upscaling and is one of the best TVs at handling motion. It's not to say that the XBR65X750D is bad at other tasks, though, its input lag while not as good as the Samsung is still good enough for most people and the TV is capable of flickering to almost completely remove motion blur which some people might enjoy for gaming.
On the whole, the Sony XBR65X750D is a very good TV that should fit the needs of most people looking for a TV for sports and other live content in a bright living.
Best 65 Inch TV - Under $1,000
TVs under $1,000 offer good bang for the bucks although with more limited performances regarding extra features of the like of brightness, colors, local dimming or 3D.
Under $1,000, it's hard to find anything at all in this size. The TCL 65US5800 certainly offers good value, however. It features the excellent Roku smart platform and decent overall picture quality. It's nothing exceptional, but if you're not picky, it's hard to go wrong with it.
While the picture quality is nothing to write home about, the Roku smart platform is a very strong selling point. If you were looking to buy a smart TV where you could reach all the content you want from the same place, the TCL 65US5800 is a good pick.
Our recommendations above are what we think is currently the best 65 inch TV 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 XBR65X930D. Excellent TV, but usually priced at a premium when compared to the KS8000 and the Vizio P. 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 are 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.
Questions & Answers
Update: Changed the recommendations to current models.
Update: Vizio new TVs don't have this feature anymore.
The Samsung JU6500 has judder when playing movies, the M-series isn't good at upscaling 720p or 480p, and the W850C has quite a lot of blur, so none of the alternatives are as good for what you want to do.
Curved 4K UN65JU670DFXZA - $1,879.99 Flat 4k UN65JU650DFXZA - $1,779.99 Flat HD UN65J6300DAFXZA - $1,512.49
Doesn't feel like a huge jump from regular HD to 4k, and an even small uplift to the curved option.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated!!
We are considering the new Sony XBR65X850C and Samsung UN65JU6700. My wife prefers the curved design of the Samsung because the seating arrangement in our living room is a U-shape with the TV in front. Which of the two has better features in terms of picture quality, clarity, processor speed, design, and overall smart features?
In a recent visit to Best Buy, we noticed that the picture quality of the Sony is somewhat soft and faded, unlike the Samsung. Please advise. Thanks for your guidance. Ray.
Curved TVs aren't really any better for a wide viewing angle (they can actually be worse for people on the sides), so you're better off putting your money toward a better flatscreen TV.
The Sony X850C has better black uniformity and motion handling, and also has a judder-free 24 fps playback option, which the JU6700 does not. The smart features aren't great at the moment - many apps, including Netflix, are missing - but they should improve soon. Pick the Sony.
At that distance, you're better off getting the 65" 1080p TV. It will make the bigger difference for your enjoyment of the content you watch - at 10 feet, you're not likely to benefit from 4k on a 55" TV, so the extra size will be better.
You could also save for a 65" 4k TV. You would notice a difference - just not the full benefit of 4k. Realistically, too, there's no reason to wait around for HDR or FALD. There is always something new on the way, and you can't wait forever.
Is that a uniformity issue or a defect? I really don't want to have to mess w/settings constantly like I have. Should I exchange for a UN75JU7100, since I'm about 12 feet from the TV, or a UN65JS8500? I really like some sources upscaled, but the awful pixelation in dark images (like Fear the Walking Dead) looked terrible, with blocks of black and grey where there should be smooth black/grey shades. Will the Samsung's uniformity solve this, or are these complaints common with upscaling?
You can solve some of the pixelation by enabling 'Digital Noise Reduction,' but the banding problems aren't solvable with settings.
At your distance, a larger TV would indeed be a better choice. The UN75JU7100 would be a great choice. It has good picture quality, and fewer issues with color uniformity.
Both TVs are great overall, so you can't go wrong, but the JU7100 is a bit better for gaming and for handling ambient light, so it should be your first choice. You're also right that curved TVs really aren't worth the extra money.
What is the best wall mounted 65" TV for $1000-2000ish for my needs?
Sony W850C: $1500
VIZIO E65-C3: $900
*any other suggestions at my price range?*
- Streaming ESPN football, Netflix, and 480p thru 1080p rips of DVDs/Blu-rays (no cable).
- No game consoles so input lag is not important, neither is 3D
- Mostly straight on viewing from 9-10 feet with an L-shape setup, so some 50/60 degree angle viewing from 6-7 feet
- In a living room with curtained/blinded windows to the side, and a window with blinds straight behind it like 30 feet away
- I am not a color purist, good color is fine with me
- I have Chromecasts and fire sticks, so crappy smart features do no matter
1) Gray uniformity ratings of these sets are all "meh", so all of them will show football slightly poorly?
2) Your rating is that The E-series Vizio has better black uniformity than the Samsung JU7100. How did Samsung manage that on a TV that is 2.5x the price of the vizio?
3) Is the Vizio's small # difference in upscaling really that much worse than the others in it's size class at 10 feet?
4) Does less than the best motion blur with motion interpolation really affect football that much? Doesn't the E65-c3 have that? I could not make a comparison because it is not listed in the rating, since you tested with the E60.
5) Is it really a night and day difference between the Vizio and the more $$ models for my needs? Seems that a J6300 will give me a big jump in black uniformity, but only a slight tick up in motion blur, the 60i category, and upscaling. If you say the j6300 is a mid range TV, is the E65-C3 considered a mid ranger too?
Thanks for any help you guys can give, no rush.
The only thing it doesn't have is a wide viewing angle. It means the view from the sides isn't as good, but given that you plan on sitting directly in front most of the time, it's a necessary downside.
Gray uniformity needs to be pretty bad to be noticeable while watching sports, so don't worry about that too much. None of those options will be perfect, but neither are the most expensive TVs we reviewed this year.
There's variation between individual units, so some JU7100 units might have better black uniformity than the E-series, and others (like the one we reviewed) will be worse. The E-series is full-array, which helps some for evenly distributing light, and therefore for getting better black uniformity. The edge-lit technology of the JU7100 makes even light distribution a bit trickier, and sometimes leads to uniformity issues.
It's noticeably different, but it's not horrible by any means. Most people will be fine with it.
Interpolation helps a bit at clarifying movement, but the length of the motion blur trail does not change. It's also not advisable to use interpolation for sports, as the process creates artifacts that can do things like make a ball or puck disappear.
The E-series is a budget TV, but it punches above its weight, and really isn't that much worse than the J6300. For most, the E65-C3 would be a better value. It's only people who want the absolute best 1080p TV, regardless of the price increase, who are better off getting the J6300.
From my research and visits to stores, I would say that the Samsung is definitely #1 and the Sony XBR is #2. I was impressed with the picture on the LG, but it was definitely the worst of the three at an angle. To be honest, the Sony KDL75W850C seemed to be one of the best from an angle.
Here is my dilemma: I am not thrilled about spending 3K on the Samsung when, like all of the 4k TVs out there right now, it has its flaws. I am wondering whether I will even notice much difference between the best 1080p and the 4K with most of the shows I watch. I watch a lot of sports, television shows, and movies, do no gaming, and I'm not really into 3D. I still think OLED is going to be the wave of the future and once it comes down in price LCD 4Ks will be super cheap.
Forgot to mention that we sit about 8 to 12 feet from the TV and have a lounge chair to one side at an angle to the set. Not an extreme angle, but enough that I am concerned about the issue of color loss.
The JS8500 is definitely the best option of all of those, as it has good picture for movies and TV and exceptional picture for sports. You will have to deal with a bit of color saturation loss at wide angles, but the same is true for the rest of the TVs you listed (we actually expect the UF6800 to have the widest viewing angle, but haven't tested it yet).
OLED's rise may not lead to a reduction in LED prices, so don't hold off for that. It's also worth keeping in mind that something better is always on the way, and you probably don't want to wait forever.
They both have similar picture quality. The main difference is that the E65-C3 is slightly worse at upscaling 720p and 480p signals. If you don't mind that, save money and go with Vizio. If you do, spend the extra for the Samsung J6300.
The more I read, the more I'm wondering if I should opt for a 4K or stick with an 1080p. Should I get a 2014 model TV to go bigger? The issue I'm worried about with Samsung is, you don't know what kind of panel you're getting (panel Lottery). I found a UN65HU9000 online for $1500 and it seems too good to be true, and I know that when it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
The panel lottery issue is a little bit overblown. Most people won't be able to see a difference, so don't worry about that too much.
There's not much difference between the 2014 models and this year's, so it's not a bad idea to save money and go for a 2014 TV if you can find one. Whichever you go for, you should try to make sure you get a TV with a semi-gloss screen finish. A glossy finish will make those reflections look pretty bad.
As for knowing which websites/stores to trust, we recommend taking a look at this list of Samsung's Authorized Resellers.
For your needs, the Vizio E70-C3 will be perfect. It's inexpensive, has good picture quality, and is more than capable of handling everything you want to do.
For that price, you'll need to should go for the Vizio M65-C1. It has good picture quality overall (good contrast and uniformity), though it has a bit too much blur to be useful for gamers.
Quality over size? I think the 75 fits the wall better, but is it too big for my viewing distance? I've never heard anyone say, "I should have gotten the smaller one". Is there another model I'm overlooking? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
You'll be able to notice a lot more of 4k's increased detail if you get the 75" JU7100, so the various minor improvements of the JS8500 (better gray uniformity, better colors, etc) aren't as important here.
Since you sit pretty far from the TV, in a case like that it is always better to go for the bigger TV. If you are ready to go bigger than 65", the 70" KU6300 would be a good choice since it can be found at around $1500. If you decide to stay in the 65 inch, then you should go with the Vizio M Series 65".
That being said, the Vizio and Samsung are good if you'll be sitting in mostly in front of the TV. If your seating area is wide with some positions being of center, you should look for an IPS TV with better viewing angle like the Sony XBR65X850D.
Also, my couch is about 8.5-9.5 feet away from where the TV will be, but it reclines, which is what I usually do when I watch movies or sports. I sit up when playing PS4, though, so that's about 8.5 feet away. Is it worth it to get a 4k TV now? I don't wanna spend $1,300 on a 1080p TV when I can spend an extra grand for 4k.
At that distance you would get some benefit from 4k, but the higher resolution is only worth it if you will watch real 4k video. If you'll just be watching 1080p or lower, you might as well save the money and get a 1080p TV.
Otherwise, stick with the J6200, since it's pretty much equal for other elements of picture quality.
I mostly watch sports, movies, and use it a lot for video games. I really like the idea of a 75" TV, but the most clarity onscreen is important. What would you recommend? My 61" DLP just broke and I'm having trouble deciciding
Main question is this: should I hold off for two months for the Black Friday deals? I'm in a new place, so I don't have a TV at all. I'm just not sure if holding out without a TV for two months will be worth it for the holiday deals. Thanks in advance.
You can get some pretty great deals on TVs around the holiday season, but that is a pretty long time to wait. If you don't want to wait that long, consider the Samsung J6200 instead. It has good picture, isn't too expensive, and has average input lag.
The JU6500 seems like the most comparable, but its rating is a full point lower than the JU7500's. Specs-wise, is there a more comparable TV I should be looking at?
The main advantage the JU7100 has over the JU6500 is that its 120 hz panel means there's no judder with movies. If you never watch movies, the JU6500 is the better deal.
2- The Samsung UN65J6300 is the best size of the three for your setup, and the picture quality is the best of any 1080p LED TV we saw in 2015. Pretty good overall, but not as nice as the LG OLED.
3- The Samsung UN60J6300 is fine, but its smaller size means it isn't as good a choice as the Samsung UN65J6300 is.
Update: The recommendations are now updated.
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